There's always that moment for every runner, those knee trembling steps out of the door for the very first time.
It's safe to say, your initial run outdoors where everyone can see you is the worst. So, this week, I'm going to share with you a few tips to help you get out on the road.
If you are particularly self conscious (as I certainly was) try some gentle jogging on the WiFit if you have one. I spent several evenings jogging on the spot following the little man round his virtual course. It helped me get a bit of a rhythm, and also find out which of my wobbly bits were jiggling about a little too much. A bit of carefully arranged clothing can always sort that one out.
Remember that although you might think that everyone is watching you, they actually aren't. There's probably no curtain twitching happening at all. Once you've been out a few times, you won't even think about it any more. If you are really desperate, a pair of sunglasses and a hat will make you feel less conspicuous.
Now then. Kit. This is immensely important. Go out and treat yourself to :
On cold, dull days, it's very tempting not to run. If we have the choice between staying at home or kitting up and heading out, there's no prizes for which one we'd most likely choose. So, my routine is very simple. I put my kit on the radiator in the bathroom (which happens to be the warmest room in our house) for about 10 minutes. I quickly get changed into my gear, and pop on a beanie, by which time I'm warm as toast.
Finally, decide on your route before you go, and stick to it. If you walk a bit and run a bit that's fine. Remember to enjoy it and stay safe, hopefully it will be the start of something you can enjoy for years to come.
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