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Running frustration!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I ran for the first time outside on Thursday. I am an aching mess today. It was so different running outside, compared to my treadmill. I tried to keep a slow pace...I jog so slowly on my treadmill, so I didn't want to get out of breath on the streets. But, I did. At times I had a hard time catching my breath, but the most frustrating part was that my legs, butt, everything..hurt, and still hurts. I am so discouraged. I do not see how I will be ready by November 16th for a 5K. I ran/walked 2 miles in 32 minutes, and I was exhausted. I could cry. I wish I weighed less. I wish I didnt feel my hips flopping up and down as I run. I wish I had the freedom of just running, and feeling good. I ran at night because I couldn't bear the thought of someone seeing me during the day (and I like the cooler nights) but I kept catching my huge shadow in the street lights. I actually prefer running outside...the cool breeze, the smells. But, it was SO hard! I guess I am having a pity party. But, I really wanted to run this 5k in November. But, I don't see how it can happen. And that makes me so sad.
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    I think you are doing great! You are dedicated to improving your fitness and have made great strides. I know it is frustrating when you don't meet expectations. This frustration happens to elite athletes as well. The elites just have a little higher bar.

    Here is a link to the best beginner running program, called to Couch-to-5K or C25K.


    This is a progressive program with lots of walking that allows your body to adjust to running. I suggest that you do this program outside. Some people try this program on a treadmill and are surprised that they cannot repeat the treadmill performance while running a race.

    The treadmill is a great way to help develop cardio-vascular health and is a nice transition from couch to an active lifestyle. However, the treadmill has a motor that moves the belt. When you are running outside the only motor is you! You are pushing yourself along while running, not just keeping up with a belt. It is a different set of physics.

    Good luck!


    1747 days ago
    Give your self a break Sweetie! Congrats for even starting! Please don't give up. I promise you that if you keep at it, run when you can and walk when you must, you will get better. That is part of the fun and the challenge I find in running. I keep track of what I do, time and mileage, and I see the improvements. You must keep pushing and keep consistently running on a regular basis. Running is my own personal challenge, has nothing to do with anyone else. It is worth it in more ways then I can express. You will love how your body feels and changes once it starts adapting to running. Hang in there.
    1747 days ago
  • FRANCO1230
    Just curious...do you set your treadmill to a slight incline when you run on it. Setting it somewhere between just a 1.0-2.0 incline helps a little...no pavement is EVER going to be as flat as a treadmill even when you think you are running on a "flat" road. And, of course, the pavement is too blame for a lot of the hurting you are experiencing simply because of the 'hardness' of the road compared to that nice, cushy treadmill. I agree with all others....you can still do this! Just alternate outside running with treadmill, until you are running more outside than inside. And, yes, NO shame in walking whenever you need to. This is your first 5K, so ANY time is going to be your PR!
    1752 days ago
  • -VIXEN-
    Lots of good advice here to I will not add any more. Just wanted you to know I am cheering you on. :)
    1753 days ago
    I am a treadmill runner/walker and think about venturing outside sometimes. I know it will be different without something keeping my pace for me, but when the time comes I will know what to expect now! You have inspired me. emoticon emoticon
    1753 days ago
    Transitioning from the treadmill to outside IS tough. Take it easy and be kind to yourself. You will get better, and it will happen faster than you think. You will have race day excitement on your side at your 5K, and yes, 3 weeks is enough to improve substantially at this stage in running. There will be LOTS of other people at the race running slowly, run/walking, and just flat-out walking. You are not going to be judged by how fast or slow you are. You're infinitely faster than anyone who's at home with their butt glued to the couch! I started running outside in August of last year, and could barely jog a block, but within about 8 weeks I could jog 5K as long as I took it slow. It can seem impossible those first few times out, but partly it's just your body/brain sorting out how to adapt your movement to get over the ground most efficiently. And maintaining good posture helps a lot. Keep your chest up, hands near your ribcage, and pelvis forward (don't tip forward a the waist). Makes a HUGE difference!
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    1753 days ago
    It's all part of the game! Keep going!
    1754 days ago
    Oh my!
    It sounds to me that a whole lot of what got you was the mental part of it. You did it. You are doing it. Do not let anything stop you from getting where you want to be.
    Not every run is going to be easy.
    If you were having that much trouble breathing, you were definitely pushing a bit too hard. Even if it feels super slow, do what feels comfortable.
    Running is a natural activity for your body.
    Just relax, have fun and let it happen. Don't focus on the 5k, don't focus on HAVING to run. Enjoy it, and just don't think about it.
    Enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the freedom, enjoy the ability to be out there putting one foot in front of the other!
    You CAN do it!

    1754 days ago
    Keep Sparkin'!!
    1754 days ago
    You are doing great. The best thing for your joints is to get used to the surface you are going to run your race on. Just 3 days a week with a rest day in between each will get you there.

    Good luck to you on your race. I can't wait to read your race report.

    Daphne in Doral (Miami)
    1754 days ago
    Don't be sad- go and enjoy that 5k. Do what you can and as long as you are doing your best- call it good. If you can run/walk 2 miles in 32 minutes, you can do the 5K in November! Lots of people run/walk their daily runs and their 5Ks too.
    Check out Jeff Galloway's Run/Walk website, he is also on Facebook. He has people run marathons walking for 30 seconds and then running for 30 seconds- repeat until you cross the finish line. Jeff is an Olympic Marathoner so he is the real deal. His method of run/walking helps prevent injuries and soreness too. His site will help you find a "pace" that is good for you; the trick is to walk before you get so tired and breathless. When you run a bit and then walk and rest a bit, you can "do" a lot- even a 5 K! Go for it! emoticon emoticon
    1754 days ago
    OH MY GOSH! STOP! Ease up on yourself!

    First of all, yes, in my opinion, it is MUCH different running on pavement than a treadmill.

    Next, that pain and discomfort is a GOOD thing! You're working it, girl! After you do it a few more times, it won't hurt as much. Feel pride in that pain. Feel productive in that pain! It will pass. If this was easy, EVERYONE would do it. YOU were doing it!

    Lastly, if your 5k is coming up in about a month, I'd continue to push to get myself out there every few days if I were you. Don't panic about trying to run the whole thing. Many of the 5k training programs suggest going walk to jog to walk to jog. I just did a 5k a few weeks ago and did not follow any such program, instead, each time I went out, I went the same route (which had killer hills!) and my goal was each time to go a little farther...to the next mailbox, to the next telephone pole, to the next driveway.

    You can do it! No more pity party. YOU GOT OUT THERE and set a goal. Now keep working 'til you get there. FINISHING is more than all the couch potatoes can say!
    1754 days ago
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