How to become a runner, even if you're not one right now

In our opinion, becoming a runner is one of the best things you can do for your body. It’s an incredibly effective form of cardio, and allows you to choose between long-distance or HIIT sprint training; treadmill, track, or trail; or a mix of all of the above! It’s also free (major bonus) and you don’t need any special equipment to start—just comfortable running shoes and high-performance clothes you can move in.

Learn the steps to becoming a runner in no time

But running is also one of those workouts that can feel especially intimidating if you’re not already a runner. Workouts like yoga, Pilates, or spin are led by an experienced instructor and offer classes for beginners. But new runners often don’t know where to start. So with that in mind, we partnered with the running experts at Nike to bring you a workout plan that will help you to become a runner in 10 days. Whether you’re completely new to the sport or just need to jumpstart your love of running again, that’s what this exercise plan is all about. (Plus, you can shop this look from Nike at the end of this post…)

Learn how to become a runner in just a week and a half

It definitely takes strong will and determination to commit yourself to a workout plan for 10 days in a row. But if you can stick with it, by the end of the 10 days going on regular runs will become a habit, as well as new favorite workout. Plus, the fact that each day’s workout is only 30 minutes makes this plan entirely doable. This program emphasizes consistency and commitment over fast times or super long distances. It’s all about sticking with it, and jumpstarting new healthy habits!

Nike workout chart to becoming a runner in 10 days

As you can see, this plan starts off slow, gradually increasing in difficulty each day. Alternating between sprints and longer distances will keep you from burning out. You can start the plan on any day of the week you like. You can plan to have one of the rest days (Day 4 and 9) coincide with the weekend to give yourself a little bit of a break. Or, if it’s harder for you to fit in a full workout during the workweek, you can have your rest days land Monday through Friday, and then log in heavier workouts when you have more time on the weekend.

One of our biggest tips for staying motivated is having running shoes and clothes you love wearing. The Nike Free RN Flyknit you see here is designed specifically for running. Unlike a lot of stiff and bulky sneakers, it moves with your foot for a more comfortable and natural running experience. The brand new flexible outsole on all of the Nike Free shoes actually expands and contracts with your foot for more dynamic movement. And the single-seam upper part of the shoe makes it fit like a sock. They’re seriously the most comfortable running shoes we have ever worn. Plus, they’re chic enough that you will want to wear them to a post-workout brunch or out on the town while you do errands. One major perk about the Nike Free shoes is that you can try them out for 30 days and get a full refund if you’re not satisfied.

Nike's plan to become a runner in just 10 days

Become a better runner with this workout plan from Nike

Learn how to become a runner in no time

The other pieces in this all-black running outfit include a fun “Nike Runs This” printed tank, a Nike Pro Classic Padded Graphic Sports Bra with removable padding, and Nike Power Speed Capris with a compression fit and a zip pocket in the back center.

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So, we’d love to know… 

Are you going to try this workout plan with us?

And which pair of Nike Free running shoes are your favorite?

Let us know in the comments below.

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