(Closed) Running bees…advice for a novice?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would aim smaller to start.  Dip your toes into a 5k…or even a 10 k..for your first race.  See how you like it.  The experienxe will also help you plan out a half if you decide to do one later.

Find a training program to follow.  And stick to it. Deviations can lead to injuries.  If you can find a group to run with, even better.  They’ll help you stay on track (check out running specialty stores for groups).

And, most importantly, get properly fitted for shoes!  You need good shoes–meant for your type of running–to stay as injury free as possible.  Go to a specialty shop.  They’ll look at your feet and see how you walk.


And Have fun!



Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Congrats on getting into running 🙂 

First thing I would do is to go to a local running speciatly store and have them fit you into a pair of running shoes.  They should look at your foot, how your foot strikes the ground, how you roll through, and asses your overall gait.  They’ll be able to point you in the right direction and make sure you are in a shoe that works for YOUR foot and YOUR stride.

Socks are important too, get a blend (not 100% cotton) this will help wick moisture away from your foot & prevent blisters.

Clothing is important too- cotton tends to hold onto water, but blended fabrics wick moisture away.  I get most of my stuff from Target- it holds up reasonably well and it isn’t as expensive as LuLuLemon or Athleta (though, their products are amazing!).  Clothes should be fitted enough that you don’t get any friction rubbing which will result in chafing.  Clothes should be loose enough though that you aren’t restricted in your movement or breathing.  Also, a good sports bra is a MUST!

Also, I would check out a few smaller races to meet other local runners as well as develop a good base for a longer distance race.  You may even want to look into any local running groups- they usually offer a wealth of information about all things running.

As for training plans- BUILD SLOWLY or you will get an overtraining injury.  I have had that, and you definitely do NOT want that!!!  Check out injury prevention articles on RunnersWorld.com to get more information.

As far as training goes, make sure you incorporate cross training and strength training into your routine.  It’s important to give your joints a break every now and then from the high impact motion of running.  Take a spin class or swim laps once or twice a week to keep your cardio fitness up while your legs recover.  Strength training is also very valuable in building muscle and gaining power and speed.  For example, I run 2-4 days a week when I’m not training for a race, and I spin 2x weekly and lift 2x weekly.  I’m training for a marathon right now, so I only spin once a week, run 4-5 days depending on the week, and still lift weights (though not as heavy on the legs) once or twice a week, depending on my milage.

There are probably about a million other things I could tell you, but my post is long anyway.  Feel free to ask questions and I’ll help you out to the best of my ability!  There are a lot of other runner bees too, so I’m sure you’ll get a lot of great advice! 

Post # 6
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wouldn’t push yourself to do a half, but would consider a shorter distance like a 5K or 10K. I didn’t start training for a half until I had been running 3-4 miles about 3-4 times a week regularly for over a year. I ran 90 miles in August and then checked a training plan for a race in October. Since I was already training without really knowing it, I started following the plan. 

If you do want to tackle it, try Hal Higdon’s beginner plan (search: Hal Higdon half marathon novice training plan). It’s 12 weeks long, so you could start in July and build a base between now than then by running 3-4 miles 3-4 times a week. 

Post # 8
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I think everyone covered everything but just to reiterate, good shoes make all the difference!!! Make sure you get properly fitted and get the right support for your feet. It does make all the difference, believe me.

Post # 9
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I started running by doing Couch to 5K. You alternate walking and running for half an hour, three times a week for 8 weeks, graudally increasing the running time to build up your endurance. It seriously works! I was amazed that I could run 5K without stopping by the end of it. I was NOT a runner whatsoever, so if I can do it, anyone can! If you have a smartphone, there are apps for it as well. I have one that keeps track of which week and day you’re on, announces when to walk and when to run, and plays your music in the background. It’s great!

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