10 Long Distance Running Tips For Beginners. Useful If You’re Starting To Run For The First Time!

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  1. abradypus says:

    Well said. Especially number 2. And number 3. And number 5. And number 7. And number 10. Which is pretty much all of them.

  2. Helassaid says:

    Number 6. Oh God number 6.

  3. Neky says:

    Your Lunarglides don’t feel any different because they’re on the minimalist side, anyway. There’s not much cushion to lose. Same goes for a Kinvara.

    I do agree that most people can get more than 350 miles out of their traditional running shoes. People wearing minimalist shoes can get quite a bit more, like you. But don’t tell me your 1,000-mile traditional shoe with support and cushion gives you the same run as a brand new one.

  4. Matt says:

    Hey Neky,

    I agree with you about the new shoes. Only reason why I haven’t bought any sooner is because I was unemployed all over the summer!

  5. Dave says:

    I am now closing in on 36 and have been ruinnng since I was 6 years old. When I was young, numerous businesses were beginning to sponsor 5ks and fun runs and my parents entered me in my first one in 1979. Pretty quickly they realized that I was pretty fast and that I enjoyed doing it. I was regularly beating much older kids. At age 7 I came in 3rd in a 2 mile fun run with a time of 14:28. My parents then began to get serious about taking me to track meets and fun runs all around the area. I enjoyed training on my own and would regularly run around the lake in my neighborhood. By 13, I was training frequently and my mom approached the high school coach about allowing me to run with the cross country team. He let me train and race with the team, even though my time did not count in meets. My coach was a tough guy and we trained much harder than I had ever trained on my own. My fastest 5k that year was 17:12. I began to get burned out my next year from the hard training and by my 10th grade year, my doctor told my coach that I needed a year off because he thought the stress on my body from training was stunting my growth. I came back faster than ever for my junior and senior years, PRing with a time of 16:46. In college, my ruinnng slowed significantly, as other events of college life diminshed my desire to run. Once out of school and living in Colorado, I resumed steady training and began ruinnng mountain races and half marathons. While skiing one winter, I tore my ACL and had to take the next 6 months off from ruinnng. When I slowly got back in the groove, I decided to train for a marathon. I picked Chicago with the goal of qualifying for Boston and trained for 6 months for it. I started out well, coming through the 1/2 in 1:32 but finished in 3:30 after crashing in the second half. After recovering, I had the marathon bug and ran a few more over the next 4 years including Big Sur, where I proposed to my wife, Kiawah and Richmond. Kids came shortly after the Richmond marathon, which has limited my training for the past 5 years. I still run shorter races and enjoy ruinnng with the kids in the jogger. I have just recently discovered certain joys of treadmill ruinnng.I talk to many people who get a great burst of motivation, usually for a specific race, and then, once it is finished, lose the desire to run. I am so used to ruinnng now, it is like second nature. I have never had an issue with motivation simply because ruinnng is so ingrained in my daily life. I didn’t start ruinnng for any benefit other than I enjoyed competing and still do. My times are much slower now, but my goals are different and keep me pushing myself. I discovered long ago that your goals are all relative to where you are and it is futile to look at the past in an effort to set future goals. Despite only being 36, this year will be my 30th year of ruinnng. I can only pray that I will afforded another 30 years of health to enjoy it.By the way, I began reading Runner’s World, along with the now defunct Runner and Running Times at around 8 years old and have watched Runners World grow into the great magazine that it is today. Thank you for this forum.

  6. Nick Drake says:

    This is great, i just stumbled on your blog searching anger fueled running. Thanks for the proper motivation i needed.

  7. Aleah says:

    I stumbled across this looking for tips to start long distance running. these are absolutely the best I have found! you’re hilarious man, keep up the great writing!

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