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12K’s of the Holidays: 日九*

December 17, 2010

*Day nine in Japanese, according to Google Translate.

Despite permanently kicking shorts to the curb and now only running in a skirt for, oh, eight months of the year, I didn’t immediately embrace running skirts. My I’m-a-tall-dork side believed I wasn’t cute or feminine enough to wear a breezy skirt.

What was I thinking!? Running skirts are right up there with TiVo and tampons as the greatest inventions of all time. We sing their praises in the book and on our Facebook page, and I wrote a rally-round-the-flag review of them for Runner’s World.

Nicole DeBoom debuted the first-ever running skirt in an Ironman competition, then launched Skirt Sports. She continues to be an innovator, this time through Kick Start, currently linked to the Skirt Chaser 5K race series. The program recruits beginning female runners who have some kind of barrier–financial, lifestyle, health–and pairs them with a personal motivator, in addition to giving them a training plan, tips to get across the finish line and, of course, a very cute outfit. (RLAM’s own Dimity was a mentor to Pip last summer.)

A cute slit--with a flash of pink--almost guarantees a good run.

In order to support the program, Skirt Sports launched the Kick Start Skirt;$10 of the $50 skirt goes towards funding the important program. But in order to give RLAM’ers a kick start, they’re offering up four of the new Kick Start Skirt to four random winners who answer this question: What advice do you have for somebody lacing up their shoes for the first time?

Whether you just started running or you’ve been running for decades, I know there’s something you’ve learned through your miles that will help somebody else get through her miles. Meanwhile, this adorable skirt, with pink, stay-put shorties under a black skirt, will get you through the miles.

What are your running words of wisdom?

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Five chests have Christmas coming early: congrats to these five winners of the Champion sports bra (and a big thank you to their biggest supporters):

1. Susan: My biggest supporter without a doubt is my husband. He never questions my need to run and will even let me ramble on and on about running and shoes and running gear, etc. He never complains when I head out the door for long runs. My kids are also big supporters who have waited at many finish lines for me with hugs and high fives.

2. S Club Mama: My husband is definitely my biggest supporter – he suggested running to me when I wanted to lose weight, agreed to run my first 1/2 marathon with me, and is always ready to take care of our boys while I run. I couldn’t do it without him!

3. Becky Connar: My biggest supporter is my best friend! Her and I run our long weekend runs together and we support each other no matter what. If one is running a race and the other isn’t, we try to be there to support the person running. We have lots of great conversations and we just “get it” about each other when it comes to running. I wish my husband was a bit more supportive, but with 3 small kids, sometimes it’s just easier to do things with my running buddies instead of dragging them along

4. Lyndsay S.: I definitely have to go with my father since he’s been around for my whole running “career” starting in high school when he was my cross country coach. However, my husband is slowly catching up

5. Alyson Yoder: My husband is great. I always ask him, with trepidation, “Can I go for a run tomorrow morning??” and he always answers with gusto, “Of course, run, go, sure!”
My parents were pretty awesome this summer as I tackled my first two sprint triathlons. They came to the first and my dad helped with my swim-bike transition. Because of schedules, they were the ONLY fans at my second. They walked me to my car afterward to be sure I was okay to drive home. So cute.

I will actually e-mail you five, as I want to connect you with a person at Champion to make sure you get the right bra for you. So look for an e-mail in the next day or so.

442 Comments leave one →
  1. Anje permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:48 am

    Don’t expect too much too fast. I am still fairly new to running and have to remind myself that. If running were easy, everyone would do it!

  2. Ruth Lehmann permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:50 am

    go slow and just get started, run/walk, don’t over do it

  3. Susan McGrann permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:52 am

    It’s one step at a time. One block at a time and then add another and another. I never thought I could do this. I could only run for 30 seconds when I first started out.

  4. Ali permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:52 am

    My advise…just keep putting one foot in front of the other. The first few miles are hard but they get easier every day. Just keep running!

  5. BigDogMom permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:56 am

    Just put one foot in front of the other. Slow snd steady. Forward is a pace.

  6. Debbie permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:03 am

    Take it slow and just go a little further each time. When I started running (I could not even go 4/10 of a mile without feeling like my heart was going to come through my chest!) I would use telephone poles as my target. Each time I ran, I would set my sights on the next pole. Slow and steady wins the race!

  7. December 17, 2010 4:04 am

    What advice do you have for somebody lacing up their shoes for the first time?

    Lace up your shoes to a point of comfortable tightness, start your run or walk warm up and re-lace (not always needed but often). I have found that how comfortable a laced shoe feels sitting down can be different from how it feels when running so use the warm up time to re-lace.

  8. December 17, 2010 4:13 am

    When you are first starting get some type of support. Consider joining a running club or if you can afford it get a coach. Also don’t do too many miles too quick. Too much too fast is a good way to get hurt.

  9. janine fogg permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:16 am

    discover places to run that make your heart sing! Around a lake or river, a trail with a view of the city, on campus, through a favorite park or neighborhood, through a cultural/museum district, or in your own neighborhood.

  10. Nan permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:22 am

    I just started running in September, so I’ll share the bit I’ve learned so far. You can do it! Just run a little every day or every other day, focusing on attainable goals. I remember coming home from a run/walk session one day and being thrilled because I had run seven minutes in a row! It’s a process, just keep working and don’t give up!

  11. Debra permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:25 am

    I’m involved with a running/yoga group of wonderful women so we always have new runners joining each session. I always tell them, baby steps, cotton is rotten, and go to the local running store and get fitted for a pair of running shoes that are good for you. Oh, and the race bib goes on the front of your shirt and not the back. I learned this at the first race I did four years ago. This is also where I learned cotton and rain don’t mix.

  12. Julia permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:34 am

    GO SLOW! You can do it, just start slow. If you’re just starting out you’re not going to be able to knock out the miles and keep up with everyone out there. But give it time and you will!

  13. Emily M. permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:35 am

    I would tell them to not give up when it seems their progress is too slow and that in the future, even a year from now they will look back and be so amazed with their progress! And that they should think about any time in their lives when they were unable to run/exercise for whatever reason and to run with that spirit of gratefulness!

  14. Annet Maurer permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:36 am

    I can’t win this prize (cause I already have, yeah!) but I am a very new runner too – so new I probably can’t say I am a runner yet! Anyways, what has been working for me is keeping a little notebook with what I ran that day and notes about it. I am sticking to the same route for now, so that my improvements are quite measurable (can run past 3 lampposts rather than just 1), whereas if I switched it up all the time, I might not know how quickly I am improving. Then the diary means I can look back and say, right, I felt better on that day or oh, I haven’t run for a few, better PLAN for one tomorrow morning, etc. Keeps me honest, enthused and seeing progress.

  15. December 17, 2010 4:38 am

    It’s okay to run slow. It doesn’t matter how fast you go; just get out there and do it.

  16. Carrie B permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:49 am

    Listen to your body! If you’re struggling, slow it down. If you’ve got a sudden burst, go for it! Just listen.

  17. December 17, 2010 4:52 am

    Read books or watch movies to inspire you and keep you focused. RLAM is a great tool. Subscribe to Runners World. Join a Womens Running Club. Find a running buddy.

  18. Marne permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:58 am

    There was a point in my training (first marathon) that I felt nothing was going right…I just couldn’t get a “perfect run.” Either with blisters, or some weird leg cramp, or weird stomach cramp, or just plain TOO SLOW…I was frustrated and angry and disheartened. And I realized there is no “perfect” run. and that’s okay. Just get out there and run. Advice from (another) favorite running book (The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer) is “try easier.” You will want to “try harder,” but sometimes that’s just being to hard on yourself. Instead, try easier. Just run.

  19. alison permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:59 am

    don’t give up! it’s really hard to start, you will feel slow and heavy but you can do it. a little more everyday. just keep challenging yourself and you will get the results that you want.

  20. Darcy permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:59 am

    Just keep running. The biggest thing that helped me start running was having a plan (Couch to 5K). Huge motivation to keep going was logging what I had done each run to see that I was making progress and making my own playlists using the songs recommended on the RLAM site.

  21. Christy permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:01 am

    Not to give up….it doesn’t always feel good to run initially, but if you hang in there you will find your runner’s high, it’s there!

  22. December 17, 2010 5:04 am

    Wow…one piece of advice. Can I really limit my comment to just one??! I guess it would have to be throw out your expectations and keep a log of what actually happens. ((Don’t expect to do X and give up because you aren’t there yet….just keep running (or “rulking”) and you’ll get faster/go further….and your log will be proof on those days you think you haven’t made any progress!)) I coach local groups and, for me, it’s almost more fulfilling than my own running!! 😀

  23. December 17, 2010 5:10 am

    Some mantras to get my butt out of bed:

    “Go ahead and dread it… You know you won’t regret it!” (or the snappier: dread it, don’t regret it.)

    What are you? A runner.
    What do runners do? They run.

    You’ll like you more after your run.
    You’ll like everyone more after your run.
    Go run.

    P.S. Saw the Japanese in the title and thought: “FINALLY, Hello Kitty running gear!” Oh, well…. would love a skirt!!

    • Patty permalink
      December 17, 2010 9:59 am

      You cracked me up with the Hello Kitty running gear, it would be awesome though. I love your mantra:

      You’ll like you more after your run.
      You’ll like everyone more after your run.
      Go run.

      So true! I’ll have to use that to get me motivated.

  24. December 17, 2010 5:11 am

    My advice is to use the Couch to 5K program and find a buddy… I just started running in August. My buddy and I used this method and it worked well. We tweaked it some, but we were trying to get ready for a sprint tri, so we had a limited amount of time. The program takes 9 weeks or so, and you are ready. We were definitely going slow, using time NOT distance for our markers.

  25. December 17, 2010 5:16 am

    My advice would be take it slow and enjoy the run. Be grateful we “get” to run instead of thinking we “have” to run!

  26. Marcia permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:20 am

    Follow a beginner plan and take it slow…that’s what I did. Also, set a goal…it took me 2 years to make it to my first 5K, and that’s okay. I only ran one so far…but I set another goal…and am following another plan…setting my sights on a longer run…don’t worry about being the fastest, but listen to your body…put together a good playlist of songs if you like to run with music, and find encouragement to keep going from at least one friend. You’ll find you can do it!

  27. Stephanie Pelzek permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:20 am

    I’m coming up on my first anniversary of becoming a “runner”. My advice, like others, is to build slowly and track your progress. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish if you stick with it and are not too hard on yourself when you have set backs. I’d suggest learning about form (Chi Running, for example) early to avoid injuries. I think it’s easier to learn early than to have to change bad habits later.

  28. December 17, 2010 5:23 am

    Keep running. That’s about it. All the benefits will come!

  29. Robin permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:24 am

    Walk when you need to and hang in there. It eventually happens…the day when you realize you don’t “have to” run, you WANT TO RUN.

  30. December 17, 2010 5:28 am

    I have a few words of wisdom which include relax…breathe….have fun….and most importantly find what works for you! Enjoy the journey!!!

  31. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:28 am

    Start where you are and do what you can.
    Walk when you need to – there is no shame in run/walking.
    If you end up walking, run a little farther each time out – you’ll get stronger and gain endurance in time.
    Listen to your body. In time you’ll learn when to “take it’s advice” or “talk it out of” the current complaint.
    Register for small races – they are HUGE motivators.
    Keep a running log – you’ll be surprised at how much you have accomplished.
    ALL runs are to be respected regardless of distance, time, weather conditions, etc.
    Take credit for your achievements no matter how small – You are doing something awesome!
    Run like a Mother!!!

  32. December 17, 2010 5:33 am

    Running was something I thought I could never do, something I was not physically able to do, I was not a runner. It did not come easy to me and I never tried. I left it to the “runner types”–you know the thin, muscular, fast people who seemed to thrive on speed–making it all look so effortless.

    I read the book “Born to Run” the summer of 2009 (the summer before I was to turn 40) and I began to think–“if they can do it–why can’t I (this mentality motivates a lot of my psyche).” Start slow. I found that incremental running alternating with walking was a great way to ease into the activity. I remember running my first 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 5 miles of uninterrupted running–each time felt like winning the lottery (I am only guessing at the feeling, since I have never actually won the lottery).

    Now, I can not believe I am going to say it—I HEART RUNNING. It is still a humbling experience for me–but the effort is part of the attraction. Sign up for that 5 K and start training–goal of 30 minutes running—look at the other entrants—size, age, body type does not predict their running capabilities (I love that). If I can do it–you can too.

  33. Denita permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:34 am

    Don’t give up, it will get easier and you will love it!

  34. Cindy permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:35 am

    Keep at it, no matter how short your strides your benefitting from it!

  35. December 17, 2010 5:36 am

    Enjoy the ride. It may be frustrating at certain points, but there will come a time when you realize that you can run long distances at a time, and remember when it was a monumental challenge to run one mile, and you will know how far you have come!

  36. December 17, 2010 5:37 am

    What I would, and have, told new runners is that if you have the courage and reslove to lace up those shoes you have the courage and resolve to run. By putting on those shoes and lacing them up you have taken back control of your life, taken the first step to finding yourself and becoming the woman you have always dreamed of being. By putting on those shoes and lacing them up tight you are saying, “I am worth it! My family is worth it!” And finially, it wont be without out pain, disappointment, frustrtion but these are the things that shape us into capable, strong, and indipendent women, moms and wives. Lacing us those shoes for the first time is the hardest part. Before long, the days you can’t lace up will hard…YOU CAN DO THIS. Then I give her a hug and invite her to run on Saturday.

  37. Carolyn permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:51 am

    Pick a length of time, not distance or pace, say – 30 minutes, 1 hour – and just get out there. Jog for as long as you can – 5 minutes, 10 minutes, whatever – then walk when you get tired. Start jogging again once you’ve caught your breath and feel rested and start jogging again, then rest, jog, rest, jog, rest. Do this for the time you’ve given yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be jogging the entire 30 min/1 hr. And of course, bring your iPod to keep you groovin’!

  38. December 17, 2010 5:51 am

    Just one piece of advice??? I’ll write it all in one sentence. 😀

    Join a local running group who can encourage you and tell you about things like the importance of getting quality shoes, taking it slow at first and listening to your body so you can avoid injury and thus discouragement while helping you find a good goal race to keep you motivated.

  39. Kate permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:55 am

    Don’t evaluate it for at least two months — just do it! It’s bad for everyone at first.

  40. Tori permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:58 am

    My biggest piece of advice would be to put your favorite songs – fast and slow ones – on an ipod. The fast ones get you going and the slow ones help you catch your breath!

  41. Erin permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:01 am

    Run with someone! I’ve run off and on since high school track (and my years in undergrad were a lot more off than on). My running didn’t truly get serious until I found a group to run with. They kept me accountable, and running with people is what has pushed me through 5 marathons. Don’t get me wrong, I value a good solo run, but you won’t find me going much over 10 miles by myself. And I’ve been somewhat sidelined by 4 pregnancies in a little over 5 years, but I’ve kept in touch with my running buddies. You better believe I’ll be bribing them to run at my somewhat (ok, much) slower pace when I’m ready to really hit the road again!

  42. Nancy McM permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:03 am

    I just started this summer… of these postings are fabulous tips. I agree – take it slow, do a little bit more every time you run. You WILL get better at it! Try the Couch to 5k program, that’s how I did it. { And BTW, love that skirt, will have to check into that}.

  43. Janette permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:03 am

    Start slow. Most of us can’t start running like we did in high school, which I thought you were supposed to do then got real frustrated that I couldn’t go further than 1/4 mile without being completely winded. Start real slow, and gradually build distance, the speed will come later. And don’t forget to take rest days, your body will thank you.

  44. Sara Santos permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:07 am

    Keep motivated!!! I would suggest the run/walk method. Stay at your own pace and never give up. Every day you will keep improving.

  45. Jennifer permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:11 am

    Every now and then, leave your i-pod @home, don’t turn on your watch or Garmin, and just take in everything around you. In life and running, we often forget to “stop and smell the flowers” as we’re usually trying to meet a goal. To truly enjoy your running, just let yourself “be” on your runs from time to time. Don’t always worry about how far or fast you are going…..just go and soak it all in!

  46. Allison M permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:14 am

    I know it’s so Nike… but Just Do It! Don’t stop. You can slow down, but keep moving.

  47. Abbey S permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:14 am

    I don’t have a lot of advice though I did tell an old friend, “just keep putting one foot in front of the other and believe in yourself” because honestly, if you just keep going, it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are, if you keep doing it, you’re going to get better and feel better.

  48. Nicole permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:15 am

    The hardest part of a run is just getting out the door… Once you make it slow and steady, even the shortest run is beneficial.

  49. December 17, 2010 6:15 am

    Any beginning point is a good begenning. No one runs very fast or for very long when they lace up for the first time. Be patient with yourself, start out small and just keep getting it done. You will reach your goals.

  50. Kim M permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:17 am

    Most people who start are so excited and they run too fast and it “hurts.” I plead with my friends to start slow with a run/walk and gradually increase their speed and distance. Make it fun! Run with others! Vary your routes, set a goal that lights a fire!

  51. Adrienne permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:18 am

    My best advice is to take things slow, like everything you will read out there says. It’s VERY exciting and always inspiring to read about great (and fast!) women runners, but everyone had to have a beginning point. So start slow! If you get hurt, it’s ok to take it easy for a while, just make sure to get back to it! Secondly, I’d also advise anyone to set a goal with a race. Register for a local 5k and set a tangible goal. The atmosphere is always fun and I know I always work better when I have a goal within reach.

    But most of all, my advice would be to believe in yourself. No matter where you are starting, you can do this!

  52. December 17, 2010 6:20 am

    Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first! Remember that everyone was once a beginner! 🙂

  53. Jennifer permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:22 am

    My advice is just this: with time running will get easier and easier. It is hard to believe when you first start out, but it is true.

  54. Kathy Adams permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:23 am

    Don’t give up. It gets better. Soon you will look forward to it.

  55. Jeannie M permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:23 am

    My mantra: peace through strength!

  56. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:24 am

    My advice is to start out slow and always remember to breathe. Years later, I still have moments where I forget to focus on inhaling and exhaling, especially on hills or during sprints. Also, the first 1.5 miles to 2 miles are the hardest…after that, it may still be difficult, but it’s doable…

  57. December 17, 2010 6:29 am

    “Don’t compare yourself to anyone else.” That might seem like weird advice to give to someone who presumably will eventually be racing against others for time, but I think when you’re first starting out, especially if you’re dealing with some sort of physical disadvantage, it’s important to give yourself permission to go at your own pace and find out what YOU can really do without bringing anyone else’s time/distance into play. Plenty of time for that later, but when you’re just starting, you need to celebrate every achievement without thinking to yourself, “Yeah, that’s the fastest I’ve ever run that distance, but so-and-so is still a lot faster than me so I must suck at this.”

  58. renee permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:30 am

    Put on your shoes. What I mean is on days when excuses are getting the best of you, just put your shoes on. Then just go outside. Then just go for 5 min. It seems to always turn into a decent run. You’ll always feel better having gone for a run than having wished you would have.

  59. Deborah permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:32 am

    My advice is to set realistic goals and not give up! You might not run a marathon right out of the gate, but stick with it and I promise you will succeed!

  60. Ami permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:40 am

    I always tell new runners to go by time and not by distance, which seems easy to say but so many think, “I gotta run x number of miles to be a runner’.

  61. Stephanie permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:40 am

    Slow & steady, try following a C25K or C210K program. Stick with it. Even if you feel like you could run more than your plan calls for don’t, you’ll probabvly over do it then you’ll take a few extra days off and getting back into it will be even harder. Tell other people what you’re doing- accountabilty makes a big difference. Most important- HAVE FUN!

  62. Lisa Zieger permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:41 am

    When I am having a difficult time getting motivated to get out the door, I remind myself that I have never, ever regretted choosing to run.

  63. December 17, 2010 6:41 am

    I just started running back in March and here’s what I learned:
    — walking is NOT a sign of weakness
    — Have a goal (like running for 30 mins or a 5k) and then have lots of mini goals to keep you motivated and to give you a sense of accomplishment along the way
    — start slowly and please don’t compare yourself to others! Take inspiration from others’ stories but remember that the only person you’re competing against is yourself!!
    — Have fun — remember that you’re doing something great for yourself…enjoy it!!

  64. Susan in Denver permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:42 am

    I would say start slowly and build up. Go at your own pace. That’s the great thing about running…go at your own pace.

  65. December 17, 2010 6:43 am

    Believe in yourself! You are WAY stronger, braver and persistent than you know. There are many women just like you. You are not alone.

  66. December 17, 2010 6:46 am

    Always sprint the finish.

    • Susan T permalink
      December 17, 2010 6:50 am

      If this were on facebook I click “like”.

  67. Linda B permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:48 am

    Start slow and don’t give up. Listen to your body, not your mind.

  68. Julie permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:48 am

    Start small. Don’t be afraid to walk. Even though I had a running background from high school, I hadn’t run for over 18 years. I started with the Couch to 5K program, and it was very helpful and confidence-building.
    And get some good music with a fast beat that makes you happy!

  69. December 17, 2010 6:48 am

    The two things that have helped me the most in starting and continuing to run are 1)having a partner to run with! It is much harder to skip out on a run when you are supposed to meet your partner somewhere or they are coming to your house in 30 minutes. 2)Running early in the morning. That way, you are always sure to get the run in and there aren’t as many opportunities for excuses (like I have too much work, or I have to pick up the kids in a half an hour, etc. etc.). It can take some getting used to but once you do it, you may find that it is the perfect start to your day!

  70. Susan T permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:49 am

    My advice is to remember that getting out of bed is truly the hardest part and once you’re done you’re so glad you did it. And if I could say one more thing about running, it is not to abuse the sports forgiveness. No matter what life brings you, injury, new babies, busy schedules, running will take you back, but it will make you work just as hard as it did the first time.

  71. Bente permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:49 am

    I just started running in May 2010 and for me it was all about having a goal, a program, good music, and some cute clothes (yes-I feel better when my clothes are cute even when I was struggling to run 5 miles). Now after completing two half marathons it’s still the same-a goal, program, music, and clothes.

  72. December 17, 2010 6:50 am

    Slow as molasses is faster than not moving at all, hydrate, stretch out after your runs and don’t fret at your first race when you feel overwhelmed by seeing so many “real” runners. You belong too and have put in a lot of hard work.

  73. Erica Richards permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:51 am

    When training, don’t increase mileage too quickly. In a race, don’t go out too fast! If you put your mind (and body) into it, you can accomplish anything!!

  74. CindyAz permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:53 am

    Educate yourself. Read about running everywhere you can. Be your own coach.

  75. December 17, 2010 6:55 am

    Start slow – slower than you might think you should and just keep going. Use a plan – Couch to 5K is awesome!

  76. Joanmarie permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:56 am

    Don’t worry about the time or the distance. Just get out there and enjoy. There will be plenty of time somewhere in your future for training plans and times. Running is contagious, pass it on!

  77. kim permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:56 am

    slow and steady

  78. kim permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:57 am

    always finish strong
    no matter the work out

  79. December 17, 2010 6:58 am

    Practical things: avoid concrete sidewalks, especially ones that form a loop and are slanted…way too hard on your joints. I learned that one the hard way.

    -An interval approach is a great way to start, whether running then walking certain distances or times.

    -Make small goals and then reward yourself when you meet them, whether it’s with new running gear or an indulgence like a pedicure. You deserve it!

    -Enjoy the run!

    • December 17, 2010 8:10 am

      I wanted to add…keep a log, even a very basic one, because someday, you will forget that at one point a mile was a loooong run or that you started by running/walking 3/4 of a mile. On days when you are frustrated with your running, it helps to look back and see that you really are getting stronger and faster.

  80. Jessica permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:59 am

    I always suggest that my friends new to running start by walking 10 minutes and running 2 minutes. By alternating, your body gets adjusted to the new exercise, and your mind doesn’t automatically tell you that it can’t do it! Then, I suggest that they make achievable goals for themselves so that they can feel successful and want to keep progressing.

  81. Cindy permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:01 am

    I usually recommend Galloway’s walk/run program. And find a good group that will keep you accountable!

  82. Sheryl permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:01 am

    First; don’t worry about your pace – no one is judging you. And aim to increase your time spent running, not distance. Also, start a stretching program designed for runners BEFORE you get injured! I would also say that if you give running a try and don’t love it – don’t do it. There are so many great ways to be active and get fit and running is not for everyone.

  83. December 17, 2010 7:02 am

    First time out: Just go and enjoy. Take those first steps and turn them into first miles and then into first races. Reflect on what you have accomplished by just taking that first step.

  84. Jess M permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:07 am

    Don’t worry about pace, time, distance or any of that… just run. Enjoy the freedom that is running.

  85. Jalayne permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:08 am

    My advice is to start out slow and have a goal in mind. Find a good beginner’s training schedule and hold yourself accountable. Set you mind to it and never, ever give up!

  86. Callie permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:08 am

    Running is something that takes years to develop. If you go out and run once and it hurts and you’re tired, that doesn’t mean you CAN’T do it. It’s taken years for me to love running, and there are highs and lows to it, just like everything else in life. Life isn’t always easy, but just like running, the end result is the greatest thing in the world!

  87. December 17, 2010 7:10 am

    I ‘heart’ Skirt Sports!! Running wisdom: Run for you and no one else. Make bite size goals … it’s difficult to eat an elephant all in one sitting.

  88. Lori Connors permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:10 am

    My advice is to enjoy yourself. Don’t worry about time/pace/distance. That all comes with experience. You have to learn to enjoy the feelings that come with running – mainly the strength and perseverance you probably never knew you had.

  89. Aimee K. permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:12 am

    Reading and gathering all the info about Running you can. Its a beautiful sport!

  90. Melanie permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:13 am

    any miles are better than no miles.

  91. Rebecca J. permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:14 am

    My advice would be to remember to just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Enjoy the process of making your body healthy and strong. For me, running was partly a way to get some “me time.” And I enjoy those moments when I know I’ll be healthier, stronger, and more mentally sane to face all the responsibilities in real life!

  92. rushartist permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:23 am

    Don’t compare yourself to more experienced runners. It only takes away from your own accomplishments and gives you unrealistic expectations. Be proud of what YOU do. Becoming a runner is hard and it takes courage to do hard things.

  93. Melissa permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:27 am

    Just GO! There will always be a million other things to do and reasons to not get out that door, and days when you have to slow down or walk, but I have never had a great day without a few miles under my belt.

  94. December 17, 2010 7:28 am

    The road will never be as hard on you as you are on yourself. It doesn’t care what you look like or how fast you are going. It will never judge you, it is just there for you to discover, to pound away on or float through. Enjoy every step painful or not because there are those who will never feel what it is like to truly run.

  95. December 17, 2010 7:30 am

    I would give the same advice (and I DO give the same advice when asked) that I got when I was just starting…GO SLOW. As in, people could probably WALK FASTER THAN YOU slow. Speed will come later. Let’s get your legs and lungs used to this first.

  96. Marika P permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:35 am

    Listen to your body, and start slow… and stretch, stretch and stretch some more. Make sure you enjoy running… it’s okay to take walking breaks and just breath in the fresh air.

  97. Alecia permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:36 am

    There is no shame in walking. I used a Run/Walk program for my first marathon. My Dad was in a marathon on the fallowing day but as part of a 5 man relay team. I was very proud to find out that I beat their time… walking!

  98. Amber H permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:38 am

    Get good shoes to start. Take it one day at a time. It will be hard at first, but the payoff is oh so sweet…sense of accomplishment, stress relief, health benefits, etc. Also, the first mile is always the hardest. Happy Running!

  99. Melinda K permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:39 am

    start out easy and slow. it’s going to be tough, but starting with baby steps and keep building up one can run…..5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon. three years ago i would have laughed at someone who told me i could/would run a full marathon…..but it did it. it’s a journey, enjoy it and have fun.

  100. Stacy permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:40 am

    Don’t worry how you look or how slow you are, just get started! Then keep it going…getting started is the hardest part, you will look better and get faster as you continue. I found, and do still sometimes, that I was apologizing for being so much slower than my partners or new running friends. But you know what…being out there is way more that what most people are doing, so YAY YOU!! 🙂

  101. SueM permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:41 am

    my advice: don’t give up. If it was easy, everyone would do it. But it’s not always easier and you are stronger than you think you are!

  102. Julie Fredericks permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:43 am

    Go slow and stay with it. If you can’t talk, slow down even if that means walking at first. If you don’t, chances are you won’t stick with it. Just get out there – it will get better. And find a friend to support you- that can make all the difference

  103. Michaela permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:44 am

    Set small goals, like making it around the block without stopping or adding a mile a week, but also set a bigger goal, something you’ll really need to reach for– a half marathon next year or a 7:00 mile. And go ahead and splurge on awesome shoes that fit you just right… when I wear shoes that hurt I just can’t get myself going.

  104. Angela G. permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:44 am

    The best advice I could give a newbie is: just keep at it. It’s not always going to be easy, and it’s usually going to be pretty damn hard in the beginning, but as long as you don’t place any undo pressure on yourself and just make the effort to get out there, you’re ALWAYS going to feel better when you get back than when you left (physically AND mentally). Run a little, walk a little, and before you know it, you’ll be running more than walking. But remember, even those of us that have been at this a long time have some good days where we feel like we could run forever and bad days where just making it to the end of the block (let alone the first mile) feels like a Herculean effort.

  105. Erin D. permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:46 am

    Never back down. You can do whatever you set your mind to…just believe in yourself!

  106. December 17, 2010 7:47 am

    Just don’t walk…shuffle if you have to…don’t walk. For me, I discovered long ago, if I stop to walk, starting again is so hard, but if I keep it at a shuffle I can keep going. (I know that this isn’t what works for many, but it is a mental game for me)

    • Jenny C. permalink
      December 17, 2010 7:50 am

      LOL! Read my advise which follows yours. But of course, I’m talking about newcomers trying to build up a love for running. And you are probably talking about during a race. I do agree with your advise too in that regard. 🙂

  107. Jenny C. permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:48 am

    I have been running for a long long time, 13 years. And there have been a lot of ups and downs. But I love it so much that I will always run as long as I can. Friends and co-workers will lament that they just CAN’T run. I always tell them anybody can do it and the key to establishing the habit and the eventual desire to do it is this: It’s truly ok to WALK, and it’s ok to slow down! IMO, that’s the key for beginners and veterans alike. If you need a walk break, take one. And don’t worry about your speed.

  108. December 17, 2010 7:48 am

    Inspiration can often be found in a GROUP. Find people to run with – they will get you through the toughest of runs, keep you accountable on the days you’d “rather not”, and keep you safe “out there”.

  109. ann hardman permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:49 am

    First timer advice: don’t worry about anyone but yourself. Start nice and easy. Sign up for a 5k for motivation and get going!

  110. Elizabeth permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:49 am

    Sign up for a race. I moved to a new town as a walker, saw signs around for a Women’s Run, signed up and became a runner for life. It was fun to have something to motivate me to train for something I thought I could never do.

  111. Beverly permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:51 am

    My best advice would be to go for it. Don’t expect to be running miles upon miles right away. A good run/walk program will help tremendously. As others have had the hardest part is getting out there the first few times. As women it’s very hard not to worry about how you look or how fast you go, but try to get past that. As women we also find it hard to put ourselves first, but this is important for you as well as your family. The healthier and happier we are the more we can give to our families. Invest in the best shoes you can get. A really good running bra is very important as well. The rest of the “outfit” isn’t as important as long as it doesn’t interfere with your movement. Good luck and have fun!

  112. December 17, 2010 7:52 am

    My advice to anyone lacing up their shoes for the first time is to take it slow. Trust YOUR body. Do NOT compare yourself to others. When you are tired… walk/rest. When you feel ready to run again… run! Have fun with the experience! Don’t worry about not being able to cover a certain distance at a desired speed/time… with practice and time you will be able to get to that desired goal. Just keep running. 🙂

  113. Jaclyn permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:52 am

    Download some great music from iTunes. Buy a cute new running outfit and splurge on really good running shoes. Register for a race. The amount of money you’ve spent on these things will keep you going to reach your goal! 🙂 Plus you’ll look great and rock out on your way to a PR!

  114. Sarah permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:54 am

    The hardest steps are the ones out the door. Once you get going, you won’t want to stop.

  115. Kristyn G permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:55 am

    put on a skirt and just go! I like that a skirt and a bouncing pony tail make me feel girly even when I am huffing and puffing like a cow and sweating like a pig! It will be a long slow journey, but get in the race because you’ll love the adventure.

  116. Kristen F permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:56 am

    Don’t compare yourself to others, especially long time runners. Eveyone had to start somewhere. Take your time so you learn to love it and not get injured.

  117. Majda permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:56 am

    It’s literally about step by step. Just go and have fun!

  118. KateL permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:57 am

    Don’t be discouraged if doesn’t feel perfect the first time. A lifetime of miles begins with those first strides and willingness to repeat them in the days after.

  119. Leslie permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:57 am

    “If I can do it, anyone can do it”. Fo SHO!

  120. kat charles permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:57 am

    Slow and steady! Improvement comes bit by bit. And even though I feel like I am in pretty good shape, and have been running consistently for almost two years, sometimes I still mentally trick my self by counting telephone poles.

  121. Anne permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:58 am

    Stretching is not over rated. Stretch before and after – no matter the distance.

  122. December 17, 2010 7:59 am

    Don’t give up – don’t quit! Just get out there and put one foot in fron of the other, who cares if you run 10 yards, 10 minutes or 10 miles. You ran and that is what matters. Try and do a little more each time and before you know it – you are a runner! I also have a little mantra I say to myself when things get tough…well a few. I say “I can, I will”, “Keep running becuase your Mom can’t!”, or I chant whatever comfort food I am craving or recently eaten to keep going (lately it is “Christmas Cookies”. 🙂

  123. Marissa permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:02 am

    Start slow, don’t compare yourself to others, and walk as needed. If you can, find a running partner to help you get out there or join a group. Also, keep a log so that you can see your progress and see what works and what doesn’t because everyone is different.

  124. Michelle permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:05 am

    Sign up for a race! Anyone can complete a 5k, and the accomplishment will feel wonderful. With running, a way to measure progress, and a goal are so important!

  125. Andrea permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:07 am

    Listen to your body!
    Don’t give up!!
    Rest days are important!
    Enjoy!!

  126. ice cream addict permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:10 am

    Don’t ignore the advice to get fitted for good shoes like I did, unless you really want to test out how cortisone injections feel 😉 Aside from that, be patient and you will see improvement!

  127. JamiAnn permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:16 am

    I like Kate’s advice – it’s hard for everyone in the beginning 🙂

    If you are running in the morning, here’s my trick. Sleep in your running clothes so you can get up and go (& changing out of them without exercising is such an obvious disappointment that it will only happen once). Even if you can only go 20 minutes, go. Every little bit contributes to your longterm goals.

    Good luck and enjoy!

  128. Celeste permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:17 am

    I’d encourage her to sign up for a race–races are such good motivation to stick with it!

  129. Kate B. permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:21 am

    It gets easier!! When I started back up after two kids and many years away, it was really hard at first. Now, I actually can say that I enjoy my runs. I don’t feel like I’m fighting every step of the way.

  130. Sue permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:25 am

    Just have fun. Pick a good day to start. Find a few great songs. Don’t push yourself too hard. Keep on truckin’. I was a swimmer who tried to run for years, but a bum knee and a stitch in my side kept sidetracking me. Finally, last fall, I started really slow. I’m still going. And lovin it every day.

  131. katie permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:25 am

    My advice to a new runner would be to find a good running partner if possible…For me that is what keeps me going–knowing that someone is out there waiting for me in the dark cold, or someone who can relate to being up every hour with a sick child during the night. It is much easier for me to be consistent when know someone else is depending on me.

  132. Nerual permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:25 am

    Don’t start out too fast, I see it all the time at the gym. Women who are just starting out passing me on the running track only to stop 2-3 laps in. Speed will come, I started running at a 12 min. mile pace and even though I was as slow as a turtle I built my distance and that helped me lose weight.

  133. December 17, 2010 8:26 am

    Remind yourself that you can do anything for one minute!

  134. December 17, 2010 8:27 am

    You are stronger than you know.

  135. Autumn permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:28 am

    Find a great pair of shoes, a great place to run and a great attitude:) Slow and steady and keep believing in yourself and be proud of your accomplishments!

  136. Keri permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:30 am

    Pick a mantra, a verse, something inspirational to you to tell yourself when you are facing a hard mile or a large hill. I have several: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, I have a brave and courageous heart (I talk myself into that one), I can do this-this is good for me.

  137. Melissa Ann Brook permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:31 am

    Just keep going. The first time may hurt. The second time may hurt. But just keep going. It will get easier. Get a support system, push yourself hard, but be kind do yourself. Celebrate each step!

  138. Kes permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:34 am

    My advice to a first timer would be to go slow and steady. Don’t try to run all out as fast as you can. Run very slow, briskly walk, then run slow again. Focus on making it for however many minutes/distance you had in mind, not on running hard the whole time. And don’t give up, everyone has to start somewhere.

  139. Lee permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:42 am

    Don’t let yourself get initmidated by the thought of running. Everyone starts at the same point. And that is the key – to start. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll feel more comfortable, and soon you’ll feel like you belong out there just as much as everyone else does.

  140. December 17, 2010 8:42 am

    Oh I’m so excited for a new sports bra! My girls will be ever so thankful! 😀

    As for advice for a new runner…since I’ve only been running less than a year, my advice is simple – just start. Even if you can’t run for a full 1 minute (or 5 minutes), just keep going. It will be worth it if you put the work in.

  141. Katy permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:42 am

    HAVE FUN! And make baby steps out of your goals, you can’t expect to jog out of your front door the first day and run 10 miles!

  142. Tryna Hermanson permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:43 am

    Start slow and listen to your body. The best thing for me about running is instead of feeling badly about the way I look, I start listening to my body and while I’ll never have Heidi Klum’s legs (who does by the way?) I know these legs have carried me through 6 marathons…hey, I just typed 6 marathons!!!! Holy cow!

  143. December 17, 2010 8:45 am

    Take lots of liberal walk breaks, start out slow and use a program like C25K.

    Signing up for an easy 5K race a few months out is a great motivator on those days that you don’t feel like running.

  144. mary permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:45 am

    Shut up and run!

  145. Jessica permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:47 am

    Just do it and think how great you will feel the rest of the day!

  146. Cherylyn permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:47 am

    Make sure the shoes you lace up are good running shoes and build up your miles. Also-don’t be too hard on yourself- add walking if you need to.

  147. Megan permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:47 am

    Celebrate! Set small goals and celebrate getting to them. Run your first half mile, mile, ect straight through? Woop it up, jump up and down, ignore dignity and be excited for yourself. Hit a mental wall during a run? Tell yourself you are strong, stronger than yesterday, and smile. You’d be amazed how much better you feel when you let yourself breakout into a big goofy grin in the middle of a run.

  148. RunnergirlPNW permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:51 am

    My advice is also to start out slow and not to over do it. This may mean walking and not running the whole time. Set goals….it’s always nice to reach a goal and feel like you accomplished something…it may not be a race even…if you are just starting it out…it could be something as simple as running 3 times a week for a month. The most important thing is to NOT GIVE UP!! The first week, heck the first month could be rough, but stick with it and you’ll be glad you did! 🙂

  149. otherjulie permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:52 am

    Financially commit to an event…

    Tell others…if only to guilt you to keep your training going when the kids wake up in the middle of the night and your have other conflicts.

  150. Alli permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:55 am

    Number #1 advice is: Don’t compare yourself to others! And footwear…good footwear!!!

  151. Sue Garrabrant permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:55 am

    Ask yourself why you are running in the first place. Keep reminding yourself of that every time you run. Just being able to put one foot in front of the other is a huge accomplishment. Be proud and grateful that you have a healthy, strong body that allows you to run. And enjoy the “me” time!

  152. pam permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:56 am

    The best advice I think i have received is to RELAX. Running should be fun and tense shoulders and pressure to perform certain times are not where a new runner should focus. Just run to run 🙂

  153. Carol permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:00 am

    Start slow and easy…use a program like c25k to ease into it without hurting yourself. You’d rather take longer to get to your goal than to not make it at all due to injury. Oh, and get thee to a running shoe store ASAP!

  154. Courtney permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:00 am

    Find a good running partner. It keeps you motivated, accountable, and helps pass the miles!

  155. Laurel Cutter permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:01 am

    Why, my advice is to pick up a copy of “Run Like a Mother” by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, of course!

    Oh, and a good bra.

  156. Jennifer permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:01 am

    Go slow, take it one step at a time and have fun!

  157. December 17, 2010 9:05 am

    Take your time go slow. Don’t think you are going to do a 5k or even a mile your first time out. It will take practice and time. No one can run a marathon their first time out so don’t expect to do a mile first time lacing up either. Make your goals small and obtainable this way you can build on your success. Pick a C25k program and find a running group to begin your running journey with. Most of all have fun and enjoy!

  158. Holly permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:05 am

    If you are out of breath, slow down. You will rarely ever regret going for a run once you are out the door. Find a running buddy, for me a good running buddy makes the miles fly by.

  159. Alex permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:06 am

    Just keep moving, and know that loving your running may not happen over night. You’ll hate it, and then one day you won’t! 🙂

  160. jessica permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:08 am

    My advice it to make it a priority. Put it on your schedule like an appointment and do it. Too many things get in the way of working out and it needs to be on the top of the list.

  161. December 17, 2010 9:10 am

    You CAN BE A RUNNER. It doesn’t matter how fast you go, or how far . . . you will increase it little by little, and amazing yourself!

  162. Kelly permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:11 am

    Keep getting out there. Look for running groups in your area to keep you motivated. Pick a race and start training!

  163. Carrianne permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:11 am

    My advice is to get out there – even if its shorter or slower than you’d like. You’ll always feel better afterwards;)

  164. Jana permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:12 am

    I come from a family where the only running we do is from law enforcement. So when I started two weeks ago (with 20 lbs of post-pregnancy weight jiggling for the world to see) I decided to just run a little, then walk a little, then keep increasing it over time. I wear a skirt every day for all purposes–construction, walking, grocery shopping–so a running skirt sounds like just the right fit!

  165. Cathleen permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:14 am

    If you’ve never run a step, don’t expect to run a marathon in a few weeks. Take it slow, and build up from a run/walk. Most of all, enjoy each milestone you reach!

  166. December 17, 2010 9:16 am

    I think we should only competitively try to improve based on our own results- not those of others. I know this is very hard to do!!! I always like to know how other people did on their race- how do I size up to them? BUT- It really doesn’t matter- how did I do compared to my previous time, or previous circumstance? That’s my advice- try to improve only against yourself.

  167. Shaygram permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:17 am

    Have a partner in crime… it is SO hard just to get out the door sometimes, but if you know someone is expecting you and waiting for you, the inclination to stay inside where it is warm and dry will be lessened.

  168. Christina permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:19 am

    Do not worry too much about what other runners are doing. Don’t fret if your friend runs faster than you, or if your neighbor runs ten times as many miles as you do. You are running for YOU. You should enjoy your experience, and be proud of what YOU can accomplish!

  169. December 17, 2010 9:21 am

    If you haven’t already, join a running group or find a running partner who is at least less novice than you. Also, take it easy (don’t push too hard at first), but don’t let your mind win. If your mind wins and you quit when you’re tired you’ve lost the battle. Running takes 50% body strength and 50% mind strength.

  170. December 17, 2010 9:22 am

    Simply that you CAN do it. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I would have never thought I’d be calling myself a runner, but I do. I’m slow, but I can go.

  171. December 17, 2010 9:23 am

    You’ll hear this a million times, but truly, I have not regret a single run I convinced myself to go on. Not all of them have been pretty, but they’ve all made me feel stronger and better about myself.

  172. Jennifer Gerritz permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:24 am

    Last January I couldn’t run a mile without stopping. This October I ran a marathon. My advice? Keep at it, find a running group, read everything you can on running to keep motivated, and sign up for a race! Having the commitment made to run kept me running. Plus, I told all my friends and family, so every time I saw them, they asked how the training was going. I HAD to run or tell everyone I quit. Talk about motivation! I did it, and now love running. Even got my husband to start running again.

  173. Tina Z permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:24 am

    Every once in awhile, put your hands up in a goal post formation to correct your posture. I was given this advice not too long ago and even did that during a 5k. Helps keep my head up, shoulders back, and corrects my posture so I’m facing forward and not down. Thanks!

  174. Emma permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:29 am

    don’t overdo it at first! go slow, slower than you think you need to!

  175. Lisa permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:30 am

    Get proper shoes, and start SLOW and go SLOWER.

  176. Alma permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:31 am

    For the slow people like me: “Slow and steady wins the race!”.

  177. Julie Cox permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:37 am

    Whereever you are, go out today and walk/run/be fit. You don’t need to do a marathon to be successful. Just go at your own level. When you get done, feel good. Take the time to really enjoy that feeling (this is the real reason for a post-run streach, right?) Tomorrow, when you are deciding if you’ll work out, think of how good it felt. Before long, you’ll be addicted to the feeling of accomplishment.

  178. dirksgirlsmama permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:38 am

    My advice is to stick with it! It takes time (for most) to actually like running, and if you’re starting post-baby (like most of us), your body doesn’t seem to know how to respond. It may take weeks, months or (sadly) even years to truly find your groove, but once you do, there’s no looking back!

  179. Sara P permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:45 am

    Just get out there! Really. It’s amazing how one mile turns into two turns into five and before you know it, you’re considering a half or a full marathon! And wear appropriate clothing. Being comfortable can make a big difference in how you feel. Save your big bulky heavy 100% cotton t-shirts for sleeping and invest in a few lightweight, wicking, warm (or cool – depending on the weather) shirts. Buy your shoes at a running store where they can suggest styles that will work for you.

  180. Sam Rhoades permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:47 am

    don’t run for distance, just time. and give yourself HUGE credit EVERY TIME you go out for your run. you are doing something most people won’t even DREAM of doing!

  181. Atha permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:50 am

    Start with a plan like Couch to 5k. Follow the plan as closely as you can and NEVER QUIT!

  182. Maria permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:52 am

    Set a goal. It can be big or small, just give yourself something to work towards. My first goal…run for five minutes without stopping. As a new runner who was incredibly out of shape, I just needed to feel like I had accomplished something. Several months later…run a half mary…done. Almost a year later and three weeks post-preggy…new goal…start running again…one mile without stopping. Best part of accomplishing your goals?The reward of meeting your goals and of course the gear you promise yourself once you have.

  183. Karen Falat permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:52 am

    My advice would be dont limit yourself. You have NO IDEA what you are capeable of. Start of slow with attainable goals and with determination you can go longer and run faster than you ever, ever imagined. YOur only limit is how far you can dream.

  184. sarah permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:54 am

    My sister just started running after going through a divorce so my advice to her was:
    buy GOOD shoes from a running store
    don’t expect to run 5 miles on your first shot out there, go for time and use the run/walk system.

  185. December 17, 2010 9:55 am

    It’s not new advice, but just get out there and do it! Start slow and reward yourself for taking those first steps. You can do it, and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with doing something good for yourself (even if it is hard) is fantastic!

  186. Libby M permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:57 am

    Take it slow. It took me 30 years to decide I could be a jogger. Just do a little every day (or every other day) and build up. It’s amazing how much more stamina I now have to big trail hikes, just by jogging a few times a week.

    Also, don’t look down on your body. Even if you are new to running, sign up and do a local 5k. You will see all body types there, and not just skinny runners. Don’t be afraid to get a pair of running tights either. I have big thighs, and hate shorts because they creep up. I got a part of capri tights (even with my big thighs and a lot of “junk in the trunk”) and it actually feels more comfortable to jog not worrying about having to keep pulling your shorts back down. And trust me, there are a lot of larger people out there moving around in tights, no one is going to be focusing on you 🙂

  187. Vickie permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:57 am

    My advice would be to find a running partner. When I first started, I had 2-3 friends who I could contact to schedule long runs on the weekends. They helped keep me motivated to stick with running, especially through the cold and wet winter. Friends help friends keep running!

  188. Patty permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:57 am

    Take it slow and know that running is a mental workout as well as a physical workout (at least for me).

  189. December 17, 2010 10:01 am

    I always tell people to give it at least 4 months for it to feel consistently good. Not every run, not every time, but for that addiction to kick in. I just don’t want people to think it’s going to be super easy and great the first time out…but that it will be soon!

  190. Melissa permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:04 am

    Running is 90% mental, 10% physical.

  191. Stephanie permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:10 am

    Wear sunscreen, use your arms to help you get up hills, and invest in some good running gear,

  192. barbara permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:13 am

    Decent shoes (don’t fall for trendy ones or cheap knockoff lookalikes) and start off slowly and work your way up.

  193. December 17, 2010 10:13 am

    The true strength is in your head and your soul! You think you can’t, you think a certain distance or certain time is impossible, but if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself, there’s a real chance you can do it–or come pretty close!

  194. December 17, 2010 10:15 am

    Enjoy the process, don’t worry about how fast people around you are doing or how many races they are running. The plan is to running for the rest of your life.

  195. December 17, 2010 10:27 am

    You might be sore after the first day but the best thing to shake out the soreness is to exercise more :).

  196. Susan K permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:33 am

    Set any kind of goal and keep plugging away at it. You can do anything you set your mind to!

  197. Rebecca permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:35 am

    It is okay to start with a 15 minute mile! Start slower than you think. You do not need to run a 10 minute mile for it to count. Once you can run three miles slowly, then, and only then, think about picking up the pace (slowly at that).

  198. Jennifer Dewar permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:46 am

    Start slow and set your intention, then have a weekly goal that you revisit each week, i.e. I will run 4 times this week for 2 miles. If it hurts at first, who in the heck will want to continue??

  199. December 17, 2010 10:47 am

    Right now the first thing I would say to beginners is take. it. slow. It’s easy to read about 8-minute-miles or first marathons online, but doing it is an entirely different thing.

  200. Molly permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:54 am

    When I first started running, I’d find that the first 20 minutes of the run were a slog. I’d always want to quit, and often did. I had to learn over time that the beginning of the run is the warm-up, and you feel better and stronger in the second half. So I’d echo many others and say, start slowly, not only overall, but in individual runs. You feel better as you go!

  201. sharla permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:54 am

    Practice, Practice, Practice…and have a ton of fun!

  202. Jenny permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:55 am

    JUST GO! Getting out the door is the hardest part… once you are out, enjoy the outdoors, clear your mind, take the opportunity to learn your surroundings and your neighborhood, but most importantly, run for yourself! When I run, it is something I do for myself to make me feel good about me. It makes me a happier person and a better wife and mother.

  203. Andrea permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:57 am

    Believe in yourself. Foam Roll. Stretch. Rest. Find some running buddies. Believe in yourself. Yes you can!!!

  204. Becky permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:02 am

    Take it slow and have fun! It might be tough at first but keep at it and you’ll reap all the physical and mental benefits of running!

  205. December 17, 2010 11:03 am

    I am a newbie, started in March 2010. Ran 10 5k and 2 10k since. My advices are lower your expectation at first and stick with it even if the first day you have to walk to get to one mile. It will get easier for sure if you don’t give up. In races my advice is : start slow, forget about the others around you. Run YOUR race.

  206. Alison H permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:04 am

    Get on a schedule — the Couch to 5K program is a great beginners program — and stick with it. I found it much easier to commit to running when I marked it all out on my calendar.

    Run somewhere beautiful! You deserve it.

    Sign up for a race to stay committed. Having a goal will help get you out the door, and the feeling of accomplishment when you cross that finish line is AWESOME! 🙂

  207. December 17, 2010 11:04 am

    My advice is to cross train with your running. Too much of one thing can cause injury and your body needs balance. I recommend stretching/yoga and weight lifting to “cross” with the running. Also, you don’t have to go fast every time you go out the door. Build a base of miles at a slower pace.

  208. December 17, 2010 11:04 am

    My advice would be – wear a stopwatch. Set a timed goal for yourself to run without stopping.

  209. Kortni permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:11 am

    Running should be fun, refreshing, and something that makes the rest of my day better…and thus my family’s day better!

  210. Jennifer permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:18 am

    Run at your own pace – no one elses. You are running to see what *you* can do…and you can do amazing things.

  211. December 17, 2010 11:22 am

    My advice is always to start slow and not try too much your first time out. To take the first steps of running, do the run walk routine – run for a minute and walk for a minute. Eventually you will be running more than walking. I taught my sister this and she loves running now. I came home to do a half marathon and she entered the 5K. Since then she has done another 5K and is thinking about training for a 10K.

  212. Heather permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:22 am

    Running is like exercise meditation. Get in your zone and just go. It frees you.

  213. December 17, 2010 11:24 am

    You are only competing against yourself. Celebrate every mile, every PR achieved…every run is a gift.

  214. Julia permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:24 am

    Enjoy it! It’s supposed to be hard and be a work-out, but it’s supposed to be fun too.

  215. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:35 am

    Start with a walk/run program. It’s a process. Not all of us are one of those annoyingly gifted genetic freaks who can go out and run 3 miles your first time out of the gate. Just be consistent and do your best. It and and it will happen. I’m proof.

  216. eep permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:37 am

    The first two miles always kind of suck. I have been running for several years, and it still takes me at least two miles to find my pace, find my breath, shut down the voices, and just run. The first two miles are always a struggle to settle down. So never judge how a run is going to go until you get at least 2 miles in.

  217. sandra m. permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:41 am

    Just get out there, try 5 minutes or one minute or l0 minutes! doesnt matter how fast or how far. It gets easier and walking is alwyas an option. That first time you get a runners high and have gone farther than you think you can is sooooooo awesome! Just pick a time for you and stick to it, it’ll happen.

  218. Sarah permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:42 am

    My advice to the newbie: Take it slow and easy at first. Don’t worry about speed or mega-distance the first year.

  219. Erica permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:46 am

    My sister has actually just started asking me for advice on starting running and I told her the same thing I have to remind myself on every run: baby steps. Just go for the first few minutes (3, 5, 10 or whatever) and then take a break if you need to. As time goes on, it gets much easier. And ditto, what someone else said, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it!

  220. Suzie G permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:57 am

    Don’t be afraid to walk if needed. Increase milage slowly and incorporate some strength exercises! Enjoy!!

  221. Melissa permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:03 pm

    At first schedule your runs to establish a routine. Once you’ve gotten used to running x times a week you’ll find you have come to enjoy your time running and will find ways to not miss your run.

  222. December 17, 2010 12:05 pm

    Keep a log of how long or far you can run until you need a break and keep building on it every week. That seems to help me stay motivated and push myself.

  223. Tiera permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:06 pm

    Out of all the regrets we all have in life about doing or not doing something, you will never regret running.

  224. Kayt permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:09 pm

    Sign up for a race! I started running by using the couch to 5k program, and I signed up for a race before I even took a step. That held me accountable.

  225. December 17, 2010 12:10 pm

    Have fun…if you aren’t enjoying yourself (at least a little) you won’t stick to it. And set realistic goals.

  226. December 17, 2010 12:11 pm

    my advice is remember it’s going to be hard and that’s ok, just do what you can today and then tomorrow try to do a little more. Have fun with it and be thankful you can get out there and try!

  227. Jennifer permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:11 pm

    I think joining a running group is key, or having a running partner at the very least…running regularly with positive, like-minded, encouraging people inspires me to keep working hard and pushing myself to achieve new goals. Plus, the company makes the miles fly by!

  228. jessicastout permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:13 pm

    Find your own groove- find the power from within yourself– it is there- LET IT OUT!!!

  229. Amelia permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:15 pm

    Start slow to avoid injuries and just enjoy it – it only gets easier!!

  230. Jill O permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:21 pm

    Start slow and don’t get discouraged, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. Also set a goal- sign up for a 5K with some friends.

  231. April permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:21 pm

    Running is one of those things where you truly get out of it what you put into it. There will be good days and bad days and completely sucktastic days. There will be moments where you will question what you were thinking and moments you will understand what *it* is all about. Running has introduced me to new personal limits and some of my very best friends. Just do it!!

  232. December 17, 2010 12:32 pm

    My advice is to start slow, and don’t feel like you need to keep up with people that have been running for years. Stick with it. It will all come together!

  233. Jessica permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:33 pm

    I’m stealing Nike’s logo…

    “Just do it!”

  234. Mindy permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:40 pm

    It gets so much better. At first it’s really, really tough. But if you stick with it, it gets to be an awesome addition to your life. I would have never, never ever believed that I would be saying this. I used to say that I would only run if my life, or those of my children, were in danger. Proudly, that’s not the case anymore.

  235. Jessica Russell permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:49 pm

    Use the Couch to 5K running program. It can make anyone a runner!

  236. Kelly permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:51 pm

    My advice to newbies is to start by mixing in a little running into a walk and gradually decrease the amount of walking and increase the running. And remember that not every run will make you feel good, but hopefully the “feel good” runs will outnumber the “feel crappy” runs and will make you keep going back for more!

  237. Bretta Hayes permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:54 pm

    my words of encouragement would be to just stick with it …. truly ANYONE can run — I NEVER considered myself a runner …. but decided one day to lace up my shoes and set a goal …. ran my first 1/2 marathon two years ago …. have run four since (one while 16 wks preggo) and am currently training for my first marathon …. NEVER thought I would be able to do it …. but setting big goals and accomplishing them is SO wonderful ….. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

  238. Anna JR permalink
    December 17, 2010 12:59 pm

    Yahoo! I’ve been waiting for the skirt giveaway! What would I say to a new runner: welcome! And be patient with yourself. No pressure to run fast or far. And find a running friend!

  239. Amy permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:04 pm

    Just run. Don’t compare yourself to others, just run for yourself. Run to enjoy the sunshine in the winter, run to enjoy the time free from family responsibilities, run to take care of yourself. It doesn’t matter how fast you run, just get out there.

  240. sarah permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:05 pm

    I so much want to be a part of a movement like kick start. Love it.
    Running is one of those places where you get out of it what you put into it. There is measurable progress over a relatively short amount of time. You will see and feel results immediately, even if you HATE the actual act at first. Just do it!

  241. Kristen S. permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:08 pm

    Love yourself as much as you love your kids…it’s worth the time and effort you put into running. It’s hard at first, but so is motherhood, and we’re all doing a pretty good job at that!

  242. December 17, 2010 1:20 pm

    Running is so much like motherhood – some good days, some bad days, some easy days, some hard days…always worth it! Don’t compare yourself to others and know that if you stick with it, running does get easier and you will be able to go faster and longer than you ever dreamed you’d be able to!

  243. Amanda D permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:26 pm

    Listen to your body, when it tells you to take an extra rest day, do.

  244. Kris O permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:26 pm

    My advice? After your first run, you may not feel like you want to do another – but keep at it! Running is hard work, but once you find your groove, it is sooooo rewarding. And fun! Kinda like having kids, right? And it does get easier, too. I’ve heard this is the same with kids, but as mine are young, I’m still waiting for that part 😉

  245. Erin permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:33 pm

    Take it slow. Enjoy it. Believe in yourself.

  246. Laurie A. permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:35 pm

    As a fairly new runner myself, I have come to realize that runners as a community are just the nicest most helpful people. If you are starting out, find a running store, get outfitted with some good shoes and ask them for advice. And I know it sounds crazy, but sign up for a 5 k. Even if you know you cannot run the whole thing. I had a friend sign me up for one and my goal was to start running and to finish running and not to be last. The last part of that wasn’t hard because there are frequently some walkers in there. But here is the thing, one 5k and I was bitten by the bug. Each one, I had a new goal my last time. I had done about 6 5ks when I finally ran the whole thing. I was so excited. Now I have signed up for a half. So I guess my advice really is just get out there and do it!

  247. Taletha permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:36 pm

    I’m still a newbie, too, but one thing I’ve learned is – warm up before, and stretch after! It’s super important. Your shins will thank you!

  248. Catrina permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:54 pm

    Anything is better than nothing. You can’t start out run a full mile, but anything you can do is so much better than sitting on the couch!

  249. Carolyn permalink
    December 17, 2010 2:22 pm

    Buy a good pair of shoes that won’t hurt your feet so your not in pain!! I have learned a good lesson from this!

  250. Donna permalink
    December 17, 2010 2:23 pm

    Stop now .. it’s addicting!! LOL … no – seriously, listen to your body and find a great massage therapist :O)

  251. December 17, 2010 2:24 pm

    Before you lace those shoes up, make sure you go to a running store and get fitted with the right shoes for your little feeties!!

  252. Jill R permalink
    December 17, 2010 2:26 pm

    I tried to get into running 5-10 times without success. Finally, I re-started with a jog/walk method, and I haven’t stopped running since! That truely was my key to successful running and not giving up again!

  253. Jenn W. permalink
    December 17, 2010 2:40 pm

    Don’t ever say you can “never” run a marathon. Everyone has to start somewhere, and no one starts with 26.2 right off the bat. Start small, believe in yourself, and run!

  254. December 17, 2010 2:45 pm

    The couchto5k really helped me get started. It was the running in short distances with walking in between that was key at first.

  255. Lizzie permalink
    December 17, 2010 2:52 pm

    Just keep running! You may not always love it… but just keep going!

  256. rebecca permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:24 pm

    take it slow, listen to your body, believe that you can, don’t underestimate the need for stretching, you don’t have to go fast, you just have to go, and lastly, you aren’t coming in first- just run YOUR race 🙂

  257. Pam permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:45 pm

    Have an open mind and try to have fun. Running may not always feel great physically but mentally and emotionally, it will do wonders for you. Don’t worry about being fast or slow, or about what distance you go. Running is more of a mental game than a physical one. Just relax and try to have fun! 🙂

  258. Katrina permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:48 pm

    My advice is to just keep running! You don’t always feel like going, but once you do you rarely regret it!

  259. Juliane Hyma permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:53 pm

    The best advice I can give is this: take it a day and a step at a time, and realize that not every day will be a good running day or one in which you are motivated to run. But, if you take it a step at time, you’ll always go far!

  260. kat :) permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:53 pm

    first off- that skirt is ADORABLE! i love it, and would love to run in it, so fun!

    my words of advice? “you can do it!” pretty simple, but pretty true. If I can, anybody can 🙂

  261. December 17, 2010 4:37 pm

    My advice to a newbie would be to just stick with it. It took me a good year of consistently running to really enjoy running while actually running. At first I hated everything about running, but I was losing weight, so I stuck with it. Then I liked the feeling I had after I was done with a run. So I stuck with it. Now I actually enjoy running while I’m running (most days) and that never would have happened if I hadn’t stuck with it.

    And I think I only really stuck with it because I registered for races. The fear of looking foolish on race day has gotten me out the door more days then I care to admit to! So, that’s my advice 🙂

  262. Kate permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:50 pm

    I have two – when I’m struggling on a run I tell myself to get out of my head and just let yourself run. Small advice but it works like a charm for me.

  263. Becky permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:50 pm

    You must cross train to avoid injury. YOU MUST!

  264. December 17, 2010 4:51 pm

    The hardest part of your run is from the couch to the door/treadmill. Repeating those words (given to me by Hubby’s cousin) has gotten my bum in gear many times.

  265. Stacey B permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:52 pm

    The first 2 miles are always the hardest. Don’t give up; once you get to mile 2, you’ll start feeling great!!

  266. December 17, 2010 4:53 pm

    – Start off slowly, and take your rest days to recover.
    – Find a training buddy… someone who runs about the same speed and has similar goals as you.
    – If you’re in Canada, most cities have a Running Room store that hosts free group runs on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. It’s a great way to meet other runners and to learn a thing or two along the way.

  267. December 17, 2010 4:55 pm

    The hardest miles are the ones you regret not running. Don’t give up. Just start. Even if it is 30 seconds at a time at a turtle’s pace. I am living proof that you can do it.

    • December 17, 2010 4:58 pm

      Oh, also? Never listen to the negative voices in your head. They are liars. You CAN do it.

  268. Kelly Clark permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:55 pm

    Keep a stash of treats in the jog stroller to keep the little c-pilot happy.

  269. Arwen permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:55 pm

    If, during your run, you feel like you need to keep going, embrace that feeling and KEEP GOING!!!!

  270. December 17, 2010 4:55 pm

    Don’t think about what you’re going to do before you do it. Don’t think about what you’re doing while you’re doing it. And then, when you’re done, do an awkward victory dance that makes everyone around you vaguely embarrassed.

  271. Annette M permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:55 pm

    My wisdom for someone would be find a supportive friend and break it down into do-able goals ~ even every run (or walk/run) you CAN do it!

  272. Lauren permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:56 pm

    The beginning of almost every run is difficult, but if you stick in there, it gets better!

  273. Jen permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:58 pm

    Best advice: Don’t listen to what “they” say – do what feels good to you – if running for 10 minutes straight is a long run for you, good for you. Whatever your pace, don’t let anyone tell you that you are “jogging”. You are a runner when you believe you are a runner.

  274. Angie permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:58 pm

    Find a running partner! This has helped me more than anything! Hot, cold, rain or shine we hold each other accountable to run. Also, we take turns chasing each other (not on purpose) and this keeps us both pushing our pace and improving our speed!

  275. Jennie permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:59 pm

    Don’t get discouraged with yourself if you’re not as fast as you think you “should” be or you can’t go as far as you “should”. Just getting up off the couch and starting to put one foot in front of the other is a tremendous accomplishment when you’re just starting.

  276. Christine Parsons permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:59 pm

    Don’t start off with a bang, GO SLOW! Try and run from one telephone pole to the next, then walk for a bit and try again! Running can be a love hate relationship, if you can conquer the mind you can conquer anything!!!

  277. Becca permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:59 pm

    Eh, I don’t really agree with the “go slow” mentality. My “wisdom” – your body is a lot more capable than you give it credit for. Okay, don’t go CRAZY and injure yourself, but PUSH yourself. That’s the only way you can find out what you’re capable of.

  278. tanya permalink
    December 17, 2010 4:59 pm

    Run in the rain. Sure you get a little wet but it’s a lot of fun!

  279. Gwen permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:00 pm

    My running words of wisdom would be to eat while you run distance. Its something that has taken me YEARS to learn. This year I started eating every thirty minutes while running and it makes all the difference in the world! Every thirty minutes I feel like I have a clean slate. My mental focus is back and my physical and emotional energy is rejuvenated. Think about it, if you are training for a marathon could you really go drive your car for 5 hours without depleting gas? Your body needs food, in order to keep going. I have seen too many people do one marathon and say NEVER AGAIN, because they felt awful! The key is hydration and fuel! That is my best piece of advice for any novice runner! EAT WHILE YOU RUN!

  280. Vicky permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:00 pm

    My advice….look at the driveway half way down the block and run to it. Then go two driveways. You need to keep your goals manageable at first. I was huffing and puffing just going around the block stopping at every other driveway. But the first time you finish four miles and get home and you arent tired you will have amazed yourself.

  281. Melanie Burzynski permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:01 pm

    Find the fun in running. Maybe it is meeting new friends, setting a goal to run 10 minutes without stopping, or shopping for some new exercise clothes. The sport is fun and all of us have different reasons and goals for running. Oh, and don’t forget to tell new runners “congrats on deciding to take this on!”

  282. Maria Young permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:01 pm

    My words of wisdom? Don’t blow your wad in the first half.

  283. Cathy permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:02 pm

    Just keep trying. It will get better as you get better…or at least more tolerant!

  284. Kathy permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:03 pm

    It will be hard at first, but it will get easier. Don’t try to run 5km after sitting on the couch for 5 years. Try around the block first, and walk if you need to.

    Also, get good shoes.

  285. Melanie M. permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:03 pm

    I was a participant in the SkirtSports KickStart program last summer, and I can tell you the hardest part was deciding to dedicate some time for myself to run and exercise. Once I made that commitment to myself, getting out the door was easier. Run/walk as you feel comfortable. Start slow, and be smart (don’t overdo it)–“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Running will definitely get easier with time. It will not only help you become stronger physically, but will help you mentally and emotionally as well. The benefits of running, and exercise in general, are too numerous to count. Stick with it, and never give up on yourself!

  286. Andrea Glasgow permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:04 pm

    The difference between a runner and a jogger is mental. If you get out there and go, no matter how fast or slow…then you are a RUNNER!! It does get easier. When I started, I just took the route in mini pieces. I would run to a garbage can or mailbox and shout out my next goal. Baby steps. I’ve run 7 marathons now and after 2 kids in the last 14 months…I’m starting with my baby steps again. Just run until you get to that light pole!!

  287. Melanie permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:06 pm

    Head up, shoulders back, chest out – it makes breathing so much easier, and you get distracted by all the stuff that you see on foot that flies by too quickly when you’re driving.

  288. courtney permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:08 pm

    Sign up for a race/have a goal, find friends to run with, read RLAM, read Runners World, make it work for you, get your family on board, get some sort of tracking system (Nike +, MapMyRun, RunTracker etc), have fun!

  289. December 17, 2010 5:08 pm

    Couch25K for beginners! There is no shame in walk breaks!

  290. Alicia permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:09 pm

    Havin been a beginner this summer, I’d say take it slow and don’t give up. Celebrate your small succeses

  291. Sarah permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:11 pm

    My biggest piece of advice is to run part of the course if not all before the big day- then there are a whole lot less surprises!

  292. Sheryl permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:13 pm

    Don’t wait until you are “good enough” to enter a race. Not only are they fun, but it keeps you motivated.

  293. Jennifer permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:14 pm

    The weather looks much worse when you are looking out the window than when you are out running in it. Just go!

  294. Marnie Taylor permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:14 pm

    Celebrate the milestones no matter how small, we often get caught up in what we can’t do rather than embrace what we can!

  295. December 17, 2010 5:15 pm

    My advice would be to have fun!! Don’t think of running as a chore, but a fun way to take care of yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  296. December 17, 2010 5:17 pm

    If you CAN run with music (i.e. it’s relatively safe for you to do so), I suggest putting together great playlists with great beats. Music really does make a difference in your running. And if you’re even more daring but like surprises, download different playlists from reputable sites online. That way, you don’t know what song is coming next! It can be just what you need to keep you going, it can be a new song you can’t wait to hear again, or it can be a song you know you’ll never want to run to again. No matter what, you’ve learned something about what you do or don’t like and hopefully had fun while doing it! (But in my experience, I’ve rarely been letdown by a playlist I’ve found online–maybe a few songs that weren’t so great but generally, if you download a “genre” you sort of know what you’ll get (e.g. hip hop, country, pop, techno, etc.).

  297. Debb permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:18 pm

    My advice for somebody lacing up their shoes for the first time is to just keep at it. The first few weeks are the hardest part. It might never feel EASY but it does get more enjoyable and the benefits are SO worth it. (and I LOVE skirtsports!)

  298. December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

    The words of wisdom I’d pass on that were given to me – just go out and do it. Run (or run/walk in my case) for yourself and don’t worry about what others will say or think – they’re really not looking at you or thinking about you and your ability level (unless you’re in a cute running skirt!).

  299. Lindsey permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

    For beginners I think it’s most fun to say, “Join me for a run – let’s do it!” And slow and steady truly does work when starting out. It takes time to feel good about running for breathing, being seen on the road (feeling self-conscious) and the aches and pains of working out differently, but it’s a great feeling when it all clicks, “YOU CAN DO IT!”

  300. Trisha permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

    Find a friend! Just getting out for a run can be hard work, and having someone to run with can makes those tough days a whole lot easier. Join a local running group, ask around at work, talk to your girlfriends – I’m guessing there’s already someone you know who would love to show you the ropes (as well as some new running routes)

    Running partners are great listeners, cheerleaders and will hold you accountable on those early morning runs.

    I love my running girls … hey, how about you come out running with us ….

  301. Jackie permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

    Use a couch to 5k plan or Jeff Galloway run/walk plan. And run slow, build on distance and work on speed later.

  302. Jennifer V permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:20 pm

    My best advice would be to start slow and keep going! And don’t let anyone tell you run/walk/run is not “real” running. You are a runner if you think you’re a runner!

  303. December 17, 2010 5:23 pm

    My advice – stick with it! Start slowly with short intervals, but know that if you are consistent and keep doing it, it gets easier and the intervals you can manage get longer – I’m proof!!!

  304. Kristen permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:23 pm

    My advise for a new runner is 2 part. First off, after having 4 kids, go to the bathroom before you go out. Even if you think you are empty try anyways. The other part is anything is a success. I feel proud of myself if I even get out for 20 minutes. Some days you are sluggish and it feels like you have concrete shoes on. Or the family and life are against you and you can only get away for 20 minutes. I am happy if I just get out. If I stay positive then I ususally feel better then when I started. If I can pull this accomplishment through a few days then I have a good week going and then imagine where you can go!

  305. Jeanette permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:23 pm

    i think the hardest part is overcoming the mental obstacles. so i would tell beginners to just keep moving and don’t listen to that voice that might be telling you to stop. slow down, catch your breath, then get back after it.

  306. Steph permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:24 pm

    There is something inspiring about working toward a new goal with other people. Find a friend or two and make a plan to achieve that goal. You may be surprised, you might be the one motivating others!

  307. Alaina permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:25 pm

    Start slow! I just started this year by running 30 seconds walking a minute and kept building from there! Couch to 5k really helped a newbie like me!

  308. December 17, 2010 5:26 pm

    When I returned to running after an arthritis diagnosis, two pregnancies, one medically complicated birth and one C-section, I used the Couch to 5K running program and successfully became a runner from square one all over again. Whether you use the formal program or not, my best advice is to do something like it: alternate walking and running–say, run 4 minutes, walk 2 minutes–and gradually increase the running minutes (and eventually eliminate the walking minutes). No matter how slowly and gradually you do this, eventually you WILL be a bona fide runner.

  309. December 17, 2010 5:27 pm

    Don’t listen to someone who tells you that you can’t do it. Be it father, mother, evil neighbor or crazy coworker. You never know til you try and you’ll always surprise yourself.

  310. cshort4 permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:28 pm

    I say just keep going! I have no idea when my simple exercise plan turned into an obsession!

  311. Sherry permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:31 pm

    The hardest parts of running are getting out of the door and taking the time for yourself to do it. It’s worth it and you’re worth it too. It doesn’t matter how fast you run — jogging is better than sitting on the couch with your computer. Just do it! RLAM!

  312. Melissa Davis permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:31 pm

    Enjoy yourself and set attainable goals. Start out slow and it’s always okay to walk if you need too.

  313. December 17, 2010 5:31 pm

    Go slow and be patient! It may be very difficult at first, but if you stick with it and are consistent, it WILL get easier.

  314. Becky Enright permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:32 pm

    The hardest part is the first 20 minutes of every run, including the lacing up and finding the motivation to go. Just keep going.

  315. Valerie Sabbag permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:33 pm

    You’ve already begun! Tying your shoes IS the first step. Next, fling the door open wide. Look at all that awaits you. You are on your way! Every step that follows is a bonus.

  316. Jody permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:33 pm

    Don’t be afraid to start. Start slow…walk for 30 seconds, then run for 30 seconds. Adding time each workout to your run portion. You’ll be entering a 5k before you know it!

  317. Julia Mesnikoff permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:35 pm

    Finding a running buddy who shares your pace, your attitude, and (critically) your available times was key for me. I have a running buddy who’s not married and doesn’t have kids, so basically he works around my schedule (and my husband’s and my kid’s schedules) a ton. Not easy to find, but someone whose timing works with yours is hugely helpful. For me, I won’t run alone!

  318. December 17, 2010 5:35 pm

    Schedule runs without checking the weather and stick with your plans unless things are totally untenable (blizzard, thunderstorm, 100 degrees with 90% humidity). Of course, don’t kick yourself if you bail or if your alarm doesn’t go off, etc, etc., etc. (It is all about balance.)

    Oh, and if you are an early morning runner, lay out all your clothes and any accessories (e.g., water bottles, gloves) the night before–then you can get up and go without turning on bright lights or fumbling in the dark. I put my pile of running clothes on the floor outside of the bathroom.

  319. December 17, 2010 5:38 pm

    Just because you are a beginner doesn’t mean you aren’t a runner. If you put on your shoes and tried then you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how far or how fast you went, its that you got up and ran :).

    I love reading all the advice.

  320. Carla O. permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:42 pm

    Believe that you can do it and you will be able to do it. But take your time – don’t rush yourself into something that will end up hurting you.

  321. Tami Pike permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:42 pm

    Slow and steady wins the race! Go in slowly, walk – run – walk – run, to avoid injury so you can keep on running and build up your endurance, speed, strength, and confidence.

  322. Megan permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:45 pm

    To borrow one from Dory (Finding Nemo) and my husband: Just keep shuffling!

  323. December 17, 2010 5:45 pm

    For first timers. Don’t get too down on yourself if your first jaunt off the treadmill isn’t what you had hoped. I was sooo mad at myself the first time I tried to run on the road and couldn’t even do half what I was doing on the treadmill. I know now that I wasn’t pacing properly and propelling yourself without the aid of the motor on the treadmill is a challenge at first. But, running the road is the only way for me to rack up mileage without loosing it with boredome. So, keep trying It is so worth it.

  324. Danielle permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:47 pm

    Just get up and go. Start slow. It’s about YOU. No matter how fast or slow you go, you’ll reach your goal. Just GO!

  325. Amy permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:49 pm

    Find a running partner for at least one run a week, you find yourself looking forward to that run more than any other, no matter how fast or slow it just feels good to get out there with another mom and rip it up!

  326. Tara permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:52 pm

    First of all, start slow. The faster you start, the harder it will be, and the less you’ll like it. Give yourself credit wherever and whenever you can– it’s tough stuff, so just getting out the door is a victory. Set reasonable expectations for yourself in terms of frequency of runs and mileage. Find other runners in some form, because nobody else will understand like they do. Have fun!

  327. Carla permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:56 pm

    I always say “let’s run like the Olympic committee is watching!”, meaning stand tall, keep good form, smile, and look like a champ! Doesn’t matter how fast or slow if you’re working like a champ, you are one!

  328. Beth permalink
    December 17, 2010 5:57 pm

    When I first started running I used the Couch to 5K and the pride and sense of accomplishment I felt crossing the finish line of the 5K was amazing…keep that goal of crossing the finish line in your mind during your training and it will help motivate you! Never underestimate the strength you have!

  329. Jolene Cannady permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:01 pm

    Most people will say start out running with a friend or group. I say start out running on your own with support and good wisdom around you. Running is a mental game and you have to learn to fight it yourself within your own head. If you can beat that inner voice on your own you will be a runner forever and run many miles. Once you are able to fight your own voice your running journey will be strong.

  330. Andrea Speicher permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:04 pm

    On really cold days, I warm up inside on my treadmill before heading outside…30-45 minutes on the treadmill in my tights and sports bra, then throw on a long sleeved shirt, vest, ear warmers, gloves, and head out. Also a nice way to break up long runs 😉

  331. Amy H. permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:04 pm

    Believe in yourself!

  332. Alison Price permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:07 pm

    Remember that running is a priviledge…..many, many people are unable to run because of disabilities, other health issues, time issues, etc. “I GET TO RUN” That gets me out of the house on days where I would rather stay in my jammies and relax. The same thought gets me up a steep hill.

  333. Gayle G. permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:07 pm

    As so many others have said, start slowly. Walking with a little running thrown in is a great way to start. Gradually increase your running and decrease your walking. Before you know it, you’ll be running the whole time!

  334. Donna permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:08 pm

    Well, I’m a beginning runner so I don’t really have any advice for other beginners other than to find a time or a location that really works for you. A time that’s just for you…away from the family/kids….or a location that “speaks” to you.

  335. Jasmine permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:10 pm

    Always keep your goals in front of you and run toward them!

  336. December 17, 2010 6:19 pm

    write down what you think and feel before and after so you have it look back on when you are still running 1 month, 3 months, 12 months down the line.

  337. Melissa permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:21 pm

    Just get out there and go. Don’t worry about how fast or slow you or how far you can go. Just run as much as you can and walk when you need to. Before you know it you will be running the whole time and addicted to the way you feel after a run! The hardest part is just getting out there.

  338. sarah permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:22 pm

    Advice to a new runner:
    (1) Smile. Seriously. You run to feel good, and you smile when you feel good, so smile while you’re running and see how good you feel. Plus, everyone you see will assume you are smiling at them and smile back!
    (2) Encourage other runners/walkers. Especially when you are first starting and have to take frequent walk breaks and get passed by other runners, turning that potential discouragement with yourself into encouragement for others keeps you inspired. Plus, there is nothing better when passing – or getting passed – than hearing from another runner “Nice job on the hill!”
    (3) Always end on an easy note. Walk for 5 minutes, or however long it takes to catch your breath, so that your last memory of your workout is feeling good! You have to balance out any out-of-breath, heart-pounding, shin-splint-aching memories with good ones so that you have a positive overall feeling towards the run. And smile while you’re doing it 🙂

  339. Ruthie permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:24 pm

    Enjoy the peace of the run. It may be the only time you get to listen to yourself breath all day.

  340. Gloria permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:25 pm

    Find your happy pace! But my biggest learn to do with running….spit correctly and perfecting the snot rocket!

  341. cindy f permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:31 pm

    One step at a time. The hardest part is getting out the door. Just get there.

  342. Steph permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:37 pm

    When you think you can’t do it, YOU CAN! It’s more mental then anything. I never thought I’d be able to run a mile. Remember that fitness testing in school? Run a mile? Are you kidding me? Now I’ve done plenty of road races…look at me now!!! Never say never!

  343. Katie permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:39 pm

    My best advice is to find a running partner or a running group so that you have someone(s) to be accountable for–that and I promise it does get easier (sort of) and is completely addictive!

  344. Cindy from the north permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:41 pm

    Be patient & persistent – it does get better, and don’t be too hard on yourself.

  345. December 17, 2010 6:42 pm

    Run a pace and distance that’s comfortable for you. It doesn’t matter how fast or far you go. It only matters that you’re out there.

  346. Kelly permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:52 pm

    in the words of Dori, from Finding Nemo: just keep running, just keep running! And SLOW DOWN! The hardest thing for me to learn was that you have to run slower in order to run longer. No matter how far and how long you run, the 1st and last miles are always the hardest. Find yourself a good running partner and the miles will fly by!

  347. kellsey permalink
    December 17, 2010 6:54 pm

    Do it for yourself first. You deserve the time, your body deserves and craves the excercise, you family deserves the happier you!

  348. Billie permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:05 pm

    My best advice…. Set a goal by signing up for a race and paying for it in advance. That makes me so motivated.

  349. Trisha permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:06 pm

    Keep at it. The bad runs are the ones that really help you appreciate the good ones.

  350. Stephanie permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:08 pm

    Sign up for a race. It is a goal to work towards and motivate, and something fun to celebrate how far you have come. Also, it will be a continual reminder that you MUST keep on going, even if running seems hard, or you don’t enjoy it right now, or you just want to quit. You don’t want to pay all that money for race fees only to quit and not go through with it 😀

  351. marcy permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:08 pm

    Find a buddy – having someone to keep you accountable makes it lots harder to back out when you don’t feel like doing it. ie: Alarm clock goes off at 430 for a 5am long run Sun morning (so you can be back in time to get everyone ready for church, then fall asleep during the sermon…) “I don’t wanna get up… I’m nice and toasty… I don’t wanna…” But – Val’s already up and dressed, had coffee, I’ll feel like a turd if I call her… So – go for the run, feel great, be glad you didn’t bag it 🙂
    That said, 2nd piece of advice – listen to your body!!! I can’t say that enough. In my younger days I would keep on running thru pain, the kind when I should’ve stopped. Now I have to pay the piper dealing with all of those injuries years later due to the lasting effects they had. If it’s a little hurt, keep on moving, you have to push through those. If it’s a big hurt, rest. If not getting better, be evaluated medically by someone that knows runners.
    Lastly – HAVE FUN!! That’s really what it’s all about 🙂

  352. joan permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:09 pm

    love skirt sports! ran the marathon portion of my ironman in one and did most of the training as well… definitely stayed put!!

    advice??!! don’t put too much pressure on yourself to ‘RUN’ the whole time as you get started. walking is okay! you will surprise yourself when your running intervals get longer and your walking intervals get shorter. and, when you ‘RUN’ your first mile, and then ‘RUN’ a whole 3-miler… they’re all great achievements. eventually, all those distances that seemed impossible will get easier and easier. enjoy!!

  353. Angela Newhouae permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:10 pm

    My advice or wisdom to newbies is dont give up. Soon you will get to the point where you crave that run. And you always feel better when you’re done than ypu did before you started.

  354. December 17, 2010 7:12 pm

    Just run, nothing else matters.

  355. Alison permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:13 pm

    Just do it! I can’t say enough about the Couch to 5K program. Download the podcast, grab a buddy, and get out there and follow along. It’s a great way to gain confidence and stamina.

  356. Amy Cifelli permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:20 pm

    No matter how tired you feel or how much you do not want to get up in the early morning darkness .. you never (or almost never) regret having gotten out there and done your run. Nothing beats the way you feel post-run. Nothing. So .. as the saying goes .. just do it.

  357. December 17, 2010 7:21 pm

    Believe in yourself and belive that you can do it. I was never a runner until I was an adult, never thought I could run more than 1 mile, and I have since finished 4 half marathons. It is possible!!!!

  358. Jessica R permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:23 pm

    Just keep moving! You will be amazed at what your body can do in a short while! We all had to start somewhere… Listen to your body and remember the great things you are doing to keep it healthy.

  359. December 17, 2010 7:26 pm

    Set achievable goals and do whatever it takes to meet them. Run at early hours before the kids are up or after dinner when they’re ready for bed; bribe yourself into running when you don’t have the drive (Starbucks, Bath and Body Works shower gels or new gear always work for me); register for a race to keep the momentum going.

  360. Jill permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:26 pm

    Don’t bother lacing up your shoes….kick off your shoes and run barefoot! It’s a great way to run…the only way that I can run.

  361. Amy Adlich permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:27 pm

    My best adivice is to not compare yourself to anyone else! Everyone had to start at some time so don’t think I’m not as fast as so and so and ENJOY it!!! Don’t worry about your pace/distance just enjoy the feeling running gives you.

  362. Debbie Leslie permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:27 pm

    Hmmm…. my running words of wisdom. So many of the barriers in our lives are self-imposed. Running helps me to break down those barriers.

  363. December 17, 2010 7:30 pm

    When you’re just getting started running, there may be a lot of tough days, but it gets easier. Don’t give up!

  364. Miriam P. permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:33 pm

    The best decision I ever made was to joing a beginner 5k training program. It took us from pretty much nothing to a 5k and the friends I made are still my running buddies. 6 months and 40 lbs lost later, I’m now training for my first half!

  365. Linda Strange permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:46 pm

    It gets easier after a few weeks, and easier still after a few months. But if it were *easy*, everybody would be doing it. So don’t forget to drink lots of water and stretch… 🙂

  366. WendyLD permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:53 pm

    I don’t have much in the way of words of wisdom, since I’m a new runner myself, but I would encourage someone to stick with it because I am amazed at how far I’ve come in such a short time.

  367. Trish R permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:54 pm

    My advice: You have to start somewhere, so set a simple goal ( couch to 5k worked for me) and tell people – lots of people – about it to keep yourself accountable, then work up to something more . Don’t compare ourself to others but find others who will encourage or inspire you. Things worth having like good health and a good attitude are worth working for so be patient and stick with it. Progress takes place over time. Most of all just enjoy the time you take for yourself!

  368. December 17, 2010 7:55 pm

    You are never too old, slow, big, ____ fill in the blank, to start running (or start up again). The body is incredible, adaptable, always renewing. Don’t let your mind or negative thoughts make you give up before your body even tries.

  369. Tracy permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:56 pm

    Set small goals and celebrate them. In the past when I have encouraged people to run a 5K – a typical response is that they can’t even run a mile. So set your goal to run that mile first and build on that. The only person you ever have to be in competition with is yourself so don’t compare yourself to anyone else! Happy running!:)

  370. Caren permalink
    December 17, 2010 7:59 pm

    I’ve learned you need to go at your own pace. Don’t go out there and kill yourself to make someone else happy. Do it for yourself!

  371. Maureen permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:02 pm

    No matter how short your distance or slow your pace, you are going further and faster than everyone at home on the couch.

  372. kellie permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:07 pm

    i am a newbie and loved the piece of advice from my friend-a marathon runner-start with managable goals-if running in the neighborhood, run 3 driveways, walk 3, run 3, walk 3…etc, wear good shoes and socks. mind over matter and always, always, drink plenty of water!!

  373. Jen permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:08 pm

    If you run most mornings, you will find that most mornings it is not raining too hard to run… even in Portland 😉

  374. noelle stewart permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:17 pm

    Once you start you can’t stop! Running is addicting!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Just ran my first marathon and it won’t be my last!

  375. Rachel permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:23 pm

    My best words of wisdom are to set little goals, and reward yourself when you reach them! This helped me lose weight, and also to get started running again after three kids.

  376. December 17, 2010 8:27 pm

    My words of advice… just do it! Start slow and enjoy the process. I started running this past year and added mileage too quickly only to end up with a major injury (femoral neck stress fracture) which sidelined me for almost 12 months! Now I’m (cautiously) back at it and learning to go slow, listen to my body and enjoy the process. Also, if you can, I highly recommend learning correct running form from the beginning (check out Chi Running) so you can go long and strong with no injuries.

  377. December 17, 2010 8:31 pm

    Run – fast or slow
    Run and/or walk
    Have fun!
    Get out there and breath the fresh air – enjoy the beauty around you – run because you CAN.
    Maybe you think you want to run because you need to lose weight or because you want to get healthy. I recommend you run – because you can and Enjoy the fact that you can run – whether you can run for 1 block or 1 mile or 26.2 miles. We can all run!

  378. Sandy permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:33 pm

    Hydrate! Even on days that you’re not running, make sure you get plenty of water. Having a water belt has been a lifesaver for me and was the first purchase I made after buying new socks and shoes!

  379. December 17, 2010 8:33 pm

    One foot in the front of the other…progressively faster and you’re on your way!

  380. Elaine permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:37 pm

    Invest in good shoes and good music. Have fun!

  381. Judy permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:38 pm

    Never never never give up.

  382. Jennifer Schantz permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:40 pm

    Consider yourself a badass from Day 1 on! Running is courageous – no matter who you are or where you start.

  383. Erica permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:51 pm

    The body will do what the mind tells it to do – never give up!

  384. Anne permalink
    December 17, 2010 8:54 pm

    Get yourself a good pair of running shoes! And don’t try to run too fast/far too soon – gradually increase pace and distance – you want to stay injury free!

  385. Christine permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:19 pm

    Way to go!!! Just lacing up those shoes and getting out the door is a HUGE step that all runners have to contend with. By putting one foot in front of the other, we welcome you into the running sisterhood where the support is endless and the passion for being happy, healthy and renewed is contagious. Running is addictive and keeps you on the path of sanity when everything seems overwhelming. So nice to have control over something, even if it is only how miles we covered on a run! Enjoy this new endeavor, and know that you are a part of an elite group! You are a woman who runs!!! Congratulations!!! 🙂

  386. Teresa permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:21 pm

    My words of advice are to remind my friend of how fun it is to run with abandon like we are children, but that might take some time to reach, but it is worth the effort.

  387. Gina permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:24 pm

    Lacing up for the first time? Sign up for a 5k and follow a training plan – couch to 5k. Just do it. Don’t give up. When you think you can’t – do it anyway, you’ll be glad you did (unless you’re injured, of course) – that first time you cross a finish line is the best feeling ever!

  388. Julie permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:30 pm

    Just get out the door and go. there’s always a million things as a woman and mother that can get in the way of a run, but when you get home, you’ll be so happy you went out there. And there will always be good days/or good runs and bad days and bad runs. Every day is a new chance to just keep going!

  389. Linda permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:30 pm

    Cross-train. It will make your body stronger. I run every other day, and cross-train on my non-running days. For cross-training, I do a variety of activities (depending on the season), such as kick-boxing, lifting weights, biking, skiing, and hiking.

  390. December 17, 2010 9:45 pm

    Keep at it! I couldn’t run 30 seconds when I started, but each day it got easier and now I’m a pro (ok, that’s complete bullshit, but I have come a LONG way). It’s a great way to lose weight, clear your mind, and meet some great people.

  391. Meredith permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:47 pm

    Good shoes are a must! Also, don’t start to fast….slow and steady wins the race– 🙂 oh, and HAVE FUN!!

  392. Lisa in Omaha permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:11 pm

    I used this plan and it worked for me – now I am running miles and loving it.
    http://running.about.com/od/getstartedwithrunning/ht/getstarted.htm

    I have no affiliation with this site, just wanted to pass it on as being helpful. I have only been running since August and still take walk breaks when needed.

    Just keep running and have fun.

  393. Jill permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:20 pm

    My best advice is to find a great group of girls or just one girl if that’s all you have and just go. Make a standing Saturday morning date with a treat afterwards. Starbucks and Kohls were great motivators for us. 3 of the 4 who started the group have now complete a 1/2 marathon in less than a year from starting. I am so proud of them.

  394. Christina permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:46 pm

    If it were easy, everyone would do it. Srsly. And yes, its crazy, but crazy awesome! HAVE FUN!

  395. Michelle J permalink
    December 17, 2010 10:57 pm

    You don’t have to go fast, just go.

  396. Kathryn permalink
    December 17, 2010 11:16 pm

    My words of advice to new runners: You are not running for anyone but yourself. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are; what is important is that you are out here, trying a sport that is HARD. It is okay to take walking breaks (and it is okay if you walk more than you run). Over time, running will feel easier, and you will become faster, stronger, and more confident. Stick with it! You can do it!

  397. December 17, 2010 11:27 pm

    There is no shame in walking! In fact, in the beginning it makes it much easier and it makes you more confident – at least it did for me. As long as you’ve gotten out the door it’s all good. 🙂

  398. Tammy Crittenden permalink
    December 18, 2010 12:21 am

    Just put one foot in front of the other…start with whatever level you are at and build up from there…whether you are starting at 30 seconds, 30 minutes, or 30 miles…just put one foot in front of the other.

  399. Pip permalink
    December 18, 2010 12:27 am

    Do it! Just lace up and get going. Enjoy where it leads you 🙂

  400. Hannah permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:07 am

    You can be a runner. It just takes time, and a lot of it. Don’t expect too much of yourself too soon. Let yourself walk.

  401. Stacey permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:10 am

    Running is great therapy! Use your time out there as me time to listen to great music, think about interesting things, and just enjoy doing something great for yourself. You’re worth it!

  402. Janelle Williams permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:18 am

    Just do it! Is my current phrase. Layers are a runners best friend and take advantage when you can run a new trail!

  403. Michele permalink
    December 18, 2010 4:30 am

    Enjoy all the small successes along the way… the great feeling of finishing your first mile & remember to give yourself a pat on the back. You are taking the plunge which takes courage… not everyone even gets that far!

  404. Christine Lowery permalink
    December 18, 2010 6:10 am

    Use Yaktrax in the winter when running on snowy surfaces. It makes winter running safer and fun! You can’t feel that you are wearing them, and they really do make a huge difference.

  405. KathyinMN permalink
    December 18, 2010 6:31 am

    Run, even when you don’t feel like running. You will never finish a run and not be glad you went out there. And by practicing running when its not ideal, it will teach you something about getting through the tough times, in a race, and in life.

  406. Anna permalink
    December 18, 2010 6:48 am

    Do what you can. Walk first, then faster, then slow jog, etc. It just takes time to build endurance!

  407. Janice S permalink
    December 18, 2010 7:38 am

    I *love* running skirts!! This is a great giveaway!!

    My advice, as a still-newbie, is to begin a walk/jog program. I was amazed at how well that actually worked! I used the couch to 5k program to get me started and it really did work.

  408. Koby permalink
    December 18, 2010 7:59 am

    Don’t Think About It TOO Much!
    Get Out there and Do It!
    You’ll Feel So Much Better After!
    Change Perspective (if needed) – Running is Somethine We GET to Do for US!!!

    Enjoy the ‘Journey’
    Tune into Yourself/Your Body – Listen
    Take it Slow…
    Set Goals! Continue to Set Goals as You Achieve Them!

    Keep Moving Forward!!!
    Have FUN!!!

  409. Dawn Ball permalink
    December 18, 2010 8:16 am

    My only advice would be to take it slow, and not get discouraged if you have to walk for a period of time during your outings.

  410. Gail permalink
    December 18, 2010 8:25 am

    Don’t be intimidated by the “real runners” – those who have been running/better/longer than you. I was at first, but once I started to tap into their experience and expertise, I found most to be really welcoming and encouraging, and it really helped me out! (Exhibit A, the RLAMers!!!)

  411. Benedicte Kehr permalink
    December 18, 2010 8:32 am

    My advice would be to not beat yourself up too much if you think you look goofy. Just the fact that you are out there and giving it shot is a reward in itself!
    give yourself a distance as a goal and try to get there, but it’s okay to alternate walking and running as long as you give it your best shot. You’ll be amazed at how much your body can actually handle without knowing it.

  412. Selene permalink
    December 18, 2010 9:08 am

    Don’t underestimate yourself- you can do it! Set small goals for yourself that you can achieve in a month, 2 months and 3 months. That way the new runner will feel a real sense of accomplishment and want to keep running.

  413. Brandy permalink
    December 18, 2010 9:18 am

    Start SLOW and steady and be PATIENT! Running long distance doesn’t start the first day…you must have endurance to build endurance!

  414. Becky permalink
    December 18, 2010 9:48 am

    My advice is to be consistent about getting out there, and to avoid over-thinking it. The easiest way for me has been to become a morning runner – if I get up, get dressed, and go, I’m done (or at least out the door) before I have time to make many excuses or decide it’s not worth showering again!

  415. December 18, 2010 10:28 am

    Listen to your body. It will tell you when to push harder and when to back off–and then you will learn when to ignore your body when you feel like it! I agree with the other people that said “just keep putting one foot in front of the other”.

  416. staci permalink
    December 18, 2010 1:16 pm

    Take it slow and don’t do too much too fast.

  417. Lyndsay S. permalink
    December 18, 2010 1:24 pm

    Always remember to smile and have fun! And, if you try running and really hate it, it’s okay to stop. There’s so many other ways to be active that I believe people need to find the sport that fits them, and not try to fit into a sport.

  418. sel permalink
    December 18, 2010 1:32 pm

    No matter how slow you run, you are still moving faster than a couch potato! Also, running in snow or rain is much more pleasant with a billed hat to keep it out of your eyes.

  419. December 18, 2010 1:54 pm

    don’t be afraid to slow down and walk- walking still counts as mileage!

  420. Elsie permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:30 pm

    As a beginner myself my advice would be to start small. I started running 5 minutes then added a minute every time I went out until I could do a mile. Then I added another 1/4 mile.

  421. Amber permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:47 pm

    Often when I THINK I can’t run any more I take inventory of a few things; my breathing, my posture, and my music 🙂 I take a deep breath through my nose and exhale through my mouth a few times, once I am comfortable with that I make sure and adjust my posture, to make sure I am not hunching into my run. Also, am I listening to a song that energizes me!! If not I scan ahead to one that gets me pumped. (often something that I start my run with 🙂 If I may suggest Monsters MatchBook Romance) Sometimes, just slight adjustments make the distance….errr…difference. 🙂

  422. Jessica Carter permalink
    December 18, 2010 4:25 pm

    Take it slow and enjoy the journey. If you’re not enjoying it try changing something. Running should be something you love forever!

  423. Cassandra Hook permalink
    December 18, 2010 7:21 pm

    just do it.

  424. December 18, 2010 7:27 pm

    continuous forward motion

  425. Sarah K. permalink
    December 18, 2010 7:46 pm

    Great advice so far! One thing I always remind myself is to BREATHE! I can get wound up in the beginning of a run and I need to focus my breath with the rhythm of my feet. It worked to calm me today on an awesome snowy trail run!

  426. Tiffany permalink
    December 18, 2010 8:53 pm

    Be proud of even the smallest accomplishment (which is sometimes just getting dressed and getting out the door).

  427. Cindy Neorr permalink
    December 18, 2010 9:06 pm

    You can do it! You are a strong and powerful woman! Start small and don’t get discouraged. Running (or walking if you need to) should be joyful and make you feel good. Find something that motivates you and “run” with it! It can be a different motivation each run. It can be something as simple as the music you have on your ipod makes you feel alive; or maybe as serious as preventing a chronic disease that runs in your family. For me on most days it’s getting some time just to myself without the distraction of my little guys. Or for the “high” I experience after a really good run. Perhaps you want to run to feel the breeze in your cute new running skirt! 🙂

  428. Dee Dee permalink
    December 18, 2010 10:38 pm

    You can do it! Couch to 5k is a great program to get anyone started. You will be so glad you did! And call me to go with you anytime- I’d love to keep you company on the road!

  429. December 18, 2010 11:36 pm

    go to your local running store that specializes in shoes to get the proper ones with the right fit. If they hurt take them back. Its their job to find you the perfect shoe for your foot! Then go for it easy. start with walk run or a short timed run between warm up walking and cool down walking. Increase your run speed a little each week. Pat yourself on the back for every minute your on the pavement (or trail… or dreadmill) because you did it and you’re stronger and healthier for it.

  430. December 19, 2010 9:36 am

    Get fitted for running shoes at a local running shop, and start slow to avoid injury~

  431. dee permalink
    December 19, 2010 10:06 am

    smile, it makes the miles fly by!

  432. Kim permalink
    December 19, 2010 4:42 pm

    You never regret going for a run.

  433. marissa permalink
    December 20, 2010 12:32 am

    I don’t really have any advice. I am a new runner; just started in August. I guess my only advice is to just get out there and try it. Don’t expect to run a mile your first time out. Do what you can do and what your body can handle. Don’t be afraid to start!

  434. Julie Weidner permalink
    December 20, 2010 11:10 am

    My advice to a new runner is just to get out there and do it! Rest when your body tells you to so that the next run is perfect! I’ve been able to increase my long runs by making sure I rest when I need to!

  435. December 27, 2010 3:56 pm

    This is the advice I need to hear: Just do it. Stop with the excuses and get out there. Wish me luck!

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