Eerie Erie 5kOne of the most common questions I receive is how to start running. Some don’t ask me the question for self-conscious fear that it sounds silly. For instance, here’s an email:

Alex,

I barely run 5ks, so feel dumb asking, but how does one start to run a half marathon? How many times a week should I be running? I know it’s nothing compared to what you’re doing, but am curious about longer distances.

EK

First off, not dumb at all. A half marathon in it’s simplest terms is 4 5ks in one more morning. So really, you are already a quarter of the way there and bet you are more than halfway there.

In regards to a training plan … everyone is at a different place physically, mentally, and life. Hence why there are thousands of books to choose from. It may cost a few bucks, but it is ideal to have a coach. That coach can understand your situation and create a training/nutrition plan that meets your goals. I have done this for friends virtually as well as in-person. If you are in Denver, I would recommend talking to Richard at O2EA as he can help you reach those goals.

If you’re looking for some basic plans to get an idea of where to start, I used Hal Higdon’s plans for my first marathon. He has free half marathon and marathon training plans on his website. Be sure to read his bio … he’s been running for 60+ years, published 36 books, and coached many to championships.

Above all, to get started training you need a goal. Whether it’s to be healthy, challenge your perceived limits, or to get away from the world, have a reason. I would also suggest to not just run when training for a race. Add in some weight lifting, swimming, basketball, soccer … mix it up!

Whatever your goal is, be passionate about it and have fun. If you’re not enjoying what you do, chances are you won’t do it for very long.

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