I have always said that running is cheaper than therapy (I think I saw this saying on a T-Shirt). That is so true. Today I ran 3 miles with a friend who just started running. She started a few months ago and she keeps getting faster with each run. I am so proud of her! We normally follow Jeff Galloway’s run/walk plan and today we did a shorter run focusing on increasing our speed. We did 3 miles in 28 minutes. I was glad she was there for me mentally and I am glad I got the chance to push her a bit too. My tips for new runners are to find a plan that you like and use it. Don’t feel intimidated. When I first started running I could barely run 1 mile and so I quit. Now I am totally addicted to running especially with friends. Find a friend to run with who can help you or push you when you need it. If you don’t have a friend find a local running group. Most running shoe stores can connect you with a running group. Keep track of those miles. This shows your accomplishment and can be a form of motivation. Sign up for a short race to have a goal. And most of all just go out for a run and enjoy it. Don’t get too mental. So go out for a run with a friend and enjoy it!