Walk to run workouts are, hands down, the most effective, safest, and surest way to become a runner. [Read more…]
Everybody worries about race strategy, and no one more than the first-timer. I suspect for most runners that first 5k is more nerve-wracking than a first marathon. [Read more…]
If you’ve never heard of the term ‘fartlek,’ you’re probably laughing – or at least snickering. [Read more…]
We’ve all heard of people-watching. Let me introduce you to runner-watching. It’s less entertaining but much more useful. Even the most untrained eye will, with a little coaching from me, be able to spot good running form. [Read more…]
Improving your running form will mean avoiding injury and running more comfortably, two worthwhile pursuits for any runner, and there is no better time to master it than at the very beginning of your running career when you’re only running a few steps at a time. In this podcast, I explain correct form in the first of two episodes on this topic.
One of the most common concerns among beginner runners is that they struggle to breathe, often saying, “I can never seem to catch my breath” or “I feel like I’m breathing through a straw.” For many runners, it’s just a matter of learning how to breathe. Many, many people are still following the advice of an ill informed physical education coach from high school years. We’ve come a long way since then. Breathing while running is a huge issue for some runners. This episode will help.
I’ve learned that new runners – even the newest runners – will progress more comfortably and with fewer injuries when they apply proven principles that veteran runners use to guide their training. The difference is that they must be modified to be appropriate for beginner runners. In this podcast I explain one of the hard easy principle, and how to apply it. This one simple concept could be the difference between succeeding in becoming a runner and being relegated to the sidelines. It will keep you healthy and comfortable when you run.
I explain exactly what is included in the Mojo for Running Coaching Program, what the weekly schedules include, and how they break down into a gradual progression from mostly walking to running, then from being able to run to being able to run 3.1 miles, a 5k. The program gradually moves complete non-runners from walking to running while putting great focus on conditioning. From there, the next few weeks take the beginner runner to a 5k. Then there are schedules for the runner to polish that 5k a bit before moving on to their first 10k. Then, there are schedules that move the runner on to a 10k and eventually on to a half marathon.
So, you can progress seamlessly from one set of schedules to the next until you’re ready for a half marathon.
It’s all explained in this podcast in much greater detail.
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While you won’t need much in the way of equipment, good running shoes are, of course, a must. After listening to this episode, you’ll be prepared for the all-important shopping trip. Discover what to look for, which questions to ask, and how to know if the salesperson is knowledgeable.
You’ll need to understand the terminology, and you’ll need to know what to do. You’ll need an overview of the types of shoes available to you. Running shoes for beginners are just as important as running shoes for experienced runners. This is not the place to cut corners, but you certainly don’t need the most expensive shoes. If you go to a reputable running store, you should be in good hands, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your homework before you go.
Buying running shoes, the right running shoes, will impact your success because the wrong shoes could actually cause injury. I’ve seen it happen.
Veteran runners can choose from a variety of different forms of cross training, but new runners will need to be quite careful about cross training because if they are not already physically fit, the cross training may sap their energy and tire the muscles they should be saving for their running days. Enter hiking. Hiking is the perfect form of cross training for someone just embarking on a running career, and this episode explains why it is ideal. Hopefully, it will motivate you to get out there and start hiking to help you attain better running fitness.