I recently spoke with writer Jon Marcus about the benefits and risks of starting to run during the pandemic. The physical, emotional, and psychological benefits of running make it an ideal form of exercise during these uncertain times. However, there are risks of injury that must be considered when beginning any new form of exercise. It is important to return to running in a gentle progression to avoid stress fractures and other unwanted injuries that might land you in the emergency department, and thus placing you at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For beginners, I recommend beginning your run with a 2 minutes of running, 1 minute of walking method for 20-30 minutes while you work on building up your cardiovascular endurance and musculoskeletal strength. For intermediate runners, I recommend avoiding increasing mileage or speed by 10%-30% per week.
I am available for virtual running coaching to help you stay healthy and safe during this time. You can view my coaching packages here.
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