5 Top Tips to Start, and Maintain, A Running Regime

On the back of the recent news of Healthy Ireland and the HSE funding Ireland’s parkrun scheme to the tune of €100,000, there has never been a better time to get out, get fit and stay healthy – without making a dent in your wallet. This funding will allow parkrun Ireland to expand the popular initiative of free weekly 5k runs in public parks to a nationwide movement. The new partnership involves Healthy Ireland, Athletics Ireland, the Irish Sports Council and Phillip Lee. Check out their website for more info and to find your nearest parkrun.

We know that health and wellness is all about nutrition, movement and minding your mental health and running is a free way to take care of the movement aspect which is proven to have a positive impact on your mental health. Gym membership – no thanks, no need! Not when you can leave your front door for thirty minutes and get some exercise for free.

Here are my tips to a successful running regime:

  1. Get the right gear – You certainly need the right footwear, but as a beginner it doesn’t need to break the bank. Go to a good sports shop and get them to talk you through the types of trainers that would be suited to you. Explain your budget and that you’re a beginner. Once you start improving you will know yourself what you want from your trainer and will be more willing to invest a bit more too. Other than that you don’t need high tech gear, just the right gear for the weather so you can’t make any excuses! More of the bigger and better value stores are doing really good and affordable ranges of sportswear – namely Penney’s, Dunnes Stores and Lidl. Once you start toning up you may want to splash out on fancy gear, but you really don’t need to.
Getting the right trainers is key, the rest is just about comfort.
Getting the right trainers is key, the rest is just about comfort.
  1. Buddy up with a friend – It’s much harder to avoid a run when you know your friend is waiting for you on a street corner. It’s a brilliant motivator and a great way to share the highs and lows of beginning your new healthy lifestyle endeavour.
Running with a buddy helps motivation and allows you to share your training ups and downs.
Running with a buddy helps motivation and allows you to share your training ups and downs.
  1. Start at the right pace – use an app or get a good book – If you’re a novice, you don’t want to go out and force yourself to run 5k flat and then collapse at the end of it never to step foot in your trainers again! Use an app if you need to figure out how to pace yourself. A lot of the ‘Couch to 5k’ apps out there pace going from nothing to being able to run 5k over 8 weeks and they do it gently from the outset. They are a brilliant way of doing it with a view to sustaining it as a new lifestyle step.  An excellent book which works on intrinsic motivation is The Intrinsic Exerciser: Discovering the Joy of Exercise (this is my Amazon affiliate link).  I can highly recommend it for seeking deeper motivation.

    Excellent book which taps into motivation from within to attain lasting exercise in your lifestyle.
    Excellent book which taps into motivation from within to attain lasting exercise in your lifestyle.
  1.  Set realistic goals for yourself – it’s always good to work towards a goal, no matter how big or small, as long as it’s realistic. So for your new experience in running, why not look up http://www.runireland.com/events to see where there are 5k runs either in your area, or somewhere down the country so you can have an excuse for a night away with your running friends. It can be social and fun and give you something to look forward to. Or you might be happy with the goal of reaching 5k at a solid jog and that’s good enough.

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    Some people thrive in competitive situations and peer recognition.
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Some people will have personal goals that appear small to others but have huge individual significance. Set your own goal for you.
  1. Find a parkrun near you – Now that you’ve heard of parkrun, go check out their website and see where your nearest one is. They are free, weekly and community run. They are an amazing resource that we should all try to use and it sends such a positive message to family and friends who may also need some encouragement. Once you get in the swing of it, it takes 30 mins and you’ve had a great workout in the wonderful outdoors for absolutely nothing!
Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, along with some other parkrun supporters.
Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, along with some other parkrun supporters.

What are you waiting for? Get those trainers on and start running!!

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  1. Ciara D'Arcy
    June 8, 2017

    Ok I’m inspired !! I’ve been threatening to start jogging for a few years now so looking forward to starting ! Must find a buddy now 🙂

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