By Ed Shephard
If you want to begin running and keep running, then you need to get off to a good start. If you get off to a good start, it’s more likely that your experience will be enjoyable and injury free, rather than frustrating and injury filled. If you have a good first month, you’ll find that you are motivated to continue running. Three keys to starting and sustaining a running program are: being patient, getting adequate rest & recovery, and practicing moderation.
Every runner is unique and every runner must exercise good judgement in answering three questions about their training: how far, how fast, and how often. The answers to these questions depend upon your current level of fitness and how your body responds to training. The toughest part of starting and maintaining a running program is making it through the first month. By being patient, getting adequate rest & recovery, and training at a moderate, but consistent level will make it much more likely that you’ll have a good experience with running and be on your way to becoming a lifelong runner.
|Ed Shepherd finishing the DC Marathon|
Ed "Shep" Shephard is an accomplished runner and Cross Country/Track Coach. Shep was inducted into Westminster's Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in Cross Country and Track including setting records in the 1500, 5000 and 10,000-meter runs.
Shep has a passion for running, and has coached many runners to successful running careers in high school and beyond. He has coached multiple cross country runners and track athletes, from sprinters to jumpers, to the top 10 at States.
Shep has successfully competed in races of all distances and is a fountain of knowledge in all things running related. He was the first coach Jesse Bender ever ran for, and they continue to run together. He is the person the Benders turn to for running advice.