Running when you are a beginner

Well at least once, we are all beginning runners.  As I get ready for my first full marathon on Sunday, I’m still a novice, but I no longer consider myself a beginner.  There is a point in your training where you realize you are a runner.  Running for beginners is a very intimidating  thing.  Its super easy right, one foot then the other foot.  Now do that again and again as fast as you can!  See, easy right?  Then you think, I wonder if these are the best shoes for this.  Or, you realize your left foot feels like it is broken.  Or you think you pulled something.  If you are overweight like me, you want to make sure that your beginning forays into running don’t end in permanent injury.  I had at least 100 questions starting out.  Nutrition for running, still not sure about this.  Shoes, I have a pretty good grip on running shoes for beginners/novices like myself now.  There are a few good articles out there for us beginning runners.  I’ll share a couple of my favorites here.


Couch to 5k running program for beginners

This is a good start for beginners in the running arena.  A 5k is 3.1 miles and you can walk it in an hour if you are really slow like I was  starting out.  If you are overweight like me, this beginner program may still be a little too much.  If that is the case, take roughly twice as many weeks and start with half of each session.  I started with 10 minutes of workout plus 5 warm up cool down instead of 20 minutes.  I mean I had done nothing in years, 30 minutes of strenuous running was too much for me to begin with.  You can always try it and dial it back if you have trouble.


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I have gone up and down in weight over my life. I ran cross-country in high school, but that was 25 years ago. I was up to 245lbs at 5'6" tall, not good. I have tried all different styles of eating, from vegan to low-carb. After really seeing how out of shape I was, I decided to get in shape. A year later, I have been running at least 3 days a week and am getting ready for my first marathon. As a fat runner, I'm not fast, I'm not going to win, but I will finish.

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