5 Easy Tips for Getting Back Into Running

By Carys Brain

There are plenty of reasons why we should be lacing up our trainers and heading out for a run, from building up fitness to improving mental health to simple getting some fresh air. But while it may be easy to list the benefits of running, making it happen can be a whole lot harder. 

As the mornings get brighter and the days get longer, now is the perfect time to stop thinking about running and actually get out there. So if you’re struggling to find that motivation, we’ve got some easy tips and tricks to help you out. 

Lay out your running gear the night before

As simple as it sounds, having everything ready the night before makes it much easier to get out for a morning run. Lay out your trainers and running gear, charge up your fitness tracker and prep your perfect playlist. That way all you need to do is roll out of bed and put on your shoes. No excuses!

Know your route (and keep it interesting)

As well as getting your workout gear prepared, make sure you know where you’re heading. Plan a route that fits your distance and incorporates some interesting landmarks in your area – perhaps the local park, canal, or your favourite viewpoint. Having a few routes that you can alternate is a good way to mix things up and ensure you don’t get bored of your run. 

There are various free route planning tools online that you can use to plan your run and check how long it will be. Google Maps is one of the easiest ways to plan a circuit – just put in your start and end point, then use your mouse to drag the route around roads to figure out your course and distance. If you want to keep a log of your runs then apps such as Strava or MapMyRun allow you to plan routes before you head out and keep track of the runs you’ve completed.

Get Yourself a Buddy

Accountability is key when it comes to building habits and what better way than having a run buddy expecting you. Buddy Up is the perfect way to meet runners in your local area with the same ability and goals. Once you’ve found your run companion you always know you’ll have someone to answer to if you don’t make it out for your planned run. 

Sign up for an Event or Race

If you’re someone who works well with the pressure of a deadline, signing up for an event is a great way to make sure you commit to your training. Look for events in your local area – the spring and summer months are packed with races for all abilities and distances, whether you want to try your first 5k or set yourself the challenge of a half (or full!) marathon. You could even use it as an excuse to visit a new city or country by turning your race into a holiday.

Once the date is in your diary and you have something to work towards, it’ll be much harder to tell yourself it’s okay to skip your run today. 

Find Shoes That Work for You

If you’ve put the effort into getting out the front door you want to make sure your trainers are up to the task at hand. Badly fitting or worn-out shoes can leave you sore or even injured and  stop your training in its tracks. You don’t need to spend a lot to get a decent pair of shoes and the right fit will make your run so much easier. If you need some help working out what to buy, a specialist running store will be able to help you choose the best shoe with many offering gait analysis to figure out which trainer will support you best.

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