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Tips From People Who Have Been There, Done That, and Love It
by Joanna Haugen

Are you ready to strap on your shoes and pound the pavement? If you are new to running but would like to give it a go, here are a few tips from race regulars:

  • • Put the watch away. Don’t worry about your time. Instead, concentrate on your distance.
  • • Start with a walk, then work into walking and running, and finally you’ll be able to run with fewer walking breaks.
  • • Walking is OK. Even seasoned runners walk during races.
  • • Listen to your body. Take breaks when you need them.
  • • Find a running partner equal in ability when you begin training to keep yourself motivated and accountable.
  • • Start with shorter walk/run events and work up to longer races.
  • • Choose races out of town and reward yourself with a mini-vacation.