(Closed) 5K HELP?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What I found is that getting to 30 minutes was torture and 60 minutes was tough. Going from 8 miles to 15 miles was way easier, you just have to get over that first hump. Take all the time you need, repeat weeks if needed, and stick with it.

I also find that your mind quits way earlier than your body. When you get ready to quit, tell yourself to could to 15 and then you can walk.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Same problem as you, I keep telling myself I will become a runner but running just feels like a form of torture to me. I can spin and step and zumba my ass off but running never gets easier.

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2013

When I started running I found that what I ate throughout the day impacted my abilities A LOT.  Do you eat fried foods or soda in the day before running?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I’m with pollywog on this getting myself to the first 5k and then first 5 miles was the hardest. There was a real mental barrier there now I can just go out and run 5 or 15 miles doesnt make a real difference.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MissLunchbox:  I don’t run as much anymore, but when I did – I found it best to eat some cottage cheese (it’s a casein protein, so it breaks down slower in your body) at night before bed and then waking up and running on an empty stomach.  I throw up and burp up if I run and I’ve eaten anything at all in the last 3 hours.  Maybe you can try that?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MissLunchbox:  You don’t need to eat any different for runs under 2 hours– drinks gels, bars, and chews aren’t for you (yet), and sweedish fish work and orange juice works just as well. 

I find that I need an emptish stomach to run. I normally eat meals at least 2 hours before a run and make sure my bowels are empty. I also cut out all liquids an hour before. Carbs work best for me and I tend to eat a whole grain, veggie, and cheese lunch and then run after work. Fat doesn’t do well.

I find that the worst thing for me is to drink when I run. Unless I am racing, I never take water while running. When racing, I get 3 sips of water. 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MissLunchbox:  Yes, don’t worry about getting protein right before a run, it takes longer to digest and then your body is struggling with a battle between trying to digest that food and trying to get enough energy to your muscles. Carbs are your running ‘fuel.’ I don’t like to have anything to eat at least an hour before my run or I’m uncomfortable.

Don’t feel silly, I was the exact same way when I first started running “for real” – I couldn’t jog/run for 9 minutes either. It DOES get easier, trust me!!  And as far as the couch-to-5K program, don’t be afraid to deviate from the plan by repeating your tough days. If you don’t feel like you can move up to the next day, just do the same day over again until you’re ready! It might throw off your schedule, but your body will thank you. And like PP have said, it’s usually more mental than phsyical.

As far as your arms getting tired, try shaking them out every so often. Circulation to your arms shouldn’t be an issue on short runs, but it’s worth a shot.

As far as the yawning goes, try taking bigger longer breaths through your nose and mouth and breathing out hard through your mouth, you are probably not getting enough fresh oxygen into your body, so your impulse is to yawn.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MissLunchbox:  download the couch to 5k app.. or google it and look at the program. it starts you off just running a minute at a time and works you up to running for 25 minutes.. you can do it! good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MissLunchbox:  Haha, aren’t those lumps just a pain in the butt? ๐Ÿ™‚

I was the same way as you, I was a three-sport athlete but HATED running any sort of distance, even just running the mile for volleyball pre-season was evil. I started “seriously” running about a year ago, and I’m training for my third half marathon in April!

You can absolutely do this. Stick with it! Also, find some awesome songs that get you pumped up and put them on a running playlist if you haven’t already! I’ve found that the right songs can keep you going even if you think you need to stop…

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I can’t run if I’ve eaten or had anything to drink that day. When I went from non-runner to runner, I did it 6 days a week. If I only did it 4 days, I just didn’t run as well or as long!

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