Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: what are your tips for beginner runners? You can write about this or any running related topic. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
At one point, we were all beginner runners. When I first started running, I didn’t personally know anyone else that was a runner. Eventually I was able to connect with other runners through blogs and social media, but the first few months of running, actually the first year, was a lot of trial and error. Here are a few things that I wish I knew as a beginner runner.
Slowly build up your miles I think every new runner is guilty of this, especially if you’re not following a training plan. It’s easy to rev up the miles too soon, which can result in injury or runner burnout.
Stop the comparison game It’s VERY easy to fall into this trap, especially if you follow a lot of runners on social media. What I failed to remember when I started running is that everyone is on their own journey and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for you.
Rest is important You know the feeling of a runner’s high? I felt like I would get that each time I ran a little further. Of course this meant that I wasn’t taking time off from running to rest. I was running everyday which I found didn’t really work for me – my legs don’t appreciate running every day.
Get properly fitted for sneakers This is probably my #1 tip for new runners. At first, I purchased sneakers in my exact shoe size and based on if I liked the color/design. Both were big mistakes. I later learned that it was wise to size up for sneakers to give your toes enough space (I think this is why I’ve never lost a toenail). Also I started to have so much pain in my legs from wearing the wrong type of sneakers. When I learned I needed sneakers with more stability/support, it made a huge difference.
Speaking of sneakers, I have been patiently waiting for these gorgeous ones to go on sale for months. I may just end up paying full price (which I hate to do) because I want them so badly!
Tell me: What are some of your top tips for beginner runners?
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