For non-runners, going out in public to run could feel quite embarrassing. It’s a totally new situation, but honestly, people won’t be looking at you. It’s such a common site to see people out running now. And don’t worry about what you look like, or how unfit you feel. You might feel tired after 10 minutes, but remember other people won’t know how long you’ve been running for.
Much of the appeal of running is due to the fact you can do it anywhere, and anytime. Whether you live in a busy city, or out in the sticks, you’ll be able to find somewhere to run. Although if you’re new to running, try to run on grass and dirt paths as much as possible, as opposed to the pavement, or you may get painful shin splints which will put an end to your running before it’s started. Running around your local park is the perfect place to start. You can do a big lap, or two, and some parks even have a running track so you can imagine you’re giving Mo Farah a run for his money. Here are some of the pros and cons of running on different surfaces:
Let’s also look at the different types of running, and how you can build them into your weekly plan. And why not sign yourself up for a 5k park run to give you something to aim for and to help you stay motivated?
What are the different types of running?
There are lots of different types of runs, and this can be confusing for new runners. There are eight basic types, and understanding the differences between them will help you to build your perfect training plan, so you can become a strong, well-rounded runner.
Beginner runners shouldn’t run too much too soon if you’re just starting out. You should build up gradually, so start with a one or two mile run at the most. Run at a slow and steady pace so you don’t get too tired. Aim for three runs per week for around 30 minutes, and increase the duration (or mileage) every other week so your body can adapt gradually. Here’s what a simple training plan could look like for a beginner runner:
Mix up your runs to include the eight basic types of running as you progress, and you’ll become a fit and strong runner in no time!