You’ve heard it before: “Running is 90 percent mental.” For beginners, the intimidating part is the mind, not the feet. And the mind is the one thing that’s holding you back from becoming a scorching fast runner. It starts with your attitude. Sure, sometimes running is hard. Seriously, there are times it gets hard to breathe. But when your mind starts beating you up or you start thinking, “I can’t run 3 miles,” that’s when it’s time to stop and refocus.
Find someone to run with.
Running with someone else can be intimidating, but it’s one of the best ways to relieve some of that mental baggage. Tell someone you’re running with when you want to stop. Sometimes your motivation to run can wane. It can happen to anyone, no matter your fitness level. And that’s when it’s important to tell your partner or friend that you’re going to stop. And let them know why. Run with a friend, not your headphones. When you’re by yourself, it’s easy to forget why you’re running.
Get fitted for a pair of shoes.
Runners say you should run only in your most comfortable, properly fitted running shoes, but get fitted at a running specialty store, which can help you find the best shoe based on your running style and foot shape.
Pick a running route
The scenery of running can be enjoyable. Running through parks or along streams can be a great way to spend your morning.
Running isn’t like lifting weights. You can’t just jump into your workout without warming your muscles first. Start with a few minutes of light jogging or walking, then slowly increase the intensity.
Build up slowly
Start out by walking for 5 minutes and then jogging for 1 minute. Continue this routine for 3 to 5 minutes until you feel ready to run.