Post # 32
I tried and ended up with a stress fracture in my shin, which has really limited my activity levels. I would still go for it, if I were you. Just make sure you have shoes that really fit your foot and aren’t worn down and that you pace yourself. Those were my mistakes and now I’m very restricted for the next 3-4 months, maybe more. Hmph.
Post # 33
Where can I go to get fitted for good shoes? Thank you!
Post # 34
Depends on where you live but I would google ‘running shoe store’ for your area. There are usually at least a couple in big cities and at least one in college towns, in my experience. 🙂
Post # 35
I agree about getting bored running the same route. I try to run a new route, or a route that I don’t run multiple times a week, very so often to switch things up. The 4 mile route I regularly do starting at my house- the first 2 miles is all up hill and it’s exhausting, so I try to do that or another hilly route once a week and then go run a flatter trail another day each week. I began to absolutely hate the hilly route near my house because I was doing it so often, but I did a group run recently and had no problem with the meager hills on the route and others were majorly struggling, so I guess it paid off!
Post # 36
I also recommend Couch to 5K. You alternate walking and running for about half an hour, three times a week for 9 weeks, and it builds up your endurance so that you’re able to run 5K/half an hour straight by the end of it. It seriously works! You can even repeat weeks if you need to.
There are various apps and I think a podcast for it as well. I have the C25K app which lets you choose your playlist and announces when to walk and run.
Post # 37
I’ll just echo everyone here that says start slowly. Don’t increase your total mileage by more than 10% per week. I went from not being a runner AT ALL to training for a marathon (I did it in memory of my dad, not because I actually wanted to run). I did too much too soon and had a nasty ITB issue. My first “run” was a 2.5 mile jog/walk, and I built it from there. I remember my first 4 miler where I didn’t stop to walk. It felt like such a huge accomplishment! Once I crossed the finish line I was hooked, and I’ve now run 8 marathons. I’ve taken the past year off due to wedding stuff and marathon fatigue, but once the weather cools off I look forward to getting back into it 🙂
If you can find a running group, that can help (if you like that sort of thing, lots of people like running to be alone time). You may be able to find some on meetup.com if you don’t know of any. The Hash House Harriers have groups all over the place and sound like fun, but it involves being silly and lots of beer. I haven’t tried it yet, but it could be a fun way to mix up your runs if you are into that sort of thing.
Post # 38
YAY running bees!
I have always been a runner (I played soccer throughout school…lots of runnning and year-round training) but now that I work a 9-5 job, running is the only way I stay sane.
Honestly, my 40 minutes of running each evening is my “zen place” where I can be alone with my thoughts and afterwards I can be a less-stressed and much-happier person. I listen to podcasts while running – maybe something to consider? I really look forward to the next podcast and it’s a little motivation to get out and run when I’m feeling lazy, lol.
Any runner bees do other cross-training? I have started to do a little weight lifting and want to keep myself “well rounded” to avoid injuries, etc.
Post # 39
Thanks you guys. I went out today and decided to pick up my pace. Honestly, I’d never timed myself before. I just jogged to the park and came back. It’s about a 5 mile turnaround. I always thought I couldn’t pick up my pace. I just moved so last week, I timed myself and I did between 12:19-13:43 mile for 5.25miles. Anyhow, after reading this thread, I put on some 50Cent music per @mightywombat:
and started picking up markers to make my run faster and I ran between a 10:19-11:43 mile for 5.25 miles and I couldn’t believe it. I took rests in between though. A 2 minute rest at halfway and another break a bit after that. I couldn’t believe I could go that fast. I was so pumped. I think if I do that for about 3 weeks and then see if I can pick it up to be faster and maybe, just maybe I can start training for a 10k race. I don’t want to do the C25K because I think I can do that within 30-35mins so I don’t want to spend 12 weeks training for that. I think I should train for a 10k. I can’t believe I’ve been jogging for YEARS and never thought to pick up the pace. Thanks OP! Also, does anyone know any app that can help me with this? Also, any playlists I can download? I don’t know if I want to listen to P.I.M.P everytime I run
Post # 40
Ima runner. I run because I like running, and I think most long-run (pardon the pun) do more so than for weight control.If you wanna be a runner in the long term, find a way to enjoy it. My dad likes running with his
running buddies (he calls them that lol) and training for races and stuff. I like going for long, leisurely runs when I need to clear my head or trail running. Make sure you stretch and get fitted for the right shoes too, to avoid injuries. If you don`t end up getting into running maybe try a few other things out… biking, swimming, rollerbladeing, cross country skiing, team sports. You may find something you find really fun.
As for weight loss, the best thing to do is high intensity intervals… ie run fast for a few minutes, then jog for a bit. Or skipping. All over strength training helps too.
Post # 41
I just found this.. you can go through and pick ones you like to download, also set your ipod or mp3 to transition between songs without a pause so they just flow..
Post # 42
I love the podcast idea.. I listen to them anyways and fall behind on the ones I like.. thank you for the suggestion!
To everyone as well, thank you so much for your tipss, stories and motivation through this thread. I definitely havent felt as good as this about making a change ever! THANK YOU !!!I have now signed up for two 5 km runs that I am now beginning to train for.. hopefully some day I will have a great change story to tell 🙂
Post # 43
Yay! I love 5k’s. Make sure to report back on how they went. 🙂