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  1. 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 :-)
  2. Squiggle88

    First Time Runner

    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
  3. Queenzombie

    Newb here!

    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!
  4. Jorge Gonzales

    Running over Gyming

    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.
  5. danpincus

    At it again

    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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. Hey guys, which music do you like to put on while running? Which songs give you the most adrenaline?
  9. RunningBello

    Just starting

    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
  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. RunningBello

    Just starting

    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. Jorge Gonzales

    ideal time for treadmill running

    Please guide me with the ideal time for treadmill running.
  14. Samimas

    How do you use this thing?

    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. Samimas

    How do you use this thing?

    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. ArchaeologistsAllen

    Jumping Back on the Horse!

    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. Jorge Gonzales

    running:best weight loss workout

    How is running the best weight loss workout?
  19. Insanity

    New to running

    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.
  20. Sgt Mulcahey

    Starting over since 2012

    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.
  21. Living Healthy

    Living Healthy

    Just finished training for a 5k with the C210k app. It feels good to start running again.
  22. I had my left ankle injured a month back and had a swollen foot for few days. The pain was really high for few days and after which the swelling and pain reduced comparatively. But the pain does sustain now and it gets worse when I get a small twist or something like that while walking. My right ankle also had a similar problem but is not intense as this. Is running with these ankle injuries okay for my feet or will it make the situation worse. I would love to hear from you guys.
  23. Heyo! I'm Zach and 15. I had heard that getting into better shape and, especially running, can help alleviate dysphoria. I thought this app would be perfect to try to help out with dysphoria, with the added bonus of maybe losing some weight too.
  24. The dreaded shin splints. We've all had them. Which running technique/stretches has helped you the most to overcome this painful condition?
  25. Mermaid_Mama

    Pregnant Runner

    Hello everyone. I'm so excited to do this program again with support from the community. I followed the c25k method about a year ago and didn't even know about the app. I'm 19, vegan, pregnant, and absolutely love running. I'm trying to ease back into it now that the worst of the first trimester has passed. I look forward to talking to lots of you, and hope to make a few running buddies along the way!
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