Want to Become a Runner? Here Are Some Tips!

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Do you see people out running and think to yourself, “I wish I were a runner”? And then do you think to yourself, “There is no way I could be a runner”? 

running tipsYou are wrong. You can be a runner. That’s the beauty of running. Almost anyone can do it, and it doesn’t cost a whole lot to get started. If you’d like to get started, here are a few tips that might help you! 

  1. Set a Goal: One of the first steps to becoming a runner is to set a goal. No one is asking you to run a marathon right out of the gate. Instead, think of a reasonable goal. Maybe a 5K. Maybe running for 15 minutes without walking. Maybe running one mile. Small goals will help you feel accomplished.
  2. Start Slow: Do you have visions of running as fast as Usain Bolt? Yes, he’s definitely fast, but you don’t have to be. In fact, one of the most common mistakes that new runners make is starting out too fast. Keep your pace manageable (which can often be gauged by your breathing).
  3. Build Gradually: You may immediately want to go out and run for 30 minutes. Or, think that 3 miles will be an easy feat. But, you should build your time or mileage slowly. This will help your body become accustomed to your new fitness regimen.
  4. Get Outdoors: While running on a treadmill can have its advantages, most runners prefer the outdoors. Often, runners find the treadmill boring and enjoy running outdoors for the fresh air and the changing scenery. Try running outdoors to help keep your interest in your new hobby.
  5. Don’t Run Every Day: It can be tempting to run every day – especially if you’re feeling good. But, rest is equally important when it comes to running. It allows your body to recover and will help you on future runs. On days when you’re not running, you may want to mix in yoga or weightlifting – or take a complete day of rest. 
  6. Try an App: If you’re looking for a little help with your running, perhaps you can download an app. There are several apps that take you “from the couch to a 5K.” Also, there are apps that help with figuring out your pace or tracking your distance. Take a look at the apps available and see if there is one that works for you.
  7. Minutes or Miles – It Doesn’t Matter: One question that new runners often have is whether they should be tracking their runs in miles or minutes. To be honest, it doesn’t matter as long as you are consistent with one of them.
  8. Find a Friend: One of the best ways to take up running is to find a friend that will run with you. You might even find a local beginners running group to help you.
  9. Get the Right Shoes: Having the right running shoes is important. You want to make sure you have shoes that are right for your feet. It may be worth stopping into a running store where they can analyze your gait and help make recommendations of shoes that are appropriate for you.
  10. Keep a Training Log: One reason that lots of beginners quit running is that they feel they are not making any progress. Keep a training log that records information about your run. (Things such as time, distance, how you were feeling, etc.) This will help you see the progress you are making.

Are you ready to start running? What’s your first goal? Running can be a lifelong activity that will help keep you fit and healthy – so don’t delay. Start running today.

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