Chapter 2: Conclusion

Running makes you feel great! Photo by David Knight

Running makes you feel great!

Your first steps as a runner are the most important. They will determine whether running becomes a lifelong pleasure, or a temporary, injury-laden aberration. Once you lace up a pair of running shoes and get outside, you will find that it is much easier, and more rewarding, than you imagined it could be.  The biggest obstacle is likely to be that you try to do too much too soon.

Somewhere near you there is a community of runners, each of whom was once a beginner.  If you want to sustain running as part of your lifestyle, learn from the experience of others, and enjoy a broader social life, you should consider linking up with colleagues or friends who run, or joining a local running club.  Summon up the courage to go along: it is a decision you will never regret.

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