I have never really been active, never played sports in school or for fun all I have done is walk my dog but I just joined a gym and I love it. I have been doing a lot of jogging on the treadmill and other cardio and I also swim. I have also been biking more for all my errands close by. I was thinking of sticking with my more active lifestyle and set a goal for myself - run the Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis.
The only thing is I need some advice on what's best to train for such an event it is in May but I want to start now. So any Marathon runners out there want to suggest some sort of regiment.
Dunno. I haven't run in a race. Actually, I don't run out of a race, either. Treadmills and outdoors are different. Maybe start running outdoors on weekends or when you have time and see where you're at.
I would definitely second the idea of running outside.Maybe try running at night (if you live in a safe neighborhood) Make sure you keep your iron levels up, because that will affect your running a lot, (it makes a huge difference for me).
Try to find a running buddy.
Replace your shoes every 400 miles, at least.
I've never ran a marathon, but I think the idea is run a lot, and often. Check out Runner's World Magazine (just buy the subscription, it's way cheaper than cover stand price, or check your local library), it will get you super motivated to run!
How far is this mini-marathon?? I would definitely try doing your long run outside. Like Sat/Sun morning or something. Also, you can google a free training plan based on how far the distance the race is. For treadmill runs, I always up the incline to 1-1.5% to mimic outdoor conditions when I can't get outside due to weather.
That's great! Happy to hear you are working out regularly and enjoying it! Please check back in and let us know how long this race is in May like lauren asked. Also, what distance are you up to on the treadmill currently and how many days a week do you currently run? The runner's world website was a great suggestion, they have a lot of training plans for all distances and ability levels on there.
I'm sorry to hear you are self conscous about running outside. Ask aorund the gym if anyone knows of any running clubs in the area that would welcome beginner runners. Running with others makes it much more enjoyable, especially in the beginning.
I fyou get a sharp pain in your lung, you are probably pushing yourself too hard. Slow down, even walk for a minute or two if you have to. Most cardio, especially for a beginner should be done at a pace where you can talk without gasping for air.
I'm running the Indy Mini is May! Anyone else????? We should meet up and find some good food!
Currently I run 5K's........I just started running again actually a few months ago. As soon as I get my competitive 5K time down to about 20 minutes I will start working on running 10K's and half marathon's. Currently my 5K time is about 25 minutes. I'm probably about 3-6 months from getting it down to 20.
My weekly training consists of this:
Monday: Long run (5 miles plus)
Tues: Yoga or Pilates
Wed: Hills and / or stairs plus short jog
Thurs Yoga or Pilates
Fri Speed run (5K)
Sat / Sun I usually take off. I want to add cycling into my mix soon.