I love running, I have been running for the last 5 years and there is no better feeling than being able to push yourself to the next kilometre. In saying that there are some things I wish I knew before I started running… let me share them with you
The benefits of great running shoes. Being someone that tended to run on footpaths and road surfaces, knowing the benefits of supportive shoes would have saved me a lot of grief with sore feet and joints. I now tend to stick to brands I know are supportive for my feet but the process is really trial and error to find the perfect fit. It’s definitely worth the process.
The benefits of learning good running technique. Running tends to be a natural motion we have, so the idea of learning a technique seems a little silly when you say it, but trust me here; there is a difference. Good running technique comes down to the way our foot lands during the running motion, good technique requires you to land on the ball of your foot and then roll to the heel of your foot. Doing this motion allows the force of you landing to be absorbed through the ball of your foot, rather than to have the direct force impacted by the heel and then your knees. Changing your technique takes time but it is well worth it if you hate shin splints as much as I do.
Overcome your self-consciousness. The benefits of being outdoors and the flood of endorphins (feel goods) far outweigh everything else. It can be very overwhelming for some people going outside and running in public. Let me give you some good advice - start to think about the fact that no one is thinking twice that you are running/walking or even cartwheeling (well maybe cartwheeling) and that the most important thing is that you are focused on yourself and getting healthy.