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Feeling Inspired? 3 steps to starting your running journey

Top 3 Essentials Steps for Beginners Runners

Running is one of the most accessible and rewarding forms of exercise. Whether you're aiming to boost your fitness, relieve stress, or simply enjoy the great outdoors, running offers a myriad of benefits. But starting a running journey can be daunting, here are the top three steps to help you hit the ground running...

1. Get the Right Pair of Shoes

Investing in a good pair of running shoes is crucial for both performance and injury prevention. Here’s how to choose the right pair:

  • Visit a Specialty Shop: Go to a store that specializes in running gear. Our team can pop you on the treadmill, take a look at your running style, get to know your running goals and help fit the perfect pair of shoes for you.
  • Comfort Over Brand: It’s tempting to go for popular brands, but comfort should be your top priority. Try on multiple pairs and choose the one that feels best - find your local shop here.
  • Replace Regularly: Running shoes typically last between 300 to 500 miles. Keeping track of your mileage can help you know when it’s time to replace them to avoid injuries.

The right shoes will provide the support and cushioning needed to make your runs more comfortable and reduce the risk of injury, setting you up for a successful running journey.

2. Join a Running Group

Running can be a solitary activity, but joining a running group can enhance your experience in several ways:

  • Motivation and Accountability: Being part of a group keeps you motivated. It’s harder to skip a run when others are counting on you to show up.
  • Social Interaction: Running with others can make the miles fly by. You’ll meet like-minded individuals who share your passion and can offer advice and support.
  • Learning Opportunities: Many running groups have experienced runners who can provide tips on form, pacing, and training plans. Some groups even offer structured workouts and coaching.

Our Social Run Group starts from most of our shops for a weekly fun, free 5k - find more about joining our yellow train here

3. Set Realistic Goals and Follow a Plan

Setting achievable goals and following a structured plan can make a significant difference in your running journey:

  • Start Small: If you’re new to running, set small, attainable goals such as running for 10 minutes without stopping or completing a 5K. Gradually increase your goals as you build endurance.
  • Follow a Training Plan: Use beginner-friendly training plans to guide your progress and find structured programs that ease you into running with a mix of walking and running intervals - everyone starts somewhere!
  • Track Your Progress: Keeping a running log or using a fitness app to track your runs can provide a sense of accomplishment and help you stay on track - feel the inspiration as you see your progress!

Celebrating milestones no matter how big or small along the way can keep your spirits high and your commitment strong.

Don't wait, start now...

Starting a running journey can be an exhilarating experience with the right preparation. By investing in a good pair of shoes, joining a running group, and setting realistic goals, you'll be well on your way to becoming a confident and happy runner!



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