Post # 1
After reading Mrs. Trail Mix’s “Best of the ‘Bee” post about running a marathon, it reminded me that at one time my grand plan for getting into shape and staying motivated was to become a runner and work my way up from smaller things to eventually finishing a marathon. I just feel like the end result will be so rewarding (not only for my body but emotionally too).
Being a full-figured bride-to-be though, kind of has me wondering where to start. I don’t have any “running” experience as all I played in high school was volleyball.
I’m wondering if y’all can share your stories and success that you’ve had with running and if you can give a newbie any suggestions on how to take her first steps at a little faster pace. 🙂
Post # 3
Lots of people have started with something like the c25k plan – which basically turns you into a runner from a couch potato. I have been thinking about starting myself, but it will have to wait a few weeks until school is done. You should check it out! If at any point you feel like you are really struggling with one day of the program, you just keep repeating it until you are comfortable to move on to the next one. Maybe some of the other bees will be able to give you more info – I know I have seen several other posts in “Fitness” about the c25k program.
Post # 4
From my personal experience, the C25K program works if you stick with it! And it actually empowers you and makes you feel like you CAN run. 🙂
Post # 6
That sounds like a great program. I should have known there was something out there designed for this very thing.
I’m going back now to look through the boards for c25k posts. 🙂
Post # 7
I have done the couch to 5k program and LOVED it. It really starts you out easily so you can build up endurance and works extremely well. I started the program last January and since then I’ve lost 50 pounds (mostly due to running). I finished the program and continued to increase, both my distance and my pace. I now feel like I can say that I really am “a runner” and I always hated running before. I just ran a 5k last weekend (a year ago I would’ve laughed if you told me I would do that) and I run 5 miles a day 5 days a week. I was at that point where running a minute was tough so if I can do it you definitely can!!
Post # 8
just start small and build up, its the ONLY way to do it in running! I learned from experience that biting off more than you can chew early on (ie. running a 10k with little to no training) results in injury and lack of motivation. I’ve heard great things about the couch25k, and as long as its a slow progression you could probably design your own thing as well…listen to your body and it will reward you!
Post # 9
I agree with the others – start slow.
Do a combination of running and walking. Like the first few days you might just want to walk a certain distance to get comfortable with everything and slowly work in jogging alternated with running.
Variety is also good. If you can swim or bike or karate or something else a day or two a week it can help spice things up.
Weightlifting is also really beneficial to help give your body the strength it needs to start getting in running shape.
Post # 10
Yes, it definitely helps to start out slow. Start out walking if you have to. Then try running for a minute. Increase when you can. Five years ago I could barely run. Now my FI and I are training for a marathon together (we did 16 miles last Saturday). We did a half marathon last month. We were not runners when we met each other. It takes time to build up endurance, so be patient, but consistent.
Post # 11
@ScarletBegonia: I second this, building up slowly is the best and safest way to get started with becoming a runner.
I have been running competitively since I was a pre-teen. I’m certainly not a world class runner by any means but I’ve learned a couple of really important things over the years.
1) Get the proper shoes- go to a local running store and talk with the folks there, have them watch you jog and give you advice on the type of shoe that will be good for you. There are fads that come and go with some running shoes (ie the five finger shoes) be aware of those and be weary. Also remember to replace shoes when they get run down.
2) Stretch. But the right kind of stretching is also important- take a look here: http://www.wbur.org/npr/130509347 I have been active isolated stretching for a long time and it helps keep me injury free and warms up my muscles.
3) Take care of injuries. resting and icing are important when you first start feeling some leg and foot pains.
4) Be safe. Wear a reflective vest and or headlamp when running at dusk/night, don’t turn your music up too high if you run with music. Always be aware of your surroundings even if you are in a big group.
5) Don’t give up. Keep up on your routine, even when you don’t feel like going out to run, just get a minimum in. I swear, everytime, you’ll feel better about it afterwards.
Sidenote: I am so impressed with the ladies here who have become runners on the C25k! That is a fantastic program and something I would also recommend for first timers. Keep it up, running can be such a wonderful outlet for stress, it’s a great way to meet new friends and it can keep you healthy!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Hi! I’m so flattered that my post gave you inspiration! Here’s one I wrote about getting started: http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/02/07/running-getting-started/
Feel free to PM me if you have more questions or want a more detailed version!!
Post # 13
I am a runner and would go near the thought of a marathon!
I know it’s a wonderful/amazing accomplishment, but I love running and would rather poke my eyes out than train (properly) for a full marathon!
If the 26.2 doesn’t sound doable, there is zero shame in aiming for a 5 or 10k to start (I am a 10k runner!) and lots of run/walk combos, with great warm up and cool out, and build slowly! I am #1 on needing to follow my own advice as I reinjure fairly easily!
Have fun with it, I don’t follow plans or programs well (run X distance at X speed on X day) I run best when I go out with lots to sort out in my head and craving some fresh air -those runs always seem to be the best!
Post # 14
My friend at work just showed me this app on his iphone called couch to 5k….its a complete exercise program that helps (those of us who arent runners) get up and try. its pretty neat. i found this website which describes the workouts. its a good start, work up to the 5k then go for a full marathon!
Post # 15
HAHa i didnt even see the other posts…people know about this already.
Post # 16
I completely echo PPs about c25k. I am in week 8, and haven’t had to repeat any weeks. The podcasts are free and extremely helpful. I like the chubby jones one (search on itunes) because she’s goofy and keeps giving you updates, like “Another minute down, I know you can do it.” That is what I need.