Post # 1
So this isn’t super wedding related but I thought I would ask it here anyway. I have recently joined a gym and have been going twice a week to tone up for the wedding. I am a smaller person, but was never played sports or was very athletic. I can’t run at all and often look around the gym and see people (often much other than me) running for long extended amounts of time. I can power walk, I do the bike, elliptical and light weights. Just can’t run on the treadmill. Is this normal, or does it mean I am out of shape?
Post # 3
I hate running on the treadmill. Just like you, I can do EVERYTHING else! I am fairly petite as well, and just go the gym to feel active and stay in shape.
FI can run for miles, and I just can’t. SO I don’t! Haha, I can do 3.5-5 miles on the elliptical, so I do that instead.
Post # 5
I’m petite too and I LOVE running. I was never very athletic either…I have ZERO coordination so running is a great “sport” for me because all I have to be able to do is go in a straight line 😉 Some people are runners and some people aren’t. But the more you run, the better you’ll get and the more you’ll like it. When I first started running, I’d jog a mile. Now I can run 7 miles in an hour. Some days it sucks. But others I literally feel an endorphin rush/high.
Post # 6
I used to totally feel the same way. If you’re interested in starting to run, Google “couch to 5K” and you’ll find a plan to get you to 3.1 miles. Now I can run 6 miles. Good luck!
Post # 7
Is it that you can’t run for extended periods of time or just not on a treadmill? Treadmill running takes a lot of coordination, don’t feel bad. If you want to train to run, try the Couch-to-5K program. It’s an interval training program that basically “teaches” you to run. The workouts are 20-30 minutes and you do them 3 days a week. I started last week and I am definitely not a runner, but it’s not too hard. Good luck!
Post # 8
It may mean you are out of shape… or at least not in great shape, cardiovascularly. Since you set your own pace on the elliptical, you can be at a more walking-type pace without really knowing it, whereas on the treadmill you know if you’re walking or running. Is it an issue of coordination or maybe pain? There are plenty of people who are in good enough shape to run, but have other issues preventing them (or just don’t like running on the treadmill). Maybe try increasing the speed slowly to a jog to test yourself and see how far you can jog for…
I was able to build up from not being able to run to being able to run several miles, mostly by alternating walking and jogging on the treadmill. Eventually the jogging became a bigger part of the workout, and then became a faster jog. Now I am all over this running stuff, but it took awhile. 🙂
Post # 9
I can’t run on a treadmill either because my asthma sucks.
Post # 10
I can run, just not extended periods of time. I can run for maybe 5 mintues on the treadmill and the whole time it feels like pure torture and I can’t wait to press tho buttons back down to the walking speeds! Thanks for the info.. I am going to google that and give it a try.
Post # 11
I used to be the exact same way and I couldn’t figure out why! Well, I did some research and found that a lot depends on HOW your run- meaning pronating (or turning) your foot while you stride running. I ended up getting an awesome pair of running shoes and that helped A LOT!!! I would definitely recommend going to a running store (I went to Fleet Feet) and have them evaluate how you run and they’ll be able to tell you what kind of shoe you would need! Good Luck!!
Post # 12
Its not a coordiation issue at all… Its more like a said in a previous reply it feels like torture and I want to stop! Sometimes I feel like I have trouble breathing but I think I am ok.
Post # 13
Thanks I am going to look into this!
Post # 14
@BlondeBeachBride2011: Ok in that case I hate to say it but you are probably not in great shape. (your size is not always a good indicator of your physical fitness.)
I would definitely suggest checking out couch to 5K. I didn’t do that myself, but ended up doing something similar on my own and it was great. Running should not be pure torture – what speed are you running at? Can you try starting with something that forces you into a running stride without being so hard (I was starting at like 4.5 mph) and do that for five minutes, then walk for five? Or something that is very difficult but you can still breathe for two minutes, then walk for a couple minutes to cool down before tring it again?
It literally took me months to be able to run an entire mile without stopping to walk. It took me another year or so after that before I could run that mile at a ten minute mile pace. C25K is more aggressive and won’t take you nearly so long, but whatever you do I definitely suggest trying to push yourself while avoiding things that feel like total torture. 🙂
Post # 15
I’ve been running for a really long time and I much prefer to run outside than inside. The air in a crowded gym is often hard to breath in when you’re exerting yourself in one of the most cardiovascular exercises there is. When you say that you feel tortured is it because your lungs are burning or because your legs are sore? Through the winter months it’s obviously much harder to get outside and run depending on where you live so one solution if you really want to run is to not run the entire time you are on the treadmill go for time goals, something like run at a comfortable pace for 5 mins, walk quickly for 5 mins, and do that back and forth for 30 mins to start. I would warm up on an elliptical or bike first so that your heart rate is up and your muscles are warm before you start running.
Edit- C25K is an awesome program, so many people have had amazing success with it! Definitely look into joining in if you want to start running and feeling better about it.
Post # 16
yes it does mean you are out of shape. i was the same way. you can’t just start running 30 minutes at a time. Especially if you have never run before. Start with the C25K program. In 9 weeks it will get you from running 1 minute at a time (where you are now probably) to running 30 minutes at a time without stopping. It worked for me and I was not a runner at all. I hated running. Now I love it. I wrote about it in my blog if you are interested.