Now, there’s a lot of speculation when it comes to when to run and where. For a beginner, there a few methods we would recommend you start with:
How often should you run?
As we have previously mentioned, running can take a toll on the body when you first start. There is a lot of impact that your body has to get used to and you will probably experience muscle soreness and fatigue when you first start.
For beginner runners, we recommend running around 2-3 times a week, depending on your fitness level. This means you can give your body enough time to rest and recover between runs, resulting in a better recovery rate and hopefully resulting in less injury. Once you feel stronger and fitter, you can up your runs to 3-4 times a week and increase other factors like time and distance to meet your new fitness level.
What time of day is best for running?
In terms of when to run during the day, it all depends upon the individual runner. Some of us early birds enjoy running in the morning because it gets it over and done with before work. It can make you feel refreshed and jump-starts your metabolism.
Other runners feel more energetic running after work in the evenings or use it as a way to de-stress after a long day. It also means that you don’t have to wake up earlier, which is a bonus.
Where can you run?
When it comes to deciding where to run, there are a variety of places to choose from, that all feel different for your body and your fitness level. As a beginner, we recommend starting to run on a running track or a paved pathway. This kind of surface is the smoothest and best for beginners because it allows your body to adjust to the new strain on an even surface.
However, if you’re finding that a paved surface is still too hard for running and you need to run on something softer, you can try running on the grass at a park or a sports field. This will allow your legs and feet to slowly adjust to the pressure and impact of running while giving them a softer and less taxing surface. Be careful though, as some parks or sporting fields can have uneven surfaces, so just be cautious when running on these surfaces.
Once your fitness and expertise increase, then you can start running on uneven surfaces, like outdoor tracks and the beach.
Mapping your running route
You should also try to map your runs before you head out the door. Having a solid understanding of your route, how long, and for what distance will give you a sense of accomplishment and it will also allow you to track your progress as you get fitter and stronger. There are plenty of fitness apps that will track your runs for you, but you can also try and use different indicators to track your routes like a specific tree or a street sign.
Don’t Forget to Stretch
Always make sure, even if you’re a beginner or an expert runner, to stretch before and after every run. Stretching is so important for the body because this will help to prevent injury. After a run, your muscles and joints are warm and therefore more pliable. Taking the time to properly stretch will increase your flexibility and ability to recover faster. Running is a great sport to get into. Not only is it amazing for your health and physical appearance, but it will help you to destress and unwind after a stressful day. Remember, don’t give up after your first attempt. The truth is running can be an acquired taste – the more you run, the more you will grow to enjoy it. Learning to run and enjoying running may take some practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to answer the question of ‘Why do people love running?’