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Running 101: A Beginner's Guide

A running plan

You can benefit from just 30 minutes of running, 3 times a week.

Start by running 20 minutes at a time, and increase the amount and frequency only when you feel comfortable with your current level of training. Don't be afraid to take walking breaks when needed.

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Running 101: A Beginner's Guide

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A running plan

You can benefit from just 30 minutes of running, 3 times a week.

Start by running 20 minutes at a time, and increase the amount and frequency only when you feel comfortable with your current level of training. Don't be afraid to take walking breaks when needed.

Running equipment

Invest in a good pair of running shoes and a quality shirt made from wicking material to keep you drier.

A sports watch and heart-rate monitor are nice to have.

Pace of running

Running will put you slightly out of breath when you start. It should eventually decrease. You should be able to hold a conversation when you're running a good pace.

Once a week, run a faster speed to increase your fitness level.

How to get rid of side stitches

Side stitches are caused by a lack of oxygen in your GI muscles. Exhale hard and long, or slow down your pace until the stitch subsides.

If it is a recurring problem, consider avoiding solid food immediately before and after a workout. 

Food and weight

Running burns an average of 100 calories per mile. Eat a balanced diet, mostly carbohydrates, followed by equal parts of fats and proteins.

If you want to lose weight, regulate your diet and use running to tone your body.

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Ramp up slowly

If you did 3 short runs in your first week, you shouldn’t double that for week 2, even if you feel fine. 

Progress takes more time than you think, because each body system adapts ...

A beginner routine should include:
  • Most or all of your runs at a pace that feels comfortable, controlled, and conversational.
  • Exercise that is not running, if you feel that the above isn’t enough for you: Cycling and other cross-training can work your lungs and muscles without putting too much strain on your tendons and ligaments.
  • Strength training, to help everything get stronger and more adaptable.
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