1 mile 3x week

by Theresa


I am just starting to run. I am in fairly good shape; I'm a walker, and have done weights, and Zumba regularly. I am starting my running regimen at 1 mile 3x week. Is this enough? I am running about a 13min mile, but I am pretty pooped by the end of it, and that is why I haven't pushed beyond that yet (it's only week three of my new run, walk and weights regimen).

My goal is to lose 10-15lbs, (I'm 35y/o; 5'9" and 150-155lbs.)but more importantly to incorporate running into my life for the rest of my life (or at least until I can't stand on my own anymore).

Thank you.

Hello Theresa,

I love your message for one reason, and one reason alone. You said you plan "to incorporate running into my life for the rest of my life."

If this is truly your attitude, then very slowly add a little distance to each run. Another option is to do your one mile run, and then walk for 20 minutes. This will build up your endurance and maybe help you if you plan on adding more distance to your runs later.

One tip that helps me is to find someone else to run with. For some reason, when there is another person with me, the run goes faster, and I feel less tired.

Also, try to listen to some music when you go for your run because this can make you go longer and faster than you do without it.

I hope some of these tips help. Don't try to do too much too soon because then you could get discouraged. It's okay to be tired after a mile. You've just started, and for most, that is the hardest part.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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