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May 25, 2011 at 4:18 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Running Tips for Beginners

By Barnaby More Blogs by This Author

Running is one of the least expensive and portable ways to get into and stay in shape. In fact, in the recent downturn of the economy, running shoe sales shot up as people chucked their gym memberships and hit the road!

Once you get a few weeks of running under your belt, you’ll come to love the time in the open air under your own power, but before that happens, I have some advice for you.

Let’s start with gear.

SHOES.

Get thee to an actual running store where you can get your stride analyzed and get a pair of shoes that are right for you. This is going to set you back in the neighborhood of a $100. Try to go in the afternoon because, believe it or not, your feet actually swell up as the day wears on so you want to get your feet measured at their biggest!

CLOTHES.

Buy clothes that you think look cool. It will motivate you get out. Speaking of cool, wicking fabric is so much better than your old cotton tees. And while I’m dissing cotton, get some running-specific socks.

RUNNING SHORTS

Your inner thighs may rub a bit when you start running. Strongly consider getting some Spandex running shorts to wear under your regular shorts. Do it.

ATT. LADIES.

Your regular bra isn’t going to be your friend out on the highway. Talk to the folks at the running store and get a bra that fits!

The First Step is a Doozy!

The best way to start is to do a jog/walk combo. Walk a minute, jog a minute. This will help you warm up (Don’t ever stretch before you warm up. And ALWAYS stretch out after your workout.)

Final Thoughts:  Go to the library and grab a book on beginner running. I recommend

Runner’s World Complete Book of Beginning Running by Amby Burfoot  OR

Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’s Running  by Dagny Scott Barrios

Have FUN!

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