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New to Running? Forget gadgets, get active


New to Running? Forget gadgets, get active

Many of you are looking to not only kickstart a new year, but also to kickstart a new decade. There is no better past time to get active with ease.

Any new sport, any new hobby comes with a list of things you may need to buy. If you look at other running websites, or running magazines, they will all have adverts and articles about why you need the latest Garmin, Polar, Fitbit, or other gadget which will somehow make you a better runner. If you’re just starting out, forget these expensive luxuries, they are not going to make you any better any faster.

If you want to track your activity, there are any number of apps on your smart phone which will give you almost exactly the same insights (number of steps, pace, distance travelled, time active), so there is no need to spend money just when you’re starting out.

Ok, so what do you need if you’re just starting out? I’m going to say the biggest thing you will need is to run with friends, or joining a running group. This sounds daunting, and almost will put some of you off, but the benefits of social running are far greater than you might imagine. There is mutual accountability, mutual respect, mutual support. These fellow runners will help you when you’re feeling low, will text you when you’ve missed a training session, and will be there at the finish line to celebrate your achievements. More than any other “thing” you can get, this is the most important factor for new runners sticking with their new past time long term.

If you are running on your own, the best thing to do is have a playlist ready, on Spotify or your phone, of some of your favourite songs. These songs will help you no end by motivating you along your run, but also helping to break a 20 minute run into 5 of your favourite songs. As you want to progress just a bit more, add a new song!

There are many other things we could talk about now, but the key thing is just getting active, and joining a community.

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Paddy is the founder of Run Republic. Paddy has run 14 marathons and 1 ultramarathon to date.

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Marathon // Europe // Germany // October

10/11/2020 // Munich, Germany // $91.00


The cityscape of the home of Munich Marathon is characterized by centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The Bavarian capital is known for the annual Oktoberfest and it’s sportiness. In the old town on the central Marienplatz there are landmarks such as the neo-Gothic New Town Hall, whose popular carillon plays melodies and stories from the 16th century.

The city of München Marathon is a natural habitat of Mediterranean-style street cafes, highbrow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions. If you’re looking for Alpine clichés, they’re all here, but the Bavarian metropolis has many an unexpected sides to be discovered.

With that being said, the Munich Marathon is the place to be!!

Whoever has competed in one of the editions of München Marathon knows that tingling sensation. The concentration and tension of the runners is tangible; only subsiding when the starter’s pistol finally sounds and your sightseeing tour through Munich starts right away.





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