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5 tips to start running

The sun is slightly out and summer is just around the corner. The perfect time to get in to running mode, if you haven’t already. Here I’ll share with you 5 tips that keep me running between the seasons. Best case scenario; they will get you up and running in no time too.

1. Stamina
Want to start running? Go OUTSIDE! Running outside, on an uneven surface will make you work harder than a treadmill ever will. Bumps in the road ask for you to adjust your posture all the time. While doing so you are challenging your balance and you’ll become more aware of your steps. Worrying about your stamina and wondering just how well running really can pay off? Try to take the stairs more often, avoid the escalator and the elevator too, and see how long it takes before your lungs start burning. As time progresses you’ll notice that you don’t feel like falling apart after you sprint to catch the train or the bus or go for another run.

2. Vitamin D…come and see me
While running outside you’ll be exposed to more vitamin D instantly as sunlight is one of the most abundant sources of it. People who miss-use sunblock, spend most of their time indoors and those who have lots of pigmentation (darker skin) are more at risk of lacking vitamin D. Running outside makes you fuel up in the ‘D’ department, a win-win situation if you ask me.

3. Finding your flow, stay focused
If you run long and relaxed enough you’ll experience sheer joy.
This can also be described as: -locking in to- your flow. This is a stage where you feel invincible and super confident while running. For me this translates as unleashing my inner Usain Bolt and feeling as fly as him too just to the stage where elderly people pass me by with their electric bikes :-). Just the thought of being as fast as the speed of light should be enough motivation to keep you going, please keep that in mind anytime you think of giving up.

4. Free your mind and the rest will follow
While running there is no use for stress or overthinking your to-do lists. Instead, focus on your breathing, the environment around you or on that sick beat pumping through your headphones. The satisfaction after conquering those miles, stepping through the minutes and burning calories will be so rewarding that ruining it with the thought of awaiting tasks is just not worth it.

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5. Lean Mean Running Machine
Getting lean and muscle definition is a win-win situation. Running will make your metabolism go faster and will add to your overallflexibility. While maintaining proper form, engaging your core and tightening your abs every step you take, you’ll slowly but sturdy will turn in to a lean mean running machine # dontbelievemejustwatch :-). I accomplish becoming this by executing my runs wearing a 25 LB weighted vest, which challenges my endurance while i get stronger at the same time.

6. Take it one step at a time
Remember, Rome wasn’t build in a day, so don’t expect to become Flo-Jo overnight. If you want to know more about running or have any questions about my routine, please send me an e-mail me at irisfitgirl@gmail.com or hit me up on instagram @iris_fitgirl

 

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  1. Naomi Taylor

    I’m so glad you posted this, I’ve been trying to get into running recently. I was wondering if you could help me though, whenever I run my ankle joints are in serious pain for up to 2-3 days after running, it doesn’t hurt during so I’m not sure where I’m going wrong. Wondering if there’s nothing I can do about it other than try find something else to do, I’ve always had those sorts of ankles that crack when you walk up the stairs and when going down stairs (ones that are very shallow between steps, y’know the ones that kill your calves on the way up) they crack even louder but hurt. Not sure who I should speak to about this.
    Thanks for any advice you can give,
    Naomi. x

    • Scallywag

      I’m not part of this website’s team but I’d suggest checking your shoes suit you and are offering enough cushioning and support; then next trying to run more on soft surfaces. Bonus: its better for your fitness too as it challenges more muscles. You can also do exercises to strengthen your ankles (http://www.runnersworld.com/trail-running-training/train-your-ankles).

      Hope that helps Naomi 🙂

  2. Scallywag

    I’d also add that at the start when you’re trying to improve consistency is much more useful than any crazy sprints etc. Get to the point where you are running 3 times a week and feeling good then you can work on intensity!

  3. Iris

    @Naomi I think it’s good to go to a store were they can monitor how u walk/run. The type of shoe u use is very important. Besides that try to walk first, run for two minuts and walk again. Maybe you have to make ur muscles adapt to this type of exercise first. Are you located in the Netherlan or somewhere else?
    @scallywag thnx for you usefull tips.

  4. Naomi Taylor

    Thank you so much for the replies girls! Working out ankles? That’s a thing? Haha. I’ll give it a go! Besides that sounds like I need to have my shoes looking at, they’re free runs but guess not every shoe fits all.
    I live in England, btw. 🙂 I just run in the woods infront of my house, some very challenging steep hills there and no one to judge my beetroot face.