By Genny Owen
4 min read
Tackling her first marathon this year, she’s done all the legwork so you don’t have to.
Maybe you signed up for your run as a new year’s resolution, with a friend on a whim, as a dare after a few drinks on a night out, for a charity close to your heart or with a specific goal in mind. Whatever your reason, it was an excellent decision and one we promise you won’t regret!
We know that signing up for a race can seem daunting. You might be having second thoughts or be wondering where on earth to start. But don’t worry, that’s totally normal. We’re here to help make sure you get the most of your race and more importantly enjoy it and have an epic experience along the way.
So do you want the bad news or good news first? Bad news…the hardest part of training is just simply getting going. To be honest, the first few runs you do are unlikely to be hugely enjoyable. It might hurt, you might struggle to find the motivation and question if it’s really worth it. But fear not, the good news is that once you’re over that initial little hurdle, it’s onwards and upwards. Trust me, you’ll start to want to go for a run, get into a routine and feel great for doing so.
If you’re still not convinced then below is an endless list of proven benefits from running…surely now you have no excuses to tie up your laces and getting running?
Physical Health – It improves your fitness; can help to lose or maintain weight; reduce the risk of strokes and type 2 diabetes; lower your blood pressure and strengthen your muscles and joints.
Mental Health – It’s a great stress-buster. Peace and quiet and a bit of me time whilst running is a great way to clear your head and switch off; or alternatively, the perfect opportunity for problem solving. Either way numerous studies show just 30 minutes a week can lift you mood and concentration.
Feel Good Factor – Yep it’s a real thing. Endorphins, our very own natural drug, kick in post run, leaving you feel more alive, energetic and frankly happier…hence why running can become so addictive!
Free (or cheap) – You don’t need a gym membership or expensive kit to go running. You can avoid the ‘treadmill’ and head to the great outdoors. All you need is a decent pair of running trainers and sports kit and then you’re ready to go.
All Inclusive – Whatever your level, age, weight, shape or ambition, running is for everyone. Whether your run short or long, fast or slow, anyone can do it!
Setting and Smashing Goals – As mentioned you might find that the first few runs you do are pretty tough. But stick with it, I promise it gets easier. Once you’re over that initial hump, you’ll find it’s pretty much plain sailing. There’s no better feeling than looking back and seeing how far you’ve come!
Community and Friends – Running is a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones too. Chatting to other people as you’re running along, you’ll find that time flies by and you’ll have wracked up some distance in no time! You may find that running with other people helps motivate you and pushes you further too.
Charitable Causes – Running is a great way to raise money for a specific charity. It’s not only honorable and hugely appreciated, but knowing you’re running for a cause that means something to you, may help you dig deep and motivate you to persevere with your training whenever you’re feeling a little low.
New Experiences and Discovery – Perhaps it’s joining a running club and making new friends or perhaps it’s the means to exploring a new city. Running is a great way to get out and about and make the most of what’s on your doorstep!
We don’t want you to wing it on race day. To make sure you’re not underprepared or burnt out before your race, make sure you check out our tailor made training plans, (available when you sign up for a race on Let’s Do This) devised to ensure you’re in tip top shape for your big day.
In terms of apparel, our go to brand is Wiggle Run. They’re guaranteed to have everything and anything you need at prices that won’t break the bank.
If you’re looking for some advice, experiences from others or just inspiration from those who have started running from scratch, then The Runner Beans blog is perfect. Charlie describes herself as ‘not a natural runner’ and started the blog to document her journey from her couch to first ever marathon. She’s now training for her NINTH marathon but is adamant that anyone can do it! Her blog aims to ‘pace the way to healthy without missing out on any of the fun’.