Running is an amazing workout and it’s an easy, no-equipment-needed type of activity, which is great for beginners. Anyone can run and all you really need are tennis shoes.
That being said, I hear people all the time complaining about not knowing where to start or what the first step is to becoming a “runner.”
I love to run and initially started about 10 years ago, though I only fell in “can’t live without it” love about 3 years ago and just caught the racing bug over the last year.
- Outfit yourself – While shoes are really the only thing you need, you may also want a hat or visor and headphones. Head into a running shoe store and have yourself fitted for your beginner pair of sneakers.
- Find out how YOU like to run – This is actually a two-part equation. You need to decide if you like to run indoors or outdoors AND you need to figure out whether you’re a solo runner or a group runner. I’m one of those people who took up running just to get outside, so you’ll never find me on a treadmill. But you’ll have to do your own research and see what works best for you.
- Walk it Out – Start by walking and going for short jogs, and work your way up. You don’t become a “runner” overnight. Walk, jog, run-walk, run. You just gradually build up your distance at your own comfort level. That’s what’s great about running, you can do it at 100% your own pace.
- Intervals – One minute of running, two minutes of walking. One minute of running, one minute of walking. One minute of running, one minute of jogging. Then build up.
- Download – A fitness app, like Nike, or a Couch to 5k app, are a great way to track you runs and stay motivated. You can even create a running program for yourself and work each week to keep up on your schedule.
Are YOU a runner – How did you start? Any tips for a beginner? If you’re not – What’s holding YOU back?