I firmly believe all of us are capable of becoming runners. Granted, not all of us are capable of becoming Kara Goucher or Usain Bolt. But we all have an innate ability to run in some way or another.
Jeff Galloway formed the run/walk method which brought running to the masses. He was the first to create predesigned plans for runners and started the group and charity running craze. What he had in mind really works. In order to start running, you don’t have to strap on your shoes and go run three straight miles. If that were the case, I would still be sitting on the couch today talking about how crazy running is.
The run/walk method has helped many non-runners find a love of the sport. It follows the “huff and puff” method where you take more breaks or slow down when you find yourself short of breath. This is almost like a form of interval training, or perhaps those fartleks we all love! Run at a pace that suits you, and then walk when you feel the need to take a rest break.
This method will help to keep you injury free, requires less mileage and conserves your resources which will aid in a speedier recovery. It won’t take up a lot of your time and you are in control, making it a bit easier to add to your daily schedule.
You can simply start out with a time or distance goal. “Today I am going to run/walk for 15 minutes.” Or, “Today I am going to run/walk for 1 mile.” This method will require you to up your limits over time and you need to be accountable for yourself. Once you can run 3 minutes without stopping, you will need to find that next little push to get to the 4 minute mark. The goal is to find a way over time to push yourself a little bit more.
Remember, running is never easy and the better you get the more ways you will find to make it harder for yourself. But there is a way to make it work for any level, age, and body type.
Are you considering starting to run or trying your hand at a 5k, 10k, or more? I am a certified distance running coach, a personal trainer, athletic coach and a runner myself. If you are looking for some help, advice, or training tips/plans send me your comments or questions, I would love to help!