People are not ‘born runners’ – if you have an urge to start running and to chase that ‘runners high’ – start ASAP before the urge to start goes! People often ignore it and think I’ll never be a runner’. This is not true! With patience, and a slow, steady approach, you will get there – ideally injury free!!
- Find a running friend/group – these days it’s hard to be self-motivated. Life is busy – find a friend with a common goal (running!) and start the gradual training process together. When starting you should be able to hold a conversation and not be so out of breath that you are unable to speak. – a good sign you’re going too hard, too soon!
- Have a good sleep/wake cycle – our bodies thrive off a good routine. Set a time to go to bed and try and stick to it! If possible, complete your run first thing in the morning to motivate sleep!
- Use an app – a good way to start and to stay motivated is to download an app – try something achievable like the ‘C25K’ (couch to 5km) app – it will encourage a steady training program and prevent over training.
- Stay positive – its not easy starting something new. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge the fact that you won’t always feel like going for a run – push through this a few times and you’ll find a habit forms – remember the feeling you get after your run and let that be the motivator!
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. If you have any concerns or pain in your feet you should seek professional advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.