New to Running - Need Some Tips for Beginning Runners for a Race In Five Months Time
I am out of shape and over weight, a 37 year old female. I have begun a weight loss program consisting of cutting calories and increasing my exercise. I do weight lifting every other day and cardio 6 day s per week. I began by walking one mile on my treadmill and have over the last few weeks increased it to where I can jog 1 3/4 to 2 miles first thing in the morning.
My goal is to run a 7 mile road race five months from now. A year ago I broke 3 bones in my leg/ankle and now have 3 plates and 17 screws. It has fully healed and I have vowed not to allow myself to take my ability to walk or run for granted. I could use any advise to help me prepare for this race.Answer by Dominique:
Thanks for your question regarding your upcoming 7 mile road race.
I should be able to give you some beginner running tips.
I think you have made a good start. Six days of cardio is pretty impressive. It should help get you in better shape and hopefully you'll keep on seeing steady improvement for a long time.
The key tip for beginning runners is to combine running and walking. It looks like you have already been doing that with your treadmill running. Just do run/walks and try to build it up slowly over time.
You still have about five months, that should give you a very reasonable chance to get ready for your race.
I'd suggest taking a look at my Beginners Running Program 3
. It helps get people ready for running 30 minutes non-stop via a run/walk approach.
You are already a bit advanced, so you'd be able to start somewhere in week 4 - week 6 or so.
Once you can do 30 minutes non-stop you can progress to the Beginner's 10k Running Program
, a 12-week 10k running program.
There is not that much difference in between 10k and 7 miles, so once you have worked through the 10k running program you'll be pretty well prepared for your 7 mile race.
Regarding calories/weight loss etc., check out the Running for Weight Loss
section with some useful info.
Hope this helps.
Best of luck.
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