Couch-to-5K is broken because a real couch-level beginning runner can’t even do the first day. Here’s my suggestion to making Day 1 go smoothly for yourself as a new athlete.
You don’t need anything but running shoes to start running. But having some basic gear can make a big difference and keep you going.
Running is an endurance sport, and the slower you are, the more punishment you have to endure. Slow runners are the real superheroes of the sport.
Today’s run was pretty easy. A 9:27 mile, and my heartrate never went over 165, really. Not that I noticed, at least. And that’s awesome. Recovery runs aren’t meant to tax you. They are just there to keep you moving and making sure your body doesn’t wither away into a lifeless husk.
I finished 3.1 miles at 9:55 minutes per mile, but I had to push myself at the very end to keep that pace. I was running faster than that overall, but my walk breaks took my average pace down. I pushed too hard, and almost had an asthma attack on the road.
Day 4! Woo! I only ran a mile today, but I did it faster than I did yet: 8:54. I look forward to when my typical mile time gets down to the 7:50-8min mark again. That’s always a good boost to my confidence.
Your legs use different muscles for walking and running, and taking breaks from beating your legs up can help them rest and run even further.
What do you really need to start running? A couple of feet and a pair of shoes that don’t hurt them!
After running 200 miles in my first pair of no-tie Lock Laces, I am never going to tie my running shoes with normal shoelaces ever again.
That’s what it means to be a runner. Running never gets any easier, guys. You just learn how to deal with it. You just keep on running.