Most runners whom I have met in the stadium have ran marathons, half-marathon, 10KM race, or 5KM. The key that keep them going without set back and only feedback is passion. They are doing it based on their passion. Yet, there are some minority we don’t.
The thing I’m trying to put through is not to discriminate these minority but to raise awareness that running can be fun and enjoyable. Well, to be honest, personally I started running because of health issue. As I begin to run, I have spoken to hundreds of passionate runners, if not thousand of runners now that have guide in running.
They have thought me a very important lesson… That is do what you are passionate about. If not feel passionate about what you do. So, I hope this particular article will help you as it really impact my life deeply.
Some of you might be looking for alternative way to lose weight or you might want to keep fit and look healthier. Or maybe some of you are “forced” to run due to peer pressure and you’re looking for help. And there’s a way out. There’s a solution in every problem. Each problem you face as a runner, is a happiness gain.
1. Get a fitting running shoe
A pair of running shoe that can suits you is critical in running. Firstly you must know your feet. That include whether to choose a Normal (medium) Arch, Flat (low) Arch or High Arch shoe. The second step is to know your shoe size. And lastly, what shoe you want. (brand, series, etc). Well, everything boils down to the shop you’re getting from. Several shop assistance will guide you on buying a new pair of shoe.
2. Begin with the end in mind
Always know what you’re running for. If your goal is to be able to run a full marathon, always visualize it before you run. This will act as a motivational factor. Thus, when you’re feeling too tired or too lazy to even step out of you house, you’ll still be motivated to run. So, set achievable goal.
When you’re setting goal, it’ll be a good to write down the task and the duration to complete the task. (I do recommend you to write it down. Yes. On a paper.)
During goal setting follow the S.M.A.R.T. process.
3. Start off slow
As there is a saying goes, “Slow and steady wins the race”. If you are just starting to run, try not to over stretch yourself by going too fast or even too far. Start out with a slow yet great start to keep your first run a pleasant one.