If you’re new to long distance running make sure you have a chat to the doctor first. Running is stressful for your body so if your doctor has concerns you may have to consider another sport.
To really get into long distance running and notice the benefits it is best to set yourself a training plan, and stick to it. I spoke to a personal trainer to develop my plan here. Your local gym should help you with this and if not take inspiration from running event websites to create your own. It’s also important that you build conditioning and strength training into your programme to help support your muscles.
Do remember that proper hydration is vital for any runner. Rest is also a must. You can’t run a long a distance race every day of the week as your muscles need time to repair so always schedule in a rest day. And, if you can afford it, treat yourself to a monthly sports massage – you deserve it after all of the hard work.