I have been running for the last 5 or so years and I just love running there is no better feeling then being able to push yourself to the next KM.
In saying that there are a few things I wish I knew before I started running:
The benefits of great running shoes.
As I always tend to run on footpaths and road surfaces, knowing the benefits of supportive shoes would have saved me a ton of time dealing with sore joints. I now tend to stick to brands I know are supportive for my feet but the process is really trial and error to find the perfect fit. I find most other runners have there own favourite shoes that they just love. Places that assist with fitting shoes are great for ensuring you've got the right fit for your feet! My favourite brands are Adidas, Asics and New Balance.
The benefits of learning good running technique.
Running tends to be a natural motion we have, so the idea of learning a technique seems silly but trust me here; there is a difference. Good running technique comes down to the way to land your foot during the running motion, good technique requires you to land on the ball of your foot and then roll to the heel of your foot. Doing this motion allows the force of you landing to be taken by the ball of your foot, rather than to have the force impacted by the heel and then straight up to your knees. I started with bad running technique and when training for my first half marathon injured my knee, I had to completely change the way I was running 4 week out from the half but I made it through by changing the way I was landing.
Overcome your self-consciousness.
It can be very overwhelming going outside and running in public which means you end up inside and running on the treadmill. I think one of the best parts of running is being outside. When I first started running I was really self conscious about running outside and then one day I just realised that no one cares except me and how ridiculous not to do something in fear of what others think of me. Then I started to think about the fact that no one is probably even thinking twice about the fact that I am running and that the benefits of being outdoors and the euphoria far outweigh everything else. Just do it!