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NEW TO RUNNING? HERE ARE MY TOP 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO GET STARTED.

First things first, whether you ‘jog’, run intervals (that’s when you run for X number of minutes, walk for X number of minutes and repeat), or run continuously – you, my friend, are a runner!

It can be overwhelming when starting running – you go into a running store and see ALL the gear. It’s difficult to know what is required, what is a nice to have, and what would be a complete waste of money.

Here is my list of 5 things to get you started.

MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE PODCASTS

I started listening to podcasts about a year ago. I was struggling with my runs post Seawheeze, and a good friend told me to try listening to a podcast, as that’ll help take my mind off the struggle train I was on. And O-M-G, she was blooming right!

Now I tend to do a third of my runs listening to a podcast, a third listening to music, and the remaining third I go without earbuds so I can listen to my breathing and foot fall.

I dip in and out of a lot of podcasts, but the 5 below are definitely my favourites. The presenters are motivational, inspirational and I get so much out of each run; I now see those podcast runs as personal development AND physical development – double whammy!

8 TIPS ON KEEPING SAFE WHILE OUT RUNNING ALONE

Hello!

I’ve been doing a few early morning solo runs recently. There is something magical about being one of the first people out in the morning. Certainly where I live, the streets are mostly quiet, except a few other runners, dog walkers, and those coming home from work/starting work early.  As well as feeling AWESOME that you have completed your run before work, you are beating the heat, and there is something special knowing you are one of the few seeing that spectacular sunrise.

5 KEY FOODS THAT SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH (AND A BERRY CHIA PUDDING RECIPE)

Four years ago, I was pretty unhealthy. I didn’t eat well and rarely exercised. This was a bad combination, but as I look back now, I realise that, not only was I inactive and didn’t eat well, I was also poorly educated on food. One of the biggest problems was that I thought I was eating healthily.

RUNNER SAFETY

Hello!

I’ve been doing a few early morning solo runs recently. There is something magical about being one of the first people out in the morning. Certainly where I live, the streets are mostly quiet, except a few other runners, dog walkers, and those coming home from work/starting work early.  As well as feeling AWESOME that you have completed your run before work, you are beating the heat, and there is something special knowing you are one of the few seeing that spectacular sunrise.

HOW TO DECIDE ON A RACE GOAL

I was standing at the bus stop on my way to work this morning, and I started thinking about my race goal for the Oak Bay half marathon in May.  I’m half way through my training cycle for this race, which has now got me thinking about whether my race goal is realistic. I say it’s got me thinking, but to be truthful, it’s more than just thinking – I’ve been stressing and calculating pace and analysing my previous run paces, asking myself if I found the pace difficult or could I keep it up for 21.1km. I’m honestly surprised I’ve managed to carry on at work this week, as this is all I’ve been thinking about.

I’m interested to know how you set a race goal. Do you have one goal per race or do you have a plan A, plan B, plan C, plan D…..?