|Beginner's guide to long distance running|
by Sean Fishpool
I started at the very beginning - run 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes, seven times, every second day for a week. Over a period of 10 weeks you build up to running 30 minutes non-stop, and I like how you are encouraged to listen to your body and repeat weeks whenever you feel like it.
I followed the schedule quite religiously as I really wanted to ensure my aging muscles and tendons were gradually conditioned to avoid any chance of injury - I don't want to go there! It has been rewarding for me to cross each week off the list and see myself getting closer to each goal, but occasionally I'd miss a run or two and punish myself by going back a week!
Anyway now I've progressed to the next level, I want to make sure I keep progressing and don't have to drop backwards again and repeat my hard work - onwards and upwards is the direction I want to be heading. And that is my motivation for starting a running blog!
My current level is four runs a week - two easy, one long, and one speedwork. I love the speedwork days - it feels great to 'run' rather than jog, and it seems to have made a difference already - although that could be my imagination!
What motivated you to start running? Was it also a book, or another running program, or some other influence altogether?