Strength Doesn’t Come from Doing the Things You Know You Can, It Comes from Overcoming the Things You Thought You Couldn’t
Becoming a RUNNER requires patience — and persistence. Many newbies expect to be able to go five miles right from the start, but it takes time to build endurance. Here are three ways to do it…
- Run more often. You can’t expect to move like a gazelle if you only lace up twice a week. Try doing 20 to 30 minute runs three to four times a week. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it starts to feel easier.
- Increase slowly. Once your breath evens out and your muscles become less fatigued, add mileage. Don’t get ahead of yourself, though. Never raise weekly mileage by more than 10 percent to avoid injury and keep from feeling overwhelmed by doing too much too soon.
- Intervals. Running faster may be harder, but it’ll increase muscle strength and aerobic capacity, which are keys to building endurance. Start off by incorporating a few 10- to 20-second speed intervals every few minutes; gradually add more cycles of speed and recovery. Due to the high-intensity nature of interval training, these workouts should be done no more than once or twice a week.
Stick with it. Soon, you’ll go farther than you ever dreamed.