Runners First is a blog for runners. It features thoughts, ideas, tips, recommendations, tutorials, nutrition guidance and various other topics, to help runners and guide them on their journey.

We all have a vision for what we want in life. Without guidance, suggestions and a helping hand, it can be difficult to achieve what you want.

Runners First aims to inspire, enable and educate runners or anyone thinking of being a runner.

Who is behind Runners First?
My name is Craig Barden, and I created Runners First in 2018 after running became a huge part of my life.

Me after running the Southampton half marathon in 1 hour 33 minutes. A scorching day, with plenty of hills and bridges.

After a couple of years out from running I found it difficult to get back into the swing of being a runner. I was out of shape, didn’t create or follow a training plan, lacked motivation, was unorganised, injured myself and I had the wrong mind-set.

What changed?

One day I decided to change my approach to running and I really fell in love with the sport.

I became extremely motivated, focused, and found massive amounts of enjoyment in running.  I ran 5 half marathons in 5 months, ran at least 5 times a week and participated in parkrun on Saturday mornings. I developed my own thoughts and ideas, and became organised.

I created Runners First to help others. Having gone from being totally unmotivated to running becoming a huge part of my life, I have learnt a lot.

Hopefully, the blog will help others in a similar situation to make running a big part of life too; to be healthier, fitter, happier, have a better mood, and a better quality of life in general.