Ever feel like your mind is a jumbled mess of thoughts, a maze of which job to tick off the to-do list first? If I ever feel like this and need some sort of clarity then grabbing my trainers and pounding the pavement always sorts me right out!
Running doesn’t come easy to most people and it takes a while until you actually feel like its enjoyable and not some sort of torture routine but once your hooked you are HOOKED!
For me its the sense of achievement, the strength of mind to push yourself that teeny bit further or complete that mile slightly quicker- trust me I may hate every extra second but its a test to your own mental strength and once you’ve jogged that little extra you feel so amazing, proud and most importantly strong!
My essentials for each and every run no matter how far it is include; a good pair of trainers and I am not talking the flashest (did I say flash..am I old??) Nike trainers, go to a proper running shop, try on a variety of ‘Running’ specific trainers, even test them out on an in store treadmill and make sure they are 100% comfortable and supportive; my particular favs are Brookes as I pronate slightly when I run.
Load your Iphone/ music device with your favourite songs, this is vital for me and I would even go to say I can’t run without this amazing distraction technique! My ultimate’s are loud, fast dance tunes which will make the time pass quickly ohhh and songs I can sing along too.
Lastly without the risk of sounding like a Granny, stretching really is worth doing before to warm you up, wake up those muscles and then after to really help with the next day and day after body aches plus it will set you up nicely for your next run. Push through the aches at first because its such a good stress buster and source of ‘me’ time amongst the obvious health benefits…
Love Harriet x