Many newbie runners give up on running because within a mile, their legs are on fire and they’re breathing so hard they feel like they’re a huff and a puff away from passing out. Don’t expect to be able to run five miles right from the get-go — it takes time to build endurance, but it’s so worth it.
“Endurance gives runners the ability to run longer and faster,” explained Danielle Hirt, a NASM-certified personal trainer and RRCA Level I-certified running coach. “Building endurance can help you learn how to manage pushing through being uncomfortable and reach new levels of fitness.” So how do you get there? Keep reading for Hirt’s five tips for building endurance and running longer and faster, no matter what level you’re starting at.