Tips for the New Runner { Just Run }

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For the past two years, a group of running blogger friends and I have been sharing tidbits, tricks and workouts for runners. The first year, it was Workout For Runners.  Last year, it was Run It.

This year, it’s Just Run.

We are kicking off 2018 with tips for the new runner.

I’ve been running consistently and seriously for about 10 years. Prior to that, I really didn’t absolutely LOVE running. I’d go out for a few miles a couple times a week and be happy with that. It never felt easy. It never felt fun. I never hit that sweet spot of where I actually enjoyed it or craved a run.

It was a few years later, after my kids were born, that I caught the running bug and it stuck. With trial and error, I learned a lot over the years, just like every runner does.

Here are 7 things that really helped me when I was just starting out.

Shoes

If you are going to do one thing before you decide to invest time in becoming a runner, I highly recommend you get fitted for proper running shoes.  Go to a reputable running shoe store where there’s an expert who can watch you run and recommend the right shoe for you. Try a bunch of different shoes on.  It makes a difference!

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Do run/walk intervals

A lot of new runners give up on running because they feel like they are absolutely dying trying to run 3 miles from the beginning.  Incorporating run/walk intervals is a great way to condition your lungs and muscles for eventually being able to run 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles and so on, without walk breaks.  A great way to start is with 5 minutes of walking, 1 minute of running intervals.

Join a running group

I still remember when I went to my first group run years ago.  I didn’t know anyone and it was intimidating.  I swear I think everyone was wearing a Boston Marathon jacket!  But then a runner introduced themselves.  And then another.  When we started to run, there were so many different paces that there was always someone to run with. I met so many awesome people that day (I still run with some of them!) that I couldn’t wait to go back again. Since then, I’ve joined in many group runs. Sometimes the pace was slower than I usually run. Sometimes it was just right. Sometimes it was faster.  But it was all good!

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Cross train

Running puts a lot of strain on your body.  Give your body a break and incorporate a variety of workouts in your weekly workout mix. Walking, swimming and cycling are great ways to cross train.  Cardio equipment like the Arc Trainer, Elliptical and Stepmill are also good alternatives that can help build up your cardiovascular system.  Of course, strength training is key too.  Basic exercises like squats, lunges, bridges, planks, and clam shells are fantastic for building strength in the key muscles need for a strong runner.

Don’t get fixated on numbers

Don’t worry about your pace or what the speed says on the treadmill. Just because so and so runs x:xx pace, doesn’t mean that you should run that pace. Don’t fall into the comparison trap!  Every BODY is different and responds differently to running.  Doing too much, too soon is a good way to end up with an injury.

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Be patient

It takes time for things to gel in running.  Muscles will ache that you never knew existed!  I wish I had an exact date to tell you when it will feel good because it will eventually. I can’t even remember when I fell in love with running.  It just happened naturally because I was consistent about getting out there to run and gave it time.

Have fun

The whole point of running is that it’s enjoyable.  If it’s not enjoyable (most of the time), maybe you aren’t destined to be a runner. That’s ok! Not everyone is. Forcing it won’t be any fun. And you should have fun because life is too short!

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Here’s more new runner tips from experienced runners who have been a new runner before! Click on the link or picture to check out what tips they have.

LAURA – THIS RUNNER’S RECIPES

This Runner's Recipes - Training Tips for New Runners

SARAH – RUN FAR GIRL

New Runners- how to start and keep running

NELLIE – BROOKLYN ACTIVE MAMA

5 Unconventional Tips For New Runners

ALLIE – VITA TRAIN 4 LIFE

VITA Image_ Training Tips for New Runners

CARLY – FINE FIT DAY

Just Run New Runners FFD

Linking up with Coaches’ Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

22 comments on “Tips for the New Runner { Just Run }

  1. These are great tips! I think alot of these things are overlooked when new runner are starting out, like wearing proper shoes and cross/strength training. But it makes the experience so much better when you actually feel good when you are running!

  2. Yes, yes and OMG yes! I think every single one of us talks about patience because it takes SO much patience but the reward is great!! I also love your advice of not getting caught up in the numbers. That may be one of the killers of running!! Great round up my friend…and has it really been two years? #youraisemeup
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  3. Yesssss, missy. I kind of wish that I was a beginner runner right now, reading this and the other posts, lol. I remember being SO overwhelmed with questions and felt weird about asking them. I also know so much more now; things that you addressed here. Fantastic stuff.:)

  4. I like all your advice, especially about the run/walk intervals and being patient. These are tips I am relying on now as things have really changed for me! Old dog, meet new tricks.

  5. Great tips! I really like your advice about not getting caught up in the numbers – I wish I had known that as a new runner! Love this round up and here’s to a third great year of it!

  6. These all are golden. New runners (and some experienced ones, too LOL) need to remember that running is such a personal endeavor. We all bring our own genetics (and abilities)to the table, and we all have different goals and desires.

  7. Ooh, that’s really interesting.These all are golden tips!I’ve started running from last month, and looking for good running shoes!! It will help me for perfect running shoes..

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