GETTING STARTED or re-STARTED

July 22, 2008

If you wonder why people run in the first place, then let me warn you, many people will provide you many different answers, that are either LUCID or perhaps not so clear, but often leaving you to doubt their level of sanity.  But in the end, the only way your question can be truly answered is to actually experience running for yourself. 

But here is the problem, to experience running you must first get started – “If you want to get to it, you have to get at it.  And unfortunately, far too many people forget that they are no longer 25 years of age with the immortality that goes along with youth.  As a result, many of the best plans are destined to failure even before they begin, simply because of one’s exuberance. 

So, over the next couple of articles (which I am trying to keep shorter due to certain allegations about the longevity of my former articles) I want to tell you how well over 200 runners started with my encouragement, and in doing so, I want you to know that although I do not know the actual statistics, I believe that well over 160 of these are still doing some running. 

There are two Golden Rules that I will stress over and over, the first and perhaps most important rule that not only applies to beginning runners, but equally to experienced runners is “If you want to go fast, then you have to go slow – and – if you think you are going too slow, then SLOW DOWN.”  Although this approach may seem counter intuitive, let me suggest the opposite.  If you are like me then you will relate to this as our everyday life is filled with examples.  I am always surprised by the number of times I have rushed about to complete a task of some sort, only either to have messed up something else or created a mess of the project I am working on.  In any event, the result is A MAKE (MORE) WORK PROJECT.  In fact you have all heard of the Carpenters Rule – Measure Twice and Cut once.  Well it applies to all of us, especially when it comes to running. 

The second rule that is equally vital is that the distance that you cover is not all that important rather the more important measuring tool is what I like to simply refer to as “Time on Your Feet.”  For older people, and those of you who did any type of training 20 to 30 years ago this may be foreign to your thought process.  But it has been proven over and over again through scientific studies and through anecdotal evidence that the most important aspect to your fitness regime is not the miles you log, but the time you are active.  That is why most health models refer to doing exercise for so many minutes a day, rather than telling you how many miles or kilometers you must log.

So with these two rules, I will follow up with the following three topics of discussion over the next little while.  First, I want to speak about types of footwear and what one should do to purchase same; secondly I want to speak about the Galloway method of training that was introduced by the world famous running coach Jeff Galloway and that introduces, much to the chagrin of purists, the concept walking interspersed with running and finally, I want to expand upon the “Time on Your Feet” concept.

Please note this article is only 598 words.

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