Recent running convert offers tips for other new runners.

Once overweight and out of shape but now a diehard runner, Mia Harris Cover offers these tips for new runners: Pair up with a pal: If it wasnt for [my friend Lauren], I wouldnt have stuck with it. She was so encouraging. Train with pros: Cover got expert advice and support from a local running shop. They make anybody who walks in feel like a runner. They were a big part of my success. Give yourself rewards: I totally reward myself with cute running clothes! she says. Her faves: running skirts and Icebreaker running shirts. Made of wool, they wick sweat fabulously. Or I say that if I get a certain amount of miles in in a week, we can go out for ice cream. Spread the word: Cover told lots of friends she was training for her first half-marathon. That way, she was better motivated to stick with it, because she didnt want to report failure. Brought to you by: American Profile