The 12 Best Tips for New Runners

Real-world advice from members of our featured message board of the month, The Running Woman (12 Photos)

Valerie Denny on May 27, 2010 at 5:38PM

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The 12 Best Tips for New Runners

Matthew Leete

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Don't Forget to Have Fun

"I think my piece of advice for new runners is to not take your running too seriously.  You have to find the balance.  Running is supposed to be fun and relieve stress -- not add stress to an already crazy day.  Work hard, but remember to enjoy it too!" -mommyjade2005

How she found The Running Woman board: "I started posting on this board in March of 2006.  I had been running off/on for several years, but the board was just what I needed to get back into a regular running schedule after son number three.  I was living in the middle of nowhere and had to do most of my runs on my treadmill.  I seriously think I would have dumped running entirely sometime in those 18 months if not for this board."

The best part of being a member: "The Running Women have seen me through two pregnancies, one miscarriage, and two moves... We have raced together and grown together -- in our running and in life.  I can't begin to count the number of tips I have received from members of this board.  I have even posted questions from my husband.  "Ask the running ladies," he says when he is stumped.  But the most important thing I get from this board isn't the advice -- it's the support."

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