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Learning to Run

Hello, everyone! With so many places closed, there are few places where you can exercise besides a walk down your block or a stroll through a park. Some of you may have seen runners and thought about trying it out, but don’t know where to begin. If you are one of these people, I’ve shared tips on how to start.

The website Runner’s World has compiled a list of steps of how to begin. Here are some of them:

  1. Get Motivated: Write down a goal and make sure you see it every day. Every time you see it, you will think of achieving it. Another motivator can be creating a music playlist that you will look forward to listening to while you run. If you have friends who also want to run, you can run together and offer each other encouragement
  2. Just Get Moving: Before you begin running, spend a few weeks walking briskly. I recommend doing this at the same time every day. The length of your walks should gradually increase.
  3. Starting to Run: At the beginning, you can alternate between running and walking. You may want to run and walk for the same amount of time. As your endurance builds up, the amount of time you will need to walk will decrease. You should slowly increase the time and distance that you run.

Runner’s World has created weekly workout plans which I recommend. 

Please do not feel discouraged if some of your runs are difficult in the beginning. It takes time for your body to adapt to running. I can assure you from personal experience that if you follow a workout plan, your endurance will gradually increase and your runs will become easier. 

Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t always feel like running. I’ve been running for several years and I don’t always look forward to it. Once I get going, though, I usually feel really good!

These are some books that may motivate you to run:

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek 

Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes 

Born to Run by Chris McDougall 

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Finding Ultra by Rich Roll