Running! :D

By dulcet Latest Reply 2012-01-28 09:30:03 -0600
Started 2011-09-16 02:37:56 -0500

Hey guys!

I've recently taken up running as a form of exercise. There's something thrilling about it. Maybe it's the endorphines kicking in. I'm still a novice and was wondering if anyone had any advice on how I can build up my endurance and stamina?

The whole running thing seems like a spur of the moment kind of thing to me. Maybe it's because I'm going through a falling out with someone. Blah, that's another story.

Anyway, looking forward to any advice!
Good night!

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Leslie S
Leslie S 2012-01-28 09:30:03 -0600 Report

At the end of December I started doing couch to 5k… I love it!!! It goes in intervals.. like walking for 1.5 minutes, then running… and each week it builds to run more. I downloaded the app on my phone so it tells me when to walk and run, so I don't have to pay attention to time.

My question is … do you have issues with your feet/legs?? I just went to the doctor and mine are fine. They tingle sometimes, but it's not painful — more annoying than anything. But I find that sometimes in the middle of a workout, they start tingling like they're asleep… could it be my shoes???

Any help you can give would be great!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-16 16:28:44 -0500 Report

Dulcet, I would like to add to what Gabby and Robertoj said. Before starting a new exercise routine you should discuss this with your doctor. He knows your health condition and will be the best to advise you on how long and how often you should start. Those warm ups are very important to help prevent injuries.

GabbyPA 2011-09-16 13:39:07 -0500 Report

Exercise is a funny animal. Many of us avoid it because we don't want to do it. But a funny thing happens when we start on a routine that is comfortable for us...we kind of start to like it.

Take it easy and make it fun. Don't push into a place that makes it painful (more than just sore). You will build on that. I do what is called interval training and I walk and run. (I still mostly walk) But it gives you a chance to change things up a bit and that helps your body. My challenge is to walk and run a total of 30-45 minutes and add more running as I get better at it. The dog likes the running part too.

And yeah, it might have to do with the falling out you are going through. But let me tell you, running is a better friend than the quart of ice cream in the freezer. LOL

robertoj 2011-09-16 04:06:48 -0500 Report

I used to be a runner and I enjoyed it too much. First of all wear the correct running shoe that fits right. Try to find a low impact place to run (asphalt is better than concrete but dirt and grass are best. Start out with a short distance and work your way up. Warm up (stretches) and warm down (walking). Make sure you stay hydrated and when you run distances make sure you drink something to replace electrolytes you lose by running. NEVER EVER run when injured. You might think you are all right; trust me you don't want to risk joint injury. Did I fail to remind you to test before and after so you don't risk hypoglycemia (bad Roberto). Running is good fun and an awesome stress reducer. Good luck.