FIND A POINT TO AIM FOR
You certainly don’t have to be a beginner runner to follow this tip. I use it all the time. Pick an point in the horizon to aim for. It helps if it’s an object such as the next lamp post or a tree.
Make yourself run to your chosen object. When you reach it take a walking break before finding a new point to aim for.
As you get stronger, increase the distances between walking breaks until you can run consistently at a steady pace.
The Couch To 5K program works on the same idea, alternating walking and running. You can download the podcast for free.
CONQUER YOUR BREATHING
Try to take deep belly breaths when you’re running rather than shallow breaths. If you’re struggling to breathe – slow down.
A rhythm helps such as take three steps while breathing in, three steps while breathing out. Taking up yoga is also good if you’re struggling with your breathing technique.
Most runners breathe through their mouth, especially when they pick up the pace.
(If you’re struggling to breathe because you’re going down with a cold, it’s time to head home. Read my advice about running with a cold).