Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a runner? You see them everywhere, especially now that the weather is getting nicer, and they make it look so dang easy, right?
Although running is definitely a physical activity, we strongly believe that it requires some extreme mental strength to get through any run. But never fear - if you run, you're a runner. Simple as that. It doesn't matter how far, or how fast, just that you're out there doing it. So we've talked to some of the best runners that we know and we've put together a list of the 5 best tips for anyone just starting out and those who are wanting to know how they can begin running this season!
5 Best Tips for New Runners
1. Stretch and Get Fitted for Shoes!
One of the most important things you can do before AND after a run is take the time to stretch. Stretching helps with muscle preparation and recovery, and will help you avoid unwanted injuries while you're on the course (because honestly when is any injury ever wanted?! Nobody has time for that).
The other thing that's key here is getting proper running shoes. Not ever foot and not every sneaker is created equal. We recommend going to your local running store and having the professionals help you figure out what kind of fit is best for your foot.
*Another pro tip? Double knot those sneakers, girl! It may sound small but it will end up saving you time and hassles during your run!*
2. Increase Mileage Slowly
Nobody expects you to start breaking records right away. Start out slow and work on increasing your mileage over time. Going too fast too soon can again result in injury and and thus prolong any progress while you're waiting to heal.
*Another pro tip? Try adding smaller chunks of mileage on each week, vs. each day you run!*
Your body needs water to function, and when you add exercise into the mix, you need even more. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep you hydrated, keep those muscles recovering as they should, and help you stay full of energy so you can get the job done. The general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day, and then add another 8 oz for every 30 minutes of exercise completed.
4. Keep Showing Up
Showing up is half the battle, and it's a key to almost everything in life. Build slowly, and find ways to keep yourself motivated. You have your own reasons for wanting to get it done. Even when it seems hard, even when it seems impossible, keep pushing yourself and keep showing up.
*Another pro tip? Don't compare yourself to others! Always remember your biggest competition is YOURSELF. Keep smiling and enjoy the journey!*
5. Aim For Progress, Not Perfection!
Don't set big goals right away. Instead, work on achieving smaller goals. Maybe you'll start out by running one minute, walking two. In a week or two's time, maybe you'll be up to running two minutes, and walking one. Celebrate the small goals and don't worry about how fast you feel you should be progressing.
And always remember: you’re lapping every single person who is at home sitting on the couch! ;) Don't forget to check out our best running shorts for women!