I was a brand new beginner runner, like you, a year and a half ago. I remember very well struggling to run for one whole minute, just waiting for my next chance to walk. It will get easier, but then you always push yourself to the next goal. So I won't say that it ever gets easy :)
Here's what I did:
* Set your run/walk goals and do it no matter what. No excuses. Remind yourself that 1 minute or 2 minutes (or whatever you're doing) is short, and you are strong enough to do it. Ok, that sounds kind of hard-@$$. You should keep your eye on the heart rate monitor, and if you're working too hard, scale back.
* Set the pace slow enough that you can handle it. If you're sprinting, completing a couple minutes is going to be tough! You're new at this, so take it easy. I'm still slow, but faster than if I was sitting on the couch watching TV.
* Find whatever listening material that will keep you going. Maybe just quiet is your thing. Everyone is different. I've listened to podcasts, radio, audio books, music, TV shows. Lately I've been listening to some high-energy music that kind of fires me up. Whatever it takes!
Also keep in mind that some days our bodies are just blah. Sometimes you can push through that, but sometimes I think our bodies are telling us to take a break. I read somewhere that every 3 weeks you should cut your running back 10-20% to give your body a break.
Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating properly, and drinking plenty of water. Your body needs all of that to turn you into a runner!
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Fitness Minutes: (18,356) Posts: 1,458 8/23/12 7:48 P
Every day is different. Some days it's music, some it's tv, some it's nothing at all but my thoughts. Your mood matters, sometimes when I'm not in the mood I do something else - elliptical, stairs, etc. You'll catch your stride, just keep moving forward!
Someday is TODAY!
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Fitness Minutes: (28,759) Posts: 1,677 7/31/12 2:12 A
I agree with a lot of the others a great playlist, but i need mine on shuffle i need to not know what song is next. Also I really try to lose myself in the music and feel it..it sort of brings out my inner rage...I almost need to get mad not at anyone in particular but i guess my body...I won't let it defeat me, i will prevail. i also play a mind trick on myself i think 5 more min, then 5 more, then oh i'm at 2 miles, might as well make it a 5 k....the interval running programs have really helped me focus more and not think about the time spent so much working out. At that moment i just know I can push it for those two minutes...now Im up to running 12 minutes out of 30 ...more than I've done in 15 years...and i'm not stopping there...Also Iove to see the miles rack up...that pushes me more too. I think just a little farther...
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I used to run 5 miles a day 6 days a week.. i found that i needed some rock music ( ie: Korn, Prodigy, Marilyn Manison,etc)... i started at running 5 min intervals but got up to running the entire 45 minutes with full on 7mph sprints during the chorus of these songs then back down to 5 mph and so on. Now that i'm working full time and a single mom to 4yr old twins i haven't run and i'm trying to get back into it but it's hard.. i'm still going to try and get myself motivated.
I started running about a month ago and have worked up from 2-3 min of running to 30 min. of running. I have found that I am pretty competetive and challenging myself to go further with each run helps. I don't want to give up and walk until I meet the next goal. I agree that great music helps but I still watch the time. Having someone to run with is really helpful and so much more fun. I really enjoy my runs more when my daughter runs with me.
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I am also doing intervals with walking/jogging. I go out for 30 minutes 3 times per week, and am up to a 3 minute jogging interval, with my longest walk at 2 minutes. Some days are so much harder than others. I COULD NOT do it with out focusing on some music. Pandora has some really great work out stations that get me through. Just want to say that everyone here and what we are all accomplishing is amazing! Every minute, every step is more than we were doing before, while sitting on our butts. Remember that!
Okay, so I've just joined sparkpeople (was on sparkteens before) and so far I've lost over 30 pounds but I want to lose another 36. That being said, I don't know about you guys but everyday I have to dig deeper. I'm a lazy person, I don't like to move (haha) but! When I go on youtube and look up "fitspo" it give me the extra zing to get off my butt and work out! I hate hate hate PILATES! But when I see those to-die-for abs on one of those girls in the fitspo I'm like "I hate this fat more!" I am not the fastest fat loser, it takes me about 6 months to lose 30 pounds when I exercise (run 30+ minutes and pop pilates 30 minutes) and eat within 1200-1500 calories. But damn, six months ain't nothing compared to weighing 130 pounds (a weight I haven't had since 6th grade!) so try "fitspo" on YouTube and a GREAT running playlist on your Ipod,Iphone, MP3 player, whatever, and do it! :] Good luck!
"Will Power Is A MUSCLE The More You Use It The STRONGER It Gets."
current weight: 157.7
Fitness Minutes: (14,252) Posts: 9,662 3/20/12 2:49 P
Thank you all for sharing I have been doing the interval training for a week now and having a hard time today I am new to running and when I started I could not run for 30 sec now I am up to a min. but today I did not take my dog and it just seem to harder then the rest of the week my legs hurt and I could not get my breath. well its nice to know its normal I need the distraction so I will not be leaving my dog at home. anyway I just wanted to say thank you all for sharing
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I have found that listening to a great play list helps a lot! I googled "running and workout songs" and I found a bunch of suggestions and used it to make a fast-pace list. I started doing interval running not too long ago myself and I find that I stop even checking the time and get distracted by the music. I also run with my pitbull puppy who's a great little distraction.
Pounds lost: 53.2
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I'm with you ladies! It's so hard to keep motivated when it's hard to breathe!
I know that whenever I try to multitask (read on the treadmill or listen to a lecture or informative podcast) it never works for me. If I'm really pushing myself, I feel like I need to have "Eye of the Tiger" blaring in my ears to remind me that I can do it.
I also find it helpful to count down, but do it slowly. For example, count down from ten, not looking at the clock, but make it take about 15 seconds or so. That way, you'll only be to about 5 or 6 when it's time to walk.
I'm just starting out too, so good luck to both of you. I hope this helps!
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I've been struggling a lot with motivation lately, too. I'm training for a half and my long runs are in the 4-6 mile range, with short runs in the 2-3 miles.
I have a tendency for my rest day to turn into my rest 6 days. Which means I've been at the same fitness level since Christmas. So I've decided to give up excuses and run at least one lap every single day. A neighborhood lap is just over half a mile. I figure if I can get at least that in, on actual running days I'll have the motivation to keep going.
More suggestions are welcome - I, too, struggle with staying motivated.
I am really a beginner at running, and I'm doing an interval running program (2 mins running, 2 minutes walking, etc). This morning's run was just awful. I couldn't/wouldn't push through some of the 2 minute intervals, and my head was not in the game.
I wanted to vent about an off day, but also want to ask everyone what you do when you need to dig a bit deeper to get through your run.
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