(Closed) Running at the gym

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i HATE the treadmill. try couch 2 5k – it works wonders! also, when i do the elliptical A LOT (like daily for over a month), i find it’s easy to then start using the treadmill. i just have to build up to it with either c25k or the elliptical.

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee

I have this problem too and I think it’s more of a “I don’t want to do it” kind of thing. I get bored on a treadmill and feel like I can’t do it, but I will dance my butt off for HOURS! I’m considering getting a Julianne Hough dance workout disc.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Not running does not mean you’re out of shape, it means you’re not conditioned to run.  I can run for long periods but I’m not great at swimming.  Just because I can’t swim long periods doesn’t mean I’m out of shape, it means I’m not conditioned for swimming.  If you want to be able to run at the gym, there are programs that help you increase your running capacity…if you’re content with the activities you’re doing, then keep at it, just remember to keep challenging yourself.

Post # 35
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m going to also suggest c25k if you want to try to start running. I am overweight and terribly out of shape. Literally couldn’t jog a quarter mile without getting out of breath when I started it. By the end (it took me longer than 10 weeks, maybe about 13-14) I was able to jog for 30 minutes without stopping and without feeling like I was going to die. Pretty incredible, actually. Unfortunately I stopped running and now I suck at it again 🙂 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

I’m a runner and can’t run on the treadmill all that long, I mean I guess I could but I wouldn’t be happy.  My stride changes and the top of my feet hurt really bad, I’m not sure why for either of those things.  I much prefer running outside (even when it’s sweltering or below freezing) and use the gym more for strength training and alternatives to running.  So maybe try outside and see if it feels different.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you physically cant run on the treadmill then yes you are out of shape. I think alot of people are talking about being MENTALLY unable to run on the treadmill which is completely different. IF someone told you they would pay you 1000 dollars to run a mile on the treadmill, most in-shape people could do it no prob. it just sucks for a lot of people bc its boring as shit

Post # 38
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I hate running on treadmills.  Even in my best shape, training for a marathon, I can’t run more than 3 minutes on the treadmill.  Outside for 4 hours- yep, I can do that (could do that, not there anymore), inside on a treadmill- about 1 minute in and I’m already bored.  Running is so mental for me and I need to have things constantly changing.  Even watching TV doesn’t work for me.  if you’re doing other cardio machines, you don’t need to feel like you should do the treadmill.  Stick with what’s fun and keeps you coming back to the gym.  If I had to run on the treadmill everytime I went to the gym, I’d never go.

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Agree with PPs who have mentioned the difference between not being physically able to run on the treadmill for a mile versus just hating life while they are doing it.

I used to be physically unable to run a mile, no matter whether it was in the gym or outside.  I am thin, and can do a lot of other exercise, so I just chalked it up to not being a runner, and I was okay with that.  But then I had to study for the bar exam, and running my butt off every day was seriously the only thing that quieted my brain enough to let me sleep at night.  It took me a whole summer, but by the end I could run 2-3 miles without stopping.  I used to track how many minutes I ran v. walked, and would reward myself for progress. 

Now I can run without any real problems (and strangely prefer the gym to the outdoors – maybe it’s the book… and the cable tv… and the ipod.  :o)  I said I could run, not that I enjoyed it…), but I would much rather do 30 minutes of hard interval training than sit on the treadmill for 45 or 60 minutes.  You might want to try the interval setting – it definitely beats away the boredom (and is great for fat burning).

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I used to be exactly the same as you. I’m also petite and had declared myself “not a runner.” I’d run five minutes and be totally winded. I hated running and thought it just wasn’t for me, I couldn’t do it. But every runner I talked to said the same thing – running is TOUGH and it’s normal to have really bad endurance when you start out. Ellipticals, walking, etc. don’t compare to the constant physical exertion of running. It’s going to feel awful at first and there’s no way around it.

Darling Husband is a pretty good runner and he gave me some really helpful tips. First of all, start out slow. Set the speed just a bit faster than power walking, so that you’re forced to do a slow jog. Keep that up as long as you can. Don’t be surprised if you still get tired out really quickly and it feels like torture. What you’re going to do is get used to that feeling of torture. You’re going to feel like your lungs are bursting and that you HAVE to stop. You don’t have to stop, you can keep going and you will.

Having fast-paced music helped. For me, fast rock and metal are the best at keeping me going. When I wanted to give up and stop, I’d tell myself, “You can run through one more verse. Just until the second chorus. Til the end of the song. One more song.” And so on.

After a few weeks of jogging along, two things happened: I started to gain a tiny bit more endurance, so I could go longer without that feeling of exhaustion and torture setting in, and I started to get used to the feeling of torture so that I could push through it a little longer each time. What I thought before was the feeling of dying, just feels like running to me now. Bit by bit, I increased the amount of time, and then bit by bit I increased the speed. It’s easier to run longer than it is to run faster. Increasing speed has happened much more slowly.

Once you can run for about half an hour without stopping, you can try doing cycles of sprints. This REALLY builds your anaerobic endurance (how long your muscles can perform when deprived of oxygen). Try walking fast for 4 minutes, then turning it up to a full sprint for 4 minutes. You should feel like you’re dying at the end of four minutes. Then back to walking to catch your breath. If you can’t catch your breath before the next 4 minute cycle, dial down the sprint a little and try again. 

Just be careful that you’re not running through actual PAIN, the kind that is your body trying to tell you that you’re hurt. Especially pain in your joints. Your muscles will develop and adapt much faster than your joints and tendons, and overdoing it is a surefire way to sprain something. Also make sure you’re warming up properly and cooling down. Most treadmills have settings for this.

I’m still not a good runner, and maybe it is more difficult for us petite women with little legs. I can only do about 6km without stopping. But that’s a far cry from where I started out. Give running another try, you might learn to love it!

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@flyinpig3: Yes, exactly. That was the point I was trying to make. If you can run outside, you CAN (or should be able to) run on a treadmill–especially if someone is offering you money to do so! 🙂 

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

if you start slow and build it up, it tends to work! 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hilsy85: Yep. sorry didnt read that one 🙂 It definitely sucks- but running in general sucks in the beginning. Until you break through that mental threshold for the first time and realize how good it feels to finish a long run, you just wanna kill yourself bc it seems so pointlessly torturous lol

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