Since coronavirus took hold of the UK thousands of people took to the streets and began running! Whether you’re a jogger, a racer or somewhere in between we would like to welcome you to the wonderful world of running! It really is a fantastic sport, nothing rivals the sense of achievement you get from smashing PBs, finishing big races or (dare to dream) winning! We thought it’d be a good idea to hand down some advice for these runners to stop them making the same mistakes we did!
Tip number 1: Join a club. There are thousands of running clubs available in the UK and our experience is that they’re friendly, welcoming and the best way to meet other runners whatever your level. Do shop around though!
Tip number 2: Do cross-country! Long gone are the days of running around a rugby field in your pants while the PE teacher hurls abuse. Cross-country is cheap, great fun and a real team effort. I can’t tell you how many great friends I’ve made through cross-country it really is the beating heart of our sport.
Tip number 3: Take the risk of injury seriously. Running can be the most frustrating sport known to man but injury risk can be mitigated. No one wants 8 weeks off their favourite past time but by following a well structured training plan and doing some strength and conditioning exercises regularly injury can be avoided.
Tip number 4: Take part! Racing is the best way to enjoy running and it helps you get the most out of the sport. Everything from Parkrun to The London Marathon and in between is great. For a list of really great events in the UK for 2021 check out our partners Racebest!
Tip number 5: Enjoy it!!! This is by far the most important tip. Make running fun by training in a group, hitting the trails or smashing the track but do what you love because without fun there’s not a lot of point. There’s a reason Mo Farah and Eliud Kipchoge are always smiling, it’s because of how much fun running is (or all the olympic gold medals they have).
If you have any other tips for new runners then let us know by email or a comment in the comments section! It is a truly wonderful sport and we hope you become veteran runners some day!