- Pay attention to your posture when you run. I noticed that I slouch over. Once I started running with my back straighter, my runs got a million times easier. And my breathing slowed down. It was a crazy revelation for me.
- When you start breathing too hard, slow down. Seriously. Your runs will be better and smoother and you'll be able to catch your breath. You might even notice that you'll clock in at a faster time if you slow down for a bit. And if you've got a side stitch and can't catch your breath, slow down and put your hands on top of your head - it helps more than you'd think.
- Don't neglect other exercises! Weight lift, play sports, do some zubma. You'll notice your runs will be easier and you'll feel stronger.
- Get the right gear. Running is a very inexpensive sport. All you need is exercise clothes and some tennis shoes. But wearing good wicking material and investing in a hardy pair of running shoes will do wonders for you.
- I'd highly recommend Andy Burfoot's Complete Book of Running. They've got some awesome tips I've found super helpful as a beginning runner. It's nice to have a direction and somewhere to go with your running.
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