This year I have really shifted a focus on my fitness and have gotten into running. I mentioned a little while ago that I have a 21km running goal this year so I am really determined to get my distance up. A lot of people (myself included) find it hard to get started with running and find joy in it, as it can really be drag when you first start running. Here are my personal tips that have worked for me. 

Find a good podcast to tune out with

What works for me is something either hilarious and entertaining or something so calming and meditative that makes me tune out. My personal favourites are If I Were You by Jake and Amir or the Calm Podcast. 

Start really slow and small, just create the habit!

Haven’t been for a jog in like a million years? Don’t worry! We all start somewhere and I too was in this boat. Start by jogging slowly and go for short jogs while you create the habit. Focus on making it enjoyable for yourself. You WILL be sore and have tight muscles in the first weeks but keep persisting. Put those headphones in, get into your cute workout gear and just get outside for your short run. In the beginning it’s all about creating the habit of running. 

Quantity over quality

I would say that for the first 2-3 months whilst you’re creating this habit, try to run as frequently as you can, even if it’s just for 10 or 20 minutes at the start or the end of every day. The more you do it, the more it’ll become engrained into your daily routine.

Set a goal

Ok so now that you’re in the habit and you’re running often, your body will be used to running. Come up with a goal. Is it to be able to run 5km or 10km? Is it to run a kilometre in 4 minutes? Do you plan on running a half marathon or even a marathon? Set your goal, write it down, make a plan of how you are going to reach it, and keep running towards it.