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Running: Tips for Beginners
by: Sandra Prior

For beginning runners - or those beginning again - just getting out the door a few times a week for a few weeks in a row is cause for celebration. But once you have that routine down, you may feel like you want to do more - without risking injury. Gentle challenges followed by rest days can improve your speed, endurance and motivation while reducing the chance of aches and pains. Here's how:


A regular increase in speed can boost your confidence as well as your pace. You can try this on a track or on a 400-metre stretch of road.

Plan It

Do this workout once a week, if possible on the same day each week.

The Workout

Warm up with 10 minutes of easy running. Then run a lap around the track slightly faster than usual (but not all-out) and record your time. Walk half a lap, then do another lap at the same pace. Try to keep your times consistent. If you're huffing and puffing on your second lap, or if it was much slower than the first lap, you went out too fast.

Make Progress

Add one lap each week, building up to six laps. Then do a 1600m time trial. Time yourself running four laps on the track or 1600m on the road. In the following weeks, build up to 10 laps, then do another time trial.


Tacking on even just a little mileage to your usual run can improve your endurance and make the normal distance seem easier to manage.

Plan It

Run long once a week. Rest the day before; run easy the day after.

The Workout

Warm up for 10 minutes, then run 400m more than the longest distance you've run in the past two weeks. The pace should be about 90 seconds per kilometre slower than your usual pace. At the end, you want to feel like you could continue.

Make Progress

Keep extending your long runs by 400m each time. Once you build up to 8km, run long every other week. On the alternate week, do a 5km run.

Run a Race

Even if you're not competitive, it's a good idea to enter a race every so often. Just having the date on the calendar will give you a goal to work toward, and help you stay motivated. Once you have run seven kilometres, you're ready to enter a 5km.

Plan It

Find an event that's known for being fun and well organized. Check with running stores and websites. Do a long run two weeks before the race. One week out, run five kilometres, taking the first three kilometres very slow, and picking up the pace on the last two kilometres. Rest the day before the race.

Make Progress

Schedule a race every four weeks. Don't worry if you don't improve each time. Factors like weather and the course may affect how you do.

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