Before I managed to fully run my first 5k, I got a bit of advice. Literally the DAY I was due to try, I got this advice. I’m actually pretty sure it’s what helped me manage it… so I want to post it here.
“You should be able to run forever with distance running. When you run, absolutely nothing should be stopping you besides traffic lights or your shoe falling off.
Your legs should be able to keep going, your lungs should be able to keep breathing, nothing should hurt enough or be uncomfortable enough to stop you.
If your legs hurt, or you’re struggling for breath - if your own body is stopping you - you are going too fast. You are pushing too hard right now, and not running for distance.
Find a pace that you can run forever at, and stick with it. The speed and strength will increase with time, extra training and persistence - but during that run, make sure you can run forever”
And it really, really helped. When I ran my second full successful 5k tonight, it hit me how much it actually helped.. because when I completed the 5k and hit that finish, I felt like I could have run forever. I was breathing hard, my legs were definitely feeling it, but I didn’t need to stop. During the run, even when psychologically I thought I should be having to walk by now, I didn’t actually need to. I could keep running.
The few times I felt things getting a little more uncomfortable, a little harder to breathe, I slowed it down just a tiny bit and let things get easier - strangely, I’m sure doing so actually increased my time/general pace overall, because it meant I was never dragging myself along (and of course never needed to walk). I focused on what my body was doing and feeling, and kept momentum. It helps to be really in touch with your body - don’t be scared of it!
My breathing was heavy, but consistent. My heart rate was higher, but stable. My legs were feeling it, but they weren’t falling off!
I hope this helps other aspiring distance runners <3 Please keep trying! Try with me! The joy I feel from being able to run a full 5k is amazing! I’m still a complete newb, and I wont be breaking any speed records, but being able to properly run it at all has given me hope that things will keep getting a whole lot better!
I hoping hills and sprinting will contribute to helping improve my pace during distance running, among other things!
New video is up! Running is definitely my favourite form of activity and I get a lot of questions about it and that’s why I wanted to make a video with my best for beginners :) How to start, wear, think of and so on! Hope it can be for any help :)xx
Stop Making Excuses - Stop telling yourself you don’t have time, or that the weather is bad outside. Go early in the morning or late at night to beat the heat. That time you’re spending on Tumblr right now could be spent running.
It’s Okay To Walk - The first time you go running you’re probably going to suck, and that’s okay. It’s okay to walk a little, it’s okay to walk a lot. Walk as much as you need to and walk a little bit less each day. Don’t be afraid to push yourself but also don’t be afraid to give your body a break.
Don’t Get Hung Up On The Past - Maybe this isn’t your first time running. Maybe you were a track star in high school, maybe you were running regularly a few months ago but stopped because of an injury, maybe it’s soccer tryouts again and last time you ran was last season. Whatever it may be don’t be discouraged by the fact that you may not start where you left off. Before you stopped running it took time for you to build up endurance and speed to become as good as you were. Don’t immediately try to jump right back into running with the mindset that you’re still just as good after a few months, or maybe even a few years; because you won’t be.
Take Care Of Yourself - Drink lots of water. Get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Eat fruits and veggies. Get in enough protein and calcium. Prone to sunburn? Don’t forget sunscreen if you’re running outside. Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. Ice after every workout. The first couple of weeks be prepared to be sore the day after workouts. Ice. Ice. Ice. Pay attention to your body. If you’re running and something starts to hurt, STOP. If the pain continues go see your doctor. If your doctor tells you to stop running for while till you heal LISTEN to them. They didn’t go to med school for eight years for you to think you know better than them.
Don’t Care What Other People Think - There are so many haters out in this world, so it’s best you don’t pay attention to them. Ignore the people who may be staring at you in the gym. Have confidence in the fact that in a few weeks you will be even more bad ass than you already are.
Quick Little Tips - Bring music. Athletic earbuds help a lot to keep your music from falling out of your ears and are worth the extra five to ten bucks. Set a goal. Whether your goal is to lose ten pounds or to just feel better about yourself, have something in mind and don’t stop after you reach that goal, make a new goal. We can always strive to be a better version of ourselves. Give yourself a break. Don’t run every day. It’s good to have a day or two, or maybe even three to relax and unwind. Not only will you appreciate it but your body will too. Get a good pair of shoes. If this is something you really want to do then don’t be afraid to invest a little money in some quality footwear. Your feet and your knees will thank you. And most of all have fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself then pick up a different form of exercise. Try swimming or kickboxing, whatever interests you. Running isn’t for everyone and don’t be upset if it isn’t for you. Find something you enjoy and everything will fall into place :)
This run was HARD! It was windy, my entire body hurt and I really regret all the cheesecake I ate yesterday. But…….I did get a new PR!!!! My goal for next weeks race was to get under 38 minutes. Wow! I definitely did not expect to already hit that goal. It really helped that running-ruba sent me an app to let me know she was about to go for a run. Not going to lie, I totally pretended she was running next to me and told me not to stop haha.
If you don’t mind I’d like to ask for some advice here :) The first 15 minutes of my run I really get cramped legs. I feel it’s because I don’t warm up enough =/