This running plan is for beginners to go from 0 to running 30 minutes nonstop – in just 4 weeks.
Who Should Follow this Running Plan?
This plan is suitable for beginners who are fit and perform cardiovascular exercise regularly (e.g. cycling), but are novice runners. You should be able to walk briskly for 30 minutes several times a week before you start this program. If you can’t, start with the 10-week running plan for beginners.
If you are already able to run, then join the program at the appropriate level. However, consider that being able run for 10 minutes nonstop once a week is easier than running it 4 times per week. Therefore, be objective. This program is only 4 weeks long anyway. That’s almost the blink of an eye! Hopefully you’ll be running regularly lifelong.
The goal is to make small, consistent steps – not huge leaps. Running isn’t something you learn and the next day you do. Progression is gradual. Your body has to adapt to the high-impact of running. This doesn’t happen instantly. With every run, your joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones get stronger and more robust. You slowly adapt and improve your running style to be more efficient and rhythmical. It is then that you really start to enjoy running.
Running Workout Plan
This is a 4-week run-walk plan consisting of 4 workouts a week. Each workout is about thirty minutes, including warm-up and cool-down.
- Warm-up before and cool down after each workout with walking. Don’t forget to stretch before and after your workout.
- If you only manage to fit 3 workouts into one week, add it to the following week. If you move on to the next week but don’t feel able to do the workout, stay on the previous level until you’re ready. Don’t worry about it.
Listen to your body and go at your own pace. Some people will repeat a workout early on and then whiz through the rest without problem, others may find the fourth week more challenging and some may have no problems at all. Everyone is different.
|1||10 min||1 min run, 1 min walk (5x)||10 min|
|2||10 min||1 min run, 1 min walk (7x)||5 min|
|3||10 min||2 min run, 1 min walk (5x)||5 min|
|4||5 min||2 min run, 1 min walk (7x)||4 min|
|1||5 min||3 min run, 1 min walk (5x)||5 min|
|2||5 min||5 min run, 2 min walk (3x)||4 min|
|3||4 min||5 min run, 1 min walk (4x)||2 min|
|4||5 min||8 min run, 3 min walk (2x)||3 min|
|1||5 min||10 min run, 5 min walk, 5 min run||5 min|
|2||5 min||12 min run, 3 min walk, 5 min run||5 min|
|3||10 min||15 min run||5 min|
|4||6 min||18 min run||6 min|
|1||5 min||20 min run||5 min|
|2||5 min||22 min run||3 min|
|3||3 min||25 min run||2 min|
|4||2 min||30 min run||2 min|
Passing the “talk test” means that you are able to speak in sentences, if running with a running partner. However, if you can only answer in one word grunts you are running too fast. On the other hand, you should not be able to carry on long conversation and give paragraph style answers.
Try to allow for a day of recovery between your running workouts and avoid running 4 consecutive days. It is during recovery that your body adapts to the stress of the workout by getting stronger and fitter. This goes for your leg muscles, as much as for your heart and lungs.
It is the reason you should progress slowly, as you only want to stress your body in small increments. Your body recovers, adapts, becomes stronger. This is progression. On the other hand, if you place too great a strain on your body, you become tired, sore and risk injury.
As you become increasingly athletic, your body grows accustomed to the cycle of stress and recovery and you’ll require less time to recover from your previous run.
Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have a medical condition.