Post # 1
I always admire people who run. I feel its not something I can do. I’ve tried I get out of breath very fast and I am super clumsy. Does anyone know of a schedule I can follow to work me into an actual runner? I love walking but would like to run also.
Post # 3
I’m in the same boat! Miss Bear Cub recently posted about running, and she linked to http://www.runnersworld.com
I checked it out, and they have some great plans that I’m going to try. Look under beginners, and they have plans for you to train for a 5k. They start off really easy, with running/walking and then work you up to longer runs.
Post # 4
Oh thanks so much! It just feels so overwhelming to start something!
Post # 5
I have used this Couch to 5K Plan and have gone from not being able to run a mile to almost 3 miles (I’m on the last week of the plan). I really stand by this plan and think it’s just a great program to get you started. Good luck!
Post # 6
MRSCINGLE2B—I have always wanted to be a runner myself and have tried and quit too many times to count.
However this time I feel like I have finally found something that works…at least it is working for me. I have been using a free podcast called "Podcasts for Running". You can find it on itunes and he also has his own website where you can download them for free.
They are based on a book called "Couch to 5K" and on the idea that intervals are the best way to increase your running distances. He times the intervals for you and tells you when to run and when to walk, while music plays through the whole program.
This podcast has really helped me. I am running a couple of miles at a time and starting to crave that feeling I get from running.
I hope you try it…I think it has been awesome.
Post # 7
I’ve tried Couch to 5K but I get off track about 3 or 4 weeks into it, so you have to be really dedicated lol! i keep saying I’m going to try again but now I prefer to walk outside so its difficult without the treadmill telling me how far I’ve gone (or how long)
Post # 8
GaBGa – I know what you mean – that’s why I run with my boyfriend. He keeps me motivated and pushes me to keep going. I don’t always make it to my goal but at least I end up going a little further than if I was running by myself.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
The best way to start running is to alternate walking with running. I would suggest starting out walking 2-3 minutes, followed by 30 seconds to 1:00 of jogging (depending on what you feel capable of). Do this for a total of 30:00-4:00. After a week or two of this, just keep slowly (:15 second increments) increasing your running time and keeping your recovery (walking) time the same. For example, you might build up to 1:00 running, 2:00 walking, etc. I’ve run 2 marathons and 3 half marathons in the last 3 years and run/walking is the best way to train and become a better runner. Let me know if you have other questions since, as my name might imply, I love me some runnin!
Post # 10
mrscingle2b: you CAN DO IT! I used to feel the same way you did: running was a great way to get in shape, but I just couldn’t do it. Getting in shape for my wedding inspired me to really try, and I ended up being able to jog for a straight half hour on the treadmill. But, motivation is the deciding factor (the gym I go to has individual tvs on all the treadmills, that was honestly my motivation, that I could watch reruns of "The Real Housewives" while doing it).
That said, Couch to 5k is fun to do (easy to track progress) and you can do it at a gym or outside, whichever you like – it is the same principal of running/walking, building the running intervals until you are going the whole time.
Post # 11
I have used the "couch to 5K " as well. It was great way to start running again (I used to run, and stopped for many years). If you are like me and HATE running on a track-the time option is the route to go (you can also do it by distance intervals).
I am now up to running 5.5 miles and will be running my first 10K in less than 2 weeks! However, I still hate running…I suggest getting an MP3 player to ease the misery! Just make sure you are using upbeat songs-people tend to run slower when listening to slower songs.
Post # 12
The couch to 5k program is really good. I’ve used it the few times I was injured and had to start running from scratch. One of my BMs just completed the plan on Sunday with a father’s day 5k and is addicted. She HATED running before she just decided to give the plan a try a couple months ago.
Also pick up a copy of "the Complete Book of Running for Women" by Claire Kowlchick and read the information about breathing. The tip about counting 1,2,3 to inhale and then exhale for 1, 2 (each time your foot hits the pavement is a count so your feet will hit the pavement 5 times in each breathing cycle) make a HUGE difference.
I think it’s also important to note that it takes a while to get into a grove on almost every run, even for runners who run 30+ miles a week. I fall into that category and find that on most days it takes about a mile before I start to feel good and not like I’m just lumbering along.
Post # 13
Like others who have commented, the Couch to 5K running plan has been a lifesaver for me! I used to run (lettered in Cross Country in HS) but over time and life, fell off of the running wagon.
Now, I’ve been following the plan with some slight deviations…there were a couple of work outs that I did for two weeks, instead of just one week. I just didn’t feel that my body was ready to move to the next step, and in one case broke a week’s suggested workout into two weeks…I just really tried to listen to my body and do what felt right for me at the time.
I’m almost done with the program though, and I LOVE running again. Use the link that Lisa1783 provided…it works!
Post # 14
Another vote for Couch to 5K.
Post # 15
I’m doing the Runners World half marathon plan… and I’ve got to tell you, it’s a good plan!