Beginer who has come to a brick wall


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25/05/2012 at 20:53
Hi, I'm 48 and just started jogging , never been one to exercise,but always fancied jogging. I have just finished an ease into 5k app and have slowly started to jog, but now feel I have hit a brick wall,I can't seem to get past my new time etc and im starting to feel deflated .. Has any one got some good advice how to up my game and start to enjoy my jogs again... Thanks
25/05/2012 at 20:56

Unfortunately I can't help as I am just starting out, but i'm sure there is someone here to offer some advice to help you.

Sending some Cyber Motivation your way x

25/05/2012 at 20:58
Thanks Rachel ... How's it going for u...
25/05/2012 at 21:02
The best I could give would be to sign up to a race as this gives you something to focus on. There is nothing better than seeing if you can beat your previous time and it's much better running with other people. I would suggest you take a look to see if there is a local parkrun as these are a fab way to meet people, they are a FREE to enter 5k that happen every Sat at 9am..,failing that find a local 5k race to have a go at.

I started running two years ago (on my 40th) and am now up to HM distance with a sub 1:45 is surprising how quickly you improve
25/05/2012 at 21:07
Slowly for me Angela!! But I only brought my running shoes wednesday. Went out for a run yesterday morning and managed a lap of the field with the dogs so hopefully I'll start to improve now I have my shoes
25/05/2012 at 21:12
I don't feel confident enough to do a race... I can only manage 12 mins top straight run then I struggle with my breathing.. I have to catch my breath then start again.. I don't have the stamina and I am 3stone over weight this a excuse?. My hubby says so which make me feel bad and dont enjoy's a visious circle
25/05/2012 at 21:15
Same with me Rachel but the right shoes do make a huge difference .... I seem to have slowed down cause I'm so hard on myself..,
25/05/2012 at 21:18

Hi Angela,

It's really hard at first, but it does get better, honest . If you can run 12 minutes already before you start to struggle, it sounds like you're doing really well!

If you're struggling with breathing, you're probably trying to run too fast. It takes a while to build up aerobically, so just slow it down a bit and you'll probablt find you cn keep going for longer. Also, if you start struggling just walk for a bit then try running again after a while. A lot of people build up this way and I certainly did. 

At the start it's time on your feet that's important, not the speed....that will improve with time.

Good luck, keep at it and keep coming back for encouragement 

25/05/2012 at 21:19

i'm three stone overweight. the weight doesnt help but it doesnt prevent you doing it.i could prob do 12 mins tops(next week on my programme) i'm doing the great south run in oct. it is a great focus. i can tell you know i'll be walking at least a part of it.

25/05/2012 at 21:27
Where are you Angela? Is there no one you can run with to help motivate you?

I find that my biggest problem at the minute. I need someone to push me, but finding someone who doesn't mind running with my collies and can also fit in around my doggy schedule is not easy lol!!
25/05/2012 at 21:32

i'm the same rachel. i have some friends who are keen and then i mention to them that i love to go out at 5am. then it goes quiet........

25/05/2012 at 21:40

Angela, I can ony repeat what saffy said. It is hard at the beginning. If you go a bit slower you will be able to go further.

are there any race for lifes near you that still have spaces? Loads of people walk these, so you could run or walk or a mixture of the two.

if you eat sensibly as well as sticking at the running then the weight will start to shift, and you will find it easier as you lose weight

25/05/2012 at 21:47
Thanks saffy, you have made feel so much better about it all... I was starting to feel a failure...I do walk I between but my hubby kept telling me to run...I hate been pushed by him and enjoy running alone with my gives me a clear head and a buzz after with no

I'm in Sheffield Rachel ...where are you? I can't see why your dogs would be a problem.. I run with my dog sometimes..

I'm not surprised it goes quite with a 5 am jog lol... Middle of the night hahaaha
25/05/2012 at 21:52

nah follow a programme and ignore hubby. walking important part of the training

25/05/2012 at 21:53
I am dieting with w/w it's slow but at least it's got me jogging..a lot of the ladies are joggers and have got me started...the best thing for me never thought I would do it thanks mathschick
25/05/2012 at 21:54
I'm in Milton Keynes, bit far from you lol!!
25/05/2012 at 21:55
Hahaha I am Caroline's taken some time to relise I'm best on my own .... low confidence makes me defensive to any thing he says ..I know he's trying to help really
25/05/2012 at 22:16

I started C25K in Nov after losing 2.5 stone with WW and have lost another 1.5 stone since. C25K is a walk/jog programme that builds up your stamina and now I can run  an amazing 7 miles (gobsmackingly amazing as I hadnt run since school and then only when I really really couldnt wriggle out of games lessons!).  I am doing a 10k in June.  not ambitious in terms of time (the only "race" I have done is a parkrun when I was coming to the end of the C25K programme) but it has really helped me focus. I downloaded a training plan from this site which I have stuck to religiously as I dont want to make a total prat of myself when I do that 10k - dreading it being hot tho!

26/05/2012 at 00:57

Do you have a Parkrun near you? I have just started going along (second one tomo) and they are great for beginners. Really helps with motivation and gives you a goal at the end of the week.

I don't have any specific training advice as I am just starting out myself but keep going whatever you do!

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26/05/2012 at 07:04

Was just going to suggest you look at the park runs.........a free 5k run every saturday morning at 9am across the country.............

they really are beginner do have the fast runners there but also down to kids and people walking it.......its for everyone......

I would advise everyone starting out to habe a look at the parkrun will not regret it........

it really helps motivates you and you might meet others in your area with similar aims and goals.......


good luck and enjoy


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