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  1. The dreaded shin splints. We've all had them. Which running technique/stretches has helped you the most to overcome this painful condition?
  2. I’m not sure if I should take a small break and just do it Monday Wednesday and Friday or everyday back to back?
  3. Hi everyone! I'd like to post my experience on being an absolute beginner to running and getting to the 10k mark. I found it very difficult in the beginning, and wanted to share some things I've learned and some tips that will hopefully help others. I started off doing the Zenlabs C25K and moved straight up to their 10K app. My fitness level was average, and all my running was done on a treadmill. It took 12 weeks and I'm 47 yrs. old. When I first started out it was hard. I mean, OMG I really wanted to get each running session over with. I hated it, complained to myself all the time, and didn't enjoy anything about the whole process! It was a tough trudge and I wanted an excuse all the time to get out of it. I had NO concept how anyone could even remotely enjoy it, never mind really look forward to it every day. Well... I actually went from feeling this miserable and negative to really enjoying running and actually experiencing that "runners high" that I'd read about. I'd like to share my experience for those who are at the beginning and feeling as disillusioned and dejected about running as I did. TIP 1 When you first start out, it's gonna be hard. There's no way around that, BUT it's pretty short lived. If you follow a structured program like the C25K, you progress at a nice rate. I ran every other day. 12 weeks later, I'm in a very happy place. TIP 2 Music. There is no way in hell I could have got to the 10K mark without a GREAT playlist of music that has a fantastic beat. This was an absolute must for me. I learned to quickly get rid of songs with beats that didn't work, and add more songs that I loved and that had beats that really kept me going. TIP 3 The beginning of a run is always tough. I assumed the more I progressed that this would go away, but it doesn't. Even at 10K, that first 4-6 mins is like getting over a hill - it REALLY sucks! I assumed it's just my body suddenly adapting to going from a stationary state to a running state, but whatever it is, the beginning of a run is like a challenging hump to get over. That leads me to the next tip. TIP 4 When you get into a schedule and get better at it, you really want to get over the misery of the "run start-up." I did a lot of research into this and went to a local running store. The consensus is that the beginning of a run is always tough. Always the optimist, I was determined to try and make it easier, so I started researching supplements. Now... I'm a really healthy person. I eat 100% organic, vegetarian, no processed food at all, and only pasture-raised dairy, so the thought of supplements wasn't top of my list. But I did learn that caffeine can really help with that tough part at the beginning of a run. I don't drink coffee at all, and the fact my office co-workers are addicted to their caffeine fix make me have zero interest in coffee! BUT, I wanted to make my run easier so I tested out 200mg caffeine (in supplement form) 30 mins before a run. Damn, it really helped...! I hate to admit it, but now that tough beginning to a run is so much better. I'm really hoping that as time passes by I can phase out the caffeine, but right now, I'm sticking with it :-) TIP 5 Always spend a couple of mins stretching before you get started. I do 3 simple stretches. 1) rag doll, bending at the waist for 30 secs to give my hamstrings a good stretch, 2) quad stretch, bending at the knee and holding my ankle behind me against my butt to stretch my quad for 30 secs, and 3) holding knee into my chest to stretch my glute for 30 secs. If I DON'T stretch, I notice the first few mins are tougher and more challenging to me. TIP 5 KNOW it's going to get easier. For me, that didn't happen until 10K. It just didn't, and that was 12 weeks. That's not to say it was all tough, but I never felt that "oh, this is a breeze!" feel at all. When I reached 10K and stuck to that 3-4 times a week, I started feeling good about it. My music list was full of energy and awesome beats, my body had adapted, and I really started to enjoy it. The first few mins is still tough, but the caffeine helps, so that's ok! TIP 6 This may not apply to everyone, but I found using a treadmill to be a life saver. I did the "interval" setting where you could set two speeds, one walk and one run, and it made it so much easier for me as I toggled between the speeds. I also like to have the company of people around me in a gym. I tried several times running outside and failed - I'm not sure why, but I couldn't get in to it. Being at a gym somehow gave me more accountability and put me in the right mental state. I really needed all the help I could get, and I needed the treadmill. My summary is that I went from absolutely HATING running in the beginning to suddenly looking forward to doing a 1/2 marathon. I mean, to me that's shocking that I went from one extreme to another, but I did! Hopefully these tips can help others because they are what I found was the most helpful for me :-)
  4. Hiya, I'm a first time runner here in Ireland. I'm doing this to tone up and lose two stone in weight. I went for my first run on 29/12/2018. I have been so sore since then...it really hurts to walk. It's not isolated to one area but goes from my hips to my ankles. Is this normal? Looking forward to hearing all your views and success stories x
  5. Hey guys my name is Lynn I am 19 and 300lbs, I am new to this today was the 2nd day and my legs felt like lead! I was sure at some points I wasn't even jogging but I was a couple times I walked. I took two 10 minute breaks but I finished it. I ways wanted to run and finally decided to do it even if it is hard!
  6. Hello I completed the program two years ago and then fell fell off. I’m starting again, having lost some weight and gained terrifically proved blood numbers by following a Real Food/LCHF diet. I’m looking forward to building up to a 5K, being in much better shape to start with than last time.
  7. Hi guys! It's AL here! I've begun to run for 6 months. I had little knowlegde on running. I'm trying to get better at the moment! I've a trail running challenge on March in which I have to run 50k for the first time on jungle and mountain landscape. I've read many tips and tricks for first time jungle marathoners. However, I don't really understand about fitness tracker. Which brand I should chosse? Apple, Garmin, Fitbit,... ??? and Which type should I choose? Which modem I should use? Does you guys have any suggestion? Thank you first!! P.S: I would love to buy a waterproof fitness tracker one (Because I live in tropical weather country).
  8. CRey

    Chris

    I'm here to train and be able to run for a few miles without being overly winded. As it stands I can't run a quarter mile without being winded.
  9. Hey guys, which music do you like to put on while running? Which songs give you the most adrenaline?
  10. In 2009, I reached my goal of running a 10k in an hour and then I got shin splints training for a half marathon. It hurt and it got hot and I quit to "heal". After that injury, I started and quit over and over. Always, I remembered how good it felt when I could easily run a ten minute mile, and those days when I would run even 1-3 minutes faster per mile, but I never reached those levels again. Years later I learned the shin splints happen when you scale up too fast, and that half marathon was too much too soon. Now, nearly a decade later, I am older, fatter, and slower. I am going for the same goal again, a ten minute mile. But this time, I will make sure to progress slower, consistently, and carefully, so that I don't quit before I give my body the chance to adapt and because it feels amazing to be a runner.
  11. In 2009, I reached my goal of running a 10k in an hour and then I got shin splints training for a half marathon. It hurt and it got hot and I quit to "heal". After that injury, I started and quit over and over. Always, I remembered how good it felt when I could easily run a ten minute mile, and those days when I would run even 1-3 minutes faster per mile, but I never reached those levels again. Years later I learned the shin splints happen when you scale up too fast, and that half marathon was too much too soon. Now, nearly a decade later, I am older, fatter, and slower. I am going for the same goal again, a ten minute mile. But this time, I will make sure to progress slower, consistently, and carefully, so that I don't quit before I give my body the chance to adapt and because it feels amazing to be a runner.
  12. After four children and 34 years in this earth I have decided that I was a better more active life. Starting at 240lbs hoping to run/walk a 5K by the end of January for my birthday
  13. After four children and 34 years in this earth I have decided that I was a better more active life. Starting at 240lbs hoping to run/walk a 5K by the end of January for my birthday
  14. Hi all, I just started the 10k program. I have been running for a few years but i have not been able to break the 5k threshold. If i don't get tired first then I will have joint problems or tired muscles. So i thought to give this program a try. I started the first day and the lady told me to run for 10 minutes. I did. She told me to walk. I did. The repeated. The third round, I could not complete the full 10 minutes without walking. There was a few big hill incline which might have contributed to my failure. My question is that since i was unable to run the full ten minutes on the third round and fourth round, do I need to keep retrying day 1 with slower pace till I can run the whole program? Or jump to day 2 with my pace? Thank you all for your input.
  15. Hi all, I just started the 10k program. I have been running for a few years but i have not been able to break the 5k threshold. If i don't get tired first then I will have joint problems or tired muscles. So i thought to give this program a try. I started the first day and the lady told me to run for 10 minutes. I did. She told me to walk. I did. The repeated. The third round, I could not complete the full 10 minutes without walking. There was a few big hill incline which might have contributed to my failure. My question is that since i was unable to run the full ten minutes on the third round and fourth round, do I need to keep retrying day 1 with slower pace till I can run the whole program? Or jump to day 2 with my pace? Thank you all for your input.
  16. This is my first time being open to people I don't know, but I figured it would help this time around. I've fallen off my weight loss goals countless of times, and I can usually chalk it up to my depression, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Many people don't understand mental illness, but it is something so many people struggle with every day, myself included. These past few months have been bad. Usually I have a few bad months at a time, but I can sometimes see the light at the end of the tunnel. This time, though, it's completely dark at the other end, which is terrifying. I was slowly relapsing into my depression and all of the bad, addictive habits that come along with it. I gave up on myself. So here I am again, trying to start this journey and not giving up this time. Using running as an outlet for all of my emotions has been one of the healthiest habits I've learned, I just hope I can stick with it this time. While I know the fight is long and hard, I know I can't give up.
  17. Hi all, i started C25K about a year ago and I made it to the end! After I finished I stopped running, stopped working out, and stopped eating right. It's time for that to change... again. I know I have done it once. I want to be there again and go further. So here is to running. Age:22, Height:6'3'' SW/CW: 294, GW: 220
  18. Hey Everyone - I am new to running, I started doing this with the purpose of learning to run, becoming the runner I always wanted to be and losing some weight. I have yet to start training with the application, and have completed three 5k's. Now these, I have done while walking/jogging. And I am really enjoying them. I am also from Connecticut. Looking forward to some improvements.
  19. Been on a walking profile with the military for 5 years. Finally not in severe pain to run and starting to run after 5 years after surgery to my ankle and foot. I am in decent shape for a 40 year old. Any and all help is encouraged and accepted.
  20. Just finished training for a 5k with the C210k app. It feels good to start running again.
  21. What is the significance of running over gyming? I feel working hard in gym is way more better than running on treadmill or down the lane.
  22. I have found since I took up running & especially since I managed the 5K mark that my leg muscles seem uncomfortably tight, I am guessing some of you find this too. I found this yoga video on YouTube & it really helped, even after just the one session which given my muscles were tight was not easy, lol! Check it out https://youtu.be/of2spyCtUkw Hope it helps
  23. tarottee

    Thighs/Calves

    Hi there, not really an injury as such however this seemed the best place to post. I'm at the 5K mark finally but I find the thighs are really tightening when running & so it's making it harder than it should be to do the 5K, also finding the inner calf muscle on my right leg is tight & a bit uncomfortable. I finished my run 5 hours ago and yet still feel tight. I do my warm up & cool down as the app suggested but any other suggestions would be good. Thanks
  24. tarottee

    Knee Pain

    Hi all, finally made it to the 22 minute stage which I am really pleased with, 25 tomorrow!!! In the meantime my knees really ache after today's run, my sports massage person is coming Friday so hope she can sort it out but in the meantime is there anything I can do to help it? Thanks
  25. Hey everyone! Just a post to make things public, and wanting to declare it to myself infront of the world. To be honest, I do feel very embarrassed to share this on Facebook etc, where people know who I am. I do hold a lot of anxiety, as I have tried to have support buddies, but they got lazy and Ended up bailing out... Or when I do something or even just post about exercise my best mate thinks I am making a personal attack on her because I am "capable"? ... Don't get me wrong, lovely person however she makes her self out to be very mentally disabled and self sabotages. For example, I teamed up with a very successful life coaching/counselling company, paid them to help her out, with a weekend face to face course and told them to just let her think she won it, as she will kill me if she found out what I did. She said she really wanted to do it but came up with 100 problems why she can't and told them to pass the prize on. Sorry, that's a little rant, but something I really wanted to get off my chest, because I don't want her to know what I did. To keep the secret, I can't tell anyone... But she can take up the "prize" when she is upto it, it is always there. So I am sick of people saying "that's awesome! I wish I could do that but <insert excuse>" ... Because in some way, shape or form, I believe everyone can do it, and hearing the disguised negativity and other peoples excuses is bringing me down. So here, and in a hopefully supportive environment, I am holding myself accountable to finish the 10K trainer! I timed it so week 15 (graduating week) of the trainer, I will be running the community 10k run in September. I want to successfully run the entire course this year. No half-tried attempts like the previous years I have done it... And I will post up progress every week along the way! This week I have done week one, and am feeling motivated. Just have to not burn out that motivation and keep it up.
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