(Closed) Runner bees! I need some encouragement!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Slow down!!! THe #1 problem new runners have is running too fast, getting exhausted, and then giving up. Seriously, slow wayyyyy down and you will be able to keep going longer and your breathing won’t get so labored. Keep it up, you can do it!! Have you seen the Couch to 5K plan? Would be a good place to start 🙂

Post # 4
5473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d also suggest the couch to 5k plan… though I doubt you have enough time before the race to go finish the program.

Be careful going up in milage quickly without recovery days or weeks… overtraining injuries happen when you train more than your body can handle without adequate recovery. 

Are you running every day, every other day, or a few days a week?  Are you doing any cross training (eliptical/spin/swim) or weight lifting?

ETA- I forgot to say that it might be a good idea to do try a run-walk strategy for your upcoming race.  You can try to jog for 2 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, then jog for 2, walk for 1… etc… that way you don’t get to the point where you’re exhausted.  You get to take a break before you NEED one so that you can go even futher than you thought you could 🙂

Post # 6
3728 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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@cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d:  I really encourage you to take 3 rest days and run 4. I did what you are doing and have the medical bills to show for it. I now regularly finish in the top of my age group in 5ks and am training for a half marathon and am struggling to do 5 days a week (I have the endurance, not the joints). While you don’t feel pain now, you will once it is too late.

If I were you, I would run Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I would run-walk for 30-40 minutes. This would give you 6 sessions until your 5k. I would do:

1. run 5, walk 5, run 5, walk 5, run 5, walk 5, run 5, walk 5

2. walk 5, run 8, walk 5, run 8, walk 5, run 8

3. walk 3, run 12, walk 3, run 12, walk 3

4. walk 3, run 15, walk 3, run 15, walk 3

5. walk 3, run 10, walk 3, run 20, walk 3

5. walk 5, run 25, walk 5

Good luck! I am sure you will do great!

Post # 7
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d:  I agree with all the pps.  

First of all congrats on your excitement and determination to run.  I find running to be the most satisfying hobby.  Before you know it, you’ll be crushing miles and feeling awesome!

But…    It sounds like you are setting your goals too high, for such a short amount of time.  The general rule of thumb is to only increase milage by 10% each week.  Usually the body builds endurance before the muscles catch up.  If you train too hard, too fast you will injure yourself.  I would definitely scale back to only running four times a week for at least the first month or so.

I encourage you to do race, but as a walk/run.


Post # 8
9126 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Start SLOOOOOOW!  Seriously, way slower than you want to and way slower than you want to look to the people around you.  This really is the only way to not get too winded right away.

Good luck!  🙂

Post # 9
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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@Milk and Honey:  

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I increased my mileage too fast in June (went from running regular 10 k’s to increasing it to 12, 13 in 2-3 weeks.. got pumped up after a PB on one of my races) and I woke up one day in excruciating pain in my left knee. To make a long story short, I was in physio for two months and I still have to baby my knee. And that happened in June. So be careful. If you’re going from running nothing to 5 k, it’s going to be really hard on your body and your muscles. I’m not saying you can’t do it but you put yourself at major risk for injury.

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