Running is a mental battle with yourself.
Some days I can go out and smash out a 10k in an hour and love every minute of it, others I’m doing a 40 minute 5k and hating every step! Some days my head is not in it. Just remember, you need to have the “bad runs” to appreciate the good.
I am totally aware that a 40 minute 5k is someone great run, is a PB for someone, and appreciate that everyone is different and we all have our own goals.
The first time I ran was home from the school run. It was just over a mile and took me longer than it usually would walking. I have no idea how this happened and to this day still giggle about it with the family.
I then downloaded the Couch to 5k app. If you haven’t already got this - get it, get it now! The hilarious Sarah Milligan tells you when to run and when to walk. Before you know it, you’re running a 5k.
Everyone has a different reason for running. Some people prefer roads, some trails and some treadmills.
However you do it, keep at it.
Here are some of our runner’s top tips:
- Go for distance rather than time - slow it down, be patient, and don't worry about your pace. Take walking breaks if needed.
- Cross train. Mis it up a bit. It will keep you fresh and interested.
- But the right clothes. Dress for the weather.
- No matter how fast you are - remember you are a RUNNER!!!!!!