The Marathon Series: Start Running

Wednesday 15 October 2014 by

You may already realise that I’m a bit of a runner. But now I’m about to take it up to another level and start training for a marathon! So, to keep you up to date with my journey, I’m starting a new series of posts on House of Blog in order to get you – and me – up to speed (geddit!?) to run a whole 26 miles, and, more importantly, enjoy it…

We’re going to be covering everything from getting the right kit, to eating the right stuff, to staying motivated, and I want you to share your stories too; whether you’re going for a marathon or just the local 5km fun run, add the hashtag #HoBFitness to your tweets, Instagram photos and Google+ posts, write on the House of Blog Facebook wall, and get involved in the community.

So, without further ado, how do you begin training for a marathon?

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Start Running

Sounds kind of obvious, right? Well, unless you’re already doing the odd run, you’re going to have to start at the beginning, and here’s some quick steps to getting started.

Pick a route

Choose a route you know well (preferably a loop), no more than 5-7km (that’s about 3-4.5 miles) and start there. Walk it a couple of times so you know it by heart, and know when you might have to stop to cross a road, or there is a blind bend you need to be aware of. Choose a route that’s safe; that includes pavements and street lamps if you’re going to be running in the dark. Perhaps pick one or two loops you can pick from if you find yourself getting bored easily. Then you can begin.

Run-Walk

Don’t try to do it all at once – especially if the most you’ve run in the past few years is for the local bus. Run-walk it first. It doesn’t matter how many times you have to walk, just get round. Before you know it, your runs will be longer and your walks will be shorter, until you can run the whole route without even thinking about it.

Make it a habit

I would say you want to be running two or three times a week. Choose your ‘run days’ and stick to them – make running a habit, not a chore, and you’re halfway there. If you’re consistent with your training, you will find it becomes easier and much more enjoyable than trying to force yourself to do it. Plus, if you create a routine, you will be able to build your social life around it!

So what are you waiting for? Get running.

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back next week to find out what kind of kit you want to start buying to get you going faster (I promise!)

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