One of the questions I get every time I write about fitness, and my love for running is how toget started. Hearing about the Bay to Breakers Race on May 17th, sponsored by Zappos in the Bay area, I got inspired to share my tips with you ladies to get started with running. Summer is coming, pool, and beach season is right around the corner.

All of you ladies who want to start running, but never got started; or those of you that stopped working out consistently, and looking for motivation to get ready for swimsuit months, my running tips for beginners are coming for you.

RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

Before I start giving you my tips on on how to get started with running, I would love to tell you  why I run. I of course run for the amazing physical benefits. When I run I get leaner, my whole body gets tighter & toned, my fitness level increases incredibly, I get better at other sports/workouts I do, and most importantly I get healthier.

I mostly run for how it makes me feel though. When I run I feel free, strong, ready to take on anything that comes my way. It is an amazing stress relief, especially after you get a hang of it, and start enjoying it. I really hope, if you aren’t already running, that you give it a chance, and I would be delighted if one of my tips help you even for a tiny bit. 🙂

Also please note that for any health concern, consult your doctor. Mine is not medical advice, but instead my personal experience, and things I’ve learned over the years. 

THEBOXQUEEN’S RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

1) Start Slowly- Set Yourself Up For Success

I can’t stress this enough. If you go into running hoping to be the super fast, or have a very long endurance right off the bat, you’ll set yourself up for disappointment. Instead set yourself up for running success and start slow.

I’ve loved running since I was a little girl, had a lot of speed and endurance, and even ran for my school. I stopped running consistently for a couple years after I became a mom, and when I picked it up again I had to start slow to build up both my speed, and endurance. The more you run the better you’ll get. Don’t get discouraged!

Start running for 30 minutes, a couple times a week at a slow pace, and build up on it. Which brings me to my second tip below.

2) Interval Training is Your Friend

When you first get started, do 5 minutes of walking for every minute of running for about half an hour total. After you get used to alternating walking/running this way, you can switch to running at a slow pace instead. This kind of training really helps build endurance.

RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

3) Warm Up Before Running and Strech After 

Warm up with walking, or some exercises before you start running, and make sure to stretch after. This is important to minimize the risk of injuries, and helps with soreness of muscles. You can expect to be sore especially the first week you start, but it does get better.

4) Choose The Right Running Outfit ( And Make it Cute For Some Extra Motivation 😉 )

Choosing good running shoes is a must. Also wear comfortable clothing that is made for running/exercising. I personally feel the most comfortable with capri exercise tights, tops with good support, and light running shoes.

Feeling good in running attire never hurts either. I feel like I perform better when I am wearing clothes I love while I exercise. Every piece I am wearing here are from Zappos. Zappos carries footwear ( Their shoe selection is huge and so fab) , apparel, accessories, and even luggage. They are a customer service company that does just that so good. Shipping is fast, and free. They have a 365 day return policy, and Zappos customer loyalty team assists you 24/7 with any questions you may have. Love!!

RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

5) Stay Hydrated 

You need to stay hydrated during, before, and after running. This is especially important now that summer is coming. Staying hydrated also helps your running performance, while keeping you healthy. Drink water before, and after training. During running you can carry a squeeze bottle, or have stop locations where you can drink water say from a water fountain.

In summer, run early in the morning, or later in the evening not to get dehydrated easily due to extreme heat.

6) Cross-Train To Improve Your Running

Fitness classes, swimming, and other sports activities you enjoy help you keep fit, and flexible, and therefore helps with your running as well. Keep up with all the other activities you love.

7) Keep an Exercise Journal 

I record all my workouts in an online exercise journal. This is a wonderful tool that keeps you inspired, and motivated. You can look back to see how far you’ve come. When you feel like you are falling behind, an exercise journal will also help you get back on track.

RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

8) Do a Mix of Treadmill and Outdoor Running If You Can 

I think both types of running has their place. Treadmills are super convenient when the weather is not nice, and they have less injury risk. Outside running is challenging training with real hills that go up and down, as well as the pavement that has a totally different feel than a treadmill. Getting oxygen outside is special too. I love, and do both types of running.

RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

9) Wear Light Colored Clothes, and Sunscreen in Summer

I’ve made the mistake of running with an all black outfit on a summer day under the sun a couple years ago and I still remember the extreme discomfort. Trust me, don’t do it haha, run with light colored outfits in the summer. Don’t forget your sunscreen so you don’t get burned. You would be surprised how fast you can get a sunburn while running.

RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

10 ) Be Proud of Yourself and Have Fun 

Ladies, you are starting something that is going to get you active, and moving. Be proud of yourself, and enjoy your time.

RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED
RUNNING TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

Are you picking up running soon? Do you run? What are your tips and tricks? I can’t wait to hear your running stories. <3

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  • great tips! Thanks!

    • Theboxqueen

      Great to hear Amy 🙂 Happy Wed.!! XOXO, Elif

  • Talba1

    Thank you for the encouragement. I have recently started running. It does build your stamina for sure. After even couple of weeks of regular routine I start feeling energized.

    • Theboxqueen

      It really does. I especially find that when I am consistent with my routine my strength and endurance increases. Happy to hear you’ve started running too. 🙂 Happy week dear. XOXO, Elif

  • Mai Tran

    Wonderful tips!

    • Theboxqueen

      Thx for saying hi and happy you like. XOXO, Elif

  • I had a foot injury a few years ago and am just getting started running again. Thanks for sharing your tips to get me motivated!

    Jill
    http://www.dousedinpink.com

    • Theboxqueen

      So happy if they give you even an ounce of motivation Jill 🙂 Injuries are never fun. I am glad you are able to get back to running. <3 It'll all come back. Have a lovely week dear. XOXO, Elif

  • Meg Arthur

    these are a lot of great tips, hopefully I can get fit this summer!!

    • Theboxqueen

      So glad to hear you found them useful. Summer is just around the corner so let’s stay motivated together. 🙂 We can do this! Happy wed. XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    Thanks for the tips! I like to go for walks, but with bathing suit season coming up I should step up my game and do some running. Great exercise, and it definitely benefits mood as well.

    • Theboxqueen

      Cheryl walking is definitely the next best thing and as beneficial. I do walk quite a bit myself; especially when I walk my puppy. She is still too young for much running. Walking clears the mind, and sheds the extra pounds just as well I think. Happy to hear you’ll run though. You are so right. I always feel better when I run. It does change the mood. Have a great Wed. lovely lady. XOXO, Elif

  • Great tips Elif! I remember when I started to run, I was determined to be a distance runner and ran myself so far I had an IT band injury, not wise at all!

    Brooke

    pumps and push-ups

    • Theboxqueen

      I had similar injuries during my school years. It really is not the best to push too hard too soon lol. Sometimes us determined girls do that. I learned to go slower in my workouts. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Brooke!! XOXO, Elif

  • Gina Daily

    Love this cute workout outfit, Elif! I am not a runner so I can’t relate as much on that but I can always relate to cute clothes. 🙂
    Gina | On the Daily
    Express

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks Gina. We can always relate to pretty outfits. 🙂 Happy Wed. XOXO, Elif

  • Sibel Gultekin

    These are great tips that work. I have been doing similar things on a treadmill for two months, and have lost 10 lb.

  • Jody DesChenes

    the only tip i can share that i have to constantly REMIND MYSELF of, is JUST get started, just get the shoes on, just get on the treadmill, just get out the door, just sign up, just show up……i walk/jog, and it is NEVER THAT DIFFICULT…the difficult part is your BRAIN and JUST NOT THINKING ABOUT IT AND GETTING STARTED

  • Julia Nyanyo

    I have always hated running, I find it so difficult to breathe. Reading your tips I think I have just always tried to do too much too quickly. I love the idea of running and am actually tempted to have another go – thanks

  • I’ve completed probably 5 rounds of a C25K program and at one point was even up to a 10K. Generally speaking, I let life get in the way, and I quit. I’m starting again Monday, though. I’m slow (painfully slow at 14 minute miles or so), but I remember John Bingham – the Penguin’s advice – no matter how slow you are, you’re faster than anyone on the couch.

    Stopping by from Sharefest!

  • Perfect timing! I walked my first 5k today. I’m ready to give running a try. These tips were just what I need. Thanks so much!

    Happy Sharefest! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.