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Sporty Summer, Part One: Running

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What sports can you do during summer? And maybe more importantly, what sports will be possible to do outside, so you can enjoy nature at the same time? During the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts on nice summery sports. I hope they will inspire you!


Is running too obvious a sport to include? Maybe it is. But maybe it is good to start this series with something normal, low-key and just not too strange. So, this week: running.

To be honest, I’m really no expert when it comes to running. I’ve only recently started again, and am still a total beginner. But that does not mean I can’t write about its benefits, right? Because what I do know, is that it is a great way to be active and see some nature as well. While running, you can really get somewhere. Wherever you start, you will always be able to find a bit of green along your run.

What that bit of green is, that really depends on your situation. You might be very lucky and live close to a forest or other nature area. In that case, use your surroundings and go for a run in such a beautiful area. If it has a few hills and not completely smooth paths, that only makes your workout more effective. (But do watch out for spraining ankles and such.)

If you do not have the luxury of “real” nature close by, you might have to search some more for bits of green. But that does not mean you can’t enjoy nature during your run. See if you can direct part of your run along a field or through a small park. That’s nature too! Or turn your attention to the gardens you pass on your route. What lovely flowers and plants do you see?

Don't forget to take a break to look at the world around you ever now and then.

Don’t forget to take a break every now and then, to look at the world around you.

As for the running itself, it is always recommended to start slowly. Stick to a plan of running for x minutes, and then walking for y minutes again, repeating that for your whole route. You can then slowly replace a minute of walking with a minute of running etc. Say for example that you would first start with five minutes running, four minutes walking, for a total of 27 minutes. That would be a good start. But make sure to adjust the plan to your own basic stamina. It is not strange that if you are quite sporty already, you can handle longer running intervals than if you are really just starting. The most important thing is to pay attention to your body and be careful not to ask too much of it, that would only result in frustration and injuries.

Some useful websites when you start to run are:

Running 101 (with nice extra links on the bottom of the article)

Start to Run (free training programmes and forums

Have fun and enjoy your runs!

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  • Reply Mijn Kleine Geheimpjes

    Oh ik vind hardlopen zo heerlijk als ik eenmaal bezig ben en mijn routine erin heb gevonden! Maar het moment dat je weer moet gaan beginnen (zoals nu).. Mehh…

    08/07/15 at 20:05
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