If you are one of those people, I invite you to peruse the blog for form tips, training, tips etc and encourage you to ask any questions you may have!
A couple of thoughts for people about to launch into a running plan:
There are thousands and thousands of running plans out there, tons of 'couch to 5k' variants (including my own 'Dormant to Dominant'), some are good, some.... not so much.
Things to keep in mind:
- You do Not have to run 6-7 days a week, even 4 or 5 for that matter. If you are starting out and want to be a runner, do 2-3 days a week and then you can move into 3-4 days if you like.
- Make sure you take your rest days, they are important.
- Remember that (especially if you are just starting out), your body doesn't need 3 gatorades, goo packs, and a pasta dinner every night to sustain yourself on your 1-3 (or 6-10...) mile runs.
- Don't worry about stretching before your runs, just start your runs off slow and allow your own motion to be stretch out your muscles
- Do stretch afterwards (focus on calves, quads, and hamstrings)
- It's a slow process - you can't jump 2 miles in distance every week. With that said, there's no magic number or formula (they Are out there... they are a lie) to calculate how much to move. Listen to Your body.
- Just remember, if you are running solely to lose weight, you will not stick with it, it will not last (because you will not enjoy it).
Relax, keep your head up, and enjoy every step - run to relieve stress, run to 'get away', run to meditate, run to feel Alive --
Happy running everyone!