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Beginner Runner Village
15 minutes | 9 days ago
BRV 47: Do This in December
As we finish 2020, we need to do the right things to prepare to make 2021 a powerful, positive year, despite the pandemic. 2020 has been dreadful, but it doesn't have to beat you up. It's easy to let goals slide when struggling with such a crazy year, but this is just exactly when you need to double down and focus on the things within your control, and your fitness is just that. In this episode, I provide advice and introduce a challenge that everyone can do to finish the year, strong; it's the 1 + 1 Holiday challenge. Listen and join the challenge. Participation in the challenge is free.
19 minutes | 18 days ago
BRV 46: Beginner Runner Struggles
A beginner runner's success or failure often hinges on just being able to manage several key aspects of running training. In this episode Deb addresses several struggles common to new runners. Preparedness is everything. Seeing the big picture and being prepared for these inevitable challenges may make the critical difference between success and failure for anyone at the beginning of their running journey. .
16 minutes | 7 months ago
Become a Runner Class Day 10: Diagnostic Test – BRV 045
This is it! You’ve been learning about what to do for nine days. Think of this as graduation day, the day you get the last, but most critical, piece of the puzzle. Today, you find out exactly what you should do, and I mean you, personally, should do on Day 1 of your running journey. Today, is your diagnostic run. In this podcast, I explain what to do to find out how far you should run during each running segment of your walk to run mile, which is the distance you should start with. I also explain how to progress from there, the three variables, and the details regarding the decisions you’ll be making in deciding what to change and when. I’m excited for you because this is, of all the secrets I’ve imparted, perhaps the most crucial one, because if you try to start your running training with too much running, you’ll likely never succeed. Walk to Run to 5k Program The post Become a Runner Class Day 10: Diagnostic Test – BRV 045 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
Become a Runner Class Day 9: Turtle Power – BRV 044
I’ve been hearing the phrase, ‘turtle power,’ for years, always from slower runners, usually in an upbeat, positive way, an “I’m fine with that” way, but sometimes they utter the words apologetically, and that makes me sad. Often, these are beginner runners, but not always. It is my hope that after listening to this podcast, no one listening will ever feel bad, in any way, about being a slower runner. What is slow, anyway? It’s all relative, isn’t it? When an Olympian runs a 6 minute mile, it’s an off day. Most runners will never see the faster side of 9 minutes, and some will always run 12 minute miles, and I sure hope those people don’t apologize for that because there is no reason to be the least bit apologetic. To me, that’s like apologizing because you have brown hair. If anyone ever makes you feel like your pace is too slow, then that person is just being unkind and isn’t worth worrying about. In fact, they probably feel inferior in some other way. You have as much right to go your own pace and be happy with it as any other runner has a right to go the pace that is comfortable to them. After all, running is an individual sport. One of the most enjoyable elements of running is that anyone can do it; you don’t need to be a gifted athlete, but I sure hope you do realize that anyone at any pace is an athlete. Turtle Power is the mantra of slower runners everywhere, and so it should be. I hope it’s empowering. If you’re a slower runner, and since you’re a beginner, you probably are, own it; don’t apologize for it. Turtle runners unite! Below is the link to my beginner runner program. It includes beginner running schedules for six months. Walk to Run to 5k Program Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class Day 9: Turtle Power – BRV 044 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
12 minutes | 7 months ago
Beginner Runner Class, Day 8: Running for Weight Loss – BRV 043
Weight loss – or management – plays a role in the life of virtually every runner. Either they start running to lose weight or they’ve already lost weight, and they want to become a runner to help them maintain that weight loss. Too, some runners run because they’re worried that their weight will gradually creep up if they don’t get lots of exercise to offset the calories of the food they consume. Even the most fit-looking, slender runners will often say that maintaining a desirable weight is one of the key reasons why they run. Bottom line, many runners are running to lose weight. It works. Running can, without a doubt, facilitate these goals, but for some, it doesn’t work. It’s not a given that you’ll lose weight by starting to run. Rather, it’s a great part of a weight loss strategy. Some people become runners and never lose weight, or even gain weight. I’ve seen it enough times that, now, I can explain why that happens and how to avoid it. I’ve got some guidelines for nutrition as well. I want you to succeed in reaching your weight loss goals, and I’m sure this information will help you do that. Michael Pollan The Gut Balance Revolution Eat the Yolks Grain Brain by Dr David Perlmutter Real Food Liz (Liz Wolfe) author of Eat the Yolks Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser The Whole30 Walk to Run to 5k Program Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Beginner Runner Class, Day 8: Running for Weight Loss – BRV 043 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
16 minutes | 7 months ago
Become a Runner Class Day 7: Injury Prevention – BRV 042
When beginner runners don’t succeed, it’s usually the result of one of two problems: They get injured and conclude their bodies can’t handle it. They don’t enjoy running; they dread the workouts. When you do it the way I’ve set out in this series, there is no doubt but that you’ll feel good during and after the workouts, mentally and physically. That’s a given, but I’m sure you’re wanting to know what you can do to run healthy and prevent running injuries. That is the topic of this episode. If you’ve gotten to this point, you’ve heard me say, repeatedly, that you must progress at a gradual pace and that you should listen to your body and be okay with doing the same workout for a week or so, until it’s no longer challenging. Of course, I have many more points to make about the path to avoiding running injuries. Walk to Run to 5k Program Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class Day 7: Injury Prevention – BRV 042 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
11 minutes | 7 months ago
Become a Runner Day 6: Warming Up and Walking Paces – BRV 041
Many beginner runners don’t warm-up because they think the only reason to warm-up is to prepare to run fast; they know they don’t run fast, so they skip the warm-up. That is a big mistake, but I absolutely understand how a beginner runner might arrive at the conclusion that, for them, a warm-up is unnecessary. You must realize that it’s all relative. For you, walking is the appropriate warm-up. The fact is that warming up is even more critical for the beginner runner than it is for an advanced runner. I’ll explain that and how to do an appropriate beginner runner warm-up in this podcast. Then, we’ll talk about walking paces. By that I mean paces for the three different occasions when a beginner runner walks as part of a weekly schedule. Those three are the speed for walking when walking is the whole workout on your easier, non walk/run days, walking as part of a warm-up before the walk run interval, and last, the pace for walking between running intervals. This question came up several times in my online coaching group; so, I know it’s one that occurs to most people executing a walk to run program. Walk to Run to 5k Program Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Day 6: Warming Up and Walking Paces – BRV 041 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
12 minutes | 7 months ago
Become a Runner Class, Day 5: Breathing – BRV 40
The single most common beginner runner complaint I hear is that they can’t breathe. Often new runners say they struggle to breathe because they feel like they’re breathing through a straw; they say they just can’t get enough air, and that’s a miserable sensation, right? If you’ve ever been in that situation, you will find answers in this episode. That may be the number 1 problem that you know you must overcome to be a success, to be able to build endurance and, one day, run for miles, in comfort. It just makes sense, that if you can’t breathe, you can’t run very far, and you can’t be comfortable for even a few minutes. So, this is a problem we must fix and do it the right away. For a more extensive discussion of this topic, please check out this earlier podcast episode: BRV 008: How to Breathe When You Run Walk to Run to 5k Program Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class, Day 5: Breathing – BRV 40 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
6 minutes | 7 months ago
Become a Runner Class, Day 4: Running Form – BRV 039
It’s not unusual for coaches of beginner runners to disregard form in lieu of total emphasis on building endurance. I believe the opposite is the far better, more effective route, Why learn to run with bad form? Why? It makes no sense. The easiest time to focus on form is when you’re only running a few steps at a time. Plus, the better the form, the less the likelihood of injury – and the better the running form, the more comfortable the runner will be, and the more coordinated the new runner will feel, and that is hugely important. In this podcast I take you from head to toe, quickly going over all the elements of running form. If you’d like a deeper, quite thorough look into running form, I’ve got that for you, too. I’ve actually done four episodes: BRV 009: Running Form Explained, Part 1 BRV 010: Running Form, Part 2 BRV 011: Running Form, Part 3, Foot Strike BRV 012: Running Form, Part 4, Runner-Watching Check out the Walk to Run to 5k Program here. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class, Day 4: Running Form – BRV 039 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
Become a Runner Class, Day 3: Running Schedules – BRV 038
You need a plan. You wouldn’t set out on a road trip without a map because the chances of arriving at your destination, assuming you hadn’t been there before, would be zero. There are far too many possibilities and far too many possible directions. Well getting started running is somewhat like that. While most people think it’s as easy as running as far as you can, then stopping to walk, then repeating, as I’ve already explained, this method will almost never get you to your desired destination. In fact, more often than not, it ends in a dead end to what might have been a prolific and immensely satisfying running career. Enter the map – or in this case – the plan. By plan, I actually mean a day by day running schedule. This changes everything, and the happy part is that you don’t need to hire a coach to get a schedule that’s tailored to exactly your goals and your body. I’ll explain, in this episode, how to layout a beginner running schedule customized to your body. Listen in to learn the running principles that are the backbone of every running schedule. Walk to Run to 5k Program Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class, Day 3: Running Schedules – BRV 038 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
11 minutes | 8 months ago
Become a Runner Class Day 2: Motivation – BRV 037
Every runner of every level needs a constant stream of motivation, and while that may seem to be a challenge, the fact is that once you establish the habit of running, which experts say takes 28 days, then the habit takes over, and you only occasionally need more of a boost than that. Truth is, the longer you run, the more ingrained that habit becomes, and most of the time it’s harder not to run. Honestly, it’s like brushing your teeth ‘most’ days. That’s the good news; that’s the great news, but you’ll need some extra help in the first few weeks, and that’s the goal of this podcast. In this episode, I explain a seven techniques to keep you motivated. For a more extensive discussion of motivation, here is a longer podcast I did a while back. BRV 029: The Motivation of Wanting More Mojo for Running Podcast 76: Encouraging Words for Runners Mojo for Running Podcast 117: Accountability Hacks Mojo for Running Podcast 139: The Mental Side of Running Access my Walk to Run to 5k Program here. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class Day 2: Motivation – BRV 037 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
Become a Runner Class Day 8: Running to Lose Weight – BRV 043
Weight loss is the number one reason that people start running, and number 2 is not even close. In our world, people just don’t move enough, anymore, and that creates a problem. We need to move a lot to burn enough calories. Many people want to run to lose weight, and many run because they don’t ever want to have weight to lose. It’s safe to say that 80 percent of beginner runners are overweight, some with just a few pounds to lose, but many with many more. In this episode, I explain how to utilize running to help you succeed in your weight loss journey. Of course, diet is huge. I don’t mean dieting, per se, not being ‘on’ a diet, but eating a healthy, reasonable diet, day in and day out, but sometimes that’s not enough. Even if you lose the weight, without a lifestyle change, a change to a much more active life, you won’t keep it off. That won’t happen if you’re running. Running has the potential to make a massive difference in your body and that means a difference in your life. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class Day 8: Running to Lose Weight – BRV 043 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
Become a Runner Class, Day 1: The Right Way – BRV 036
Let’s change it up. I got to thinking that beginner runners really need to listen to these podcasts in order, at least the first few, but, unfortunately, often people only listen to the most recent. For that reason, I decided to combine the most critical and basic information from the first 35 episodes into what I’m calling my 10-Day Become a Runner Class. Listen to one a day or binge listen to all ten. Either way, you’ll get ten concise episodes. This beginner running class is for people who fit any of these profiles: not a runner but want to be one unfit or only somewhat fit or older or overweight My coaching is different from the usual beginner runner program; it’s much more gradual, which I think is the kind of program that’s in much more demand, because after working with beginner runners for a dozen years, I know that success, for virtually every one, hinges on progressing gradually, at an appropriate pace for that person. Too many people go at it with too much intensity and try to do too much too soon. The result is usually injury, discouragement, and ultimately, failure. In my class, the emphasis is entirely on success, on you becoming a lifelong runner. I believe you shouldn’t be in a hurry to build endurance, to be able to run a mile, non-stop. The emphasis should be on building fitness at a healthy, controlled rate, a rate that keeps you healthy, confident, and happy We’re after optimal health. If that’s your goal, you’re in the right place. This 10-day series is for people at the very beginning of their running career, people just building up to their first running mile. I’m super excited to have the role of motivator to help you take your first running steps, and hopefully, to assure that you have the confidence to make the commitment to become a runner in 2017. In this first class, I explain how to do it the right way, the most effective way to become a runner. I mention these items in the podcast: Walk to Run to 5k Coaching Program Follow me on Instagram @mojoforrunning and @runtampa Check out The Human Race, a Documentary here. This documentary will leave you feeling empowered, feeling like you can most certainly become a runner. The film features masters runners over 50, and the message is that any age is the right age to run, that you will be healthier, and you can extend middle age and good health for the rest of your life. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Become a Runner Class, Day 1: The Right Way – BRV 036 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
19 minutes | 4 years ago
BAT Best Alternative Training – BRV 035
No matter who you are or what your situation, there will be times when, try as you might, the end of the day rolls around, and it starts to look like you won’t have time to get in your workout. Has that happened to you? It’s a sad feeling, not terrible, but it’s not the way you want to end your day. It’s just one reason why running early in the morning makes sense, if you can swing it, because then, if something interferes, you still have options. Maybe it means you go out and run on your lunch hour or maybe on your afternoon coffee break or, hopefully, you have some flexibility in your afternoon time, but all that is really beside the point of this podcast. This episode provides you with a safety net for those days when, no matter what, no matter the reason, you just weren’t able to get out and run. In such cases, BAT workouts provide mental reasurance because you know a BAT workout will prevent any loss in fitness. BAT workouts are your running training safety net. Now, what does this have to do with Halloween? Nothing, except that when I was about to record this episode, I got to thinking that bats and Halloween go together; I’ve always called them BAT workouts, which stands for best alternative training, but it was just a coincidence that I recorded this episode the week before Halloween. By alternative training I mean alternative to actually going outside to do your planned workout. This BAT workout will keep your fitness from sliding backwards. Even if your schedule – and your daily life – results in you only having time to run on two weekdays, if you do this workout on the other days, you’ll be fine. You can still continue to improve your running fitness with just those two running workouts and your two weekend workouts. So, these BAT workouts can be critical. Two great things about this workout: It’s completely customizable. Once you understand the structure, you can swap out exercises or change the time frames. It can be a complement to your running. Feel free to add in one or two BAT workouts per week. BAT workouts don’t have to be just alternatives for days when you don’t have time to run. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post BAT Best Alternative Training – BRV 035 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
27 minutes | 4 years ago
Running Groups and Beginner Runners
Of all the great pleasures of running, time spent with other runners is one of the greatest. You can’t have too many running friends, and running with them makes every mile a whole new and different experience. You’ll make friends for life, and during all those miles, you’ll discuss every comceivable topic, solve the world’s probems and each others. You’ll run more because you want to hang out with your friends, and a bad run will always become a much better run when you have friends by your side. While belonging to a running group is helpful to eperienced runners, it’ exponentially more beneficial to new runners, beginner runners who need motivation and support, but beginner runners often feel intimidated, worrying that they won’t be welcome, won’t be able to keep up, or won’t be able to run far enough, all valid concerns. In this podcast, I address questions submitted by the beginner runners in my Mojo for Running Coaching Program regarding those exact concerns and many more. I hope that after giving this podcast a listen, you’ll feel like you’re ready to find a club and become involved. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Running Clubs for Beginner Runners – BRV 034 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
9 minutes | 4 years ago
What if You’re Feeling Tired – BRV 033
Newer runners tend to be too hard on themselves, often pushing too hard, running too much or at a level too intense for their current state of fitness. If you’re feeling tired, this could be the reason – or at least part of it. Any time you feel extra tired, more tired than normal, you need to step back and analyze the situation. You need to figure out why you’re feeling tired and take the appropriate steps right away. If you don’t, you may miss several weeks of running, and we don’t want that. This episode of the Beginner Runner Village Podcast will help you figure out why you’re feeling tired and make the correct and very necessary adjustments. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post What if You’re Feeling Tired – BRV 033 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
15 minutes | 4 years ago
Seven Tips for Training in Hot Weather – BRV 032
Running, every day, requires a constant stream of motivation, but then, when the mercury starts to rise, it’s super easy to make the choice to do something else, anything else, any other activity, as long as it can be performed in the air conditioning. Well, obviously, that’s going to move you farther away from your running goals; so, in this episode, I give you strategies for coping with the heat, the tips that I’ve discovered make the hot weather considerably more tolerable. Running in hot weather will always be a challenge, but these strategies will help you train through the hottest months for running. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Seven Tips for Training in Hot Weather – BRV 032 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
12 minutes | 4 years ago
Walking Pace – BRV 031
Hopefully, anyone starting a running program, any beginner runner, is mostly walking for the first several weeks. Additionally, anyone just starting to run, hopefully, is walking a lot to build up caradio endurance and to strengthen their bodies to get ready to run, but this brings up the question, “How fast should I walk?” People listening to my podcast know that I talk a lot about running cadence; so, it’s not surprising that beginner runners often ask me about walking cadence. Well, there are three different instances during the course of a week when any beginner runnner will be walking. In this episode, we look at each occasion for walking, and I explain the goal, and, therefore, the desired walking pace. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post Walking Pace – BRV 031 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
19 minutes | 4 years ago
How to Pick a 5k Race – BRV 030
I want all beginner runners to have an excellent experience at their first 5k race, but with so many 5k races out there, how do you decide which one is right for you? No worries! I’m here for you! You’re right, there are many options, and I imagine, because you are new to running, you may not know what to consider. Well, you can relax. In this Beginner Runner Village podcast, I’ll explain the differences between various 5k race – what to look for and what questions to ask – in the hope that it will help you choose a race that will be both enjoyable and rewarding. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post How to Pick a 5k Race – BRV 030 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
13 minutes | 4 years ago
The Motivation of Wanting More – BRV 029
Whether your main goal is better health, weight loss, having more energy, or making new friends, your overarching motivation may be simply ‘wanting more,’ wanting to become a runner to move your life toward something richer, and I’m not talking about things or money, but experiences and better yet, shared experiences with others on the same healthy journey. In this episode, I look at what beginner runners can have, what running provides, a highlight of the things you can have if you stick with it, if you stay the course. This is the motivation for running. Subscribe with Stitcher Radio The post The Motivation of Wanting More – BRV 029 appeared first on Mojo for Running.
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