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Pearls of Wisdom for Beginning Runners

   1. Sign up for a race as soon as you feel up to it.  It will give you incentive to train.
   2. Find a committed running partner. It is much harder to skip a run when you have someone else depending on you.
   3. Remember that you will have plateaus in your progress and tough days along the way.
   4. It gets easier.
   5. Accept and appreciate the fact that not every single run can be a good one.
   6. Be prepared to remove the words “can’t” and “never” from your vocabulary.
   7. Do not compare yourself to others. Run within yourself and for yourself first.
   8. Don’t expect every run to be better than the last one; some of them will hurt.
   9. Don’t think too much about it or you won’t do it.
  10. Even a bad run is better than no run at all.
  11. If you normally run with music try skipping it and listening to your feet to hear your pace and your gait.
  12. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t experience weight loss immediately.
  13. Start a running blog or journal to go along with your training log; and read other running blogs regularly.
  14. Running is not an excuse to triple your intake of doughnuts because runners gain weight too.  Sorry L

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