How many times have you heard people say “I can’t run. I know I can’t. I ran after my dog / child / the bus the other day and almost died.” ?
I hear it all the time. All.The.Time. And all the time I say “You ran too fast. If you want to start running, you have to start slow. Like really reaaaally slow.”
If you haven’t done any running before you cannot expect your body to be able to run at speed straight away. Walk initially for 5-10 minutes to warm up and then run only at a pace that is slightly faster than your fast walking speed.
Run so slowly that you think that you look stupid. That you think that everyone is looking at you and at how slowly you run.
The truth is that no one is looking at your running speed. Seriously, no one.
So just run slowly enough so that it’s comfortable and enjoyable. If you can keep this up for 10-20 minutes, that’s great, if not, run for a couple of minutes and then walk for a couple of minutes.
Rest for a day and then go out again to walk/run so that it’s comfortable and enjoyable. As soon as you start pushing yourself too much in the beginning your brain will shut down and tell you “I told you that you can’t run.”
Only once you’re able to continuously run for 30 minutes (at whatever pace! :) should you start thinking about increasing speed or distance.
Slow and steady wins the race!
Well, maybe not literally, but it is the way that will put you in tune with your own body – the more you observe at what speed your body likes to run, the more you enjoy it and are able to safely start pushing your limits once you feel ready for it.
It’s not a race to become a runner. It’s a gradual journey of self-discovery. Enjoy it! :)