(Closed) Beginner Runner

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You should check out the c25k (couch to 5k) plan.  It is to help you go from the couch to running 5k in 9 weeks (if you do the plan 3 days a week).  I am not a runner at all either – I have mild asthma as well – and I started this program two weeks ago.  So far so good!  I use it on an app for my iPhone, but you don’t need that to do it.  There are lots of sites about it, so you can google it and check it out for yourself.

One thing I would say though is to invest in a good pair of shoes if you don’t have a pair.  That will make all the difference!

Post # 5
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I used to be a runner, back when I was actually in-shape and fit. lol

If you are just starting out, the most important thing is good running shoes. That’s good you already have them. Also, the running surface is pretty important, especially when you are first starting out. What surface will you be running on? You are more at risk for injury when running on harder surfaces. Just keep that in mind.

Start out slow and if you start to feel ANY pain at all, walk. And I would recommend not running on consecutive days. Generally, it is best to alternate days. You can still excercise on in between days, but I don’t recommend running daily until you’ve been running at least a few months or so. Even then, many will say not to run on consecutive days. Now, I did, and didn’t have any injuries, but the higher risk is there.

Stretching afterwards is crucial. Many will say stretching beforehand isn’t as important, but I still did. But that is after a 5 minute jogging warm-up to get your body loose. You shouldn’t stretch without warming up.

Hydrate! If you do long runs, take water with you. Also drink water about an hour or 30 minutes before your run.

I guess those are all my tips. I ran mainly for fun and did a few 5k’s. Oh, safety! If you run on the road, run against opposing traffic. I see so many people around here run “with” the cars, instead of “against” the cars.

Good luck. The first two weeks will be the hardest. That is why it is so important to start slow to avoid injury. 🙂

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