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April 01, 2020 0 Comments

Gyms might be shut, spin classes might be cancelled and the yoga studios may have closed their doors but that doesn't mean you can't get in great shape. Running is a fantastic way to get and stay fit and safe this Spring. It requires no equipment, can be done anywhere completely on your own and works for all fitness levels. 

Here's everything you need to know to get running this Spring 

1. Start with what you've got

 One of my favourite things about running is that it requires nothing more than a comfortable pair of trainers (and if you're brave enough to go barefoot not even that). Don't worry about getting fancy running shoes or buying fancy accessories just yet, just put on some comfortable (ideally active) clothes and a pair of trainers with a bit of bounce in them and get going. If/when you fall in love with running you can add kit to your collection as and when you need it. 

2. Go Easy 

It might be tempting to try and run a silly distance on your first ever outing and you might even be able to do it. That time. Your body however won't thank you the next day and you'll be too sore to go out again any time soon.

Instead take it easy in the beginning and build up your distance over time. Start with your first ever run at between a mile and two at a moderate pace and when that becomes comfortable add a little bit the next time. 

3. Stay Safe

Right now everyone's biggest priority should be to keep themselves and others safe. This means limiting contact with those outside of your household as much as possible. Fortunately you can get out running, without putting yourself or others at risk by just following these simple guidelines. 

  • Stay close to home (even if that means running loops).
  • Pick quiet routes and quiet times.
  • Run on your own or with someone you live with.
  • Give other runners space and limit what you touch.

4. Don't Get Bored

There's much more to running than just plodding along the same old route at the same old pace. Once you start to get comfortable with just jogging along, mix things up a little bit with some speed work. Find a hill or a set of stairs and run up them as fast as you, walk down again and repeat 10 ten times. Or find a long, quiet street and use the lamp posts as markers. 

  • Walk one lamp post
  • Jog one lamp post
  •  Run one lamp post
  • Sprint one lamp post
  • Repeat until tired

 

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5. Join the Community

You might not be able to pop down to your local running club for support but there's a huge online running scene which is super welcoming. Just search facebook for running groups or download strava on your phone and join in.