I love to talk to new runners. They have a lot of questions and are totally enthusiastic.
Many new runners, however, also suffer from the “should’s”.
They feel they “should” be faster. They “should” be able to run more than a minute at a time. They “should” be in better shape. They “should” not run races because they are too slow. They “should” not call themselves a runner, they just jog.
They “should” all over themselves! A new runner “should” do just one thing. Just run.
Here are some tips for new runners or even seasoned runners who need to up their game.
- To be able to run farther or longer, add 10 minutes to your current run once a week. Or if you are doing a run/walk interval – add 30 seconds to your running intervals.
- To get in “better shape” set a consistent schedule of 3 or 4 runs a week. Mileage doesn’t matter at this point, just get out and get consistent.
- To be able to run faster, increase your speed for 20 seconds every few minutes. Or pick up the pace to the next street corner.
- To get over “race fright” – sign up for a race. Odds are you will NOT be the last person to cross the finish line. And if you are, trust me, you’ll get the biggest cheer of the day!
- When you run, you are a RUNNER. Even if you run an 18 minute mile you are a runner. Say “I’m a runner” out loud a few times. See, it’s awesome to call yourself a runner.
Now go run!