Get ready to embark on an exciting running adventure alongside Vicky Rüger, the dynamic running coach and New Balance ambassador. Discover her invaluable advice and tips as she shares her personal journey and passion for running.
New Balance has partnered with the popular local coffee shop, Croft & Co., to create a vibrant, inclusive, and positive running community, supporting its global “Run Your Way” campaign.
Through the partnership, New Balance will be joining in on the exciting ‘Run Your Way’ daily runs as well as monthly runs hosted by industry experts and the highly anticipated Last Fast Thursday, where attendees get the opportunity to trial New Balance’s latest innovation. All the events encourage participants to join group runs while embracing their unique running style with New Balance.
Rüger’s inspiring story of overcoming challenges fuels her dedication to running. Now, she is taking centre stage in this thrilling initiative and is eager to share invaluable tips and tricks to propel you forward and guide you through the highs and lows, transforming running into a lifelong passion.
Fall in Love with Running
To cultivate a genuine love for running, approach it with a positive mindset and gradually build your endurance and enjoyment. Rüger’s personal connection with running had a rocky start, considering it a mere weight-loss tool. However, she discovered the positive impact it could have on her life by re-evaluating her perspective and reigniting her love for the sport, she experienced a transformative shift.
Setting Realistic Goals
Set attainable goals that align with your current fitness level and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your runs. Explore different running routes, surfaces, and environments to keep your runs exciting and prevent monotony. Start by assessing your current fitness level and establish a baseline, then break down your larger goals into smaller, manageable steps. Celebrate each milestone, boosting your confidence and motivation along the way.
Establish a Routine
Consistency is key for a healthy running lifestyle. Set a regular schedule to build discipline, optimise training, and enhance overall well-being. Include a mix of distance runs, speed workouts, and recovery runs in your routine. Gradually increase mileage and intensity while prioritizing injury prevention. Don’t forget to consider your diet as a vital component of your routine, fuelling your body for optimal performance.
Run Your Way
Discovering your ideal running style is crucial for enjoyment and peak performance. Pay attention to your body’s natural movement, foot strikes, stride length, and cadence. Maintain proper posture, relax your shoulders, engage your core, and seek feedback from experienced runners or coaches for improvement. Embrace your uniqueness and trust what feels natural and effective for you.
Prioritize Self-Care and Recovery
Recovery is essential for a healthy running routine and performance development. Include rest days in your schedule and engage in active recovery activities like walking or swimming. Stretching, cross-training activities, proper nutrition, hydration, and mental relaxation all contribute to your overall well-being and success as a runner.
Join a Running Community
Enhance your running journey by finding a running buddy or joining a local running group. Connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion for running not only enriches your social experience but also provides invaluable support and motivation.
When your legs get tired, run with your heart.
Vicky Rüger’s running journey exemplifies the transformative power of perseverance and self-discovery. Running is not just about reaching a destination; it’s a path towards personal growth and fulfilment. By embracing running wholeheartedly and incorporating a well-balanced routine and strength training, you too can find joy and passion in the sport.
Remember, it’s not just about the destination but also the transformative journey along the way! Every race and every step is a journey so matter where your feet take you or how they get you there, New Balance will be there to provide you with the comfortable, supportive and long-lasting ride you demand. Join Vicky on the 15th of July at Croft & Co for her first Run Your Way event and for more information on the upcoming daily runs, Last Fast Thursday events and upcoming ambassadors runs visit @NewBalance_SA on Twitter.