You Too Can Be a Runner! This 30-Day Walk-to-Run Plan Will Get You There

How to start running plan

If you’ve always wanted to try running but still haven’t given it a go, maybe this will convince you: When researchers studied the long-term effects of running on 55,137 adults age 18 to 100 they found that persistent runners had a 29 percent lower risk of mortality compared to non-runners, and that all runners experience about a three-year boost in life expectancy.

And this isn’t just a wellness reward for the super fit—runners had a lower risk of death even if they ran the least mileage (under six miles a week), ran the least often (one to two times a week), ran for the shortest durations (5 to 10 minutes a day), or at the slowest speeds (under six miles an hour).

No one is expecting you to go from walking to running for 10 minutes straight (that’s unrealistic and unsafe), but that doesn’t mean you can’t get there—and do more!—if you ramp up slowly. So for now forget about running your first marathon, half-marathon, or even your first 5K and just concentrate on running your first full, uninterrupted mile. This 30-day plan will get you to the finish line.

How to Start Running

The plan below is designed to ease you into running and culminates with a 12-minute mile. That said, if you hit your goal distance (1 mile or 4 full laps of a standard outdoor track) before the 30 days are up, that’s OK too. Great, even! Just keep going and see how far you’re able to run on the final day without stopping. Remember to consult your doctor before starting any new health or fitness plans (including this one!) and don’t forget to warm up before every session.

On your marks. Get set. Go!

How to start running training plan

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  • I’d love to see this kind of thing incorporated into the Fitbit app like the Couch to 5K app that talks to you as you do the workout… and motivational comments to keep you going. It also tracks your progress through the program. It’s an idea 🙂 Thanks I love my Fitbit!!

  • I was thinking the same thing. I did the C25K thing several years ago and worked my way up slowly to a full marathon. But afterwards I stopped exercising completely and now I am back at ground zero. I’m finding it so much harder to get back in shape at half-way to a hundred that I can’t even fathom a 5k anymore.

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