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I love your name by the way!!! I had read it takes a couple weeks for cardio and about 6 months for musculoskeletal changes to happen. I think I agree with that based on my own experiences and your post. I have always gone balls to the wayy (so to speck) and given up in a few days or weeks. This time I am doing it the slow and steady way. I love the calorie burn but have never been able to maintain the running for any length of time. This time is gonna be different...for both of use. We will be runners yet!
It's always better to start slow! If you finish your runs wanting more, you'll be more likely to keep it up!
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill
2012 Running Mileage: 2,065
Yesterday evening I finished Week 1, Day 3 of the program; but it's really my third week of training. I needed two weeks of remedial work to be able to run 3 minutes at a time.
This is the first time I've followed a structured program, even if I had to build the structure myself for the 2 remedial weeks. The key for me has been slowing down and staying with the program instead of doing everything I can on one day and being unable to walk normally the next day!
Things I've noticed so far are, calf development; development of runner's calluses; and better cardio conditioning. Everyone thinks about the cardio, but it turns out (at least in my case) that the cardio comes pretty quickly. It takes time to develop the calves and the calluses I need to be able to run longer distances continually. Hence, the gradual program.
I think I've turned the corner, though. Yesterday evening was training, 36 minutes with 24 of them running. This morning I couldn't tell from the state of my calves that I ran yesterday evening.
"Discipline is remembering what you want. " - David Campbell
Max Lifetime Weight, 221
SP Start Weight, 196.6
Initial SP Goal, 175
Current Goal on Ticker, 162
I have played around at running some in the last year but only a day or 2 at a time. Today I did the first day of my training plan. Walk one minute, run 3 minutes, repeat 7 times. I just finished and it was not bad. I could do more but I always think that and things get hard and I quit. This time I am following the prescribed plan. Who knows at some point maybe I can run in a real 10K. It isn't a goal I have set but it does linger in the back of my mind always. (at least what mind I have left!!!) So tomorrow I will do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (Coach Nicole's DVD) as a cross train and back on the treadmill the day after. I hear that you hit a critical mass at some point and it can become your favorite time of the day. I'm hoping for that but just a loss in the 20 pound I have gained since I moved would be very satisfying too!! Best of luck to all of us!