Graduates of the 2005 Run For Your Life Training Program: Wear Good Supportive Athletic Shoes (fade in background music.)
If I could offer you only one tip for future training; good, supportive shoes would be it. Studies have indicated that a good training shoe will reduce injuries. The rest of my advice has no basis other than my own collective experience. I'll share it now.
Don't worry about winning. Sometimes you will and sometimes you won't. Losing will give you motivation to try harder.
Don't worry about coming in last. Finishing an event is an accomplishment, in and of itself.
Keep your old race T-shirts. Be kind to your body. Don't be ashamed of it. It's a gift.
Stretch. Don't feel guilty if you miss a week or two of training. Your body will appreciate the break.
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