What I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Started Running

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When I first started running, I experienced everything from painful blisters to chafing to an unsupported chest. I was miserable.  I wish someone had sat me down and shared these basic tips and tricks to help smooth my transition from non-runner to runner. If you're just starting out on your own journey pounding the pavement or treadmill belt, here are things you should know about running.










Don't Skimp on Gear


Now, you don't need to spend a fortune on workout gear, but investing in a good pair of running shoes will pay off tenfold. Many speciality running stores offer complimentary fittings to help make this process a breeze. If you're well-endowed, running can be painful, and a cheap cotton sports bra from Target just won't do. You might have to spend $50 or more, but it's worth it when you realize painful bouncing is not necessary.

Find a Motivator

When I first started running, I struggled to get out and log my miles. This changed when I discovered the running community that is City Fit Girls. Now I have the motivation to run at least once a week, and the added determination to compete in races with other girls in the group. Finding a motivator will give you the determination to meet your goals and work towards building your running base. 



Running Outside is Harder than Running on the Treadmill


The real hills, the uneven terrain, the wind, the sun, the heat — it all makes running tougher than it already is. But I'll tell you, once I started running outside, I saw a huge improvement in my strength and endurance. Unlike with the treadmill, you have to pace yourself which means you will likely change the length of your stride and go too fast too soon. This takes some practice, but it get easier.



 

It  Gets Easier


As with most things, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.  Start off with a doable distance such as one or two miles. Once that distance feels comfortable, gradually increase your mileage. The key is to move at a comfortable pace for a reasonable amount of time. If you do too much too soon, you could end up with an injury and a deep hatred for all things running.

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