If you’re joining a fun run soon but haven’t had any training for it and/or you haven’t exercised for over a year now, here are some tips you can follow to maximize the experience and be safe:
Get clearance from your doctor – The very first thing you’ll do before you even start buying gear or signing up for the event is to visit your doctor and have a physical examination, especially if you have a certain medical condition. Make sure he gives you the go-signal to participate if he determines you’re fit enough for it. Your health is still your priority even if you’re all too eager to join a running event.
Train properly – Even if you’re not joining to win and you only plan to join the 1-kilometer category, you should still prepare your body for it, especially if you haven’t done any running or jogging for a while. Just like in any fitness program, start slow so your body doesn’t get overwhelmed by the intense physical activities. You can start your training by walking for a kilometer or two on the first 2 or 3 days, then graduate to jogging once you feel that your stamina’s improving and you’re good to run. If you feel you get easily tired or you huff and puff after just a few seconds of running, don’t force the issue.
Use the right gear – Women should wear a sports bra to keep their breasts from bouncing as they run, which can be a risk factor. Since the feet are going to be the body parts that will literally absorb all the punishment from running, the right footwear should also be used. There are several types of running shoes designed for different types of feet and pronation.
Joining a fun run can be a very enjoyable and rewarding activity. Make the most from the experience by preparing properly and wearing the right gear.