Since the running boom of the 1970s, Americans have taken to the streets. Perhaps the purest form of exercise, running promises tremendous health and mental wellness benefits. Still, despite its simplicity, running can be intimating to the newcomer. For a quick guide on starting your own running journey, check out these simple tips.
One common beginner running mistake? Trying to do too much, too soon.
As discussed in this article from Runner’s World, novice-runners should assess their fitness levels and choose either walking, a run-walk combination, or continuous running to start. In addition, experts recommend that running newbies aim for a pace that allows them to carry a conversation while running – without losing their breath.
For those starting with intervals, one potential strategy is to develop a ratio of 30 seconds of running for 2 minutes of walking.
Get The Gear
It’s no secret that looking good leads to feeling good – this fashion principle carries over to the running world. Find a local running store that has staff that are educated and know what shoe works for your body, feet, style. This is an investment that isn’t recommended to skip!
Running pros advise that newcomers treat themselves to running gear that features favorite colors, patterns, or sports teams. With running shoes, shorts, and accessories you like, you’ll probably be just a little more likely to get out there.
Run A Race
No matter how much you enjoy running, “sticking it with it” can be the most challenging step for a novice runner. Solo runs and empty streets can you leave you feeling lonely and unsure of your progress.
The best way to fight that lonesome feeling? Pick a race!
Even if you’re a total novice whose runs feature more walking than running, a short, community-level race like a weekend fun-run or 5k can be a great way to dip your toes into the vibrant community of runners and running enthusiasts in your area.
The Power Of The Schedule
The best part about signing up for a race – you’ll need a training plan.
Running coaches and fitness experts alike have noted the ways race participation can help with running discipline and planning. Beginner-friendly training calendars are found in abundance online and can be custom tailored to ability, pacing, and even your own personal run-walk method.
Rethink Running Training
Surprisingly, there’s more to running than just running. Strength training and conditioning just 2 days a week can go a long way toward making you a better and more efficient runner.
In fact, as shown in this NBC Health article, studies have overwhelmingly shown tangible benefits for runners who strength train. Overall, Runners reported increased endurance, flexibility, and even overall speed after integrating moderate strength training into their routines.
With a well-designed and balanced training schedule, you can learn how your body runs best – while avoiding injuries and steadily progressing.
If you want to make the most of your running, a consultation with a personal trainer can make all the difference.
Happy Running – Stay hydrated friends! Shout out what helped you as a new runner, what keeps you motivated as you continue your running journey, or helps you stay on track? What advice would you give to a new runner?
Erin and the Custom Kinetics team