Running... whew!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ok, so i have recently started trying out running. i am currently training to participate in the dallas warrior dash next month... and it is seriously kicking my ass! i've never been a runner, so my lungs are super weak. i swear, when i run, it feels like someone is ripping through them with long sharp claws! is this normal? will this stop after a while? will i ever get to a point where i can just run... and run... and run... and enjoy it? i mean, once i'm done, i really do feel a sense of satisfaction, because I DID IT! but really, it is so tough, i sometimes worry that i'm not going to make it. has everyone who was never a runner before started out like this? i really want to be a runner! i want to be able to just run, to clear my mind, to breathe in the fresh air, to sweat, and to melt away the fat... but will i make it to that point? will i actually be able to keep this up once the warrior dash is over? i say... YES! i will keep you posted on this.
wish me luck!!
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    Running will get easier as your body adapts =) Following a beginners program is a great way to make sure you don't over do it and get burned out or injured.

    The best way to prevent shin splints is to make sure you have the proper shoes (that don't have too many miles on them) and to do exercises to strengthen those muscles. You only want to tape as a way to stabilize those muscles IF they are already injured.

    Some good exercises/ stretches are to "write" the alphabet with your foot and to scrunch up a towel with your toes.
    2581 days ago
    Thank you everyone, for your AMAZING support and encouragement!! I feel so fortunate to have a support system like this to keep me on track.

    Just so you know, I AM doing a program of some sort, to make sure I don't slack off, and also (more importantly) that I don't do too much too soon. I cannot remember what it is called (I'm at the office, and it is at home on my fridge), but it is definitely like the couch to 5k; incorporating timed walking, and jogging. This week (week 3), I am doing 3 minutes of walking and 2 minutes of jogging, 6 times.

    I am SO relieved to hear that it is normal to be struggling like this, and that it DOES get easier... and I WILL get used to it, and my lungs will get stronger.

    Again, I cannot thank you all enough for your comments! Keep 'em coming!!

    Warrior Dash is in 25 days!! I'll have 13-14 days of training for it between now and then. I CAN DO IT!!

    P.S. Someone told me something about using sports tape around your lower leg to avoid shin splints. Can anyone tell me more about this? Where exactly would I put it? Thanks!
    2586 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/23/2011 10:05:59 AM
    You're doing great. I started off with the Couch to 5K program. It's awesome. I am just starting to incorporate sprints into my running program, because I am a pretty slow runner (About 12 minute miles). :) I'm doing the Warrior Dash in Georgia in May. I can't wait to hear about your experience. Keep on running. Your cardio will adapt quicker than your legs, if you can believe it. Just try to relax your breathing. Easier said than done, I know.
    2586 days ago
    Yes, it does get easier! I am also doing the warrior dash. HOW EXCITING!!! Keep up the hard work, it pays off!!!
    2586 days ago
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    Hang in there. Just take things a step at a time, remember in physical fitness, as well as life - It's not the speed, it's the direction. You didn't say how you were getting ready for that run. A Great Program is the C25K (Couch to 5K) program. There are articles on line and on the SP site. Check them out. I think you'll do well on it and running will get easier and eventually the endorphins will kick in and you'll love it - I DO.

    Good Luck - emoticon
    2587 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/22/2011 5:39:27 PM
    My husband jogged for over 20 years & loved every minute of it. Then he had knee surgery & the doctor said no more. I've never been a fan of running...guess that's why I have a weight problem. :) I do exercise daily now (since January 19th) and I do feel that satisfaction when I am done.

    I will be anxious to see how your do & if you can breathe...lol

    Have a great week! Keep going!
    2587 days ago
    It will get better and it will be a wonderful thing! When I first started to try out running, I would walk to warm up, then take off for a short jog. I would go until my lungs hurt and then walk again. The more I practiced, the longer I was able to run before needing to walk. I got to the point were I was just running and I loved it! Good luck! emoticon
    2587 days ago
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