Welcome back to another week of Tuesday Tips with Running Rachel (Running Edition). This week I am going to share with you a few running tips on how to get started running.
Check out the links below to see what you missed!
1. Proper Form While Running
7. Hill Running
8. Running Gear
We have discussed proper form the past few weeks. When you have proper form… it makes running easier and you are less prone to injury.
This week I will be talking about Getting Started!
Over the years (more lately) I have been asked the simple question, “How do I get started running?” There is no simple one line answer to that question (from me atleast).
As with everything in life, whatever you set your mind to do… you CAN. You just need to practice that craft… make it a priority… and you will soon begin to see progress.
You must remember also, that you need to begin slowly and with baby steps. I would not advise someone just starting out to sign up and run a full marathon next week, that would be silly! One would run the risk of injury, burn out, or other not fun ailment.
Walk ~ If you are not already walking and striving for your 10,000 steps a day, you should begin here. Thankfully, many of us are fortunate enough to be able to walk on the two legs God gave us. Walking is free. Remember to start off slow and walk at a comfortable pace.
Strive for a goal walking time of 30 minutes. Once you have reached that goal comfortably increase that walking time by 10% the following week.
When you find that walking is getting a bit too comfortable and you want that added challenge, graduate to step 2.
Walk/Run ~ There are many getting started running programs out there. If you are wanting that extra challenge (for fitness or calorie burn – whatever your goal) running is it!
One way to get started running is to simply walk until you feel the urge to run… then RUN (until you are winded and want to stop) then STOP and WALK. Then repeat as often as your little heart and feet desire. If this walk to running approach is too vague for you, and you like a more structured training plan here is a getting started link to get you started: Cool Running – Couch to 5K (3.1 miles) or my friend Janice’s Learn to Run Program
Running ~ As with anything in life (especially fitness related), start off slow. Listen to your body as you run. Feel free to revisit my running tips (links at the top of this post). Focus on form FIRST, then DISTANCE, then lastly you can focus on your SPEED. This will not happen overnight.
Practice makes progress
You can do this! I have found that it is often a mindset that we have to get over – rather than a physical one. How much do YOU want to get healthy? Do you want to get started? Perhaps you can start by walking (do you own a pedometer).
Get out there… get moving… keep moving forward! You can do it!
Have a blessed and active week!
Disclaimer: I am not a fitness professional. The opinions on my blog are written and based solely from my personal experience and what works for me.)