Left. Right. Re­peat.

Keep­ing marathon train­ing sim­ple for be­gin­ners

Canadian Running - - DEPARTMENTS - By Mark Kennedy Mark Kennedy is the founder of the pop­u­lar None to Run pro­gram.

When train­ing for your first road race, look­ing too far ahead in your train­ing plan can make the jour­ney seem even more daunt­ing. Enter Mark Kennedy, founder of the pop­u­lar None to Run pro­gram with some ad­vice, and a work­out, that takes things one step at a time.

A marathon is of­ten seen as the ul­ti­mate run­ning goal, but for some start­ing out, it can seem as dis­tant as Mars. When build­ing up to run a 5k, 10k and even­tu­ally a marathon, begin­ner run­ners must progress slowly and run with con­sis­tency.

Be­com­ing a con­sis­tent run­ner is hard. Peo­ple strug­gle to find the time to run. Ir­reg­u­lar and de­mand­ing work sched­ules, kids and other com­mit­ments make it dif­fi­cult to give run­ning the time it needs. Those new to run­ning get out of breath quickly and won­der why the heck they’re inf lict­ing pain on them­selves.

None to Run is a 12-week run­ning plan for begin­ner run­ners. It pro­gresses slowly, is adapt­able and helps peo­ple gain the con­sis­tency and con­fi­dence they’re look­ing for. The first week’s work­out is de­signed for be­gin­ners to ex­pe­ri­ence early suc­cess. Most peo­ple find the work­out easy and fin­ish with some fuel in the tank. That’s the point; each run builds on the last.

None to Run also in­cor­po­rates walk breaks to slowly in­crease time spent run­ning and over­all time on your feet. Don’t worry about pace. That can come later. When just start­ing out, run­ners need early wins, a taste of suc­cess and this sim­ple work­out pro­vides just that.

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