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Anyone can run

Posted on January 29, 2013

I believe anyone can learn to run, and that most people should learn to run. It’s cheap, easy to learn, and wonderful for you health and fitness.

Surprisingly, many people still won’t give it a try.  They have the time, and the sneakers, and the legs, but refuse to even consider giving it a go.  When I ask them why they won’t try it, the most common answer is they are “not able to run”. My response to this answer is always the same. “You are able to run, anyone can run”.

This response has led me to create a workout that can teach anyone how to run in just one attempt. Most people laugh and change the subject, but occasionally somebody will humor me and listen. This is what I tell them to do:

  1. Warm up by walking slowly for 10 minutes, followed by a brief stretch.
  2. Once this is done, walk quickly for about 10 minutes. It should be as fast as you can walk without breaking into a run.
  3. Now it’s time for the running. Set the timer on your watch for 1 minute.  Start it, and run for the entire time. When running, you should intentionally run as slowly as you can, without walking.
  4. After the minute is up, walk for 2 minutes to allow your heart rate to slow back down to a comfortable level.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 six more times.
  6. Walk at an easy pace for 10 minutes to cool down and stretch to finish.

That’s all there is to it!  If you follow this plan you will have just run for approximately 1/2 mile, with about 1/2 mile of walking between your runs.  I expect that this is longer than you have run in many years.

The beauty of running this way is that you get all the good feelings of running, without most of the pains normally associated with running for the first time.  The walks between the runs will give your body time to recover before the next effort, which makes all the difference.

If you want to exercise, or need to exercise, or are just feeling brave, why not get out there and try this workout. Don’t give it too much thought, or discuss it with your entire inner circle; just do it.  You have nothing to lose, and I expect that you will surprise yourself.   Many great runners have started from such simple beginnings.