5 Quick Tips For Beginner Runners

When quarantine happened, a lot of people decided, since gyms were closed, that they wanted to give running a try for their fitness.

And that’s great. I think, safely, running is an awesome workout.

If you’ve started running during quarantine or are planning on starting soon, check out these 5 quick tips to help you out.

1. The first 10 minutes of a run sucks for everyone.

Trust me, it’s not just you. Beginner and advanced runners both take a little time to warm up to a run. Keep at it, it gets better.

2. Focus on time. Not distance.

At the start, don’t worry about going for 2-3-8 mile runs. Instead, focus on the amount of time you’re running. 5 minutes of straight running, followed by a walk. Now next time make it 6 minutes or 7.

3. Keep hydrated.

This is important before, during, and after your run. And I’m talking WATER. Gatorade isn’t needed to get started. Water does the job perfectly fine.

4. Warmup & Stretch before you start running

Getting your body loose, and even getting a sweat before going for a run is super beneficial. A couple sets of jumping jacks, high knees, etc… will help. Then stretch. Focus on your legs, lower back, and shoulders.

5. Just start.

Really. Socks on. Comfy shoes on. And go. Don’t stress miles or time splits or any thing else. Just one foot in front of the other.

Tips To Start Running

If you’ve thought about adding running/jogging into your workout routine, but didn’t want to do anything wrong, get hurt, be unprepared, keep reading this for my tips to help you get started.

1. Warmup Inside

This is especially big when it starts to get colder outside. Warming up before you start your run get your body loose and ready to move. Do a quick 5-10 minute warmup to get your heartrate up.

2. Stretch after your warmup

You don’t want to stretch cold muscles. Warmup, get loose, then stretch out.

When I’m running, I’ll even go maybe 1/4 mile, then stop and stretch. Focus on your whole body, not just your legs.

3. Don’t worry about tracking

There’s a ton of nice apps, and watches that can track your run. But at thw very start, I would recommend not to do any of that.

Just go out and move. See how you feel. Then after a couple times out, start tracking to make sure you’re progressing.

4. Dress for the end of your run

You don’t want to over dress, then start over heating and want to ditch all your clothes. That’s why warming up before is big.

5. Shoes and Clothes

Make sure your shoes are in shape to run in. Check the heels, soles, and insoles. Running in bad shoes can quickly lead to blisters. And no on wants that.

Also, if you can, don’t run in cotton clothing (especially underwear). Chafing is not fun!!!

Dri fit clothing and moisture wicking socks are a big plus when running

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Bonus: JUST START

Seriously, just go out and move. Trust me, we are all bad at running at the start. The air hits your lungs. Being out of breath. Being out of shape….

But, just go out and start. The day 1 is the worst day. Every time out, you’ll get better.