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so I really want to run...

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I have always wanted to be one of those girls with their ipod on their arm as the run down by the river at 6am. I enjoy running once I've built up a bit of stamina. But, honestly, I don't have THAT much stamina to run forever.

What is the best way to get started? Does anyone know of a beginners guide to running? I really want to get in shape and like I already said build up my stamina. Can anyone give me any tips? I am asthmatic so I really can't just jump start into it, but whenever I try to start I feel like a loser for running for 3 mins and then walking help!
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post #3 of 9
take it SLOW!
post #4 of 9
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thanks rivakah! How slow is slow? Like...if I run for two mins and then walk for 5 is that ok?? hahaha.
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I'm completely in the same boat that you're in, go figure The first thing I did was go buy a nice pair of running shoes fitted by a professional (crazy process: first they made me walk barefoot, then measure, then check the arch, then try on a pair, then have them watch me run in them, etc. etc.) which cost a little less than $100 but were completely worth it (considering all of the injuries you're avoiding).

What I'm doing is running 5 days a week around my neighborhood (.7 miles). One lap of walking to get warmed up (fast ish) and one lap of off and on running (I run for about 2 minutes, walk for a little bit, then start running again). This takes about 20 minutes and isn't too hard, but I can really feel a difference, even from when I started (a week or two ago). I'm focusing on being able to run/jog the whole .7 mile and then adding in longer distances/more laps. PM me and I can bore you with more details. But seriously, go buy some good quality running shoes.
post #6 of 9
a good pair of running should SHOULD cost around $100.

what my cross country coach used to say... never walk, no matter what. take it as slow as you need to, whether it's even a 5 mile an hour jog, or even a limping hobble; just don't walk!
post #7 of 9
i want to start running, but any time i start, i die of boredom after 5-10 mins.
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^ well...I'm kinda like that too with the boredum part. I need my ipod to be pumping or I get bored. But everyone else I know who does it routinely says that after awhile it's a great way to destress (which honestly I really need). Callire that's an awsome start. I'm going to follow the couch potato to 5k suggestions!
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Originally Posted by MiztaMike View Post
a good pair of running should SHOULD cost around $100.

what my cross country coach used to say... never walk, no matter what. take it as slow as you need to, whether it's even a 5 mile an hour jog, or even a limping hobble; just don't walk!
That's the opposite of what I would suggest, and what running programs from the Running Room would suggest.

Running 2 minutes, walking 5 is fine, and do it for 30 minutes. Gradually replace one minute of walking with one minute of running, or follow the couch to 5 k plan. As for speed, don't worry about it. You can work on that once you can do 30 minutes of running non-stop. I started out slow, but there isn't really any point in doing speedwork until you have a cardio base to work with.

When you are at 30 minutes of non-stop running, you can start to do speed, and do it in intervals where you speed up for 30 seconds then go back to your regular pace. For me, I didn't measure it exactly but went with the speed of the music I listened to. By the time I quit, I could pass a lot of guys I would run by. (And I don't have the body for long distance running at ALL and I started out seriously slow, so intervals DO work!)
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