Thanks so much for all the ideas! It's fun to hear about others' experiences too. I feel a little obsessed with running lately and there are just only so many times I can bring the topic up with my patient husband. It was interesting to hear that the first 1-3 miles are the hardest-- I assume you mean that working yourself up to a three mile distance is hard-- in comparison to increasing your time further after that? That's encouraging. I had gotten to about 1.5 miles a while ago and started calculating how much farther I had to go to reach 3 miles and decided maybe I'd just stay at 1.5. But then one day a few weeks ago I pushed ahead to 2 miles and lately 2.5 hasn't sounded like that much more so I'm going to push ahead to that. I also timed myself today for the first time in a couple weeks and discovered that my pace had improved! All signs of progress.
I'm thinking about maybe looking up the iron/anemia issue also. It's a pretty common problem for women-- maybe especially health-conscious women who don't eat a lot of red meat. I've been wondering how long it takes to build iron levels back up and that's what I want to check. I'm assuming iron will help with energy while running and I'm eager for that! I'm also starting to tone and lose some weight which should also help.
Feelingyounger, I had concluded a few weeks ago when I was at my lowest point that maybe most of the people on this forum were young. As I read around a bit, I don't think that's true, although I do think this has been a slower process for me at 45 than it might have been 20 or even 10 years ago. The other day though I saw this petite old lady jogging around the gym, just making it look effortless, and it really lifted my spirits! What a great role model. Good for you for reaching the 3 mile mark-- keep it up!
Even the most experienced runners will usually tell you that the first 1-3 miles are tough. It takes me a full 1 to 1.5 miles to get my body really going and in the groove of running. Most of my runs right now are 5K's. Not races, I just have a 5K loop in my neighborhood, so instead of running "3" miles, I just do my "5K Loop". It sucks because just when I'm getting into the swing of things, I am done with my milage for the day. LOL I'm building my base slowly, so only one long slow run a week. I swear you will find that once you hit the 2/2.5 mile marks you will know you can run 3 miles...maybe not easily at first, but it is doable.
Keep it up!
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~ 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
About the first 1-3 miles ... even after you get up to doing 6+ mile runs you are likely to feel like the first 1-3 of that run are hard, at least on some days, but once you hit your groove you'll be glad you stuck in there and probably cruise through the remaining miles of your run that day.
While I am first starting to build milage I try not to even look at a watch during my runs ... once in awhile I will wear one and set the timer at the beginning but not intentionally run fast and just try to run comfortable ... at the end I do look down at the watch to see what the time was ... then I may not wear the watch again for another week or two ... then I try it again without referring to it during the run at all ...
good luck with the iron and the running ...