VeggieBoards banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
787 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Now that the weather is starting to become a bit more manageable, I'd really like to start running! I have noooo idea what I'm doing, though. Any tips or advice to offer?<br><br><br><br>
I'm really looking forward to getting back into good shape!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,777 Posts
What's your goal? Do you want to run 30 minutes at a time a few times a week, or are you looking to run a marathon in 6 months?<br><br><br><br>
If you're looking at just running 6-8 miles at a time and want to build up, here's a nice guide to get you there: <a href="http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_mile.html" target="_blank">http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_mile.html</a> (Schedule I).<br><br><br><br>
Alternately, the marathon training program that I am doing right now has us do timed runs 3 times during the week and a distance run on the weekend, increasing a mile each weekend for a while then tapering off then increasing again. During the week the timed runs are like:<br><br><br><br>
run 1: 35 mins<br><br>
run 2: 45 mins<br><br>
run 3: 40 mins<br><br>
weekend: 8 miles<br><br><br><br>
(that's this week)<br><br><br><br>
I started out by just running slow and seeing how far I could go without walking. Some programs will have you do things like run 2 minutes, walk 30 seconds - and repeat that for 1/2 hour. To me, that doesn't build up your endurance enough. I prefer just going & going until I feel like I have to walk, then walking just long enough to feel rested, about 20 seconds.<br><br><br><br>
I only started running a year ago, so I'm pretty new at this still. But the above has worked pretty well for me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
441 Posts
heya keelin,<br><br><br><br>
check out this plan: <a href="http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml</a><br><br>
and go peruse the <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com" target="_blank">www.runnersworld.com</a> forums.. there is a beginner section, and i think you'll find it helpful to post questions there. have fun! i wish our weather was nicer but i was snowed in the house for the last week.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
initial running. try mixing running with periods of walking, especially if your new to it.<br><br><br><br>
10 mins run / 10 mins walk.<br><br><br><br>
Then gradually increase the amount of running, while decreasing the amount of walking.<br><br><br><br>
Try whereever possible to run on softer surfaces such as grass, as opposed to road/pavement which is a lot harder on the knees/ligaments and may put you at risk of suffering 'Runners Knee'
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
52 Posts
I second the coolrunning site-- they have a nice gradual plan to get a beginner runner started without it being overwhelming. It's sort of like a built-in insurance for you: if you follow their training sked as they lay it out, you kind of nix the 'overdoing it' factor and build into it steadily, as you gain strength and endurance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,188 Posts
Just wanted to second the C25k plan(<a href="http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml)" target="_blank">http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml)</a>. I used it about a year plus ago now and before i started it i couldnt even run for 25 seconds and at my peak before i ended up semi injured i was running 8 plus miles.<br><br><br><br>
As for tips, make sure you stretch well before starting, invest in some decent shoes and most of all enjoy it, theres no point running imo if you don't enjoy it. Get your mp3 player out with some loud happy music playing and i swear it'll be heaven.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,777 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>laurie15</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
heya keelin,<br><br><br><br>
check out this plan: <a href="http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml</a><br></div>
</div>
<br><br><br>
This is precisely the plan I suggested isn't good. Why? Because you never learn how to regulate your breathing if you are running/walking every 90 seconds.<br><br><br><br>
The key is to start out slow. And then slow down, and then slow down a little more. Sure, you might only run 5 miles in one hour, but you'll learn rhythmic breathing, you'll learn how to pace yourself, and your body will learn how to spend energy at a constant rate rather than at an extremely variable one.<br><br><br><br>
The only exception is when doing interval training - then you want to do the fast/slow/fast/slow tempo.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OregonAmy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If you're looking at just running 6-8 miles at a time and want to build up, here's a nice guide to get you there: <a href="http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_mile.html" target="_blank">http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_mile.html</a> (Schedule I).</div>
</div>
<br><br><br>
The programs on maratontraing.com are good. I used them to train for my first marathon and I was starting from scratch. Beginning runners may find the programs a bit tough. I am also not a big fan of the run/walk routine. If you want to build endurance you need to go as long as you can and then walk if absolutely necessary. Focus on being able to run for 10 mins then 20, then 30. If you are goal driven you may also want to register for a 5k (3.1Mile) fun run. This will give you something to work towards. Good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,777 Posts
Yes, the goal-setting by race/event is a great way to keep yourself motivated - especially when you complete one!! It's such a great sense of accomplishment, even if it's only 5k.<br><br><br><br>
Beginning runners might find the program a bit tough but... I started running about 11 months ago, and my <span style="text-decoration:underline;">first</span> run was 3 miles. I thought I could NEVER do three miles!! I stopped to walk several times, but I finished it. And the next weekend, I did FOUR miles. And then FIVE. Then SIX! etc. I almost always stop to walk when I run over 3 miles, because I just need the quick break. But just getting to the finish is such a great sense of accomplishment. You think "wow, I never thought I could actually go five miles - but I did. And I stopped to walk a couple times, but you know what? I went FIVE miles today!" At least, I do. It makes me feel pretty good about myself.<br><br><br><br>
The key, I find, is to keep pushing yourself. Push yourself to go farther - not faster. Once you get your rhythm down and learn to breathe, you can work on your speed. Take it one thing at a time.<br><br><br><br>
Depending on where you are, you might consider joining a running group. Last year I was part of <a href="http://www.portlandfit.com/site/index.shtml" target="_blank">PortlandFit</a> (a part of <a href="http://www.usafit.com/site/PageServer" target="_blank">USA Fit</a>) and learned a LOT about running. I didn't do the marathon, but it was TOTALLY worth it - the training, the comaradarie, the accountability... they put you into groups according to your pace (I was in the 12+ mins/mile group) so you run with people who are at your level.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,188 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kat</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Can anyone suggest any decent running shoes for the UK. Non leather.</div>
</div>
<br><br><br>
Goto a specialist running shop and ask. Not only will you find the right shoes for your feet they're almost garenteed to have non leather ones. I thought it would be much harder than it was, seems like most running shoes are actually non leather.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,856 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vheogl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Goto a specialist running shop and ask. Not only will you find the right shoes for your feet they're almost garenteed to have non leather ones. I thought it would be much harder than it was, seems like most running shoes are actually non leather.</div>
</div>
<br><br><br>
Okay, cheers. I'll go ask at the running shop near me. My gym instructor said that they'd be overpriced in thats shop. Which put me off as I'm skint, but I guess I don't need to actually buy them there is I don't want to.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,188 Posts
<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kat</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Okay, cheers. I'll go ask at the running shop near me. My gym instructor said that they'd be overpriced in thats shop. Which put me off as I'm skint, but I guess I don't need to actually buy them there if I don't want to.</div>
</div>
<br><br><br>
They may be overpriced But i really would recomend investing in some decent shoes that are right for you, if you're going to run, you can't put a price on the wellbeing of your body. I guess you could go and get fitted for some shoes there and then take the make, number etc and go elsewhere for the best price but that is kind of cheeky.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,777 Posts
The right shoes are understated. I thought $100 was a lot to spend on shoes until I actually spent $110 and got a pair of shoes that were appropriate for my running step. Never again will I cheap out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
All I have to say is don't run too much. Run at your pace for a mile or so then gradually increase your mileage if you feel no pain.
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top