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Running Essentials to Smash that Workout

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The 40th anniversary of the London Marathon is taking place on October fourth, and it’s going to look a little different this year. Despite the Coronavirus it’s going ahead, so you can still lace up your running shoes and make the most of your workout. 

The London Marathon is going virtual this year. With runners being asked to record their progress, and clock in their times over a 24-hour period. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to run the whole 26.2 miles this year, gear up! For a little help getting started with your running, we’ve got a few tips that will be a big help on your way.

Gear Up for Your Run

When you’re running, a big part of your success is going to be how comfortable you are. Pick a route you’re happy with, go at your own pace, and make sure you’re wearing the right clothing! It can make a world of difference to your running experience.

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You need clothing that gives you a full range of motion. Not to mention it’s good to have something that’s made from a sweat-wicking material. Shorts or a pair of leggings make for great legwear. And a sports bra offers good support and can help cut down on chafing. Balms like Body Glide and Vaseline are a good shout to avoid chafing too.

Some comfy trainers that won’t leave your feet in a state go a long way too. Running in old trainers will take its toll, and it can lead to injury if you haven’t got the grip you need. Not to mention you can now get your hands on running shoes by brands like Nike that have Bluetooth connectivity. That way you can get an even closer handle on your progress by pairing them with an app.

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A lot of big brands offer an activewear range, and it’s always worth looking at reviews and even heading into the store to check out the gear yourself. Running groups are a great way to get encouragement and find out what products people use. This is especially helpful when the Coronavirus makes trying shoes on at the store a little more difficult.

For long distance runs, you’ll want a water bottle, and this is especially important in the Summer! In the warm weather, it’s better to head out later in the day, and hi-visibility jackets are a great idea if you’re planning on night runs.

Nike offer top quality running gear, from top to toe, and they even have a range of maternity activewear.

The Boden activewear range is full of quality gear that’s perfect for all your running needs. 

At Wiggle you can get hold of all the essentials for your un, from safety gear, to essential balms.

Track Your Running Progress

While it can be tempting to simply run until you can’t run anymore, it’s good to plan and track your progress. Whether you want to be able to run for a certain amount of time, or you want to beat your personal best over a certain distance, running apps are a huge help. 

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Start by picking out your running route, that way you can start recording your times and see how much faster you’re getting. Something as simple as a stopwatch can be handy, but your phone is just as good. It’s a great way to find out where you’re improving, and what could use a little work. 

Runkeeper is a great app for covering the basics. You can use it for tracking pace, distance, calories burned, time and more. Strava does similar things, but with some social networking features so you can connect with a community of like-minded people. Then you have Adidas Running, Pumatrac an Nike Run Club, with some having the option of connecting to your trainers for even more precise tracking.

For beginners, the Couch to 5k app is perfect. It plans for you, so by following along you can rest assured you’re making some steady progress. While you may not be ready to run the London marathon in 2020, there’s always next year! Pair these apps with a Fitbit, or another smart watch, and you’ll be able to keep a close eye on how your running game is coming along.

Samsung offer smart watches with fitness in mind, like the Samsung Galaxy Fit E. So, you can track your training effectively.

Head over to Sports Direct to get all the essentials, from water bottles and hi-vis jackets, to activewear.

Start Slow

How your body reacts to running depends on how active you are generally. For people who play sports or keep active in other ways, you may be able to push yourself harder at first. For the less active among us, you’ll want to give your body a chance to get used to running. 

Another important ritual to slow into your running routine, is warming up. Stretching your muscles gets them ready for the workout, otherwise you might feel a little sore the next day. Runners World is packed with tips and stretches you can do before you hit the pavement.

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Pick out a route that you’re comfortable with. Make sure it’s relatively flat, it’s safe and you know your way around. While a scenic country route can offer lovely views, the different terrain and the inclines can slow you down and can put a damper on your progress if you don’t take that into account with your times. 

It’s important to keep your route consistent when you’re tracking your progress. That way you can really get a feel for your abilities and see your improvement. Eventually you’ll be able to get into the right state of mind and experience that runners high! 

Get on Your Way to the London Marathon

For those who are looking to take part in the London Marathon 2020, the official website is packed with tips on how you can take part in the virtual race. From route planning and safety, to training and fancy dress advice! There’s even an event in St James park for elite runners which can be watched on the BBC.

For those who are looking to get their running career underway, make sure you grab the right gear, get into the running frame of mind, and track your progress! And for more tips on getting into that mindset, check out our article on staying healthy and motivated.

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