Running for Beginners

Running for Beginners Running for Beginners 4th Revised Edition

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As one of the cheapest and easiest way to get fit, there's no mystery around why you want to take up running. However, it can be hard to keep up, and you want to make sure you're doing it safely to achieve the best results. With this book, we teach you all the basics and give you the vital advice you need to make sure you're getting the most out of your new healthy hobby. Featuring: Getting started - What to know before you strap on those trainers Health & fitness - Running is a great activity to maintain a good health and weight - here are the essential tips to become a healthy runner Training - You might have a specific goal in mind, like a 5k or even a marathon, and we'll help you achieve it with our training plans Racing - Want to put your running to the test? Learn how to prepare for your first race

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10 Min.
top 20 tips for new runners

Congratulations, you have made the decision to start running! That’s the hard part over and done with. It’s tempting to get straight out and start running today, but there are a few things that you need to bear in mind first, as we will show you here. 01 Start slowly It can be hard to rein in your enthusiasm when you first start running, but it pays to start out slowly, whatever your current level of fitness. Running exerts a lot of impact and stress on your body, and if it is not prepared for it, you may suffer from injury and/or a lack of motivation. Don’t feel that you have to give all or nothing; just imagine yourself three months down the line, fitter, healthier and happier. Take the time to…

3 Min.
essential kit

As a new runner, it can be overwhelming to see the sheer number of clothing, trainers and gadgets being pushed at runners. However, one of the joys of running, is that you can get started with just a few essentials, making it a cheap and accessible sport. The most important item you will need, and should justify spending a bit of money on, is trainers. A decent high-quality pair of specially designed running shoes will last you a few hundred miles and make sure you are running safely without the risk of injury. Check out our guide to the best trainers around on page 126 in this book. When embarking on a new hobby, don’t rush out and waste money on high-end articles that you just won’t need. Buying a few essential…

3 Min.
the walk/run technique

When you start running for the first time, you are not expected to suddenly run full-pelt for three miles non-stop. In fact, it is much better to master what is called the ‘walk/run’. Walking during a run is not showing weakness or a poor level of fitness. It is, in fact, the most sensible way to begin your running training. People assume that running is easy, and that all you do is start to run and continue for however long you want. How wrong they are, as there is much more too it! Running puts an enormous amount of pressure on your body, so when first starting out, you must be careful not to do any permanent damage by overworking your joints, bones and muscles. Adding walking to your running workout ensures that…

4 Min.
stay safe on the road

Bright jacket This is the best high-visibility article of clothing to have, as it will protect you from the wind and rain, as well as making you noticeable. Lightweight Not all high-visibility clothing needs to be heavy. Wear a lightweight vest for late summer evenings. Reflective strips Pick items of clothing with reflective strips on them for extra flashes of bright bold colours. Top tip Tie it up Keep long hair tied up in a bun or tucked into a hat, not in a ponytail, so people are unable to pull at it. It’s a dreadful thought, but if someone did want to mug you, then one hard tug of a ponytail would stop you quickly, allowing them to run off with your valuables. Running safely seems like an obvious thing for us to tell you, but you would…

5 Min.
common running injuries

Running puts an enormous amount of pressure on your body, and knowing what aches and pains mean that you need to rest is vital. Suffering an injury could have you sat on the sidelines for days, weeks or months, and if not treated properly can lead to recurring issues. Warming-up and cooling down should eliminate the most common pulls and aches, but suffering a proper injury will be down to your body’s biomechanical setup, leading to incorrect running style, training on the wrong surfaces or simply bad trainers. We can’t stress enough the importance of purchasing proper running trainers. They are worth every penny, but make sure you visit a specialist running or sports shop to get your knees and feet assessed. They won’t stop you from ever getting injured, but they…

4 Min.
prevent common injuries

Level seven Have a good varied plan. Strength training and stretching is vital, so always include them in your week. Always prepare for races with training like this for best results from you and your body Level six Add in some weight training, targeting specific areas: glutes, hips, calves, quads, hamstring and the core. Using a balance ball can help make it more intense. Level five Have the occasional rest week. Still cross-train, swim and stretch, but limit your runs to one or two easy ones. Taking a break is beneficial, allowing the body to repair and strengthen. Level four Continue the gradual increase in your running with longer times or further distance. Remember to work on stretching, core strengthening and other cardio activities to keep your overall strength and fitness at a constant level. Level three Begin to…