Run, because you can!

If you would ask me one year ago if I wanted to join for a small run; I would’ve laughed and told you ‘I’m not that crazy’!

If you would ask me now, I would start jumping like a dog that sees a leash to go for a walk!

So something changed, and I will tell you how I went from zero to 5K.

 

It starts with the shoes

It all started with the shoes. I needed new sport shoes, because the ones I was using, I had them now for 8 years. So you can imagine that there was not much of use in the last 8 years. Now, I found a sportive boyfriend and he encouraged me to join him to the gym.

The trick to find good sport shoes is that they have to fit immediately like ‘aaaaah yes!’ and they should give a smile on your face. My boyfriend and I went for at least 4 attempts to find sport shoes and finally I found them! They were perfect, because they were like ‘aaaah yes!’ and pink. In the insoles it said ‘RUN strong’. – This made me think…

 

Out in the sun

Have I told you that I love the sun? I like to combine exercising with being in the sun, recharging my battery with solar energy. I would go for a bike ride or go for long distance skating. The disadvantages of these activities are that you can’t do them in the following cases:

  • with poor quality road surface,
  • in busy traffic,
  • while it is raining or too windy,
  • take the exercise to a different location.

In The Netherlands there is excellent road quality in my area, but here in the UK the traffic for me is too busy for cycling and the road surface not suitable for skating. And skates and bikes don’t fit easily in your bag while travelling to another country… But running shoes, shorts and a shirt are easily packed.

Since I already started to think about running, I decided to give it a try.

 

If I can do it..,

My first attempt started that I just would go out my house and start running. It was very exhausting and started to be quite painful. I didn’t do a proper warming up and I also did not think about building up my stamina for running. I stopped again, because my knees kept hurting. Then the winter fell in and the weather scared me, so I stayed inside.

So this was NOT a good idea…

New try, introducing the podcast.

In February a friend suggested that I should run with a podcast that guides you to gradually build up your stamina and endurance. I am sure there are plenty of podcasts available online, but I decided to go with ‘Fit mei Femke’. The podcast is in Frisian (my first language) and has a good mix of old, new, rock, pop and dance hits.

“Femke” is telling me when to start to run and when I can walk again. Especially in the beginning she kept insisting that I should not run too fast! This really helped, because when I ran without the podcast I went too fast and strained my knees. Now I was running like a snail, but at least I was building up. After a few weeks I was running like a pro.

I really started from zero and I can now say with confidence that I can run 5K, even though I’m not quite through the whole podcast training scheme.

The big benefits I’m reaping:

  • Running makes me happy,
  • I’m leaving my thoughts behind,
  • I have more energy during the day,
  • It makes me feel I achieved something that day, especially useful after a slow day at work.

 

You don’t need much

The cool thing about running is that you don’t need much.

Here is what I am using, from bottom to top:

  • Running shoes,
  • Socks,
  • Shorts,
  • Supportive sports bra, very important! Go for the strongest level of support.
  • Vest,
  • T-shirt,
  • MP3-player, with sport earplugs.

And go!

 

You can do it!

So, even if you don’t like the idea of running, just try it.

In the first training you start to run 1 minute and then walk for 2 minutes, seven times. You can do that!?

If this is still too much, then I would suggest going out for a walk in the sun! 🌞

 

I’m curious to hear what your experiences are, please comment below!

Here are some pictures of the most elemental parts for my running. The MP3-player is very small and I can clip it on my straps.

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