Running may be one of the simplest fitness activities to pick up—you just need a pair of shoes and the open road—but it’s also hard on your body if you’re not used to it.

I spoke with Jason Fitzgerald, a running coach (and longtime friend of Lifehacker) who specializes in helping runners avoid injury. Here are some tips—backed by evidence and his years of experience—on how to avoid getting injured at the beginning of your running journey.

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