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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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Mariah

If this time last year someone would have said to me, "By April 2016 you'll have run 3 5Ks and will be running 15 miles every week (and enjoying it!)," I'd have laughed and made a joke about being chased by a scary clown. But, here I am, just finished my 3rd 5K with a time a little bit better than the last.  I'm really glad RunningLane encourages beginners. As someone who has never run or even been very athletic, it's nice to have guidance and a place to get my questions answered. Big thanks to my coach, Michael for setting me up with a program that I can stick with and challenges me.  My program is just that…mine.  It is tailored to my fitness level and ability and having someone to check in with each week keeps me accountable. It’s working!  In 14 weeks with my coach and RunningLane my BMI has dropped 5 points, my cholesterol went from over 200 to 165, and my resting heart rate has lowered because my heart is healthier and happier!  Thank you, RunningLane!