60 seconds on avoiding injury

What would *you* tell a beginner?

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22/11/2006 at 12:53
Always remember why you started running (whatever the reason) - and how much better you feel as a result of it.


Get yourself a pair of proper running shoes from a specialist shop (for the first pair at least) - the most important equipment for any runner
22/11/2006 at 13:16
Find someone to run with. It's much easier and great for motivation.
22/11/2006 at 13:31
Buy some racing flats and learn to run properly instead of all this heel-striking cr*p.

Don't get ahead of yourself, slow and steady wins the race. As it were.
22/11/2006 at 14:27
Start off slowly. Don't increase mileage or speed too quickly.
22/11/2006 at 22:53
Read, listen, learn and above all think.
23/11/2006 at 05:03
Don't think just because your major muscles and lungs can cope with fantastic increases in speed and distance that the little muscles and ligaments that hold your knees, ankles, and hips together are ready for it. Stick to the advice and only increase 10% per week, or you will get injured.
23/11/2006 at 08:03
Don't forget that rest days are an important part of training.
23/11/2006 at 09:31
Same as B, buy some racing flats, learn to run on forefoot, build up slowly, don't get taken in by the rubbish they tell you in running shops.
23/11/2006 at 09:38
No matter how good they are, everyone has runs where they feel like cr*p and just want to stop. It's normal.

and absolutely running doesn't make you thin.
23/11/2006 at 09:42

Run how you feel.
23/11/2006 at 10:04
1. Don't stretch before you run - just run gently for at least the first mile, then stretch afterwards
2. Keep a short, fast stride - roughly 180 a minute. You can spot beginners because they lope along, which is inefficient and a good way to get injured.
3. It takes time to build up - years, not weeks. Be patient.

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