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You Can Thank Us Later – 5 Beginner Running Tips I Wish They Had Told Me

Have you ever think about running but don't know where to start? You Can Thank Us Later - 5 Beginner Running Tips I Wish They Had Told Me |

Have you ever think about running but don’t know where to start? What are some good beginner running tips?

That was me a few months ago. Those were questions that kept popping in my head. I had this idea that it all was about putting tennis shoes on, step outside and go. Well, there’s a few more steps to it so you can really enjoy this new hobby!

5 Beginner running tips

1. Running shoes. Don’t. Be. Frugal. This is the one area that you would think you are splurging but once you have a few runs under your belt, you’ll understand. Visit a specialty store and get fitted.

2. The material used on socks matter. A lot. Cotton socks are nice for a casual outing but not for running. Look for wicking material. Your feet will be so happy! Not to mention that it will help prevent those nasty blisters.

3. It’s all a mental game. This could be tip #1! Running can feel intimidating. Keep a positive mindset! Just start slow, we are not in a race, just yet, and enjoy the outdoors or your favorite tv show or a podcast.

4. Don’t believe everything your treadmill tells you. I guess you could say that I picked a wrong time to start running by starting in the winter. The cold, the snow, the cold (it’s bone chilling cold around here) pushed me to go to the gym to use a treadmill. On the other hand, I’m grateful that I had an alternative to staying home glued to the computer. Well, after running on a treadmill for weeks, it was a rude awakening the first time I was able to run outside. Really, it felt like a slap on the face; a “Who do you think you are, Bolt!?”

5. It will get easier. Every single run will be easier than the last one. Trust me on this one! Not only it will get easier but it will be more enjoyable. Pick a goal, mine is to go run for at least 30 minutes three times a week. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It’s just the road and my thoughts… and it’s amazing!

Want more? Check out our 5 wondrous tips I wish they told me about running.

What’s your best running tip for beginners? Let us know in the comments.



  1. Amanda

    February 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Just like in life there are bad days, there are bad runs. There will be days when your body just can’t do what it did yesterday. Or it’s so humid outside you just can’t breathe. That’s okay, you can get up and try again tomorrow. (this is sort of a combination or #3 and #5).

    Here are a couple of my favorite running quotes:
    “In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
    -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

    “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
    -John Bingham, running speaker and writer

    “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”
    –John Bingham

    1. Yoly Mason

      February 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Amanda, those are great tips! And the quotes are so inspiring.

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