When running, try to meet your goal distance. However, if you get too tired, walk for a few minutes and then resume your run. In our beginner’s training plan, I outline a 12 week plan for getting into shape. This plan involves a lot of running & walking prior to being able to finish 25 – 35 minute runs without stopping.
A key to maintaining your fitness level is to be consistent. Rather than running only 2 times a week, when it’s convenient, I recommend also including some cross training with eliptical, stairmaster or rowing machines. It’s very important that you develop the habit of practicing some kind of exercise on an ongoing basis. If training for a marathon, you’ll need to run 3-4 times per week and complete cross training at least 1-2 times per week.
To ensure you don’t get injured while completing running or cross fit routines, be sure you workout in good, stable shoes. Preventing injury will help ensure you can continue to workout and eventually reach your fitness goals. As you train for a marathon, you’ll start to build the miles on your shoes. Every 400 – 500 miles, you should check to ensure your shoes are not worn down (check the heal cup and also the padding on the insole). Inserts don’t last forever, no matter how well you take care of them. They get worn down in certain areas causing your foot to leave its own natural impression. If this wear continues, injury is almost a certainty.
As you can see, there’s a few pillars to getting and staying fit. Try to stick to your plan by completing the workouts as best as possible. Consistency is the key to ensure you stay on track. Mix up the workouts, to help maintain interest.