Eight Steps to Start Running

Want to start running, but don't know where to start? Easy! Lace up a pair of sneakers, go outside and move your legs faster than walking pace. Done!
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All right, starting a habit of running is a bit more nuanced than that, but you get the idea. If you want to run, then run, but be smart about it.

1. Lace up a pair of comfortable and supportive sneakers. You don't need to shell out lots of money on a new pair of running shoes, but a sturdy pair of gym shoes will do the trick.
2. Don't anticipate running the mile time you clocked in middle school, or competing with Olympic runners. Take your time and gradually increase the pace over a series of days or weeks. Listen to your body.
3. Just like timing, don't anticipate going far. Running can take a tole on your body and depending on your current endurance, you probably won't be able to run one, two, or 17 miles right out the door. (And that's ok!) 
4. Play with intervals. Find an easy course near your house and start walking for about 10 minutes. Slowly increase your pace near the end. Then, pick up the pace and hold it for XX amount of seconds. Or, use a landmark. Run to the next fire hydrant or street lamp. Then, once that interval is up, do a recovery walk. Repeat that.
5. Gradually increase those running intervals and slowly decrease the rest intervals. Eventually, you'll build up enough endurance to run a mile consistently. 
6. Add a little more distance once you can run one mile consistently. Keep tacking on a bit more distance. 
7. Keep listening to your body. Your body will tell you if it needs to stop or wants to continue.
8. Space out these training runs to about three to four days a week.

This process takes time, so ensure you celebrate your little victories.

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