You ARE a Runner: 5 Tips for Getting Started

You are a runner! You have been running for years now and you are ready to learn more about getting started with your new hobby. If you want to run faster, or just enjoy the feeling of moving through the air, then this guide will help you. Here’s what you need to do:

1) Find a local Running Club near you.

They might not all be the same, but they’re probably going to have something similar.

2) Pick one of their meetings and attend it.

This will give you a good idea of what’s going on in the club. Some clubs meet once a week while others meet every other day.

Don’t worry if there isn’t anything scheduled yet; sometimes they’ll hold events like these before deciding which ones to go ahead with later on (and sometimes they don’t even do that).

3) After the meeting, ask them what kind of stuff they usually do.

Most likely they’ll tell you that they have a weekly “Meet and Greet” where everyone meets up and greets each other. That’s great, but it doesn’t really teach you much since most runners aren’t very social anyway.

So why not take advantage of the fact that you already know some basic running lingo?

If they offer to take you on a short run, then go for it. If not, see if they have a “Beginner’s Clinic” that you can join.

4) Either way, you’re going to be learning more about running, and probably making friends along the way as well!

5) Keep doing this until you feel like you’ve got enough knowledge to make your own decisions.

That’s it. It may not be very long or complex, but there you have it: You ARE a running!

As you go on with the rest of your running career, these tips will help you out a lot. After all, running is a very broad sport with so many different ways to go about it. This guide doesn’t cover them all, but it should at least get you started. Good luck!

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Happy running!

Running can be a complex sport. There are many different types of running, and each one requires a different type of training.

Fortunately for you, this guide is going to give you the basics of getting started in running. You’ll learn about the different types of running and how each one can benefit you in different ways. We’ve also included some tips on training so that you can get the most out of your new hobby!

So what are you waiting for?

Get your running shoes and gear, and let’s get started!

There are five main types of running: sprinting, middle distance, long distance, trail running, and mountain climbing. Some types of running can overlap, but they each have some unique aspects as well.

So which one should you pick?

Well, if you like one then you might as well continue on with it. If you don’t like one then you probably won’t like any of them. Your best bet is to try out a few and see which ones fit you the best.

If you want to try one out, then just look online or in person for something nearby. There’s bound to be at least one group of people who call themselves runners near where you live.

If not, then start one yourself! Get a few friends together and make your own club. The more people you have, the more fun it is after all.

Before you go on your first run, we suggest that you go to the store and get yourself some running gear. Most running groups require that you dress in appropriate clothing, so that your skin doesn’t get torn to shreds by the pavement.

If you’re going to be trail running, then we also suggest a few other things: bug spray, water bottle, and maybe even a hiking stick if you’re going to be going on some long runs.

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Good luck out there, runner! This is the first step of a very fun journey.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

So you’ve decided to take up running, eh?

Good for you! It really is a great sport and even a greater way of life. It can also be very rewarding. You’re constantly out there pushing yourself to the limit and you also get to reap the benefits of that hard work.

But before we get into all that, we should go over the basics of running itself. We’ll start from the very beginning and work our way up to running and back.

Nowadays, there are a lot of different types of running. There’s sprinting, middle distance, long distance, trail running, and mountain climbing.

Each one has their own benefits and each one will require different training.

Do you want to run fast and far?

Maybe you’d like to try climbing a mountain. Perhaps you like to feel the sand beneath your feet and run along the beach. It’s completely up to you! There are no wrong types of running, so choose what sounds fun and go from there.

If you’re just getting started out, then we suggest trying out a few different types of running before settling on just one. See which types of runs you enjoy doing the most.

Maybe you like sprinting but really like trail running as well. If that’s the case, then you might want to consider getting into mountain climbing.

When it comes to running, everyone is a beginner. Even the world’s best runners had to start off some time.

You may not be as fast or as strong as the top tier athletes now, but with enough practice and dedication you can get there. You’re already on your way just by picking up this book and reading this introduction; you’ve taken your first step towards a longer and healthier life.

Before we dive into this guide, let’s go over a little bit about the body and mind and the role each one plays in the art of running. We’ll start with the body since that’s the most important.

The Body

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When most people think of running, they think of their legs. This is very false.

While your legs do play a significant role in running, they aren’t the most vital. The biggest muscles in your body are actually in your heart. This little muscle pumps oxygen rich blood to your lungs, which then gets pumped all the way to your legs. It has to work extra hard when you run so that’s why it’s very important that you take care of it.

Your legs are very important too of course. The stronger they are, the farther and faster you’ll be able to run.

People often just train their legs and while they are indeed very important there is a better way to train them. Since we’re on the topic of legs, let’s talk about the two types of muscles you have.

There are two types of muscles: big and strong or lots and lots. The glutes and quads are an example of big and strong muscles while the calves and Achilles tendons are an example of lots and lots.

You want a healthy balance between the two but most people are built with mostly the first type.

The best way to train your lower body is to exercise all of it instead of just the big and strong muscles. Lunges, squats, and stretches are the best way to train your legs.

We’ll talk more about exercises later in the guide.

When most people run, they only think of their legs but as we’ve learned, your legs are just the beginning. The next most important parts of running are your heart and lungs.

All that pumping action has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is your heart and your lungs.

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When you run, your heart has to beat faster and stronger than it normally does. This is why most runners have better cardiovascular endurance than their non-running friends.

There are two things to keep your heart healthy while running: Increase your endurance and increase your strength. Endurance is the amount of time you can spend running while strength is how much you can push yourself while running.

Running isn’t just a matter of heart and lungs though, it’s a full body experience. The better you are shape, the longer you can run before getting tired.

There are lots of exercises you can do to get in shape for running. We’ll talk about those later on in the guide.

Skills like running, jumping, and climbing are very important when it comes to surviving in the wild. Things like that can mean the difference between life and death.

In the wild, you’re most likely to get injured by falling from a great height or from getting bit or stung by something.

Your ability to recover from these things is important when it comes to running long distances. The better shape you’re in, the faster you’ll heal and the farther you’ll be able to run.

There are two types of injuries: acute and chronic. Acute injuries come on suddenly and usually don’t last very long.

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Examples of this would be sprained ankles or cuts. Most of the time these can heal themselves over a few weeks.

Chronic injuries on the other hand develop over months and even years. Arthritis is an example of a chronic injury and is something you’ll most likely get if you live long enough.

These can’t heal themselves over night, they take time and lots of rest to heal properly.

Chronic injuries can often be prevented with exercises like the ones we’ll talk about in this guide. Acute injuries are always going to happen but there are a few things you can do to help prevent them, like wearing proper clothing and gear.

One of the most important pieces of gear is your shoes. Running barefoot or in thin shoes increases the chances of getting injured and decreases the distance you can travel without getting tired.

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