Training Resources For Beginner Runners

Yesterday, different-beat asked if I had any advice for someone who was thinking about starting to run, but didn’t know where to start.

My response (here) was advice based solely on my own personal experience. Perhaps there was a different, easier path I could have chosen to becoming a stronger runner. In fact, I shouldn’t even say “perhaps.” There were definitely several things I could have done much differently to get to where I am now and one of my Twitter followers, Darryl Leech (@ActiveRedLive) shared a method that he used to build endurance that I think is worth taking a look at for new runners.

If you’re just starting out with running, I don’t think it would hurt for you check out his post, take a look at the program, and give it a try. It’s my belief that different things will work for different people, and it’s quite possible that this sort of set could be just the thing you need to kick start your running. Honestly, I wish I had had more resources like this when I had first begun.

As far as my thoughts on the program go, I think it makes sense. Controlled breathing is super important no matter what type of exercise you’re doing and Darryl’s program is a great way to practice it while running. I’m actually interested to try this run out for myself. Personally, I’ve always been an endurance athlete. When I swam competitively, I would have chosen swimming 1,000 yards at a moderate pace over 50 yards spiriting any and every day. So, I can’t much relate to not wanting to just keep going and going and going, which Darryl talks a bit about.

Even though a continuous, lengthy run may not be “what our bodies were meant for,” long, endurance workouts are what feels best for me. But I’m not you. You have to find what feels right for your body.

The bottom line is that everyone is different. Switch it up and try different methods until you find your groove. If you’re not a “just get out there and go” type of person like me, and think you’d benefit from a regimented plan as you start to take on the challenge of becoming a runner, try these links:

Cool Running’s Couch-to-5K Running Plan

The Runner’s World 8-Week Beginning Runner’s Training Program

Women’s Health Magazine – “Start Running: Beginners Guide Running Plan”