Tips for Beginning Runners

We were all beginners at one time or another. My running career began when I was 47 years-old. Running taught me that it is never too late to start something new. This page offers tips and advice to make your beginning running experience as successful as possible. Yes, it's going to hurt, but the pain is worth it!

Training Programs for Beginning Runners

Unless you are running from a bear, running as fast as you can as far as you can is NOT the best practice for a beginner. You want to be able to walk the day after your first run.
These articles will examine available training programs that you can access for free or purchase if you desire. From apps and eBooks to printed books and downloads there is something out there that will work for you. I would like to help you find it.

Map My Run App for Beginning Runners
Warm Weather Running for Beginners

Mental Tricks for Beginning Runners

Have you heard that half of running is all in your head? Well, I don't know the exact percentages, but my lungs play a major role in running success, too. I do know that when your brain isn't ready to run, neither is your body.
These articles will offer advice on mental tricks to help you keep going when you want to stop, run when you don't feel like running, and make running something you crave rather than dread.

Mental Tricks to Running Farther for Beginners
How to Look and Feel Like a Runner

Recovery for Beginning Runners

Did I mention it's going to hurt? Pain can be the result of a good workout - your body telling you that your efforts were noticed - or it can be the result of an injury. Yes, sometimes runners get injured.
These articles will help you identify the source of your discomfort and find ways to recover from both types of pain.

Recover with a Cool Down After a Run
Recover from a Running Injury with RICE
Recover by Stretching After a Run

Whatever your fitness level, you can begin today to improve. If you think you can't run, chances are you are wrong. It may take a little longer (you have to walk before you can run) and it may hurt a little bit (life hurts) but as I like to inscribe my book, The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny, "Life is hard. Keep moving forward!"

Do you have a tip for beginning runners that you would like to share? Feel free to comment below.

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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