Thursday, June 14, 2012

Running for Beginners

I have always wanted to run. Really I have, the feeling of running just relaxes me. Sometimes I just need to get out and run. I have always had an excuse as to why I'm not going out and running. Heck I have had an excuse as to why I am not even exercising. Since starting on my Challenge though I have started running. I actually finally have the energy to do it. I made one big mistake though. I didn't ease into running. I got injured, that put a stop to my running for a bit. I lost momentum and I fell back on to the excuses wagon. That is a very bad place to be. While I have hit a plateau with my weight loss I know getting out again will help kick start things.
My plan for this next time is going to be walk / run combinations. I will be starting with three minute run with a 2 minute walk. I will do 5 sets of this for two weeks three times a week and then I plan on going 5 minute run with a one minute walk. I will take it from there seeing how I am feeling. I would like to be able to run a 5k in by my birthday in September. I have three weeks and if I keep at it I know I can do it. To best improve my health I plan on trying to run three times a week. That will be a bit more challenging with vacationing, but I know if I commit myself and give no excuses I can do it.
Now if you are needing a bit more motivation many running clinics offer beginner classes. Check for one in your area. I know the Running Room is very popular and has great programs. Also the couch to 5k program is supposed to be very good and they have an app now too!

 4 Things to really consider before starting running to prevent injury
- find a training program
- good running shoes
- know how to stretch
- proper warm up and cool down

Get out and have some fun. If running is not enjoyable why bother doing it.


  1. Great post! I joke that I call myself a runner! I have always wanted to be a runner, but I have never done it. Last year, I started with Couch to 5K, and after day 3, I was thinking, "I can do this!" and then I hurt myself. It's just now healing a year later (yah it was that bad!) SO yes, slow and steady win the race for sure! I'm thinking about trying again myself, so kudos to you!!! I'm here from vB, love your blog, I'm off to follow you all over :)
    My Twintastic Life

  2. My first experience at running was joining this 3k fun run with my daughter. I think she ran faster than I did! I do want to start running for fitness. I will consider those 4 tips you cited before I finally go running for real. Thanks :)

  3. I've always wanted to enjoy running, but never found a way to do it. I'm 36 weeks pregnant right now, but really hoping to start running after I get the ok from my dr this summer. It's always been a dream of mine to not only do a 5k, but to enjoy it!

  4. I do dream of being a runner---but with knockers past DD I've found it very hard to keep them down--Hubby's offered DUCK TAPING THEM LOL so I stick with speed walking and biking =^}

  5. I was just saying to hubby that I needed to get back into jogging (I can't RUN for the life of me!) I used to be quite heavy when I started running, and I think the weight toasted one of my knees, but it is still one of my faves. I just bandage it now for support, and off I go!

  6. Stretching and keeping hydrated are important aspects before running, most definitely. Thanks for the tips :)