There are natural runners.......
(Anderson really gets into running...)
(My husband and his sister after a race.)
And then there are those who know that running is good, want to try it, but just aren't...well...natural.
(Me (not a natural) and Carys (a natural) after my race.)
I, obviously, fall into the second category. I don't just hop out of bed one fine day and decide I'm going to run a 5K, or even a 1K for that matter. I have to build up.
A few years ago, I ran across a running plan in a Brazilian magazine. I followed the plan and worked my way into being able to run for 30 minutes without stopping. Of course, since then I've lost the copy of the magazine, but I remember the main idea of the plan.
Maybe there are some more "unnatural runners" out there like me, who would like to get into running. Here is a way you can work your way into it.
- Walk 5 minutes
- Run slowly 2 minutes
- Run fast 1 minute
- Walk 2 minutes
- Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 until you have done them 5 times.
- Walk 5 minutes to cool down.
That's it. After that gets easy to do, make it a little harder by reducing the walking time and increasing the running time. Keep going until you don't need to walk anymore.
I am doing this right now with a friend of mine who hadn't run in a long time. The first day she barely made it and had to stop several times. After 2 weeks, running 3 times a week, she is doing this much more easily and is ready to increase the running.