Living in Metro Vancouver, we are lucky to have easy accessibility to become a runner. Whether you are embarking on a weight loss program or just for recreational purposes, our mild temperatures allow us the opportunity to train consistently throughout the year.
From the beaches to the trails, there are endless inspiring places to run. When you are done, there are a million cafes to grab your post-run extra hot, nonfat, half-sweet chai latte.
Sounds great, but how do you become a runner in our fair city?
Follow this guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and success!
First Things First – Find a good community running shop
You need to find yourself a good community running shop to start off on the right foot…literally. They will help to prepare you for the basics including proper footwear, clothing, nutrition, races, training, you name it!
The running shop is essentially your first step into the running community and a key building block in the support group that will ensure your success.
Running is a sport with minimal expense, so invest a little extra where it counts. With the help of your chosen running shop or shoe store, invest in a pair of good runners. The average running shoe will last you between 500 – 600 km, or approximately 6 months.
In order to ensure that you are setup for success and not sidelined by injury, a good running or shoe store will have staff that will take the time to assess your gait and biomechanics prior to fitting you with a pair of runners.
During your free video gait analysis, they look at:
- foot strike
- arch height
- movement in your foot
- history of injuries
Improper footwear is the one of the leading causes of injuries in beginner runners and is a sure-fire way to derail you from your fitness aspirations. Proper running shoes will be the best investment you will make.
Join a Running Clinic
Joining a running clinic or club is also an important step in becoming a runner in Vancouver, especially if you’re a beginner. These clinics typically run for 12-16 weeks.
They are essential for the novice runner because they help to keep you accountable and committed to your goals through community support and proper leadership.
Run clinics are also a great place to meet new people with a common interest! Some of these people will become life-long training partners and good friends.
Often times a run specialty store will offer running clinics. To get the best bang for your buck, look for a run clinic that offers weekly educational talks from community experts.
This is an opportunity for you to learn about running essentials such as nutrition, proper running form, heart rate training, injury prevention, and many other key running and fitness-related topics.
Get off the beaten path
Finally, don’t limit yourself to one type of running. Yes, running on paved roads is convenient, but where is your sense of adventure? Treat yourself to a run on the trails.
Trail running is a great opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and get an amazing workout!
A great place to start is Lynn Headwaters in North Vancouver. There are a variety of options from hard pack gravel trails to roots, rocks, and mud. Choose your own adventure!
If you find trails to be intimidating, consider joining a trail running clinic to teach you different routes and safety on the trails.
Vancouver is a great place to become a runner. We have amazing resources, endless places to run, and a great running community.
What are you waiting for? Give running a try!