Post # 1
I have attempted to get into running for the past year but I keep finding excuses not to continue with it. But now, I really want to get into it. The reason I kept quitting is because it never got easier for me even after months of “running.”
Does anyone have any tips on how to get over the beginner slump?? I’m not overweight or anything and I’m a yoga/pilates/weight lifting person so I enjoy working out, I’m just no good at running.
Post # 3
@dreamer1288: I’m tagging in because I’m in the same boat – I hate running and want to love it, but I don’t.
Post # 4
@dreamer1288: You sound like you’re pretty fit already, so what I’m suggesting may not help at all, but I started running with the Couch to 5 K program and I found that it definitely became easier, in a sense. It isn’t so much that it gets any less hard, but that you can really, honestly tell how your body has changed and how you’ve been able to push yourself every week to go harder. 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I drink a cup of coffee an hour before to get an energy boost (studies show this really does improve your workout). And having great music or an interesting podcast to listen to makes a big difference. And outside or on a track, always! I CANNOT run on a treadmill, it gets so boring and hard instantly. Being distracted is the key 🙂
Post # 6
@lolot: Yeah, being outside does make a huge difference so maybe I’ll take a stab at that again. I was using the school’s track up the road but when the kids started back, it’s impossible to get on the track without sports going on. I’ve been doing treadmill for about 6 months – boring!!
Post # 7
I think “running” is a LOT harder than it sounds.
I started running by walking, then speed walking, then moved up to a slow jog. No need to sprint a 5k on your first day just because your body physically can! Take it nice and slow and easy.
Most running websites suggest never increasing milege by more than 30% in a month. Which sounds SO slow and SO boring in the beginning, but there’s no need to burn yourself out in the first few weeks.
And it will keep you from burn out/injury if you decide to try running distance. (In my infinite wisdom, I once increased from 20 to 30 miles a week in one month, promptly gave myself shin splints, and had to spend the next three weeks recovering instead of training!)
Post # 8
I want to learn to love running… I ran a lot last summer and was up to 5k without stopping (I run super slow tho)… but it’s bitter bitter cold here. So I just refuse to run outside right now, and I get tired way faster on a treadmill. But I seriously need to lose a solid ten pounds… my pants hardly fit now, and I feel gross. I just want it to be spring and I will run outside!
Post # 9
I second the Couch to 5k program… many people have had really great success doing it.
Also, if you’re not familiar with running form & running shoes, then it might be worthwhile to get a new pair of shoes from a running specialty store. They will take a look at your foot, your gait, your footstrike, and your roll through and suggest a pair of good shoes that work with YOUR foot. New runners are often sidelined by overuse injuries or injuries related to improper footwear. It’s hard to bounce back if you get injured frequently, so prevention is key 🙂
Definitely get outdoors, and not on a plain, boring, round track. Hit up some trails in a local park, or map out a run in your neighborhood. The weather right now isn’t exactly amazing, but once it is possible, you won’t get bored running outside. It’s harder though, because you’ll have hills, wind, and different surfaces. I personally find running less mentally challenging outside than on a treadmill, but there are plenty of people who prefer indoor running. Play around with it, see what works for you.
Post # 10
@MrsPhilly: Yeah, it has been very cold here this winter and running outside is absolutely miserable, partly because I haven’t learned to breathe well while running so my throat gets sore easily. You should try the 24-day challenge though with Advocare to lose that ten pounds. I do it twice a year and it’s a good boost to get that extra weight off so you can move on to bigger goals. Here is the link:
Post # 11
Find a program (I learned to run via c25k, but I also love Zombies!Run!)
Run slow. Like running through molasses slow…at least at first. Listen to your body. Your lungs will catch up rapidly.
Run with someone else. It’s more fun!
Wear proper shoes. I know, they’re kind of expensive, but a good running shoe will help prevent some nasty problems in the long run.
Wear a really good sports bra. Haha. It helps.
Post # 12
@dreamer1288: I very much agree with the PP’s that say to run slow. My biggest downfall when I started running was that I would think “I’m in better shape than this, I can run faster” and then I would burn out quickly and have to walk. It was a vicious cycle. Start it slow, even if you think you can go faster. Good luck!
Post # 13
@E_Lynne615: That’s a good point. I always feel like I should be better at it than I am so I end up pushing myself so hard, I get cramps in my side (from awful breathing, I’m sure) and get tired and give up. Thanks for the tip!
Post # 14
I’m interested in this thread too. I never run but I’m very interested. I have asthma, so always avoided running… but I think I have outgrown it some as an adult, and would like to give it a try now.
Post # 15
Pinterest is great, just search “beginner marathon training” or something and there are tons of pre-set workout schedules, I’m working on one now!
Post # 16
@dreamer1288: Get some really good music and put it on your ipod! It will help to keep you motivated to run. I never ever was able to run but I started off slowly and worked my way up to a faster pace and longer time frame. I’m now able to run 5km in 30 mins which I see as a major accomplishment for myself. I have the ipod touch and it has a Nike app on it that you can use for running..it tells you how long you have run and a little voice comes on over the music to let you know..its good encouragment and I use it every time to run!
Oh and running outside is the best! I hate treadmill running but I live where there is crazy winter for 7months of the year so I’m forced to use it then.