I recently posted on my story and asked the Instagram for their running tips for people just getting into the world of running. This is what they said. They are in no particular order and please take them as friendly advice and may or may not have any scientific backing…
Let me know if any one really hit home with you in the comments! If you could point any new runners in the direction of this list and the site that would amazing…
I have linked each tip to the persons insta account so you can find some other runners.
Enjoy your running, set realistic goals, listen to your body for injuries.
Don’t set any goals at the start. Just run little distances often and build up gradually.
Don’t take it too seriously, running can be great fun if you take the pressure off yourself.
Don’t do too much too soon, listen to your body and enjoy the ride. (Caution – Can become addictive)
Run slow! Focus on time spent running rather than distance
Don’t compare yourself to others, especially on social media. Just be you, do it at your pace, in your time.
Stay positve and keep your head up.
Accept that some runs are hardwork but despite that you’ll be so glad you did it.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Your pb today will be a warm up one day. Keep going.
Take it easy at first and good socks are your friend.
Every run won’t be a great run. Either way, it will be progress!
Use a running app to keep a track of what you have achieved.
The pain lasts minutes, the satisfaction of achieving your goals lasts so much longer!
Don’t compare your day one to someone’s day 300!
Go at your own pace, don’t worry about what others are doing
Follow a programme, build up slowly, don’t compare to anyone else.
Join a club.
Slow the fuck down.
The plans, the apps are great- use them but don’t be a slave to them.
Pay little attention to other people’s pace and progress. Your progress is all that matters.
Know your arch beforehand and get the runners to suit that. Don’t buy based on style.
Feet together flat on the floor squat, hold and twist your knees from side to side.
Be open to guidance and don’t be a dick.
Don’t compare yourself to other runners. You’re on your own journey.
First run/s pick a distance and just aim to complete, at any pace. Build distance slowly then pace will naturally follow.
Start small. A mile is a lot longer than you think!
Every time you think you can’t go any further pick a landmark a short distance away and keep going.
Socks, shoes, shirts
Make sure you do strength work, it really helps your running.
Avoid starting too fast as a new runner. Slow and steady will give you great results and enjoyment.
You are your only competition.
It’s a simple one but one I don’t do enough of. Stretch and warm up before any kind of run. Long or short.
It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, focus on what works for you.
Don’t be afraid to walk when you are struggling. You WILL improve!
Always listen to your body, rest when you need to.
Some good running trainers!
Run the mile you are in.
Everyone was a beginner once! Don’t give up.
If you have to compre yourself to someone, compare yourself to YOU a year ago.
Trust the process! A slow build up is better than a fast burn out.
Set goals to keep motivated.
Start small and don’t expect to run distance overnight it takes time. Be easy on yourself!
Go out at a steady pace, if you start a training run at a sprint you’ll feel the effects of it later in the run.
Try to find your motivation for running & remind yourself of the reason when you feel like quitting.
If you think you are about to die, slow down a little.
Do not neglect your strength training!
Don’t start out to fast… go steady and if you feel able then speed up.
Always have a goal in mind, when you’ve achieved it rewards yourself then set the bar a bit higher.
Listen to your body. If it’s telling you to rest then do.
Never compare yourself to others. We are all on our own journey
Listen to your body.. if you think you need a rest, you probably need a rest.
There we go. I asked and you all delivered! As I said, take them as friendly runner advice rather than scientific fact! Which is your favourite? Would any of your friends find this list helpful?