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Guest Post: Running Tips For Beginners

The beginning is always the hardest. But once you start you’ll forget how hard it was. Almost all runners have similar stories from their beginnings: they almost died in the first two hundred meters, and then it happened by chance that (considering that they are still feeling alright) they become long-distance runners, and today those moments remember with a smile on their faces. Whether you start in order to lose weight, be active, you want to do something about physical activity, or because of something else, running is the simplest, most natural and least expensive way to secure yourself a permanent good feeling. Here are some tips for this.

Start with walking and short running

Do not go fast because you will burn more quickly. Here’s a rule – slowly but surely. In this way, you prepare your body in a collision and at a certain point, you will feel when it is time to run. This will also keep you from injuries. Start with a slow addition of running to your walk. Walk four or five minutes, then add running to walking, but so that every time you refresh while you walk. Even those experienced runners are recommended to introduce parts with walking.

Listen to your body – what does it say?

Once you learn to listen to your body, you become a coach to yourself. It’s completely normal to feel pain or fatigue in the muscles, but take care when or if during or after running experience mild dizziness, pain in the chest, legs or back happen. In this case, continue to walk or stop training and rest until the pain stops. Over time you will learn to listen to the signals your body sends, when it’s time to stop, and when you can continue. You will have to pay more attention to what you eat. Some habits might have to change. Make sure you are eating light and healthy meals which are in accordance with your new physical activity.

Slower at the start – faster at the end

It is important to slowly build the base, your pace, and you will quickly get to full enjoyment in running that will later be easy. To ensure yourself a constant progress, it is better to run three to four times a week for 30 minutes rather than two hours twice a week. And that is why it is important to have a proper plan that will gradually lead you to larger distances and build your tempo. When you finish training, and you say to yourself “maybe I could have a little more” – it’s a sign that you’re running the right pace.

Heating and cooling

Heating is important because with that you are sending a clear message to your body that it is preparing for physical activity. The heart and legs are getting ready to move. Ideal heating is when you run a little bit, and then walk, and so on for a few minutes. When you are finished with your workout, do not stop suddenly, but slow down completely, and end up by walking. Be sure to stretch. Heating and cooling are important because those reduce muscle pain and possible infection, and in that way, the whole body constantly works to prevent injuries.

Set a goal and watch your real success each day

Having a goal in most cases is a safe way to persevere. If you specify the goals and timeframes, you have a clear time vision, a clear motivation, and responsibility towards yourself and your given word. You open a circle which, when you close it, brings you an amazing feeling of your own achievements. With that, you will find yourself in one of the best and most important project which aims to: health, good feeling, self-confidence, self-management, sometimes a team work, some weight loss, a change, new experiences and new people.

Change the surface where you run

Runners usually have a strictly defined path where they run. The best solution for a beginner is to simply change the running tracks. Soft surfaces are not always the best. Treadmills seem softer and therefore safer, but they also have disadvantages. Earth tracks for running are generally uneven, may have holes and other obstacles, which can be dangerous. Feel free to change: sidewalk one day, the next day a paved road, a dirt road on weekends etc.

The rule of 10%

Add as much time or distance as you need to improve your form and save yourself from injuries. But be careful, do not increase the time or the running speed for more than 10% per week. If you run 90 minutes this week, next week run 99 minutes.

We hope the tips above are helpful, but you have to bear in mind that all you really need is the will which serves as an incentive for every action of yours. Where there is a will, there is a way for everything and you will be ready for every challenge that may come across.

Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic-based recipes for herself and her kids.

Swap Your Hobby Into A Job

For most people, blogging is a hobby. It’s an outlet. Somewhere that thoughts, ideas, and feelings can be shared without a filter. The best thing about a hobby is that it’s something you enjoy doing and makes you feel whole while you do it. But if you could turn that hobby into a money maker, would you do it? Whether you love to journal your world travels or talk about your new baby and how they are growing, a blog is a space for you to air all your opinions.

Most blogs are personal platforms for people to vent and share their lives, but nearly 40% of bloggers have turned their craft into their job. It’s not hard to swap your hobby for a full-time blogging job when you know how, and in this article, we’ll teach you how to go from blogging for fun part time to using an office address like this one https://www.hoxtonmix.com for all your professional needs while you market yourself. Social media and marketing companies are making a point now of using blogging as part of their marketing strategies. This then generates more opportunities for freelancers and contractors in their work and with these tips, you can make it happen for you.

Understand Your Niche

Look at the blog you run, and make an inventory of what you’re writing about. Work out how you’ve kept people clicking on your blog and take note about how you plan your own content. You can’t pitch yourself to a company without evidence of your own successes and if you have areas you need to improve on, tell the company about this, too.

Shine

Getting noticed and standing out is something that employers will be looking for in your blog. Your hobby may be writing but your blog is about so much more than that and getting people to read your writing is usually the biggest hurdle. With the number of blogs out there online, standing out is a struggle and you want to be a big fish in a big pond. If you haven’t already, start networking with other bloggers and swap posts to feature for each other. Getting noticed will get you attention from employers.

Contribute

If you contribute to other posts, their followers will notice you and follow you, therefore increasing traffic to your site. You want to show employers that you know how to write for your competition in a way that gets you noticed rather than them. Blogging is a huge community and your followers will grow as you contribute.

Once you have gained all the skills you can for your blogging, start applying for work. Your writing is your talent so make your cover letter passionate, exciting and shows off your skills. If you can’t find any full-time blogging positions, go for part time to get you started. You’re graduating a hobby into a profitable skill, and this will take some time. Make the time for your craft and it’ll pay off for you in the long term.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

The Three Types Of Fitness

When we talk about fitness, we have a tendency to use the word as a catch-all. Just fitness. While that’s useful – and we can all generally agree on the difference between being fit and not being so – it’s also a little too vague for anyone who is serious about getting their body into shape. If you want to get a beach body and then sustain it, you need to dig a little deeper into fitness.

While fitness can be broken down into many different sections if you wish to be pedantic about it, the main focus should be on three distinct areas. If you want to achieve the most from your routine and get yourself feeling as good as possible, then you need to be able to tick the boxes for all three of them.

Fitness Category #1: Endurance

Endurance is the cardio fitness that most of us focus on. It’s what makes us able to stay on the treadmill for longer, pedal up another hill, or do anything for a sustained length of time.

Endurance is important, but it’s also probably the most problematic. It takes a long time, more so than any of the other categories. It’s about doing a little bit at a time, on a daily basis, which you can then increase. Over time, it all builds up.

You should always aim to push yourself further to work on your endurance. If you usually just run for 20 minutes or do 100 laps, that’s not pushing your endurance. Week by week, you need to increase: 22 minutes, 102 laps – onwards and upwards is the ongoing trend.

Fitness Category #2: Strength

Most of us associate the idea of strength training and muscle building with the idea of becoming “ripped” – and that’s not everyone’s goal when it comes to exercise. However, getting good muscle tone is not just about the aesthetic indulgence – it’s also a form of fitness in and of itself.

You don’t need to be looking to build muscles to the point of bulging, but a good core strength will help your endurance and keep you as healthy as possible. Get into the habit of doing weights work a couple of times per week, supplementing your efforts with the likes of FitnessDeadline.com to make the most of it. Over time, you’ll feel the effects of this improvement – and you might look better too!

Fitness Category #3: Suppleness

The idea of suppleness being a factor in fitness is a relatively new one, but as we understand more and more about how the body works, it becomes more important. Endurance and strength are necessary for general life and movement, to help keep you comfortable throughout your life – but suppleness is something you have to add in there.

The simple fact is that we lose our natural, in-built suppleness throughout our life. It’s one of the major causes of disability in old age. However, if you nip it in the bud early and keep yourself as supple as possible, then you’re more likely to actually be able to enjoy your retirement.

Yoga and pilates are the standard when it comes to increasing your ability to flex and be supple. Start gently with videos from YouTube.com even if you are otherwise physically fit – if you’ve never done it before, you might be surprised at just how demanding it can be!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Are You Burning out Without Even Knowing It?

When you first started working out, you probably thought about staying in the gym for as long as possible, until your muscles wore out and until you couldn’t possibly move anymore. That burning feeling probably gave you a great sense of accomplishment and you most likely went home with a big smile on your face.

However, come the next session, you probably didn’t work as hard and it wouldn’t be surprising if you even left the gym earlier. This probably continued for a couple of weeks until your gym membership expired and you couldn’t be bothered to renew it, you started eating junk food instead of prepping your meals and you probably started taking the elevator instead of the stairs again.

Don’t Set High Expectations

You should never set your expectations too high. Don’t expect to sustain wearing out your body every day for a week. Don’t expect to jump from 6 reps to 10 within just a few days. Fitness is all about sustainability and setting goals that are within your reach. If you make drastic changes to your lifestyle, then your body won’t be able to cope and you’ll just sink back into old habits before you know it.

Instead of setting high expectations, keep them low. Tell yourself that you’ll start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and set that as your goal. If you do that in addition to working out 3 days a week and changing your diet, those are too many drastic changes for your body to cope with. If you don’t have the mental fortitude to cope with those changes (not many people do) then you’re ultimately going to sink back into old habits. Don’t burn yourself out, take it easy, and set realistic goals for yourself.

Always Seek Help

It doesn’t matter if you work out in a group of friends or on your own, you always need a second opinion to help you decide if what you’re doing is right or wrong. Services like Marc Dressen Personal Training are fantastic examples of help. A personal trainer will be able to keep you on track, recording your progress and setting goals for you that can be attained. They are professionals that know all about working out, weight loss and health, meaning they have the authority to tell you if you’re doing something wrong or right.

Your gym buddy (if you don’t have one, you should find one!) will also be able to tell you if you’re working too hard. A gym buddy can also make working out a bit more fun and friendly, since going together with someone you know is a lot more relaxing and entertaining than going alone. You’ll always have someone to compare yourself to, and you can help moderate each other’s workout routines so that you’re not pushing yourselves too hard.

Final Words

Burning yourself out is a big no-no. Not only will you quickly slump back into old habits, you’ll also fail to maintain your goals and ultimately waste your time and effort. Start slow, stay slow, and keep it steady so that you’re not overexerting yourself.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

It’s A Long Summer Run Ahead

Getting out and about and exercising during the summer months is so rewarding. We get nicer weather to make the most of, longer days to utilize and everybody tends to feel a lot happier about themselves. It’s a one-way ticket to success if you start your workout regime at this time of the year, but few people tend to see that. They stick with the idea that starting off at the gym and getting fit and healthy in January is the way to go. Who wants to push their body to the limits in the cold when you’ve got the option of embracing nature and the outdoors when the temperature starts to rise?

Make The Most Of The Weather

We get summer for a few months each year. There are places all around the world that are lucky enough to have it almost all year round, but for the majority of us, we are stuck with the seasons. And who can begrudge that? It offers variety to our training regime and ensures that we are not bored on a day to day basis.

We see different things when we are out running and it gives s the chance to get creative with our routes. Stick to the same thing every single day, and you’ll soon begrudge the reason that you’re running and grow complacent and bored with what you’re doing. While the weather is fair and you can get the most out of your days, try and extend your running path a little further each time. Most marathons and training events happen over the summer, so entering yourself for one at the start of summer to complete at the end is a perfect goal to aim for.

Remember To Fuel Your Body

It’s easy to forget just how much more water your body needs when it’s warmer than it does compared to the colder months. It’s also easy to forget that you need to switch up your foods to cater for the fact that your body will naturally burn more calories in warmer weather.

If you are looking to run for weight loss rather than fitness; then supplement with something like Royal 21 Queen and ensure that you are eating a balanced diet. However, if it’s solely for fitness, then you need to make sure that you are taking care of your body in the way it needs to be taken care of. Eating the right food for your body is like fuelling a car; if you are running on gas, it’s silly to put diesel into it. It won’t work.

It’s the same with what you eat before a big run. If you are eating a lot of the wrong foods, your body won’t work in the way that you want it to. You need complex carbohydrates to give you a slow release of energy throughout. Make sure that you have drunk plenty before you set off if you are averse to carrying water around with you. Think about the treats that you can have after your run – the healthy eating binge doesn’t have to last forever!

Take Note Of Your Statistics

If you have a smartwatch such as a FitBit, it’s easy to keep track of how many calories you are burning, what your pulse rate is like throughout your run and how far you have traveled. It’s a good idea to take a note of these statistics and have them on file. There are a few reasons for this.

The first is that it’s a real motivation for you to see how far you’ve come from the start of the summer to the end. It’s a great feeling to look down and see that you’ve burned X amount of calories as well as running X amount of distance.

The second is to be able to gauge how many calories you are burning over a period of time to be able to fuel yourself efficiently.

The third is to notice any anomalies in what you are doing and bring them to attention. If you have noticed that your heart rate is deviating from the norm after you have reached a plateau, or are seeing that you’re not running somewhere as fast as you were and reached your destination in a time that reflects the amount of work that you’ve put into your training, it may be time to seek the help of a professional.

Even if it’s just a false alarm, it’s still a good idea to get checked over to ensure that you are doing everything right and there’s not something happening within your body. This can be harder to pick up on in colder months as your body has to continually adapt to the temperature outside and takes longer to warm up. Use the summer months as your motivation to finding out the cause of a problem, if there are any.

Get Social, Pick A Buddy!

The tremendous thing about running in the summer is that you will have people who are willing to do it with you. Whether they’re novices or advanced in their field, running with a partner in tow can do wonders for your motivation – and theirs. Remember to take it at a pace that suits the both of you, or pair up with other people who are on their level if they are uncertain that they’ll be able to keep up at all.

We all had to start somewhere, and it bodes well to humble yourself and remember that when trying to introduce other people to a sport that you may well be a whizz at. It takes a certain amount of dedication, a pinch of time and a whole lot of luck and talent to be exquisite at something, so nurture the person who decides to take this step and support them on their journey. If they don’t like it, don’t worry – it’s summer, and you are totally free to do what you want!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Kick-Start Your Fitness Plan The Right Way

Every day, countless people around the world resolve to finally drop all the excuses, and start exercising in a more regimented and efficient way. If you want to build muscle or improve your overall fitness, you need to have a clear idea of what you’re getting into, and avoid overextending yourself or taking things too slow. Here are some of the most important tips for anyone who’s taking their first steps into a more healthy, active life.

Take Things Slow

It’s completely understandable that you’ll be spurred and encouraged to push yourself to your limits, and jump right into a grueling, Rocky-esque exercise regimen, getting vigorous exercise in five or even seven days a week. It’s good to be ambitious, but if you take this approach, you can easily end up biting off more than you can chew, and bringing a disaster down on your head before you’ve even had the chance to see any changes. Begin at the beginning. Start slow and build up your exercise regimen gradually, seeing how your body reacts to each change. 30 minutes a day 2-3 days a week is a great starting point for anyone who’s new to organized fitness. Remember, you’ll be doing more than a lot of other people!

Remember to Eat Well

Eating well outside of the gym is absolutely essential to support the progress you’ll make inside of it. Sure, you may be absolutely smashing it at the gym. However, if you’re not paying attention to what you eat, you’ll be holding yourself back from those overarching goals. The most important things to have before your workout are carbs, and fast-absorbing protein. You may also want to consider supplements and auxiliary products. Look into the best supplements for runners if you’re looking to improve your general fitness, or products such as BCAAS and Beta Alanine for building muscle. Before you order any of these things in bulk, make sure you’re talking to someone who’s a little more experienced in your chosen area than you. Supplements can be incredible for helping you along towards your fitness goals, but they need to be balanced with the right amount and the right kind of exercise.

Mix up Your Routine

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to bulk up or simply shed some pounds, mixing up your exercise regimen is absolutely essential, especially for people who are just starting out and having to drag themselves out of the house before every session. Even within the categories of strength and aerobic training, you shouldn’t simply stick to the exercises you prefer every day. If you go for a run at the same pace around the same block every day, it will quickly become boring, which will make it harder and harder to find the self-discipline it takes to actually get out there and keep at it. Try getting the same benefits from an elliptical workout, a cycle around the block, or practicing your tennis serve. You’re more likely to stick to something you have fun doing, so don’t bore yourself into giving up!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When You Start Exercising

The typical person will begin a workout regimen and stop within six months. The new dieter, on average, doesn’t make it beyond two weeks. The reason is they didn’t see enough results to keep them mentally engaged. When considering the physical body, it is important to be mentally prepared too. It’s a mind over matter thing for those who want to get in shape. Here are five common reasons why people fail at their workout and weight loss journey.

#1 Setting Unrealistic Goals

Have you ever seen someone running a race? There are those who start off with a bang, but they run out of steam half way through. Then there are others that pace themselves throughout the whole journey. The ones who are pacing themselves have learned a thing or two about endurance. They understand that it doesn’t mean anything to make record time on the first lap if you cannot finish the last one. Remember the old saying “slow and steady wins the race?”

Many people start off their journey by doing too much, too quick. They push their bodies far beyond its limit. They expect to have a serious workout and lose 25 pounds in the first week. Things just don’t work that way. It takes time and consistency to be successful. The frequency of the workouts and the intensity is very important. Don’t overestimate your goals. Start slow and increase your time and exercises over a well spanned time frame.

#2 Being Too Easily Distracted

When exercising in your own home, it is easy to be distracted from everything else that is going on. The kids need food, the laundry needs put in the dryer, and you are tired after a long day of work. Sure, exercising at home has its benefits, but it also has the potential for some major distractions. Plan your workouts when you have alone time. You will be far less distracted and able to focus on you.

#3 Doing the Wrong Type of Workout

Most people come up with their own workout based on watching someone else. It can be a person at the gym or one on television. The exercises that you select will directly affect your outcome. Write down your goals and what you hope to accomplish on this journey. Speaking to a personal trainer can help give you insight on the exercises that will get you where you want to be. A trainer can tweak your workout for your body and weight loss goals.

#4 Underestimating Your Eating

Working out and your diet goes hand-in-hand. Do you count calories or do you think that working out should burn whatever you want to eat that day? Many people are in complete denial about what they are putting in their mouth. The quality of calories consumed can hinder your workout and weight loss. Keep it real, and write things down. A food diary is a great way to make sure you are getting the right types of foods in the correct quantities. Calorie counter apps are great for tracking both weight loss and exercise progress.

#5 All Quantity, No Quality

If you go to the gym, take a look at all the people that are getting a quality workout. What is really amazing is the number of people who are just wandering aimlessly around. They may be reading a book while walking at a snail’s pace on the treadmill. Many lift weights that are so light that they look bored. Some go to the gym to exercise out of habit. However, they are on automatic pilot. Ask yourself what you want to get out of your workout. If you want to get good results, then you will need to do some serious exercise. Enjoy your workout time and have some fun. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you won’t be able to force yourself to do it for long.

Changing Your Mindset

Working out can be an adventure. To keep yourself in check, make a goal list and upgrade your goals periodically. Once you reach a milestone, pat yourself on the back and set a new one. With dedication and a great mindset, you can have an amazing body in no time. This journey starts in the mind before it ever involves the body.

What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Blog

When you first set out to start a blog, there are many different things to consider. To make a success of it, whatever your end goal is, then there are several different things that you should do. Some will make success more likely than others. Or they will make things happen for you more quickly than others will. So here are my top tips of things I wish I’d known before starting a blog.

Go Self-Hosted

There are a few different blogging platforms to start a blog on. But the most popular two are Blogger and WordPress. The thing is that there are some restrictions on those platforms. The free WordPress.com, for example, is restrictive on how you can earn money. Because, basically, it is against their terms of service to do so. So if you want to start your blog to earn money, then it is a good idea to get self-hosted WordPress. So will need your own domain and a web hosting service, like Godaddy, SiteGround or TSOHost, for example. Then you just need to start setting up Godaddy or SiteGround web hosting (whichever host you have chosen). Not only will it help to make your blog look a lot more professional, but it will open up your potential a whole heap.

Use a Domain Email

There have been several studies carried out about trustworthiness when it comes to email addresses. Many people see a service or a blog that has a @gmail.com email address and don’t see it as reliable or professional as using your domain email address. So it would be something like name@yourdomainname.com. It looks a lot more professional. So if you want to contact brands or want to start selling things through your blog, it looks much better. When you set up a domain, it will come with one or several email options. So just check with the web hosting provider that you choose.

Get Social Media Savvy

You can be writing amazing content, but if there is no way for people to find it, then it can be completely wasted. So share your posts through social media. Having a few different options is a good idea, as you’ll capture different audiences with each type. Twitter is important for working with brands. So if that is a focus of yours, then make sure you are on there and start to build up a following.

Know Your SEO

If you’re completely new to the Blogosphere, then SEO can be a little confusing. What does it even stand for? Search Engine Optimisation is key to getting your posts seen when someone searches for something. If you’re a travel blogger and want your packing tips to be seen, for example, then making your post SEO-friendly will help when someone searches for that. People are quite likely to search for that kind of thing online. So you want your post to be the one that they click on. There are plugins like Yoast that are a good idea to install, as they can guide you to what is good SEO for a post and what is bad.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

How to Pace Yourself

Learning to run properly can be challenging enough, which is why learning to how to pace yourself is important to get right.

If you’ve ever laced up your shoes and headed out the door unsure of what pace to run; you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you figure out how to pace yourself.

Whether you’re a beginner, elite, or anywhere in between, we can all face the same problem in any given week. The schedule says Tuesday should be hard, Thursday should be steady, and you have heard that most of your long runs should be at an easy effort. You find yourself asking as you run down the road, what is hard and how should this feel? How can a long run ever be easy?! No matter how slow I run, it NEVER seems easy!

Here’s an easy way to figure out and look at effort levels.

Contrary to popular belief this sport doesn’t have to be exhausting, and each run shouldn’t leave you tired for days. Your early runs where you’re learning to cover distance and time should be completed at the speed of chat. Meaning you should be able to talk to the person next to you while running. This is called the “talk test” and is one of the most common ways to gauge effort level.

For those who are more experience, running at “the speed of chat” is how your easy runs should feel in a training week. You should feel totally in control, relaxed, and able to talk while running. Easier to check while running with a friend, but if you’re by yourself, you may find you are running along the street talking to yourself; not a bad thing as long as it helps you gauge your effort! If you want to give this running a score as an effort level 1-10 (1 being the easiest), it could be a 6/10.

The next level

Steady running. This is the backbone of training for the more experienced. It’s not complicated but does require you to be completely honest. You can push this area too hard and run junk miles that leave you too tired for clever sessions that we’ll cover next. This area is perhaps a 7/10 on your scorecard and is still conversational, although the chat is slightly strained.

Threshold running

We can all train like Mo; even if you’re new to the sport, and this is how you do it. This is called “uncomfortable running” or “controlled discomfort.” The key is that you can still talk between each breath, but it’s only 3-4 word answer effort. If you can utter a couple of distressed words; you are working too hard, and conversely, if you can say most of a sentence, you’re not working hard enough. This is running uncomfortable, but with control! It’s certainly not sprinting or running to exhaustion.

You might only be ready to include a few 3-minute blocks of this in a run each week, but it can grow; you can build the volume over the months. We call this running the bedrock to becoming a better runner, and it feels like 8-9/10 and 3-4 word answer effort.

An experienced runner using a heart rate monitor might run near to 85% of their maximum heart rate to remain in this zone. To know exactly how high your heart rate should be; grab a lactate & Vo2 max test from your local Sports Science department or university.

A couple of examples of threshold running sessions are:

5 x 5 minutes at threshold effort built into a 45-50 minute run with a 90-second jog recovery between each block.

This can build to a 6 x 5 minutes then 3 x 10 minutes and eventually you could be running 25-30 minutes of continuous threshold in the last part of a 45-minute run each week. The key is to keep feeling like a 3-4 word answer pace and not progressively harder until you feel like you are in the final stages of a 5k or 10k. Stay in control.

Interval Training & 5K-10K race paces naturally follow on from threshold as being the next level of pain.

It’s time to visit the hurt locker; although if new to running, your 5k or 10k effort will be your easy running pace or maybe threshold if progressing and a few races further down the road.

To a certain point, how the 5K/10K effort or interval training feels is up to you. You could be wise and hold back slightly letting the pace and intensity prescribed build the pain for you, or you could be the headbanger who loves to hit it harder and hang on. The choice is yours but remember to be consistent in this zone.

It’s meant to hurt and sessions such as 6-8 x 1km or 6 x 4 minutes off 75-90 seconds recovery can hurt. They will boost your VO2 max, and make your heart stronger. Keep in mind though that you can’t visit this zone too often; maybe once a week in a training plan once already experienced, running threshold each week and feeling good.

Little Tip –

Join a running group, club, or friends to complete these sessions. Completing weekly interval sessions with others adds competition, company, and disguises the pain and mental strength required.

So next time you leave the house; have a planned route and know what you want from your training. Have a purpose and listen to your body.

Just remember these four levels/zones:

  • Easy Run – Fully conversational at the speed of chat and about 6/10 (60-65% max heart rate).
  • Steady Run – Conversational, controlled, but slightly strained and about 7/10 (70-75% max heart rate).
  • Threshold Running – Controlled discomfort and 3-4 word answer pace or 8-9/10 (80-85% max heart rate, but get tested to be sure!).
  • Interval Training & 5K/10K effort or quicker – No time to chat here and 9/10 or more as the session progresses. It’s 1 or 2 word answer time and perhaps more of a grunt (85 – over 90% max heart rate… ouch!)

Make every run count!

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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