HOW TO BE A RUNNER by Jodie Oborne

Ultra Runner – Jodie Oborne

One thing everyone does from a very early age is run. There is something quite primitive about running, the freedom of movement we had, as a child when we were either being chased or chased be it the waves on the shore, a friend or pet. When we take it up again as an adult it can feel awkward and unnatural to start with. Running is hard but it is also rewarding. It is the most efficient way to burn calories but there are many other mental and physical benefits to just moving so what are you waiting for? Get out there and move. It doesn’t matter if you have to walk, walking is essential in ultra running but if you have to walk, walk with purpose and resume running when you feel comfortable. You are running so you are now a runner.

What you wear can be important but you will find this out very quickly in the hot and humid conditions we experience here in Brisbane.

Shoes should be comfortable – no hot spots or tightness. If they don’t feel comfortable in the shoe store they are probably never going to be. Most shoe stores will take the time to fit you correctly, make sure you try on both shoes and walk and jog around a bit to get the feel for the shoe. You should get 700-1000km out of a good pair of shoes, that’s a long time on the feet but also value for money.

These days there is a fantastic range of technical running gear, made specifically for running that actually looks good too. No wonder people feel so comfortable doing the grocery shopping in their ‘active wear’. Good active wear has seams that don’t rub/chafe, draws the sweat away, dry quickly and even have anti-stink properties. You can also get stuff that is light and cool, great for running in Brisbane conditions.

Okay so we’ve established that you are a runner and you have the gear. Now what?

Consistency matters most.

• Make running a habit. You will get the most improvement and make the best fitness gains by achieving consistency in your running. Make a commitment to running. Yes, it is almost like a marriage. Make it a habit, work out a routine and stick to it.

• You can get away with just 3 days of running for about 30 minutes at a time. If you don’t feel like you can run for 30 minutes start with a run walk routine. Run for a few minutes and walk for one.

• Be disciplined and record it. There is nothing more satisfying than achieving a goal so set at a minimum weekly goals.

• We should all be familiar with goal setting so make sure your goals are SMART.
Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely
“I will run 3 times this week for 30 minutes each time”
” I will run/walk 20km this week and 100km this month.”

• It’s more fun with friends. It goes without saying that something shared is way more fun. So recruit friends, colleagues and/or get a group together to keep each other accountable.

• If you haven’t heard about it or experienced it yet check out parkrun. parkrun is an amazing community event. It’s 5km, every Saturday morning at 7am in Queensland. It’s timed (so you can really tell that you’re getting faster) and there’s no excuse when you are interstate or even overseas because there are parkrun events EVERYWHERE. You need to register https://www.parkrun.com.au/
Move with purpose.

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