Now, I am no expert but I have been into fitness for approximately 12/13 years and have been into al fresco running for a couple of years now. I have just signed up for my first ever race (details below) so expect more running related blogs in the future. Here’s some of the tips I have picked up so far:
What to take – You don’t need to leave the house with all of your worldly possessions. If you are going out for less than 45 mins – 1hr, you don’t even really need to take water. (unless it’s a particularly hot day). I take a pound (for emergency water), my key, my bank card (which doubles up as London bus fare just in case) and my phone. I’ve also just purchased a Garmin Sports watch so stay tuned for a review on this. TBC what I will be taking when I start building up my distances again.
Playlists – so important to have music that motivates you and will keep you going when you are starting to really feel it. I have tons of playlists on Spotify (you can take them offline). Everything from the Best of the 90s, Rock and Country. It’s a great idea to change up your playlists regularly so you don’t get bored and have something to look forward to listening to.
Podcasts – I’m also a huge fan of listening to Podcasts whilst running as they really do distract you from those pesky hill climbs (ok, nothing can really distract you from those!). I love listening to The Joyful Vegan, an amazing and engaging Vegan writer as well as The Ginger Runner. I also hear Audiobooks are a great way to get through those long runs.
Reading – I find books on the subject of running and individual’s running journey’s really inspiring. Some I have enjoyed so far include: Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley, Fat Man to Green Man by Ira Rainey and The Lazy Runner by Laura Fountain. I also really like to read Running and Fitness mags for up to date tips and exercise guides.
Apps – I use Map my Run to record my workout and Walk Jog Run for running routes- I find that having a route will push you further and make it easier to go longer distances.
Nutrition – for me, this depends on when I go for a run. If I am going first thing in the morning, then I will have either half a banana, half a protein bar or one of my peanut butter protein balls (find recipe here https://londonveganbird.com/2014/08/06/london-vegan-bird-food-protein-peanut-butter-bites/). I find this is enough to keep me going until I get back but everyone is different. You may need to fuel up with breakfast beforehand but make sure you leave at least an hour before you exercise (could be more depending on how you feel).
Races – I hear these are particularly motivating and I decided that this is the year that I take part myself. So far, I have signed up for the British 10k in July (http://www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk) and the Royal Parks Half Marathon (https://royalparkshalf.com). Eeek! Wish me luck.
Clothing – one of my favourite and most motivating factors for running. It is vital that you find comfortable clothes that you don’t think about when you are doing your thing. I’m a big fan of the Nike Filament Leggings which work really well for me. Stay tuned for a more detailed blog post coming soon.
Trainers – it is important to get your gait measured. Yes, when you start running you may learn these technical words. A gait analysis is basically looking at how you move and, in this case, run in particular. It will detect whether you under or over pronate (whether your foot naturally moves inwards with movement) then the consultant measuring you will recommend trainers that are suited to the outcome. I have been to both Runner’s Need and Sweatshop and found both services excellent.
I hope you enjoyed my little detour from the usual subject matter. Let me know if you would like to see more running related posts as I am thinking about doing a series in my run up (ha!) to my Half Marathon.
Thanks for reading.
London Vegan Bird
P.S. I am running the British 10k for the wonderful Mayhew Animal Home. If you wish to sponsor me, you can find my Just Giving Page here. https://www.justgiving.com/Karen-Denton or to find out more information about the incredible work the Mayhew does, visit their website http://www.mayhewanimalhome.org
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