5 Steps to Start a Running Routine

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Starting a workout routine is not an easy task for anyone. People always question how I can run 8 miles at a time. And honestly, it just took time. In college, after each season I would take a couple week break. When I would come back I would be completely out of shape. I would struggle to run 2 miles. But I knew eventually it would get easier. I think that is what is hard to grasp for most people. Especially those that are trying out running for the first time. Running one, two, or three miles might be painful and seem like the most difficult thing in the world. But it will get better, if you stay patient. You always have to see the light at the end of the tunnel. So keep in mind eventually it will get easier.

So how do you get started?

  1. Get good running shoes– Before you even start your plan.  Go to a running store and get properly fitted for a running shoe.  Because everyone’s foot, arch and stride are different, it’s extremely important to have a proper running shoe.  Wearing the wrong type of shoe has potential to injury you or cause pain.   You only have to do that once, after you know what type of stability you need in a shoe.
  2. Have a plan-  The most important part of any workout routine is having a plan.  There are numerous coaches online that you can pay them for their services.  Or you can simply google a running program with many out there for beginners to seasoned veterans.
  3. Build up slowly-  This is a very important part for many reasons. First, it’s important to not overwhelm yourself  at first buy loading to much mileage and developing a fear for every workout. Also, if you do too much mileage too soon, there is a chance that you can develop an over use injury, which would completely set you back.
  4. Schedule your workouts- Print a calendar out and put exactly what and how much you will run that day.  That way there won’t be any room for you to rethink what you’re doing.  If it’s on the paper, you have more of an obligation to do it.  This also helps you prevent doing too much too soon and gradually build up your mileage.
  5. Confidence-  The key to keep going on your runs.  Running is a lot more mental than it is physical a lot of times.  You have to believe in yourself , that you can do it.  That you can get up that last hill, or you can run that last mile.  Only you can get you through those miles.  If you have access to a friend who also want to start running, why not do it together? It could make it that much easier!


Do you run?

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What advice do you have for other to start training?




  1. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog

    July 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Love these ideas! I just moved to the east coast where there’s a TON of humidity that I’m not used to. I need to figure out how to get outside and run when the weather is so different!

    • Amanda Lizz

      July 13, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      I’m in the same boat! I moved out west, and it’s much much hotter then back home!