Calling all runners/ runners-to-be at this forum to join in here on this thread! I just discovered running as a recreational activity a year ago. It gets your heart pumping within no time, increases your stamina, and man is it FUN! Here's what you do, get the right footwear. Choose decent tracks. Both, for running and music tracks in your iPods . I enjoy outdoor running rather than indoors. It gives you an opportunity to see new places, meet people, and you get your daily dose of fresh air. As a side-effect, it has certainly helped me cope my phases of withdrawals. Believe me. It really does great good to our health, and also helps keep myself away from my addiction. Tips for beginners: 1) Start with short distances depending upon your current stamina (but increase distances steadily). You see marathoners around you, that is where you have to reach. But it will take time. 2) Stay hydrated prior to running. Though, as with most workouts, try not to gulp down too much water while running. (It could slow you down and tire you down as the blood flow gets directed to the gut). 3) Diet: Get more proteins and carbs. I'm a vegetarian, so pulses, sprouts and veggies. Although I have eggs. Carbs, preferable prior to running (30-45 min) in are important, though in moderation. 4) Breathing: As you attempt to run consistently, for longer distances, you'll notice that you'll try to set a breathing pattern. You'll do it naturally (do this part without the music), and choose what suits you best. The breathing pattern is important. 5) Develop mental stamina. That will translate into your bodily stamina. 6) Music earplugs and roads with traffic don't mix! When running on roads, make sure that you run in a direction facing the traffic flow, so that you always have an eye on a vehicle approaching. Lets get started. Guys, post your daily developments, your running streaks, and questions here. Though I'm not a pro, I'll try my best to answer those from my experience. Happy running!