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My Experience as a New Runner

Me, a runner? Never would I have thought it but here we are. 

Being allowed to exercise once a day (I'm sure I don't need to remind you all about the Coronavirus restrictions) encouraged me to start running. I downloaded the Couch to 5K app and got myself outside. 

I would highly recommend it if you've considered starting running. It gradually increases the amount of running time whilst reducing your walking time. 

I remember being amazed when running 3 minutes straight let alone 25 minutes. It's impressive how much stamina you can build up in such a short amount of time. 

Top Tips: 
  • Make sure you stretch before and after
  • Do a 5 minute warm up and cool down to keep your legs moving without seizing up
  • Have the right equipment, see below
  • Have rest days to recover
  • Stay hydrated 
  • Don't eat too close to running
Originally, I was struggling with my legs and knew properly fitted trainers would help. I ordered some calf supports which are meant to boost circulation, reduce muscle tightness and prevent injury. I had in my mind that the best way about getting trainers would be to go to a running shop and be assessed however, this wasn't an option in the current circumstances. 

I found an alternative in terms of the wet footprint test as well as the Brooks Shoe Finder. I already knew Brooks were big in the running shoe industry so though this would be a good place to start. It looks at which way your feet move when you walk, pressure on your knees and what you want in a shoe.

It concluded that  I would need supportive shoes ideally with cushioning as I have flat feet s this aids to position my feet correctly minimising impact to the knees. 

I found a good balance in the Brooks GTS Adrenaline range. They have been creating this shoe for over 20 years. I chose to go for the previous model (19 rather than 20) to avoid unnecessary expenditure for a 'new hobby' . However, I am thoroughly impressed and would be willing to get a further pair in the future. I got them from SportsShoes which had a speedy 2 day turnaround.

I find they give me more bounce, almost propelling me to move forward. I can also tell that my foot is positioned correctly. 

I'm also really enjoying recording my runs on Strava seeing my speed and achievements documented each time. Alongside, posting a scenic picture!

At the moment, my focus is building up stamina and then speed as time goes on. Please let me know if you have any tips and tricks.

Have you picked up a new hobby during lockdown? 



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