You can't fire a cannon from a canoe!
Recently there has been a real variety in the runners contacting me for support with their running goals. They all want to run better but are all at very different stages in their running journey.
Some have been ready to start on a training plan specifically designed to help them achieve their running goals and others at a point where they need to work on developing their fitness foundations before taking on a running plan.
So what does this mean? Running is a skill and in order to run properly and consistently takes co-ordination, strength and a general level of fitness. Without the right foundations runners will have an increased risk of injury, will possibly burnout and will not enjoy the running experience as much as they could.
Taking a few weeks/months to build the base fitness and foundations for running will be highly beneficial in the long run.
What do I suggest? Here are my top 5 tips before taking on any running plan.
1) Kick the bad habits (you know what they are) and get more sleep
2) Improve your diet - reduce the fast food and increase your intake of fruit and veg
3) Drink more water
4) Incorporate some general strength and core work 2/3 times per week (including mobility drills before and after)
5) Move more - adding regular low impact exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming
Give these 5 tips a go and I guarantee you will feel better, more energised and gain confidence. Be consistent and within a short while you will be healthier, fitter, stronger and ready to start your running journey.