Welcome Back to our Series on Running Tips for NEW Runners- sponsored by our friends at Superfeet!
Read on from Dutch DeGay, what he has to share about his running experience:
“Contrary to popular belief and most “how-to” running books, starting running (or getting back to running after a long break) isn’t easy. You’re going to be sore as you “break your body into running”. That’s why it SO important to start slow with low mileage, easy runs so you can “teach” your body to run.”
You have to learn to leave your ego at the door, and stop trying to compare your speed or distance to anyone else. This sounds cliché, but it is so true. Some runners have been running for years and their happy pace is 5mph. Some feel that 8mph is a warmup. You do you. Run your own race.
Another cliché but so appropriate. Truly- you must get comfortable aiming to become simply, better than YOUR yesterday. By YOUR yesterday, we mean, you aren’t competing with what you saw your friend post on Instagram yesterday. You compete with YOU. If yesterday you did a 20 minute walk/run venture, and you walked for 2 minutes, ran for 1 minute, walked for 2 minutes, ran for 1 minute…why not try to walk for 90 seconds, run for 1 minute? That’s better. That’s enough.
Get comfortable looking at your running journey as a longer one. Stop thinking you will go from zero to 250 in one month. Life doesn’t work that way and running doesn’t either. As we have talked about in this series, you must build a strong and stable foundation. This means, as Dutch said, teaching your body to run. Giving your body time to adjust to the activity. Giving your heart room to adapt. Give your mind a dose of pride as you accomplish more than you ever thought you could- as you do a little bit better than your yesterday EVERY DAY. Then every week, then every month.
Play the long game. Most of the runners we’ve interviewed for this series did just that. They were kind and supportive to themselves. They decided that they were going to become a runner and they didn’t doubt that. They figured things out along the way. They didn’t wait to start, but they started smart. They went slow. They built on their experience each week and their foundation became stronger, and so did they.
And they never looked back.
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Stay tuned for more running tips for new runners BY seasoned runners who’ve been there, done that.
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