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Beginning to run
Anon_227539 posted:
This may be a silly question but here goes...what does beginning running look like? I have been walking 3 miles every morning and can tell I need to boost my work out. I have been running short intervals now between the walking but I am unsure exactly what the running should look like. Long strides, up and down movement, arm swinging, breathing, all that.
I am in good shape physically but have never run. Any help is appreciated.
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Here's a very good article on running form,7120,s6-238-267-268-8210-0,00.html

Just keep in mind that anatomy varies for people and may cause slight differences in the recommended running form. Nothing is etched in stone. An example is Bill Rodgers who swung his elbows wide and away from his torso, yet he was world class. You also may need to experiment with your foot strike. Some people land on the middle of the foot and some toward the front. Heavy runners (not necessarily heavy people) hit with the heel first and that gives the impression of landing heavy. You'll need to experiment.

Read the article, then let your body self select your form, then you can experiment with the suggestions in the article.

You may also be interested in the couch to 5K program at

JaniceECox replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
Very informative article-thanks!
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to JaniceECox's response:
You're welcome.
mommaxeli responded:
I was also going to suggest the Couch to 5K program. It's a 9 week program that works you up to running a 5K (or 30 minutes at a time). It's a great program! I'm on Week 6 right now. I've had to repeat a couple weeks because I couldn't quite complete them. But...the first week I couldn't even run one minute at a time and now several weeks later, I'm running 25 mintues at a time! It works :)
hornlaw responded:
I'm really glad you asked that question...we are in very much the same boat. Good luck to us both!
Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
How are things going so far, Anon? Are you getting more comfortable and settled with your new routine?

I wanted to share this WebMD article on How to Start Running with you for some great pointers on eating, beginning with a walk-run ratio and techniques for breathing. Another thing to consider is finding the proper shoes ! :)

Have fun and keep us posted!
peaksis replied to mommaxeli's response:
where do I find out about this "couch to 5K"?
mommaxeli replied to peaksis's response:
Check out this site for info and the plan outline.

If you have a smart phone, there are lots of apps you can use for the program, too. I like to use one called, "Get Running", but there are lots of them out there!

Good luck!
Catherine (30). SW: 260 CW: 195. GW: 150. Couch to 5K: Week 9!
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to peaksis's response:
In my first reply I posted the site Once you're there there's a link right on the home page.
An_233207 replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
I also started a couch potato to 5k program from Podrunner. They have interval training workouts to 10k. I've been on it for one week now and have found it easy to use. I'm nearly running at 6 miles per hour in one week, up from the 5 miles per hour jog I started with. ttp://

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