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  • #16
    So my city sneakers should be fine, right? Doesn't get any more thin-soled than that.....we've got a beach here and it'd be pretty easy to walk/run 30 min back and forth while the kids potter around. Hmmm. This sounds really good....

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Comma View Post
      So my city sneakers should be fine, right? Doesn't get any more thin-soled than that.....we've got a beach here and it'd be pretty easy to walk/run 30 min back and forth while the kids potter around. Hmmm. This sounds really good....
      Be careful running in sand. I strained my Achilles running in sand and it took a long time to heal
      Last edited by Lynna; 10-09-2012, 06:46 AM.

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      • #18
        walk,
        walk down the street, 4 driveways, then come home,
        do same in other direction next day,
        each day go a little further than last time,
        walk around the block,
        next day go other directiion,
        now do it faster, still walking,
        bored yet ?
        I got bored with it,
        run a little, no specail shoes, what ever you were walking in,
        but don't run too much, 30 seconds tops, then walk 30 - 60,
        repeat,
        when you get into it you may want the running shoe,
        careful running down hill, stress fractures,
        i went from 265 to 210, 4 driveways to 4+ miles, sprints, fun runs, woods runs,
        walk
        and read Lynna's Cool Running | The Couch-to-5K Running Plan

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        • #19
          I started couch to 5k 3 weeks ago, well the app on my phone via itunes is called 5k runner. It's great if you haven't run for a long time. It starts off with 1 minute walking, 1 minute running and increases from there. When i started i was out of breath and had a stitch after the first minute but i can feel myself getting better and quicker. I'm determined to get to the end of the 8 weeks!!!

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          • #20
            I agree Galloway's Book of Running is a great resource. When I retired from the Navy, I quit running and didn't start again until 13 years later (oh about 3 months ago). I started by walking 30 minutes a couple of days a week, after a couple of weeks I added 10 minutes every week until I got to a 60 minute walk. Then I added intervals to the walk. I lengthened the intervals until I was jogging for 2 minutes during the walk. Then I transisitoned to a slow jog for 30 minutes. Today I finished a 5 mile course. If you want to jog, start slow and work your way up.... You just have to get off of it and get on with it.... Good luck to ya! I'm sure you will be running in no time!

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            • #21
              I agree with everyone saying take it slow. Alternate walking and running and gradually increase the distance. Take at least every second day off. Don't try do it on same day or in same session as your sprints. Take good music!

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              • #22
                When I am training for a marathon I am averaging around 30 - 40 miles per week. I run 4 times a week, and run a 10 miler every weekend. I have to laugh when I say that statement about 3-5 miles 3 times a week is chronic cardio. I have a friend that runs 50 mpw and has been doing this for years.

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                • #23
                  Just to chime in here - I am a massive fan of the Couch 2 5K Running Plan - I have the podcasts - I think they are from Robert Ullrey (I think I found them on iTunes store for free). He has set the whole plan to music and gives you all the changes. Made the program so much easier.

                  I have done it about many times - I always stop running and get lazy so have to start from Week 1 again, this time I have gone strong - back to Week 4 Run 3 now and getting better every day.

                  It is a great way to start running - you only have to manage 60second runs in the first week, which for me felt like an hour but it gets better.

                  As a warning though - if you are dramatically overweight or have any pre-existing injuries please take it easy - also don't feel like you have to sprint each interval.

                  I also use an app called RunKeeper on the phone to keep track of my mileage and time - I am a nerd so have to track everything and I have to run with more technology that what took man to the moon.

                  Good luck with your running though. The C2-5K Program is where I would start.

                  Ross...
                  Starting Weight (11 August 2012) - 117.8 kgs (259lbs)
                  Current Weight - 94.4kgs (207lbs) (as at 14/01/2013) -23.4kgs (51lbs) lost to date.
                  Goal Weight - 90kgs (198lbs)

                  "Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere" - Van Wilder

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                  • #24
                    [

                    As a warning though - if you are dramatically overweight or have any pre-existing injuries please take it easy - also don't feel like you have to sprint each interval.

                    Ross...[/QUOTE]

                    Whoa! No beginner should feel like they need to be "sprinting" as "running/jogging". There are high level athletes out there who are truly distance RUNNERS, speedwise they are actually running and not jogging. Most of us recreational folks are jogging. If you are sprinting you're going too way too fast and of course you can't keep that up for distance. Just go slow, you will get to the point of a good breathing pattern and feel more comfortable. It just takes time. I say this as a 46 year old who has been "running" (ok jogging) since I was 14-15 years old.
                    Breathe. Move forward.

                    I just eat what I want...

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                    • #25
                      Walk a bit each day until you feel like walking at a brisker pace. Walk at a brisker pace each day until you feel like having both feet in the air for a bit, simultaneously. That's running. Repeat as desired.

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                      • #26
                        + 1 for intervals, and bear in mind that as you get fitter, chronic cardio becomes increasingly challenging to achieve (i.e. heart rate >75% max).
                        F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                          + 1 for intervals, and bear in mind that as you get fitter, chronic cardio becomes increasingly challenging to achieve (i.e. heart rate >75% max).
                          So true!

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                          • #28
                            I have been wanting to start running for a long time, and this week I finally had success. One obstacle was my weight. I am still 175 lb at 5'7". Also, 47 years old with a history of joint pain, so I was afraid I was going to hurt myself. But I have been hiking for years and doing a lot of inclines on the treadmill for four months. The first few times I tried jogging on the treadmill, I couldn't go for more than ninety seconds, but after reading the forums here I realized I was going too fast, at 6.5-7 mph. So yesterday, I was bored walking the treadmill and said, heck with it, let's go for 4.5 mph. It so slow it was annoying. I bumped it up to 5 miles an hour and went for five minutes without stopping. It was such a thrill! I never jogged for that long in my life. I awoke today with no joint pain. I jogged 5.5 minutes again today, also with 30 min elliptical and more walking. My goal is 5k without stopping, and maybe a mini-triathlon someday. I will check out the Couch-to-5k link, it sounds perfect for me.
                            As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Jennifla View Post
                              I have been wanting to start running for a long time, and this week I finally had success. One obstacle was my weight. I am still 175 lb at 5'7". Also, 47 years old with a history of joint pain, so I was afraid I was going to hurt myself. But I have been hiking for years and doing a lot of inclines on the treadmill for four months. The first few times I tried jogging on the treadmill, I couldn't go for more than ninety seconds, but after reading the forums here I realized I was going too fast, at 6.5-7 mph. So yesterday, I was bored walking the treadmill and said, heck with it, let's go for 4.5 mph. It so slow it was annoying. I bumped it up to 5 miles an hour and went for five minutes without stopping. It was such a thrill! I never jogged for that long in my life. I awoke today with no joint pain. I jogged 5.5 minutes again today, also with 30 min elliptical and more walking. My goal is 5k without stopping, and maybe a mini-triathlon someday. I will check out the Couch-to-5k link, it sounds perfect for me.
                              Woohoo Jennifla! That's exactly what you do.
                              Breathe. Move forward.

                              I just eat what I want...

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Jennifla View Post
                                I have been wanting to start running for a long time, and this week I finally had success. One obstacle was my weight. I am still 175 lb at 5'7". Also, 47 years old with a history of joint pain, so I was afraid I was going to hurt myself. But I have been hiking for years and doing a lot of inclines on the treadmill for four months. The first few times I tried jogging on the treadmill, I couldn't go for more than ninety seconds, but after reading the forums here I realized I was going too fast, at 6.5-7 mph. So yesterday, I was bored walking the treadmill and said, heck with it, let's go for 4.5 mph. It so slow it was annoying. I bumped it up to 5 miles an hour and went for five minutes without stopping. It was such a thrill! I never jogged for that long in my life. I awoke today with no joint pain. I jogged 5.5 minutes again today, also with 30 min elliptical and more walking. My goal is 5k without stopping, and maybe a mini-triathlon someday. I will check out the Couch-to-5k link, it sounds perfect for me.
                                so there ya go, congrats,
                                try taking it outside, fresh air, a little trail in the woods or park, fresh air,

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