Have you found yourself being inspired by others to start your own running journey, but you just haven’t made that step to lace up your trainers and go? What is holding you back?
In 2020, more people than ever took up running due to the restrictions placed upon us in regards to exercise and the inability to continue with our usual routine. Running is one of the only recreations that hasn’t been unaffected by Covid-19. Indeed, there was more than a 60% uptake of gym-goers that took up running during the first lockdown back in March 2020.
Are you still making excuses not to run? Maybe these excuses are familiar to you?
“I’ve not had time to run.”
Over these past few months, the majority of us have had more time than ever to take up something new. If you can’t seem to find the time, take a look at your weekly routine and schedule three times when you can fit in 30 minutes. Think of the times during the week that you’re doing mindless tasks that can be replaced with running.
Maybe you’ll be better at running in the morning? It may seem like an impossible thought right now, but you’ll be amazed at how an early morning run will set you up for the day.
Have your running clothes at the ready! Seeing your intention set out in front of you can be a game-changer!
“I’m feeling too tired.”
We get that! This last year has been hard on us both physically and mentally, and we can go through weeks where we feel drained.
Think about what you are eating at the moment – are you fuelling your body with nutrient-rich foods, or are you reaching for the junk food? These choices will contribute to your fatigue.
Going for a run will energise you and make you feel so much better afterwards. Grab a snack for energy and run around an hour later. Take yourself out for 10-15 minutes for a walk-run-walk and see how it goes. You might surprise yourself!
“I feel too self-conscious.”
Lack of confidence is a common reason why people don’t start running. You worry that people are judging you and decide that you’re too slow, too big or too old to be running.
Well we say, that’s none of their business! What they think has more to say about them and their insecurities than it does about you.
You won’t realise this at first, but you will inspire others to take up running once they see the journey you have had and the benefits running has made to your life.
Don’t forget, other runners will love seeing you out – they are cheering you on. They were once new to this and will relate to your struggles.
There’s a lot to be said about getting some decent running clothing to make you feel more confident and comfortable when out running. If you look like a runner, you’ll feel like a runner – because you ARE a runner!
“I’m too scared to run on my own.”
If you feel unsafe running alone, then don’t do it. You want running to be an enjoyable experience, and feeling worried is far from that! Reach out to online communities and see if there is someone in your area you could run with. Local running groups are also an option (when restrictions allow!).
“I don’t know how to run.”
It may be an obvious thing ‘to run’, but many are worried about how to do it correctly when they start. We all have different styles of running, and there are things you can do to improve your form. For starting off, you want to get out there at a gentle pace and see how it feels.
Having proper running form will reduce your risk of injury and help you get more out of you run. Our running coaches are here to help you. You can also check out our tips on getting your heel strike right.
“I don’t have any kit.”
Running is one of the only sports that you can do without spending any money – initially anyway!
You’ll certainly benefit from comfortable fitting trainers and sweat-wicking clothing, but for your initial sessions, some suitable trainers and workout clothes are fine. As soon as you’re able, it is worth investing in a new pair of specific running trainers and a sports bra (for women). Having the correct trainers for your stride and gait will help to take care of your feet and knees.
Once you get started, you’ll want to spend money on cool kit to look the part!
“I have bad knees/ bad back.”
Don’t write yourself off from running because of an injury. Muscle related pain in your back can happen when your core, hips, glutes and hamstrings are weak. This weakness then forces your back muscles to take on the work. Seek advice from your doctor if you think your pain is caused by arthritis or discogenic pain is coming from a bulging or slipped disc.
This is why cross-training is so important. There are many things you can do to treat back pain and knee pain and get you out running. This is why we felt it was vital to have a sports therapist on our team of coaches.
“I don’t feel motivated.”
Running on your own takes a whole lot of motivation and drive. One way to overcome this is to join a community. Local groups cater for all types of runners, and many online running communities will offer motivation and celebration to help keep you going. Read How to Keep Motivated to Run for more tips on keeping your running mojo!
If any of these reasons resonate with you, then why not check out our very own Facebook Community Start Running – Stay Running. Our team of coaches within the group can offer tips and tricks on keeping injury-free and our members will motivate and celebration your running journey.
Want more advice to start your running journey? How about a whole coaching team behind you? Grab a running plan, nutrition plans, injury-specific advice, strength & conditioning and stretch & mobility workouts to help you get strong and recover. Come and see what we offer on The Inside Track. Currently, we are offering a ‘try before you buy’ 14-day pass before you invest.
We look forward to seeing you in our community soon!