Getting Started Guide for New Runners

Note that we got permission from the author to re-publish this article on our site

Running is a simple sport. Pretty much everyone is able to run, but just because you’re physically able to run doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek proper instruction and expert advice.

I like to compare running to throwing a football. Pretty much everyone can throw a football. It may not look pretty but I bet you can at least throw the football. Now, imagine if you started throwing the football everyday, over and over for hours in hopes of getting better. My bet is you’d most likely be throwing the football improperly and you’d injury your shoulder. I’d also bet if you had gotten expert instruction on how to properly throw a football you could have saved your shoulder from injury, same goes for running.

Below are a few simple rules every new running should follow.

  1. Get Good Shoes. Shoes are pretty much the only piece of equipment one needs to become a runner so don’t cut corners here. First off, you’ll need to get fitted properly. This means stay away from online and large chain stores. Your best bet is always a local running store. In most cases local running stores employ people trained in selecting the proper shoes for you. Explain to the clerk you’re new to running and would like to get properly fitted for a pair of shoes. This involves having the clerk watch you walk or run to determine the biomechanics of your feet and determining what type of shoes are best for you.
  2. Walking is OK. Walking can actually be preferred for beginners. In essence the run/walk/run method is a form of interval training more experienced runners use to get faster. By walking, you can extend the amount of total time you’re exercising. For example, if 10 minutes is all you can run, then you’re better off breaking that 10 minutes up with brisk walks and extending the total time you’re are exercising and running. Try running 4 minutes, walking 4 minutes, running 4 minutes, walking 4 minutes, and running 4 minutes. This gives you 20 minutes of total exercise with 12 minutes of running verses the 10 minutes of exercising and running if you were to run only.
  3. Be Patient, Invest Time and It Will Get Easier. Consistency is king in running. Running gets easier the more you do it. The more consistent you can be with your running, no matter how slow or short, the better.