Whether you are an experienced runner or new to running it is always good to run with a purpose or goal in mind. We find setting goals help keeps us motivated and gives each of our runs a purpose.
Goals can be simple ones such as running from between certain points without stopping, or at a certain pace or for a certain amount of time. Whatever they are, make them specific, achievable, and realistic.
Find a training plan that matches your goal. There are loads of free ones online so whatever your ability or starting point a quick google and you will easily find a plan and training structure to suit you.
Find a partner to run with and keep you accountable. Often when I don’t feel like going for a run just knowing my partner is ready and waiting to start is a big enough motivator.
Join a running club. If running in a group sounds appealing, then take the plunge and join a club. You will find a lot of enthusiastic runners and likeminded people. Most clubs have organised runs for all abilities, so it is easy to join up and get involved.
Do park run. With park runs all over the UK there is bound to be one in easy striking distance for you. Don’t be intimidated by them, they are really friendly and you will find people of all paces and ability taking part. It is also a good way to measure your progress week by week. They are also free.
Don’t worry too much about what gear you are running in. A decent pair of trainers is all you really need and if you are a woman, then probably also invest in a sports bra.
Finally, while you may have bags of enthusiasm to start running, be realistic and increase your distance slowly. This helps avoid injury. A general rule of thumb is not to increase your mileage by more than 10% a week.
Enjoy your run!