We assembled a variety of training plans for people who might get into running. Running plans were picked based on the following criteria:
- Minimal Time Commitment: Most programs require under 5 days a week.
- Common Sense Approach: No meditation, massage, fat camps, etc..
- Something for Everyone: We provide guidance for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.
- Don't Re-Invent the Wheel: These training plans were written by experts from other web-sites. We want to provide the best advice possible, so we have no trouble promoting other sites when they are clearly the experts in a given field.
A RUNNING PROGRAM FOR BEGINNERS:
This program that can turn almost anyone into a runner!
TRAINING FOR A 10K:
MARATHON TRAINING FOR "BEGINNERS":
TAKING YOUR MARATHON TRAINING TO THE NEXT LEVEL:
A WORD OF CAUTION THOSE WHO ARE TRAINING STRICTLY FOR LOOKS!
You will lose muscle mass if you train for anything more than a 5k - You'll also lose a ton of body-fat though!
Your muscle-loss can be mitigated by taking the advice outlined in our article about Nutrition.
If you have a six pack, running long distances (5 miles or more) will add a small amount of body-fat to your lower abdomen - Just enough to make the lower half of your 6-pack disappear. I think this happens as a self-defense mechanism: The body needs to store energy that it can tap on the next long run.
No one knows more than a bodybuilder about how amazingly reactive our bodies are to certain kinds of stress. It's truly amazing!