When someone first gets into running there are a few lessons they will learn very quickly. It seems like such a simple activity, and for the most part it is, but there are a few tips and tricks you will pick up along the way. If you know someone who’s getting into running or can remember back to the beginning of your own running career, this might be a reassuring read.
The shoe you wear matters
Getting the right shoe for you is a very important aspect of staying healthy as a runner. Going to a run-specialty store for a gait assessment is a good idea if you’re new to the sport. Once you know how your body moves, you’ll be able to purchase the right shoe for your needs.
Racing isn’t as scary as it seems
Lots of new runners can’t image themselves on a start line, but once they give it a try they’re hooked. There’s something really special about running on streets filled with only runners and spectators, and achieving a goal you set for yourself.
It gets way easier
Running is really difficult at first. This instant difficulty can be discouraging, but runners who stick with it see huge improvement. There will still be days when runs feel hard, but for the most part it gets way easier the more you run.
Injuries are all too real
New runners are very susceptible to injury and this is something they learn quickly. If you’re a new runner, try your best to fit some stretching, rolling and strength training into your routine. Another option is to consider cross-training a couple of times a week as you get used to the increased mileage.
Your knees won’t break
Contrary to popular belief, running doesn’t necessarily destroy your knees. Every runner has been asked at least once if their knees hurt, or if they have been replaced, or how we have knees at all. The shocking-to-most answer is that knee injuries happen, but no more than any other sport. In fact they’re less common in runners when compared to other sports with lateral motions like hockey, soccer or gymnastics.
Bring a gel or chew if you’re running for over an hour
If you’re going for a long run, especially if it’s hot out, remember that refueling is important. Have scheduled water stops and throw a gel into your pocket just in case.
Your GPS isn’t always right
If you finish your first 10K race and your watch says you traveled 10.5K, chances are your signal was a little touchy (the race course is almost always measured correctly).