Hi guys! Yet another running post but I promise this will be the last one in a while. I just want to share my thoughts on running and the things I wish I knew beforehand. Maybe you even pick up a few tips from this post why knows!
Running is no walk in the park, which is obvious because it’s running, duh! I never thought it would be easy but I never knew it could be as hard as it was. So here I have all the things I wish I knew before I started running. Learn from my mistakes kiddos!
It will feel weird in the beginning
Even though our bodies are designed to be able to run, it does feel super unnatural and awkward in the beginning. It takes a few weeks for it to start normal but when it does it feels great, it will get better I promise!
Feeling insecure is normal even though you shouldn’t
Don’t be scared of people seeing you, they won’t laugh at you, most of the times they even encourage you and look at it this way, when they are stuffing a muffin in their face YOU are the one trying to do the right thing so actually you deserve to laugh at them not the other way around. Everyone feels insecure in their running journey at some point.
Not all music is good running music
Music. Music is important not just any music no a 180 bpm run playlist. This will be the perfect pace to run to and a pace that should be your goal for perfect cadence.
Injuries are going to happen, you’re not different
Even though you are careful, have good posture, good stride, perfect pace and nice shoes it doesn’t mean you can outrun injuries. It will happen at some point.
Listen to your body!
Spoken about injuries, let them heal don’t try to be the hero and think you’ll be fine. You’ll only make it worse.
Stretching is not for losers
Stretching your calves and hips is important apparently, even when you don’t like it or think it’s stupid and for losers and think you don’t need to do them, because you do.
Shoes, shoes, shoes
The soles of your shoes disappear in no time, I see a lot of shoe shopping in the near future.
Running gives you energy
You actually feel more energized after a run? You would’ve think otherwise but when you get used to the running it actually give you more energy, so no excuses!
Running in the Summer isn’t actually that great
It might look like the other way around but running in the winter is so much better.
Take your time, it’s okay if it takes longer to reach your goals
The CouchTo5k app is a lie, 5k in just 8 weeks? That’s just a dream. And it’s nothing to be ashamed off if you still need more walking breaks, you will get there some day, don’t compare yourself to others, this is your journey and everyone is different.
Running doesn’t need to be a chore
Running can actually be fun who knew! In the beginning when it’s still hard you might want to skip your running days but after a while you’ll actually miss it when you don’t go.
It’s harder mentally than physically
Running is more of a mental game than a physical one. Your head will tell you that you can’t do it, are tired or need a break but actually your body is capable of so much more. I had and still have the same my head says that I need a break, but when I don’t actually listen to it, I just run another km that I thought I couldn’t do.
That was everything guys, this will be the end of my running series for now, I hope you all enjoyed it and I will talked to you guys next time!