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Archives for the day Monday, March 14th, 2011

Running for Beginners

Spring is here.  A lot of people are looking at their waist lines and worrying about that winter layer hanging over the Speedos.  If this is your first attempt at working your weight off, there are a few rules to follow.

The rules will follow below.  First, think about how many people make a living off selling you exercise stuff that you will rarely use.  You don’t need much to get into shape.  For running, you really only need the following: shoes, clothes and a road to run on.  To the rules!

  • Get out and do it
  • Do not worry about pace
  • Take your time
  • If you are tired, take a walk break
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Running a few days a week is fine
  • Stretching is good but do not stress about it

Do you notice a theme here?  I am all about getting out and working.  I am also all about taking it easy.  I rarely go more than two weeks without someone coming up to me with some type of injury because they are just starting out and they are going too hard.

Rome was not built in a day.  The foundation has to be built before the aqueducts can be erected.  Get out and play.  Do not worry about what other people are doing.  Do your thing.

After a while, you will build up strength and speed.  Go to to find other people who have similar abilities.  You will find fast people.  Learn from them but do not try to emulate them.

Salesman and television advertisements will try to sell you socks full of sand if they could get away with it.  You don’t need a lot of toys.  If you want to workout with other stuff, you can buy a cheap weight set for about $50.  There are plenty of exercises that you can do to build strength with a simple weight set.