With the Auckland Marathon just 85 days away, we thought we should provide you with some extra inspiration to run (or continue your training)!
Running can help you lose weight, improve your mood and increase your lifespan.
It can be daunting at first but you will start to feel the mental and physical benefits within a matter of weeks.
Start slowly and add a bit on every week, you shouldn’t increase your distance by more than 10% every couple of weeks.
Believe in yourself and be patient until you learn to love it
Why you should run:
- Running provides a rare avenue by which we can totally remove ourselves from life’s many distractions and truly have time for our minds to either roam wild or do absolutely nothing.
- You lose weight: In 30 minutes, a 60-kilo woman burns about 287 calories running at 10 km per hour and about 96 calories walking at five kilometres an hour. If you only have 30 minutes go hard, running will burn the most calories and fat.
- It’s a creativity outlet: when we begin running our minds are focused and the ‘chatter’ is reduced helping us concentrate on the most frustrating of problems.
- The primitive nature of running does not put demand on our minds, other than that we need put one foot in front of the other and not forget to breathe!
- It increases your lifespan: according to a Danish study, running one and a half to two hours a week can increase women’s lifespan by 5.6 years and men’s by 6.2 years plus you only need to run fast enough to feel a little breathless.
- Breaking a sweat on a regular basis will slash your chances of developing several types of cancer.
- It strengthens muscles: you maintain muscle through regular exercise otherwise fat replaces it. Running strengthens your legs, back and abdominal muscles.
- You can improve your sleep and boost your energy; you are also less likely to feel sleepy during the day
- Running can elevate mood and ease depression, thanks to the release of endorphins in the brain.
- The feeling of peaceful mellowness after a long run can be just as relaxing as a long holiday (and cheaper)
- Running can increase bone density and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Landing a running stride puts 11 times more force through your leg than walking (approx.).
- It improves your heart health by increasing the elasticity of arteries which reduces risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
How you should run:
- Get the right shoes: it’s worth investing in proper running shoes from companies like the shoe clinic who measure your feet and height accordingly. I guarantee you won’t care about the style of the shoe when you cross the finish line.
- Sign Up for a race: the 10k or ½ marathons are great places to start. Once you put your name down you have made a commitment and your targets are then set to complete them.
- Start slow: it’s surprising how many injuries occur from people going to hard too soon. As they say slow and steady win the race. Take it easy and walk inbetween if you need to as burn out can happen very easily.
- Find people to run with: Running is much more fun with people you know. You can set targets and encourage each other when the going gets tough.
- Have some recovery time between runs as this down time strengthens your body. Try to have one complete day off and run only 3 times a week.
- A healthy diet is important. Your body needs carbs to fuel your run- a car can’t run without petrol.
- Drink lots of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Drinks like powerade can also restore the electrolytes in your body.
Sign up for the Auckland Marathon here
Check out the other runs around New Zealand here