I've just go back into running (well it's the first time I have trained for it off my own back) and I am finding it hard too. A work colleague gave me the best advice, 'don't think about what you haven't done, focus on what you have done'.
So if you are running less distance than you thought, or you skip a training session focus on how much you have achieved already. The fact that you have decided to start running is an achievement in itself. You will get there, just stick with the walk/jog and don't try to do too much too soon or you will get even more disheartened and possibly risk injury. I'm sure you'll be posting improvements within days!
what shoes are you wearing to run in? If they are not suited to you, or just old gym shoes, then they could be causing the problems. It is worth going to a proper running shop and getting some advice about proper running shoes
stick with it - it is hard to begin with, but if I can do it then anyone can, believe me
That's what I thought but I have now managed 60 mins continuous. No one was more surprised than me! If you're stubborn enough you'll do it.
vicky - I would save the stretches for the end of your run - stretching cold muscles sin't supposed to be good I think. Just stick with the training plan you have and repeat weeks if you need to. You will be able to do it.
I did a 5k run with no training, which is what inspired me to start training properly. But then I am stubborn and know I will get round a course no matter how long it takes me. I entered a 10k with friends and we made a pact to run it together, by the time we got to the finish line they had switched off the music and started packing up!
My first serious attempt at a 5k was in May (two months of training) and I was amazed when I got sub 30 (just) which has now made me want to get faster (it's not happening just yet). I think October is a reasonable timeline and you'll be fine as long as you treat it as an initial race (I have only competed in two races 'competitively' in my life) and aim to complete it even if that means walking some of it. The sense of achievement is incredible. And I did my first 10k without stopping last month! Having a race as a goal should keep you going when it gets a bit tough. Good luck and get stretching!
Vicky even if your running 1 minute then walking 2 minutes for 10 minutes thats still 4 minutes more running than you were doing just keep going you will see improvements thats for sure a few month down the line you will be looking back thinking hey these guys were right I can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just stay positive Good Luck
the breathing will come, it might be worth running slowly which will make breathing easier. I do remember when I first started running feeling like my chest was on fire with the effort! You should aim to run at a speed at which you would be able to talk. This might seem really slow to start with but speed will come with time
it could be that going too fast is what is hurting your ankle
are you running 6 times a week? As a beginner I would say that is too much and you are probably not giving your body chance to adapt and recover. I generally run 4 times a week. Sometimes 5. I also swim and bike, and occasionally go to the gym to do some weights if I have time. The cross training really helps prevent injury and obviously helps with general fitness. Instead of running 6 days a week why not swap some sessions for biking or other cardio stuff in the gym?
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