The trouble with being a New Runner
Are you a new runner too?
Being a new runner, I am using this post to help others learn from my mistakes, and to help myself grow. Now let me clarify that when I say mistakes, they are almost universally my own mistakes. One of the other major challenges I have faced is an almost paralyzing amount of information, misinformation, and contrary information regarding everything from training volume, hydration, running form and any other detail you may consider important as a new runner.
Time for some hard truth
I think the only universal truth I have found in information is that being a new runner, like so many other activities does not have any shortcuts. If you want to transform from a new runner to a better runner… I recommend running.
I think that as I evolve as a runner and continue to learn from these common mistakes, I will keep them here and provide the community with a Knowledge Base of sorts to what has worked … and what has not. I have no problems sharing with you! My success and failures along the way will be posted here, so that we can all learn together.
So who am I and … just how newbie am I? Well, I retired from playing rugby after 34 years at the end of 2014. I had run previously for only 2 reasons… training for rugby and a moderately successful attempt at a Triathlon several years ago. While running was a part of that adventure, it was at the time something to be suffered through and not enjoyed. Actually, I trained thinking I am pretty strong in the Swim and Bike so even if I have to walk part of the run, I will be ok.
I decided that I needed both an activity that challenged me physically, as well as something that would allow my partner and I to share adventures along the way. She is a runner.. therefore, I decided to become a runner. Best decision I have made in a long time … at least, that is how I feel this week.
So what is happening?
That decision was 4 months ago… On day one, I ran just under 1/4 of a mile before I had to walk and thought to myself … why am I doing this? In the time since, I have worked up to being able to run almost 4 miles before I need to take a breather, and feel my running evolving every day. In that time, I have read, listened to, watched videos, and studied all of the resources I could find … It was exhausting! In the next post (3 questions new runners ask), I will share with you the issues I found most frustrating during my first few weeks of running.
Every Mile Counts.