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.
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.