How to be a runner
by Shelley Langenhorst
Running is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that can be done anywhere. It can seem intimidating at first, but with the right gear and training you can be on your way to double digit miles. Check out our tips for becoming a runner at a pace that’s perfect for you.
Get the gear
Breathable and comfortable clothes are key to enjoying your run. You don’t want anything that’s too tight or that doesn’t wick the sweat away from your body.
For winter running, follow the rule of 20 degrees: once you get going you will warm up to about 20-25 degrees more than the air temperature outside so don’t overdress. Think layers that you can easily take off if it gets too hot. Check out our Old Navy deals and find stylish and affordable workout clothes for your next run.
Nike and Famous Footwear have great selections for running footwear. However, if you will be logging serious miles it is advisable to get fitted in person at your local running store. They can find the shoe that’s right for your foot and stride and a proper fitting shoe can make all the difference as far as performance and recovery go.
Start out slow
No need to go all out on your first day and attempt a five mile run. This will likely lead to quitting before you even really begin. Instead, take things slow and being with a run/walk program. Run for a couple of minutes (or until it begins to hurt) and then walk long enough to recover. Repeat for 30 or more minutes.
Each week you can run a little longer and walk less. By building up slowly you avoid burnout and injury. Find a Couch to 5K program that will guide you through it
Find a race
Once you are comfortable running consider signing up for a 5k or 10k. Start small to get race experience. With time and training, you can eventually tackle a half (or even a full) marathon.
Remember, you don’t need to run a marathon to be a runner. You just need to lace up your shoes and hit the pavement one mile at a time.
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