If you've never been a runner or haven't run in a long while, starting to run can be like feeding a baby solids. A baby doesn't like the new texture and taste at first, but with enough attempts, well, it becomes tolerable, then eventually, enjoyable.
My first bit of advice to anyone starting out is to go to a running store--a real running store, not something you'd find in a mall--to get fitted for a pair or running shoes that match your feet (arch, width, toe box, etc.) as well as your goals (some shoes are better suited for longer distances versus moderate mileage). Reputable running stores hire seasoned runners who can assess all this and put you in the right shoe. You'd be surprised at how far this will go at keeping the aches and pains at bay. The only real equipment you need as a runner is good pair of shoes, so don't skimp (unless you're a barefoot runner, but your feet need to work up to that kind of exposure first, and running store experts can help with that, too). Expect to pay anywhere from $80-$120, but it is money well spent. Next question probably is: How do I find a good running store? Runner's World online has a store locator (click here) to find a shop near you.
Once you find a running shoe "home" you'll be amazed at the wealth of information you can accumulate from the in-house experts. A lot of stores have treadmills so they can watch you run and give you pointers on form. Stores often have seminars on running-related topics and group training runs that leave from the store. About group training runs: Remember in high school when your mom told you to study with people smarter than you? (I know, such a blow when you realized your mom didn't think you were the smartest kid anymore.) Well same theory applies. Run with people who know more, so you can be a sponge.
Running a 5K is the perfect distance for a running goal and fit mom, to keep any running injuries at bay and especially, for time management! If you need guidance, here a few posts for getting started and toeing the 5K start line. By the time you cross the finish you'll be like that baby crying for more.
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