In this video, Jo Pavey talks you through making sure you have the right running gear, finding the confidence to start and how to establish a routine. If you have worries about running or maintaining motivation, this video will help you on your way.
You'll want loose fitting clothing or running tights that don't restrict movement and allow you to move freely. Moisture wicking materials can make runs more comfortable, but you don't need to invest in expensive running clothing to get started. On colder days, aim for layers that are thin and light.
Your first few times out the door may feel slightly daunting, but persevere and give yourself time to gain confidence. You'll soon be wondering what you were worried about, and your sense of achievement will outweigh any worries you had.
A little bit of muscle soreness is likely in the days when you first start running. This is completely normal as your body is adapting to the new activity. This after exercise soreness usually starts to occur 24 to 48 hours after a workout and is referred to as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). To lessen this, it's important that you run slowly to begin with to allow your body to adapt to running. If you're experiencing too much soreness, then it's fine to take an extra day off, or just go for a walk as gentle movement will help. Do some gentle stretching too. As you get more used to running you'll start to experience less problems with muscle soreness.
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