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When Does Running Get Easier?

By June 29, 2009

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One of the most common questions I hear from new runners is, "Does this get any easier and, if so, WHEN?" Unfortunately there isn't one answer that fits everyone, since beginner runners sometimes struggle for different reasons and it takes some people longer than others to build up their fitness. Many new runners find that the turning point is when they can run continuously for 30 minutes. At that point, they start to feel more comfortable and confident.

So, it takes a little bit of patience to build up your fitness and get to a point where running feels easier. In the meantime, try some of these tips to make running more comfortable and enjoyable.


June 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(1) J says:

Run at least 4 days a week, then it gets easier despite the time/distance you are able to run. Give it a good 3-4 weeks to get into the swing of things.

July 2, 2009 at 11:08 am
(2) jiang says:

If you are running slower than your previous run, it’s easier; but if you are trying to run faster than your previous run, it’s always hard. Hot weather also makes my run feel difficult. I also hate running hills which slows me down considerably.

Runners also need to strength training their legs by doing squats and deadlift. In the past, I couldn’t run beyond 6 miles without feeling pain on the side of the knee. After I started doing squats and deadlift, my long run has extended to 9 miles and I am on my way to my first half marathon. Runners need to do strengh training to add more muscles. It’s especially important for older runner. While we are aging, our muscles are shrinking and bones got frail. The only way to maintain a running life is to do resistance training concurrently with running.

July 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm
(3) running says:

Great advice here — thanks for your comments! I agree that strength training has enormous benefits for runners.

July 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm
(4) Kit says:

I started running last year in the spring. All summer long I hated it. Richmond is very hot and muggy during the summer. In September I had been running about 5 months so my fitness level was getting much better. One cool September evening I went out for a five-mile run and suddenly each mile felt better than the one before. It wasn’t just easier, it was actually fun. Two months later I ran my first half-marathon and now I’m utterly addicted.

Now summer is here again and I have to struggle through the heat and humidity, but I can remember those wonderful wintertime runs and look forward to the end of summer.

July 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(5) jiang says:

Summer does slow me down and makes me miserable during my run. But it also has a silver lining (everything does!) To avoid the heat I adjusted my schedule and get up earlier at around 5:30AM. I am not staying up late either so I can get enough sleep. It totally changed my bad habit. I think my life style is healthier than ever.

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