I have decided that the time has come to do something about my appalingly low levels of stamina and general fitness. I am 23y old, skinny, and get tired when catching a bus. Goal: running half-marathon.
I was hoping you could point me in the right direction - having done a bit of research, I have realized that there are thousands of approaches to running, and... got lost.
I have researched a Runnersworld-recommended running shop in my vicinity - so I will get a pair of good shoes soon.
But how about the training schedule itself? I have found "Hal Higdon Marathon Training Guide - Novice Supreme" which seems to be nicely set up. And hey, 2.5km (1.5 mile) should be doable for the first run. What do you think about this schedule?
I have also heard about the idea of "jogging" for X minutes, then sprinting for Y seconds/minutes and so on - what do you think about it? How do you call it, what is its purpose and... is it a good idea for a beginner?
In general - any tips and advice would be really appreciated.
Thank you so much in advance!
C25K sounds fantastc - I will definitely give it a try. I understand that I should run as slow as possible, making sure to run for the designated time (e.g. 10 minutes), rather than focusing on the distance.
Also, I understand that the natural progression of training plans in the running world is: 5K; 10K; half-marathon; marathon. (as opposed to starting with 10K plan or taking half-marathon training just after 5K). That will definitely help me when searching through the Internet.
Are there any... runners-dating sites? . I mean, a nice place where I could find a fellow Londoner who I could join in running once I learn how to put one leg in the front of the other?
Also... do you know any good apps for Android for running? I was hoping to have something which could monitor my running + distance + have the schedule pre-installed... I have seen "Couch-to-5K" by Active.com. Have anyone used it? Is there some other system/application/website which could be used to keeping track of the running?
Power to you, Dante! Go for it!
try Runkeeper for your android, you can put in training schedules and it keeps track of your progress and distance, and its free!
as for people to run with, consider parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk
its a free, timed 5k event run all over the country every saturday. its for all abilities, so dont be worried you will be too slow. I believe this weekend may be a 'resolution run' as well, and i know our local one will have 'running buddies' to help first timers.
good luck and well done!
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