Help! I'm feeling discouraged!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Don't get me wrong. I have been loosing weight. And more importantly inches. I am getting stronger. And healthier. I am finding ways to eat my veggies and astonishing my mother at the same time.

And yet I am getting discouraged! I started walking about five months ago. I walk/jog about ten miles a week. I walk a little. I jog a little. I'm working my way up to more jogging and less walking. Here's where the discouragement comes in. It's been FIVE MONTHS! I still cannot jog more than half a mile. And sometimes that feels like it is killing me. My muscles feel strong. They could go farther. But I can't breathe. My friends keep telling me it's just mind over matter. I Focus, I Control, I Try--Hard. It doesn't work.

Once I jogged a mile. An entire mile. Without stopping. I kept expecting it to get difficult. It didn't. It was incredible. I want that feeling again. What was different about that one night that I could do it then but at no other time?

I read blogs posted by all of you. I read blogs of people training just a few months and being able to run a 5k. Why can't I?
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    Hello. It sounds like you've made lots of progress, so try to stay positive. I peeked at the Runner's World Web site, which has a page for beginners. It had an article on helping people who are feeling discouraged, and the article contained this tip:

    BEAT IT: If you can't talk in full sentences, you're going too fast. Run one minute, walk one minute for 10 minutes. Shift to a 2:1 run/ walk ratio for the next 10 minutes. Do whatever you feel like for the final 10 minutes.

    Hope that's helpful!!

    I know that I've been working my way up to running more, and I've found that interval training (alternating walking with jogging/moderate effort with greater effort) seems to work really well -- and help with weight loss.

    Good luck!
    2755 days ago
    Perhaps you need to adjust the way you are breathing. The reason we breathe heavily when we run is because our bodies need to expel carbon dioxide. The exhale is much more important to our metabolic process than the inhale, which seems to take care of itself. Try exhaling forcefully and FULLY with every exhale. You could also try exhaling to two footsteps and inhaling to three. GOOD LUCK!! Keep the faith - hope this helps!! emoticon
    2755 days ago
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