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Don't Be a Runnin' Fool

A Beginner's Guide to Running


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  • I will never buy my running shoes from a brick=and=mortar store. The last time I ever set foot in one, the jocks there sized me up as a stooge and did the let's-see-what-your-gait-style-is thing and sold me shoes that they were trying to reduce inventory on. Waste of my money.
    I went through a mail-order company after that, where I dealt with voices on the phone, and never looked back. I got a lot of helpful advice, and even though I always said I was a "clydesdale" runner, I never got the attitude of "oh, here's a pretend athlete".
  • Great article. I ran a 5K May 1 of this year and with the heat have gotten out of the habit and just started back last week. I just signed up to run a quarter marathon and used to tell my track star husband that I would NEVER be able to run a mile. The couch 2 5K program was a God send in my training. I highly recommend it. Many blessings on your journey everyone.
  • This is a great article, especially if your at the beginning stage of running. I was an active runner before I had my son and after I thought I wouldn't even be able to run a mile ever again. I started running again about 5 months ago and now I'm running 4-5 miles at least 3 times a week. On my off days I do strength training and run 2 miles. It's all about finding your stride and pace then improving it with time. Good luck and happy running!! :)
  • This really answer my question about how to start running, especially if want to begin with walking first then gradually move to whole workout of run only. This article is short but enough info that didn't mess with my head. Actually, my friend suggest me to do running to burn more calories, get rid of these pesky fat. I'm still in planning stage as I'm waiting for August to buy the perfect running shoes - can't wait to start walking and running!
  • I totally agree with this article. I do a lot of walking and quite a lot of this fast, but when I tried jogging I couldn't do it.
    I have now started running with my son, who regularly goes running (but doesn't like walking). He constantly reminds me to slow down and suddenly I find, I can run .......... ok not very far yet, but watch this space .....
  • My goal is to make it around my 1.25-mile block. I'm up to jogging for about 3 minutes, walking for one, but my knees are starting to complain about the whole business. I got properly fitted for running shoes and everything. I'm hoping I don't have to give this up before I make it to my goal, but I also don't want to really damage my knees in the process.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
  • Good article. I totally agree with the breath test. I always thought I was going too slow, but actually I was going way to fast. Once I slowed down to a more comfortable pace I could run for hours!!! You can too.
  • NPAUL929
    Thank you for this article. My running road is hilly terrain and this sentence, "Remember that it is important to maintain a consistent effort, not necessarily a consistent pace, when running uphill." is just what I needed to learn. Too often I tried to keep the same pace and then could never make it all the way up the hill. Now I know I ought to be focusing on the effort not the pace. Again, great article.
    I go for a regular 1 hour walk each sunday, so this week I'm going to try a few 1 minutes jogs too, who know where it will end!!!
  • Great article. I want to incorporate running into my routine, so this was valuable information.
    I took up running at 46 and, along with weightlifting and good nutrition, it got me to 50 in the best shape of my life! This article has great advice and anyone starting a running program will benefit from it.

    I love to run and plan to continue doing it into my sixties, seventies and beyond... for as long as I can...

  • HI, I found running on a track helped me get started. Then I could walk 1 lap, run one lap. And went when it was cool outside and enjoyed the noices out there. But it you like
    music bring your Ipod!.
  • SIZE-0-4EVER
    I plan to run my first 5K this summer and looking for as much info as I can find.Thanks!!!!
  • ha ha ha I spelled rub not run hahaha no I do not rub anything for 4-5 miles sorry guys!!

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