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I just found this forum and i wanted to get some excitement going so i can keep running and improve over time! I also would love to lose some gut weight, who doesn't right.
Well, a little background i spose, i have been fairly active my whole life, i play hockey ( yes i'm canadian ) and i have always been into sports. I only got into running last year, i used to HATE running...and i thought it was kinda stupid...but then i ran...and i gotta say the first 3-4 times we're HELL...but then i started enjoying running more and more and i just got hooked once i started seing improvement. So i kept running on and off for the past year or so, maybe get in 3 runs one week, 1 the next and then none for a few weeks, then 3 runs the next and so on. I'm a College student so sometimes my schedual doesn't really let me fit runs in.
Anyway, ima cut to the chase, i weight about 230 i'd guess. I think i'm more or less fit to start, i still play hockey 1-2 times a week but i would love to get 3-4 runs in a week. I have 2-3 runs i have mapped out at about 5k - 3.2 Miles ish per run. Two of my routes hav areas where the incline is close to 20% or so at half way so i kinda push myself to get there and up and then i tell myself i can take a quick break when i make it. Usually i take a 30s-1min break and i'm good to go. Sometimes i can run the whole thing in 26-28m.
So basically, what i plan on doing is running 15 times per month, while managing what i eat. I make homemade wine and beer so i indulge when friends are around, but that's not a major worry for me since i will be done College in april. What i want is to get a solid routine going so once i want to change my diet it will be way easier to integrate. I guess the probleme is that i have a hard time motivating myself to keep going after 2 weeks or so. I did register for my first race on the 1st of January so i'm looking forward to get my 5k time down enough so i can really push myself and just get a decent personnal result.
Reasons i have a hard time running the desired amount of times per week:
I feel i don't have time,
I am too sore,
I just don't feel like it,
It's winter here now,
I just ate or i want to eat,
Anyway, if someone is in a similar situation i would love some feedback, or even for someone to tag along, or take interest in what i'm doing!
Jason Blaquiere : Q
I think that it's something that you have to make a priority, there are no magic pills or motivations speeches. The good thing is that, the more you do it, the more it'll become a habit, meaning that, as hard as it is sometimes to step out the door, the thought of not stepping out the door will be worse.
So when can we all come over for the beer and wine?
My blog: RunningMyMouthOff.com
Well, the next batch will be done before christmas. i'l let y'all know
As for your comment, i'D have to agree that i don't enjoy the feeling of not running when i know i should. Usually i try to tell myself to go for a walk and i usually always end up running. Even then, i get discouraged after that 2 - 3 week mark where i just am very sore, so i usually take a few days to get better and a few stretch into more than a few.
Hiya, I'm in a somewhat similar situation.
I've always been fairly active (taekwondo is my thing) but I had a baby 10 months ago and during my pregnancy I basically sat around on the couch a lot. I put on weight and lost fitness. So I decided about 9 weeks ago to run a marathon next July.
I've been training approx 3x per week and am aiming to get up to 20km long runs by January 1st. My first run was 4.5 km and I walked half of it, so I've come a long way. My most recent run was 17.8km. Just a regular 3x to 4x per week works.
I'm not in college but I hear you because I work and have four kids, so juggling time can be tricky. Sometimes I've trained 2x per week and one week I didn't train at all.
I started a blog http://mumtomarathon.com to encourage parents or any other busy people to make sure they too find time for them selves and their pursuits.
So I'm basically going from unfit mum of four to someone who can run a marathon. That's the plan.
I'd be happy to be a virtual running buddy with you. Do you have a blog or FB page or are you tracking your progress here. You can follow my blog & send me links to your updates.
Find the time...it's worth it.
I agree that you have to make it a priority. If you use a day planner or some scheduler software, put it in there. Make it time that you can't book other things into.
As for motivation, swing over to the 200+ club thread. Lots of very motivational people over there.
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Hey guys, thanks for all the swift replies : P
I'l try answering a few things here,
As for soreness, it's not really about dull aches or a bit of pain, i know that usually after a few minutes of running all that goes away anyway so i try to run when i'm sore. Sometimes i get chin splints early in and i just try to ignore them unless they get really bad. What happens mostly is that i start running for a few minutes and i feel that i really can't put a good run in because my muscles have almost no energy... i usually eat pretty well, carbs and proteins the day before or the day of a run. I was kinda wondering if it was the intensity of my runs that could be doing harm, I usually push myself hard enough from the middle of my run to the end as i feel i have to run faster to be better, although i know that's not necesarily true haha.
Brooke: i think it's SUPER cool your getting a blog going, getting in shape to run a marathon! My goal here isn't really to run a marathon i think, i just want to be able to maybe run 40-50 km's per week and not be sore all the time, and be able to fit all this into my busy schedual. I do not have a blog, i try to keep my running days jotted down in a little notebook i have and i write down my mood that day, if i'm happy with what i ate and drank, and then i write how my run went on a scale of one to ten. I threw you a friends invite as well, i might get anoying though : P jus kidding.
As for the gym, i do have a membership at the gym and it's not even 3 mins from here, but most of the time the weight room is SUPER congested with the university's hockey team so it's kinda a no fly zone. There is an indoor track that i plan on using when it's way too ugly outside, but i usually prefer running outside because of the fresh air. I ran in a -10 snowstorm 2 nights ago...wow was that ever a fun time haha.
Hrmm, also I do feel that i do not have the time usually, but i try to go anyway. Wednesday i had an exam next day at 8h30, but i still went because i knew it would only take me about 30 mins to run, and 10-15 to shower and then i could get back to work studying and such. But it's not always the case and i guess that's kind of why i want to do 15 ish runs every month, so i know i'l have to do a certain amount per week.
So far i ran twice since wednesday, today i have some friends who i haven't seen in a while come down for some dinner, and tomorrow i have hockey. So i'l probably get a good run in monday, take tuesday off and run wednesday, thursday and so on. Friday off, saturday run, and sunday hockey. So i think i can stick with that, it's just difficult to remember to go and do it sometimes
Hey Jay, there's some good stuff here. I've got a bit of a different take, so indulge me a bit.
Excuses - yes, they are easy to make and hard to overcome sometimes. And some of them are probably not excuses as much as solid reasons for your not getting out there. There might be some underlying stuff going on though that makes just doing it hard.
The Physical Game - Since you are having some issues with pain, shin splints, sore and weak muscles, there are some things going on here. Do some searches on this site on shin splints. There is a lot of good info here, especially from Lenzlaw. See if you can find it and do what he says. Likely you are overstriding. Shorten up your stride and try to land with your feet under you, not ahead of you. Also, consider slowing down a bit (not due to the shortened stride!) so try to keep the run enjoyable. You should be able to talk while running. If you can't, you're going too fast. With conditioning, you'll be able to increase your speed in time. If you address the physical issues to try to make the run more fun, then you might find the excuses start going away.
The Mental Game - Running is mostly mental. That's one of the hardest things to overcome. Your brain, for some odd reason, thinks it needs to tell you to not do something that you know is good for you. When you don't feel like running and you start focusing on all the "bad" things you're feeling, or start thinking about all the other stuff you could/should/would be doing instead, then your head is not into it and your body will surely follow that. Usually the first 5-10 minutes of running is the hardest. Your brain tells you your legs are like lead and you're breathing harder than you should and it's just not feeling right today, it's best to stop and do it another time. Well, your brain is usually wrong. If you can make it past that period (remember...running too fast can really make it seem like the brain is telling you the truth!) then usually it's all good from there. There will be days when you're just not feeling it. Unless there is pain, I will slog through for a minimum of 2-3 miles. I slow my pace and just get it done. I try to figure out if maybe I'm coming down with something or maybe my diet hasn't been very good. But usually it's a temporary thing, just that one day, and on I go, leaving it behind.
There was a time that I really didn't enjoy running that much. I didn't actually enjoy it until I was finished. Then I felt good, energetic, and full of a sense of accomplishment. Things are different now, I actually enjoy the sensation of running an dworking and the challenges I overcome when I'm doing it.
Make it fun, make it painless, and you'll find that it's easier to get out there and do it than it is for you now.
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