I’ve done lots of running in my life, running away from problems, running way from commitment, running for the bus but actual running? Not so much.
At school i was such a well behaved, rule following, homework on time kind of student. That was until PE, I hated it, Squeezing my chubby body into my PE uniform and being made to run laps in a field was my version of living, muddy hell. I was constantly worried about being judged, laughed at or mocked for being slow.
FIND A WAY TO MAKE RUNNING WORK FOR YOU
I could manage the dance classes, netball, baseball but when it came to running I was out. No literally, I would check out of my lesson. The excuses came thick and fast.
I have a headache
I’m on my period
I left my kit at home
You name it and I had an excuse.
Truthfully I cared more about how others perceived me than anything else and that stopped me from enjoying exercise much later into my life.
Fast forward 17 years and my aversion with running is still real but this time it's less about the worry of others and more about my personal ability. The truth is running has always seemed like an exercise that just wasn't built for me, it seemed like a sport that was best suited for the agile, the fast and the fit. I'm none of those things but that doesn't mean I or even you can't give running a good go. So with that in mind my last and final post with Nike (find my other posts here and here) is 4 tips on how to start enjoying running.
4 TIPS ON HOW TO START ENJOYING RUNNING
1. Couch to 5k
Couch to 5k is a challenge and nine week program to get the British public up and running. It is easy to follow with a downloadable app available on android and apple . Each week offers step by step instructions on how to get started and the idea is that you slowly build your endurance as each week goes on. On top of that there's tons of resources for pre and post stretches, as well as real life stories to help inspire that oomf you need. The lovely thing is you don't have to do it alone, there is a forum with over 40,000 people who offer support and guidance to anyone who needs it. The Nike+ run club running app is also a great place to feel involved with a community of people.
2. Listen to podcasts
- The High Low a popular culture podcast by Dolly Aldterton and Pandora Sykes.
- What Page Are You On On a podcast all about books by Bethany Rutter and Alice Slater
- Dessert Island Dishes a look into the favorite food of interesting people by Margie Broadhead
3. Following plus size runners/ Athletes
4. Invest in decent sports wear
I truly hope that this series I have shared with Nike, exploring different forms of exercise has been insightful and informative, especially from my perspective as a plus size woman. One thing I have learnt throughout this partnership is that exercise and wellbeing can and should be enjoyed by everyone. All women deserve access to stylish and effective sportswear and thanks to Nike I have been able to explore exercise in both style and in comfort.
SHOP NIKE PLUS SIZE APPAREL
I am wearing size 3x in this top and it is really comfortable and the fabric is lovely and soft. The Zipper around the neck is really helpful for keeping you warm as well as allowing you to cool down quickly post run
These are great running tights, they are stretchy but firm which is helpful with them staying up during the run. I love the style of these with the paneling which adds style to the legging.
These are fantastic trainers, they are so lightweight that you hardly feel like you are wearing anything. The foam bottom of the trainer feels really nice when running. My only advise with these is, if you are have wide feet then I recommend going in store to try these on to whether it is best to size up as whilst they have a lot of stretch they foot width is a little narrow.