running

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Please forgive me. I’m not trying to preach despite feeling very passionate about this subject.

Running does not come naturally to most people. For many it’s an effort just to walk for 1/2 an hour.

But once I gave up sugar I discovered I was bursting with new-found energy. So finding an outlet for all that energy occupies my mind now.

Walking is certainly the logical place to start and any running program should always encourage this before stepping up the tempo.

One book I read years ago, The Lore of Running, suggested as long as 6 weeks of walking to help your bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons get used to being used once again if you have been sedentary for a while.

The author then goes on to plan a gradual increase in the length of run and their frequency to create a good base and minimize injury. So start slowly and build-up to longer distances.

It can also be a good idea to set yourself a goal. I’m looking to do the 29km coastal run in September. That gives me 5 months to train for it. Plenty of time!

Running is a great way to increase your metabolism and get fit in the process.

But do it because you enjoy it, not to lose weight. The kg will take care of themselves.

Kim | 80.3

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