There is a steep learning curve for distance running
A beginning runner that wants to take up running can go about it in one of two ways: The first is to work with an experienced runner and have them guide you through the steps to become a better runner. The second way is that you can try it yourself and go through a learning curve of progress.
Success will come either way if you just stick with the effort and put in your miles on a regular basis.
I started many years ago and at the time there were not many experienced runners around for long-distance races. I had run track in my college days. I ran the low hurdles and 440-yard dash usually.