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jev24 jev24
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 00:06
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Running Help Needed
I'm 19 and just starting to try to get into shape. I am fine with lifting but am having trouble getting motivated to run. When I do run I am just bad. I feel tired immediately. Part of my problem could be living in the southern U.S. with the heat this time of year. I will try to get up earlier and run if I can and maybe that will help. Any suggestions about running or getting motivated will be appreciated.


james1 james1
Sat, Jun 20, 2009 14:06
Start with small goals of how far to run, work your way up...dont try to go out and run 10 miles not alot of people can do that without some consistant training. Drink lots of water. Keep good posture, the more slouching you do the harder it is to breath. Try to look off the path if you can the time goes by quicker. remember if you cant talk while runnung you should slow down if you want more ideas let me know.

icelander11 icelander11
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 19:01
Also keep your hands relaxed, focus on a lamp post or a house, hill whatever and set yourself a goal to run to that then jog or walk to the next then back to running and so on... before you know it you will be running further before switching and then not switching at all... it worked for me hope it works for you :)

OgMomma2012 OgMomma2012
Mesa AZ
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 23:01
I have the same problem!
I have asthma, so running at first was and still is difficult. I've done something that helps, though. I spent 30minutes with this. What I did was I started out at a moderate walk, to warm up. Then I ran about 2 minutes or 3 minutes before going back to a swift walk for 5 minutes. Then I ran again, the same time. Back and forth with this and it seems like you haven't worked out as much but it's the SAME 30minutes! And you feel all bouncy afterwards. My legs felt great!

runningfree runningfree
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 14:01
hang in there - beat your wall
My personal experience - everytime I run I hit my wall in about the first 3 to 4 min. I know once I get past this I can keep on going.
Every mile brings a new wall and I just think to myself ( get past the first few minutes of every mile I can make the next one). It works for me. I think it probably depends on where your wall is and what you can get through and how much you want to succeed. I feel so good after making a 3 mile run. I can't wait to do it again.
Stopping is a no-no for me. If I stop I really hit the wall and usually can't keep going.
I also agree with setting mini goals. It makes getting there that much sweeter. I have a goal to jog 10 miles this year. I am at 5 right now.
How sweet it will be once I get there. I know I can eventually.

runningfree runningfree
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 14:01
One more thing
Regulate you breathing - find a rhythm when you run. Example 1-2-3 inhale 1-2-3- breathe. It keeps me from breathing too heavy when I think I just can't run anymore.
Good luck. : )

amethystrse amethystrse
East Meadow NY
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 19:01
I'm like you op. I want to run but have trouble. A friend told me about C25K and it's an amazing program. And contrary to popular belief, it's free too.

Basically the program has you start off small by running only for 1 minute and then walking for 90 seconds. You alternate doing this for 20 minutes. That's week 1 (3 day weeks...though you can always do more if you want). There are 9 weeks to the program. Some people wind up doing a week or two over because they need the extra time to build their stamina. I'm currently on my second go of week 1 (which goes to show how out of shape I am. lol).

Anyway, do a google search and you can learn more. :)

Also, check out chi running.

JoMcGee JoMcGee
Sat, Jan 9, 2010 04:01
Using a running machine at home- good idea?
Hi, would you recommend running at home on a running machine as the main way to lose a bit of weight and generally tone up?

amethystrse amethystrse
East Meadow NY
Sun, Jan 17, 2010 09:01
I recommend running outside as much as you can and using the treadmill when the weather is bad. You use different muscles and running outside is more enjoyable.

CarolynDiets CarolynDiets
Mon, Jan 18, 2010 08:01
Other Ways to Start Running
I agree that C25K seems to work for a lot of people. It didn't work for me because it turned out that I'm simply too anal about time once I was timing the run/walk segments and it ripped the fun out of running for me.

I found Galloway's Book on Running and he has a plan that works much better for me. Basically you do a run/walk for ten minutes to start. Within that ten minutes you can run or walk as much as works for you. I started with run 5 steps then walk 5 steps; repeat. (That's how out of shape I was). Time increases gradually on the run/walks and he says that you can always walk more or run more during the period depending on what works for your body that day. I've found that my body isn't the same each day and a rigid program doesn't work for me. It leads me to injure myself.

I should point out that a rigid program might work for someone else if they have the natural ability to ease off when they needed to. This is
something I lack when I am faced with a plan comprised of structured numbers. Once there are numbers in a chart I get very anxious to meet my numerical targets and will even do it when I know I shouldn't. (And I get very anxious about the details of how I'm meeting those numbers.) I benefit from a more relaxed program and Galloway's seems good to me.

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