(Closed) Oh hello runners ..

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Yay! I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thanks for posting this, I need suggestions/tips/general advice as well. I’m pretty out of shape. :/ Can’t even run a mile yet. I promised to do a very, very short/small triathalon with a friend in June. Eeek!

Thanks for posting this, Ms. Brew.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I started a training program for a 10 mile race a few years ago and thats what got me started, i havent ran in a few months so im super out of shape but i am getting back in great with the couch to 5k.  Its a great program!!!

 

Good luck and enjoy, its a great stress relief!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I never read any books on running so I dont have any advice on those. I started running in highschool with cross country and track, and just became addicted. After highschool I continued running 5-6 days a week and joined team in training to run my first marathon. The best way to build up your endurance is to set goals and run a little further every week. Also set realistic goals. Its really important to complete the whole run with out walking, even if that means running at a slower pace. Gradually your body will get used to longer runs. Make it something you look forward to by making new play lists and running to music you love. I also really like the nike insert you can put in your shoe that links to your ipod. You can track your miles and pace, its really a fun way to improve your running. Dont forget to stretch after every run so you dont get sore!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Sorry to threadjack, Ms. Brew –

Does anyone know what causes side stitches and how to get rid of/prevent them? That’s the only reason I can’t even run a mile – I always get side stitches!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think signing up for a race gives you a good goal to look towards and something to keep you accountable.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@laylabelle: I was plagued by side stitches when I started running in high school (yikes. waaay long time ago…) but finally finding a breathing rhythm helped tremendously. When I run I tend to gasp for air, and this can cause your diaphragm to spasm, usally the cause of side stitches. I try to inhale for a certain number of paces, then exhale for a certain number. This might sound ridiculous, but it works – usually I breathe for three steps, exhale for three, but everyone is different. Some websites will tell you to breathe in through your nose and out your mouth. I am sure that works but for whatever reason I can’t breathe through my nose when I run, LOL. Good luck!

@Ms.Brew: I started couch to 5K after a running injury sidelined me for a few months. So far it’s been great and a nice way to get back into running after a long break!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@allisonc – Thank you! I kind of thought it might be my breathing!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I’ve been an on-again off-again runner since I joined the track team in 7th grade. My biggest challenge is not focusing so much on my shortcomings, like missing runs when things get busy, that I loose my motivation. I’m back at it after nearly a year away from running, and it’s been a challenge. Usually I would set start running, set a goal, miss a couple runs, back out of the goal, and enter the downward spiral of laziness.

This time I started slow and gave myself the freedom to stop running if I wasn’t feeling it after 2 miles. (Most of my runs are between 3-4 miles, with a long run of 5-6 miles). And, like always, life got busy and I got sick and before I knew it I hadn’t run in 2 weeks. And I was less than 2 weeks from the 5k I registered for. But I ran a few short runs and showed up for the 5k, and even managed to finish it.

Completing a race was a HUGE motivation. Much more so than having something to work towards. That first finish really gave me a huge boost in confidence, which has helped me to stay more motivated as winter hits with shorter days and cold, snowy weather.

I think to start out, you should try to find a convenient way to fit it into your schedule. Starting out as a mroning runner would never work for me, since I am NOT a morning person. So I made myself run in the evenings immediately after work. Once you find a way to fit it into your schedule, you need the basic gear – sweat wicking clothing and supportive sneakers. I reccomend going to a running store (the smaller shops, like Fleet Feet are much better than Dicks because they know more) and get fitted for a type of shoe. It’s really important to avoid injury. Most places can help you find a good shoe that fits your budget.

Then start slow. I don’t usually follow the 10% increase in time/distance each week, but I do listen to my body and make sure to rest when I am sore. Setting a goal of a shorter race is good motivation, especially if you have a SO or a friend who will join in. Or even a virtual friend.

There are a ton of training programs, races, running blogs, etc… out there that you can go to for information. The important thing is to make small, realistic goals to help you reach the bigger goals, and to remember that you won’t be ready to run a marathon overnight, but that almost anyone is capable if they put their mind to it. Oh, and of course, try to have fun.

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