Step into gear with these running tips

Follow these 11 tips if you're a runner or aspiring to take up the sport.

Runner’s World has provided a set of tips to follow if you’re a runner or aspiring to take up this – apparently addictive – sport.


1. Invest in the right pair of running shoes.

2. Go for distance rather than time – slow it down, be patient, and don’t worry about your pace.

3. Remember that rest days are training days, too.

4. Join a running group.

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5. Make running a habit, even if that means getting out for a few minutes per day.

6. Build mileage gradually.

7. Don’t dread taking walk breaks. (In fact, slowing down can actually build strength and endurance to benefit your running.)

8. Keep a training log.

9. Mix in cross training to supplement your running.

10. Set small, achievable goals. (Daily, weekly and monthly goals).

11. Remember that you are a real runner, there is no such thing as a ‘fake’ runner.

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Some inspirational – and sometimes odd – thoughts from Runner’s World‘s Facebook friends:

Franky S. – Ask if you can borrow your neighbour’s mean dog to chase behind your tail. It sure works and improves your speed!

Donna R. – The foam roller is your new best friend.

Erica C: Thou shalt observe the rest day!

Mike W. – Don’t think. Just lace ‘em up.

Melinda R. – Forward is a pace, so don’t stress about fast or slow…just keep going!

Jerry D. – Left-right, left-right; repeat as needed.

Tammy G. – WARNING: It’s addictive!


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