1. Work your way up:
When I started, I could barley run a mile! Don’t be intimidated with a large number ahead. You can work your way up by running half a mile then walking half a mile until your body gets used to running.
2. Make a schedule:
You can schedule running distances on your calendar just like you would a meeting or you can say I run Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Whatever works best for you!
3. Find the proper shoe for you:
Right now I’m alternating between Nike and Hoka for long runs, but it took several types for me to find the right pair.
4. Think small:
Once you start running long distances, break the run down in your head. When I run 10 miles, I think of it as 4 2.5 mile runs.
5. Find a trail you enjoy:
I normally run on the Katy Trail because every quarter mile is marked and it is close to my apartment. When traveling, you can usually find a good path online. In New York, we ran two loops in central park and it was so beautiful!
6. Make a great playlist:
Music helps me run so much faster. I love this pair of wireless headphones because they don’t fall out.
7. Get the right gear:
8. Read up
Doing research on the topic always helps! I love to read in bed before going to sleep. Here are a few of the running books I love!
9. Relax and enjoy it:
I used to get so nervous before a long run, but now I try to remember to just relax, breath, think about my form and enjoy the ride!
Images by Mary Summers