Are you new to running? Good for you! I have loved running my whole life. When I was in the Army and forced to run, I didn't care for it so much, but now that im
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1.Invest in quality gear. Running shoes are expensive, but if you're serious about being a runner, it's an investment that you really need to make. You need to have running shoes that are designed for your running type. Most running stores have experts that can test you and help you find that perfect shoe. I use Mizuno brand, and they have a test on their website that helped me to get the perfect shoe. For you ladies, a sports bra is also something you should shell out the extra bucks for. I've learned that if you aren't too top heavy, you can get away with a bra from Target or Walmart, but for those of us with a little more to haul, Moving Comfort is the brand that was recommended to me, and I'm so glad I purchased from them! Look around for sales, or on Amazon/Ebay for great deals.
2.Make sure to warm up before you run by doing a brisk walk, or even something as simple as jumping jacks. Make sure to also cool down by doing a slower-by-the-minute paced walk at the end. A 3-5 minute walk before and after a run should do the trick.
3.Take baby steps. Running can be very challenging. When you first start out, take your time. Your body has to become used to running a little at a time, and if you just push full throttle, you can really hurt yourself. If you're not a very active person, start by walking for about 30 minutes a day for a couple weeks. Once that feels comfortable, add in a few bursts of running. By slowly adding more running and less walking, you'll be preparing yourself, but not overexert yourself.
4.Try to run on paths that are flat, or even on a treadmill with little to no incline. I don't recommend too much treadmill, though. Running a marathon outside is a whole other beast than running on a treadmill.
5.Log your performance. I use DailyMile.com to keep up with my miles. It's a great way to see what you've accomplished, or where you may have lacked.
Stick with it. If you don't use it, you'll lose it. Try to run at least 3 times a week. Make a plan and stick with it. Running takes commitment, but if you want it bad enough, you can definitely do it!
What are some other tips that are great for new and even older runners? Let me know!