Anyone Can Run With This Unique Way to Start Running!
Welcome to the first article in my new series called “Anyone Can Run”. Now I know that many of you are thinking – no way! Is he crazy?! Or maybe even, “Over my dead body!” But if there was a way to start running that really works, would you give it a shot?
If you answered yes, maybe or even no but you are a little curious, I ask you to simply keep an open mind for the duration of the series because if you do I promise you will be pleasantly surprised. Click here to subscribe to the entire series.
There will be 4 short articles in the series. Because it is such a critical issue, I am going to start today with the singles biggest reason which may be stopping you from running.
In the second article, I deal with 5 of the greatest obstacles to running and what you can do to overcome them. In the third article, I provide 5 great reasons why you should run. In the fourth and final article, I show you how you can start running in one 30-minute session, but in a way which is much easier to do and more effective in getting you to continue running in the future.
So let us talk about the single biggest reason which may be stopping you from running.
In my experience over 40 years of running, including 10 years as CEO of TrySports which among other things is a specialty running store, the single biggest reason people don’t start or stop running very quickly is because they feel it is too hard and that they are not made for running.
So what do most people do wrong when they start running?
The reason people feel running is too hard is simply because they start out too fast.
They move from walking to running but their increase in intensity is too great and they end up having to stop very soon after starting. This situation is then repeated over and over and while some persevere and come out of this process as runners, unfortunately far too many fall by the wayside and stop.
They understandably feel running is just too hard, too uncomfortable and that they are just not cut out to run. So they often throw in the towel and quit with a very negative attitude towards running and justifiably based on their experience.
So what is going on here?
When people are walking they typically walk at a brisk pace of say 20 minutes per mile. If you start running at say 12-minute mile pace it will feel very uncomfortable if you are used to walking at the relatively slow pace of 20-minute mile pace. The faster you try to run, the more uncomfortable it will be and this quickly forces you to stop, especially when you are not used to this level of intensity.
As we will see later in the series, there is a simple solution to this problem which I will share with you but first, in the second article of this Anyone Can Run Blog Series, I deal with 5 of the greatest obstacles to running and what you can do to overcome them.
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So until the second article, remember my motto:
You don’t have to be fit and healthy to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.
By Jim Kirwan