Thanks to everyone for the responses and encouragement. I invested in running shoes a couple of days ago, and I have a 5k goal in november set, so I'm fully engaged and happily committed. And happy. :)
Thanks for the lead on Jeff Galloway, too. Inspiring fellow with tons of tips, and a fellow georgian to boot! Each week, I'm increasing my running time by a minute and decreasing my number of sets so that I won't be overdoing it and put myself on the sidelines with an injury. I'm taking it slow not because I want to so much as because every injured runner who writes about rehabbing speaks with such longing for wanting get back on their feet. I want this for a lifetime, I think, and an injury caused by eagerness would just be heartbreaking.
So happy to see your enthusiasm!!! I love that you are wanting to stay safe and take it slow too...so often new runners end up going full force with bad side effects like injuries and burn out.
I did want to say that keep in mind you don't have to get to straight running either! A lot of people that have been running for years, or even their entire lifetime, do a walk/run method like you are currently using. Jeff Galloway, an Olympian and running expert, has the "Galloway Method" that is exactly that - a run/walk. Don't feel like if you do a run/walk method that you are not running. Galloway, and those that use his method consistently, report faster times than if they did run straight through.
At any rate - best wishes to you as you begin your love of running!
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Ooh yes, please don't use the idiot word. Each and every one of us had to start at the beginning, with big dreams and a body not able to keep up. But trust in the process. It may seem like forever, but it won't really take long.
Thanks especially for the input. What you say about the cardiovascular system adapting sooner rings true for how my body feels, like I could go for miles if I could just get my knees and feet and shins to cooperate. I'll have to remind myself: small goals, big dreams. The spark running programs seem to be a good way to pace myself.
Thanks again - here's to learning how to run! :)
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As a new runner it is better to focus on time and not worry about distance. Know that it can take a solid year of consistent running to develop the muscles, bones and connective tissues to run, while the cardio-respiratory system develops much faster, which is why so many new runners want to push the envelope. But know too, that most running injuries occur over a long period of time, so you do not want to rush the process.
That being said, over time your body will get faster and you will be able to go farther, just allow the adaption to take place.
As a brand new runner, I understand the need to curb my enthusiasm and space my runs to every other day, even though I think about running every day. The bug definitely bit me! :) in all I've read so far, though, I haven't really seen guidelines on how long or how far to go. Well, that isn't exactly true... I'm starting with a run 3 min/walk 1 min plan for 32 minutes. Without risking injury, how soon can I increase either my time that I spend running or my distance (which, I guess, are kind of related.... Increase one and you automatically increase the other!) Should I think about it in terms of time, though, or miles?
I guess what I'm really asking is for advice on how to run more, more, MORE???!
Boy, I really sound like a beginner, don't i? Thanks for any insight!
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