Your Step-by-Step Guide To Finally Becoming A Runner
8 months ago, 18 Dec 19:00
Here’s the thing about running: If you want to become a runner, the only thing you really have to do is, well, run. One step, two steps, three steps, voilà: You’re a runner! Easier said than done, right? "Sometimes the hardest part of a run is the first step,” says Corinne Fitzgerald, a coach at New York City’s Mile High Run Club. Especially in the winter when it’s cold, or when you want to finish Stranger Things on Netflix, or when you have a fresh blowout. You can always find an excuse to skip a workout. So “lace your shoes up quick and don't give yourself too much time to overthink—less time to talk yourself out of it! No one ever regretted going for a run!" (Get tons of great workout ideas that will help you maintain a fit, healthy lifestyle for GOOD with The Women's Health Fitness Fix.) But if you want to make running a consistent workout or you’ve decided that this is finally the year you’ll go from couch to 5K, half-marathon, whatever, there are a few more steps you’ll need to take. Don’t worry—they’re all really easy, and by the end of the month, you’ll feel like an old pro at pounding the pavement. You don’t just want to get those sick sneakers you saw on Instagram, or the kicks your friend swears by; you need to find out what shoes are going to work for your feet. “Go to a running shoe store that specializes in running shoes,” says David Siik, founder of the Precision Running program at Equinox. At these stores, you can find out information about your gait, your foot type, and more. “Try on at least three different pairs of shoes, and although there is a lot of analysis and advice that the store can give, don’t devalue the importance of simply choosing the shoe that just feels the best.” Maybe you want to run a marathon. Or maybe you want to be able to run for an hour at a time. Those are great, but if you’re starting from scratch, the smaller, realistic, and more achievable goals are the ones that will keep you motivated and on track to meet the bigger goals, says Amanda Nurse, an elite runner and coach at Heartbreak Hill Running Company in Boston. “Small goals should be specific, have a short-term time frame, and be just slightly outside of your comfort zone.” Each time you meet a new goal (and set a new PR!), you’ll be inspired to tackle the next, whether it’s another mile or just another five minutes. If the idea of running alone sounds intimidating or, worse, boring to you, try one of the treadmill classes that are popping up everywhere. “Even though running is simple—put one foot in front of the other right?—it's hard to know what to do if you're just getting into running,” says Fitzgerald. “Taking a class with knowledgeable instructors can give you some insight on what to do, why you're doing it, and how ...
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