New to running? Here are some tips to keep you on track.
1. Get a good pair of shoes
If you’re a novice runner or completely new to running, you should start by visiting a specialty running store, where you can get fit into the right shoes for your feet, gait, fitness and running goals. Consider the $100-$150 price an investment in your health for the entire year.
2. Follow a training plan
Though you can improve your fitness by just going out and running, it’s much better to follow a training plan — especially if your goal is to run a 10K, half marathon or marathon. Consider joining a local training group so you can run with others on occasion and get the guidance of a coach.
3. Run at more than one speed
The easiest way to get into a running rut or stall on a mental and physical plateau is to run the same speed and distance every single day. Running at various speeds (or heart rate levels) will allow you to take your fitness to the next level and get your body race-fit for your big day.
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4. Run in different places
Just as you shouldn’t run the same pace every day, you shouldn’t run in the same place every day either. Seeking out new routes and varying your terrain will not only keep things fun and interesting, but it will also help you to improve your weaknesses, whether it’s charging an uphill, rolling down the other side or finding a consistent rhythm on flat ground.
5. Keep a training log
Writing down your workouts or recording them with an app or an online log will inspire you to be consistent, will help you adjust your training, and will ultimately boost your confidence.