FIND A FRIEND (OR FRIENDS!)
There’s power in numbers! Grab a pal or join a training group and start pounding the pavement together. The accountability, support and motivation will make it easier to stick to a new program.
MAKE THE SHOE FIT
If you’re really serious about running, go to a specialty store and get fitted for a sneaker that works with your gait and foot type. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune or come with lots of bells and whistles—it just has to feel good and provide support in the areas in which you need it the most.
Recovery time is crucial to runners—that’s your body repairs itself after the physical demands of exercise. Build rest days into your routine, make distance and speed increases gradually and be sure to stretch after every run, as it will keep you from stiffening up and experiencing post-running pain.
FOCUS ON A GOAL…
But make sure it’s attainable. Sign up for a 5K, but not the week after you start training. Be sure and find goals that will keep you working hard, but won’t push your body past the limits of safety.
Make sure you take note of how your body feels after each run. Ideally, the discomfort (if there was any) will lessen as you get stronger and train harder. Don’t ignore lingering pain—it could be a sign of a developing injury!