If you’ve spent the past few months glued to MKR instead of pounding the pavements, you’re probably not ready to run a marathon just yet. The key to success (and enjoying yourself) is to set yourself achievable goals. So if you’re struggling to remember the last time you ran – for the bus doesn’t count! – it might be a good idea to check in with your GP before you dust off your sneakers.
The time will pass much quicker if you’re running with a view. Chances are you know your local park or beachside spots well so try running a short route there first. If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out parkrun (parkrun.com.au). They organise and host 5km park runs across the nation (and world even).
The beauty of running is that you can do it anytime, pretty much anywhere. But as with anything that requires a little commitment, it’s easy to make an excuse. That’s why, especially when you’re first establishing a routine, it’s important to make it work for you.
Running requires more energy than sitting down to a nice glass of Shiraz or a bar of chocolate. So on days you’re planning to get your heart rate pumping, arm yourself with the fuel your body needs to power through those kms.
As a hobby and way to stay active, running is pretty cheap – often free. It doesn’t require a membership or snazzy uniform – an old tee is A-OK here! Two things you might want to invest in though (for your own comfort and fun) are a pair of good sneakers and an armband to hold your phone (home of your running tunes).