If you are new to running or are thinking of getting started, here are a few free resources that could help you get started on the right foot (pun intended).
Free Online Running Magazines
– From information on Shoes & Gears, Health or Nutrition, Runners World has got you covered with great resources for all things running!
Get Out There Magazine
– You can subscribe to a free subscription to this Online Magazine with 6 issues a year. If you are looking for a race, you can read the race reviews before making your selection!
– I sometimes buy a paper copy of the Canadian Running Magazine but their website also contains great information from recipes, race guides, training tips
Free iPhone Apps
– This free Couch potato to 5 Km App is an 8 week training program for beginners. I haven’t tried this one myself, but I know people who have.
-When I started running, I was using Nike Running. Julie, my twin sister still uses this one.
– I’m currently using miCoach as my main app because I love the training plans as well as the running zones on this app. Read my post Nike Running vs Adidas miCoach: Who wins.
– Spotify is a free music streaming app. Just a note of caution, it is streaming data so it will require a data plan on your phone if you are out running. There are plenty of choices in the App Store, but I’m only comfortable recommending Spotify because it’s the only one I have used.
– Time to dust off those old CD’s, load the songs onto your iTunes or what ever music program your smart phone uses and create your play lists. I love listening to Queen when I run!
Free Resources for Warming Up and Stretching
-A quick online search, specifically on Pintrest, will reveal some great resources for warm-up and cool downs. Dynamic stretching is recommended before a run while static stretching is suitable for post run.
Yoga For Runners
-To cool down after a run, or perhaps on your days off of running, try some Yoga For Runners. YouTube has many different videos to choose from.
If you are a newby, good luck on your training endeavors! For the successful runners, your turn, what are your favorite tools or resources you think would be beneficial for new runners?