You’ve probably heard the saying “When it comes to trying something new, the hardest step is just getting started”. This is definitely true in the case of running! 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! Here are a few tips of my top tips for new runners!
Invest in a Pair of High Quality Running Shoes
In a previous blog post, Finding the Right Running Shoes for You, I shared a story about the running shoe mistake I made when I first started running over 10 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.
Don’t Take on Too Much Too Fast
Here is another lesson I learned the hard way! One time in college, when I had absolutely no running experience, I decided to go for a run. 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 first start out with running, you want to focus on distance, not pace. An easy way to get burnt out quickly is to take on too much too fast. Go slow. Be patient. If you want running to be sustainable for you, you need to start out slow. If it feels too fast, it probably is!
Build Run/Walk Intervals into Your Training
Don’t be afraid to take walking breaks, especially when you’re first starting out. The way most people start running is by doing walk/run intervals. This helps you to build up your endurance and slowly prepares you to begin running for longer distances.
Walking is also a great way to burn fat and aid in recovery. Adding walks to your training when you’re first getting started can be a great way to help you ease into running.
Don’t Give Up! It Will Get Easier the More You Do it
When you first get started with running, it will probably seem really hard. Don’t give up! 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!
Interested in working with me as your Run Coach? Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Running!