How long does it take to get in good running shape?

By Mairead Rodgers, RD PHEc

Someone asked me this question the other day during an early morning WOD, and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t awake enough or having enough oxygen going to my brain during the workout to have good answer besides “it depends”. Which is still my answer, but I’ve got more to say about it. 

How long it takes you to get in good running shape depends on a lot of things. It depends on what that goal of “good running shape” looks like for you. Do you want to run 400m without stopping? Do you want to run the 3.5km Hog Jog with our Degree crew in June? Do you want to run a half marathon? A full marathon? Do you want to keep getting faster at these things? What that goal looks like for you might be entirely different than what it looks like for someone else, and there’s no right or wrong answer. 

It also depends where you’re starting from. Have you run much before? Is running something you try to avoid? Have you had an injury that means you haven’t been able to run for a while? Again, this might be different for everyone.

Everyone’s goals around running might be totally different and that’s ok! The bottom line here is that if you want to get better at running, guess what you’ve gotta do? RUN! And if you do want to start running, or run more often and more efficiently than you might be now, Running Club might be just the program for you!

This awesome program kicks off May 23rd and runs Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30pm at Degree until June 17th, and spots are starting to fill up! Click here for more details or to sign up! Or email with any questions!

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