I would like to start a thread series called "Top 10 Questions of Running Beginners". I would like to encourage everyone to share their thoughts, opinions, comments, techniques and best practices so we all can learn from each other.
What a great idea! Your first runs should be short. I always start my new runners out with a 5k, but we take it very slow and I instruct them to shorten their stride significantly and to not worry about speed at all. Usually these are people who are already active in some type of sport. For my new, new runners we start out with a one mile run, without any real incline and we just focus on keeping it slow and steady, shortening the stride as they begin to tire.
My question is: What type of shoes should a new runner start out with?
I would suggest 10 minutes of straight running/jogging. At first I'm not so concerned with distance as I am with time. Take it as slow as you need to and don't worry about how far just try to run/jog for 10 minutes straight. Do that for a while then increase the time and then the distance. The first race goal should be to just complete a 5k whether you run/jog ro walk the whole thing but 5k is very attainable for anyone.