The biggest complaint when someone takes up running? It feels so hard! You can’t breathe, your legs ache and your head is telling you to stop right now! So how do you make running feel easier?
It’s not just beginner runners who struggle. Every runner will tell you, running after a layoff is tough. It can make you feel like a beginner all over again.
It sucks. I know. I’ve been there a few times. Two years ago I badly sprained my ankle and really struggled to get back to fitness.
Running will always be challenging, but hopefully these tips and strategies I’ve built up over the years will help make running feel easier.
HOW TO MAKE RUNNING FEEL EASIER
Reset your expectations. You’re not going to be the next Paula Radcliffe on day one. If you’re a total beginner you need to build up your running strength first.
More experienced runners, re-starting after a layoff, still can’t expect to jump right back in. You’ll need to build back up to your former running level gradually.
This isn’t a race, it’s a training run. Even when you’re racing you warm up first. Start slow. You should be able to hold a conversation. If you can’t talk and run you need to slow down.
There’s time for interval training and sprinting as you body becomes stronger. Right now you need to slow down and learn how to maintain a steady pace. My tips to take up running will help.