In an effort to use a bit of my university education on this blog, I’m going to start this series of posts about running. They could be about anything, but it is also a way for me to document my progress, and make me a little more accountable if I fall off the bandwagon. So I’m going to start with why I started running and a few of my basic necessities!
My Background in Running
Now, I have never, ever been a runner. As a teen, I played netball upwards of 5 days a week. So I was never a terribly unfit person. However, I often played positions (like GS and GK) that didn’t require long distance running, rather many short sprints. Long distance running was never something I did often. And when I did, it didn’t enjoy it. Then came university. Studying Exercise Science, a high level of activity was expected. I completed 5km runs, and even a mini triathlon, but still, running was not enjoyable. Outside of uni, I took up pole dancing, which was incredible for both my weight and my strength, but not something that built up my aerobic fitness. When I tried to run, lower leg pain was often what made me stop long before I was puffed out. Shin splints so bad, that I couldn’t flex my ankle without pain was something that discouraged me. But I can tell you now, two weeks into my new program, I am loving running. I’m still having bouts of low motivation, but once I drag myself out there, I’m so happy I did. So now that you know a little more about my background of running, I’m going to share with you my biggest essentials for enjoying running. Some of these may not work for you, but I stress, working out what is good and what is bad about your exercise routine is key to keeping it up.