11 Tips for Newbie Runners
Our Facebook fans share their best advice for beginner runners.
If you could give one piece of advice to a newbie runner, what would it be?
In a matter of hours, the post received nearly 2,000 responses that included everything from uplifting words of wisdom to advice about gear and training. We pulled your best responses and paired them with Runner’s World articles to make the ultimate newbie runner tip sheet:
- Invest in the right pair of running shoes.
- Go for distance rather than time – slow it down, be patient, and don’t worry about your pace.
- Remember that rest days are training days, too.
- Join a running group.
- Make running a habit, even if that means getting out for a few minutes per day.
- Build mileage gradually.
- Don’t dread taking walk breaks.
In fact, slowing down can actually build strength and endurance to benefit your running. How (and when) to add walks to your routine.
- Keep a training log.
Check out why keeping a journal can become your best tool for success.
- Mix in cross training to supplement your running.
Learn the ins and outs of runner-friendly alternative forms of exercise.
- Set small, achievable goals.
Break down your aspirations into daily, weekly, and monthly goals with this story from the January 2013 issue.
- Remember that you are a runner.
Whenever you’re in doubt, remember these wise words from our Chief Running Officer (and Mayor of Running) Bart Yasso: “I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.”
Here are some inspirational-and sometimes slightly offbeat-posts from a few of our Facebook friends:
Franky S. – Ask if you can borrow your neighbor’s mean dog to chase behind your tail. It sure works and improves your speed!
Donna R. – The foam roller is your new best friend.
Bonnie M. – Body Glide. No, it isn’t for the bedroom and yes, it might become that one thing you just can’t do without.
Erica C: Thou shalt observe the rest day!
Chad B.: Never trust a fart after mile one…..and have fun!
Mike W. – Don’t think. Just lace ‘em up.
Jim B.: Don’t tell people your name is Forrest!
Melinda R. – Forward is a pace, so don’t stress about fast or slow…just keep going!
Jerry D. – Left-right, left-right; repeat as needed.
Tammy G. – WARNING: It’s addictive!
Go here to check out the full feed.