Yeah, the Running Center is very helpful. There are a few important things I like to remember:
- Don't get discouraged if you feel like you get tired quickly. Intervals is the best way to start for sure. Any running is better than none.
- Pick routes to run that are first and foremost safe (not too busy or with good sidewalks, not slippery, etc) and secondly, fun! Pick interesting places like parks or really pretty neighborhoods or whatever floats your boat.
- Make sure you get quality shoes. That doesn't have to mean the most expensive. I love Runner's World Shoe Advisor (www.runnersworld.com/shoeadvisor
- If you are running in a busy area, I really don't suggest you run with music. Personally, I don't like to run with music anyway, but not being completely aware of your surroundings can be dangerous. Some people can probably split their attention better than I can though.
- Make sure your hands and ears are covered if it's under freezing or anything. I usually wear spandex running pants and a long sleeve t-shirt when it's cold, and all I really have to cover as it gets holder are my hands and ears.
Running is my favorite way to work out. It allows me to measure my accomplishments in distance and things I've seen instead of calories, which makes exercise more a part of my life instead of a part of my diet.