(Closed) question for runner bees!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

My advice for beinners (or re-beginners in your case) is always to start off alternating short periods of running with walking.  So, if you can run for 1:00, do 30 minutes of 1:00 jogging, 1:00 walking.  After a few times, bump up the running by :30 while keeping the walking the same.  Continue to do this and for every 1:00 that you bump up the running, increase the walking by :30…Eventually you’ll get to running for 3-4 minutes then walking for 2:00…By this point, I think you’d be able to run 2-3 miles without stopping! You can also increase the time up to 45:00 if you want…

Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Start small.

Run for 100 meters walk for 200. Each run slowly increase your running distance. Get yourself some good shoes. Go get professionally fitted. I got sore knees until I worked out my shoes weren’t giving me enough support. listen to your fave band while running too it helps me not think of how far I need to go.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Definitely start small! If you try to run too long/hard/fast your first day out, you are going to feel miserable the next day and never want to run again!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

C25K program is actually a really nicely structured program for beginner runners. The walking/running intervals increase slowly to give your body time to adjust and your endurance to build up. If you start too fast too soon you’ll burn yourself out and might decide that you hate running, plus you risk injury. I would recommend going back and starting with the program again, but this time actually commit. Repeat certain weeks if you feel you’re not ready to move on or move up a week if you’re already in decent shape and feel that beginning weeks are too easy. I’ve been doing a good amount of high intensity cardio workouts prior to running and I was able to jump into week 4 without much difficulty. However, I got stuck on week 7 and felt I wanted to repeat it bucause 15 min of running felt so tough at that time. After that, I finished up the program smoothly and ran my 1st 5K. Download a C25K phone app, it breaks down the intervals while you play your own music. If possible try running outside or inside track of a gym, running on treadmill is easier and it makes it tougher to transition to running outside. When you feel like you’re going to die…take a breather, it will get easier and more enjoyable as your endurance builds up. Good luck.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You might also want to look for a running group to help keep you motivated.  In Toronto, we have a store called Running Room that offer free group runs every Wednesday and Sundays.  They have different groups, so it’s easy to find a group at your level to run with.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

If I am running outside and haven’t run for awhile I like to count lamp posts.  

E.g  Run for 4 lamp posts then walk for 2 or so on depending on how far between each lamp post is.  I find that way easier than trying to keep track of minutes when I am outside.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m not sure about C25k’s app but my friend likes the Lolo app for 5k.  It uses your own music and messes with the beat in order to match up to the speed you should be running.

PS – My friend and I want to do the Color Run too.  We were planning on Nashville but they changed to a Sunday so now we are thinking about Memphis.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Good luck on your race!  Other PP’s have given wonderful advice about preparation, but I’d like to add a few race-day tips.  Don’t eat any new foods the day before of the morning of the race, and don’t wear any new clothes or shoes (make sure you break in your shoes!!) and you don’t want any unnecessary chafing from new clothes.

Good luck!

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