5. Remind yourself this is a workout, the point is to get your heart rate up, to burn calories, and to feel some burn. The moment I realized that and embraced it my mentality changed and running became a much better experience.
6. You will have good days and you will have bad days. Don’t let the bad days get you down! While marathon training I’d rather do my 20 miler over my 9 any day- it was that rotten of a day! The same goes for 2, 3, or even 4 miles. There are just some bad days. Don’t worry- they happen! Enjoy the good and know the bad will happen.
7. Get the right shoes pretty quickly. Injury happens fast with the wrong pair. If you’re serious about making this your new workout routine, get some good shoes and socks. You can live without the other stuff, but shoes are a must!
8. Start slow. Gradual build up is the way to go. Everyone who takes on too much too fast seems to get injured right when they start really loving it. Enjoy a mile or two and some walks, don’t worry about pushing too hard until you’ve been going for a a while.
9. Get a running buddy! I’ve done most my running alone, but one year one of my best friends went with me at least once or twice a week. Our 4 mile loop flew by, and we caught up with each other on life and plans. It helped me get back into shape after a long hot AZ summer with a lot of distraction!
10. Don’t underestimate a good playlist! Find some tunes that make you want to move and invest in a playlist. Also rockmyrun.com has some free ones you can download, and Spotify Premium will also let you find other people’s playlists that get them moving.
11. Remember this is very mental! Don’t assume you can’t do it- you seriously can and just have to envision yourself succeeding and pushing through the tough moments.
12. Register for a race. Nothing pushes you to train and get moving like that upcoming event!
13. Tell friends and family you’re doing this, having to report to them and getting their encouragement helps a lot!
14. Think about swimsuit season or jean shopping. Few things burn calories like running, and if you’re just starting up and you keep your eating in check you’ll be amazed at the pounds you can lose!
15. Don’t make excuses! If you decide you want to start running follow Nike and Just Do It! There will always be plenty of excuses.
I could keep going, but really, knowing it’s a little tough for a few weeks, taking it slow and making it fun, and pushing yourself to 3 miles is the best advice I can give!
Any other readers who run have other tips they’d like to add, or my tips they’d like to 2nd? I’d love to hear them, and we can all always use the encouragement!