First of all it’s not difficult, if you are actively involved in some level of sports or other physical activity.
My profession does not facilitate me to do any physical activity nor I was involved any kind of games in my life time. Before running I usually walk (3-4K) as exercise for few times in month.
How I started
My wrist size was increasing and it makes me worried, so I started doing walk in morning almost 2-3 days in a week. To cover 3-4K walk I have to spend around 1 hour.
I want some quick exercise, so I have started jogging. First few days was difficult. Running was quicker so I keep running every day. After two weeks I started enjoying the whole process. Listening music while running was also great feel. I started increasing distance and within one month I was able to complete around 3K. I had a great feeling about my progress.
I thought now I should have some target and practice it with some schedule.I discovered http://www.halhigdon.com/ and selected training for your first 10-K.
I never follow this because my schedule of going for running based upon lots of things. Having day job, father of a 2 year old daughter and staying with parents; all these does not allow me to follow the schedule.
But one thing was very clear from schedule that, if I have to do long run than only running will not going to help me. I have to do other exercises as well. So I created my own schedule according to my need. My schedule was 1) Having less time – Lets do some Stretch & strength through body weight or try to run 3-4 200m sprints. 2) Miss – don’t worry today is a break . 2) Enough time, do complete running with Stretch. Idea was - “keep going“.
Every time I go for running I try to increasing my distance by 200-500 meter. After around one month I have reached the level of 10K though timing was not so great but who cares at this level (10K in 1 hour 6 mins). As a side effect I have loose around 5Kg weight and improved eating habits because it helps me in running.
It require nothing. You just need a pair of shoes and that’s it. You don’t need training, expensive gym membership, people etc. Except rain in morning there is no problem . There is no age sex bar.
Running on treadmill
I have tried treadmill at gym for couple of days and believe me it sucks big time. 1) Its boring; running on same place every day is not going to motivate you for long distance running. Running on ground or on road keeps your mind engages with activity surround you. 2) It will not as effective as running on ground because your base is moving through motor and it makes running less effective. 3) Cannot enjoy morning freshness at gym.
Things you need for running
I used basic nike jogger and I don’t think anybody need any expensive shoes until they are professional runner So far I am not facing any problem with related to my shoes.
2. Body outfit
I used adidas running shorts and believe me these running shorts are worth. Before that I used normal shorts which have two side pockets and it was uncomfortable to keep your cell phone and keys in side pocket while running. Running shorts are design for running so they fit and there is only one small pocket with zip on the backside for cell phone and other small stuff.
Initially I used music while running; latter I discovered running without music is more employable. Running without music helps me to think about various tasks. This whole blog post I have thought while running.
4. Running Track
Park where I run in morning having cemented 1400 meter track as well as 1600 meter grass track. I use grass track.
Now as I am running 10K and I have to spend around 1.5 hours on park. I have changed couple of things in my lifestyle a) I Try to sleep on same time very night between 9:30 – 10:30. b) I have cut down all the time waste activity.
To satisfy both the condition I have stopped watching TV. Also promote my family members not to watch TV after 9pm. It works very well. It helps to go for sleep on same time. Second I get more time in my life to do running and spend with my family.
I try not to miss a single day. Some time when I have no time for running I just go to park run one 200 meter sprint and come back to home. It give me a feeling o f get going and not stopped.
I have read somewhere
If you miss today there is highly chance that you miss next day as well.