If you’re starting your running journey, this podcast is for you. Each episode features a different coaching topic and is specifically for new runners. For additional guidance and weekly schedules, Coach Deb, creator of the podcast, offers a Walk to Run to 5k Program.
All podcasts are free. Smart phones already have podcast apps. Listen any time. You can literally pull out your phone and be listening to Coach Debbie Voiles, founder and director of Run Tampa, within 1 minute. Just search “Beginner Runner Village” in the app.
Each episode is a coaching lesson. Topics include running form, injury prevention, breathing, training, gear, and much more.
The podcast, alone, provides everything you need to get started, but if you want a structured schedule and access to a coach, sign up for the Walk to Run program. (free trial)
At just $35 for a full year, it doesn’t include email or phone coaching, but it does include a private Facebook group just for members of the program, and Coach Deb stops in to answer questions every day.
And, because you’re local to Tampa, you also have the option to join the Run Tampa Club and the Run Tampa Facebook group, to experience the community that is a big part of running.
Run Tampa’s slogan, by the way, is Running-Walking-Racing-Talking.
Compared to the Couch to 5k Program, Deb’s Walk to Run to 5k Program follows a far more gradual progression.
Instead of 8 weeks of training schedules, you get 34 weeks. You’re embarking on a long-term project, and you need a long-term plan.
Gradual Progression is the key. If the training is too intense, you won’t enjoy it. As a result, you won’t stay with it, and then, what’s the point?
A more gradual progression – with mostly walking at the beginning – will give your body time to get stronger, which is critical to preventing injury.
Deb has been at this for a long time. Her podcasts (including her other podcast, Mojo for Running) have been downloaded 940,000 times in 199 countries.
To learn more about Deb’s philosophy, check out The Human Race, a documentary film available on Amazon (free on Prime), featuring members of Run Tampa, all ‘newish’ runners, as well as running icon Kathrine Switzer. Deb was the coach/consultant.
Why Deb’s philosophy is best for beginner runners:
Most beginner runners are quite unfit. Since it took years to get that way, it’s only logical that they cannot walk out the front door and just start running and be comfortable and successful. That’s not realistic.
> You need a plan, and you need knowledge. You need to know the right way to go about this adventure.
> You need to take it super slowly. The goal is to keep at it for the rest of your life. No hurry. Becoming a runner is lifechanging, but you cannot rush the process.
> Never compare yourself to other runners; compare yourself to you, a month ago. There’s your motivation.
> Deb instructs you not to move on to the next week’s schedule if you’re challenged by this week’s workout. Repeat each week as long as needed. In this way, you’re personalizing the training to you.
> Most beginners work too hard. Experienced runners enjoy training. They run and chat and laugh. Beginners need to lower the intensity to enjoy their training; this requires mostly walking, but that’s just fine. You’re building a foundation for more running when you’re stronger.
If you want to feel better, feel successful, look forward to the next workout, and learn how to train, listen to the Beginner Runner Village podcast and sign up for the Walk to Run to 5k program at coaching.mojoforrunning.com.
RunTampa.com and IG @RunTampa
Run Tampa Facebook group
Mojo for Running Facebook page
Mojo for Running Coaching Program Members private FB group for members of the Walk to Run to 5k Program at Coaching.MojoforRunning.com