But you, potentially new runner, doesn't have to!
Here is a great source to find many answers to your running questions!
Ryan Roberts new book, The Ultimate Beginner's Running Guide: The Key To Running Inspired will provide you with all you need to know to get you from the couch to the road!
I really liked this book because it was simple and enjoyable to read yet covered everything. Each chapter detailed basic but important running stuff. From picking the right footwear to figuring out running nutrition and hydration. But the book also addresses much of the mental games that runners go through. The books delves into issues like being 'self-conscious' and building confidence. It talks about finding motivation. I appreciated that the author chose not to omit these very important parts of running. Often, getting the right sneakers on is the easy part. Roberts writes about using visualization to help get you going. I can't tell you how important of a tool this was for me early on, so I'm glad he thought to address this concept in his book.
Each chapter also ends with a summary to help readers to further reflect on the highlights of the chapter.
If you are a new runner or know someone who is considering making the leap into the running world, this is a great read. And, even as someone who's been running for a few years - I still got a lot out of the book. It was a great refresher on a few things I've forgotten.
If you are interested in checking it out or giving it as a gift - here's the link to Amazon.
I was not paid for this review, the author offered me a copy of the book to read and I read it. I had no obligation to write this review and the opinions are entirely my own.