How To Start Running For The First Time, Even If You’re Fat. Best Way Is To Start Slow And Enjoy Running!
When I was obese back in 2010, I started running by walking for an hour on the treadmill at the gym and introducing running intervals in the session.
It took me a couple of weeks to get to the position where I could run half a mile without stopping.
I couldn’t believe that I was able to do it. But I did it.
Over the next few weeks I just continued on with the exercise, gradually introducing more running and less walking. By the end of November I could run 3 miles on the treadmill without stopping.
This was unprecedented for me.
My advice is to start in the gym and just try to do any amount of running. Run at a speed that is comfortable for you, even if it’s just 4 or 5mph. You shouldn’t be breathing too heavily to start with. Once you’re comfortable with your starting pace you can begin to increase the speed.
If you’re training for a half of full marathon then overall mileage is much more important than the speed at which you run it at. Once you are experienced at running a certain distance, then you can run it at a faster speed since you know how your body will feel during the exercise.
By far the most important thing to keep in mind is this – your primary aim is to finish your run so that you want to run again soon. If you come out of every training session exhausted and demoralised, then you’ll never want to run again.
So start slow and pick up the pace when things seem too easy for you.