Post # 1
So I have recently started running and am currently in week 6 of thw couch 2 5k program. THis is an interval walking/running program to ease people into distance running. Runningis something I have always wanted to do and never really thought I could.
I saw on a different post that someone mentioned that running does amazing things to your body. Other than about a 10 pound weight lose (coupled with WW) I have not seen a HUGE difference. Please do tell what changes you saw in your physique after becoming a runner.
Post # 3
For one thing, a ten pound weight loss in six weeks is AWESOME! My last ten pounds won’t budge and it will probably take the next six months for them to do so.
In my opinion, running just makes you so much stronger and more toned. I feel like its such a great workout in the fact that I really feel like I worked hard after I finished a good run. It really builds muscle and burns calories. I also feel a better sense of accomplishment with running as opposed to going longer on the elliptical or stairmaster. You can see the miles build up and your endurance improve.
I’m no fitness expert, but that’s how I feel about it.
Post # 4
I definitely noticed a difference in my thighs and butt! I was more toned overall when I was running… I need to get back into it!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I think running definitely makes the rest of your body more toned (arms, thighs, abs, etc) and it also makes you stronger! A 10 lb weight loss is awesome, congrats!
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle
10 lbs is great – congrats!!! For me, I have seen a definite difference in my body. My butt, legs, and abs are all more toned. It doesn’t happen quickly though (for me anyhow.) I started to really see definite changes in my body about 6 months into running regularly, and it SUPER ramped up when I started do race training.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House
My abs, thighs and buns all get more toned. Take pictures of yourself now to compare to ones at the end of your training. It’s hard to tell day to day the differences, but def. track it over time!
Post # 8
Well, I feel off the wagon hard BUT when I was running what I noticed most is the difference in my legs. I have thick legs, cellulite, ya know all that good stuff. And I hate hate hate doing lunges or squats so when I started running it seemed to be the only thing that toned them. I think it took me awhile to see anything though, and you have to be consistent. I have GOT to start running again too. Good luck!
Post # 9
I usually gain all of my weight in my hips, so that’s where I notice the most toning coming into play. Your heart also gets a fabulous workout, and that’s where you’re getting the most healthy! Running also reallly helps me to clear my mind, so I feel like my life is much less stressful when I run more often!
Post # 10
Ditto what everyone else has mentioned, and it also helps with your cardio breathing. Because you’re using every core muscle to keep moving forward, your diaphram (the muscle that helps your lungs in/exhale) works overtime (like in swimming) & is more toned whenever you are breathing harder. This means that that you’re not so out of breath – really helpful in any team sport (you perform better) or while dancing (you can go longer & get crazier).
To get even better results, pepper your running routine with some strength & weight training – to get those toned arms, you need to really work those muscles!
And congrats on the weight loss!
Post # 11
I have to agree with 2peas up there with regards to running being a tremendous stress reliever. It’s an added bonus.
As far as physical changes, I noticed my lower legs really toned up after a few months of consistant running but only up hill runs really work out my thighs and butt. Everyone’s different though. I’m not a good up-hill runner, but walking them is just as good. Give that a try when you can.
Once you do your first registered race you can become a member of http://www.Athlinks.com
It’s a great site that keeps track of your races and progress. It even pits you up against other runners who are your “rivals” (i.e. they clock around the same time as you). It’s really cool.
Stick to it and have fun! Invest in an MP3 player if you don’t already have one and when you think it’s too cold to run buy some thermal underwear, gloves and earmuffs and go for it!
YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Post # 12
I’m loving the Couch 2 5k program! I’ve just finished week 1, though I may do one more day on that to finish out the actual week and I can tell you – it feels great. It hurt the first 2 days … but I can already see an improvement. And I’m losing weight pretty rapidly. of course, I have a great amount to lose so that makes a difference, too!
Post # 13
congratulations on starting to run! Running is seriously my favorite thing every. I became addicted to running in high school with cross country and track. I think it does amazing things to your body. It makes your endurance incredible, leg and butt muscles toned, and a lean total body. When I was training for my first marathon my lower body became really defined and toned. Also its great for other things such as blood pressure and heart rate. Everytime I get my vitals taken at the docotr im asked what kind of athlete I am. Also getting into “a runners zone” is so stress releasing and nothing else can do that for you. Enjoy running its amazing.
Post # 14
I had HUGE results when I started running. 10 lbs in 6 weeks is still better than NOTHING! I don’t know much about the couch to 5k program, but I do know that I didn’t use anyone’s advice and did it on my own.
I started with not much distance and alternating running/walking in distance. Then running/walking in time intervals. I would recommend this, especially if you are sprinting the runs instead of jogging. After a while, I got to the point where I was running a few miles without stopping.
It was super difficult, but I always had one rule: Run. Even when you feel like stopping. It will be hard to keep going, but you will be glad you did. Listen to your body. If you LITERALLY think you will pass out or throw up, then stop and walk. But unless you don’t feel either of those things, just keep going.
I wouldn’t recommend this right away, though. If you do that, you will be sore for what will seem like forever and won’t be able to run again. If I felt a little tension of soreness in my muscles, I would run. But any more than a little and it’s break/yoga/pilates time. Trust me, I learned the hard way!
Post # 15
I was probably the person that said it is amazing! I did intravel training to train for my first marathon! It really tones your legs and whittles at your waist! I noticed it in my legs and hips first! But do measurements and keep up your running! You may not lose a ton of weight cause you are building muscle but you will loose inches! Keep it up! I was at The Limited yesterday trying on dresses for our engagement pictures and the sales lady told me I had fabulous legs! It made me so happy!
Post # 16
Running really works! It took me a couple of months before I really saw any visible results. It wasn’t until I started doing more speed work and really pushed myself (and stopped eating so much), that I saw fat melt off and my body really respond.
Now my only regret is getting my dress 7 days after the marathon…. now I have to keep this up until the wedding date!