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London Marathon - Let's get running!

London Marathon - Let's get running!

London Marathon - 22nd April 2017
As the evenings get lighter and the mornings get brighter, now is the perfect time to get your running gear out and stretch your legs. Whether you're an experienced runner, an occasional runner or it's your first time. There are many different ways to run and advice out there for every journey.

If you're just starting out then read some tips on techniques, nutrition and building up your run. The NHS 'Couch to 5k' is a great place to start, with advice and ideas to get you motivated and out there. If you're unsure about going it alone then why not ask a friend to come with you or join a local running club for support. If you look around you are bound to find enthusiastic runners of every level ready to encourage you and offer advice and support. Your never too young or too old to start running and you can take it at your own pace. If you need to you can even take your baby with you with a specialist running buggy or maybe you could take your dog on the lead.

If you think you don't have the right gear, then look at what you really need. A good pair of trainers is essential, shop around and get advice for a pair that supports you and fit well. You don't need to spend a fortune but you do need comfort and support to get you on the right path but without blisters. For women, a good sports bra is a great idea. Bust support is essential when running, especially if you're blessed with a fuller chest. After that, you really don't need to worry at first. A pair of comfy and stretchy leggings or jogging bottoms and a t-shirt will be fine. If running becomes a regular part of your exercise routine then you might want to invest in some technical gear, especially for the cold or wet weather. At the beginning though, don't let a lack of the 'right gear' be an excuse.

Running is a fantastic exercise for your physical health but did you know it's also great for your mental health too? Giving you space alone to clear your head or a chance to chat with a friend. Running and all forms of exercise release your brains feel good hormones, ensuring that even if you don't feel like it at first you'll be glad you did it by the end. The 'This Girl Can' campaign which supports women in all sports is a great inspiration and worth checking out.

If you feel like a challenge will help spur you on, then why not sign up for a charity run? Giving you a set goal as well as raising money for a great cause will help motivate you when the weather's bad and you really don't feel like moving off the sofa. There are fun runs and races held all over the country, 5k, 10k, half marathons and full marathons. Some obstacles and mud thrown in, if you're feeling adventurous. Running for a cause close to your heart or in memory of a loved one can make all the difference to you and your chosen charity.

If you're an experienced runner then now's the time to up your game. If you've done a 5k the go for the 10k. If you've managed a half marathon then why not aim for a full one. There are always new goals and personal bests to beat. Treating yourself to a new outfit will always make you feel fantastic as your pounding the streets.

However often or far you run its a very personal thing but the main point is to enjoy it and challenge yourself all the time. Get involved, get your friends involved, get your kids involved, get your dog involved. Join a club, find a regular park run event, enrol in a charity run and make it fun.

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