The upcoming running season is upon us. Depending on what local Chicago runner you ask, the start to the running season is usually defined by locals as the day the Chicago Parks water fountains are turned on or the date of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle.
So, in preparation of newly found New Year's Resolutions, we asked some locals to share their running tips that they would tell someone who is just starting to delve into the wonderful community that is known as running.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to a beginner runner?— Fleet Feet Chicago (@FleetFeetChgo) January 26, 2017
We asked the question on Twitter and Facebook and we got so many accurate responses that we decided we would share with our community.
If any of these tips get you in the mood to start training, we offer a beginner 5k training program, half marathon, and full marathon training program via Chicago Endurance Sports, which you can sign up for through the above hyperlinks.
Disclaimer: Some are better than others but we tried to include all of the tips that we would likely cosign. Here are your responses.
Not trying to get brownie points but, go to a brick and mortar store and get properly fit for shoes. https://t.co/A941TuRsNG— Brian Roache (@RoacheBrian) January 26, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Find a program or coach that teaches you to train properly. You'll avoid injuries, gradually build endurance, and get support— Jo-Elle Munchak (@JoElleMunch) January 26, 2017
Run outside, always. No one ever fell in love with running on a treadmill. https://t.co/VimqLAARMx— Tim Grace (@tmgrace) January 26, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Rest days matter! Plan them accordingly. Will prevent injuries in the long run (haha see what I did there?) ☺️— Sabrina Ehmke (@teacher_sab) January 26, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo find a friend to run with. Hold each other accountable.— Brian Schmidt (@BrianSchmidty) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo get the right shoes. If you're an underpronator running in shoes built for overpronation you're going to have a bad time— Jason Smith (@FrostTyrant) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Most runners make mistake of running too fast in training runs. Run as slow as you need to in order to go 1mi+ w/o stopping.— Steven Gomez (@ElStevenGomez) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Start with small distances and build slowly. Ramping up your training too fast is a surefire way to cause injury or burnout.— Melissa Luety (@MelissaLuety) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Start by running short distances, using a good running form 😉, to make it more enjoyable and to avoid preventable injuries.— ChiRunning (@ChiRunning) January 26, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Run much slower than you think you are supposed to.— Arun Kristian Das (@arunwithaview) January 26, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo welcome failures & grow from them.— Manny (@emXCT) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo take it one day at a time and only think about how good you're gonna feel after today's run!— RickyRicardo (@rideoneverclear) January 26, 2017
Uber and lyft have affordable car share rides 😊 https://t.co/2StvB0ij6Z— Chase Hausen (@chasethausen) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Run until your dead 😋— Ryan Bauer (@Logan33dc) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo Just keep running...— Eric Robinson (@LincolnRailers) January 27, 2017
@FleetFeetChgo use your legs— Casa (@TylerHausen) January 27, 2017
Check out all the responses on Facebook. We couldn't fit them all in this post.