Whether it’s gear, or training, or technique, a beginner runner will have several burning questions that need answering lest they should fall prey to common running injuries. Many runners head out with ambitious goals, but find themselves under an astounding amount of pressure as their new activity progresses.
So, here are 5 tips that every new runner would do well to bear in mind:
Find the perfect fit: Many running stores these days provide you vital information about gait analysis and foot strike patterns. Knowing these will help you gain a better understanding of whether or not you overpronate or supinate. This in turn will help you find the perfect shoes. Be sure not to invest in a shoes that’s too soft. Instead, opt for running insoles or light, moisture-wicking wearables that let your feet breathe while running. Too much cushioning can be a bad thing.
Get a fitness gadget: After you’ve got your running shorts, shoes and socks, it’s time to get fitted with a reliable fitness gadget. Available in the fitness market today, are tech wearables that help you track your running activity and help you understand HOW you are running. Running as a new activity can trip you up unexpectedly, and you might suffer injuries, but specific fitness gadgets will alert you to possible stress and strain, preventing an injury before it happens.
Join a Group: Solo runs are a great way to get some alone time, but joining a running group is strongly advocated. There are many benefits to it, including finding the motivation to climb out of bed every morning, just to join someone who’s counting on you to show up! A running group or even a partner can keep you from slacking or even cutting short a run.
Build mileage slowly: As a beginner, no one expects miracles of you, especially when it comes to your mileage covered. While adding an extra mile every day is very enticing, it is near impossible. That’s why a gradual increase is advised. Mix it up – take your speed down a notch to give yourself the energy to run farther; take walk breaks; run long every other day instead of every day. This way you’ll be adding more miles to your routine, without your even noticing.
Set achievable goals: Never shoot for the fence at the outset. Breaking down your running goals into daily, weekly and monthly goals is the right way to go about achieving your targets. Mini goals are nothing to be ashamed of – in fact, they’re the perfect way to get started!
Finding your fitness through running can be a tiring process, but when done right, it can be highly rewarding. That is why it will serve you well to remember these 5 tips before you step out the door and onto the track. Keep it simple, keep it light and keep in mind that while you have miles and miles to cover, you do have the power to start with that important first step.