Basic Intermediate Runner's
|Great Strides 2007 Shelly Florence Glover|
Week 1: Getting Started
Runner's Handbook Recommended Reading
General Basic Intermediate Guidelines
Running is simple, left foot then right foot, left foot and right foot and so on. Here are a few form cues to make your running adventures more comfortable and successful.
You'll probably have sore muscles for a few days after your first workouts. Its normal - it's okay. A warm bath or shower may help you loosen up the day after a run and before workouts.
If you can't keep up with the schedule, don't give up. Stay at the level you can handle until you feel confident enough to move on. So what if it takes you 12 or 16 weeks to complete the program? Don't worry. Don't hurry. Remember it took you awhile to get out of shape and its going to take you some time to get fit. Your goal is to run non-stop for 30 minutes - smiling and talking all the way. It doesn't matter if it takes you four weeks or four months to reach that goal.
Stay With It
You may be motivated to run for any of the usual reasons: to lose weight, look better, feel better or improve your health.
Many people drop out on the way to getting fast and fit, or get in shape only to give up. Be patient. It's going to take a while to get into good shape. Lasting results mean a lasting commitment. Be persistent. Be consistent.
A Little More
Running Coach Shelly Glover has a master's degree in exercise physiology from Columbia University. She co-authored The Runner's Handbook and The Competitive Runner’s Handbook, is a veteran road runner and marathoner. She also coaches The Greater New York Racing Team is available for private coaching. Coaching Services