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Laurarunning Amateur 69 posts since
Mar 14, 2008
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May 5, 2008 5:05 PM

When does running get easier?

 

Hi Everyone-

 

 

I have been doing this running program for 2-3 months now.  Which is a huge accomplishment for me!  I run about three times a week and feel like I've made real progress in being able to run farther than I could before.  I look forward to running and it seems like I am doing ok from a cardio standpoint-- I"m not gasping or feeling like I"m dying.  But I notice that otherwise, running has not gotten easier at all.  My legs feel heavy and tired throughout my runs and it is a real effort to make myself finish.  This seems odd to me.  I would think that after this much time, I should be noticing more energy as I run and should be able to pick up my pace some.  I'd like to get to the point where I enjoy the runs themselves, which so far I am not!   I know we're all different-- but I'm wondering when the rest of you noticed that running got easier?  I'm starting to question whether maybe something is wrong with me.

 

 

I'm mid 40's, would like to lose a little weight although most would not say I'm overweight, and I live a healthy lifestyle.  No obvious reason why it still seems so hard.

 

 

So I'd like to know how long some of you have been running and whether it has gotten easier and more pleasant?

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

Laura

 

 

 

 

 

  • slaptear2 Rookie 37 posts since
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    1. May 5, 2008 5:38 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

    from what I've read online, keep running the same distance until it is a little easier than add more time/distance. Therefore- it never really becomes easy because each day is a challenge. I've read that marathoners (26.2 mile runners) say that the first 3 miles are sometimes the hardest because your body is warming up and you're starting to set a pace.

     

    I'm in week 6 of C25K and even though the running part is still a challenge, I'm starting to enjoy it more because I'm reaching my goals. Without established written goals you'll never feel a sense of accomplishment.

  • PudgeyRunner Rookie 26 posts since
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    2. May 5, 2008 5:47 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    I once heard someone say that it never gets easier, you just get better.  It makes sense to me in this way: My first 3 mile run almost killed me, or so I thought.  Now, though, if I ran 3 miles at the pace I did then, it wouldn't be a problem at all.  Most of my runs aren't what I'd call "easy".  

     

     

    It's great how far you've come!  Maybe you are going too fast though.  If you aren't enjoying it at all, slow down a bit for a day.  See if that helps.  I wouldn't worry about speed just yet.  In time that will come.  If you aren't enjoying the run, you won't keep running.  Let your mind wander and run at a comfortable pace.

     

     

  • dwm082 Community Moderator 1,063 posts since
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    3. May 5, 2008 5:59 PM (in response to PudgeyRunner)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    It gets easier?

     

     

    I'm focusing on the part where you say your legs always feel heavy and that you just don't feel the burst of energy the brochures promised. At what time of day do you run? Do you eat beforehand? How about your hydration? Your body needs certain things and if you don't provide them, it complains.

     

     

    I'm training for a half-marathon right now, and I had a few long-ish runs in the past few weeks. I hadn't been eating properly and I felt just the way you described. My legs were heavy, and even my arms seemed heavy as I reached for my water bottle. Yesterday I made it a point to eat before my run and it made a world of difference. I ran two miles more and probably could have kept going.

     

     

    You might need to tinker a little bit to find out what works for you (some folks have delicate stomachs that don't tolerate food too close to run-time).

     

     

    Otherwise, as PudgeyRunner said, slow down and lose yourself in the run. The best runs for me have been the ones where I'm just running to run and not focusing on my speed or distance. It's a little zen-sounding, but that's been my experience.

     

     

    Please check in and let us know how you're doing!

     

     

    Don

     

     





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  • Calvin A Rookie 1 posts since
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    4. May 5, 2008 6:24 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    Hi Laura,

    I can understand and relate to the heavy legs and arms feeling.  I have been running "regularly" for about a year now.  I recall being a teenager and running for what seemed like half marathons without a problem... flash forward 25 years and 5 miles can be a haul.  I am working on pacing and slowing myself, because I run mostly on a treadmill, which makes running on pavement seem twice as difficult sometimes - and I can't run as fast on pavement!  Also, I've been too reliant on "time".  I figure everything can be done in 30 minutes... then off to the next thing.  So I've started working more on enjoying my runs and it is much easier this way. So as the others have said, just run and feel relaxed about it.  Also, I am stretching my legs, torso and core more than I did at first.

     

     

        

     

     

  • jcrule Amateur 228 posts since
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    5. May 6, 2008 1:02 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

    I agree with a previous poster. Think about what you are eating/drinking the day before your run, what time you are running, etc. I feel very heavy if I run at night. The whold day just wears me down and then I have to run 3 miles? Ugh

     

    Also, slow down. Even if you "feel" you are going slow, go slower. That's one of the first thing experienced runners will tell you. 2-3 months is the newborn stage of running. We all want to walk before we can crawl. Most new runners want so increase thier pace before thier milage.  If you are a sprinter, then that's cool, but I think most of us here are trying to be endurance runners.  I would go at a pace that is very comfortable for you.  Not "great workout" comfortable. Just plain old comfortable, where you don't have to even think about or concentrait on your breathing. I've learned this through my runs. Sure you can add a day where you run faster, but make it one of your shorter runs. If you are in this for the long run and the endurance side, then slower and longer is better than faster and shorter distances.  Once you have a good and steady weekly milage base, then you can start to work on training workouts...hills/speed, etc.  without as much a chance of injury.

     

    I have been running since January now and I just completed my first 5 mile run.  It was what they call the long/slow run of the week. I averaged 14 minute miles. From what I've read, for my race times (I've run two 5K's since completing the C25K at the end of March), this is spot on.  And I will tell you, I did have to get over the mental aspect of "Am I really running?".  I kept on feeling myself speed up and I forced myself to go SLOW. If I went at my normal 11-12 minute/mile pace there is no way I could have gone that far. OH, and I felt great for the run, and the rest of the day, and the day after.  And yes, it took me 1 hr 10 min.  And I could do it that long!  I don't go by the 30 min thing anymore.  I want to eventually run a HM and 30 training just won't do.

     

    I think running can get easier, but you need to build a firm milage base right now, and that's just going to take dedication, time, and hard work.  Some days will be easier than others.  Also, I just thought about the chemicals that build up in your mucles when you exercise.  If you go too hard to fast then they build up very quickly, and your body can't dispose of them at the rate they are produced (is it lactic acid??).  This will make your muscles feel like ****..like your legs are feeling.  You must slow down.  It just sounds to me you are running faster than your body should and your mind won't listen yet.    We all want to work out like we did in our early 20's.  It just doesn't work that way anymore...I learned the hard way.  Started and stopped the C25K more times than I'd like to mention.  This last time I just decided to take it easy, do what I could do, not my old basketball, volleyball, softball playing self could do. 

     

    So, YES, it does get easier, but "easy" is relative. Good luck!





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  • TeejWI Rookie 43 posts since
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    7. May 6, 2008 7:06 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    Have you talked to your doctor?

     

     

    While I wouldn't expect "miracles" in 2-3 months, I'd expect a 2 mile run to become at least somewhat less unpleasant.  You could have blood sugar and/or thyroid issues...or it could just simply be the fact that it's been 3-4 hours since you've eaten.

     

     

    I'd say try for about an hour after a light meal with some healthy but digetsable carbs - ie a sandwich on wheat bread...but stick to water (most preferable) or diet soda(not great, but better than regular)...no high fructose corn syrup...and "fiber" doesn't count as carbs for fuel because you don't digest it.  Avoid simple sugars (candies) as simple sugars (and HFCS) will spike your blood sugar up, then the insulin will make you crash...and kill your running ability.

     

     

  • Gherkin Amateur 25 posts since
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    9. May 7, 2008 1:54 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

    Running became easier (and more enjoyable) for me when I truly learned to slow down.  I had been running for about 12 months when I finally figured this out.     One day I had left my watch at home and since I wasn't going to time myself, I figured, "Why push myself?" and I just ran at a really nice, easy pace.  For the first time ever I knew what the experienced runners meant when they had been saying "Slow Down!"  That was the first run that I really enjoyed and it was easy and I felt like I could run for another hour!  So, my advice is slow down, slow down.  Enjoy the scenery.

  • jcrule Amateur 228 posts since
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    10. May 7, 2008 3:22 PM (in response to Gherkin)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    Laura, oh wow! I'm glad you found that out. Once you have your iron all figured out let us know how your running feels!  I'm interested to hear about that.

     

    Gherkin, I hear ya!  I'm glad I finally am letting myself run slower.  I mean my slow run is way slower than experienced distance runners.  It has made a world of difference on my outlook on running for the long term..in a positive way!

     

     





    Jill

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Upcoming Races:

       ~ Love'em or Leave'em Valentine's Day Dash 5K - 2/13/10 (32:50)

       ~ Some local St. Patty's Day 5K, gotta register for one - 3/13/10

       ~ Birch Bay Road Race 5K - 3/27/10

       ~ Need to register for a 10K before June

       ~ Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half!!!!!  6/26/2010

       ~ Danskin Triathlon (Sprint) - 8/15/10

  • Angel Kitty Amateur 57 posts since
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    11. May 8, 2008 2:15 AM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

    Laura, get your iron tablets where everyone picks up there scrips. If you get them over the counter it cost you big time. I get mine at target and I ask the pharmacist and it only cost me $3.99 or something like that it has 60 pills!!  I bought 3 bottles. If you buy it over the counter it cost you $ 15 for a month supply. I just found out that I am in menopause so what else can we get!!!  Keep running it will get easier!!!

  • Active Toby Active.com Staff 1,559 posts since
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    12. May 9, 2008 2:37 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    "It doesn't get any easier; you just get faster."

    -Greg LeMond

     

     

     

     

     





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  • SportiGrl Pro 470 posts since
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    13. May 9, 2008 7:02 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    about iron ... I have been re-reading some of my running literature and a good reminder was to not take caffeine with iron supplements, it'll reduce absorption ... while Vitamin C (orange juice, perhaps) will increase absorption ...

     

     

     

     

     

    I found out about 6 weeks ago that I was slightly anemic after a routine blood test for the meds I have to take ... I didn't do anything about it but actually did buy some iron and vitamin c TODAY ... what a co-inky-****, huh?     I was picking up scripts for daughter and decided to do something for me that I hope helps my training more ...

     

     

     

     

     

    About the running getting easier  ...  it will ... but the first 1-3 miles really are harder than the rest  ...  when you first start going further you might even consider a little walking break every once in a while ... maybe run a mile and walk 30-45 seconds and run another mile ... repeat 3, then 4, then eventually 5 times  ... pay attention to the pace you do each at ... and next time you go out for your run try to do the first mile at the slowest pace you did last time ... maybe you'll soon find you don't need a walking break and start feeling pretty good after the first mile or so  ... finding your rhythm is nice, it doesn't mean running isn't still challenging work but it makes it easier to not feel overwhelmed and to relax and feel strong  ...

     

     

     

     

     

    good luck  ... and happy running!

     

     

  • feelingyounger Rookie 4 posts since
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    14. May 9, 2008 7:34 PM (in response to Laurarunning)
    Re: When does running get easier?

     

    Wow, Laura.  This sounded so familiar to me.  I'm 45, running 4 months now.  It's frustrating when published "training schedules for beginners" say I should be doing something at 4 weeks that it has taken me 4 months to get to.  I am seeing results,  but I think it may just take some people longer.  (I'm wondering if most people like you and I  give up after 8 weeks of frustration so we never hear about them.) 

     

     

    Last week I ran 3 miles without stopping or walking for the first (and as of yet, only) time.  Some things that have helped me:

     

     

    Make peace with walk breaks.   This has been hard for me, but the walks are getting fewer and shorter.

     

     

    Write down every run/distance/time/date in a notebook.  When I'm feeling discouraged, I look back at it and realize that while it has been one step forward, two steps back, i am making progress over time.  For instance, I can go longer without a walk break, and, without even trying, my pace has increased.

     

     

    Try taking 2-3 days off if you're feeling really discouraged.  I was almost ready to give it up, took about 3 days off running, then got back out there and had the best run ever.  The extra rest made the running feel alot easier and I became totally remotivated.

     

     

    I'm actually going to look into the iron issue.  I had wondered about this myself, and as others have noted, am really anxious to hear if you notice improvment.  Good luck!

     

     

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