(Closed) Running

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Wear good shoes!

I’ve heard excellent things about the Couch to 5K program, and would suggest starting with something like that–start off kinda slow so you don’t hurt yourself or get burnt out.  I started just running after I stopped playing soccer so I didn’t really ease into it in the same way…if you’re already in pretty good shape from sports or a different activity that puts similar pressure on your joints you might be able to dive right in, too.

One of the glorious things about running is that it’s pretty straightforward and requires little additional equipment/investment, aside from the shoes.  Yay!  Also try to dress for the weather so you don’t freeze or overheat…that’s harder to do when it’s crazy weather out, but it’s worth a shot.

Good luck and have fun!

Post # 5
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Stretch after you’re done (don’t do static stretches before), wear good shoes, and if you’re on a tread mill, try to find one in front of a mirror so you can keep an eye on your form and posture.

Post # 6
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738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes! GOOD shoes are a must!! I bought my first Nike’s when I started running and they made a big difference. Ive never shelled out that much for shoes before so that hurt the wallet but it was worth it.

Post # 8
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1254 posts
Bumble bee

Invest in good running shoes. It makes a real difference on your shins, knees and feet. I would go to a specialty running store to get fitted. The consultants will watch you run to determine your gait, stride and footstep. Then they will give you advise on shoes that match how you run and whether or not you need specialty inserts.

Moisture-wicking apparel is also helpful. It will keep you cool and prevent you from tugging on your clothes thus ruining your running gait.

Good luck!

EDIT: Like another poster has said, stretching before and after your run is helpful too.

Post # 10
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@FutureMrsChaney: The majority of weight loss is from diet not exercise.  I’ve heard the saying exercise for health, diet for weight (or something like that).  Good luck with your running though!

Post # 12
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738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t lost any weight with running, no. But I could be eating a lot better than I am, too! I picked up a couple beginners running books from the library when I started and they helped a bit too!

Post # 14
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If I keep up with running, I find that I have better tone throughout my middle, and obviously better muscle tone in my legs.

My advice for starting running is don’t push yourself too hard, but keep it up multiple times each week. You will get better at running, but don’t get discouraged if you have to take breaks to walk- it’s still a good workout. I also find that as long as I keep up running, buying a running shirt or pair of shorts really helps to keep me motivated. As in “I just bought this great shirt- now I have to get some use out of it and go running”

Good luck!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ditto about the good shoes.  Whew, running is not something to jump in to all at once.  I encourage you to work your way into it if you haven’t done a lot of running up till now.

 

I absolutely LOVE treadmill, but I blew out my knee in a little accident & now I’m a lap swimmer.  Owell, I love that too.

I did learn a lesson about inclines tho–putting the treadmill on a steep incline can also do damage to your knee, so be careful.

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