If you could give one piece of advice to a newbie runner, what would it be?
Make sure to buy good shoes, don’t skimp. Go to a running specialty store, if possible. — John Hutchison
Shut up and just run… — Eric Ellis
Don’t be intimidated by veteran runners. They were once where you are….and they all want you to succeed. — Tim May
Don’t let anyone talk smack about how far you went or how long it takes you….you are out there…you rock. — Christine Vassen
I agree with John – get good shoes. — Chris Borgia
Don’t run with Heather Cass! — Renee Clark Napierski (Editor’s Note: This is a neighbor friend who is not a runner….yet. I may convert her one of these days….)
Pace yourself. — Jack Byers
Stretch. Build your core. And, most of all, have fun! — Tom Church
Listen to your body. — Ginny Sackett
I’ll second that. Listen to your body! And run for whatever reason gets you out there. Enjoy every bit of it. — Jim Lang
Don’t try to bump your miles up too fast!!!! — Sarah Rose
Go get fitted for real running shoes. Spare no expense for your feet! — Eloise Hawking
People often tell me they can’t run; they feel like they are going to die after a hundred yards. So I tell them yes, you CAN run; you just need to find your pace. Find a pace where you can sustain four strides (foot falls) on you inhale and four strides on your exhale. Slow down as much as necessary to hold that stride count. Many beginning runners have only run 50 yards sprints (in grade school), so they try to go all out. Four strides is very sustainable and gives them the sense that running is possible. — Jason Robertson
Find an experienced running partner with slightly more ability than you. They will get you out the door on a more consistent basis and teach you many of the running basics.— Mike Vieyra
If you injure yourself don’t try to keep running. R.I.C.E. (Rest, ice, compression & elevation) if that doesn’t work see a doctor. — Amy Calhoun Morrow
My advice is often “get the proper running shoes.” — Kim
1) Make your easy days easy and your hard days hard, and rest between.
2) Run to be seen, always run against traffic. Runners make ugly hood ornaments.
3) Be patient.
4) Wave or in some way acknowledge other runners or walkers as you pass.
5) Buy the best gear you can afford.
6) Tie your shoes
7) Enjoy running for what it is, remember what it was like to run as a kid – just run for the joy of it!
8) Everyone started with a walk and progressed to a run.
9) Everyone jiggles somewhere.
10) Hills make you stronger. Seek them out.
11) Join the ERC.
12) When you being to enter race, be sure to thank the race director and the volunteers. even if its a simple wave to the road marshal on the corner. if the event didn’t play out as expected and you have constructive feed back for the race director – reach out to him or her the NEXT day. and if you email it, be sure to give your name.
13) Volunteer once in a while. you may find it just as rewarding and challenging as actually participating in the race itself.
— Chuck Orton (Editor’s Note: Yeah, I know No. 6 is aimed at me, my friend!)
You know I’m just like Chuck O. (did you know we were running partners for a few years?!) and, I can’t just give ONE piece of advice!
Here’s my top 10 list for newbies:
1. Invest in good shoes, a good sports bra and at least one set of technical (moisture-wicking) running clothes. (Tights and sports bras, while pricey, will last years if properly cared for.)
2. Don’t run until your gasping. Run at a pace at which you can hold a conversation, but not sing. Never should you be gasping, unless you are going uphill or racing.
3. Sign up for a race. It will give you a reason to keep running and you’ll meet people who share your enthusiasm and want to help you. Also, it will probably will change your life forever. Seriously.
4. Don’t be afraid to talk to veteran runners. 99.9% of us love newbies and we especially love answering your questions.
5. Runner = a person who runs. If you are running, you are a “real” runner — there’s no other criteria. You count.
6. Rest days are important to allow your body time to heal & rebuild itself stronger. I know you get all jazzed and want to run every day. Just don’t.
7. Don’t be afraid to run in inclement weather, you’d be surprised how pleasant it is to run in a light rain or 8 inches of snow.
8. Don’t overdress. You should be cold when you start.
9. Make friends. Join the Erie Runners Club and “like” their Facebook page. Once you find friends who run your pace, start a weekly group run. Or join in one that exists — request to join the ERC Running Groups list on Facebook.
10. Avoid striking the ground with your heel or your forefoot first. Aim to land on the middle of your foot. Also, your foot should land below your hips – not out in front of you.