Q&A for New Runners on Where to Start and How to Improve

We welcome all new runners. Whether you’re brand new to the sport or just feel like you have a lot to learn – we’re here to support you. Today we address your questions about running, even those that you didn’t know you had.

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Starting anything new can be overwhelming, especially if you do all the research upfront. Read about running and you’ll find yourself wondering if you have the “right” shoes, gear, training plan, etc.

To simplify, we have a free course to help you with getting started as a new runner. The information provides you with enough information to get you going and keep you running.

And of course, once you’re ready to dive in, Strength Running is where you can:

Team Strength Running has been been growing recently, as has the global community of runners. To support our newbie runners, we are talking through a series of questions that will help them start and progress.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a beginner runner, you’re likely to learn a thing or two.

Collection of Q&A for New Runners

Today’s podcast addresses questions that we collected from our community. Many are frequent ones that every new runner will wonder about at some point. Others topics are more specific and interesting to be aware of, even if they don’t pertain to you.

We divided the questions into several categories:

Ever wondered how long it might take you to train for a marathon? Or when to consider packing water with you on the run? And most importantly – where do you start? We have you covered:


As in the words of Shunryu Suzuki, a teacher of Zen Buddhism:

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

So let’s all put on our newbie hats to listen and learn!

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Thank You PATH Projects!

Path Projects

PATH Projects continues to be a great supporter of this podcast! I’m grateful for their partnership and want to share more about their products that I’ve been loving because they so durable and comfortable.

PATH Projects is an online-only retailer of high-quality running gear and apparel. That means there is no retail markup, making their products quite affordable.

In particular, I’ve just started wearing their 3” Sykes shorts and they’re a little different from the 5” Sykes shorts (you can see those in action here). The material is thinner and lighter, which is perfect in a performance short, and they’re obviously shorter. I’m not sure if my wife thinks they’re too scandalous or loves them, but I’m wearing them constantly.

PATH uses new technical fabrics, like the Japanese fiber called Toray Primeflex, to create award-winning apparel for endurance athletes. In fact, their Brim shorts and Tahoe base liner won Runner’s World’s 2018 Gear of the Year award. And the Pyrinees hoodie was named one of the best six sweatshirts for running in the cold by Gear Patrol.

You know you’ll be wearing the best when you select PATH Projects!

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