1. You'll find as many different answers as there are responses. 2. I'm no
expert, but I have been running since I was 10 (31 now). 3. What I would
consider the MOST important is that you enjoy what you are doing. Running is
enjoyable and rewarding, but what I have found is that most people run too
hard and too fast too early, and it becomes a chore rather than a fun thing.
Jog at a rather easy pace, one where you could hold a conversation with a
partner at the same time. Go slowly, the goal is a lifetime of health, there's
no reason to do it all in a month. You can always speed up, but if you've
been running too fast too often you'll get discouraged, injured, and turned
off to running. Remember, anything you do to raise your heart rate above 50%
of maximum for any length of time will benefit your health AND LOOKS!. Make it
fun, take it easy, and very gradually increase your distances and pace. Ride
your bike some days instead of running.
Hope this helps.
>I am just making the transition from walking to jogging. What do you
>experts consider THE most important thing to focus on for a beginner?
>At this point, I'm ecstatic to just to do one mile, but my motivation
>is high. (I'm 42 years old, by the way, if it matters, an ex-smoker).