How to Start Running

by Jacob Parzych | April 27th, 2010 | Cardio, Running

Running is a great way to get into shape, and a fairly simple way.  It doesn’t require much and can be done anywhere.  As a runner, I have provided some tips for people considering it.

  • First of all, before you do anything else, make sure you are in shape to begin running.  If you have any type of medical condition that could endanger you while running, ask your doctor if it is okay to run.
  • Next, if you are serious about starting running you should look into buying a pair of quality running shoes.  Go to a running store like Runner’s Alley, where they will look at the way you walk and run and fit you in a shoe or two that will work best with your body and running style.
  • If you are worried that you will buy a pair of quality running shoes and then decide you dislike running, you should buy a pair of cheaper cross trainers to start out.  If you stay with running, you should by a pair of quality shoes to reduce the risk of injury.
  • When you begin running, don’t push yourself immediately. Begin with simple routines consisting of alternating running and walking, like walk for 6 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute.  As you get  better, work the running time up and the walking time down.
  • Over time, you will develop more stamina and run faster and more smoothly.  Once you get into running shape, your workouts should stop being measured in time but rather in distance. Find an area the is a set distance (preferably one or two miles) and run there.
  • If you really enjoy running,  you should look into running races.  There are 5k (3.1 miles) happening all over the area you live.  To find out about them, visit Cool Running.  They also have longer distances, like half and full marathons and everything in between.
  • Whatever you do, HYDRATE!!!  If you don’t hydrate, you will get hurt.  Drink water before and after runs and also during long distance runs.

Running is a convenient way to get into shape, and it is fun, too.  Please try to keep my tips in mind and have fun!

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