Running tips for beginners

May 18th 2021
Lackawanna State Park

I used to be one of those people that would see someone out for a jog and would get a burst of motivation to go home and try it. I would throw on my shorts, lace up my sneakers and head out the door. I would go full force and about 5 minutes into my run I would be panting out of breath, sweating, everything on my body hurt and I am wanting to call it quits. I would become frustrated with myself. What I was unaware about was the fact that just like almost everything in this life you have to build a foundation. So where do you start?

  • First step, lower expectations and dont be hard on yourself.
  • See how far you can handle a long distance walk. With walking you get all the same benefits of a run, walking is low impact so your joints and muscles will thank you.
  • When your body starts to feel that long distance walking is easeful, introduce little spurts of a jog.
  • Maybe you are going to dedicate to jogging down long hills, or maybe after every 5 minutes of walking you sprint for a minute. Building the foundation.

Soon you will be on your way to jogging short distances without feeling like death.

  • Just be cautious and aware of your body, if you feel any discomfort or pain while running back off and ease back into a steady walk.
  • If your breath is quick and you find yourself panting, listen to your breath and stop to rest.
  • Always drink lots of water before any activity and bring water with you to rehydrate.
  • Be patient with yourself, some days you may be able to go longer distances than others. Everyday is a new experience go out and enjoy!


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