Are you considering taking up running? Do you want to lose weight and gain fitness? Or do you have a life-long goal to run a half-marathon or even a whole marathon. There is tons of resources waiting for you right here on the Internet. Here is a sample of what you can find and how it can help you.
1. Runners World Magazine On line
Runners World Magazine is the number one publication for runners of all abilities. A print subscription is highly recommended for any runner but a lot of information can be found on line as well. There is a “Shoe Finder” that will help you find the perfect shoe for your sex, weight, stride, and arch and finding the right shoe is crucial. There is a section on nutrition and weight loss and hopefully you will not have to use this one, a section on injuries and how to treat them. Runners World provides the most exhaustive starting place for any aspiring runner.
2. Couch to 5K
There are all kinds training programs that will get you from being sedentary to finishing a 5K. However, Couch to 5K is probably the most popular. Your begin by running intervals of running sixty seconds and walking ninety seconds in your first week all the way to running thirty minutes straight in your ninth week. This program really works and you will be amazed the first time you actually run for thirty minutes straight.
3. Couch to 5K Pod casts
When you are training for your first 5K you will be doing a lot of intervals that require you to keep track of times. You can use a digital watch that has a timer but that requires you to look down quite often. Your other option is to download Couch to 5K pod casts. There will be music to motivate you and a person will voice over to prompt your interval changes. That way you just have to follow the directions of the pod cast and not worry about keeping time by yourself. You can get quality pod casts at Podrunner or Running Into Shape . Just download on your iPod and head out the door.
4. Daily Mile
Daily Mile is an on line workout log that is very similar to Facebook. You go on there to record your workouts and make friends at the same time. You can find local friends through email or Facebook or you can be extra social and make friends all over the place. You can post on each others profiles to just talk or encourage each other. It is a active community of like-minded people. There is also a mapping program (powered by Google Maps) built into Daily Mile that allows you to map out each day’s run. You don’t have to jump in the car to clock routes anymore unless you really want to.
Once you have finished adequately training for a 5K go to Active.com to find local races. You just have to plug in your zip code and time frame and Active.com will provide a list of all the activities in your area. Once you find the race you want to participate in use Active.com to register. There is an extra charge to use the registration services. Active.com also provides a lot of articles to educate you on running.
Congratulations on making the decision to get out there and run. Running is probably the simplest and most rewarding form of exercise there is. The key is to just get out there and don’t give up. The first few weeks will be hard but if you stick to it and work through the hard parts you will begin to love running. Good Luck!!