Hi Everybody! Today Robbie will be sharing 7 of his most important tips for beginner runners. Robbie started ultra running in October of 2013, and since then he has run 2 50ks, a marathon, and a 50 miler, as well as several half marathons, 5ks, and other races. He is very passionate about running and it has become his favorite hobby.
1. Get Fitted For Running Shoes: The proper running shoes for your feet are a necessity when you are beginning to run. Don’t necessarily get the same shoes that your friend uses. Everyone has a different style of running, and different levels of support are required. The best way to find what shoe works best for you is to get fitted at your local running store.
2. Get the Right Clothes: One common mistake that beginner runners make is wearing the wrong type of clothing or socks. Running socks may be a bit pricy, but they are well worth the investment. Running clothing should be breathable fabric. Try to avoid wearing regular cotton. Avoid wearing regular clothing to lessen the chances of chafing or blisters.
3. Get a Handheld: Hydration is key in running. Pick up a handheld water bottle at your local running store or walmart for easy carrying while you’re running.
4. Find a Friend/Group: It can be highly motivating to run with other people. When at all possible, Robbie likes to have a friend or group to run with. He belongs to a local trail running group. Research groups in your area to join, or find a friend to train with you if possible.
5. Track Your Progress: It is highly motivating and gratifying to see your results after a run, and be able to keep track of how far you’ve come. You can purchase a gps watch, such as garmin, to keep track of your runs. If you don’t have a watch, download the free app strava on your smart phone, and carry your phone to record your runs. If you have a watch, you can download the data straight to strava. Strava will show you your elevation gain, mileage, pace, and milestones that you’ve accomplished.
6. Start Out Slow: It is important not to start out too much too fast. This is a mistake that a lot of runners make that can cause injury. A general rule of thumb is to increase your mileage by 10 percent each week. You can start out running/jogging/walking a mile and work your way up from there. Allow yourself time to recover and always listen to your body. You will have to discover the difference between soreness and injury from pushing yourself too hard.
7. Get out there! The most important thing you can do is just start. The more you do it the easier it will become, and the more mileage you will be able to build. Good luck training!