I second the welcomes and advice and will just add one other thing....Relax and have fun! If you approach your runs with the idea that you want to build your own stamina and not compare yourself to anyone else or your idea of what it should be like to run then you can run at a pace that is right for you and celebrate every little increase you notice....when I started to insert run intervals in my walks, it was easy to see my improvement as I could run a little longer or wow when I ran up a hill....so anyway...like I said it's about your improvement so start out slow, have fun and stay healthy...you'll be running in no time!
Donna, NE Wisconsin, CST
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Hi Melissa and welcome to the group. I would also suggest you do a running program that alternates walks and runs gradually building up longer running time. Couch to 5k, also known as c25k is great and can be found at coolrunnings.com. There are a lot of other ones out there too, including one that SP has for a graduated increase. When you start running, start with a pace that is slower and comfortable. Trying to run too fast too soon leads to discouragement and burnout. Can also lead to injuries. This isn't a sprint to see how fast and how far you can run, but a marathon to be built up and trained for. I'm 56 and never started trying to run in my life if I could avoid it until last year. I really enjoy it now but I built up my distance slowly, working on building endurance instead of speed. You'll never know if you like it until you give it a shot!
Welcome Melissa! I agree; find a running program like couch to 5k and visit your local running shop to make sure you are running in the shoes that are right for you. Good luck! I can't wait to hear about your progress!
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Welcome Melissa, and I would encourage you to find a running program that will train your body into this without injury. Many people have gone through the Couch to 5k program: www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/ind ex .shtml
Good shoes that are fit to your body are key to staying injury free too. Check out your local running store for a guide to the shoes that are right for you - as there are many different types out there.
Welcome to the team, and good luck with your run this weekend! Judi
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Hi everyone, I'm Melissa and just literally made a choice to start running. I am in the second week of my journey to lose weight and the zumba and strength training just aren't cutting it...in other words I want to do more.
I am very new to running and don't even know if I will like it much or not but I am going to try it. I have set my goal for starting out as running on Sat. mornings for as long as I can to start.
Nervous about starting this but wish me luck and any pointer are welcome
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