Are you thinking about starting a walking or running program? Congratulations - that is the first step to a successful program. Below are a few tips to help you along the way. Whether you are walking or running these tips apply to all. At Charm City Run our mission is to “Inspire and move the human spirit, one sole at a time”. We are serious about our mission and want to help you to your goal. Please use us as a resource in your journey, ask questions, ask for help, and ask for support. Friends, family, and smiling faces at Charm City Run are all cheering for you.
Just do it. Don’t wait until tomorrow or next week, or next month. Do it today. Run to the mailbox to get your mail, run to the end of the block, or walk with your dog. Start today and never look back.
Don’t start out too fast. This is a common mistake that new runners make. You start out too fast, then feel exhausted, out of breath, and defeated. We don’t want that, so start slow. No, I mean really slow. Slower than you think you need to. Walk when you need to and just put one foot in front of the other to cover a little more distance or time then you did before. If, after a while, you feel like you can pick up the pace, then great, go for it. But, for now, pace yourself, you are in it for the long haul.
Get fitted for some good running shoes. Come to Charm City Run and get fit for shoes. A good pair of running shoes will cost about $120 but they are so worth it. Take the time to get the right pair. It will save you time, blisters, and injuries in the long run. Charm City Run can help you find the right pair.
Try not to get frustrated. Even the most seasoned runners have a bad run. If one day you have a terrible run, don’t give up, it happens to the best of us. The next one will be better, we promise.
If you are running on the road, run against traffic, that way you see the cars and can get out of the way if they don’t see you.
Don’t compare yourself to others. So what if tiny shorts lady can run an 8 minute pace. You run at your pace and that’s that. Do not compare yourself to others. Running is individual. Run for yourself, not for anyone else.
Listen to your body! Don’t push yourself….stop if you need to stop, slow down if you need to slow down, and eventually it will all come together and you too will feel that “Runner’s High”.
Find what motivates you– whether it is getting faster or losing weight or going to new distances, set a goal and work towards it in small increments.
Join a supportive group - a training program will provide you with companionship, accountability and access to expert coach. In addition to group runs twice a week, you'll learn a lot about running - from hydration to injury prevention. The combination of social support, smart training and running education will keep you running happy and healthy!