Wednesday, 17 June 2020

5 running tips from a beginner



#1 - get a banging playlist

Music is so important for me when I'm exercising! I am constantly making playlists of songs that I love and will keep me moving. When it comes to running, you need songs with a steady beat, it can take a while to get the right beat for you, but I would recommend using ready-made playlists on spotify, and after a while picking the songs you enjoy best and creating your own personalised playlist. 

Having the right pace is important but I also like to put songs that I really love to dance to. If you are struggling with a run and a song comes on that you would normally dance to its really going to boost your mood and make sure you keep on running!


#2 - positive mindset

I always think this sounds silly but it's so true. If you think you can't do something you probably won't be able to, but if you keep telling yourself you can do something, you can achieve so much more. 

When I run my head is constantly planning when I'm going to start to walk, telling me a need to slow down but I actually don't; if I don't stop, my legs keep going and I can keep running. So I find telling myself to keep running and that I can go further really helps keep me going. I also try and tell myself to run to the end of the song I'm currently listening to, and by the time the song ends I've generally forgotten that I wanted to stop in the first place. 

#3 - having the right gear

This means having the right clothing to make running for you comfortable - like having a supportive sports bra and comfortable shoes. I bought these trainers from Nike that are specially designed for running. 

 I also think buying some new gym gear is a great way to motivate yourself to get on a run, we all love to show off the new gear we buy and during the lockdown a run is pretty much the only way to show off your sports wear. I would recommend the new wearetala run range if you are looking to buy some sports wear to run in, the leggings are super thick which is great for cold weather and the cycling shorts are nice and long and really flattering, along with being sustainably produced which is an added bonus!


#4 - change up the location

Once you have got into a routine with your run, its good to push the distances you go and I think running somewhere new is really helpful for this. Doing the same run regularly can get pretty boring, so doing a different route might be what you need to distract you and keep you going for longer. 

A great way to do this is to google running routes near you, for example "5K runs in leeds" can give me great suggestions of places to run to make my run a bit more exciting! I think I will definitely join a park run once the lockdown and is lifted and groups of people can exercise together, as I would love to find more places where I can run and feel like I know where I'm going!


#5 - measure your progress

Its not a race and you certainly don't have to reach a fast time, my first few runs were literally just about completing the run, regardless of how long it took me - and my mum always reminds me that its just nice to be out, so even if it takes you an hour you should just try and keep a steady pace and keep going. 

I use a fitbit to track my progress, but you can also do it on an app on your phone (strava is probably the best). I like to be able to see where I ran and slowly work on improving my time, but its also great to know exactly what distance you did and also look at your pace. Seeing myself improve is something that really motivates me. 

If competition is something that motivates you then strava is great because you can compare results and runs with your friends and connections on the app. 



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  1. I completely agree with you that getting a good playlist sorted helps so much!

    Amber - The Unpredicted Page

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    1. Completely agree, whenever I see someone running without headphones I just don't know how they do it!

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  2. These tips are great, Liz. I'm not much of a runner, but I have been walking a lot lately. Might just give running a shot. I like the idea of changing your locations.

    Much love always,
    GABBY

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    1. Yeah it definitely keeps it more interesting! I have always said I hated running and only really started because I couldn't get to the gym, so defo give it a try and you might just get into it!

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  3. I am very much a beginner runner because I hateeee running but I'd love to start getting in to it. I exercise a lot so running would be a great addition to that routine. A great playlist can make everything better! Great tips x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. That sounds great, its defo something that you have to push through the pain to get into!

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  4. I had a phase on running a few months ago and totally agree that music is important. A good can song makes it so much easier. Great tips, thank you for sharing xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah I'm still trying to perfect my playlist! Thanks for reading!

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  5. Great tips! I really need to find my motivation for running again. A good playlist definitely helps!

    Lauren | https://www.laurenyloves.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! My motivation definitely comes and goes but I always feel great after!

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  6. I love running; and need to get back into it - lockdown has not be kind to my motivation! I always find running with a group of people really great as it gives you someone to chat to whilst running; and again Strava is really good for community based running groups and finding some new routes! Great post x

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. Yeah I totally agree! I run with my mum sometimes and it makes up both actually go because the other person is counting on you! I think I would like to try the park run once its back up and running and see if I like running in a group!

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  7. These are great tips! I've been getting back into running over quarantine and I completely forgot how beneficial it is in so many areas of your life :)

    Ella-Rose - www.wanderingterra.com

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    1. Yeah I have definitely seen the benefits of it during the lockdown and will hopefully carry on afterwards!

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  8. I loved this post! I’ve recently gotten into walking, with the hopes of progressing onto running when I get a little fitter so this post has helped so much!

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    1. Thats so great! I'd recommend the couch to 5k because that uses a mixture of running and walking to start with!

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  9. Great tips. Playlist and location are everything for me, if the song isn't good I feel like I loose motivation, haha!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. I'm exactly the same! I end up skipping songs if they aren't right as well!

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  10. I literally cannot run without a great music playlist lined up! It's all about the jams ahha! Thank you for sharing :)
    Em x
    planningwithem.com

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    1. Yes! Needs to be the same kind of music I can dance to to keep me moving aha!

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  11. I don't normally class myself as a runner but I definitely am trying to get into it so my 1st step is definitely create that banging playlist haha!

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    1. Ooh yeah its so great once you get into it, its so worth it!

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  12. Measuring your progress is always key. And need to push yourself everyday to be and to do better

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    1. I totally agree! I feel like I haven't been pushing myself recently so I defo need to work on that!

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