The hardest part of running a marathon, a 5k, around the block, is taking that first step. Here are a few awesome tips for how to start running and keep running! Measure each run in minutes, not miles. The goal is to run/walk for at least 30 minutes, eventually building up to 30 minutes of continuous running. It might seem contrary to walk every three to seven minutes, but the goal is minutes, not miles. Start and finish each workout with a few minutes of fast walking. Commit to a schedule. Commit to running three times a week. Don't run two days in a row. Do at least two days of cross-training per week -- cardio and strength/flexibility, and take one day off per week. Measure pace by effort. During your run intervals, you should be able to talk in a conversational tone. If you start to feel like you're losing control of your breathing, slow down. Use technology to your advantage. Track your routes, progress, and speed. There are more apps than you can imagine for fitness. Listen to your body. Monitor how your body feels throughout the run, and adjust the run minutes accordingly. If you start too fast or do too much, you're more likely to injure yourself.