WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A great runner is built from the feet up—take care of your feet first!
- Invest in the best running shoe for you, which will be unique to your needs and biomechanics.
- Running with an accountability buddy will keep you honest!
Running is one of the easiest ways to get a good cardio workout because you can do it anywhere. If you want to crush your running goals or break a personal record or improve recovery time, you’re in luck. By making a few intentional changes, you can see the results you’ve been hoping for.
1. Don’t Just Buy Any Shoe
There is no one “perfect” running shoe, there is only the best running shoe for you. Because each runner is unique in how much they train and their running style, the running shoe that is best for you might not work for another runner. The best running shoe for you depends entirely on the shape of your foot, your biomechanics and on the amount of running you do. Find one that works for you and you’ll be on your way to becoming a better runner. A great runner is built from the feet up!
2. Sign Up for a Race
If you’re new to running or you’re simply wanting to get better, you should find a beginner-friendly race that’ll keep you accountable and help you chart your progress. It’s important to always have something you’re working towards. Fun races like The Color Run and 5Ks are perfect ways to keep you motivated and excited about running. Sign up for The Color Run TODAY!
3. Have a Plan
If you’ve signed up for a race, such as a 5K, or if you just want to get better at running, it’s important to have a plan of action. By using a guide (like our 5k or Bust: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide), you will have a plan to ease into your new habit.
4. Stick to a Schedule
If you’re serious about becoming a runner, practice makes perfect. Consistency is the art of progression. Of course, you have some work to do. Change is hard. New habits don’t just stick. Yes, you will stumble more than once with your goals. But if you stick with it, you will find yourself doing things you never thought imaginable.
5. Run With a Friend
Before choosing to run with a friend, it’s important to understand that the partnership works better if both people share the same pace and race goals. It’s also crucial for training partners to know when it’s time to stop talking and get to work, and when it’s time to cut each other loose if one person is having an off day. Having accountability is key to becoming a better runner.
Original Article: If You Don’t Run but Want to, This Guide Is for You, Shape.com, 1/1/16