Beginners Guide to Running

Firstly, congrats! We’re thrilled you’ve signed up for the Chevron City to Surf for Activ 2019! Secondly, relax, take a deep breath and think about what the next eight weeks look like for you. If you are new to running and need some tips to get started, we’ve got you covered, with our beginners guide to get you ready to lace with confidence on 11 August in Karratha or 25 August in Perth.

Whether this is the first race you’ve entered or you’re moving up in distance, it’s not as daunting as it might seem. To make sure you can fully embrace the challenge, we’ve put together three simple tips to build your confidence, find your groove and reach your potential.


Haven’t quite finished your registration, or keep meaning to sign up? Now is the time! You can spend all year, month, or weekend thinking about it, searching endlessly online for the best program, tips or plans but the best thing to do is just start. Committing is often the hardest part, so once that’s out of the way, you’ve got one less thing to worry about. Next, it’s time to find your why.

We all have personal goals and stories as to why we are training in rain, hail or shine, and for those frosty mornings when getting out of bed at 5:30am for a run in the dark is the last thing on your mind, it’s essential to make sure you know your why!

Your why can be as simple as:

  • Becoming a healthier, happier and more active version of you
  • Completing the 12KM
  • Running your first Marathon or
  • Fun-raising $1000 for Western Australians living with disabilities and becoming a member of the Activ Hero Club

Sharing your why with family, friends and colleagues is the best way to stay motivated. This accountability is going to really help when you’re out on your Sunday long run while your friends are sipping lattes and gramming their avo on toast.


Some people can wake up one morning, and without any training, sign up and decide to run a marathon. While this seems unimaginable for a novice runner, really, it’s all in the preparation and planning. Having a structure to your training program doesn’t mean you can’t be flexible and head out for the new parmi deal going at your local on Tuesday night (when you should be doing your interval session). It means your rock-solid plan should be flexible so you can go and enjoy that parmi guilt free and switch your intervals to another day. Not sure where to start with your training? We’ve made it easy with the Chevron City to Surf Community Run Club.


For us, exercising is way more fun when we’re with friends. We can socialise, catch-up, laugh and inevitably the training ahead becomes a little easier. So, get in touch with your friends and family and see who’s already entered the Chevron City to Surf for Activ, and if they haven’t signed up yet see if they want to join your Team. This way, you can share the journey and celebrate all the highs together.

So, as Chevron City to Surf for Activ Ambassador Brant Garvey tells us: “set a goal, plan your training, and build your crew!”


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