In this life, you fit into one of two categories:
NOT A RUNNER
I most definitely fit into the latter.
Pretty much the only time you’ll find me running is if someone or something is chasing me.
Doing all the running right out of the gate is not how you get better at running.
You need to ease your body into it by doing some run/walks. For example, run 30 seconds then walk for 1 minute. Or vice versa. Maybe even run one street block and walk the next.
Once you’ve established your run/walk intervals, set a time goal and gradually increase it. Maybe this week you run/walk for 20 minutes for 3-4 days and next week you aim for 30 minutes.
Regardless of how you set it up, take the time to ease into this form of exercise. Your body will thank you for it.
STEP 3: FIND A GOOD ROUTE
There are so many options when it comes to running.
You can run on your local high school track. Just make sure you’re not trespassing. ;)
Or take advantage of the treadmill at the gym.
The key is to find a place that you will actually do it AND enjoy it. But also not get hurt.
STEP 4: KEEP NUTRITION BALANCED
You need to eat enough to fuel your new found love of running.
This doesn’t mean go hog wild. But it does mean you may need to eat a bit more carbohydrates.
The good ones, of course. No donuts while you run. ;)
Increased demand on the body requires more fuel. So don’t skimp on the nutrition.
STEP 5: FIND A GOOD TRAINING PROGRAM
There are a ton of resources out there in Google-land to get you started. One of the most popular programs is Couch to 5K. It incorporates the run/walk intervals I mentioned above.
The only challenge I have with most of these coaching programs is that they don’t take into account strength training.
If you want to be good at running, you NEED to strengthen your muscles too. Running does not build muscle. In fact, too much running tends to burn it up IF you’re not regularly participating in a strength training program.
So how do you combine running and strength training without working out all the time and get better at running?
Well I’ve asked my dear friend Shira Nelson of Mom Beyond Baby to share her story in the coming weeks on my blog. Shira is an avid runner but also believes in the importance of lifting heavy. In fact she’s coming out with a new program in a couple weeks called Running Beyond Baby.
Don’t worry, it’s not just for moms.
But I’ve seen a sneak peek at this program and by golly, it’s totally something I would do, if I was a runner that is. Imagine running ONLY 2 days a week to prepare for a 5K?
Yeah, it’s real and possible.
So don’t miss next week’s video interview with Shira to hear exactly how to improve your running ability without actually running ALL.THE.TIME.
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.