Tips and Tricks For Beginning Runners


Wednesday- 3 mile progression run + 15 min arm workout + abs

I started at a 6.2mph and ended at 6.8 mph and it felt like a great run. I woke up late and only had time for 3 miles, but I’m glad I pushed myself.


Tips and Tricks for Beginning Runners

I have compiled a list of things that I think would be helpful for beginning runners. Things I wish I knew back when I started racing and getting more into running. These are also great for casual runners that don’t want to get injured(who does?).

1. Get your feet analyzed so that you can buy the right kind of running shoe. Most running shoe stores will do this for free.

2. Foam roller. They’re cheap, I got mine at TJ Maxx for $16 and they help with tight or achy spots. You simply roll over the area that is giving you trouble and it helps massage the knot or ache out.

using the foam roller for my hip

using the foam roller for my hip

3. Compression socks. I love PRO Compression and they always have discounts, in fact, right now, you can get 40% off using the code: BLG13 until the end of May or enter my giveaway to win a free pair! They help aid in recovery and feel great to run in as well. You can read my whole review on them here.


4. Running gear. Shorts, pants, shirt, tank, socks, etc. Find what you feel most comfortable running in and get cute outfits that make you feel good/pretty(it helps I promise). I love getting great deals at TJ Maxx, Ross, or Target. I love my running ankle socks from Costco, 6 pack for only $12. I did a review on some of my fav winter outfits here.

5. Speaking of clothing, if you find that your clothing chafes there are products like body glide you can get at running stores, online, or even Target for less than $10.

6. Most importantly, have fun running. Everyone has hard runs or bad runs, but keep trying. It’s the bad runs that make the good runs better.

What tips or tricks would you add?

Do you have a running store near you?

What’s your favorite season? I’m really enjoying Spring it’s so beautiful!

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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23 Responses to Tips and Tricks For Beginning Runners

  1. When I stumbled upon Body Glide at a sporting goods store for the first time, I thought I hit the lottery. My armband can sometimes chafe and it definitely helps. Also- pretty clothes are a must. They do inspire you to workout. I have a small running store near me that felt my arches and helped me pick the right shoes. It has made all the difference.

  2. Erin says:

    Love these! My mom had her feet fitted and measured and swears it was the best thing she’s ever done- not even for running but for any kind of working out!

  3. These are great! I really need to get fitted for shoes. I casually spoke with someone at Fleet Feet about mine and he suggested that Pureflows would be a good fit for me, but that I should get fitted. Thanks for reminding me!

  4. jumpeatrun says:

    I am an Autumn girl all the way! Just love the crispness in the air and the beautiful colors. It’s also perfect weather for all of the outdoor things I love to do!
    Have a great day!

  5. Number 6 all the way. I’ve recently gotten back into running and I love it. Instead of dreading the run, I make myself think how great I’ll feel and how I get to create my own run. 🙂

  6. I think I would add not to compare your abilities to others and to not add on too many miles too soon! Great list 😀

  7. awesome tips for beginner runners. I am all about starting with the basics. I still don’t use much high tech gear. I just run!

  8. I had no idea they sold foam rollers at TJ Maxx! At least I guess I’ve never shopped for one there LOL. Thanks for that info!

  9. megbek says:

    I couldn’t agree more with all those things! Running shoes are the most important thing ever! I wish I knew about that foam roller secret, mine was a bit pricier. 😦 I can’t emphasize enough the importance of stretching and cross training, especially for longer distances! 🙂

    THIS SPRING WEATHER IS AMAZING and I am one happy camper. 🙂

  10. kennygump says:

    i bought that same foam roller from tjmaxx. i love the bright pink. i need to use it more though. doesn’t do any good sitting in the corner. spring just arrived in minnesota but i am LOVING it:)

  11. I just linked to this blog on my FB page:
    Great ideas for beginners! I used the Couch – to – 5K plan and I found it helpful to ease into it… I also liked having a “plan” since I didn’t know what I was doing! 🙂
    Happy Mother’s Day!

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