Today I found this article on completerunning.com and I thought it was worth posting. It’s basically a list of 100 beginner tips for runners. They’re all one-liners, so an easy read.
I found a few of them particularly valuable, like:
35. Use Vaseline or BodyGlide wherever things rub. They will help prevent blisters and chafing (guys don’t forget the nipples).
Speaking from experience, pay attention to this one. A while ago I went for a 10k run and put on a shirt I’d gotten when I registered for an event through a university. It was supposed to be a running shirt, not just any crappy one. After about 5 kilometres I started to feel pain in my nipples and it quickly got so bad I had to take the shirt off completely. One of my nipples was bleeding! I ended up throwing the shirt away and now always use Vaseline whenever I run more than an hour. This one is also good:
37. Guys: Band-Aids before the long runs. Your nipples will thank you in the shower afterwards.
I had to do just than for the following week!
There are other ones that are contentious, like:
49. Don’t stretch before a run. Warm up by walking briskly or jogging slowly for several minutes.
This is something I’ve always believed in and all trainers I’ve spoken to attest to. But I regularly run into other fellow runners who think exactly the opposite. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t say for sure, but it’s worked for me.
Some of the tips are common sense, but many are good points and just what a beginner needs to know.