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Things We Wish We Knew as New Runners

Anyone who has been running for a few years can distinctly remember mistakes they made in the early stages. We all have initial lessons we learned that now shape how we train, race and think. If we could go back and give some advice to our new runner selves, here are a few things we would say. 

More is not always better. When you start out running, often the feeling is more miles mean we will get better. This is not always the case. When we rush our progression, we risk getting injured. The body needs to to adapt to new training loads. 

Listen to your body. Just because you plan on doing a certain workout or have a particular length run planned, doesn’t always mean it is set in stone. It is important to recognize signs from your body that may be telling you to stop or slow down. Whether you had a week of rough sleep, a sore knee or an oncoming cold, it is important to listen to what your body is telling you. It sometimes is better to cut a run short or take a day off. This may prevent you from taking multiple days off, getting burnt out or sick. Check out our blog Injury Stubborn

Get fit for running shoes and replace them when needed. Running is pretty simple. You put on a pair of comfy running clothes and shoes and you can head out the door anywhere you wish to go. The slight caveat being, good shoes help, and they help a lot. We recommend going to your local run specialty store and being fit properly for shoes (Our friends at Fleet Feet, Huntsville have us covered). A pair of running shoes do not last forever. It is important to replace them every 300-500 miles in order to keep the feet and the legs feeling happy and fresh. Become more educated on footwear, check out our blog Footwear Forward.

Keep your easy days easy and your hard days appropriately hard. Every run has a purpose. Recovery runs take up a bulk of a runners mileage. It is important to keep your easier days under control so that you can make your speedwork or long run days more successful. Easy days should be kept conversational. For more tips on recovery runs check out this article.

Become a champion at recovery. The better you become at recovery, the better you become at handling larger training loads. When you see elite runners logging 100+ mile weeks, they are not just running. There is a lot of treatment, body care and recovery that goes into running beyond pounding the pavement. Recovery Revelation helps you out with a few key things to add to your routine.

“Getting fit is hard, being in shape is awesome. Commit to it”-Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Champ

Getting running fit isn’t an instantaneous thing, it takes time! Commit to the process and be patient with it. Strive for consistency in your daily efforts and watch it pay off in the long run. 

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Holli

My coach, Brandon, has really motivated me to get into shape.  He gave me a simple walking plan and eventually I was jogging!  I was able to work into my busy schedule....and with two kids and working full-time, that is a hard thing to do.  Over time I’ve been able to go longer distances and I am looking forward to doing my first 5K this spring.  Thank You RunningLane!!!!