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    Check out my new article on beginning running. It might make you think about giving running a shot.
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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    I've been thinking about taking up running again. I need to be more active, and I miss running.

    Thank you for this article.

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    • #3
      Gods of Bacon bless you, sir. This is very timely for me, as I'm looking to be able to hammer out 6km without issue by early May. Cheers!
      August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

      I have a new site up and will soon be blogging at The Wayward Mind. (My journal is semi-retired at this point)

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      • #4
        I hate you Al.

        But seriously, I want to give running a shot (real running, not just sprints) but as a power athlete it has always been slow going to get the lungs for it. I started a bit towards the end of the nice season last year, and once the ice flows finally dry up on the streets (hopefully next week) I'll be able to get out again.
        I didn't like the rules you gave me, so I made some of my own.

        Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. - Mark Rippetoe

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        • #5
          I'm not a huge fan of running after doing a couple half-marathons, but I believe it's because I didn't like the scheduled training. (I don't like people telling me what to do, even if it's me ) BUT I did get huge benefits from walk/run intervals. I have some early stages of arthritis in my hips and there is such a difference when I change my pace throughout the run. I did a St. Patty's Day dash and I actually enjoyed it! We ran the whole thing, but it was pretty refreshing to be out there again.
          Thank you for encouraging folks to not discount running as an option for some exercise ~ outside is the best. My Dad asked me why I don't go to church anymore - "I'm at church everytime I step outside, Dad!"

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          • #6
            I'd rather row or bike or step mill a thousand meters than run 10. Seriously... it's the same thing with swimming... I feel all ungainly and stuff... totally uncoordinated and like my arms and legs are in lead.

            So, more power to all of your bad selves Go run a mile for me and I'll row, step or bike one for you

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            • #7
              I recently started running for a number of reasons. I'm on hiatus from sprints due to a slight hamstring pull, I'm doing Warrior Dash soon, and occasional running in moderate amounts isn't as bad for you as I once thought it was (chronic cardio and what not). Currently I enjoy the first 1.5-2 miles, then I feel like walking at least for a little while.

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              • #8
                wow, what a coincidence.i just tried my first mile thismorning, i'll definitely check this out
                Starting Weight : 338lbs 6/11/2010
                Current Weight: 266lbs
                High-school Weight: 235lbs
                Goal: ????

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                • #9
                  I love the freedom of running - moving fast, you can do it anywhere, etc.
                  But it makes me feel old because it hurts my knees
                  And I don't like to feel old - so I avoid it (for now) at all costs.

                  I do agree with your post though, you need to be in shape to run.

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                  • #10
                    Nice article. I use the Couch-to-5K program because it gives me a little more structure; for me having an ever-increasing goal for the run "as long as I can" part each week helps to push me past where I thought I could run.

                    I've tried C25K I think 3 times now. One time I just fizzled out; the other two times I was stopped by completely unrelated serious injuries. I'm just getting back into running 4 months after that most recent injury and it's very slow going this time because not only am I rebuilding my lung capacity, I'm also still dealing with lingering pain in my injured ankle.

                    In fact, I'm sitting here in my running clothes deciding whether I'm brave enough to go outside in rain and 25+ MPH winds. Sunny California, my ass! We've had rain the last couple weeks but every day has had at least some dry time ... I'm hoping I can find a window today.
                    "Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me

                    My primal log

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ToniWA View Post
                      I'm not a huge fan of running after doing a couple half-marathons, but I believe it's because I didn't like the scheduled training. (I don't like people telling me what to do, even if it's me ) BUT I did get huge benefits from walk/run intervals. I have some early stages of arthritis in my hips and there is such a difference when I change my pace throughout the run. I did a St. Patty's Day dash and I actually enjoyed it! We ran the whole thing, but it was pretty refreshing to be out there again.
                      Thank you for encouraging folks to not discount running as an option for some exercise ~ outside is the best. My Dad asked me why I don't go to church anymore - "I'm at church everytime I step outside, Dad!"
                      +1 I HATE training for races. too much stress, no fun at all and I hate long distance running. That said, I had HUGE improvements when I quit running for distance, and did nothing but interval workouts. I dropped my Mile time by a whopping 2 1/2 minutes, and placed in my AG in a local 5k. that was NOT possible when I ran all the time. It did nothing but frustrate me and wear my body down. I run nothing more than 3-5 miles at a time now, and truly love it again.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lolov View Post
                        I'd rather row or bike or step mill a thousand meters than run 10. Seriously... it's the same thing with swimming... I feel all ungainly and stuff... totally uncoordinated and like my arms and legs are in lead.

                        So, more power to all of your bad selves Go run a mile for me and I'll row, step or bike one for you
                        Me too! Though I do want to be able to run a mile without collapsing. A goal of this summer. I walk miles, but running is slavish to me.
                        Last edited by Digby; 03-24-2011, 10:32 AM.
                        This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                        Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                        Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ToniWA View Post
                          "I'm at church everytime I step outside, Dad!"
                          This is totally me.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                            I've been thinking about taking up running again. I need to be more active, and I miss running.

                            Thank you for this article.
                            Glad you liked it. Now is the best time to get back into running (by now I mean springtime, but NOW is always the best time to do anything.)

                            Originally posted by Patrick View Post
                            Gods of Bacon bless you, sir. This is very timely for me, as I'm looking to be able to hammer out 6km without issue by early May. Cheers!
                            Thanks Patrick! Keep training hard!

                            Originally posted by federkeil View Post
                            I hate you Al.

                            But seriously, I want to give running a shot (real running, not just sprints) but as a power athlete it has always been slow going to get the lungs for it. I started a bit towards the end of the nice season last year, and once the ice flows finally dry up on the streets (hopefully next week) I'll be able to get out again.
                            Yeah the transition sucks - I remember it well. I didn't get into running until I was 24 and I'd already been lifting for 10 years at that point. It was one of the most humbling times in my life. However, if you can make it through the first 6-8 weeks of running 3x a week, you will feel like a new man.

                            Originally posted by ToniWA View Post
                            I'm not a huge fan of running after doing a couple half-marathons, but I believe it's because I didn't like the scheduled training. (I don't like people telling me what to do, even if it's me ) BUT I did get huge benefits from walk/run intervals. I have some early stages of arthritis in my hips and there is such a difference when I change my pace throughout the run. I did a St. Patty's Day dash and I actually enjoyed it! We ran the whole thing, but it was pretty refreshing to be out there again.
                            Thank you for encouraging folks to not discount running as an option for some exercise ~ outside is the best. My Dad asked me why I don't go to church anymore - "I'm at church everytime I step outside, Dad!"
                            Adhering to a strict running regimen (or any strict exercise protocol for that matter) can be cumbersome. I'm glad you've found a way to make it fun!

                            Originally posted by lolov View Post
                            I'd rather row or bike or step mill a thousand meters than run 10. Seriously... it's the same thing with swimming... I feel all ungainly and stuff... totally uncoordinated and like my arms and legs are in lead.
                            This is precisely why you should begin running (and swimming for that matter). They are essential life skills!

                            Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
                            I recently started running for a number of reasons. I'm on hiatus from sprints due to a slight hamstring pull, I'm doing Warrior Dash soon, and occasional running in moderate amounts isn't as bad for you as I once thought it was (chronic cardio and what not). Currently I enjoy the first 1.5-2 miles, then I feel like walking at least for a little while.
                            Definitely want to take it easy on your hammies if there is some strain. Maybe better to go slowly until the day of your race. Sounds like you're listening to your body - keep it up!

                            Originally posted by Russ View Post
                            wow, what a coincidence.i just tried my first mile thismorning, i'll definitely check this out
                            That's the collective unconscious for ya. Either that or the weather.

                            Originally posted by teelea View Post
                            I love the freedom of running - moving fast, you can do it anywhere, etc.
                            But it makes me feel old because it hurts my knees
                            And I don't like to feel old - so I avoid it (for now) at all costs.

                            I do agree with your post though, you need to be in shape to run.
                            Glad you enjoyed this post. If running is hurting your knees you may need to strengthen your quads more or possibly alter your running form (and/or footwear).

                            Originally posted by ennasirk View Post
                            Nice article. I use the Couch-to-5K program because it gives me a little more structure; for me having an ever-increasing goal for the run "as long as I can" part each week helps to push me past where I thought I could run.

                            I've tried C25K I think 3 times now. One time I just fizzled out; the other two times I was stopped by completely unrelated serious injuries. I'm just getting back into running 4 months after that most recent injury and it's very slow going this time because not only am I rebuilding my lung capacity, I'm also still dealing with lingering pain in my injured ankle.

                            In fact, I'm sitting here in my running clothes deciding whether I'm brave enough to go outside in rain and 25+ MPH winds. Sunny California, my ass! We've had rain the last couple weeks but every day has had at least some dry time ... I'm hoping I can find a window today.
                            Glad you liked the article. I hope you made it out for your run!

                            Originally posted by PrincessGrok View Post
                            +1 I HATE training for races. too much stress, no fun at all and I hate long distance running. That said, I had HUGE improvements when I quit running for distance, and did nothing but interval workouts. I dropped my Mile time by a whopping 2 1/2 minutes, and placed in my AG in a local 5k. that was NOT possible when I ran all the time. It did nothing but frustrate me and wear my body down. I run nothing more than 3-5 miles at a time now, and truly love it again.
                            Right on! Rigid training plans can take all the fun out of it!

                            Originally posted by Digby View Post
                            Me too! Though I do want to be able to run a mile without collapsing. A goal of this summer. I walk miles, but running is slavish to me.
                            I think that is a very reasonable goal. The question is, how bad do you want it?
                            "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                            "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                            My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Al_Kavadlo View Post


                              Glad you liked the article. I hope you made it out for your run!
                              It's killing me! The rain's as light right now as it's going to get and I'm stuck on a work call for another hour. Hoping it won't pick back up.
                              "Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me

                              My primal log

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