5 Running Tips for Beginners ? 5 Things I Wish I Knew about Running from the Beginning

Running is one of those exercises that simultaneously sounds ridiculously easy, and challenging all at the same time, especially when you’re first starting out. I’ve been running off and on for a couple years now and only in the past couple months have I felt like I’ve finally unlocked the key to a successful run. In this video I share five running tips for beginners aka what I wish I knew when I was first starting out running. First let’s talk about gear truth is gear is subjective and it might take a bit of experimenting to figure out what works for you including the gear that I’m about to talk about. That being said, the two pieces of gear that I wish I had from the very beginning are A) a good pair of running shoes and B) my flipbelt. Shoes, like feet, come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are built for a high arch, some are built for trails, some are built to mimic the bare foot. You name it, there’s a variation of running shoe for it. Therefore, shoes that work for me might not work for you and vice versa. But that being said, there are a couple things to keep in mind when you’re picking out a shoe if you’re going to be running in it. Can you wiggle your toes? You should be able to. Is your foot snug? It should be, but not too tight. Do you over pronate or under pronate when you run? If you’re not sure about how your feet actually move when you run, I highly suggest going to a specialty running store near you to get fitted for a shoe. It might cost a little bit more, but there they can stick you on a treadmill and actually record how you run and then they can stick you in a shoe that’s personalized for you and your feet. Alternatively, in the description bar of this video, I’ve linked a personal shoe quiz where you can find out what shoe might work best for you. Let’s talk about the flipbelt. Before I had this thing, I would struggle to find a place for all the things that I carry when I run. Granted, I don’t really carry a lot, but things like my keys, my ID, and phone are things that I like to keep with me even when I run. Arm bands were often too small for my Galaxy s7 Edge, way overpriced, and usually didn’t even have a spot for my keys. Workout clothes very often don’t come with pockets (WTF sports clothing industry) so I got very familiar with the sensation of foreign objects being stuffed down my sports bra as I ran (which, by the way, I don’t recommend, because ouch). After doing a bit of research, I came across the flipbelt, which I ordered almost instantly. It’s a belt that you wear when you exercise that has snug pouches all the way through it. The pouches are big enough for my phone, snug enough to keep my ID and other cards in place, and it even has a clasp to hang my keys on as I run. It doesn’t slide up my body as I run, even with my current 10 inch difference between my waist and hips, and i’ve never lost an item to date, knock on wood. For reference, I ordered a size small in the aqua color, and I feel like it fits perfectly for me. I’ve linked the flipbelt in the description bar of this video if you want to get one yourself. And I swear this isn’t a flipbelt commercial, I just wish I got one sooner. The second thing I wish I knew when I first started running is actually about food. It took me forever to figure out what and when to eat before I went on a run. Should I eat a big meal? Should I eat a snack? Should I eat anything at all? When should I eat? etc. The truth is, like gear, its kind of subjective. For me personally, I find that there’s two things that work really, really well for me. The first is a short, fasted run first thing in the morning. If I’m running without eating anything, I generally can’t go for a very long time, and it pretty much has to be right when I wake up, otherwise I get extremely light headed and nauseous. But after a fasted run in the morning, I’ve actually found that I have quite a bit of energy, and it makes me feel extremely productive and ready to take on the day. The second thing I found that works really well for me is having a light, carb-rich snack somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes before a run. Usually for me this means a banana or an apple or something of that variety. I found that a light snack gives me a good amount of energy to power through cardio, but it doesn’t make me feel sick or heavy like a large meal would. The third thing I wish I knew when I first started running were what apps to use. As a beginner, all of the apps that are available for you to use can be really overwhelming, and it’s difficult to figure out which exactly you’ll actually end up using. For me personally, there are three apps that I use frequently that I wish I had from the very beginning. Keep in mind, I’m running android, and these apps might be different on iOS and/or be better or worse on one platform versus another. The first is called Runtastic. Truth is, Runtastic is one of the millions of tracking apps that tell you your pace, gives you a map of where you’ve gone, give you audio cue to let you know how many miles or kilometers you’ve done, how many calories you’ve burned, and so on and so forth. I really enjoy the simple, easy-to-understand interface, and I’ve never had any bugs or issues pop up with this particular app when I’ve had those things happen frequently on other tracking apps. The second is Couch to 5k. If you’re wanting to start running when you have absolutely no running background, this app is for you. This app essentially takes you through intervals of jogging and walking to slowly build up your endurance over the course of a couple weeks. It’s very easy to use, very simple to understand, and it’s a godsend if you’re just starting out. The third is Zombies, run! Zombies, run! is a unique app that is basically an interactive podcast that you listen to as you run. The premise behind it is that there’s a zombie apocalypse that is occurring, and you’re one of the runners for a small township that is trying to stay protected from the horde, and you have to collect virtual items for the township as you run. Basically, you’re running from zombies. It’s a fun app that turns running into a real-life game that you’re trying to win instead of a chore that you have to do. The last two things I wish I knew when I was first starting out running kind of go hand in hand, and they are pace and motivation. When you’re starting out running for the first time, it’s really easy to jump the gun and start running at an above average pace, especially when you might not be familiar with what your own personal average pace is. But after a couple blocks, if you’re running too fast, you’ll feel that burn in your lungs, your heart racing in an uncomfortable way, and it will feel impossible to catch your breath. Then you’ll slow down, stop, try to breathe, and feel so frustrated with yourself and defeated because you thought you were stronger than that. If I could go back and tell myself one thing, it would be to slow down. Take notice of how fast you’re moving when you’re walking a brisk walk, how easy it is to hold a conversation. Very slowly, increase your pace to the lightest of jogs and get comfortable with your body moving at that pace. Breathe. Instead of trying to go at a lightning fast pace, try focusing on how far you can go instead. And the hardest part about running isn’t even your leg giving out, or the sweat pouring down your face, or your earbud popping out in the middle of it all; It’s your body telling you to stop, and that it’s too hard. My trick around this is to tell myself “Oh, I’ll just take a break at the end of this song.” and then when the song ends, I’ll tell myself “Oh, I can make it to that light pole up ahead.” and then when I get there, “Oh, let’s just get around the corner of this block first, and then we’ll take a break.” The truth is, my body always tells me I can’t do it, and every time I try my hardest to tell it that it’s wrong. Sometimes it doesn’t work, and that’s okay too. At the end of the day, when I finish a run, no matter how far I went or how it goes, I feel proud of myself because at least I proved that I could get up and move. At the end of the day, running, for me, is the embodiment of me telling my body who’s in charge, and that I won’t stop until I say so Alrighty guys, so I hope you enjoyed this video! If you did, make sure you give it a big thumbs up, and subscribe if you haven’t already. And in the comments down below, let me know if you have any motivation, or tips for anybody else who is just kind of starting their journey with running. And also, if you have any requests for future videos, feel free to leave those in the comments down below as well. So I hope you guys enjoyed, and I will see you next time. Bye!

100 thoughts on “5 Running Tips for Beginners ? 5 Things I Wish I Knew about Running from the Beginning

  1. Hey guys! First of all, I'm SO happy that so many of you found this video helpful! Second of all, there are more videos like this to come, so if you haven't subscribed already, feel free to do so! ❤️ If you're curious about my day-to-day life as well, I invite you to come on over to my vlog channel and hang out! Things are about to be changing like crazy in my personal life (moving, new jobs, and just a fresh chapter in my life), so those vlogs are going to be a roller coaster for sure. You can check out the vlog channel here: https://www.youtube.com/culpfiction

    Happy running!


  2. Thanks a lot, Coach for sharing such a comprehensive video, really loved all the tips, I am so clear about it now!! Really needed them, best video on running till date!! Complete package! More power to you Caty! <3

  3. i'm about to run after 1 hour to lose few pounds but i was making excuses not to go out and was looking for motive over YT to make me goout lol and found u gd vid dude 🙂

  4. Why can't you just talk about practical running all what is here is apps and belt and chose and ? you just got people attention by the perfect title

  5. i need help!

    1. I ALWAYS GET CRAMPS. it doesn’t matter if i’m running on an empty stomach, had a salad two hours prior or ate more recently. it doesn’t matter if i drink more or drink less.

    2. my asthma makes it very difficult. even my inhaler doesn’t do the trick.

    3. my bones are always clicking.

  6. Miss how-come you do not look ripped and toned in this video, if you have actually been running for a while now?!

    The fatigue gets you in 3 seconds after abruptly stopping. You will feel less tired after slowing down more and more and then stopping.

  8. wireless earphones are a must… you can some pretty decent ones off aliexpress for cheap,no idea how you can runwith those wires dangling. they usually come with wing tips that make the earphones stay in your ear very well

  9. that banana guna defeat the purpose of the run it like half of the daily carb intake u should eat to loose weight in one lil fruit ?

  10. Wow!!! This was an amazinf video. It motivated me. I am a total beginner. I am considered a couch potato lol ish… I do work out at home and then go straight for the tv after… Point is, I've been inspired lately to run… Idk y. But I want to give it a go! Thank you for this inspiration!

  11. 1-Stretches are important.
    2-Shoes should be comfortable.
    3-Run early in the morning when the streets have little traffic and few pedestrians.
    4-Dress for the weather.

  12. Kindly post further videos on running
    And suggest do we get these flip belts from any e-commerce store.
    Pl suggest

  13. I LOVE runtastic, it has been so helpful and I get so excited to see my progress on it! Thanks for all the tips!!!

  14. I want to run but my parents won't let me run too far. So I might just run around town probably. (I'm on strength and weight loss training, calisthenics.)

  15. I want to run but my parents won't let me run too far. So I might just run around town probably. (I'm on strength and weight loss training, calisthenics.)

  16. My tips: 

    START SUPER SHORT & EASY – (I ran 1 lap of my park ~ 400m) for a week. Then I add a lap each week or whenever I felt bored or unchallenged. This helped me easily build a habit without the soreness discouragement. So after a month I felt something's missing if I don't run.

  17. I do the same thing, break after few more calories then few more minutes and then few more meters. Basically I put my OCD to use and try to round off numbers 😉 Works like a charm

  18. Excellent help! I'm starting over again and the and minds game have been real but, the runner's high is just so sweet…Thank you for sharing these very encouraging tips. Blessings sis.

  19. Wow, that's some rough terrain you're running on.
    I avoid running on anything loose and stoney after spraining my ankle on similar some years ago.
    Keep up your good work, Caty.

  20. My friend in fourth grade said she was forced to do a sport and asked me which would be easiest. I said track because it's only running. She is still doing it now and I still dont understand how I managed to sway a life decision. Now I know track isnt easy

  21. Other than the pronation stuff, this is solid. Over/under pronating has shown no relation to foot health, meanwhile the shoes designed to "correct" this issue directly correlate to a huge increase in running injuries in recent years.

  22. Wow… i just came back from practice. I was so so disappointed and Frustrated with myself even though i know i shouldn’t be. In 8th grade (last year) i was running cross country not even knowing what i was getting into. I had noooo idea what to expect. But then i started doing it for a while and i got the understanding of it. Back then i only did it for fun and decided to just have fun with it and not to worry as much in races and stuff like that. It was honestly not that bad until i realized i had to get surgery on both of my feet. Even though cross country wasn’t my life or even tho i wasn’t that good at it i was actually devastated. The surgery was on my feet because i had a bunion on each foot which was casing my feet to grow incorrectly. They even had to break my toe because it was so out of place and it was really affecting how the way i was even walking. So i got surgery and soon enough i was in a huge cast for a week then i had to get a smaller cast for a whole month. Using crutches plus a wheel chair in school and in public as so hard. I remember waking up every single morning literally crawling out of bed with my huge cast that felt like a brick and was so so upset that i had a stupid cast on for so so long. Every one at school knew me as the girl that has a cast. Then after a whole month i had to get a boot. For a week i couldn’t walk on it just yet and i still had to use crutches but then i eased myself into it and had that on for a couple weeks. Then i had all of that repeated on my other foot. It felt like hell… i couldn’t believe i had to go through all of that again. So basically the whole year i was in crutches and a wheelchair for everything. Christmas, my birthday, family trips, school, to the mall. IT SUCKED… so after all that i finally got healed enough to start running again. I’m in my 9th grade year, first year of high school. High school is already hard enough alone and adding cross country to it made it a million times harder. But i eventually figured all that out. Now i run every single day of the week and one time over the weekend. But as i see all these state champion people on my team… i just best my self up about how bad i am. My mental health just blocks all of it. I know i can run so so much more but my brain automatically tells me “stop trying” “how come ur not as good as them” “you should quit” my brother a couple days ago whose also on the cross country team told me “you should stop trying isa, you never come to any practices and it’s just not worth it. If i were you i would quit” i go to almost every practice besides morning practice because morning practice is a lot to handle for me. But i always make it up and find a way to go to the gym after school and run on the treadmill for at least 20 minutes. I have gotten better though! Like i know i have improved and i really do want to be a batter runner! Of course my surgery affects me so much but at the end of the day I’m now realizing that at least i made an effort. And as hard as it gets mentally and physically no matter what any ones says I’m gonna keep sticking with it. Even though it can be a lot of pressure and having practice every day of the week Monday-Friday and a race Saturday and still having to run Sunday can be a lot. Especially after not walking for a whole 2 months. For someone that had to learn how to walk again i would say I’m doing pretty ok. I’m not even the worst one on the team. My pr for a 5k was last week. I shaved off a whole 3 minutes. My final time was 29 minutes and 9 seconds. It’s just a rlly mental sport and it can be hard knowing how good i want to be but sometimes i feel like I’m not trying my hardest and i get so so frustrated. I’ve thought multiple times about quitting but i really thing i can get a lot better if i stick with it. No one probably read this whole thing but if you did thank you so so much. Also thanks for the amazing video! I downloaded a whole bunch of apps and can’t wait to use them at practice tmr! ?

  23. I have a lot of problems with this video but one big issue is do not and I mean DO NOT eat anything within two hours of a hard run I will eat some bread or a little pasta something high in carbs if you are hungry before a run buy some maurten gels or another brand with flavor if that’s your thing I hate the taste of anything during a run so I stick with maurten you can also eat, drink, or whatever you do with the gel idk what you would say you do with it how about consume. ALSO big thing if your running form is wrong don’t get shoes to correct for it learn to correct it yourself I also run barefoot on something soft a lot to build a natural foot strike and correct for any problems later on.

  24. Started to think about running. Live in a pretty small city so im a little afraid of running since I have the thoughts "would my friends spot me? What would they think?" So never have done it before. Also my friends are the type to joke around too much. Pretty hard to find people who dont joke around alot these days

  25. Tomorrow I’m starting training for my track season and it’s my first time running track ever and my coach wants me to practice w the xc kids and I’m really nervous because I’m going to be the worst one there but I’m excited

  26. Why do people carry their huge phones during running? I use a sports watch (ie Garmin or Polar or something else) to track all my stuff, and have a very small LG dumbphone for emergencies. I leave the big screens at home (they're heavy too!).

  27. thanks for vid it really nice vid and the samsung health application is also so good it will do some coaching and voice instructions too

  28. I’ve always wanted to be a runner. But I have really bad anxiety that keeps me inside, making me think people are watching and judging me when I’m outside. I’m committed to starting though, tomorrow, promise.

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