A Beginners Guide To Running: My Top 5 Tips

Sharing my top five tips on running if you're not *really a runner!


So, here's how it all started...

Back when I went on that press trip to Madrid (y'know the one where I thought I was off to Milan until I landed in another country.. yeah that), I met a journalist called Tracey who was quite possibly the loveliest lady and we just hit it off straight away, after a fair few glasses of vino, Tracey started telling me about how she ran the London Marathon for her 40th birthday.

To which I was like 'LOL HOW IS THAT A BIRTHDAY PRESENT I'D RATHER STICK TO BUYING A HANDBAG THANKS' - but after chatting some more I could see how much the run had had a positive impact on her life and how when she said it was the best thing she'd ever done, well, she actually meant it.

So, fast forward a couple of months and I find myself applying for the marathon, kind of half heartedly because LOLZ let's be honest I'm not going to get a place.

Until I did. I actually got offered two places which is pretty much unheard of but I decided to run for Age UK. A charity that offers support and advice to elderly people, I work closely with the charity at Christmas time for my #ShareThisChristmas campaign so it felt like a natural fit.

Then it sunk in. 


I have a confession to make.. I'm not a runner. I've never been a runner or a fan of running. In fact I hated it and could barely run for the train. But then I was like ohhhhh okay you're *actually going to have to train. I'll be honest, the thought of running that far sometimes completely overwhelms me with fear and I have moments where I'm like 'WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING HAYLEY RUBERY BECAUSE YOU CANNOT DO THIS' - but then I'll go out and absolutely smash my run and I know that I have absolutely got this.

So yeah, as it stands I'm currently running the London Marathon 2018 for Age UK. I know I've absolutely digressed here but I wanted to give you guys a little background info on how my place actually came about, and what the hell I'm doing about it! Here are my top five on how to start running, if you hate running...


Start gradual: As I said I've never been a runner and I'm not actually joking when I said that, so I always knew I needed to start small. My aunt told me about the Couch to 5K app which gradually trains you to be able to run 5K and I'm now on my 15 minute runs, which in the grand scheme of things, doesn't seem much, but for someone who has never run before, to being able to comfortably run 15 minutes, it's something I'm proud of! If you're looking to start running then I'd highly recommend this app or doing gradual training, you'll be surprise at how quickly your stamina builds up!

Create a banging playlist: Ooooooooof music is SO important whilst training, my headphones actually broke this morning whilst out for a run, so half hour of running in silence wasn't all that fun - it made me really realise the importance of a good playlist and music whilst running! I try and mix up my playlists, sometimes I'll whack a band on as it's great to run to a beat, or I'll just search 'Run' on spotify and pick a playlist - they've all been great so far! I've found that some favourites of mine to run to are The Hunna, Pink and Sean Paul - an absolute mixed bag there but find what works for you and run with it. Quite literally!

Invest in some trainers: One of the first things I did when I started training was invest in some new trainers, I had some 'gym trainers' that I started running in but they gave me really bad shin splints and I quickly realised that they weren't offering me the support I needed. We have a local running shop close by so I popped in and had my running gate done to find the perfect trainers for me. They set me back £150 and I swear to god I nearly cried at the till, BUT I knew that a good pair of trainers is the main thing I need for running a marathon; and it feels like I'm running on air so there's that! Also, a top tip if you're looking for long distance/marathon training but go up a size or two (I'm a size 6 and had to buy an 8), the trainer advised to have at least a thumbnail of space between your big toe and the edge of the trainers, this will allow for when your feet swell during a long run. NICEEEEEEE.

Find your pace: This is such a funny one and something that SO many people said to me, but I never really understood it until I actually found my pace. And don't get me wrong; I feel like quite the running wanker when I tell you all to 'find your pace' but TRUST ME on this one. I usually train on the seafront close to my house as it's the perfect running ground, I'm used to pacing myself and doing my own thing, but, when I was training in New York they have an actual running track in the park - which was great as it was my first experience of training with other people. However, I found myself feeling pressured to keep up with other runners, I soon realised that I needed to find my pace again and stick with it other wise I knew I'd burn out too quickly. I think this is super important for me to remember on the big day as I'll need to pace myself; and this is something I'd definitely tell you guys too! Find that pace and stick to it gal pals!

Accept the bad with the good: I had my first 'bad run' in Boston and I never really understood this until it happened to me. Like I said I was used to training at home, and training in Central Park was amazing and an actual dream come true to me! Then we flew to Boston, I got up feeling groggy after a bad night sleep and headed to the Boston Common for a run but oh my god I couldn't even run for 3 minutes, I don't know why but I absolutely just couldn't get my mind to focus. Sounds so silly because you think you'd just be able to run, but for me a lot of the time it's definitely a mental thing as well as physical! Accept the bad runs with the good, if it's really not happening then don't beat yourself up over it, go home and try again tomorrow! 




Do you have any tips on running? Did you find it easier to get into once you'd started training? Any tips on long distance/marathon training?


  1. Laura 12th September 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I’m feeling so inspired after reading this! Good on you for deciding to do this – I have no running experience whatsoever either so I can definitely understand what a big decision it must have been for you! I’ve started (last week, actually) training with a (very) beginners running program with my boyfriend and this post was very helpful for that – I hope to one day be able to run 15 minutes consecutively too haha! Good luck with your training! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Hayley 18th September 2017 / 1:07 pm

      Ah girl I am SO glad to hear that! I was feeling so uninspired until I secured my place and it’s driving me to work harder every single day! Definitely look at the Couch to 5K app love, I’ve found it so helpful and the process has been so gradual too! 🙂 You’ll smash it in no time girl! Thank you! <3 x

    • Hayley 20th September 2017 / 10:14 am

      Ah thank you lovely – so glad you liked the post! 🙂 I’m really starting too as well, I honestly used to hate it! x

  2. Kerstin 13th September 2017 / 6:32 am

    First of all, these pictures are absolutely gorgeous. You look amazing and that outfit looks so good on you.
    And now to the important part – I find it so incredibly brave of you to run this marathon. I’ve always wanted to do something similar but never had the courage too. I feel like signing up and actually making it official by, you know, posting it on the blog will make you stick to it.
    I wish you all the best with training and am sure you will do great!

    I’m not a runner either. But once I managed to sign up for a running event half drunk in the night and two weeks after ran my first 10 kilometres without a break with no problem at all. Bear in mind, I had never run before – as a sport that is 😀 So if I can do THAT you can definitely do the marathon girl!

    Love, Kerstin

    • Hayley 18th September 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Oh love, your comments always put the biggest smile on my face – thank YOU for being such a babe! I’m still so nervous but know that it will be totally worth it! That’s SO good that you managed to run your first 10K girl; go you!! <3 xo

  3. Sophie 13th September 2017 / 11:34 am

    SUCH a good post and you are looking ah-maaaaazing in these photos Hayley! So incredible that you are running the marathon, I’ve been running for a few years now and have never done one but I would love to one day! I need to properly get back into it because I’ve got into a bit of a routine of not challenging myself…time to aim for some longer/faster runs I think xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Hayley 18th September 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Oh girl thank you! <3 Definitely enter love, so many people I've spoken to have said it was the best thing that they have ever done (I'll confirm after the race haha!). It's so good once you're into it! x

  4. Jessica 13th September 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I’m doing my first ever half marathon in two weeks time (eeek) so I’m really hoping all my training is going to pay off!

    I definitely agree that having some good music helps and I’ve even found that podcasts can be great to help take your mind off it too! Especially funny ones 🙂

    Good Luck with your training, I hope it goes well!

    Jess x

    • Hayley 18th September 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Ah YAY good luck lovely – I think a friend of mine is also doing that half marathon too; you’ve totally got this girl! <3 A couple of people have said that now, I'm definitely going to try and find one 🙂 Thanks love! x

  5. Emma 13th September 2017 / 8:45 pm

    I totally know what you mean about bad runs … I had so many bad days when I was training for the Leeds Half and on those I just kicked off my trainers and did something else because it isn’t worth beating yourself up over.

    I know you will smash this hun!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

    • Hayley 18th September 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Exactly love, I think when you’re having a bad run you just need to let it go and start again the next day, if it’s not happening then it’s not happening, forcing it will achieve nothing! Thank you beauty! <3 x

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