Six-week be­gin­ners’ run­ning plan Start to­day, run for­ever

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

your jour­ney to­wards be­com­ing a run­ner. The ‘finish line’ is one mile away; the start line is right here. It doesn’t matter how im­prob­a­ble it might sound right now – em­bark on it with com­mit­ment, con­fi­dence and pa­tience, and with the guid­ance you’ll find on the fol­low­ing pages you will get there.

Couch to 5K pro­grammes have in­tro­duced thou­sands of peo­ple to run­ning. But we un­der­stand that for some, that dis­tance feels too daunt­ing. One mile (1,609 me­tres) is a dis­tance every­one can get their head around and any­one – in­clud­ing you – can achieve, no matter how un­fit you may feel right now.

You may not re­mem­ber when you last ran a sin­gle step. You may look back on school cross-coun­try runs with a dis­tinct ab­sence of fond­ness. You may be filled with doubts about whether run­ning is for you. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place. Our First Mile pro­gramme will ease you into reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity, grad­u­ally in­creas­ing in time and in­ten­sity over six weeks. Or, if you can’t cur­rently walk for 20 min­utes non-stop, we’ve in­cluded a four-week pre-plan to first get you to that level.

For in­spi­ra­tion, we’ll share the phys­i­cal, men­tal and spir­i­tual re­wards run­ning will bring. And we’ll show you how to get started, how to progress safely and how to avoid ev­ery ob­sta­cle in your path. Your jour­ney of 1,609 me­tres starts with a sin­gle step – take it by read­ing on…

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