I am a c25k graduate twice...lol! I will reitterate Mike's advice about shoes and slow down! Both are very important pieces of advice!
Good job on your first interval run!
"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."
"If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right" -Henry Ford
I followed runnersworld.com 's beginner's running program when I started and had a good experience with it. There were a few times when I had to repeat weeks though because my body just wasn't ready to progress as quickly as the plan said I should.
Also, while you do need to run unbelievably slow in the beginning, I've read about (& experienced) the fact that running too slow can be painful for a females hips & knees. Something about the way our muscles connect .... In the beginning, it was quite a struggle for me to find a pace that made my hips, knees, heart & lungs all happy at one time.
Good luck to you. You can do it, just go slow and steady.
Lucy, the main reason running is an unpleasant experience for newcomers is because they try to do too much, too soon, too fast. Walking out the front door and trying to run 1, 2, or 3 miles on your first day of running is a recipe for pain.
There are lots of plans around, but "Couch to 5K" is probably the most popular one. If you have an ipod or mp3 player, it has podcasts you can download which tell you when to run and when to walk. There are also communities/forums all over the place for C25K support.
I'll offer two suggestions up front: before your first run, go to a specialty running shoe store and get fitted by their experts for a proper running shoe with the right level of support for you. This is the only mandatory expense to start a running program.
The second key is to run slowly. Even though you are only running a minute at a time at the beginning, you don't want to huff and puff your way through it. When you think you are running as slow as your can, slow down a little more.
Good luck on your running adventure. Let us know how it's going.
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That is how most runners started...that is precisely how I started 4 years ago and I still do a run/walk interval on runs longer than 6 miles. It has kept me pretty much injury free and enjoying running!
That is how I learned to run...sounds silly but it's true. I joined an adult class and we would go for 30-35 minutes but sometimes had only ran a total of 10 minutes! It was so beneficial and now after 3.5 years, I am starting all over because I haven't ran since August! UGH!
I know I couldn't be doing it without intervals. If I just set out and ran without any guidance there is no way I would be successful. I would definitely have burned myself out in the first run. There is something really comforting about being told when we run and when to walk, and to know that the plan was formulated to not let you overdo it.
Hi, I want to start running but it has always been a bad experience for me in the past, or at least painful. I want to try again though and I am wondering if those interval or variable walking/ jogging/running programs are the right way to go? Thanks.
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