"If only I'd known then..." top tips for beginners from the runners of Twitter

If you could go back in time to when you first started running, what one piece of advice would you give yourself?

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Back in the February 2015 issue of Runner's World, we asked a cast of experienced runners to give you the benefit of their hindsight and share their wisdom from years of running experience. We put the same question to Twitter and were inundated with fantastic replies! So we figured it was only fair to share their tips with you.

"I'd have said 'well done' to myself more often (at all)! Looking back on it, it was quite something." @raaronovitch

"You don't have to go longer and longer and longer straight away, enjoy getting stronger first!" @IntrepidSarah

"Don't underestimate the power of breathing" @JudeBrosnan 

"Start before you turn 50!" @HazelPonsford 

"More than any speed work, or fancy sessions, consistency will be your biggest asset." @scallywagsprint

"Stop comparing yourself to others - it's your run." @_WarpRider

"Start parkrun sooner, you are never too slow." @magpieinthesky

"Don't leave it four years before you try speed work." @nylonruns

"Strengthen your glutes well even when you feel fine!!" @katsav

"Don't compare yourself to anyone else and train how you want to - running is a personal journey! Oh, and run with friends often!" @beprettyfit

"Nobody is really bothered by how slow/fast you are... Ever (except yourself)." @marafunrun

"Listen to what your body is telling you, if you're tired, rest. If you feel a niggle, rest." @ashcoates

"Get a good bra." @alialiking

"Hard work always pays off." @Ben_Moreau

"Don't be embarrassed about going out for a run and 'not looking like a proper runner'. There's no such thing, it's all in your head!" @ladystephina

"Don't jump into the deep end - take it step by step. Variety is key in terms of speed, terrain and distance." @SpeedyBecsRun

"Each run is different. Listen to your body and when you find you are getting obsessed with performance, leave the Garmin at home for a month." @bainey

"Join a club! They're not as scary as you think and there's tons of advice to help and nurture you." @Spin_Queen1

"Training is not a race, take your time and progress gradually.. otherwise you risk injury." @Monkeymax3

"Be happy with the progress you make. Don't let bigger goals/targets overwhelm you." @ascottruns

"Just enjoy the journey! Take small steps as there is no need to rush!" @ziggy_brown

"Focus on you! Don't constantly compare your progress, achievements or times to others. Run for you and bask in your personal progress." @MonkeyandRai

"Try everything. I spent too many years concentrating solely on the roads." @windsorAndy

"Relax and enjoy." @Canteenrun

"Build up your mileage slowly to prevent injury and enjoy the process!" @littlemissclev

"You'll never regret a run - even if you fall on your face - you'll pick yourself up and learn how strong you are." @Charlotte_Fi

"Listen to those who've been there and done it, they do know and you will benefit from their advice. Don't be pigheaded and know it all." @TimJones15

"Invest in a decent pair of trainers!" @Lightboxcs

"Rest is best when it comes to injuries." @CatkinTaylor

"Learn to run without your watch, to feel your effort, and to smile more." @thomascraggs

"Get gait analysis and the correct shoes. I didn't do this and ended up in A&E with horrific shin splints when I started running." @JediRider

"The first ten minutes never gets any easier (even Ironman competitors have agreed with me on this!)" @adelemitchell

"Mix it up. You really don't progress until you throw in speed work and hills. Even if both are bitches." @AnniePats

"Learn proper form from the start. It's harder to go back later and fix what's already ingrained." @fehrtrade

"Eat more pancakes." @dmyrcr 

"Start slowly - almost walking pace - so that you don't over do it and get defeated. (it took me 3 attempts to get into running!)" @mswoowar

"Don't worry about anyone else's pace or run rituals. Find your own." @Susie_Chan

"No one is watching, so have fun (and throwing up is fine)." @PoppyCocktails


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