Are you intimidated by running? Not sure where to start? It’s time to stop talking about starting a running regimen and actually do it. These 10 tips are great for beginner runners. They may seem like common sense, but I like to remind myself of them often.
1. Start Slow: Not everyone is able to run a mile the first time out the door. Just because you need to walk does not mean you will not become a runner. Try running for 1 minute and walking for 1 minute to begin with. Once that become easier for you, try lowering your walking time to 30 seconds. Soon enough you won’t need the walking time at all.
2. Be Patient: Stay motivated and know that everything takes time, especially learning to run. Keep track of how far you have come in the process. Did you run more often this week than last? Are you running further now? Is it becoming easier? Ask yourself all of these questions and be proud of how hard you are working!
3. Hydrate: Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do when running. Even before you become thirsty you need to be drinking plenty of water. The less you drink prior to a run, the more likely you will have to stop due to cramps or fatigue.
4. Make a Playlist: Nothing keeps me going more than having a good set of tunes to jam to while on a run. Mixing it up with different beats will help you get distracted and overcome boredom.
5. Cross Train: Incorporating cross training into your workout plans is a great way to improve your running and prevent injuries. Whether it’s yoga, lifting weights, or other cardio workouts like cycling or swimming, cross training will help strengthen muscles that running neglects.
6. Get Family & Friends Involved: Not only will it keep you more accountable to your workouts, but you get to spend quality time with those you love. Plus, it’s always easier if you share the pain with someone else 🙂
7. Invest in Good Shoes: There is nothing more uncomfortable than setting out on a run with a worn out pair of shoes. Or even worse, a new pair that doesn’t fit your stride/style of running correctly. Take the time to go to a running store and get correctly fitted for a pair of shoes.
8. Stretch: Stretching after a workout is very important, especially after a run. Not only will it help increase your range of motion and improve your muscular coordination, but research shows that flexible muscles also recover more quickly. Now you can get out there and run more often!
9. Make it a Habit: No matter what workout you do or how long you do it for, get out there and do it! Figure out what helps motivate you. Even if you go out for a short walk, doing something is better than nothing.
10. Set Goals: Whether your goal is a marathon, 5k, or just being able to run for 10 minutes without stopping, setting one is the best way to keep yourself going. Being dedicated enough to work towards an event will help motivate you to get out of bed everyday and pound the pavement.