Start Running And Stick With It

Running. Most people will tell you it’s the easiest sport; all you need is a pair of sneakers. While that’s true, there’s also a layer of mystery surrounding the sport that keeps many from taking the leap. Here’s how to get started so you can truly become a runner for life.

Start slowly

Most newbies tie their laces and take off expecting to sprint the miles away. Reality quickly catches up to them. Go slow. If you can’t talk, you’re going too fast.

Plan to run/walk

Add walking into your run. Many new runners feel discouraged if they need to walk during their runs. But this is how most runners get started. Pick an object in the distance and plan to walk when you get there. Once you’re walking, pick another object where you’ll start to run again. The next time, try to run a little farther and walk a little less. Before you know it, you’ll be able to string those running segments together for several miles.

Make a schedule

It’s a good idea to follow a beginner’s running plan to keep you motivated and on track. Without such a schedule, a new runner risks increasing their training load too rapidly, which will result in injury.

Find a buddy

Finding friends to run with is  key to making running a lifelong hobby.Just remember that everyone started somewhere, and most runners are more than happy to help a new runner. Check out local running stores or fitness centers to see if there are any running groups or solo runners interested in pairing up.

Get some good shoes

If your feet hurt, you’re not going to want to run. Make sure you have sneakers with at least a little cushion to get you started. Once you start running more regularly, head to a running store and get fitted for a pair match your needs and style.

Go!

A perfect motto for runners of all experience levels: “Don’t Think: Just Go.”