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Reader Recs: The Top Words Of Advice For Your First Run

Our readers share what they wish they knew before their first run.

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We love being able to connect with our readers about all things running. Another thing we love? The community that we’ve built for runners to share their knowledge, struggles and victories with one another. You’re always ready to help other runners on the journey to PRs, marathon finishes and more and we are so glad to be able to help make it happen.

We asked our readers:
If you could go back in time and give yourself any advice as you laced up your shoes before your first run ever, what would it be?

Here’s what they had to say…

…on Facebook:

Claire Boswell: Do it on your terms. Running only sucks when you’re doing it because someone told you you had to.

Amber Van Sweden: Take these shoes off as well as the cotton socks. Go get professionally fitted so nothing inhibits your run. Blisters take time to heal & time away from running. Poor fitted shoes lead to lost toenails which makes you not want to run.

Angie Witte: You are a runner! You won’t believe how far you will go this year and what you are capable of accomplishing.

Lori Morgan: No one is watching you.

Tina Anderson: You can do so much more than you think you’re capable of. Push yourself and set no limits.

Sylvia Ross: It will be hard, but it will get easier. Don’t give up. I could hardly run a few yards when I started ten years ago, but since then I’ve done numerous 10Ks, several half marathons and three marathons. Persevere.

Kelli Magrath: It *will* get easier and you *will* get better. You will amaze yourself!

BONUS: Read all of our reader responses over on Facebook!

…on Twitter:

@runwendybird: get a checkup before starting! I was risking my life and didn’t know it. Now I can run happy knowing I am healthy enough.

@CandaceCorso: My advice to myself is to drink more water. Hydration is key! Right @nuunhydration?

@tn_debbie: #ReaderRecs Don’t get discouraged because one day you will be proud of yourself, and that day won’t be far off!!

@imang79: take it easy!

@Shananigannz: Relax 🙂

Have a question you’d like to ask the community? Tweet us at @womensrunning with the hashtag #ReaderRecs!

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