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3/11/14 10:11 P

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The best way to transition to running is through a Couch to 5K program. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking.

The impact of running is hard on the body, and most experts recommend rookie runners (anyone with less than 6-12 months running experience under their belt) run just 3 times per week. This doesn't leave a whole lot of time to train and prepare if your run is in 2 weeks.

I'd also recommend keeping your running speed down (less speed = less impact) and at this stage it is more important to get used to the motion of running, rather than worrying about the speed.

Given you have so little time to prepare, you may want to consider including a couple of walking intervals in your charity run, to make things a little easier on your body.


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3/10/14 6:19 P

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For a novice I would recommend making sure you can run continuously for 15 -18 minutes in order to do a 1 mile run decently. You might think 1 mile would be easy but if you are not used to running continuously it can be more difficult than expected. So just as the previous poster mentioned get a good pair of running shoes and start now to break them in. If you are not yet running, start today by running continuously for 5 minutes, and do this 3 times for 3 days, then up to 8 minutes for 3 days, 10 minutes for 3 days and 12-15 minutes for another 3 days. Take a day or two off before the race and expect to really push yourself on race day. The energy of all the people participating in the race will see you through to the finish line. Good luck and have fun!

Edited by: FLORADITA at: 3/10/2014 (18:21)
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3/10/14 5:13 P

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buy a great pair of running shoes

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3/10/14 4:42 P

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I'm after some advice from any experienced runners out there! In just under a fortnight I'm to do a mile run for a charity event - not a big deal to many I know, but for a complete novice like me, a bit of a concern. I'm fairly fit, I've been doing 5 - 6 hours pilates and body weight training for some years now, but any cardio is limited to a daily 10 - 20 minute warm up activity. I completely lack confidence in my ability to run, and would appreciate any tips (diet, technique, anything!). I'm running with my daughter and don't want to make a fool of myself :)

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