Asking for some help here!

Monday, February 04, 2013

This week I am going to register for the Dirty Girl Mud run! It's a 5k with some obstacles in between. I am really excited to do this and it gives me something to train for!

The problem is I don't even know if I can walk a 5k! I mean, I know I can, but, it'll hurt. :) I am signing up at a gym this week so it'll help me prepare for it.

The help I need is to know *what* should I be doing at the gym to help me best prepare for this? Obviously the treadmill - I want to start the C25K regime.

^ Here's the link the tells you what all entails the run. Any ideas would be great! :) Remember I am still a big girl (280ish) . The run is open for any age or ability, so I'm not super worried about that, I just want to finish so I can be proud of myself! Also, if anyone out there has done this run before, any tips would be awesome!
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    I haven't ruled out doing the run -- I'm just waiting to see how it goes with my dog. I hate to plan too far in advance. I'm for sure doing the Purdue Challenge Cancer Walk/Run in April. It's close to home and was my first 5K ever (last year), so I hope to keep doing it every year.
    1804 days ago
    Kristen, I used SparkPeople's 5K Your Way Training Program for my first walking 5K and I'm using it again for my first Walk/Jog combo 5K. They also have a run option, which I intend to use after succeeding in the Walk/Jog!

    Although I can't put a live link in a comment, here is the link, which you can cut & paste into your browser. I highly recommend these programs - they take out the guesswork and make it feel easy. here:
    1812 days ago
    @oubache.. YOU SHOULD COME:)
    1812 days ago
    I agree. Start walking. Build up your distance first and worry about speed later (if ever). Slow and steady wins the race, but you have to be able to cover the distance. Besides being great exercise, walking clears the mind and soothes the soul. The mud run sounds like a lot of fun.
    1812 days ago
    I am sure you are right! Like I said... It will push me out of my comfort zone, and I need that!
    1813 days ago
    Thanks everyone for the comments! They're very helpful!

    @Angel_Graver I am really nervous about it but I bet it's going to be fun and I imagine I will be laughing the entire time! :)
    1813 days ago
    My advice is to just concentrate on walking. Get your body used to walking. It may sound easy, but it takes some adjustment to walk for exercise. I always have to start with just 15 minutes of walking for exercise when I've gone awhile without doing it. Then I gradually increase that time by 5-10 minutes. I know walk for 45 minutes at at time (about .5 mile short of a 5k) and at a pretty good speed. I'm going to start upping that so that I can get used to walking the full 5k. I do hope to start jogging/running at some point.

    I don't know how much actual 'running' we will be able to do in mud! LOL! :) I think leg and arm strength (for some of the obstacles) will definitely be important, though!

    Oy! What have I let you talk me in to! LOL!

    1813 days ago
    just start! get moving even a little at a time. it looks like fun.
    1813 days ago
    I never did an official 5k program, instead, put on my sneakers and went out the front door. My goal was to first know that I could walk it. Once I knew I could walk the distance, I started to add some jogging. As simple as jog from where I was to then next mailbox (or telephone pole). Next time I'd go a little further and built up until I could jog a mile, then kept going.

    Know that training on a treadmill can be much different than training on the street. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you're training on the treadmill, I'd suggest every once in a while - find a route outside and get out there and give it a try. You'll likely find running outdoors (and especially in MUD! lol!) much different than running on the treadmill.

    Good for you for setting a goal! Sounds like a blast! Be sure to post when you've accomplished it - and include pictures - mud and all!! (o:
    1814 days ago
    I'm around the same weight as you ( as we know! lol) and I want to do atleast one 5k by the end of the year. Maybe i'll sign up to do the one in dallas in October :P What month are you aiming to do yours in? I like the treadmill right now but i kind of think i'd be more comfortable running at a park when i'm prepping for a 5k. I've heard good things about the couch to 5k thing.
    1814 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Good luck! I attempted my first 5K last year, and it was a learning curve. I think your attitude is great, focus on finishing and feeling the sense of accomplishment for doing a good job you can be happy with.

    Don't have any real training tips, since running is not my primary discipline, but I've heard good things about C25K. emoticon
    1814 days ago
  • SUE5007
    When you start out jogging, do it slow. Seriously it shouldn't be much faster than your fast walk. When I first started I went from 3.5mph walking to 5+mph and I could only sustain that speed for 1-2 minutes so as the C25k training progressed I was having a really hard time. One day I was having back pains and did my jogging at 4.2 and I was able to go 20 straight minutes! It was like baby steps. Even though the faster pace had a better rhythm with my breath and step steep, doing it slower made all the difference.
    Keep your stride short, keep your feet underneath you so you don't strike your heel too far back. You should be landing/striking between your heel and mid-foot and let your leg act like a shock absorber. If you are too far back on your heel you can get shin splints.
    If your legs and hips get sore then ask the people at the gym to show you how to use a foam roller. It will roll out the knots in your muscles. There is a SP video for it too. Be sure you stretch, and don't forget the IT Band.
    One more thing, don't worry about your time/speed. Start slow and as you build endurance and muscle your speed will increase on its own. You may be especially tired one day, so go slower that day and don't feel bad about it. All my record times happened after several bad/slow/especially hard runs, then one day, from out of no where I had extra energy I didn't know I had and beat my best time. Don't be discouraged. Persistence not Perfection. So keep your speed flexible and don't worry about your overall time.
    Have fun and good luck!
    1814 days ago
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