Want to pick up running but not sure where to start? There’s more to running than walking out the door and running a mile or twelve. 5 quick pieces of advice for new runners.
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“You do WHAT for fun?” ; “You ran how far?” ; “It’s way too hot outside for that” ; “It’s freezing! How do you not have pneumonia”…. The list goes on of the questions I’ve been asked over the years. Yes, I run for fun. Yes, I ran 12 miles this morning, but I took rest walks too! Yes, I am aware it is hot and yes, I am aware that I’m running while there is frost on the grass. It’s an obsession, what can I say? New Runners, listen up! This will help you get started!
Something I hear a LOT is, “I’ve always thought about picking up running but I have no idea where to start.” Here are my 5 quick and easy pieces of advice to get you on the road and running your way towards your goals. Keep in mind, I’m not a running coach yet (that happens in September) but I have been running for a very long time and have been around the block (ha, get it? Sorry, I’m not funny 🙂 ) more than once.
Let’s get started!
Shoes, Shoes, SHOES!
First and absolutely most important piece of advice is shoes. As mentioned in my blog 4 Must Haves for an Effective Home Workout finding the right pair of shoes is absolutely essential. Your feet get a beating when you run and if you’re wearing old worn out shoes or shoes that are not meant for running, you will be hurting and I’m not talking muscle soreness.
You’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard me say it a bazillion times. Brooks is the way to go for running shoes. Refer again to my blog 4 Must Haves for an Effective Home Workout to see the different types of shoes Brooks offers. They really do offer something for each different need of their runners.
Brooks PureFlow is my absolute favorite. Click the pic below to grab yourself a pair from Amazon!
Grab an App
Do not, and I repeat, do NOT walk out your front door and just take off running as fast as you can. This never works for anyone, even experienced runners, you have to warm up and work your way up. I suggest grabbing an app for your phone that will actually cue you when to run and when to walk. It is okay, I REPEAT, it IS OKAY to walk during your runs. Keep your pace to a swift walk, but this allows you to regroup, get your thoughts together and catch your breath then get going again.
The app I suggest is called “Couch to 5K” it’s from Active Network, LLC. I used it in the beginning and the cues are awesome. It is $0.99 (note that is CENTS not dollars). It really helps you get a feel for your pace and stride.
There are other apps out there that are free, however, I do not have any experience with them.
Find an accountability Partner
They do not have to be a running buddy (although it would be ideal). It could just be someone who’s working towards that healthy lifestyle like you are!
An accountability partner will ask you if you’ve ran that morning or if you plan to run that evening. It keeps you on track plus having a buddy working towards similar goals helps get you through the hard days!
If you do decide to have an accountability partner and you plan to run together – my suggestion is that new runners not run with experienced runners at the very beginning. Once you get your stride and you know what your average pace will be, then try to find experienced runners to go with because they will push you but in a good way!
Eat all the Food!
Okay, maybe not all of the food. However, one thing that you will notice with being a new runner is that your appetite is on FIRE. You will want to eat everything in sight. This is actually a GOOD thing. Why? Because it means that you’re burning those calories and revving up that metabolism!
Check out my blog One Mistake People Make while Trying to Eat Better to get some tips and tricks for some pointers on what to look out for when you’re making your food choices. Eating good quality food is vital to making sure you keep your body properly fueled!
Sign up for a 5K
Oh yeah, I went there; sign your bad self up for a 5K. Why? Because it gives you something to work towards. It gives you a GOAL that includes a deadline. If you are brand new to running, but have been in the gym working out or doing other activity, I suggest finding a race/run that is scheduled one to two months out. If you’re just now getting into the whole healthy lifestyle thing and you don’t have any experience with exercise, I suggest looking about three to four months out to give yourself plenty of time to adjust and not feel rushed!
There you have it! My 5 pieces of advice for new runners. Here’s a bonus piece of advice and this is just for funzies – Have Fun. Yes, I’m serious. Lighten up, learn to laugh at yourself and the process. Because that is just what it is! It is a process!