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Running 101: A Beginner's Guide

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Words You Need to Know

Use this glossary to follow our running plans.

Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

How hard you're working on a scale of 1 (sitting) to 10 (sprinting).

RPE 4 to 5: Easy; you can talk with little effort.

RPE 6 to 7: Moderate; you can talk, but you're slightly breathless.

RPE 8 to 10: Hard; you can only speak a few words as you run.


Swim, bike, walk or do total-body strength training for 20 to 30 minutes. "Activities that don't tax running muscles are ideal," says running coach Scott Fliegelman. "If lifting, keep reps high, weights low, and make sure you're not overly fatigued for key workouts."


Short, fast intervals. Not a sprint, but running as fast as you can (RPE 8 or 9). Jog easy (same duration as stride) after each.


Rest! "Following a strenuous workout, muscles need to repair their microtears," says Fliegelman. Twenty-four hours of R&R helps.


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brownyq wrote:

I just started running more like trotting, but it's a start,I've lost 76 lbs and want to tone my body, information was helpful

5/5/2014 10:24:52 PM Report Abuse
davidroyy wrote:

When you begin running, it's really important to progress at your own pace. A great training plan can help you achieve your goal to run a few kilometers safely and without stopping. I would personally suggest Cyclide training plans; they offer 1k, 2k and 3k for beginners:

11/12/2013 01:45:18 PM Report Abuse
abbypettis210 wrote:

Great article!!! I would also say some form of cross training is great to prevent injuries. I started doing Pilates and it really aided in my runner's hip pain. I found this article that forced me to join a Pilates studio: Has anyone found any other forms of cross training that were beneficial? I'm not sure how long I'll stay with Pilates...? Thanks! Abby

2/25/2013 11:43:04 AM Report Abuse
lancasterpter wrote:

Really nice begginers article! You could not be correct! Check also, great advise also! Happy running, on my way to my morning 10k! Carrol

5/7/2012 11:32:19 PM Report Abuse
ambercholtz wrote:

It's the information I was searching for. Thank you Fitness Magazine!

4/17/2012 10:53:14 AM Report Abuse

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