The idea of going for a run can be a daunting process for some. Although there are blogs, apps and advice forums, sometimes the simplest questions aren’t asked. Charlie is about to start the Zero2Forty so she had Natalie has had a chat around common questions asked.
Before we get started, for those who have not downloaded the free PDF or ordered you Zero2Forty box that comes with a tone loop, you can do it here
And if you need a set of tone loops
Not to worry – here at NK Active those simple questions have been put to Natalie around starting the Zero2Forty challenge:
Should I wear an old pair of trainers or a new pair of trainers to start running in?
It depends on your personal preference. I tend to wear a new pair of trainers but stick to the same brand of trainers that I know is comfortable for my feet.
Is it best to run on the road or on a treadmill?
Running on the treadmill is easier as the belt helps you with your momentum. I tend to use the treadmill for speed work or if the weather is horrendous. It is widely known that outdoor running is good at improving physical and mental wellbeing.
When is the best time to do the exercises (before/after a run, on a non-running day)?
Don’t do the exercises on a running day in the early days. When you are starting to run, your body will not be used to the fatigue caused by running. When learning or training to run a certain distance you are getting your body to move and load joints differently. Try and do the exercise at the same time when you do them, so you can monitor progress. A top tip is to try and build the exercises into your daily life and some times breaking then up throughout the day and been helpful, whilst busing your teeth, making a cuppa tea etc.
If I am feeling tired and my muscles feel a little sore, should I still go out for the run or wait a few more days?
Waiting is an important part of building resistance and strength in running. Feeling tired is an indication that the body is adapting to the fatigue and loads placed on the skeletal system. It is well documented that everyone adapts at different speeds. It is best not to compare yourself to others as your perception of sore and tired will be different to someone else’s. Go with your gut instinct, listen to your body and enjoy the process of getting fitter and stronger.
If some of the exercises aggravate my hip, knee or ankle should I continue to do them?
Stop doing the exercises that aggravate your joints but continue to do the ones that are comfortable. Sometimes it’s worth amending the exercise by breaking it down into smaller steps. For example, you could reduce the squat depth, not use a band/weight on that exercise or do fewer repetitions.
If niggles persist, your symptoms change or get worse, it is worth seeking professional advice.
Is it ok to spend a few weeks at the same intensity before moving on to the next stage?
Yes of course! Listen to your body. External factors such as childcare arrangements, work schedules, illness, and the weather will affect your ability and mood to do the exercises or go for a run.
Time to hit the road and Get Running!