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This short list of tips doesn't come from me, but from John Wooden, legendary coach of the UCLA mens' basketball team known for 10 national championships. I'll highlight a few of his quotes this week as I find them.
Here's one to start with that I think is a good one for beginning runners:
"Nothing will work unless you do."
To me, this means that you can't be a runner without doing some running. How much you do is up to you, and your goals will be different depending on whether you are hoping to run a 5K or a marathon, but the point is setting goals are working for them.