Top 5 tips for beginning runners

by Marathon Slob on May 3, 2012

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After just over a month of training for the NYC Marathon I have encountered numerous challenges. In order to help novice runners who are going through the same thing, these are some of the things I wish I had know from the beginning!

1) The 1st week will be tough – expect it! Don’t panic or get disheartened when you are feel incredibly unfit and light years away from your goal. Set achievable targets and accomplish them. Start off with a plan to cover 2 miles. Walk and run equal amounts if that is what it takes to get round. Aim to improve performance each time and then set new targets.

2) Pace yourself both in your running stride and the number of runs each week. Allow your body to get used to the new stresses on it. Believe it or not, running can be addictive and the temptation can be to do too much, too soon. Make a plan and stick to it.

3) Track your runs. I’m not saying to go and spend $300 on GPS watch, but there are cheap smartphone apps such as MapMyRun, Garmin Fit or RunKeeper. These will allow you the satisfaction of tracking your improvements in greater detail rather than just looking at a time.

4) Share your experiences – you should join twitter and participate in groups such as #runchat or #Fitfluential.  There are lots are great people contributing here.  In addition, you should sign up to one of the great run sharing communities such as Garmin Connect or DailyMile. These are essentially fitness specific social networks.  If your family and friends are not runners, they may get bored of you constantly jabbering away about your runs. Share your exploits with like minded individuals. It is also a great place to learn and get answers to your questions.

5) Race! Even if you are not interested in the competitive aspect of running, the motivation you get from setting non moveable targets like race-days will help immensely! It will also fuel the addiction as it will only add to the runners high!

I hope this helps!  If you have any tips to add to these please comment below.

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