I am completely new to running but have decided after having my little boy in May that I want to make an active effort to lose weight - I figure that running will also give me some me time which I desperately need at the moment! Starting running tomorrow!
Just popping in to wish the best of luck to the newbies and to wish you all a Happy New Year!
Hi runningbella and novice mummy, good luck on your journeys. I started running the c25k last Feb after having a few years off exercise, didn't want to start in Jan with everyone else .
I now run 3-4 times per week and can't see myself not running if that makes sense. What helped me was signing up to a couple of races, first a 5k (parkruns are also a good introduction). Once I could run that comfortably I followed a 10k training plan and ran a few 10ks. I am now signed up to run the Brighton HM in Feb and am currently averaging 20-25 miles of running per week. Although this isn't a huge amount of mileage it is manageable whilst working full time and organising a family!
Runningbella I also follow the paleo/primal way of eating which has enabled me to shed 2.5 stone since Feb. However since upping my running I have started to introduce rice 1-2 per week and sweet potatoes, butternut squash and the odd roast potato on a sunday. However I have just read Scott Jureks Eat and Run book which is in stark contrast to Paleo and has got me thinking....
Anyway good luck to all the new runners
Hello - add me. Started yesterday and looking forward to a much healthier 2013
First run done - managed 4 bursts of jogging interspersed with power walking - took 15 mins 28 seconds to do the route I chose... target to be able to reduce time of circuit with more running before increasing length of route
Good to see new threads starting for the new year. Hope you all stick with it.
Good luck to you all. Take it easy and build up slowly and dont be afraid to walk if you need to.
Set some realistic short term goals as ' being fit for Summer' might not keep you motivated. How about 3 runs a week for the next 3 weeks or run for 2 miles without stopping in the next 2 weeks. Give yourself a reward such as some new running gear or a massage if you achieve your goal.
It will be hard to start with but suddenly one day you will realise that you have done your run without suffering and actually enjoyed it. When its raining and you are looking forward to your run, then you know you are hooked.
I didn't start running to lose weight but after 3 months dropped from 12 stone 6lbs to 11 stone 12 lbs and the small tummy is almost gone.
Guys, great to see some new blood erm I mean fresh faces
Just a couple of tips that may be useful ...
Firstly and mainly (and this is the one that gets everyone .... Speed ... don't try and run everything eyeballs out ... take it at a slow comfortable pace in order to get your body used to running, you can build on your speed once you have your endurance up. (and yes it will be hard to control ... I know I still struggle with trying to run slower!).
Get a plan, and a goal ... if you haven't got a plan get one, there are loads out there for every occasion ... it doesn't mean you have to stick to it letter by letter, but it works wonders for adding a bit of structure to your running as opposed to just going out and 'running a bit'.
Rest days are also another thing that are so oftenly overlooked when you first start (again .. guilty as charged!!) ... they are considered by some to be even more important than the days you actuall do go out for a run, as that is when your body rebuilds and strengthens ready for the next time. It will be soooo tempting to go out and run everyday when things start coming together as the feeling is fantastic, but be warned ... that way lies injury ..
And last, but by no means least ... enjoy it !!!
Yes - that way lies injury for sure. Another thing to remember: at some point you might get In The Zone and feel like you can keep going for ages. In the meantime your body might just be telling you to cut it short and go home. Listen to it: I didn't - twice - (wanted to hit my target, didn't I) and that resulted in a knee problem that kept me out for months, after which I had to start again from scratch.
Don't forget to stretch as well. The word now is that 'dynamic' stretches are better before your run, while the static stretches we all know are good for afterwards.
Cross training's a great idea as well, to strengthen the muscles that running doesn't use. I do HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) three times a week on my exercise bike.
Due to go for my first run tomorrow, have run in the past but not for more then 3 years due to a knee injury and then last year a very severe case of Phenomena and pleurisy, where i was hospitaliesed.
So really looking forward to getting fit again.Any help and tips would be greatly recieved.
Hi all. I'm brand new to this too and have yet to go for my first run, though I walk quite a lot - as part of my commute and on weekends. I'm going to be starting out by doing one session a week on the weekend, which I know isn't much compared to most but it's all I can manage right now and it's better than nothing!
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