Post # 1
With two dogs and countless other responsibilites, I unfortunately do not have any time to go to the gym and have gained almost 20 pounds since our wedding. I do however walk my dogs for at least an hour evey night, but it just isn’t enough. I would like to start running.
Years ago Darling Husband used to use a website that could map out your neighboorhood to see how many miles each route would be and it gave you a plan to get started running. Does anyone know of anything like that?
Post # 3
Try mapmyrun.com or find a local road runners website. You can also check out local 5k or 10k races and see what route they use, or go to runnersworld.com as they usually have links to a TON of running related information.
Also-if you’re not a runner and want to start, the very first thing you should do is go to a specialty running store and get fitted for running shoes that fit your foot and accommodate the way your foot strikes the ground and what your gait is like. You don’t necessarily have to buy the shoes from the speciatly store, but find out what will be best for you and order it on like zappos or something.
Best of luck!!!
Post # 4
Do you have an Iphone? There are a ton of free running apps you can download.
Post # 5
I also used mapmyrun before I got my Garmin. I never had any problems with it!
Post # 6
@roxy821: I don’t know how much of a beginner you are, but when I first started running I found tracking my time was much more useful than tracking mileage, i.e. how long I could run without stopping to walk. It also helped because then I didn’t have to map where I was going as I took turns at random around my neighborhood.
If that sounds good to you, this is the running plan I put my sister on: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-520–9397-F,00.html
It’s a beginners plan with a time goal, running 30 minutes without stopping, rather than a time & distance goal. I second mapmyrun.com though, if you want to set distance goals for yourself. You can search around your area and see if anyone has preset running routes you can use, instead of mapping your own from scratch
Post # 7
Thank you so much everyone!
I used to run for a junior olympic track team and was always very involved in sports. Before getting married I worked out about 5 days a week, but that was a a yr and a half ago so I feel like I have gotten very out of shape and may need to start back much closer to square one.
I think I’ll be checking out mapmyrun and runnersworld tonight.
Post # 8
http://www.usatf.com is also a great site to map your run. It’s the USA Track & Field site. If you have an ipod, the Nike+ running chip really helps me as I’m running as well.