2014 is coming to an end, which means that our goals for the year of 2015 are starting to take shape! Many individuals start getting involved with running for the New Year either to get fit or to cross off a half-marathon race from their bucket list. Either way, running can help many reach their goals both for short and long term.
Don’t be alarmed by the now more-crowded races, because the running community opens everyone with open arms, which is what makes this group of individuals so wonderful and inspiring. If you are interested in joining our endorphin-boosted community, here are a few things that you need to learn to be able to run in January:
1. Start Slow
While the idea of progressive running is quite simple, it’s highly recommended to start slow, especially when starting in the winter. When running for the first time, make small goals like running for ten minutes without stopping and then increase the running time progressively. This way, you’ll prevent injuries and have time to enjoy the wonder that is running.
2. Map It Out
In running, it’s quite important to map out the path or route that you are going to take, especially when running for the first time. Mapping out your route will allow you to decide on your rest or walking spots, which will make an easier run. Test out the different routes, and when you have one that fits with you, stick with it for several weeks and increase your mileage or work on your time as you go.
3. Make a Running Playlist
Running for a long time can get boring if you don’t have much to look at or listen to. By having a killer running playlist, you’ll get the push you need to keep going even it gets tough. You’ll get lost in your own thoughts and rhythm, which will make time go by faster and help you focus on the running journey rather than the ache in your legs or lungs that may happen for first-time runners.
4. Wear the Right Shoes
If you are just starting out, then you need to wear the right shoes. Shoes can make a huge difference on the amount of time you run, the injuries you may or may not get, and the pace at which you’re running. Don’t be cheap when it comes to buying the shoes, because if you don’t buy the right ones for your feet, you may end up injured and unable to run for a long time.
Go to a running store and ask a specialist to take a good look at your feet before buying your running shoes. The specialist should advise you on how big your shoes’ sole should be and which brand will work best for you. Don’t be shy to try on dozens of pairs before buying on, because you need to make sure that you’re comfortable enough to run in them for an hour or two.
5. Buy the Right Clothes
Buying the right clothes may make a significant difference into your running activity. The list of five necessities for winter running that you need to consider are the following:
- Wicking Socks that can reach up to your knees and can bring comfort for your calves.
- Wicking Tank and wicking bra that is made of breathable and comfortable wool.
- Running tights that gives warmth when worn on the legs
- Running liners or gloves to protect the hands
- Long-Sleeved Base layer shirt that is made from polyester or merino wool
6. Set a Goal
If your goal is to run a 5k or half-marathon in the spring, you need to jot it down and focus on it. Reserve a place where you can see it all the time, so you can be reminded of your running goal daily. The goal doesn’t have to be related to running, it can be a weight loss goal or a cardio improvement goal, as long as it motivates you to get up every morning and get moving, that’s all that matters.
Make sure the goal you set is a long-term goal, not a short-term goal, so you will keep running through the good and the bad!