How Long Is A Good Distance For A First Time Overweight Or Obese Runner?
Any distance that you can!
Seriously, if you can run any distance at all then you’re a runner.
Make a note of how far you can run today, then pledge to better it tomorrow. Even if you’re only managing 20 seconds extra each time, you can and will become a better runner by focusing on your own results and celebrating every gain you make.
When I first started out I was barely able to last 20 or 30 seconds before having to stop to walk. I felt like an idiot and a loser at the time but the fact was that I was running further and further each week. It might have only been by 0.05 miles, but it was steadily improving.
If you can increase your average run distance by even 0.05 miles each week for an entire year, then your average distance will have increased by 2.6 miles in that time.
Walking Is Almost As Important As Running When You’re Starting Out Running!
I didn’t just run either. I made sure I walked too. You see, walking makes running easier in the long run. I’d make a point of spending 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon walking around the local forest at my own pace. It didn’t feel like serious exercise at the time (mainly because I was actually enjoying myself) but those walks in the end made my treadmill running easier.
Since I was enjoying my walks, I wanted to do them more too.
Make Your Own Progress Your Own And Don’t Give A Hoot What Anyone Else Thinks!
Don’t let naysayers bring you down. You must judge yourself by your own standards and let everyone else go to hell.
Start by running whatever distance you can today and by next week you’ll be going further yet further.
In 2009 I couldn’t run at all. In 2012 I am running 150 miles a month. I would never have thought that would have been possible back in the bad old days.
Start on your own personal crusade today! You never know how far it will take you unless you take those first, important steps!