Patience, the willingness to experiment, finding toughness, and heading outside are called for.
The National Post’s Ben Kaplan has recently penned a column concerning 10 things that beginner runners can try with their training.
Counting backwards, Kaplan starts with something obvious: getting outside.
“Even if you’re only walking around your neighborhood — and a great way to start running is by walking first — it’s important to move from the gym to the great outdoors,” he writes.
Number nine: Find the right shoes.
Eight: Take it slow.
Seven: Pace your goals accordingly.
Six: Be safe, don’t chafe.
Five: Don’t run alone.
Four: “Experiment with wacky trends.”
Three: Make a plan.
Two: “One more thought about shoes.”
And finally, number one on Kaplan’s list is “The path can lead toward positive mental health.”
“In psychology, the term ‘mastery,’ is a feeling a person experiences as they notice incremental improvement,” Kaplan points out. “Not surprisingly, mastery, even at something as repetitive as running, feels good.”