Choosing a Beginners Running Program
I have been running / walking for a bit over a month. I currently go around a mile or a little over, running 1 minute and then walking 1 minute. I do the mile in around 17 minutes. I would like to increase my mileage, looking ahead to a marathon some day (sigh). Which program should I start with?
Answer by Dominique:
Thanks for your question about the beginner running programs
. Great to hear that you have started running and are already doing a mile! Good work.
It is really up to you which beginners running program you pick.
Suppose you start with Beginners Running Program 1
. After finishing it, you can quite easily pick up Beginners Running Program 2
at, say, week 7 or 8.
Once finished with Beginners Running Program 2, you can transition to Beginners Running Program 3
, starting in week 7 or so.
After that, you can continue with the 10K Running Program
, get used to that distance, and then, the Half Marathon Running Program
And by the time you have worked your way through all of those, I am quite positive I will finally have gotten my act together. By then, you will be able to do a marathon running program
from this site as well!
Of course Beginners Running Program 3 will get you there the quickest. But you will get there via the other running programs as well, it will just take a few weeks longer. And what's a few weeks on a 12- or 24-months plan to conquer the marathon?
Just see whichever program you think suits you best and start that one. The most important thing is that you start / continue running, not which program you choose.
By the way, keep in mind that these Beginner Running Programs
are not absolute law. They are templates. Feel free to skip a week if it is really too easy, repeat a week if it was too tough etc. Just follow the methodology of gradually adding running /exercise time.
Best of luck.
I hope my website will serve you all the way from beginning to run to your ultimate goal of running a marathon! That would be great.
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