Running Divas Training - Questions & Answers

What types of exercise can l do for cross training?

Popular options are deep water running, aqua aerobics, swimming, cycling or spin bike, elliptical trainer, pilates or yoga.

What kind of runners should l buy?

There isn't one pair of runners that suits us all. Each manufacturer has different features in their shoes. They can be made for neutral, support, cushion, speed, road, trail, arch support and the list goes on. We recommend going to a store that specialises in fitting and matching you with the right shoes. These stores will normally have a treadmill where you can run and the shoe specialist can watch your footfall to ensure you are in the most comofrtable runners.

I am feeling sore, do l train as normal?

If you are feeling sore or in pain, it will not impact your training to skip a session. You are smarter to miss a session than to risk injury. We recommend seeing a professional to help address any pain, for example a physio or myotherapist. A professional may even suggest specific strength exercises to add to your workouts to strengthen weaker muscles. They are there to support us in being strong runners.

I want to start running, where do l begin?

Start from the beginning and set yourself an achievable goal that isn't too daunting. It will take time to build up fitness and we can guarantee you, it will get easier. The further you progress with your running you will feel stronger and be able to run for longer periods without walking. Choose a beginner training plan and start at day 1. Try a run/walk method and it might mean picking a land mark such as the next fence to run to before having a walk break. Each time you run try to extend that distance in small increments. Trust in your plan and follow it as it is designed to build up slowly and you will achieve your goal. Don't set a time goal for your first event, aim for the distance, enjoy it and finish strong.

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