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Posted: 03 Dec 2008, 13:55
Any joggers out there? Can you give a newbie to jogging some tips on how to get started (pls not the couch potato 5k run)?

Thanks all advice is welcome!!!

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Posted: 05 Jan 2009, 11:55
Hello there slimgirl09Smile Welcome to this group! I have been running for the last 2 years and I have to say that I never thought it would be possible.

I began my journey in 2007 at 250 pounds as of February 2nd. I now weigh 160.8 pounds as of today, January 5th, 2009. I plan on weighing 150 pounds by the end of this month to make a total loss of 100 pounds in 2 years. I am wanting to be 140 pounds, but I will know what is a healthy weight for me.

All of the weight loss aside, you have to realize what is best for you at all times. Then, you also have to realize what it is that will push you forward too. Weight loss is the reward, but getting there is the fun part.

I began only walking. I walked only 20 minutes a day three days a week. then I bumped up my time to 1/2 hour 4 days a week. Soon, I was walking 6 days a week for an hour total. I live in a hilly mountainous region in Northern British Columbia, Canada so getting hill climbs in there wasn't too difficult for me.

Then, one day, as I was walking (very fast and it felt so easy to do and almost effortless) I wanted to push myself harder, and faster. So I began to run. Not long mind you, but maybe 2 minutes. I then walked breathless for another 2 minutes. Then I ran again for another 2. I alternated the walking and running.

Soon, I was running a full 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, 30 minutes, and so on. I can now run 60 minutes non stop. I love it too. There is a great feeling that washes over you once you have had that shower after a run and are fresh into a new day. It is exhilirating!

I hope this helpsSmile

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Posted: 25 Jan 2009, 12:01
hey..I've been running since spring first i started by warming up...walking 20 min then jogged 1 min walked 4 min repeat 3 x (5 days a week)... then the next week run one more min, walk 1 less minute (ex. walk 20 min warm up, jog 2 min, walk 3 min repeat 3x) and so on and so on. Eventually you will get stronger and be able to run longer and faster. Make sure you start off by stretching before and after...get the right running shoes...and start off slow. This isn't a race at first. it's just to get your body used to the abuse! lol running is very hard on your body but the benefits are so worth it! You feel better physically and mentally! good luck and watch your knees and ankles! they are more likely to get injured while running//So TAKE IT EASY the first few weeks!!!!
you can never be too rich or too thin Smile

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Posted: 11 Feb 2009, 08:50
Another tip my sister (she's an experienced runner) gave me when I started running was to always go slower than you think you should go. I used to think, in order to run, you had to go faster than you think you could to push yourself. This is true for experienced runners, but for beginners, slow and steady wins! Work on endurance first, then after you've built a good base (about 6 months to a year of steady running), then you can start working on speed. When I first ran with my sister, I went from 2 mins steady running, to 5 mins steady running just by slowing my pace a little. Trust me, if you make it hard at first, you're not going to stick with it.

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Posted: 27 Mar 2009, 15:28
i just started trying to run today! my first day was a 5 min warm up and cool down, then 2 mins walking/1 min jogging repeated 10x. next week i add a minute to the running and repeat 8 xs. it felt good..not too hard, not too easy. hopefully i can keep it up!

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Posted: 07 Apr 2009, 16:34
I've just started training two weeks ago...and it is good to have a plan. I wrote mine out on a calendar. 6/1 x 3. Mine is walking six minutes...jogging for one...and repeating this three times...three times per week. Then the following week...I do less walking and more jogging. I'm able to jog for two minutes now!!

Slow and steady-- take it easy. Just making it through that first one minute jog is quite an accomplishment. Then before seems natural to just want to do a little more. Keep your running/jogging smooth (Don't bounce) and breathe through your mouth. Wearing a sweatband does keep the sweat out of your eyes. I have landmarks while I am jogging-- so those are goals and I really feel happy when I make it to the white brick mailbox!!!

I stick some dinner in the oven and have it cooking while I am running-- the last thing that I do is a I am cooled down enough to eat when I'm done. I jog right after is also motivation to know that dinner will be ready when I get home. Wink Good luck.

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Posted: 20 May 2009, 13:04
Hey- I just want to give you an update. I now jog for 34 minutes!! Love it, love it, love it. I went to the doctor yesterday and my new blood pressure is 100/70-- most likely, I will be able to go off my high blood pressure meds. Wink I've been doing this for only 7 weeks and it has really made a noticable difference. I'm even less stressed.

I forgot to mention-- I bought a little digital stop watch that I wear around my neck and that helps me keep track of how long I'm running. I run for 17 minutes...then walk for 35 seconds...then run again for 17 minutes. Best wishes!!!

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