I randomly decided to run last year as a way to get out and exercise. It was great, but I soon gave up and used "I'm working full time" as the excuse.
Now I have 7 weeks of holidays to fill so running is back on the agenda.
I'm using an iPhone app by Bupa called "Bupa Running". It aims to get you running 5km in 8 weeks, training for about 20minutes 3 times a week. It's free and is very similar to the couch to 5k program.
I finished my fourth session yesterday. I was totally exhausted but feeling the buzz of endorphins.
Positives about running:
- feels great, usually after
- clearer skin (I don't have particularly bad skin, but it looks better)
- weight loss (not sure how much, but it does help)
- tones the body
- encourages you to eat healthier. If I have to run this fast food off, should I really eat it?
- happier- endorphins are a wonderful thing
- better sleep- I usually wake up a few times, not after a running session!
- hard. It's really hard to keep going. The app is a good accountability though.
- motivation- it's easy to tell yourself that it's not worth it and too hard. Telling my husband to remind me to keep going has helped me.
- uncomfortable- you sweat, ache and feel sick. (This does pay off though).
- invest in good shoes
- s t r e t c h : I do get a sore back after running when I don't stretch
- compliment running with weights/pilates and ab/push ups. It will actually make running easier.
- drink plenty of water when you finish
- don't eat a huge meal before/after
- don't give up! I started out getting puffed after running 1 minute sets. By my fourth session I can do 2 minutes sets.