My friend over at http://mamawantsasixpack.wordpress.com/ brought a totally important running topic to my mind today. In fact, I think it is one of the most important running topics that we can blog about. Especially for normal people like us. Basically, she made a comment that I hear ALL the time, “….trying to make an effort to start running again (well jogging because I am really slow).”
This is very common talk among people who want to start running. I’ve thought like this millions of times. As I have learned from my readings of Jeff Galloway and others, running “slow” is a good thing. From the start of my little running career, I decided that I would be the captain of my own running ship and not care if people passed me by. I was tired of feeling inferior because my run was some peoples walk. Hey, I was out there wasn’t I? Even during a marathon I don’t care anymore. I just run on at a pace where I am comfortable and can enjoy the process of getting to the finish line. I have seen many people yelling and screaming in pain at the finish line because they let others be the captain of their running ship. They tried to keep up with others who were faster.
Just starting a running program is huge. You don’t need to worry about how fast you run. You’re still running all the same. Don’t let anyone tell you different. We may not be the next marathon world record holder, but we can run, run at a pace that picks us up physically and emotionally.
Here are several reasons why running “slow” is such a good thing!
The benefits of running slow
- You are out there longer. I know this may seem like a bad thing, but your body starts using fat for energy much more after 45 minutes.
- Whether you run 3 miles in 20 minutes or 45 minutes, you still ran 3 miles.
- Long, slow running transforms your legs muscles into fat burning machines.
- Slow running is more enjoyable and less torturous. This allows for a long-term relationship with running.
- Keeps your heart rate in the fat burning zone.
- Reduces your chances of running related overuse injuries.
If you want to get started with your own running program and start being captain of your running ship click here: Start running!