Hey everyone! I figured that since I've found so many runners in one spot I'd pop in and ask a question.
First of all, I am so jealous of your ability! I want to be able to do distance running so badly but it's just so hard for me. Do you have any advice for someone that wants to get into running? I am most likely going to start training for a certain sport (I don't really want to get into what right now as I am not 100% decided that I'm going to do it) but I know running will be a major help in my conditioning. Any advice on building up my stamina would be great. Breathing tips and any other tips are so appreciated!
My best advice....start at the very beginning. Going out too fast and far will injure you and stop you in your tracks before you even get started. First time out, I suggest running one minute, and walking one minute...repeat for 20-30 minutes total. Do this a couple days, take a rest day, then increase to run 2 minutes, walk one minute. When you get up to 10s and 1s, then start to increase your distance 10% per week. It sounds slow, but you will get to your goal distance sooner if you avoid injury along the way. I did this, and worked my way up to running a couple of half marathons. I've been pretty sedentary for the past year, so I've started again. I'm on my 4 and 1s right now, and feeling good. Take care.
That's good advice from Kim. I started out the same way in mid-January and on Sunday I'll be running my first half marathon! I'm feeling a bit nervous about it because I've been under the weather this week but the journey this far as been good. It's amazing at how you can change your fitness so much over such a relatively short space of time. To go from only running 1 mile with confidence to attempting 13.1 in just 4 months is good stuff I think! Just start slowly and remember to push yourself up never more than 10 per cent a week. Everytime I do, I regret it!
Thank you SO MUCH for the advice! That is what I was thinking but I found this program online that I was thinking about trying. It seemed like I fairly average progression for the first few weeks but then it jumps from 1 mile to 2.25 miles from one day to the next within the same week! I thought that was crazy!!
For me I think time works best anyway because I'm using the running to build my endurance...this sport isn't really a running sport per se, but I know that my stamina will benefit greatly from running. I think that I'll definitely focus on time like you suggested and adjust the speed as I go. I'm running at like 6.5 now so it isn't too slow, but I can't seem to push past a certain distance. I'm definitely going to start this program!
Hi all, just wanted to share that I did my first half-marathon yesterday. Came in at 1hr 58 - so I beat my sub 2-hour target (just). I'm so pleased, and owe a lot to the Kind Life forum for getting there - I didn't even run before becoming vegan but I had to do something with all that extra energy! Good luck to all Kind Lifers who are working on their running!
I started my running routine yesterday and actually surprised myself by running 2 miles all the way through. I slowed down my pace from where I normally run and went for distance and actually did it! My trainer was right...I COULD do it, I just had it in my head that I couldn't. Anyway, thanks again for your help I'm so excited to start this new part of my training!
Sarah, that is great! I think everyone has to find their own rhythm. I can't run with other people because I have to be in my own rhythm. I have been running for awhile so I run faster than others that I know and it doesn't work out for either of us if we try to run together. Just find the pace that works for you . . . I think maybe you did yesterday! It will begin to be faster as time goes by and you will be able to sustain the run longer. 2 miles is a great start!
Thank you so much for the encouragement! It is amazing how the only thing holding me back the whole time was ME and my head. Now I know I can do it and I'm definitely on my way. The other training that I do will certainly help as well so I'm excited to start this journey and see how much I can mold myself into the athlete I want to be!