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Hi everyone I'm Sara and quite new to all this, but I think I've got the bug, so any tips on getting started would be much appreciated!:d
 

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Hi Sara, How are you ths fine weekend?

Welcome to the forum, hopefully you'll find it friendly and pretty useful!!

To start with I'd say get yourself down to a proper sports shop (a proper one that is... give JJB & Sports World a miss ;) ) and ask them to assess your running style and recommend some shoes to you. You'd be surprised how many people end up injured through starting out running without using the proper kind of shoes! It might be an idea as well to make sure you've got some clothes your comfortable running in.

Being both new to the forum, and new (I assume from what you've said...) to running, it'd be good to hear what sort of runs you're enjoying at the moment, how long you've been at it for, and also if you've got any running goals - whether it's to run a 'race for life' or to finish a marathon, or if you just want to burn a few calories so you can feel less guilty having excessive amounts of Mince pies and Mulled Wine over xmas! Let us know and I'm sure everyone will be more than happy to give whatever advice they can :d
 

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Hi Sara

Welcome to the forum, they are a great lot here.

I was new not that long ago, i would second the specialist running shop information as this is a must.

I did a ten mile race yesterday and come along a man (another runner) whom was walking i asked if he was ok, he said his calves were killing him.

When i looked down he had tennis shoes on, how can you possibly run 10 miles on tennis shoes, no wonder why his calves were killing him.

I edged him on to finish it together (this was 8 mile mark) but he could not keep up.

I told him in a round about way if he been to a specialist shop to have his shoes looked at, because i knew it was his shoes.

He had done half marathons before and he was part of a club, so he was not new to running.

Why put yourself through that pain :(

he thanked me when he finished for trying to lift his spirit but really it was self inflicting.

So definately a must is the right shoes Sara.
 

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Hi Sara,
good luck with your running. The forum's a good place for advice and I seem to learn something new almost every day here just from reading others' posts. Keep us posted with your progress:)
 
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