Friday, May 22, 2009

I'm A Runner!

OK, well maybe I shouldn't be saying that just yet but I want to be a runner. Does that count?

As you all have read I decided to try running on the treadmill at the gym on Wednesday. After reading all of your advice from my previous post here, I decided to try to run in intervals on the treadmill.

I used Carrie's (from Newlywed Girl) advice. She suggested intervals on the treadmill. So that is what I did. For 30 minutes I alternated walking at 3.5mph for two minutes and then running at 5mph for two minutes.

Honestly it was tough. I thought it was going to be a lot easier but by the time I was done I was ready to fall over. It almost seems like running on the treadmill is harder then running outside. But I survived and I am ready to go back today and do it again. I know it is just a start and I hope to work my way up to just running instead of intervals.

If anyone out there is a runner. I would love some advice. Is this how you get started running? Will I slowly be able to run longer? Should I keep pushing myself to run longer each time? I'm just not quite sure how I can get my body to be able to handle running without getting awful cramping in my side. Hopefully it will come with time.


Red Apple said...

Yes as you build up you will find that you will be able to run more and that you need to walk less. Set yourself a target time or distance and just keep on with that until you can comfortably run all the way...then you can start pushing your times and your distance!! I agree it is definately harder to run on the treadmill, I prefer to pound some pavement much more!!! It will get easier though I promise...only 2 months ago I would be keeling over out of breath just running to the end of my steeet, now I can run 5 miles easily at a good pace!!! Good luck and keep it up, Cei :) xxx.

Carrie said...

You'll be running the whole thing in no time!! Just do what your body tells you to do...if you don't feel like keeling over at the end of your 2 min intervals then bump it up! Do every other one 2m 30s - if that seems easy do EVERY one 2m 30s. I like the intervals b/c time seems to go faster since you are always changing the speed. As for the stitch in your side - most say those are from dehydration - so watch how much water you drink - make sure to up your intake of water the night before, during and after your runs. Also - be conscious about what you eat. I can't eat before I do a long run or my stomach cramps really badly - this is a personal thing though so you'll have to do what works for you!! Great work!! Your weight loss will show some major results soon too if you keep up the running!! I'm so happy for you!!

Pubsgal said...

It took me about 3 months, starting with zero exercise habit, to work up to running 30 minutes non-stop, and I ran a 5K race 4 months after I started. Your body will tell you when to up the intensity/time. I found the article Zen Habits: Beginner's Guide to Running to be inspiring, and what I did was fairly similar. A lot of people also like the "Couch to 5K" program (also available online). Scheduling a race really kept me on track, habit-wise; and I had so much fun, that I made it my goal to run one race per quarter this year.

And yes, now that I'm going to a gym, I've tried treadmill running and outdoor running, and I greatly prefer outdoor running.

Pubsgal said...

Oh, and given that you're just getting started running, you might want to try shorter running intervals, at least for the first week. (I started with 4.5 walk, .5 run, but I was also starting completely from've already built up some endurance.)

Twix said...

Well I think running in intervals will help build up time. Although I haven't got there yet, lol. My daughter however went from not running to running a 10 minute mile and is now at a 7 or better. She was instructed to hold her arms high above her head when she gets those pains. She claims it has helped and they come less often. And I know a good pair of running shoes help, part of my problem. But she greatly improved when she got her new pair. One reason I like the treadmill at the gym was that I kept track better of the intervals and if I got to tired I could just hop back in the car and go home, unlike pavement I'd have to walk home, lol. But as for running I like the pavement sensation better!

Enough of my endless blabbing..

Have a fantastic weekend!! :D

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work! As you continue, you will be able to run more and walk less. It takes time though so don't get discouraged. I started on the treadmill too, with the C25k (couch to 5k) program, which starts you with 1-minute running intervals. I can now run 2 miles on the treadmill with only 2 minutes of walking breaks. If you plan to eventually run outside, just keep in mind that its very different from the treadmill. I felt like I was almost starting over again when I started running on the road, but that's coming along too. It's great fun to see your progress from week to week! Take it slow and keep going! You'll do great.

Rachel W said...

Hi there!
When I first started out, I would push myself to do a short run at the end of every elliptical...and each time, I felt like I would die! I was never a "runner" do to my massive chest and, eventually, massive everything else. But as I started to get into shape, I wanted to run more, so I did a plan like you are doing, alternating running and walking. It was TOUGH but I felt great afterward, and for me, it makes the time on the treadmill fly by! Anyway, in a very short amount of time, I could run for extended periods. Stick with it!!

Running is an amazing form of cardio and will serve you well as you continue on your journey (you can do it anywhere, it helps drop weight quickly, it relieves stress and builds confidence) so STICK WITH IT!! Your body will love you for it and you'll feel like an athlete in no time!

Anonymous said...

Great job! I am not a runner either - 5k is about my limit, but I do the intervals on the treadmill - my highest sprint so far is 7.0!

It takes a while, just stick with it!

Anonymous said...

I am running 2.5 miles at a time now. and I started from never, ever running. I started with interval running (on the treadmill) with a program called couch25k. If no one has mentioned this to you yet, check it out. he recommends starting with 1-minute running intervals and we can do anything for a minute. he also suggests you stay at the same level for a week and then move to the next level. give your body time to get used to each increment. some of the couch25k weeks took me a little longer than a week to get past, so be patient with yourself. Also, if you can mix up running outside (intervals) with running on a treadmill. I started in the winter on the treadmill exclusively. When it came time to train outside (getting ready for my first race), I was shocked at how different it was and how much harder to run on pavement. but i'm running without walking now, on the treadmill and on the road. You can do it!

Anonymous said...

Running on a treadmill is actually easier than running outside.

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