1.11.2014

Walkers, Joggers, Runners!


I absolutely loved your comments in the Becoming a Runner post! This post is a spin off from those comments and questions, so thank you!

Guess what, guys? It's okay to walk while running


When I write workouts for beginner runners I always start out with running {I generally refer to it as jogging, it seems to cause less anxiety for people} for a short period of time and then let them walk for a short period of time.  For example, I am currently helping a co-worker train for a marathon in September. I asked him how long he could run {jog} without stopping. He said he was sure he could go for five minutes. So, the first workout I gave him was run for three minute, walk for one and then repeat for a total duration of 20 minutes. 

I was also sure to tell him the pace he went needed to be a pace where he could  hold a conversation. He may have laughed and said he couldn't hold a conversation while jogging at all. The point is this: it doesn't matter how slow it is, as long as it is running/jogging.

If you can only run for a block, start becoming a runner by going outside, running half a block, walking the other half and do so for 15-20 minutes. It is just that easy.

The next question I will address will be about how to breathe while running, so make sure to check back soon!

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If you have any questions pertaining to running, please feel free to shoot an email to runaholic {at} gmail {dot} com or leave a comment and I will answer your question in a future blog post! I will also answer personal questions whether it be about training programs or whatever you heart desires. :)

To see the first installment of the Becoming a Runner series, please go here

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I have a guest post up on From L&P to English Tea today regarding my success {or lack of it} with my New Year's Resolutions! Check it. :)

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