"Choose someone who ideally lives or works near you, and someone who will hold you accountable," Zapo says. Accountability is huge, especially if you're scheduling runs as though they're meetings. It's a lot harder to ditch if someone else is planning on showing up.
Set up weekly goals and track your progress
If the success of Fitbit and its relatives is any indicator, people LOVE tracking themselves. You don't need a $100 bracelet to tell you how you're doing, or a $400 GPS watch to log your weekly mileage; Kunz recommends setting weekly goals to keep you on track. At first, it might just be setting aside time to run Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday your first week, and "checking off" each run as you complete it.
Zapo suggests using a calendar to track your daily workouts. "It helps to see [your progress] somewhere visible each day," Zapo says. She also recommends using a social fitness-tracking app, like Strava, to record and track runs, or purchasing a running watch if you are looking to make an investment.
Ask someone who's actually done it
This is always the most underrated aspect of starting a new habit. Why not find someone who's been successful at what you're trying to do? "Don't be afraid to ask questions," Lemmer advises. "Runners love to talk about running, and you would be surprised how many runners there are out there!"