How to Launch your Running

Ask anyone who has ever discussed running with me and they’ll tell you the first two things I talk about are consistency and patience. Developing running efficiency takes time and requires consistent effort. It is important to start off right and cultivate the correct habits for a beginning runner to establish consistency and stay patient. Here are just a few ideas on how to get your running started…

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Run/Walk: Many people literally run themselves out of running before they even really start. They bite off more than they can chew and end up with injuries. As a beginner there is absolutely nothing wrong with a run/walking regime. For example, run one minute, walk for the next minute and repeat. The duration of your running and walking intervals will vary depending on your fitness level but the point is: start slow and build up. You have to get your body used to being on your feet and moving for an extended period of time.

Find a Friend: Misery loves company; running is often more enjoyable if you have a buddy. Chances are that you know someone else who runs and if not you’re in luck because RunColo Training has a group of runners with a wide range of abilities, you’ll fit right in!

Combat Boredom: If you can’t find someone to run with or simply would rather be on your own, there are many great ways to prevent your running from becoming stale. Personally, I like to keep my mind active while running and will often listen to audiobooks or podcasts to occupy my thoughts. If that’s not for you, try picking up the pace every now and then. Forcing your body to work harder will keep boredom at bay, as you will be focusing on maintaining your effort level. Another great method is to change up your route. A change of scenery can be just what you need to revitalize your running.

These are just a few ideas to get you introduced to running and keep running for years to come!

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RunColo's coaching founders, Simon and Tristan, bring a special combination of passion and experience to their platform. A lot of coaches bring one or the other and it's half a program.  You'll feel the difference, whether it's on a conference call about your training schedule, or in person at a track workout.  In each case their sound instincts and spirited enthusiasm will compel you to work harder and position you to meet your goals.  I have often had some of my best efforts while training in their workouts, whether it was pushing me through a 400 repeat on the track or a 20 miler in mid day summer heat!
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