There are two types of people. Those who LOVE running and those who would rather eat soil! So, which one are you? If you’ve never tried…how will you know? A good start would be the 5 or 7km trail run held at Somerbosch Wines every Thursday at 17h45, the Parkrun held every Saturday at 08h00 at Root 44 Market or just go for a run on the beach.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Make sure your run is an escape from stress instead of adding to stress. Many people find the morning to be the least stressful time to fit in training, however if you are stressing about the upcoming day during your morning run, then that is really defeating the object, so find the most peaceful time of YOUR day.

Ease into each run by walking to allow both your body and your mind to warm up. It’s easy to feel demotivated when you’re huffing and puffing along. Once you’re running, don’t worry if you need to take walk breaks which will keep your effort level steady and prevent aches and fatigue.

Most timing devices (watches or Apps) will beep, vibrate or tell you each time you have run a kilometre. Use this opportunity to assess your form – try and keep an upright posture and your footfalls light. Release any tension in your neck and shoulders in the same way we do in class. Think of a positive mantra to repeat in your head – if the mind feels good then the body will follow, so something like “I feel good” (even if you probably don’t!).

Do what works for you, some runners like to focus on their breathing or surroundings. Others like to plan their day, solve problems or listen to music. Try out different methods and use the one that helps you maintain a positive attitude.

Some runs are better than others whilst some are absolutely awful, but don’t lose heart. The longer you follow a consistent running schedule, the more often you can expect to enjoy your runs.

Before long, you’ll be experiencing the Runner’s High – it is a feeling of euphoria that is not a myth. Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, powerful attitude-boosting brain chemicals. Being in nature can boost your mood and once you gain confidence, you’ll worry less and less about pesky tree roots and rocks and start to enjoy your run! Please let us have some feedback and even some inspirational pictures, would love to hear about your experiences!