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Trying to get into running, any tips?

Well I have done any real consistent running in years. It always seems to aggravate my back, but i'm trying to get into it.

Here is what i've done so far:
Week 1: 3 runs, 7.5 miles total
Week 2: 4 runs, 12 miles total

I'm on week 3. I'm just trying to get my body used to running and focus on stretching after to keep my back from hurting. It seems to be going well, my breathing and heart rate are slowing down. muscles seem fine. My pace is SLOW, like 12 minute miles, but i'm not focusing on speed yet. I'm trying to take 2 days off a week for rest. Right now i'm just going on distance runs, but was thinking about adding some speed workouts in a few weeks. I'm running around 10 in the morning.

Do you guys have any tips for a running newb?

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I'd start by moving somewhere that has very high elevation then run till you pass out.

Repeat as necessary.

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I'd start by moving somewhere that has very high elevation then run till you pass out.

Repeat as necessary.
advice taken. 3 weeks till i move to Colorado.

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Speaking as a former cross-country and track runner....

Don't.

Seriously, just don't. Pick some other form of cardio.

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Speaking as a former cross-country and track runner....

Don't.

Seriously, just don't. Pick some other form of cardio.
I'll be adding in swimming and lifting (my normal forms of workout) when i move in a month and join a gym, but i want to be able to run also.

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I'll be adding in swimming and lifting (my normal forms of workout) when i move in a month and join a gym, but i want to be able to run also.
It's going to suck even more in Colorado due to lack of flat ground.

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My only serious advise I'll give: Get a real pair of running shoes early on that are properly fitted and make sure you have solid running form. These two things will prevent most injuries you could get.

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FYI I have a real set of properly fitted shoes from a running store. They are much nicer than non fitted.

Just got bak from my first 4 mile run. My pace went down almost 2 min a mile from last week. I am running 10 min miles now. I felt a lot better today. Maybe my body is adapting.

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Since you already have shoes I'd say just go slow and try to stay consistent. Frequency is more important than miles. When you consistently start running 4 or more days a week you can start adding miles to one of those runs. Use the 10% rule for adding mileage or find a run plan to follow. Get into our monthly run threads and ask any questions that you have.

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Since you already have shoes I'd say just go slow and try to stay consistent. Frequency is more important than miles. When you consistently start running 4 or more days a week you can start adding miles to one of those runs. Use the 10% rule for adding mileage or find a run plan to follow. Get into our monthly run threads and ask any questions that you have.
Great advice. Thanks.

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