Post # 1
I have never been a runner, ive always been an elliptical gal…i put my gym membership on a freeze to try to save some extra money and i would like to start running in the mornings. I know that being good at running is something you have to work at, but i am wanting some tips on how to start running and how to get better at it…thanks!!!
Post # 3
You should check out the c25k (couch to 5k) plan. It is to help you go from the couch to running 5k in 9 weeks (if you do the plan 3 days a week). I am not a runner at all either – I have mild asthma as well – and I started this program two weeks ago. So far so good! I use it on an app for my iPhone, but you don’t need that to do it. There are lots of sites about it, so you can google it and check it out for yourself.
One thing I would say though is to invest in a good pair of shoes if you don’t have a pair. That will make all the difference!
Post # 4
thanks! i do have a decent pair of running shoes so i am set there. i used to run a lot of 5k’s but that was a couple years ago so ive lost it all and its hard to start over…thanks for the advice!
Post # 5
I used to be a runner, back when I was actually in-shape and fit. lol
If you are just starting out, the most important thing is good running shoes. That’s good you already have them. Also, the running surface is pretty important, especially when you are first starting out. What surface will you be running on? You are more at risk for injury when running on harder surfaces. Just keep that in mind.
Start out slow and if you start to feel ANY pain at all, walk. And I would recommend not running on consecutive days. Generally, it is best to alternate days. You can still excercise on in between days, but I don’t recommend running daily until you’ve been running at least a few months or so. Even then, many will say not to run on consecutive days. Now, I did, and didn’t have any injuries, but the higher risk is there.
Stretching afterwards is crucial. Many will say stretching beforehand isn’t as important, but I still did. But that is after a 5 minute jogging warm-up to get your body loose. You shouldn’t stretch without warming up.
Hydrate! If you do long runs, take water with you. Also drink water about an hour or 30 minutes before your run.
I guess those are all my tips. I ran mainly for fun and did a few 5k’s. Oh, safety! If you run on the road, run against opposing traffic. I see so many people around here run “with” the cars, instead of “against” the cars.
Good luck. The first two weeks will be the hardest. That is why it is so important to start slow to avoid injury. 🙂
Post # 6
This is a great blog for beginning runners!
Post # 7
@jenn23…thanks for the advice! i was planning on just walking out the door on running on pavement around my neighborhood. I am more concerned with my breathing techinques than pain, as i am in pretty good shape as it is, but living in colorado, it is a little big harder to breath than at sea level. I am also worried about taking water with me because i would think it would be really annoying to carry a water bottle or take my camel pack (Which i would take if i was running through a mountain or something or going on a hike) any advice to help with breathing??