1| drink water
This should be a given, but I can't stress the importance of staying hydrated, especially when you're combining the summer heat and exercise. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your run!
Again, this should be another given but it's always nice to have a reminder! Stretch before and after your runs to prevent injuries, cramps, and even soreness. By stretching and taking care of yourself, you will feel better during and after your runs!
3| invest in a foam roller
This kinda-sorta goes along with stretching, but these foam rollers are life changing. I wish I would have learned about them before my senior year of field hockey! Check Amazon, Dick's, Target, even TJ Maxx for these life savers!
4| start slow
Starting slow was something I really struggled with. I've never been a runner (except on a field, like in a practice or game scenario), so struggling with 2 miles really hurt my spirits. Once I realized that to be safe I needed to start slow, all was well and now I am running much more than 2 miles! :)
5| find someone to hold you accountable
Whether it's your mother, brother, sister, or your friend, having someone to remind you of your goals every now and then is great and quite encouraging. My mom has been running some with me and one of my dear friends shoots me a text every couple of days to check on my progress. The extra reminder helps me stay motivated!
What tips do you have for beginner runners?