Running is a great way to lose weight and become healthier. In fact, it’s also one of the best exercises for getting your heart pumping and strengthening important muscles in your legs. If you want to improve your cardiovascular healthiness or just stay fit, running is a great option – but what if you’re a beginner? Running 10km might seem impossible right now, but by following these steps you’ll be able to run 10km in no time!
First things first: do not try to run 10km all at once if you’ve never been running before. Doing so will only discourage you from continuing this very beneficial activity. Instead, take it slowly and steadily – just like runners do when training for a long-distance event such as a marathon. In fact, if you have been running for a while, running 10km should be a cakewalk.
As a beginner runner, you can start by going jogging in the park in the evening or in the morning before breakfast every day. If you live somewhere where it’s difficult to find a track, go out and jog around your neighborhood until you’re able to run for at least 30 minutes without stopping or slowing down significantly.
Once that is easy for you, start timing yourself and try to beat your own records every day until one day you reach the point where you can jog/run continuously for an hour straight! Woo-hoo! This means that right now – as long as this has become relatively easy for you – you can start training for running 10km by breaking up the process into smaller goals.
The next step is to start tracking the distance and seeing how many kilometers you run every day. By doing this, you’ll be able to track your progress and see how far you’ve come in a relatively short period of time (which will make it easier to keep going and never look back). Once you get used to jogging/running for half an hour straight, increase your time by 5 minutes every week until one day you’re finally capable of running 3-4 kilometers without slowing down. At this point, the only thing that stands between you and running 10km is increasing the intensity of your training! Here are four that will help:
Speed up for one minute (while keeping your heart rate high to improve your cardiovascular fitness) and then slow down for 30 seconds. Repeat this five times to finish off your run.
Turn on some music and try to keep up the pace by speeding up every time a new song starts. This will require you to push yourself very hard, which is what you want if you’re trying to develop speed even during long-distance runs!
Run uphill several times – or as many times as possible until you can’t go any further without slowing down significantly. Uphill running will make it much more difficult for you to breathe properly, thus improving your overall fitness level in the process!
Do something else for an hour (like reading a book or writing in your journal) and then resume your training session. It’s important not to push yourself too hard, so make sure to take regular breaks every now and again!
Good luck! See you at the finish line!