I agree completely with what was said right below...don't worry about how fast/slow you are going! Start super SLOOOOOOWWWWWW...Like seriously, you will most likely feel like you aren't even moving and you may even be able to walk faster than you are running - at the time. But don't worry - speed will automatically come over time.
One of the biggest cautions to a new runner is that it is going to take time for your muscles, tendons, and bones to be able to handle the pounding. Give yourself that time by just focusing on running for x amount of minutes instead of x amount of miles. Your body will thank you for it!
Wow, you have gotten some great replies so far (I love this team).
I just want to add that when it feels too difficult, or that you can't go on, S-L-O-W D-O-W-N.
Even if you think you are already the slowest person on the planet. Your body will need time to adjust to running, and if you allow yourself to run slow enough at the start, running will take you places you never before imagined.
Definitely start with something like Couch 2 5K or the Spark to 5K program. You don't have to be able to walk any certain pace to start but I would recommend being able to walk at least 20-30 minutes at any pace that is comfortable to you.
A lot of new runners make the mistake when they start running of trying to go too fast and then never get started thinking they can't do it. It's easier to start slow with run/walk intervals like in couch to 5K, then when you can run continuously for that time, you can start working on speed.
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Way to go on making the decision to start something new! I know that when I joined SparkPeople back in 2009 I had never run for fitness OR fun...I actually avoided it all costs. But then I decided that I wanted to see if I could do it, and I did, and I haven't stopped since. I started out with the Couch to 5k plan which gradually builds you up to running. Since I started, SparkPeople has actually developed a lot of running resources, including multiple plans to help you get started called Spark Your Way to a 5K www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _a rticles.asp?id=598
No matter how you get there or when I wish you the absolute best in your journey! I will admit that I am an addicted runner now and can't imagine a time when it wasn't part of who I was. I hope you fall as much in love with it too!
I only started this year jogging on the treadmill then 6 weeks ago took it outside one day a week I still do walking in between my jog so don't let that stop you now I need a shorter recovery time from my jogging and I jog longer distance then I did in the beginning before I need to slow down
I don't think you need to be able to walk x miles in x minutes before you start Good luck
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So I have been working out between three to five times per week for about two months and have lost only two pounds. So I've decided I need to push myself harder and start something new. I have decided to start running. But I'm overwhelmed with where to start. What is a good way to work up to running and when is a good time to start (like start when you can walk _ miles in _ minutes). Thanks for your help!!
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