Why do I love it? I think mainly because it feels childlike, reminding me of running and laughing, chasing dogs and racing about outside. I love the movement forward, hearing my breath, the birds singing and the steady rhythm of my footfalls. I've never listened to music whilst on a run as I want to soak up the experience, listen to my body and often it becomes a meditative time. Some times my mind feels very still and other times I mull over thoughts and questions I already had before lacing up my shoes. On two occasions, it's felt almost spiritual with the sun shining on my face, as I feel like I'm barely moving or that I could run forever with no effort. On the very rare occasions that I don't feel like going, I say to myself, "Just put on your kit, get out of the door and run to the end of the road". By that point, I never want to turn back, so it always works!
There's lots of helpful information out there, and I'd thoroughly recommend Runner's World with articles like:
- Start running now: our get-going guide
- Becoming a runner
- Your first 5k: Q+As
- NHS Choices also has a Couch to 5K running plan.
I love the simplicity of it as all you really need to get started is some decent running shoes.