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It sounds stupid, but run slowly. You want to build up your aerobic fitness, which is where you can run without your heart rate speeding up straight away. To do that, you need to run slow enough that your heart isn't speeding up so much every time you start jogging. The more you do that, the fitter and faster you'll get. If you're just starting running, give it 3 weeks on one of these programs, running every two or three days. If your heart speeds up, slow down. I promise you'll get faster if you do it consistently. After 3-5 weeks, you can add in an extra day of "sprint" training or intervals. Check out runnersworld websites for good interval ideas. Good luck! - kate

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Hi Austin,      As a child I hate to give advice to you without first  talking to a parent or to make sure you are cleared by a Dr.  While I SOOOOO encourage kids to exercise and not sit behind a TV or a computer and play games, I hesitate in giving you advice that could hurt you.        Start slow and go from there.  Kate has given great advice on building up your stamina.      Happy Running!

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1.  Get the right running shoes.

Wearing the right running shoes is the key to comfort and injury prevention. Visit a running specialty store to get fitted for the right running shoes for your foot type and running style. Also, make sure you don't run in worn-out running shoes – they should be replaced every 300-400 miles




2.  Learn the proper upper body form.

Improper upper body form can lead to pain in your arms, shoulders, neck, and back. Try to keep your hands at waist level, right about where they might lightly brush your hip. Your arms should be at a 90 degree angle, with your elbows at your sides. Keep your posture straight and erect. Your head should be up, your back straight, and shoulders level.

More: Tips for Proper Running Form

Video - Proper Running Form



3.  Try a run/walk approach.

Most beginner runners start out using a run/walk technique because they don't have the endurance or fitness to run for extended periods of time. The run/walk method involves running for a short segment and then taking a walk break. As you continue with a run/walk program, the goal is to extend the amount of time you're running and reduce your walking time.

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