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What Is a Good Distance for a Run

by
author image Lora Mays
Lora Mays is a RRCA-certified running coach. She has been running for more than 15 years and coaching since 2010. She has published articles on Plum Deluxe and in "Variance Magazine," among other publications. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.
What Is a Good Distance for a Run
Two friends going for a jog together. Photo Credit Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images

Figuring out the best distance to run can be challenging, especially if you are a new runner. There are a number of different elements to consider, including your physical fitness, local terrain and climate. However, focusing first on your fitness will help you determine the distance that is the best base distance for you.

Build Your Fitness

What Is a Good Distance for a Run
Before starting a running program, evaluate your fitness and goals. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Before attempting a run at any distance, it's important that you first build your fitness level. In his book, "Fitness Running," Richard Brown recommends that you evaluate your fitness to ensure that you can walk at least 30 minutes continuously for at least three times a week before you start a running program. Once you have established your walking ability, you can start running.

Think In Minutes, Not Miles

What Is a Good Distance for a Run
By increasing the amount of time you run each day, you can build up your confidence while enhancing your fitness. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images

Many new runners falter in their running programs because they think they need to achieve a certain distance in order to be successful. Once you build up your walking time, integrate running by setting aside minutes specifically for running. Each day, you can build on this so that your entire 30-minute walk becomes a run. Once you've done this, you can evaluate your speed and determine the best distance for you.

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