(And people who aspire to be runners.)
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If you've ever kinda thought about maybe trying out running, you totally should go for it.
Hear me out.
• It's great for your cardiovascular health.
• And it can even be meditative.
• You don't need to pay membership or class fees.
• Or factor travel time into your workout.
• You can literally just run out of your front door, keep going, and that's a workout.
• If you start slowly with confidence in your ability to kick ass, you might just really like it.
But, yes OK, it can be intimidating if you have zero idea where to start. So, as a longtime runner who also happens to report on this stuff for a living, I thought I'd compile some tips from myself and fellow runners. Consider this your welcome wagon.
Have realistic expectations for your first few weeks of running.
Your very first runs might feel really hard (though they shouldn't feel too hard; more on that later) and will probably challenge your resolve (maybe even more than they challenge your body). But after a few weeks it'll be easier to breathe and move and you won't feel as sore and you'll feel like a damn champion. Just know that the very beginning could be rough but that it'll definitely get better.
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Get fitted for sneakers at a speciality shop.
The right pair of running sneakers will mean a more comfortable run and lower risk of injury. Most running specialty stores can analyze your gait and tell you which sneakers will work best for the way your foot lands, the amount of cushioning you like, the kind of terrain you're running on, and how many miles you're running each week.