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MAMAREYNOLDS5 SparkPoints: (633)
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5/12/14 11:13 P

Thanks for all the good advice. I have decided to do the couch to 5k ;)

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5/12/14 10:35 P

Totally agree with the suggestion of a Couch to 5K program as the best way to get into running. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking, and not only build your fitness, but also give your leg muscles and tendons time to adapt to the stresses and impact of running.

As for getting tired, slow down. At least initially, your running pace should be VERY slow - not much faster than a brisk walk. Once you are running continuously comfortably, then you can start working on increasing your speed.


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5/12/14 1:36 P


I agree with the others. Start with a Couch to 5k program. You can check out Spark's program here.

And I too am going to encourage you to make sure you're fitted for a proper pair of running shoes. Don't wear any old shoe. If you're going to run, your feet will need proper support. Wearing the wrong shoes or poorly fitted shoes can cause problems with your feet, ankles, knees and hip joints. Go to a reputable running store. and if you're not close to a good running store, a reputable sports store.

Running is high impact and hard on a person's body. Thus the need to take things slowly. Start by walking if you don't walk. Remember, a baby has to crawl before they walk and walk before they run. Don't try to do too much too soon or you will end up frustrated, injured or burned out.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 5/12/2014 (13:36)
JANEY102482 Posts: 393
5/12/14 1:15 P

I used a free Couch to 5k app on my phone and found it very helpful. I'd go to the gym, get on the treadmill, turn the app on and it would tell me what to do and when. I run regularly and do races now, but it would have been very hard for me to this point if I hadn't started out with that app two years ago.

Just make sure you don't try to do too much with too little training, or else you'll hurt yourself (I know this because I did!) Also make sure you are fitted properly for running shoes.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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5/12/14 12:56 P

I agree with Zorbs. Find a good Couch to 5k type of program (I used the one at, get a good pair of shoes (fitted at a running store), and slow down. Like Zorbs, I had trouble running a minute when I started just about two years ago and have now run a bunch of 5ks and 10ks, several half-marathons, and am about to start training for my first full marathon.

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5/12/14 12:08 P

start with the appropriate plan. Make sure you have a base of walking 30-60 minutes briskly for a few months, or equivalent cardio. Buy shoes. slow down.

I couldn't run 1 minute when I first started and a week ago I ran my 9th marathon in under 4 hours.

MAMAREYNOLDS5 SparkPoints: (633)
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5/12/14 12:00 P

I want to start running, but I struggle. I get tired after about twenty seconds. Any tips? How do train? Better yet can someone help me train?

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