When you are beginning to run, intervals are the way to go, so stick with that.
Cramps are a symptom of dehydration, so make sure you are drinking enough. Other things that might help are foods that contain the "iums" (calcium, magnesium, pottasium). Bananas, cantaloupes, those types of foods.
Deanna, welcome! breathing will come on its own, the more you practice, the easier it gets. Although there are times that I just can't breathe right either! The key to no leg cramps is stretching and leg exercises.
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current weight: 170.0
Fitness Minutes: (108,500) Posts: 18,972 9/22/13 9:25 P
Don't give up! It took me 3 tries to complete the couch to 5K program! I am training for a 1/2 now and ran 9 miles today. Ended up with some pain, so off to look into exercises and stretches for those areas. My breathing was NOT an issue and it was something I definitely noticed.
So.. just go forward in your plans, you will overcome and conquer! Trust me!
current weight: 107.0
Fitness Minutes: (97,822) Posts: 884 9/22/13 9:08 P
I just started back walking in July. I signed up for the Nashville color run in Oct. I've always wanted to be a runner! I've started adding intervals but am having problems keeping my breathing under control and my calves from cramping up. I'm up to walking 3 miles a day 5 days a week. Hoping I can work up to run at least half of the 5k in Oct.
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