Me? RUN?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Just read the Daily Spark on the Couch to 5K (C25K) training. Wow wow wow. I have never been able to run -- well, actually, I did learn to sprint over 12 years of running to catch busses and trains, but I assumed I COULDN'T run. I actually started biking as a compromise, because I hated to walk (hips were out of whack, and working out actually fixed that naturally -- one day while doing single leg curls I felt this huge thwunk as it slipped back into proper alignment in the socket and I could walk again. Who knew?) But when I run I tire so easily. The sprint to the train leaves me gasping, unable to sit until my breathing slows. Running or even jogging for a full minute seems impossible. I just never learned how to move and breathe correctly. But maybe I could... This article makes me think even I could do it. Has anyone else had my troubles and fixed them?

It's great to have a place where I can read about the process of getting fit without being inundated with quick-fixes and false promises.
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    Thanks all, for the encouragement. Heather, if you want a running buddy you have one! Thinking about moving back to OP anyway, this is another reason to push the date.

    Hugs and dap all around!
    2828 days ago
    There is a really great article in this months WW magazine about running. I, too, have "issues" and have been debating about this myself. If you read the article, it talks about starting off really gradually, until you are able to get up to 20 minutes in 8 weeks. I'm going to give it a shot myself, and believe me, I am no runner. Read the article. See what you think. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2828 days ago
    the more you get use to working out the better you feel and the more you want to do, I am not sure if I will get into running or not but every time I am on the treadmill I feel like i could and then I get out of breath kinda like a wheeze which I contribute to bad sinus. just dont rule anything out . emoticon emoticon
    2828 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/26/2010 12:14:45 PM
  • ITGIRL74
    If I can do it, you can do it. I never thought I'd be able to run, certainly not when I've still got more than 80 pounds to lose. But now I'm in the 3rd week of C25K. I was scared, so I started out really slowly and did a couple of weeks of "pre-C25K." The first week I ran intervals of 30 seconds running, 2 minutes walking. The next week I went to 45 seconds running, 105 seconds walking. By the time I got to the official week 1, it wasn't so bad.

    The key to C25K is that you run at a nice, even pace that you can sustain for as long as is required. For me that means "slow." Your run to the train was a sprint, so of course you were out of breath!

    Since I haven't run in a while anyway, I'm tempted to start over so we can do this together. It would be SO much more fun with another person.
    2828 days ago
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