Post # 1
I need advice! 2 things:
# 1. Clothes:
What kind of shorts do you wear while running? I find that I really like Nike running shorts, but on my long days (7-8 miles) I get some awful chaffing on my inner thigh. I’m dying to wear straight spandex, but I could never walk into the gym/run passed people in them… way too insecure. I love the shorts with spandex underneath, but the shorts bunch up between my legs. Has anyone tried running skirts? I’d feel silly in a skirt, but hey, if it’s comfy!?
I’m training for my first 10mi and I’m a little lost as to what I should be doing. It’s too hot here to run outside and I have awful knees, so I’m making the most of my gym membership. I really want to get better and need advice!
My current workout regimen is 5 days a week. Something like this:
- Mon: Weight lifting and abs
- Tues: 5-6mi sprint/run intervals(2-6 degree incline) [increase by ½ mi every 3 weeks)
- Wed: 10-13 mi bike
- Thurs: Weight lifting and abs
- Fri: Off
- Sat: 7-8mi (flat) (increase by 1/2mi every 3 weeks)
Post # 3
#1- clothes: I would do the spandex. If you’re that insecure, try using Body Glide (or deodorant) between your thighs to help cut down on the friction. I used running tights, capris, or shorts for the most part.
#2- running: Try something akin to the “ramp-up, pull back” approach… something like a Hal Higdon marathon training plan. One week you do 7, the next week you do 8, the following week you drop back to 6… then 8, 9, 7… then 9, 10, 6. Built-in recovery weeks allow your legs to heal and prevent overtraining injuries. Kudos also for a well-rounded routine 🙂 It looks really good! No running 2 days in a row, not going up in mileage too much too quickly, good strength training base, cross training cardio- way to go!
Post # 4
@DaneLady: During cool weather, I have no problem running in my underarmour pants, I think it’s just something about being at the gym and not wanting to be “that girl.” I don’t want people to think I’m looking for attention in tights; there are definitely women who do that.
I’m glad I’m close to what I should be doing. I’m not sure if it’s my inexperience with running or what, but I hit a wall at mile 6 and it takes everything I have to just not quit. I’m pretty sure it’s completely mental, but I’m not sure how to push past. The Hal Higdon plan seems great, I just can’t get past that barrier to add an extra mile.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@OnceUponATime: don’t have specific training advice, but I will say that I just got my first running skirt and it’s SO CUTE!! It has great little spandex shorts underneath. Also, yeah, some runner’s lube or whatever can help with the chafing.
Post # 6
@OnceUponATime: Are you on a treadmill or running outside? Maybe change that up a bit- being outdoors is COMPLETELY different. While it’s more difficult to run on hills and in the wind, I find it much more stimulating mentally.
Post # 7
I wear regular athletic shorts. As long as they aren’t too tight they’re usually fine for me. I’ve never had any issues with shorts…or rather, I’ve never had chaffing so I’ve never had a reason to alter what I wear. In the winter I wear some Columbia pants, they’re tight and lightly lined with fleece. Best pants ever! I wear them camping at higher altitudes too because they’re so warm.
I don’t have specific training advice, but I’d recommend running at least 3 days a week. If I don’t run at least 3 days it tends to be harder for me to push myself to go longer distances on my long run. If it were me I’d add in maybe a 3 mile run on one of your weight lifting days.
I’d increase the bike ride every other week too if you’re up for it. I like to do a nice 20 mi bike ride or so at least every other week.
Post # 8
@OnceUponATime: Mile 6 is HARD! Most runners have a hard time pushing through.
I trained exclusively on the treadmill (where stopping isn’t an option as easy as slowing to a walk) until I could run 11 miles! I felt like it was easier to look down and say “I’ll run 5 more minutes, then I’ll stop” was way easier when I had a TV to watch instead of nothing but the road in front of me!
Then I did road training and hill training until I ran my first half marathon!
Post # 9
#1 – Clothing — I looooove running skirts. Especially the ones with nothing underneath, so I can layer ’em over my spandex! I do enjoy the ones with shorter shorts underneath, too (my favorites are lululemon — they don’t ride up!). I also enjoy compression or running tights if it’s not too hot outside. As for shorts, most of my running shorts are either Nike or Under Armour. Look into BodyGlide (or some other brand). It really does cut down on rubbing and chaffing if your shorts are too short. Also, don’t be insecure about wearing spandex — no one is paying attention! And, if you are, trying a longer, yoga style tank.
#2 – Your cross training looks great, but I feel like you should add a third day of running. Doesn’t have to be a long distance or time, just get on your feet a third day and try to run it at race pace. I find that if I run more than 3 or 4 days a week, I injure myself. I try to squeeze in 3 great running workouts (pace run, hillwork/speed work & long run) and if I run a fourth day, it’s an added bonus. Listen to your body absolutely, but I think you should be running a third day.. 🙂
Good luck in your race!!!
Post # 10
@DaneLady: +1 and in distance-running, its mostly mental
Post # 11
@DaneLady: +1 — the two are like night and day. I love the TM for speedwork, but hate it for anything else because I find it to be so different.
Post # 12
@DaneLady: +1. I HATE running on treadmills inside. I can’t really push myself to go more than 6 miles indoors. I just end up quitting after 6. Outside…I can be gone for 2 hours and enjoy myself. I think it’s because I stare at the timer on the treadmill and it feels like it drags on. Outside is great because I’m not distracted by how much time is left.
And I love taking on hills.
OP I would only run on the treadmill for speedwork or if the weather is crap. I would try to run outside for the rest of it. I find it MUCH easier to run on a treadmill than outside. Meaning that when you go from only running on a treadmill to outdoors…it will be much harder on you.
Post # 13
Shorts: Body glide, or look for shorts that don’t have seams on the inside or have a flat seam. I’ve heard that these are good, and one reviewer said she used to have chafing and these don’t do it to her. I like these too. Also, you could try running skirts, because they have spandex shorts inside with the coverage of regular shorts. Athleta has a lot of those.
Training: I think you need to run more than twice a week. Time on your feet matters, and I think you will get more comfortable with increasing your mileage if you run more consistently. Try doing one long run, one tempo, and one day of speed/hill work a week. Check out Runner’s World, they have a lot of good articles. Kudos on lifting and doing ab work, by the way!
The bike is nice but keep in mind that running is about three times harder than biking. So, a 12 mile bike ride is equivalent in effort to a 4 mile run. It’s good for your fitness but it doesn’t really help your legs get used to running longer.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ll agree that running on a treadmill is BRUTAL. I can run 4-7 miles no prob outside (longer if I’m training or psych myself up for it)..treadmill, 2 or 3 feels brutal. Can you run in the morning before work? It takes a little to get used to it, but after a while it feels so good to do it first thing.
Post # 15
@kes18: I’m so with you re: the DREADmill. I had to do 6 on it last week because it was murderously hot outside, and it was such a struggle. The only thing that got me through was Netflix on my phone.
Post # 16
@DaneLady: I run inside. Mostly because the treadmill absorbs the shock making it easier on my knees. When I ran outside weekly, I could only manage 1 day and I was in so much pain all the time. I have a tear in each meniscus. It seriously sucks. When I did run outside though, I actually get really bored. I’m totally opposite of most people. I have a much easier time zoning out on a treadmill versus actually seeing the distance I’ve traveled.
@BrandNewBride: Yes yes yes! I love my TV! The “5 more minute” thing is actually what pushed me recently. I cover the displays so I told myself, “I’ll stop at 7:30” Then when it got to 7:30 I said, “I’ll stop at 7:45.” lol. I previously maxed out at 6, so that’s what helped me gain the next two!
@kes18: Good call on upping my run for lifting days. I usually do 1-2mi for warm-up, so increasing to a 5k would be a good thing. I actually just started biking. I’ll increase it once I adjust!
@MsAmandaAnn: How have I never heard of this body glide stuff? I’ve definitely been left out of the loop. lol I’ve noticed the chaffing isn’t because my skin rubs together, its from the skin rubbing on the shorts. Is that weird? What is your distance for your pace day in reference to your distance day? I run almost daily, but just a tiny 1-2mi for warm-up. Maybe I should drop my warm-up to 1mi for Mondays and increase to a 5k on Thursdays?
@vermonster: haha. I actually think of my biking day as my lazy day. 😛 The PP I responded to suggested an extra day too. I have the same questions for you as I asked her: What is your distance for your pace day in reference to your distance day? I run almost daily, but just a tiny 1-2mi for warm-up. Maybe I should drop my warm-up to 1mi for Mondays and increase to a 5k on Thursdays?