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CAITLINANN10 Posts: 984
3/11/14 3:50 P

I'm starting C25K today! I feel like I could run farther/longer than the plan shows, but I tend to burn myself out and go too hard to begin with. So I'm trying a different approach.

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3/11/14 10:59 A

I would love to run also.. I am a walker. So I checked at a local sports store, they offer beginner trainer programs for starters. I would ask around. I happen to talk with a parent who is a runner and she told me to check it out. Another, told me to walk , then run for 2 min. and keep increasing after that. Just start out slow. She also advised me on great pair of running shoes..

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,461
3/9/14 11:32 P

The most challenging thing about running is not so much the fitness, but the time it takes for your muscles and tendons to adapt to the impact of running.

An exercise bike is very low impact, so walking (which is moderate impact) is actually better preparation for running than cycling.

I totally agree with the recommendations on this thread for Couch to 5K plans as the best way to transition into running. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking, and give your body the time to gradually adapt to the impact.

However, most experts recommend keeping your running to just 3 times per week until you have 6-12 months running experience under your belt. An exercise bike can be a great way to cross train with a lower impact on your non-running days.


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3/9/14 7:56 P

I have had a lot of success with SparkPeople's Spark Your Way to a 5K programs.

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3/9/14 4:09 P

Hi, Gill !

I agree. if you really would like to learn how to run, start with a Couch to 5K program. they assume no previous experience and will take you from your couch to a 5K road race.

Also, if you haven't run in a very long time, you need to be fitted for a proper pair of running shoes. Don't wear any old shoe. Wearing the wrong shoe can cause a bunch of problems including shin splints as well as problems with your feet, ankles, knees and hips joints. Go to a reputable running store or sports store. Try to avoid places like Target or Walmart. I know they carry some running shoes, but you really should be fitted by a person who knows what to look for for someone who wants to run.

This article should help, but once again, go to a reputable running or sports store.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 66,007
3/9/14 2:19 P

Here are SparkPeople's 5K training plans you might want to check out:

Coach Jen

HOLLYM48 Posts: 19,541
3/9/14 10:08 A

I used the couch to 5K program they have here and it worked awesome for me and for my husband. I was never a runner before I started this and now I run weekly even if I alternate between running/walking on the treadmill most nights. I am signed up for 2 more 5K's this year and I don't want to have to start over with training.

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3/9/14 8:38 A

Am not a great one for exercise. But I would love to eventually start running, just never ran before (well I did at school) How to start? Should i walk first do more and often then try running or... I do have an exercise bike which i use every night for 10 mins. So would this help ?

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