Running to lose weight

Running for weight loss is an important first step in improving your running fitness.

Cassie Dimmick, sports dietitian and running coach, wrote for Runner’s World “…the leaner you are, within reason, the faster you go.”

Losing weight and running, in general, takes one thing: discipline. You have to be committed to your fitness, health and diet. Luckily, it’s not all too hard to stay on track when you have the right tools.

Women’s Health Magazine may let me down occasionally by promoting weird weight loss and diet plans, but I love the workout plans the magazine provides for free for readers.

For example, in Your Running Weight Loss Plan: Lose 10 Pounds in 6 Weeksthe magazine provides resources for running and meal plans for runners as well as what gear to wear and what music to listen to for best performance.


What’s great is that the magazine provides a run/walk program and a running program for people like me who are new to or just getting back in to running after a fitness hiatus.

While I am sure I can handle the running program, I do not want to set myself up for failure. If it’s too hard too soon, I might quit. Why not start easy, and then increase my challenge as I get bored? Oh, yes. I do think that is a plan!

I will start training for several summer and fall 5K’s as soon as I graduate in May. (I don’t want to start training too soon, in case something comes up, especially since I haven’t done anything for almost six weeks.)

My first 5K will be a primer, and, when I run in the Prairie Fire 5K, I hope to beat any PR I set earlier in the year. In runner speak, PR is “personal record.”

Ha! I’ve never had one of those before!

4 thoughts on “Running to lose weight

  1. tuesday2

    Good for you! I love/need to run; it clears my head and helps me be nice to people! lol

    I have yet to sign up for any race. I have it on my to do list: Run a 5K.

    I continue to try and talk myself in to the commitment; thanks for the inspiration.


  2. healthyfrenchie

    Good luck with getting back into running. You’re right, it’s one of those sports you have to ease back into. I love runner’s world too, it’s so accessible, to all level of fitness / running :)


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