You must be interested in running. You’re looking for the best way to get there – to being a runner – from where you are now, which might be that you’re older or that you’re unfit or that you’ve tried and failed before or that you’re overweight.
Well, you landed here with me for a reason. Things happen for a reason, for sure. I absolutely love to work with people who are worried that they cannot run, that maybe they don’t have the body for it – or the mental strength. I thrive on working with those people. Seriously, if that’s you, know that you are my very favorite people to work with. I get an adrenalin rush just thinking about it because of the incredible potential for life-changing success, because of the empowering effect I’ve witnessed again and again.
I can help you achieve your goal
to become a lifelong runner!
Who wants to become a runner for a few months? It’s critical to keep the big picture in mind. So what if it takes several months to build up to a 5k? That is just fine. The more gradually you build up your endurance, the better chance there is that it will stick, that you’ll be doing this forever, and that is what counts!
Listen to my podcast by clicking the link in the menu bar. They’re free, and you can listen on your computer or on your smart phone with a podcast app. Those podcasts will motivate you and provide critical information, the knowledge I share with my ‘in person’ clients.
In the podcast, I explain
- how to structure your training
- how to select shoes
- what to do if you feel an injury coming on
- how to breathe when you run
- how to prevent knee problems
- how running will assist with weight loss
- all about proper running form
and much more.
If you’d like to work with me, My Walk to Run Program is based on my unique approach to beginner training. ‘Pain’ should never be a part of ‘gain.’ Never! Pain is your body’s way of saying, “Whoa!”
I’m 62, and I’ve been running 38 years. Of all that I’ve learned, this is #1: Listen to your body! Treat it well, and it will treat you well! The key is to challenge your body but never to push too hard, never to be careless. Stress it a little, then give it time to recover; this is especially critical in the first months.
Running can be fun for everyone, and it SHOULD be fun for everyone. You should look forward to every workout and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end. You don’t need to be huffing and puffing and red-faced. No, the key is to start at the right level for you. If that’s alternating running 20 steps with walking two minutes, that is just fine. Really. You’ve got to start at the right place for you and very gradually increase the distance you run over a period of months.
Over the years, I have figured out why most beginner programs don’t work, not for true beginners, and they certainly don’t foster a lifelong love of running. And without that, what’s the point?
No one wants to be a temporary runner, right?
My Walk to Run program combines easily achievable goals, encouragement, and strategically designed exercises. Even if you’ve never run a day in your life, the Walk to Run Program can make you a runner. You’ll become the person you’d always wanted to be. You’ll be empowered by your own success.
Please settle in, take a look around and learn more about the program and about me, your coach, I hope, Debbie Voiles. The podcast is here, and there are blog articles and quite a bit of other information.
Once you’ve looked around, if you still have questions, I would be happy to answer them. Drop me an email. And remember that while you’re exploring, you’ve already taken the first step to changing your life. It’s just one step at a time from there!