How to Start Running: A Beginner’s Guide, with Coach Alli Felsenthal

Interested in running but don’t know where to start? We have resources here to get you going, keep you moving, and help you find the joy of it all. Running isn’t an easy sport but it’s worth it!

Alli Felsenthal

Whether you’re new to running or just feel like a newbie, today’s podcast episode is for you. We talked before about how challenging it can be to get back to running after a major setback. The hurdle may seem even bigger if you’re brand new to the sport.

Here is a short list of resources to get started with, if you prefer to do some research prior to setting out:

Of course, you can skip the details, lace up some shoes, and just go!

However, there are a few precautions that help you avoid injuries, burnout, and other things that may cause you to quit too soon.

Today we’re talking to a coach who is here to help runners just like you get started.

Alli Felsenthal Turned to Running and Changed her Career

Alli Felsenthal is a certified running coach, personal trainer, Boston Qualifier, 86-minute half marathoner, fitness class instructor, and host of the Run with Alli Live Podcast. She came to running later in life but has progressed quickly after leaving her corporate job and focusing all of her attention on her coaching and running.

She has an interesting story of why she made the leap and how she was able to start a successful career in the fitness industry. Alli is hard-working, gritty, and determined. She passes those traits on to her clients and helps them to achieve their running goals.

Today, we’re talking about the common questions that new runners face, like:

  • How can I run consistently?
  • Why is running not getting any easier?
  • What are the common pitfalls for new runners?
  • When is a runner ready to start training for a marathon?
  • How can runners train if they’re injured?

Alli is a big fan of movement in general. Her holistic approach helps people keep their fitness and mobility even through setbacks. As you’ll hear in this clip, she advises that runners keep their training going even when injured:

We also talk about the importance of community and how you can create your own support network.

To hear our entire discussion, check out the podcast episode below.

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Links & Resources from the Show:

Thank you Precision Hydration!

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