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How did you start running?

I really want to get back into running. I used to when I was a teenager. But it seems like every time I try I must over do it cause Im all out of breath and my lungs and throat burn. How did you all get into running? Just a block at a time or work thru the burn?!??? I also will have an 18 month old in tow :)

Type in Couch to 5k here. There is a thread about this program. It's pretty great. I put my sister on it and she progressed nicely until it got too cold out to run. You could also just google it and get the program that way.

I started a long, long time ago. I ran track in middle school, and I couldn't do a quarter mile without having an asthma attack. After gradually building up over the years, I can run a pretty good 5k, and I'm part of an All-American 4x400 meter relay.

It takes time. Try the Couch to 5k program. It's free. It's easy, and all you really need is a watch. It's ideal for improving fitness.

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Sheesh, -shea-, stop stalking my profile. :P Seriously, though..good input. I'm looking into running as well. I can walk for miles and miles. I used to walk 10 miles to work each day. But when it comes to running - notsomuch. Ha.

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Definitely definitely couch to 5km.
I couldn't run at all at the beginning of this year and went through couch to 5km and now I run 5km every weekend morning.  It can feel painfully slow at times, but that's what your body needs to adjust to the particular motion/muscles of running.

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Thanks! I googled Couch to 5k and I think I can do it!! Im excited :) I hope my toddler is willing to go along for the ride

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Shea, what's your 5000m time?

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Shea, what's your 5000m time?

Depends on how hilly the course it. Normally under 21 minutes. Not great, but not bad. I don't run them too often. I just kind of judge how good my distance running by how I place when I run open races against my friends who run cross country in college.

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Couch to 5k is a good way to go!  There are lots of different plans out there, and I would just encourage you to be flexible and do what feels right to you when you are starting out (or, re-starting). 

I personally love run-walks!  I'll run a block, then walk half a block.  If I'm feeling good, I'll run longer continuously, but it's nice to know that I can always break it up.  Even when I get up to running a few miles continuously, I'll still use walk breaks when I'm increasing my mileage (for example, if I can run 3 miles continuously but I want to increase to 4 or 5), or if I'm feeling a bit tired or overheated (not so much a problem in the winter, but really helpful in the summer!).  Some people don't like walk breaks, but I've really found them helpful for making running more fun and relaxing.

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As someone who went from no exercise to running 10km 4 years ago, then back to no exercise last year I can say it is a challenge and may take you some tries to get back into it. Other people have suggested couch to 5km, I have not done it but heard great things. I will share my personal experience though.

2005 started going to the gym hard after years of lack of fitness, went 6 to 7 times a week sometimes twice a day. Then I switched to running as my girlfriend was into it, I had never done it before in my life. I found out I was good and I liked it. I ran half-marathon distances and a few events in 2006 and then in 2007 really stopped doing it at all. Since then I have been on an off. In the last 4 months I have gone from nothing to running 10km 4-5 times a week which I am really proud of. I did this by first going for 3 runs and finding out how far I could run at a moderate pace with a watch and this website:

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/

I started writing all of this down, then I started doing very low impact cardio, mainly riding my mum's exercycle. I gradually interspersed that with running up to that maximum distance. Over the period of a month I started increasing the cycling times and running times till I could run 3km. Then I started running all the time cut out the bike and gradually increased the difficulty. It may be hard for you, but having run with others and friends it is a fun thing to do can be quite addictive.

My tips:

1) Keep a journal or diary. Always carry a watch and measure your distance.
2) If you miss a session don't worry. If you fall off the bike just get back on and keep at it. I'm single with no kids, but I can imagine that having a toddler may mean you are going to miss a few sessions.
3) Run with friends if you can. Not only is it more fun but it does help with motivation. If you live in a big city there might be a mommy runners group.
4) Get good shoes. If you spend a lot of money on gear, spend it on the shoes.

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Thanks again every one :) I cant wait to start this weekend

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Another vote for c25k!  Some of my relatives have done it, and it went really well for them.

Good luck :)

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Thanks all!

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Ive been running for 4 or 5 weeks already :) Feeling stronger, but not ready for the 5 k yet! Thanks everyone and thank you couch to 5k!!!

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I really liked it! It's something I'd definitely like to keep up with!

Thanks all!

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