Set a Goal :: Do you want to run a 5K, half marathon, lose 10 pounds, stay in shape, etc?
Buy Proper Clothing :: Avoid any and everything cotton. It traps the sweat.
Pay Attention to Nutrition :: Eat a good meal the night before and the morning of. If you're running longer than a few miles, make sure to plan enough water and fuel.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments :: Use an app, watch to track pace and distance.
Have FUN!:: Talk with friends, enjoy being outside, rock out to your music.
Don't Compare Yourself :: Two of my closest friends are marathon runners, one of which is running the Boston Marathon in the Spring. While their accomplishments are amazing and something to be proud of, they worked hard for them. As have I on my runs. You are the only competition you need.
Invest in the Right Shoes :: If your feet hurt, your runs are doomed. If you plan to make running something you love, something that you are passionate about, buy the proper shoes. Spending a bit more will be the best thing you ever do for your runs.
Do More than Run :: I notice that my runs are quicker, my body more capable when I've been lighting weights, swimming or taking cardio. Don't just run. Find something else you like and add it to your workout routine.
Enjoy a Running Rest Day :: You are no good to yourself when you push your body and mind past your physical limitations. My rule of thumb is to run every other day. If I run too many days in a row, I notice that I start to slack a bit and I would rather not run at all then half-ass it.
Believe in Yourself :: I never in a million years thought I would be someone that loved to run but I am. I love how I feel after a run. I love knowing that this body just ran 3 miles. It's a high that's hard to explain but totally worth all the work put into it.
Whether you are an experienced runner or someone that has recently picked up the love of pounding the payment we hope you picked up a tip or two from our list. For those of you who are running nuts like us, what piece of advice did we overlook? We would love to hear from you!