Post # 1
I am trying so hard to get in shape after being away at university and gaining over 30 pounds. I am trying really hard to eat healthy, and have changed my eating habits gradually and am now addicted to healthier choices … so this isnt a problem anymore.
I used to play hockey, I currently attend Moksha Yoga (hot yoga) classes 3-5 days a week .. and try to run here and there.
i have heard, and have talked to other bees a little about how beginning to run regualrly can really be that extra push to weight loss/ slimming out.. I was wondering if anyone has done this, gone from never running to always running and how you did it. I also want to hear from other bees who just dont really know where to start.
I dont want this to be a fad in my life.. this is a real change I want to make, so any advice, tips, etc would be greatly appreciated because I do not want to give up this time.
Post # 3
Start slow and go from there. I never imagined I’d have 3 half marathons and many races under my belt, but it took a few months at first, starting and pacing myself slowly. I also bought myself a good pair of running shoes (find a local store that will help with the type you will need) and gave myself a goal to work towards (a 4 mile race).
Post # 4
I did the same thing. Started from never running and now run 5 times a week. Just keep doing it. That’s really the only advice I have. No matter how much you tell yourself “I really don’t want to run today” just keep at it. You will feel so much better.
Post # 5
I agree in starting slow and gradually working yourself up to running more often. I used to never run, and when I first started…no lie, I would run a 12 minute mile. I had runner friends who totally made fun of me. One of them though kept encouraging me and giving me tips on how to improve. I had trouble with my breathing at first, and she helped me regulate that. Once I started getting my breathing down, I would run more often, but at a slower pace. When I finally built up endurance, she taught me how to increase speed. Before I got pregnant, I ran my fastest 5K at a 9 minute mile and was so proud of myself.
I can’t wait to get back to running now! I feel like it’s such a natural high and you can keep working towards improving. So much fun!
Post # 6
I had taken up running a few times since college, and never stuck with it more than a few weeks. Then, after the wedding, DH and I were figuring out where we could cut expenses. My gym membership was an obvious one, but I wanted to make sure I would still be able to get exercise. So, as an experiment, I started running in the mornings. (Before, I’d always exercised in the afternoons.) I decided I needed to run at least three days a week, so I decide that MWF would be my running days.
I discovered that I felt great the days that I ran. I don’t know if it was the fact of running in the mornings, having a strict schedule, or jsut being at the right place in my life, but I got totally addictied.
…then I got a hip injury and had to stop after 6 months. >:( So make sure to start slow-ish and do proper stretching!!
BUT, now it’s been treated (after 6 more months of trying and failing to figure out the cause) and I hope to start running again next week!
Post # 7
@Seashells7: When I first started running, I basically came up with a ‘course’ that I would run all the time. I think my first course was only 2.5 miles or so, and I would walk whenever I got to the point where I couldn’t run anymore, and then start running again when I got less winded. Each time I ran the same course, I would try to run a little farther before stopping to walk. Eventually I could run the whole thing, so I started adding a little distance to the course.
That was years ago, and now I run half marathons with ease! I also bought a GPS pedometer so I can track my distance, time and pace as I go. Really made those longer runs feel more worthwhile since I knew exactly how I was doing.
Post # 8
Wow! so many responses so quickly, it is so encouraging that others went through this and are succeeding! It is beyond my wildest dreams right now to think that I could run a half marathon.. I cant even picture myself running a 10k!!
@2PeasinaPod: How did you get your breathing under control, that is a real problem for me…
Post # 9
I jog a lot but am thinking of pushing it into running. I jog about 5miles thrice a week and do approximately a 12minute mile. Lately, I’ve been thinking of going faster but I’m so winded ugh. Any tips? I use the Runkeeper app which I love but I wish I could pick up my pace. Maybe a 9min mile in a few months? Is that doable? Sorry I can’t help OP. I’m in the same boat 🙁
Post # 10
Oh, and I would also add – if you’re at all “well-endowed,” a really good sports bra is a MUST. They’re expensive, but absolutely necessary. Find one that fits you right and that you can comfortably jump up and down in without bouncing.
Post # 11
@bRooklynRocks: The thing that really got me to pick up my pace was the music I listened to. If you pick fast, up-beat music, you’ll naturally want to run faster to move in time to the beat!
Post # 12
@bRooklynRocks: You might want to inject speed workouts into your routine to increase your pace. Doing the same stuff all the time will eventaully stop improving your times. You need to do speed work.
400 m repeats (Try doing them at 9 minute mile pace or faster). I take about 3 minutes rest between, but that’s something for you to decide
Tempo Work-Pick a distance (I do 2-3 miles usually…it should be less than your average run) and run it quicker than is comfortable. This should hurt (not right away, but as you get into it) and you wouldn’t be able to talk if you wanted to.
Fartleks-These are speed play. Sometimes I do these with light posts. Run hard to the next one, then jog to the one after that, repeat.
I might also do a fartlek as a go hard 2 minutes, jog a minute (or whatever times I want to play with)
Of course,all of these should be done with a warm up and cool down.
Do a google on speed work and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of good ideas 🙂
Post # 13
I get bored really easily so I am always changing my route. I will start from home and then I have four directions I can choose from. I enjoy looking at houses and landscaping so when I am running, it really helps to be near residental areas. I just keep running and running until I get so bored (or my legs say ‘hellllllp!’) and then I make my way home. I log it on mapmyrun.com and it blows my mind sometimes the length I end up running. So for me, never let yourself get bored by making it a different route each time . And music!! Make sure you like your music. Sometimes I desperately need something with a strong beat (think deadmou5) and then sometimes I need something super emotive to get lost in (think Bon Iver).
Oh and nutrition. You’re probably cutting carbs for weight loss. Don’t do that….running is infinitely more difficult if you’re not giving your muscles what they need. Once you start sleeping better, you’ll get totally addicted. Shoot, now I want to go run. Thanks for the inspirational thread! 🙂
@mightywombat: Dude, I have D’s and force myself into an XS to keep the girls in place. They don’t hurt as much but it does not help breathing. ha!
Post # 14
You can do it! I haven’t run very consistently until this year. It has always been a few weeks here and there, but it would fizzle out. This year I set goals for myself, and didn’t wait to “feel” motivated. I just made myself do it. The more I ran, the more I wanted to run, and the better I got. The better I got, the more motivated I was. Sometimes you just have to force yourself to do it until it becomes habit and a part of your life. My first run this year was in January and my first race was a 4 miler in mid-March. Since then I’ve run my first (and second) half marathon, a 15k, a 5k, and a 10k. My legs are a lot leaner. I had a baby last year, and I still need to work on my core, but it has helped me to lose the weight (with changes in my diet).
The only way to run fast is to run fast. You just have to push the pace as much as you can until you need a break, then walk or slow down until you get some breath back, and step it up again. Informal speed workouts are a great way to start. I pick a marker (a telephone pole, sign, mailbox, etc…) and run as fast as I can until I reach it. If you do that a few times during a run, it will start to get easier and over time you will get faster. I’m working on this now and I try to get my average pace for long runs under 10 minutes per mile.
Post # 15
Random question for the runners out there: I have never run solely for exercise. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill last night and my hips hurt today. I stretched afterward. Is this weird? Should I be stretching before I run or maybe do I just run weirdly?
Post # 16
@Toonski: my masseuse told me that my shoes we’re displacing my weight. I would try another set of shoes at a specialist shop. If that doesn’t help, ortho maybe?
Mighty, want to field that Q?