6. HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE.
This one is a no-brainer. It’s very important to drink plenty of fluids before and after your run. If you don’t, your body is not going to want to run as long as you want it to. At least an hour before your run, drink 16 to 20 ounces of water. Don’t forget to hydrate after too. Some people experience dizziness and fatigue if they don’t hydrate enough after a run – so, avoid that at all costs by drinking plenty of fluids like water or sports drinks such as Gatorade.
7. Don’t run every day.
Take a break and don’t run every day, even though you might want to. Hitting the pavement stresses your muscles, joints, and bones so it’s important to take a rest day or else you will increase your injury risk. Being a new runner, 3 times a week is the right amount to start off with. Don’t push your body too hard.
8. HAVE FUN!
Enjoy running. Don’t make it a chore. You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy running. It’s a hobby too and can be a really great way to relieve stress. When you go running, you can completely clear your mind and feel freedom. All you need are your good running shoes, water, a buddy, and motivation.