I’ve been a runner for 24 years, more than half my life. I wasn’t always a runner, though. My first fitness love was swimming, a sport that requires an inordinate amount of coordination, physical fitness, and dedication. However, swimming doesn’t require an abundant amount of equipment, it naturally protects against nasty injuries like stress fractures, and somehow the sanctuary of the water offers a modicum of privacy—a security that seems to belie the scrutiny of others.
When I first started running, I detested it; I considered myself a swimmer who ran for conditioning. I paid little attention to how I ran, because, truly, I just counted the minutes until I was done. But at some point, running became more than an onerous task to augment my swimming...I actually started to like it.
My newfound zeal for running came with some reprisal. I could no longer ignore how I ran and I could no longer ignore that running equipment was as important as how I ran. I learned these two truths in the worst of ways: I got injured.
Luckily, I have become a lot more knowledgeable over the years, which has only amplified my love for running. I hope my five tips for new runners will help you love running as much as I do.