This Running Thing...I've Got Questions and Need Answers

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Ok. I'm a pretty active young lady. For example, today I'm doing about an hour of zumba and about 75 squats. Later, I'm more than likely walking a few miles as well. Nevertheless, I'm doing all this on top of having completed a 1.5 mile run/walk this morning. I say run/walk because for some reason, I can't bring myself to run the entire thing. I've tried and I lock up or I go into an asthma attack.

I stretch, I breathe properly, I even try to clear my thoughts so my mind does prevent the run. Yet, I still don't get how I can run the entire thing without stopping to walk. I don't have the runner's mentality. As a matter of fact, I don't even know how to adopt a runner's mentality. I'm even trying to figure out what runners think about when they run. I'm still trying to figure out WHY runners run. That still boggles my mind although I'm learning how to be a runner.

So my questions are... Runners: how do you do what you do for as long as you do without stopping to walk? Is it a weight thing? Is my weight of 283 the cause of me having to stop as often as I do? What suggestions do you have for me? Will I ever be able to run?

Thanks in advance and like I said before I'm evolving this year so in my evolution conquering running for at least a mile and a half before stopping is my goal. I'm going to do it before the year is out. I just know it. I just don't know how soon I can accomplish this goal.

Until next time, stay motivated and (if you're starting something new like me) stocked with IcyHot or Tiger Balm (lol). We Can Do This!! 2013 is OUR YEAR!!
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    Have you tried one of the many walk/jog interval plans that are out there? I did the couch to 5k plan last year and when I started, I struggled evening running for one single minute, let alone many in succession. However following a plan that slowly increases the running time week on week really worked for me and I eventually was able to jog through a 5k. It took a long time (about 12 weeks rather than the plans intended 8 because I only moved on when my body felt it was right). I don't think anyone really starts out suddenly as a runner but it is something you allow your body to adapt to. I really grew to love it eventually. Best of luck!
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