1 - Just Start
When I first started running, I huffed and puffed my way to the end of the street. I thought I was dying. I didn't die. Infact it started the most awesome transformation in my life. I became a runner!
2 - It doesn't matter how far you run
Whether you run a few hundred meters or an ultra marathon, you're still a runner!
3 - it doesn't matter how fast you run
If you run, you're a runner. Basically the only person you need to race against is yourself, and even then it's not a race. You're just running!
4 - Walking is GOOD
Don't be disenchanted if you need walk breaks. Walking is excellent, in fact nearly all beginner runner programs start with run/walk intervals!
5 - Get motivated with a friend
Running can be a social sport, find a friend, or hook up with your local club. Runners are such a mellow bunch of people, personally I've found clubs to be SO welcoming and proud of beginners! parkrun is awesome too!
6 - Try an App
If you don't know where to start, get started with one of the myriad of Couch to 5K apps. There are also fun story based apps like Run Zombies! Give them a try to help motivate you to get started
7 - Get off the treadmill and try outdoors
Treadmills definitely have their place, but there's nothing like fresh air and sunshine to make running fun!
8 Get Fitted for good running shoes
Just do it. Good shoes mean less pain, they minimize your risk of injury, and help you care for your body!
9 - NEVER run through pain
Just don't. See your doctor. See a physio. Never, ever run through pain.
10 - Find the joy
Running is meant to be joyous. If you love running to music do that. If you love incorporating a bit of a dance, do that. If like me you like to sing... do more of that.