Running, like any other individual sport, teaches you many life lessons. It's simple, and yet deceptively complex.
People run for different reasons, such as weight loss, health or stress relief. Running doesn't discriminate. With every run, you're presented with a new challenge, a time to reflect and an opportunity to problem-solve. It's your cherished "me time," a way to run from, for or to something. It connects you with your community, helps you explore nature, inspires you to travel the world, and temporarily removes you from the stresses of life.
The confidence and feeling of accomplishment from any type of run will carry over into your daily life, reminding you that you have the strength to conquer anything that comes your way. Running is the ultimate badge of perseverance.
More than just a blank space to document your training miles, the 365-day Running Journal is designed to teach you more about yourself as you give meaning to your life as a runner.
Thank you to everyone who entered my last giveaway on Facebook. What GREAT tips!! Here are your best running tips for beginners.
- Enjoy the process! Embrace every improvement and celebrate each one!
- Don’t get so bogged down in perfection that you miss the progression! Your body is a beautiful gift ❤️full of potential and ability! Have fun!
- It’s ok to walk, or to stop and recover during a workout, or take a whole day off. It’s starting again and moving forward that matters.
- Increase weekly mileage slowly to minimize injury and wear the right shoes!
- Slow down, higher cadence.
- First, invest in quality running shoes, preferably fitted by a knowledgeable and experienced runner!
- The first mile is always a lie. Do what you can to get through it. The motivation will follow!
- Consistency is key. If we only run on days we feel good we will never make progress. 😎
- Run the Mile You are In.😃
- Take it slow! Making sudden changes are a recipe for failure.
- Comparison is the thief of joy. Run your own race and don’t compare your journey to others. Find your running tribe and embrace them!
- Walk if you need to. Short stride, fast feet.
- Don’t stress over pace, heart rate, etc...just get out and have fun!
- Find yourself a good group of like minded people and train together as you can motivate each other as you will not all have a tough day at the same time! Running with friends is so much fun! Also you can challenge each other to slowly increase your mileage and help each other get out of your comfort zone a little bit more every run. And believe that “yes, you can run little farther and harder every time”... run happy ❤️🏃🏼♀️❤️
- Focusing on a distance can be really overwhelming, especially if you've never run before. Instead break it down further. Try starting out with two minutes or five minutes, whichever sounds more doable, and then every couple runs try to bump it up by thirty seconds.
- Don’t rush the process. The shiny things will come. Focus on nailing the basics
- Just get moving! If you’re training for an event like a 5K or a 10K or half marathon and are following a plan, remember that something is always better than nothing when getting out for your workout! If your day gets hectic or you run short on time it’s always better to do something Compared to just throwing in the towel on that days work out.
- Buy a good pair of running shoes and good socks that fit well and it may take a few times to figure out which pair are the best for you.
- Have fun and don’t take things to seriously.
- Run and walk easy enough so you'll want to run again the next day.
- Strength training is as important as the miles you put in.
- Make your Easy Runs “EASY”!
- 1. 😊Pick a goal and a coaching program (couch to 5k, couch to 10K, etc.) and STAY CONSISTENT. Don’t get ahead of yourself, don’t make up workouts, just follow the program. 2. Create sustainable habits: warm up, cool down, stretching.
- Consistency is key.
- Less is more. Focus on strength and fundamentals before distance.
- If you remember the “why”—the “how” is easy. 🙏🏻
- Every run is not a race! It's ok to be slower today than you were yesterday. With consistency over the long term you will get faster and suffering will become optional.
- You CAN run for “fun,” or just the simple joy of moving your body. And you are a runner if you run, even if you’re slow or just want to go for an easy run.
- Enjoy being outside and relish it as your “me” time. Focus on the adventure/path you’ve chosen for the day and take in all the beautiful sights, sounds, and feelings.
- You don’t need fancy gear or gadgets to start running - just a good pair of shoes and enjoy each step of the process.
- Run well before you try to run fast.
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