Saturday, June 6, 2009

New Runners: We're Rooting for You!

There are two times of the year when new runners tend to start up in droves. You've got the New Year's Resolution crowd and then the warm weather crowd.

Since New England weather is so nasty around New Year's and I don't go to gyms, I only hear from others about how crowded the gyms are. I wouldn't know. I'm still the lone crazy guy trudging through the snow/ice and dealing with the extreme cold. But, from what I hear, those gyms are crazy!

The second time, and the one that I notice, is when it finally gets warm in New England--or warmer, I should say. We've had temps in the 6os/70s, which means that I will actually see people running in the evenings or on the weekends. I know that I don't see them when it gets at all chilly, so my bet is that this is the I-have-to-wear-a-bathing-suit-this-summer crowd.

And you know what? That's absolutely fine. While not all of you will fall in love with the sport, some of you will. And that means there are more runners this year than there were last year. And new runners. And probably some past runners as well. Do we begrudge the fact that you may start and stop? Not at all. In fact, we're rooting for you.

But if you're listening, er, reading, here's what I'd recommend to stay interested in the sport.
  1. Start out slowly. Start by running an amount of time and don't worry about the distance. It will come.
  2. Make sure you get new running shoes because, more than likely, your sneakers have way too many miles on them. And, if you can, try to only use them for running.
  3. Be OK with walking a bit, especially in the heat. Listen to your body.
  4. Try to change up the routes so you don't get bored. A bored runner won't be a runner much longer.
At the end of the day, congrats for hitting the roads, even if you decide you don't love it like we do. We'll still be here to greet you if you decide to return.


Marlene said...

Ahhh, the warm-weather-warriors. I've been noticing them too. The more runners on the roads, the merrier.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

great tips, i've read that it takes 3 weeks to create a habit, so to those newbies, stick with it for at least 21 days, and more than likely you'll be a year round runner too :)

ShirleyPerly said...

The funny thing is that the sweltering summer here in Orlando does the opposite to folks (they head indoors to the gyms or to the pools). Either way, good advice for the newbies!