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8 Running Tips For Beginners + Weekly Workouts

My goal for this blog is to inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle.

Some of you may be bored to death of my marathon training updates but I hope that I’ve maybe inspired just one other person to start running.

Starting to run is very challenging. It takes a ton of patience, time and dedication but is one of the most rewarding things ever.

There is such a sense of accomplishment that running an entire mile for the first time or crossing the finish line at your first race can bring. I’ve found that I channel that sense of accomplishment into all areas of my life and overall running and challenging myself on a weekly basis has made me such a better person.

If you’ve ever wanted to start running but didn’t know where to begin keep reading. Here are 8 tips to help you start running and STAY RUNNING!

8 Running Tips For Beginners:

  1. Start small- As tempting as it may be to push yourself to run as far and fast as you can…DO NOT! If you haven’t ran for awhile or maybe have never run in your life start small. Depending on your fitness level maybe only start with running 1/2 a mile then stop. Wait a few days then when you go out to run again add on another half mile. Slowly increasing your distance will prevent you from getting injured and allow you to really build up a solid running foundation.
  2. Make it a habit- I schedule runs like an appointment. They go into my calendar and I stick to my weekly schedule. If you plan out your runs and stick with it for a few weeks you’ll see that it becomes natural to get out for a run a couple times a week.
  3. Invest in actual running shoes- I know quality running shoes may not be the most stylish shoes out there but they are so necessary to prevent injury. Take it from someone who has suffered with shin splints and stress fractures throughout their running career you NEED good shoes. San Diego readers I highly recommend checking out Road Runner Sports.
  4. Register for a race- A great race distance to start with is a 5k or 3.1 miles. Registering and committing to actually doing a race will hold you extremely accountable. If you know you only have 12 weeks to get ready for a race you’re probably going to be more motivated to get out there and run…right? 
  5. Walk/run method- Side story, when I first got my boyfriend Bryce to start running with me he couldn’t even run a mile. We started off by running half a mile then walking half a mile. The next time we ran 1/2, walked 1/2, ran 1/2, walked 1/2…you get it. Using this walk/run method is a great way to start increasing distance without putting too much stress on your body. 
  6. Buddy up- This tip is everything to me. I hate running alone and I need to be held accountable. If you have a friend who has been talking about running or getting into shape ask them to maybe meet up after work for a run. Another great way to stay motivated is to find a local running group. Again, San Diegan’s here’s a great resource. The point is accountability and making running something run and enjoyable.
  7. Don’t quit- This sounds like an obvious tip but running is hard. The first few weeks of getting into the habit of running is especially hard. You’re going to be sore and tired but please remember that it takes time for your body to adjust to your new fitness level. Pretty soon you’ll be feeling like a million bucks!
  8. Stretch and warm up- I’m guilty of skipping this step all the time. It’s hard enough to find time to run but finding time to stretch, warm up and run…HARD! However, properly preparing to run is one of the most important steps. Spend about 10 minutes before and after a run stretching out your body and even walking around to warm your legs up to avoid injury.

For more running tips please feel free to email me and I’d be happy to help out in any way that I could.

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Marathon Training Update:

I had a really rough week of training last week. I only ended up running twice because I came down with a cold and was just exhausted. 

I’ve learned to listen to my body and was so glad that I took a couple rest days during the week because I was able to do my longest run EVER yesterday (17 miles baby)!

My mom, Bryce and I ran the La Jolla Half Marathon course (plus more) to get a feel for just how hilly and awful this race is going to be in a couple of weeks.


(1/3 of the way up one of the hills)

We’ve been doing a ton of hill training and were all very pleasantly surprised that the main hill on the course wasn’t too bad!

I’m feeling very confident about that half marathon on the 24th and am more confident about my marathon every day. 

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And seriously to reference my tips above having running buddies is EVERYTHING! I almost died last week doing my long run by myself and was so thankful to have my mom and boyfriend running with me yesterday.

It’s rare to find people crazy enough to wake up on a Sunday at 7:00 am every week to run but I promise the people who do it are the best people!

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Weekly Workouts:

Coming off of a crappy training week I’m so excited to get things back on track! I’m realizing that I may need to start cutting back on some of my yoga sculpt classes to fit runs in.

I hateeee the idea of not doing yoga 3x/ week but it may be something I temporarily give up.

Runners, how do you balance training and cross training? I NEED HELP!!!

  • Monday: REST! Stretching and rolling out my legs!
  • Tuesday: 3 easy miles + yoga sculpt
  • Wednesday: yoga sculpt
  • Thursday: 7-8 easy miles
  • Friday: 5 miles at 8:30 pace
  • Saturday: yoga sculpt or rest
  • Sunday: 18 miles

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Until next time it’s YOUR TURN!

What tips would you give to beginning runners?

How do you balance running and cross training?

Do you have any races coming up?


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  • Reply shaniece April 11, 2016 at 6:39 am

    This is the best advice you can give to a person that want to start running, I will be fowarding this info over to my cousin because she wants to start running.

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    • Reply Diana Becker April 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you!!! Yes send it to her and if she has any questions have her shoot me an email 🙂

  • Reply Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things April 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Oh my gosh.. such a pretty area that you ran in! Ahh I can’t get over it haha. My biggest tip I wish I could have told myself when starting running is to go as slow as you need to. In college whenever I ran on the treadmill I’d maybe run 1.5-2 miles tops and would be dying by the end. Turns out that sprinting just to finish a run isn’t the best way to run long distance.. haha telling myself to just slow down and keep going really helped me and gave me the confidence I needed!

    • Reply Diana Becker April 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      It’s called Torrey Pines State Beach if you ever come out to San Diego!! That’s such a great running tip…I use to do the same thing and would just end up dead and injured. Slow and steady always wins 🙂

  • Reply Mark J Becker April 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Awesome pictures of Torrey Pines and great job on the 17 mile run. Good advice for the first time runner like mr Bryce who went from 1/2 mile at the beginning to 13 miles yesterday.

    • Reply Diana Becker April 11, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Dad! I still can’t believe Bryce is running half marathons now…sorry to steal your beer drinking buddy on race day haha!

  • Reply Kellen McAvoy April 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Congrats on 17 miles — and what an awesome pace!! You are going to crush the marathon. I only ran up to like 18 miles before the actual race so you are doing awesome! I think I’m going to listen to my body and skip the La Jolla half. My foot is finally back to normal but I don’t want to risk it. However, I think I’m signing up for RnR San Diego 😉

    • Reply Diana Becker April 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m such a psycho I’m going to try to get to 24 before the marathon but we shall see! You’re so good at listening to your body and running SMART- you’re going to easily break 2:00:00 at RnR SD! There’s no huge hills and the entire last part is downhill!

  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Signing up for a race is my favorite way to get motivated – I love having a goal to accomplish. I can’t wait til I can start running again… I haven’t been injury-free long enough to even run on a beach in the 13 months we’ve lived in SD!
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  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy April 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Definitely invest in good shoes and I would suggest getting your running form analyzed at a specialty running store so you get the RIGHT shoes. And make sure you’re drinking enough water before/after runs, even if you don’t think you’re sweating. Staying hydrated is so important for our muscles!
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