Beginning a running routine seems fairly simple and for the most part, it is. Running is one of the most efficient and convenient ways to stay fit. All you really need are your two feet and a pair of running shoes. However, increasingly pounding the pavement (or treadmill) can lead to injury. Use the tips below to make sure you get started on the right foot:

Start Slow
Avoid being overly ambitious as you start your running training. Doing too much too soon is one of the most common ways new runners get injured. Many people benefit from walk-run training at first. It can be tempting to push further and harder, but running experts recommend increasing your weekly mileage by no more than 10%.

Get the Right Gear
Proper-fitting running shoes reduce the risk of injury and make running more enjoyable. A good pair of socks prevents blisters and moisture-wicking clothing, while not necessary, will help keep you cool and dry while you’re running. You’ll probably find the more you run, the more you’ll start to love running gear.

Find a Friend
As with any exercise routine, having a friend along for the ride makes it a whole lot more enjoyable. A workout buddy also provides extra motivation and accountability. You’ll be less likely to skip out on your runs if you know you are meeting someone or you are working toward a goal together.

Sign up for a Race
What’s more motivating than having a goal? If you’re worried about losing track of your schedule or not being disciplined to keep running, signing up for a race might be a good option for you. You’ll continuously have something to work for and by following a training program, you’ll have a built in schedule to follow.

If you’re ready for the challenge, we suggest running the All-Stars in the Park 5K on November 8, 2014. Click here for more details and to register today!

Stay tuned to the blog for more helpful running tips and trips leading up to race day.


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