As a beginner or seasoned runner, we can all start or regroup with our running. Are we looking to improve upon multiple facets of our lives? We may want more discipline in our lives or maybe we lack in energy and motivation to deal with all that we have going on. Do we need a healthier lifestyle, to include: diet, exercise, and mental stability? Let’s take a look at how to start the journey with running.
Start Your Day with Running – Motivate
The first step to start with running is to go out and do it. Maybe you are a beginner and need to start off with walking. If thats the case, take a ‘Couch to Run’ approach to build up to longer distances and eventually a life of running. Walk a short distance on day one and walk back. In a few days you can alternate running and walking for lengths of time.
Maybe you have distanced yourself from running with all of the struggles of your life and are looking to get back into the running life. You will likely know how much your body can handle with respect to day one. You may have been exercising, but it has become monotonous and simply the same thing with no marked benefit. It’s time to regroup.
Either way, start your day off with exercise. Starting (or restarting) and staying motivated will be the keys to success. Use the remainder of this article as motivation to keep going. Maybe at this point you can already claim that you want to start your life with running and never look back. You will, though, look back at day one and reflect upon what it has meant for your life.
Start Your Week with Running – Plan
Plan your runs throughout the week and keep track of your progress. Make it a point to show yourself the improvements through: distances, speeds, heart rate, and health. Now is the time to set yourself up to with this documentation so it can be referenced in the future. There are many benefits of running and at this point in the journey you have started a pattern, more so, as the weeks continue to months. These ideas are shown in the article Benefits of Running.
Make sure that your weekly workout routines include a level of cross training. Running every day will leave you in a slump and lacking in the muscle strength to make improvements. Alternate runs with strength training for upper and lower body, that can include any of the cross training activities identified in The Best Cross Training Workouts for Runners.
Most importantly, make health and nutrition an important compliment to your running goals. Just like with your workout routines, plan out your weekly meals, focusing on nutrients essential to an active lifestyle. I like to focus on the Macros (Carbs/Fats/Protein) and have found one of many apps on my phone to track my daily consumptions. Under Armour’s My Fitness Pal is an easy way to track and manage daily food intake, weight, and exercise.
Set your goals for the month and even the upcoming month. Are you looking to increase distances, speeds or your physical health? Now is the time to review the weekly plans and revise as necessary. Research what others are doing with the same goals that you have and start to build a network within the running community.
What are you hoping to acheive from making running a part of you life. Are you looking for physical or mental health? Are you hoping to gain direction and stability from a routine? Have you made improvements upon your documented metrics for running and overall health?
Do you have a race planned or are you setting one for the following month? Races can be a way to keep yourself on track with your workout goals. This will mean that you have made a committment to running in the race and have likely found another person or group to run with for the specific event. You may even start to train with these people. Use them as part of your accountability and motivation along each and every goal. There are many preparation schedules for racing, so find or use one to create a routine catered to your specific race. Here is one used as a beginner’s guide for a 5K titled Beginner’s Guide: How to Train For a 5K in 4 Weeks.
Start Your Year with Running – Achievement
What have you accomplished or hope to accomplish with running as a part of your life? What have your successes been since starting the journey and what do they need to be for the upcoming year?
Are you planning a life change and, if so, how will you build it around maintaining a healthly lifestyle that includes running? Has running been an important facet in improving your home and work lives? Setting goals as simple as day one, have already laid some framework that will be recognized in other aspects of your life. The power of habit will take over and your body and mind with crave the run and the lifestyle associated with it.
Each and every milestone started with the question, how to start with running? On day one you could just be looking for a change in your life. Do you realize how this could blossom and you could be years later, looking back on that day? You didn’t have all the answers, but you realized how big of an impact running could have on your life.
By this time you will have networked and made friends in the running community. These are the people who you look to on your journey for ideas and inspiration. These are the people who had already started their life with running and realized their successes. When you have started your day with running, you already have more experience that those who have not. Share your health and lifestyle accomplishments with runners alike. Help others along their specific journeys.
Join a fellowship of runners and be active within the community through forums like www.myrunningworld.com. Please share your stories here and start that process now. Hopefully your story will resonate with others who are in the same stage of the lifestyle as yourself.