Hi there. I've started running again after making a poor start a while ago. Reading the threads, it seems like half the people who say they are beginners are wildly better than me!
I've started running on a treadmill and after five weeks can now do 4mins running, alternated with 2mins walking for half an hour. My ultimate goal is to run for half an hour non-stop, but what to do then? I find running incredibly difficult - a woman intervened at the gym the other day as she obviously thought my life was in danger! Even at my meagre amount of running, I do get dizzy sometimes, yet I can do other forms of strenuous exercise with just the usual huffing and puffing! Even when I was running before, I could only get to an 8min/km pace. (I don't know the mile pace - the machine doesn't tell me, but sadly kms don't mean much to me!)
I have to go back to work soon (from lovely, lovely holiday), and am worried that I might not keep up the running. So I'm planning on running home from work, building up again with a walk/run effort. I know that treadmill running is easier than road running so I guess that's my next goal.
I just don't know what to do then. I'm afraid I will barely have the time to run when I'm back at work, let alone plan a training schedule with lots of different types of run or log my progress in any other way than how I'm feeling on that run. So how do I improve my running - speed and duration? I'm really worried that I'll give up - there seem to be so many things getting in the way. I can't get to the gym today and I'm allergic to sunlight, so I can't run outside during the day, or at least when it's good weather without a lot of hassle with lotions and potions and covering up - which you really don't want to do if you're running! So I just feel like I'm letting myself down! If I don't get into some kind of habit and keep my motivation up, I'm afraid I'll just waste all the effort I've put in by giving up. What can I do to get myself out there and keep going?
Thanks FF, though unfortunately 5km is the furthest I've EVER run, but I am proud to say that: 4.5 miles 4 towns 1 heavy rucksack 3 waving pupils (thankfully) 0 hecklers 5 nice people in cars And 50 minutes later - I have just got home. Had I gone to the gym I would have got home about 9.30.
This has been my first outdoor run in about a year (albeit combined with walking) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sunset was lovely and I had sea views almost the whole way. I didn't sweat buckets like on the treadmill and, although my calves kill - always get shinsplints outside - I wasn't anywhere near to dying. I'm dead chuffed with myself.
It was even QUICKER than my normal bus journey back. I think this might be where I've been having problems - I didn't really see much POINT to running, but today I had to keep going or I wouldn't get home!
Am v. tired but determined to run for first time in two weeks. Am going to try 5km on treadmill. Not sure if I'll make it as have been teaching horrors with red noses (and hair) all day, but will make me feel better. Having said that, as 3TL says, it's a nice day and I have my kit at work so I could run / walk home. It's 8km though and I've only ever done 5km. What do people think?
What: mental tousle to decide whther or not to go to gym (this is exercise!) Why: not been ro gym/running for a week and am worried about my fitness level decreasing but have v. busy workload today and tomorrow. Physics teacher at work also aerobike instructor and keeps nagging me to go to his class tonight but it may kill me Outcome: Am having more trouble with this running lark. Have been doing it off and on for a couple of years but can never keep it up. And also keep changing my mind about what I should be doing. Actual training: Hmmm