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At this time last year I believed that I could never run. I had tried interval running and was always winded and discouraged after just a few paces. Then a girlfriend showed me a few simple tricks, and I ran a mile then and there! It didn't take me four weeks--it was immediate! Here they are, if anyone's interested:
1) Run as absolutely slowly as you need to, barely over a walk if necessary.
2) Keep your upper body relaxed: don't clench fists, don't pump arms--let your elbows move just a little with the rythm of your body. Head erect, don't tense your neck.
3) Inhale two steps, exhale two steps....
In 6 weeks I ran my first 3.2 miles. I am now up to 7 miles and training for a Spartan sprint. I have lost over 15 pounds. I'm still in shock, I feel like a totally different person!
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I am going to try this one ... lets see what happens! Report
I'm not a runner but I am thinking of giving this a try. It is a good way to burn calories quickly and jump start my metabolism. Report
I would love to do this!! I am still working on being able to walk comfortably for an hour. So when I reach that goal I hope I can find this article again and get started. Report
Great article. This is a goal for myself to begin my running plan, lot"s of ideas and support from SparkPeople Community. this site is fantastic!!! Report
I want to do this! I have not been very consistent with my training. I get out of breath so easily. (I smoked for 30 years. Quit 5 years ago). I will make it a mile without stopping! Report
I'd even suggest a slower approach to heavier non-runners. When I began I went 30 seconds and thought I'd die. (I was only at a setting of about 4.7 on the treadmill so I was not trying to sprint!) Well, I kept doing it and then would add small increments at a time.. like up to 45 seconds and than finally got to one minute, than 1.5 minutes. Now after working on this for a couple of months I can now go about 2 minutes OK. Its OK to be gradual and work your way up on the time. I've even done 5 minutes twice. Wear a heart monitor to know when you are overdoing it. Good luck everyone and keep upping the time just a little bit at a time - that seems to work for me and prevents injuries. Report
I think I am going to try this. My first fitness goal for 2012 is to be able to run 1 mile without stopping. This looks like a perfect plan to help make this happen. Report
I have never ran in my life except from someone. My mom always raised my sisters & I saying that "girls do not run". We never followed an exercise routine but hey I was only 118lbs when I married at the age of 20. Then I got pregnant & my husband became abusive so I leaned to food for support. Well now after 1 ex-husband, 1 new wonderful husband, 1 more pregnancy & 15 years & 265lbs later I have started the Couch 25k. Although I can only make it through the first 15 minutes of the program for week one ( been doing it for 3 weeks). I have lost 6.5lbs & found that I actually like to run!!!
I have osteoaritis in my lower back but I can walk 8 miles everyday. Tried running once and had to take pain meds for 2 days and couldn't walk more than 5 miles. Took 2 weeks to get back to my normal pace of a 15 min mile. Running is not for everyone. Report
I want to run the Race for the Cure this year and I have been working at jogging a mile. I was doing my mile on the treadmill at 4 - 4.5mph and I would finish around 15 minutes. I went for an outdoor jog with a friend and she told me I was WALKING. I tried to jog at her pace and almost died!!! I now go for outdoor jogs (which seem harder than the teadmill, but I like them) by myself and am working at doing a .5mile at a bit faster pace. I thought once I am comfortable doing the .5mile at the slightly faster pace I can add distance. I'm not sure if this is the right approach but it is my current task each day.
Oh NO I CAN'T!! Report
Oh NO I CAN'T!! Report
I tried a running program not too long ago, with not as much success as I had planned. I'm thinking it was because I pushed myself too hard and I thought if I went faster I'd train faster. NOT!! This time, I'm going to follow THIS program and start at a more slower, comfortable speed. Why push myself when I end up setting myself back? Great article! Loved it! Report
I was so happy when I ran my first mile, I do not think I have ever done that, even as fit teen, praise the Lord it feels like I have finally accomplished something more than just battling for numbers with the scale.


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