I'll say the same to you as I said to my peeps on Instagram - I'm wearing a towel ya dirty mares. Did you think I was going to hang around long enough to take a selfie in sweaty running gear!?
Let's be real here guys, I think we can all guarantee that I'm not a professional runner here or anything but I will just say this - I have been on three runs now so I definitely know what I'm talking about... Ok I really don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to fitness but what I can tell you about is a little bit of my experience so far and what I've learned.
1. Just go for it. So you may not be a great runner? You think you might look silly in front of people or you're just worried that you might get funny looks. It really is very unlikely that someone is going to even bother looking at you. To them, you're just a runner. They might glance at you for a second or they may just carry on with whatever they're doing. They don't know you from Adam (although I'm sure he's a very lovely fellow!). You're in their sight for 10 seconds, max, before you run off along your merry little way. I promise you this- after the first few people you pass, you won't even notice them anymore.
2. You are a lot more unfit than you ever thought. Seriously. Running takes a lot out of you but it's bloody brilliant. You might feel like you want to die during and for the next 30 minutes after a run but you will feel like you can take on the world when that death-like feeling goes.
3. Get a decent pair of running shoes. I treated myself to some Asics upon recommendation from my sister and they're great. They support my feet and, more importantly for me, my ankles. They keep my feet cool and they are really lightweight. They were also reduced by £35 - kerching!
You really should treat yourself to a good pair of shoes if you plan on giving running a go. Something that's supporting, soft on your feet and gorgeous is a grand idea. I decided on a bright pink pair with a touch of black, because running in colourful shoes was a very exciting thought for me.
Basically, I really am so impressed with them. The sound quality is great, notably the bass. Architects are far more motivational when you can feel the bass kicking your butt into gear. The sound doesn't sound tinny or lacking at all!
The one thing that blew my mind was the function button. One click pauses your music, two clicks skips a song, three clicks takes you to the previous song and holding the button down starts voice control. Just one little button does all that! How handy? Ain't nobody got time for faffing around with different controls while you're in full run mode! For just over £25 I am impressed! Who wouldn't want a pair of earphones named after Phil Collins?
5. A great playlist. Now that you've got yourself a pair of great earphones, you really do need a bloody good playlist. I'd recommend putting together a playlist yourself instead of downloading a running one. You know what motivates you the most! Whether it's McBusted, Spice Girls, Architects, Nirvana or Alfie Boe, just go with what gets you pumped!
So there you have it. Like I said, I'm not a pro at this running malarky but with just a few runs under your belt you start to understand what works and what helps you get through it! Saying that, do you have any other tips for me?
If you fancy treating yourself to a pair of Sudio earphones, they have kindly given me a 15% off code to share with you all - "ohleona15!" They offer free shipping as well, score!