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Running is probably one of the simplest sports. You don’t need all sorts of equipment or even an opponent to enjoy it. All you need is a bit of free time and a pair of shoes (not applicable for barefoot runners), and you’re good to go. Most people who decide to run consider weight loss as their main driving force. Although it’s true that running can help you lose weight because it’s an aerobic exercise, it’s important to realize that there is more to this sport than being just a tool to shed excess pounds. Many running newbies fail to recognize this so they give up even just after a few days without even giving their body a chance to get used to running and benefit from it.

Whether you are planning to do your first run tomorrow or you’ve been for a couple of days now but is gradually losing motivation to get up early and hit the road, below are the Top 10 Best Running Tips for Beginners that will surely help elevate your running experience in a whole new level. I’ve been running for almost five years now. Although I’m far from being an elite runner, I can confidently say that the experiences I’ve gathered throughout the years as a casual runner helped me become a more goal-oriented, resilient, and happier person. You should erase your thoughts about giving up on running and simply read the rest of this article before making up your mind.

Top 10 Best Running Tips for Beginners

 

10. You don’t have to run in the morning.

 

 

9. It's alright if you run slow.

 

 

8. Run with a friend.

 

 

7. Running is not a fashion show.

 

6. Running requires commitment.

 

 

5. Constantly change your running route.

 

 

4. Run with music.

 

 

3. Join races.

 

 

2. Running is not an excuse to overeat.

 

 

1. Rest if you must but don’t quit.

 

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10. You don’t have to run in the morning.

We have different schedules so don’t compare yourself and be jealous to a neighbor who can run as early as 3:00 am in the morning. It’s better if you personalize your running schedule based on your daily chores and work. Don’t force to run in the morning if it would mean compromising your precious time with family and other important matters. These forced runs are not sustainable and you’ll only end up blaming running once the consequences strikes back at you. You can run in the afternoon or evening after your dinner. You can even do it during your work breaks as long as you share this idea with your boss and workmates so you won’t be scrutinized for being all sweaty in the office after your run.

You don't have to run in the morning.

You don't have to run in the morning.

9. It's alright if you run slow.

You are not the next Usain Bolt. We won’t probably see an inhuman athlete like him for a couple of years so don’t be pressured to run fast. Others may mock you by maintaining a slow pace while training or in actual events but don’t mind them. Run with the speed you are comfortable with. You are a beginner so enjoy the moment. After building up a running foundation and improving your cardiovascular strength for a couple of months, you can start pumping up your pace. Some might say that this is a very conservative and boring approach but it’s the safest. Even the fastest marathoners started out as beginners so don’t deprive yourself from such an enjoyable phase of your running career.

It's alright if you run slow.

It's alright if you run slow.

8. Run with a friend.

Almost every endeavor in life will be easier and more enjoyable when done with a friend. This goes true with running. You can invite a friend to do some morning walks first to introduce him/her about the benefits of daily exercise not just for the body but for the mind as well. Then transition your walks to jogs and in no time, you’ll find your tandem running in a local fun run. Running is a great way to make friends. Some lucky ones even found love while being active in a running community. This is not something to be surprised about since it’s easy to be closer to someone who is passionate about the things you love. Don’t settle with your solo runs. Invite a neighbor or join a running community and experience for yourself how running can give you both a fitter body and a livelier social life.

Run with a friend.

Run with a friend.

7. Running is not a fashion show.

There are a lot of trendy running gears out in the market today which makes it easy for running beginners to get lost while searching for the right gears that fit them perfectly and would help keep them away from injury. While buying for any kind of running gear, put functionality and fit as your main considerations. Looks doesn’t really matter that much because running is not a fashion show. There’s no point of looking so sharp if it would mean chafing so bad during the early stages of the race or suffering from severe foot pain due to bad shoe fitting. Nonetheless, it’s another story if you’re joining a costume run. You can disregard the concept I just shared during this kind of events and simply enjoy your crazy and funny look while running.

Running is not a fashion show.

Running is not a fashion show.

6. Running requires commitment.

If you want to enjoy running and benefit from it in a health perspective, you need to be committed. Running just when you feel like it won’t do. Although it is a viable approach in running especially for those who are simply too busy in juggling work and family matters, you won’t reach your full running potential without putting up the work. Commitment is a must in running. By allotting a specific time of the day when to run, it will turn into a habit. There’s really no shortcut if you want to succeed in anything. You have to work for it. But don’t get me wrong since running will still remain as an enjoyable experience even though it needs commitment. In fact, it can help you distress so you can take on other life challenges each day with a more energized body and positive mindset.

Eliud Kipchoge breaking a world record by running a marathon in sub-2 hours!

Running requires commitment.

Running requires commitment.

5. Constantly change your running route.

Your goal should be to turn running into a habit. It may sound easy, but it’s not. You may find running fun and exciting today but that might not be the case several years from now. Eventually, you’ll be bored if you won’t add spice to your running routine every once in a while. Changing your route is a great idea for this purpose. Try to explore roads or trails you haven’t run on before. Inviting a friend who is familiar with the route will make things safer and enjoyable. The more the merrier right?

Constantly change your running route.

Constantly change your running route.

4. Run with music.

I have a love and hate relationship with music when it comes to running. There are days music pumps me up while running but there are also some times when it’s nothing but a hassle. You need to try it for yourself to know how it affects your running. How knows, listening to music while running might lead you to new PRs!

Run with music.

Run with music.

3. Join races.

An upcoming race is the best motivation for training. By joining races, you can also meet people who shares the same passion in running. Unless you’re an elite, don’t dare to try harder during the race than what you’ve trained for. Remember that your goal should be to enjoy the event, not overwork yourself to the point of compromising your chance in finishing the race. Meet new friends and enjoy the road or trail. At times of struggle, think of the moment you reach the finish line and the finisher’s medal being hanged on your neck so you can power through!

Join races.

Join races.

2. Running is not an excuse to overeat.

Just because you ran 10 kilometers this morning, does not mean you can eat a whole pizza for lunch. Overeating is big no whether you run or not. This bad eating habit can strain your digestive system and interrupt your body’s natural signals. If you really want to be healthy through running, pair it with a healthy meal plan.

Running is not an excuse to overeat.

Running is not an excuse to overeat.

1. Rest if you must but don’t quit.

It’s normal to feel tired. Remember that running every day won’t guarantee improvement. Rest is also important. In fact, various studies agree that its during time of rest when the body absorbs all the benefits of your training. It gives your body the chance to heal and improve. Without rest, you’ll only tire yourself and sooner or later lose your love towards running which is the last thing you want to happen. I hope you continue running for years to come and inspire others in the process. Have fun on the road or trail!

Rest if you must but don’t quit.

Rest if you must but don’t quit.

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