You’re never too old to run a marathon! Running is one of the most popular sports in the world. If you are interested in it, then you will surely enjoy your time with friends or family at any age. There are many benefits associated with running such as weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, increased energy levels and more. However, there are some things which can make running dangerous especially if done without proper supervision and training.
If you have been thinking about trying out running, but you haven’t had enough time to do so yet, then here are some tips on how to start.
The first thing which needs to be considered is whether you want to start from scratch or if you already have a background in other sports like swimming, cycling etc. If not, then you need to get yourself up to speed before attempting any kind of exercise.
In order to begin running, you need to pick a distance which suits your fitness level. For example, if you are new to running, then starting with 5K would be ideal. Once you have picked a suitable distance for yourself, then you need to decide what type of shoes and clothing will suit your needs.
A good rule of thumb is that if it’s going to be cold outside during the day time, then wear warm clothes; otherwise dress coolly.
On the day of the run, you need to wake up early so that you have enough time to get dressed, eat a good breakfast and arrive at your location on time. The most important thing however is to make sure that you are mentally prepared for this task.
The first step in preparing yourself is making sure that you have all the necessary information such as how long the run is, where it is going to be held and what kind of restrictions there might be. If you have all of this information, then you can plan your day accordingly and not worry about anything on the day.
The second thing is to make sure that you are ready both physically and mentally. Depending on your level of experience in running, this may mean different things. For example, if you are new to running then this might just be a long distance run for you.
If you are experienced however, then this means pushing yourself to go faster than ever before.
The third thing is to make sure that you have the right gear for running. Even if you are experienced in running, it doesn’t hurt to have spare clothes and a fully charged mobile with you incase something should happen. Running is all about being safe.
The fourth thing is to make sure that you eat a light meal before your run as well as bringing some water with you. You never know when you might get hungry or thirsty so it’s best to be prepared. If you are new to running, then make sure that you wait a little while before eating a full meal after the run.
The final thing is to make sure that you are safe during the run. This means things such as avoiding busy streets or dangerous routes. Running is supposed to get your heart racing due to the exercise, not due to fear of being in danger so make sure to do your research on where will be best for you.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about how to start running. Be safe and remember to have fun!
Sources & references used in this article:
It is never too late to win–sporting activities and performances of ageing women by G Pfister – Sport in society, 2012 – Taylor & Francis
Marathon men by SJ Barnett – Southerly, 2011 – search.informit.com.au
The London Marathon by J Bryant – 2010 – books.google.com
The once and future way to run by C McDOUGALL – The New York Times, 2011 – ucalgary.ca