I don’t claim to be an expert or coach, and I’ve only been running for about five years, starting when I was 25. However, after running many a race including two marathons, I can certainly provide some advice or my own experiences for the running novice. And I love it when someone asks me for advice, which happened just this afternoon. Here’s the email I sent her of some of the more important links and sites.
I’m really excited that you’re thinking about starting to run, and I thought I’d send you some helpful links:
Hal Higdon – every training program you’ll ever need plus some good articles about running. You can also follow him on Twitter: @higdonmarathon, which demonstrates that he’s getting a little crazy.
Chicago Area Races – CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) search for all Chicago area races. They even have a little letter-coding system for the ones that are better organized than others.
Runner’s World – tons of great articles about products, training, exercises (good for strength training), and the magazine’s been a lot better in recent years for including beginning runners in the party. This is my favorite article to send to new runners (a must read!).
Daily Mile – like Facebook for runners (or other fitness people). You can log your run, write a little something about it and have lots of motivation from the folks on the site. I’ve met so many nice people through it, and it helps getting a pick-me-up from someone who understands that running outside in the winter sucks. Here’s my profile if you decide to keep track of your training here. We can be friends. 🙂
If you have any questions along the way, just ask because I love to talk about running! Let me know when you decide which race to do.
What are your go-to links?