It’s Not Too Late to Start: Tips for Training for a Distance Run

Never too old…

Health & Family

Has cheering for Team USA this Olympics season inspired you to go for gold in your own distance event? Here in New York City, we’re seeing more and more fitness fans and amateur athletes — including a few staffers from TIME’s own offices — hitting the pavement, training for big road races in the fall.

Running is a popular way not only to stay in shape, but also to introduce yourself to the thrill of competition — and all you really need to get started is some hardy resolve and a good pair of running shoes. So, even you haven’t got Usain Bolt‘s speed or Kenenisa Bekele‘s endurance, you can still chase your personal best (and along the way, reduce your risk of diseases like diabetesheart disease, cognitive decline and even cancer).

Below is advice from fitness gurus Patrick McCrann, head coach of…

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