Effective 30-Minute Running Workouts For Beginners

Here you will find training sessions up to 30 min., suitable for beginners in running training. The training units build on each other, but can also be used individually. Based on these units you can use the training units up to 45 min. for recreational runners and the training Sessions up to 60 min. for hobby runners.

The common goal of all training units up to 30 min. is the acquisition and consolidation of basic endurance. This forms the basis for all future, more demanding training units. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints are also accustomed to the increasing load.

Click on the link to download the respective training unit as a PDF file. This contains the training unit including an explanation as well as a list of the individual load zones and their mode of action.

 

Workouts up to 30 min.


Entrance into running training

This training unit is suitable for beginners in running training without previous knowledge. The purpose is to train the cardiovascular system in order to acquire basic endurance.

Furthermore, the musculoskeletal system should get used to the load. At the beginning, keep to the walking and running intervals as far as possible. After some time the running intervals can be extended and the walking intervals shortened.

Recommended training frequency: 2 to 3 times a week.


Basic training

This training unit is suitable for beginners in running training who already have previous knowledge. The purpose of this training unit is to train the cardiovascular system in order to consolidate basic endurance.

The muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints should also get used to the load.

Recommended training frequency: 2 to 3 times a week.


Pyramid run

This training unit is suitable for beginners in running training who already have previous knowledge. The purpose of this training unit is to accustom the cardiovascular system to changing loads.

Furthermore, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints should get used to the load.

Recommended training frequency: 2 to 3 times a week.


Interval run

This training unit is suitable for beginners in running training. The basic load is a bit higher. The purpose of this training unit is to accustom the cardiovascular system to changing load intensities.

Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints should also get used to this alternating load.

Recommended training frequency: 1 to 2 times a week.


Increase run

This training unit is suitable for beginners in running training. The basic load is a bit higher. The purpose of this training unit is to run through all aerobic HF zones, whereby the load is gradually increased.

The aim is to accustom the cardiovascular system to increasing load intensities.

Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints should also get used to this increased load.

Recommended training frequency: 1 time per week.


Before you start:

  • You should have a doctor examine you before you start running.
  • Start slowly. Most common beginner’s mistake: Run too long and too fast. As a beginner in endurance sports, you are quickly over-acidified, which may take only a few minutes. Then the fun is already over. My tip: Run slowly at the beginning and take a break to walk (see training unit).
  • Do not forget to breathe. Try to breathe evenly and calmly. Pay particular attention to exhalation!
  • Make sure you have the right running technique. There is a lot of literature on this subject.
  • Running with a heart rate monitor (why?).
  • 2-3 times per week it should be already.
  • do not forget to stretch.
  • balance training is good (yoga, strength training, swimming, climbing, etc.).

IMPORTANT: If you have any complaints stop running immediately!


Further tips for getting started in running training:

  • Here you will find information on the mode of action of the individual stress zones.
  • How to calculate your personal heart rate zones can be found in the article Translated with 

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William C. Hilberg
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