With the weather taking a turn for the better, running season is here. Time to come out of hibernation and start training again! At least that’s how we feel. Maybe you’ve been training throughout the winter, but we know that running on a treadmill is different than hitting the pavement or the trails.
So, if you’re just getting started with your runs, you may be wondering how far you should run after the winter hiatus. The transition from your ski legs to your running legs can hurt. That’s why it’s important to start slow, regardless of your level.
If you’re a beginner, start running anywhere from 1-3 miles. Your timing will vary on your level. Don’t worry about how long it takes you to complete each mile. Just aim for improvement each week.
The best rule of thumb is to increase your mileage by half a mile each week. That of course depends on your goals. If your goal is to increase distance because you’re training for a marathon, then aim for half a mile a week.
If you’re just a casual runner, focus on shaving time off each mile weekly, as well as your form. You will notice that even the smallest tweaks in your form can immensely improve your form. The best way to improve your form is to start paying attention to how you walk. Make changes to your walk to see how your body moves. The more you can use your hips to move forward, rather than just your legs, you’ll see that it takes less effort to go farther.