Summer is officially over and only yesterday marked the first day of autumn – next thing you know it’ll be Christmas! The best way to lose weight at this time of year, and to enjoy the autumnal surroundings is running. Every year in autumn, Windsor holds The Windsor Running Festival. The festival combines two races, Running4Women Windsor 10k and the Windsor Half Marathon, which will be held in Windsor Great Park. So many of you may feel inspired and want to take up running yourself. Here are our top tips on how to start your running journey.
Don’t be fooled by the sales assistant at sports shops selling you the most expensive shoe and don’t be swayed by the big brand names. Everyone’s feet are different and it depends on how a shoe will fit you. Try on a couple of shoes in store, jog around and let your feet decide which feels more comfortable. The most important part of choosing the right trainer is comfort. If you will be running long distances, your feet will go through a lot, so it’s important you choose a shoe that feels good and is durable. Socks are also important, as they are the common cause for blisters. You want a breathable, snug sock that’s not suffocating.
The setting for the Windsor half marathon cannot be better, the start and finish line being on the Long Walk and the Windsor Castle is the perfect backdrop. So if you want to get into running, you should think about your route and where it will take you. Taking a scenic route will make you feel more relaxed and in your own little bubble. Whereas in a busy area, you may need to stop and start which will interrupt your pace. Or if you are a member at a gym, use the running machines to help you calculate the time, length and incline.
Running will make you burn a lot of calories, meaning your body will be hungry and it’ll make you want to reach for the fridge more than usual. It is common for new runners to gain weight rather than loose it for this exact reason. To avoid this, why not reduce your running time, run for 30 minutes instead of 60. The shorter workout will still get you in shape, burn some calories and prepare you for your next run. And remember to stay hydrated!
- Set a goal
If you are a running expert or just starting out, it’s always useful to set yourself targets to get you motivated. Every target and goal is different to everybody and you should not compare yourself to anyone else. Set yourself a realistic goal that you know you should be able to achieve with a push. Keep a diary of your runs and note down your distance, route, time, weather and how you were feeling. That way, whenever there is a day where you need a boost of motivation, you can look back and be encouraged by your progress.
- Focus on your form
Just like with any form of exercise, it is important to get your form right before long distance running. Running correctly is crucial for improving overall speed and reducing the risk of injury. Stand upright and keep your spine aligned. Make sure your head, shoulders, hips and feet all stay stacked on top of each other.
It is always useful to seek advice from a personal trainer. Whether you are just starting running, or recovering from injury. Expert advice can help you set your health and fitness goal and, just as vital, help you stick to them! If you are in the Windsor area looking for some expert advice, head to Wren’s Club. The Wren’s Club team and facilities can help you achieve your targets and reach your final goal. The gym expands over three floors and is one of the best equipped gyms in Windsor. Towels, chilled water and coffee are complimentary, and after your workout you can unwind in the outdoor whirlpool.
To find out more information on memberships, facilities and any questions you may have, stop by reception, call us on +44 1753 864186 or email [email protected]. We can connect you with a personal trainer who matches your needs and goals or get you set up with a membership straight away.
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