Guide to Running for Beginners

As someone who’s been running regularly for over a year (after a lifetime convincing herself she never could), here are 5 tips I’ve learned from my new favorite hobby.

The Back Story

Let’s rewind to a few years ago when 200 pound Bri was sick and tired of feeling so down about herself. One day she decided enough was enough; it was time to create the body she always wanted. It started simple; swapping fast food for balanced meals made at home, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, trading up processed sugars for fruit cups; you get the point.

One flip of the mental switch and the rewiring of my brain brought new responses to old temptations. After I started seeing results from my food choices, I decided to take the next step and get physical. Yoga, stretching, Youtube videos, I dove headfirst into the world of fitness and I haven’t looked back since.

Growing up I never thought I could be a runner. What I did know was that I didn’t look how I wanted, I couldn’t control my actions when I was angry, and I was angry quite often. In the summer of 2019, I was on track to my dream body but my self-esteem and emotions on the inside didn’t match the look I was approaching on the outside. After losing myself yet again in a boy that was supposed to save the little self-esteem I had remaining, I decided for once I didn’t want to let my anger end yet another failed relationship.

So I ran.

I ran to the memories of every moment I thought I would explode in anger. I ran for every time I cried about what I or someone else thought of my body. I ran from every self-harming habit that would pull me back toward the 200 pound, sad Bri. I ran until I couldn’t run anymore because the tears had completely blurred my vision. I’m not sure if it was the rush of endorphins or the fact that I proved myself wrong, but those were the happiest tears I’ve ever cried.

After spending months learning myself as a runner and answering the millions of “oh my God, you look so good! How did you do that?” questions, I decided to share the secret.

While I’m absolutely no expert on running, here’s what I’ve learned this past year as a runner:

  1. invest in a good pair of sneakers
  2. start small, think big
  3. drink water ALL THE TIME
  4. despite what your brain says when you’re struggling to breath; you CAN keep going
  5. stretch when you wake up, before you run, and before bed

This experience has taught me you can do anything you allow yourself to believe you can do. So what’s stopping you from creating your dream body?

Cheers to the strength of the human body,

xo Bri

p.s. Stay tuned for my favorite running playlist, coming soon!

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27 thoughts

  1. Woah, these tips are so cool! To be honest, I hate every kind of cardio that exist, lol! I used to run when I wanted to lose weight a few years ago and it was a nightmare! But reading your blog posts, I think it was so hard for me to do it because I didn’t stretch and my shoes were honestly not the most comfortable ones, lol. Also, I didn’t drink enough water.

    I think this article will make me get on the treadmill at the gym tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Wow, so glad I could help you out!! I’ve slowed down a bit from when I first started running but once I aligned why I wanted to run with actually doing, its made the experience more enjoyable.. and also makes me feel a little wild (did i just say running was…enjoyable??) lol thank you so much for checking out my post!!(:

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  2. This is very inspiring. Although I’m very into fitness, I’m not much of a runner. I prefer bodyweight training. However, I absolutely loved reading your story, how you adapted new habits and changed your lifestyle. That is amazing. I can also relate to releasing your pain and anger through exercise. Whenever I’m feeling down, I push myself to workout because I always feel better afterwards.

    Much love always,
    GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com

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  3. Yay I loved this! I’m also a runner and I definitely like to run to reset my emotions – I love how transformative pounding the pavements can be on your moods. Sometimes the fitness part just feels like a bonus!

    Also, you’re a great writer. I loved every word of this.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading my post!! Running is definitely my go to when it comes to dealing with emotions. At first I thought I was avoiding them but I read an article about different forms of meditation and running is one of them. I knew there was a reason I felt better after every run! lol
      thanks so much again(:

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  4. I’ve always wanted to start a healthy lifestyle even before but I always kept on pushing it aside. 3 Months ago I started doing morning exercises which really helped me as I felt more energized and light. Great post, Bri!

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    1. Thanks so much for checking it out!! I’ve started over again a hundred times since picking this healthy style but I’m so glad it’s something I actually enjoy getting back to when I stray xo

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out my post, I’m glad I could lend a hand. Consistency is key also!! If you start with good intentions and stick to it, imagine where you’ll be in a few months!!
      Thanks again for ready, xo Bri

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  5. This was actually really motivating. Running is not for me whatsoever lol. But just because it’s not for me now, doesn’t mean it couldn’t be later. I need to do what you did and instead take the feelings that I put into food and put them into working out. Thanks for the motivation!

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    1. Treadmills scared me to death!! Then after I began running outdoors, I chalked it up to me just being an outdoor runner. Now that I’m aware of how to run properly, I’m prepared anytime!
      Thanks so much for checking out my post(:

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  6. I used to hate running but I started just before the whole virus broke out and I haven’t been for the last 4 months! I really enjoyed this post, it’s made me excited for the day I can go out again. Definitely agree with stretching and starting small and getting bigger – I want to be able to run more than 2 miles one day haha!
    Ellie x // elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You got this Ellie, I believe in you!
      Thanks so much for reading my blog, I’m glad it sparked a light for you! It has been super hard to get up and go during this time, I just try to remember every day that it’s important to make the most of my current situation.
      Stay safe and thank you so much for reading!
      xo Bri

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    1. hahaha I think so! There’s definitely a bit I can relate to.
      Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I hope you’re staying safe, sane and especially active during this time!
      Thank you again,
      xo Bri

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