Men’s Fitness offers their “Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Running.” Key advice includes starting gradually to acclimate your legs to the rhythmic pounding of pavement and trail running. As a beginning runner, if you can’t find a trainer to give you a running plan, download the right running app like Nike’s Run Club App. Overall strength training for your legs and core are essential, especially for those planning to run a marathon. And stay mentally aware as you workout, tracking your distance and how you feel during a run. If necessary, alter your diet, being carb-smart and and well hydrated. Common beginning runner mistakes include overdoing it, having the wrong running partner, and having unreal expectations.
- When beginning to set up a regular running routine, start slow and allow the body to acclimate to the new physical stress and pay attention to proper form.
- Develop a plan to help you keep up a regular running schedule, like signing up for a runners club or having a running partner or coach.
- Strength training helps you become a stronger runner and athlete with more stamina.
“Whether you’ve been a strict lifter for years or you’re just a guy who’s never exercised before and wants to start pounding the pavement, consider this your blueprint for becoming a runner.”