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GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (127,464)
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1/9/13 1:00 P

@Obiesmom, core strengthened for runners sounds great. Are there any (especially any here on Spark) that you particularly recommend ?

REULE000 SparkPoints: (2,292)
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1/9/13 7:39 A

Thanks everyone for all your tips...

I'm really enjoying it. Keep up the good work!!!

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1/8/13 4:49 P

When I started jogging I set a distance, say 1 mile. I told myself I would jog until I had to stop then walk and start to job again when I could catch my breath and heart rate went down. Everytime I would go out for a jog I would just push myself to jog a little more than the last time. I remember when I couldnt even finish a mile without stopping a few times. Now I can jog 6 miles straight. Even went up to 10 without stopping once, of course I eneded up injuring my knee with the 10 mile jog.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (251,495)
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1/8/13 4:02 P

as far as the lower back - focus on leaning forward from your ankles. Sounds weird, I know. Your upper body should be pretty straight (picture an upside down 7).

And make sure you are doing some core strengthening exercises (Pilates or yoga, for example). There are actually yoga & Pilates routines specifically for runners.

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1/8/13 3:50 P

I, too, am a beginning runner, and I am enjoying using Coach Nicole's stretches for runners video after my workout. I like Couch to 5K too! And I wear a heart rate monitor to help make sure I am working out at the right level.

I'm loving all the suggestions from others -- I need help on my form so I don't get a sore lower back. Thank you!

MORNINGGLORY609 Posts: 130
1/8/13 3:29 P also has some great tips, especially for beginners. They've published several great books too on beginning running, training, and the like for people just starting out. One of my favorite websites. :)


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1/8/13 3:26 P

as others have said, lots of good info on Spark. I also like for running articles (and local race info)

RUN4FOOD Posts: 1,434
1/8/13 2:34 P

There is a lot of really good information on SparkPeople for runners.
Knowing why you want to run, making sure your doctor agrees it's a good idea for you and doing stretches and strength training seem to be the most important for long term running success.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,891
1/8/13 2:01 P

SparkPeople's Running Center should give you a lot of great info, including training plans if you want to work up to a 5K. Here's a link:

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

1/8/13 12:47 P

I've never been a jogger/runner, so over the last year I've pushed myself and am starting to enjoy it. I use jogging/sprinting in favorite. It mixes it up so I don't get bored.

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1/8/13 12:43 P

When I started getting into jogging I found the Couch to 5k ap the most helpful. It helps you ease into it and but still pushes you enough to improve yourself. I know there are tons of charts online you can print out that use the same principle and plenty of other aps too, but that one was my favorite design.

Just don't push yourself too hard too fast, and don't give up :)

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1/8/13 12:11 P

I'm starting to jog, any suggestions or thoughts on it?? Any info would be great....

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