I’ve been running for almost 20 years and I love it. I’ve been on the high school cross country team and run races up to 13.1 miles. But not everyone who runs loves running. Weird, huh?
As for how to become a runner, well, you just start running and you’re a runner. That’s the short answer.
The longer answer involves looking at your motivation to start running and what you want to gain from running. Also, take into account any injuries or limitations you may have and your current level of physical conditioning. Knowing all of these things will help you figure out how to get started and what kind of running program to use.
If you need help with that, let me know!
I like you started running later in life. I believe the best way to start is to put on your running shoes and walk out the front door. I like to tell people to have a clear route mapped out before going out. Say you are going to start with a mile, well know where the mile is and run to it and then maybe walk back. Try that until running that mile becomes easier and when that happens instead of walking back run back and now you know you can do 2 miles.
The key is don’t get discouraged or quit just keep at it, you will have good days and bad days but believe in yourself and you can do it.
I am so glad you asked!! I love running, not because of competition but because I can get lost in my thoughts and, this sounds stupid, meditate. So what ever the reason you want to get in the running scene it is a great reason in my opinion.
Step 1) get a nice pair of running shoes. You’ll want to go to a running store or shoe specialty store. Tell them what you want to use the shoes for, any foot pains, aches, or problems you have. They will assess your arch type and even bring in an old pair of tennis shoes so the see the wear pattern. If the shoes store is too expensive kindly thank them for the info and let them know your going to think it over, then by the shoes on line cheaper. Note: running shoe size can be a shoe size larger than your normal shoe size due to the spreading of the toes on impact during a run.
Step 2) Run. Find a place you want to run and run. Keep your pace at what is called conversational pace, meaning you can keep a 1-2 sentence conversation/ sing a line or two of the Brady Bunch song. If you can’t keep a pace for very long run for x minutes then walk for less than x minutes. Gradually change walking in to running over time and soon you’ll be running all the way around the track.
That’s how you get started, remember keep a spirit of fun with the running. Finally from a runner of 10 years plus, not all runs are good runs but when you have a good run, man is it good. Good luck and contact me if you have any more questions.
I actually think the best way to become a runner is to look at your squat and single leg squat to identify potential muscle weakness. If you cannot control your knee motion during these two movements, you will not be able to control your knee movement during the running cycle. If this is the case, I would strongly recommend an 8 week hip strengthening program before you lace up your sneakers and hit the trails. If you don’t have any hip weakness, start slowly, and increase your total time running slowly. I always recommend starting with 1 minute on, 2 minutes off, repeat that 10 times with a five minute warm up and cool down on either side of that. The other thing to be aware of is researchers have shown runners who strike with their heel way out in front of their center of mass have a much higher risk of injury than runners who land with their foot directly under or just slightly in front of their center of mass. Sorry for the long, opinionated response; I am in graduate school right now and the bulk of my research papers have been on running. As a result, I have developed some strong opinions about injury prevention. Good luck!
First… I would find a trainer in your area who has a successful running back round. You want a basic alignment, foot, and running technique assessment and education. This may take 2 or 3 sessions. Money well spent. Then start slow! Biggest mistake is over doing it. You need to toughen up. This takes time and a plan. Baby steps. Try to learn several different styles of walking/jogging/running. Fitness walking, race walking, wogging (walking jog), speed and stride variations when you walk or run. This is fun and allows the body to toughen. Now you are ready for anything. Start to increase time and/or distance very slowly. Follow your bodies cues. It is not OK to be super sore after your workouts. Slow down and be patient. This is very doable if your attitude is appropriate. Take the turtle approach and you will be rewarded with a great new skill and a wonderful healthy habit. Happy running!