Running legend Hal Higdeon has a great way to help you train to start running. He has outlined a simple 30 day plan. Try it out! It works!
30/30 Plan: Here’s a simple 30/30 plan to get you going, featuring 30 minutes of exercise for the first 30 days.
1. Walk out the door and go 15 minutes in one direction, turn around, and return 15 minutes to where you started: 30 minutes total.
2. For the first 10 minutes of your workout, it is obligatory that you walk: No running!
3. For the last 5 minutes of your workout, it is obligatory that you walk: Again, no running!
4. During the middle 15 minutes of the workout, you are free to jog or run–as long as you do so easily and do not push yourself.
5. Here’s how to run during those middle 15 minutes: Jog for 30 seconds, walk until you are recovered, jog 30 seconds again. Jog, walk. Jog, walk. Jog, walk.
6. Once comfortable jogging and walking, adapt a 30/30 pattern: jogging 30 seconds, walking 30 seconds, etc.
Follow this 30/30 pattern for 30 days. If you train continuously (every day), you can complete this stage in a month. If you train only every other day, it will take you two months. Do what your body tells you. Everyone is different in their ability to adapt to exercise. When you’re beginning, it is better to do too little than too much.
If you continue this 30/30 routine for 30 days, you will finish the month able to cover between one and two miles walking and jogging. You are now ready to progress to the next stage of your training as a beginning runner. For more information on training, check out my 5-K Training Guide, or consider purchasing a copy of my easy-to-read booklet, Beginning Runner’s Guide. The cost is only $5.00, including postage, and it may be the best money you ever have spent.