Tips to Get Started

Tips for Getting Started

1) Get a good pair of sneakers!  To prevent injury it is important to have shoes that are the correct size (I had been wearing my shoes a half-size too SMALL when I started running) and fit for your foot.  I went to Marathon Sports with my old pair of shoes and a typical pair of socks I’d wear and they got me all set up in shoes that were perfect for me.

2) Increase time and distance gradually by setting small goals, whether you want to run for 30 minutes or 3 miles.  There are many methods to getting started.  I used the walk/run method.

3) Run with a friend.  I once belonged to a running club and was told that when you run it should always be at a conversational pace.  Running with a friend and chatting not only keeps you at an appropriate pace, but it also makes the time go by faster.  It is a great way to spend an afternoon!

4) Run outside (even in the winter!).  You can use websites like Map My Run to create an endless amount of routes (for free) to keep the scenery changing!

5) Enjoy yourself!  Running gets easier and more enjoyable the more you do it.

Roll on, Roll on…….

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