(Closed) Need advice from all you runner-bees out there!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Do you listen to music?  That helps.  I’m sure you do, so that is probably not the best advice, haha.  Whenever I am having trouble with a run (and I am not injured or exhausted–in which case, I stop) I visualize achieving my goal.  In your case, that would be crossing the finish line of your 5K.  Think about how great you will feel about yourself for making it!  It always helps me!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Are you running on a treadmill or outside?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I asked about the treadmill because I’m thinking maybe you’re running too fast during your running times.

For example, I walk at a 4.2 and run at a 5.4-5.5.  What speeds are you walking/running at?

As for music, definitely make a great running list to keep you going!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, I’d say you just have to push through it.  When I’m running, I say to myself, “just because I WANT a break doesn’t mean I NEED one.”  It’s probably both physical and mental, but I’m sure you can get through it :o)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

If you’re doing the walk/run method, I would say that you don’t need the eliptical warm-up.  You gotta psych yourself up for it.  It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t do it last time.  Today is your day.  This run is the run you conquer it!  Also, dial down the speed and just keep running – everybody is different as far as what speed they can maintain.  I’m more of a jogger, but what mattered to me was finishing.  Good luck! You can do it!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

First of all, kudos to you for taking this on! I agree with @hotchildinthecity…though running is obviously a big physical challenge, its a mental one too. It takes a lot of mental toughness, especially at first. It takes a while to break through, but you can do it!

Another thing to think about is the time of day you are doing your run, and what you’re eating during the day as well. I find that I’m SUPER sluggish if I try to run in the morning, but if I go in the afternoon, I have a lot more energy. During the week, I can’t run in the afternoon, so I have to do it around 6 or 7, so it helps if I eat an energy bar (Luna bars are my favorite!) about an hour before my run – if I don’t, I just don’t have enough juice from lunch to carry me through a good workout.

I don’t think doing the elliptical beforehand hurts, but make sure you’re doing it at a very easy, warm up pace. Your heart rate should raise a little bit, and you might even be breathing heavier or break a sweat, but you definitely shouldn’t feel super tired. Take a short break to stretch, drink some water, and catch your breath before jumping onto the treadmill. Also be sure to stretch afterwards so you can fend off soreness that might keep you from performing well in your next workout and prevent injury.

Hope this helps – please keep us updated on your progress!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Just saw your post on covering up the time….DO IT! I totally have to do that when running on the treadmill. I cheat and take peeks sometimes, but it really does help!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

@ captain…I also did the couch to 5k even though I kinda modified it….I really found that the days I had a smaller lunch and went in the evening were the hardest….I just didn’t have enough fuel for the fire….I also say modified version because on days I felt I could push myself for longer I would..on the days I couldn’t I would try my best, but wouldn’t beat  myself up if I couldn’t get there.

Are you walking at a slow enough pace to get your heart rate back down?  You may need to adjust things to find the right balance.

I also agree about covering up the time..I try my best to not look at the time (it makes it harder), but I always forget a towel to cover it up.  I know what you are feeling like though…I was definately there a few weeks ago when I could only go for 15 min, then 20, and 25 and finally the whole piece.  It takes time and it is kinda like a flip just gets switched and you realize it was your mind telling you to quit the whole time.

 

ps.

 

I just ran my first 5k last weekend and made the whole way through, if I can do it so can you!

 

 

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