The First 10 Steps To Becoming A Runner

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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.”

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