Tips for New Runners

You’ve probably heard the saying “When it comes to trying something new, the hardest step is just getting started”. I’d say in the case of running, that is definitely true! For a lot of people, the hardest step to becoming a runner is just getting started. Running can be intimidating for someone who has never done it before. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be!

Today I’m sharing our top 3 tips for getting started as a new runner!

1. Invest in a pair of high quality running shoes

In a previous blog post, I shared a story about the running shoe mistake I made when I first started running 9 years ago. Don’t make the same mistake I made! I can’t highlight this enough because it is just so important! Getting fitted for high quality running shoes that are right for you will ensure that you are setting yourself up for success and reducing your risk of injury. Check out my Running Shoe FAQ’s blog post for more information!

2. Start out slow and don’t take on too much too fast

Here is another running mistake I made a long time ago that you can learn from! One time in college, when I had absolutely no running experience, I decided I was going to go for a run. So I put on my running clothes and ran around campus as fast as I could. I full-on sprinted around campus and by the time I got back to my dorm, I basically collapsed because I had completely over-taxed myself. That was the only run I ever went on that year. When you are first starting, don’t take on too much too fast. If you want running to be sustainable for you, you need to start out slow. If it feels too fast, slow down!

3. Don’t give up! It will get easier the more you do it

My final tip is to not give up! As you can see from my first two examples, I made this mistake in my early running days too! I gave up easily and didn’t stick with it long enough to see any progress. When you first start running, it will inevitably be uncomfortable because you’re trying something new! Give it some time. Your body will adjust and it will become easier. Before you know it, you will be feeling the runner’s high and so happy that you had the determination to stick with it long enough to see results!

Want to work with me? Reach out to me at Happy Running!

-Coach Lauren

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