People continue to make excuses for why they’re unable to get fit by staying physically active. Most are honest enough to say that they’re a lazy bum, while others claim they cannot find the time in their allegedly busy schedule. Friends, you do have the time, because someone who is busier than you is running right now!
At one point, my definition of being active was to go for 4 or 5 hour leisurely walks around my past neighborhood of Glover Park as well as down Dupont Circle, U Street and Georgetown, Washington D.C. I would imagine my heart rate never exceeded 90 beats and I wouldn’t even sweat a drop. Basically, the point I’m trying to set through is that you can never be too busy or too unfit for a short easy run.
My start was with a 500m easy run, two cups of fresh tears, and 30 minutes of whining and crying each time I dragged myself out.
Last night, I ran 6k, approx. 45 minutes, and carried a huge smile on my face at the end! I’m sure you can spare 30 minutes of your 24hr day. When you wake up? Before Dinner? After going to the movies? You can make time if you really wanted to ;) Give it a go!
Here are some tips I learned from my humble running experience:
I’m personally most comfortable wearing 2XU compression pants with a Nike Dri-Fit T. My shoes are Saucony Switchfoot 4 and Saucony Switchfoot 5 and I absolutely love them! Your running shoes are your most critical piece of equipment that you will need for the run. Stay away from fashion oriented shoes from those highly commercialized brands, unless you can find ones that are light, flexible, and make love to your feet as you run! Check out Inter Sport at 36o Mall or Extreme Sports (Salmiya/Shuwaikh).
To the Max! Keep a talking pace; that is, be able to carry a conversation at the pace you’re in. Of course, with time, your talking speed will keep on increasing. Relax your shoulders. Relax your fists. Relax your facial expression. Relax every bit of your body and take it easy. Running isn’t meant to be stressful. This is your own race, so don’t follow in anyone’s pace.
Don’t be shallow, be deep! Deeper breaths allow an ample supply of oxygen intake ensuring your body’s increased endurance. Always fully inflate your lungs with new oxygen and completely replace the leftover carbon dioxide. Your muscles need the oxygen to create energy, so do keep a steady rhythm. Hydrate!