(Closed) Any runners out there?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I went from HATING running to running half marathons.  My best advice is to remember it’s okay to slow down.  You don’t have to sprint the whole way.  If you have to take a break and walk, that’s okay, too.  Find a nice pace for training runs where you feel in control.  I think that was the hardest part for me when I first started running.  I also reccommend running outside as often as possible.  Treadmills can be a necessary evil in training, but they do not really prepare you for an outside run, IMO.    Also, have fun!  Relax.  The only person you’re racing is you! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

YAYYY!!!! You can definitely do it!

I think you have the right idea by downloading a training program. Definitely start slow. Also, remember that you WILL have good days and bad days–so don’t freak out if you’ve been doing well and then all of a sudden it is a struggle to run one day.

Do you think your friends would be willing to run your long runs with you? It can help because more experienced runners are a lot better at pacing. When I trained for a half marathon my friend (who is a VERY fast runner) would run with me when I had to do more than 6 miles. It was really easy for her (my pace was about half of what she could do!) but it was fun for both of us.

You will LOVE the race! I had never run more than 5 miles without stopping to walk for a little bit, and I ran the whole 13.1 without even stopping to drink water (I drank while running). It is a totally different feeling running with a crowd–I was so damn proud of myself when I finished.

Good luck! You can do it!!!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

listen to music and chew gum! that will keep your mind off running and your throat from getting dry ๐Ÿ™‚ Also start at a steady pace, make sure ur not pushing urself too hard. When i started taking jogs with my fiance, i would start crying cause i wouldnt be able to make it a quarter mile without stopping lol.. Now i can run 3 miles ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

are you doing couch 2 5k? that is SO helpful!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Good for you!  That’s a great plan and good luck! 

Me personally, I sucked at running my entire life, but I’m up to running 3-5 miles every morning (and I actually enjoy it now).  I prefer to run outside vs. a treadmill because it helps to keep your mind off of how long you’ve been running.  Music and good running shoes are my other essentials.  You’ll have to find out what works for you, but the lighter the shoes, the easier it is on my knees. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That’s an awesome goal!  10ks are so much fun.

Aside from following your training plan, my only advice is make a kickass playlist and start the race slow. Lots of people start sprinting right out the gate and tire themselves out too quickly. And then I pass them. LOL.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yay, you are awesome! I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ Until last year I HATED running. I used to cheat when we had to run the mile in grade school….and now its one of my favorite things to do. I really think it makes me a happier person.

I agree with a lot of the advice above…

1. Start slow..in the race and when training. I started by using the couch to 5k program and working my way up…and always took at least one day between runs to recover. I still do a five minute warm up walk and cool down as well.

2. Get a good sports bra and good shoes.

3. Don’t be afraid to walk! I have a GPS watch that tracks my pace / distance and I’ve noticed that sometimes when I don’t take a short walk break when I need one, the rest of my run is slower than average….so basically I killed myself for nothing!

4. Drink plenty of water before you run, but not RIGHT before you run. If I run in the morning, I make sure to drink my daily allowance the day before. Or if I run after work, I drink water consistently until about 3PM.

5. Go outside if you can. I get so bored and burned out on treadmills & love getting to spend time outside.

6. MUSIC

Good luck. You will do awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You will love running by the time you are done!!! My best advice is find someone who is also training and keep accountable through them. That way you aren’t going through the training process alone.

Don’t run every day. You have to take days to rest or else you get burnt out or hurt yourself.

Good shoes and good music are a must!

Good luck!

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