Friday Five 8/14: Tips For New Runners

Happy Friday! As usual we’re linking up with Cynthia, Mar and Courtney for the Friday Five! This week were talking about the best tips for new runners. I still consider myself a new runner, and these are some of the tips that I was given when I first started out.

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1. Get fitted. I think this is the single most important thing a new runner can do. Every persons feet are different and it’s so important to wear shoes that are right for your feet. When I first started running I was running in a neutral show and a few months later when I got fitted I found out that I over-pronated and needed a stability shoe. Any specialty running store should be able to do a proper fitting and gait analysis for you in a short amount of time. We’ve gotten all of our fittings done at Road Runner Sports. They film you running barefoot on a treadmill and then play it back for you in slo-mo so you can see what your feet do while you run. Once you’ve got an idea of what you’ll need the fit expert can suggest several different shoes for you to try out before purchasing.


2. Pick the right clothing: Along with shoes, wearing the right clothing is important too. Clothing with wicking material is going to be the most comfortable while being less likely to chafe.

3. Ease into it: You’re not going to want to go out and run 10 miles on your first run. Common practice is to increase mileage by 10% weekly to avoid injury. If you’re training with a specific race in mind a training plan will  take you through the mileage increases at an appropriate rate. If you need to repeat a week, that’s fine too!

4. Don’t compare yourself to others: It can be hard to not compare where you are in your running to where someone else is, especially with social media. It’s important to remember that someone else may have been running for a lot longer than you. Everyone was a beginner at one point in time!

5. Have fun: Remember that running is something that you enjoy! If you’re having a hard time getting out the door, try a new route, switching up your playlist or get out there with a running buddy! Try not to take it so seriously that you take the fun out of it!

What’s the best piece of running advice you’ve been given?

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