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Getting started with running!

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I loved running but could never run more than a mile. I kind of accepted that I am not a runner and my body is not made for running. But something changed last year. I signed up for a Corporate Challenge with my colleagues and had to walk at least 10000 steps a day. I joined them everyday as we walked on a trail nearby. And thus, walking became a habit. I slowly added intermittent running to my walks and that is how my journey started. I can now run several miles at a stretch and recently completed the Big Sur Half Marathon.

Are you in the same boat as I once was and would like to get started with running? Here are some of the tips that could you help you embrace running and make it a habit.

Think about your motivation for running and the outcome you are expecting.

Where can I start with the benefits of running? I may not cover all of them but here are some amazing benefits that I found.

  • Stress Relief: Having a desk job can be stressful especially in the tech environment. The flow of blood and oxygen helps reduce stress. Running/walking outside in a park or trail is great for relaxation as well. A nice after shower does wonders!
  • Good for heart and health: You may have heard it before. It is a great form of Cardio and anyone can do it. Just walking for 20min is good enough for the day. Running/brisk walks help reduce blood pressure, heart problems and lots of other chronic illnesses.
  • Tones your legs: I did a lot of target muscle training before but running was the best form of exercise that toned my legs. What the experts say is true after all – you have to first lose fat before seeing any muscle definition and running is a great way to lose fat.
  • Overall wellbeing: You just feel so good after a run. It gives a great feeling of satisfaction and achievement.
  • Improves blood flow and clears up your face: Running opens your pores and clears up your skin.

Sticking with the habit once you get started

  • Team up: I cannot stress how important it is to have a team. It will help you keep committed. Start brisk walking with a partner and slowly work your way towards running. Don’t be afraid that others may outpace you. Remember, all of us had to start somewhere.
  • Try outdoors: If you hate treadmill or gym, try running outside. Find a park or trail close by and get going. You can also enjoy the fresh air and have fun people watching :).  I started running outside and now got used to treadmill too.
  • Go for run before you get home: Just change at work and go out for a run before going home. I know how lazy we feel after getting home. Or even better, start your day with a run.
  • Start small: You can aim big like doing a 5K or 10K but start small. Running too soon, too fast or too far can cause injuries.
  • Don’t get hard on yourself: We are all busy and might not find time everyday for running and that is OK. Your body needs a break now and then to recuperate.
  • Do not focus on weight: Notice the changes in your body rather than weight. If your focus is weight loss, exercise only does not help. You do need to watch your diet.
  • Track your miles: Tracking your activities will boost your morale and will keep you going. I use Runkeeper app and feel awesome whenever I achieve a new personal record :-). You can also use a pedometer that tracks your steps, miles and calories.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes: It might not matter much in the beginning but as you run longer, it is important to have comfortable clothes. I love loose fitting tops.
  • Create a playlist: Having a playlist of fast paced songs really helped me improve my pace and continue running for longer duration. You could do a run/walk combo for each song, walk for song 1 and run for song 2 and so on. Do not pump up the volume and BE AWARE of the surroundings if you are running outside.

Hope my tips are helpful to you. I would love to know what your motivation is and your tips for running. Don’t forget to leave them in the comments section below 🙂

 

 

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I am Aswani Kurra. I am an engineer, dreamer and part-time wanderlust, writer and wine lover. I always had an urge to write, create and travel. So I created this space to satisfy my creative itch and combine all my skills to help you plan your Charming Escape.

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4 Comments

  1. nike montante on May 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Whɑt’s up, I check your bloɡ like every week. Your story-telling stylе is аwesomе, keep doing what
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    • Hummingbird on May 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you, nike montante! Your words are very motivating and I hope to continue doing this.

  2. fussball trikots on May 24, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post plus the rest of the site is also very good.|

    • Hummingbird on May 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you for the encouraging words! 🙂

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