For those taking up running in 2012, some tips excerpted from Yoga Eat Run
1) Where to Run: There are so many routes one can take. Mapmyrun is a website that can give you some local routes. Every now and then switch up where you’re running, it will keep things fresh.
2) What to Wear: Get a good air of running shoes. You probably have a running store in your vicinity, go there and they should be able to advise you on the right running shoes for you.
3) Check the weather: Depending where you live, dressing properly is important. For cold weather places, dress in layers and peel away as you heat up.
4) Run with people: Running with people can make for a fun running experience. Check with your local running store or club to find the right group and running partner.
5) Take it easy: If you are a beginning runner, take it slowly. Start to run at a pace that allows you to have a conversation with a partner.
6) Losing weight: The average person will burn at least 100 calories per mile. To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. So running will help you shed weight by burning more calories than you would by sitting on the couch. Just remember not to eat the calories that you worked hard to burn by running.
7) Get and stay motivated: There are many resources on the web to get and keep you motivated. Also use your running partners to help you stick with it. Yoga Eat Run offers the following as good places to get motivation: Runners World Magazine and the Dailymile.com.
8. Use a running program: Running has been around for a while so don’t reinvent the wheel. There are many programs out there that will help you evolve in to the runner you want to be. Here is one good source, Hal Higdon’s guides for running.