Getting Started Running | Ages 12+ (DAY NINETEEN OF FORTY!)

Chuck Wilcoxen
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Chuck Wilcoxen

Welcome to Day 19 of our Getting Started Running series! Today we're going to talk about ideal running form. There may be a perfect running form, but I've NEVER seen it. I've seen people run as close to ideal for themselves as they can, and that's what you'll see when you watch elite runners. You will have your own ideal form - it may not be exactly the same as theirs! The only way to acquire this form is through volume, and maybe a bit of coaching. Your body will mold your form into the most efficient form it can. Down the line, a coach might be able to help you shake out any minor things that are holding you back but right now focus on volume.

Today's strength and flexibility activity should just be very comprehensive today. Make sure you incorporate both lower and upper body warm-ups and aim for doing them for at least 15 minutes. Do a little jog and follow it up with 5 of those build-ups we've practiced. We're going to go right into the workout after this.

It's a timed mile.

If you're not ready for it, skip it, just do another "B" run. If you DO feel ready for it, let's get out, find a track, and do 4 laps. If you can't find a track, measure out a mile with your car, if you can't do that, remember that we told you that 400 meters is roughly 500 strides, measure out the loops/distance that way.

Run this mile as steadily as you can. Don't go out in a sprint and finish with a walk. Try to anticipate how you can keep running steadily as fast as you can for that distance. This isn't a race, it's an evaluation for YOURSELF. Don't compare this to anyone else, you'll be comparing it to YOURSELF later. That's what this is all about.

Get after it, and we'll see you tomorrow for Day 20!