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MARIA11X Posts: 532
9/25/12 1:34 P

Hi Insanity77,

I just started to run again very recently, after years of not being able to run due to physical damage to my left leg. It is very much a mental thing for me. I start to think about being hot, the sun is too bright, all kinds of stupid stuff. I think I will try to listen to music, or something to distract me. It doesn't help that one of my friends is a really good runner and takes off way ahead of me since he can't run as slow as I do.

It's just going to take time and effort to improve, especially since it's been years. You are going to be fine, just keep up the good work!


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9/25/12 10:22 A


Perhaps you're asking your body to do a bit more than it is ready to do. Don't try to do too much too soon or you could increase your risk for injury, fatigue or burn out.

Don't get down on yourself because your trainer happens to be uber fit. Most people don't realize how much work and time it takes to become that fit. Contrary to what they late night infomercials and grocery store health rags say, it doesn't happen in 30 to 90 days. Becoming fit can take months and years of hard work.

Instead of thinking you're a failure because you wipe out by the fourth interval, give yourself credit for achieving three so far !! Your strength and endurance will improve with time. Yes, it's important to challenge our bodies. You don't want to push yourself, BUT you don't want to push yourself over the edge either.

You have to learn to pace yourself. That's something that will come with time.

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9/25/12 5:32 A

I advise beginning runners to disassociate to push through mentally. More advanced runners should do the opposite - tune into the body, focus more...but beginners should try to distract from the task at hand in order to get through a workout. Are you running with an actual group? talk with a friend, listen to music, admire the scenery, slow down a bit if you need to.

INSANITY77 SparkPoints: (7,964)
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9/24/12 9:01 P

Hi SP community,

Advice please!

I've recently started a learn to run group.

This was a huge achievement for me, as I really feared I couldn't do this, but so far, I am glad I've done this.

I'm up to interval training of 3 minutes of running and 1 minute walking.... when I get to my 4th interval - I feel wiped. Physically I worry I don't have the stamina... though I also think there is a HUGE mental component to me feeling the need to stop.

I've been trying to incorporate strength training - but I struggle with this - but I am trying to stick with it. I'm also including some recovery days, based on the plan the running coach has....

My running coach is great - but she is uber fit, and so I am seeking advice from the SP community re what people have felt have helped them combat physical and mental fatigue with interval training when learning to run.


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