This post is not intended to those who are pros in running already. I will be jotting down tips that have work for me and from people I know. If you are a pro and reading this, your insight will be appreciated.
From a newbie for newbies...
1. Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs. -Do not buy a shoe just because it looks good or the colors are pretty. A good shoe is a good investment if you plan to include running in your regimen.
2. Get assessed for the right kind of running shoes. - There are specialty running stores that offer this service. The store attendant will ask you to run barefoot on a treadmill while high-speed video cameras capture your stride and then assess what kind of shoes is best for you.
3. Pay attention to your form. Try to run lightly to minimize impact that could lead to injury. - Always remember to race against yourself and not against someone else. Again, slowly but surely.
4. Race day is not the day to try new shoes, eat new kind of foods, or wear brand new clothing. - Make sure all the gears you use/carry have been previously tested and worn by you already.
5. If you conserve your energy during the first half of a race, you can finish strong. - Trust me this works!
6. There’s no shame in walking. - Don't force yourself to run when your body is telling you to stop already. Don't be stubborn and push on, listen to your body. Walk if you have to. Nobody's going to judge you for it.
7. No amount of money spent on gadget training programs or funny food can substitute for minutes, hours, days and weeks on the road. - Come prepared, TRAIN!
8. Do abdominal breathing to get rid of side cramps or “stitches.” - Thanks to "K" for teaching me this.
9. Forgive yourself. Over-ambitious goals usually lead to frustration and giving up on your fitness plan. If you miss a goal or milestone let it go and focus on the next opportunity to get it. - Do not be too hard on yourself.
10. Build rest into your schedule. Rest is just as important of an element as exercise in your fitness plan. - Your body as much as you needs rest.
Anything more you can add? Feel free to leave a comment.