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2117 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2014 4:09 PM by bbee42 RSS
MenaKeyonnie Rookie 3 posts since
Feb 4, 2014
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Feb 11, 2014 10:36 AM

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Hi Everyone! !

 

I am just starting my weight loss/running journey and was hoping to get some advise, suggestions on how to increase my distance.

 

I am still walking/jogging, I have not progressed to a full jog, but would like to. 

 

I am also 200+ lbs but looking to reduce that as well.

 

I have goals of a 5k and eventually a half-marathon but wanted to know thought on how to realistically reach those goals.

 

Any help would be appreciated. ?

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    1. Feb 11, 2014 2:19 PM (in response to MenaKeyonnie)
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    Hey Mena,

     

    Congratulations on getting started on a new journey; here are a few suggestions:

    • Find a good C25K (Couch to 5K) program; there is a pretty good one elsewhere on this forum.
    • Join us in the 200+ Pound Club: http://community.active.com/thread/81129?start=0&tstart=0
    • When running, start slow and stay slow; if breathing is difficult or you get side stitches, or your hair stands on end, slow down!  Just joking about the hair stuff. 
    • If you opt for a C25K program and the next workout or next week look too daunting, it is more than okay to repeat today's or this week's workout until you feel ready to move on.
    • At this point I wouldn't focus too much on the half marathon, the 5K will be more than enough of a challenge to start with.  Funny thing about 5Ks, you can probably run/walk/run one right now, however, once you've done that, if you're anything like the rest of us, you will want to concentrate on improving your 5K time, and in doing so, you will also be helping to set yourself up for longer distances like 10Ks and 10-milers, and before you know it, you're signed up for a half marathon.

     

    Keep us posted on your progress.

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,270 posts since
    Jan 18, 2008
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    3. Mar 5, 2014 5:04 PM (in response to MenaKeyonnie)
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    Couch to 5K plan (25K): http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml  The plan starts as a run walk, builds the run portion and shortens the walk portion over days/weeks, until you are running 30 minutes at the end.  It is set up for 9 weeks but you always have the option of repeating days or weeks if you are not comfortable moving to the next workout.





    Len

  • bbee42 Pro 78 posts since
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    4. Mar 6, 2014 4:09 PM (in response to MenaKeyonnie)
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    It is harder to run outside than it is on a treadmill (hills, wind, harder surface, etc.). 

     

    If you are already able to complete a 3 mile run without walking, you may want to start with something beyond the Couch to 5K program.  It is designed for someone to start from not running at all (or much) and getting to 5K distance.

     

    You are already at 5K distance.  So, you might want to look at doing a Bridge to 10K program.  I don't know if that is described on this site or not, but if you have a smart phone, there are apps to track progress on it.  If you do decide to do the Couch to 5K instead, you can try increasing your current speed on the runs, since you've already conquered the distance.

     

    The nice thing about the training programs is that it has you focus on short term goals, which are easier to accomplish, than the long term goal of the half.





    2011 - C25K Graduate!!! (9/17/2011)

    2011 - BridgeTo10K - W3 Slacker!

    2012 - Started over but didn't finish the C25K program (MAJOR SLACKER!)

    2013 - C25K Graduate Again!!! (NEVER GIVE UP!)

    2013/9/20 - REV3 Glow Run Branson - Wasn't chip timed but finished in roughly 38 min.

    2013 - December 4th - Began 1/2 Marathon Training

    2014/3/10 - Kiss Me, I'm Irish 10K - 1:23:32.9 (PR! It counts even if it's my only 10K)

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