I don't run - Where do I Start?

I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by Smokey Jo » Wed, 02 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Hey, everyone. I want to start running, but I don't run at all right now.
I've ran in the past,
with some success, but I didn't really find a system that I felt confident
in or liked
enough to stick to. I'm not good at running, but now that I want to change
that, I want
to know a good method.

I'm 19 years old, male, 5'11" and 210 lbs. I've got a lot of "insulation" on
my body
I'd like to get rid of, and mainly I just want to be fit. What's the best
way to start out
without overdoing it? Rather, what's the best way to start out, because I
think this is
something I'd like to run regularly, not just long enough to shed the
current pounds.
I have access to a few different high school and college tracks if you want
to give
the info in the form of laps. I also have access to an indoor 8 lap/mile
track.

Advice? Suggestion? Information? Help?

Smokey Joe

 
 
 

I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by Clive Cartlidg » Thu, 03 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Hi Joe,

Perhaps the best place to start is the Runner's World website at:

http://www.runnersworld.com

On the left-hand side menu they have a entry titled "Getting Started".

Congratulations on the decision to start running ... but take it easy
at first :-).

Cheers.

Clive



Quote:
> Hey, everyone. I want to start running, but I don't run at all right
now.
> I've ran in the past,
> with some success, but I didn't really find a system that I felt
confident
> in or liked
> enough to stick to. I'm not good at running, but now that I want to
change
> that, I want
> to know a good method.

> I'm 19 years old, male, 5'11" and 210 lbs. I've got a lot
of "insulation" on
> my body
> I'd like to get rid of, and mainly I just want to be fit. What's the
best
> way to start out
> without overdoing it? Rather, what's the best way to start out,
because I
> think this is
> something I'd like to run regularly, not just long enough to shed the
> current pounds.
> I have access to a few different high school and college tracks if
you want
> to give
> the info in the form of laps. I also have access to an indoor 8
lap/mile
> track.

> Advice? Suggestion? Information? Help?

> Smokey Joe

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I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by Thea » Thu, 03 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Find a 3 mile route that starts and ends at your front door.  Go out and
walk/run it 3 or more times a week, no matter what.  You will get it over
with faster the more you can run.  That is the big motivation to run.  When
you get tired, walk.  Then run again.  After awhile it will feel good to
run.  I promise!

Thea

 
 
 

I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by jean sterlin » Thu, 03 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hey, everyone. I want to start running, but I don't run at all right now.
> I've got a lot of "insulation" on
> my body
> I'd like to get rid of, and mainly I just want to be fit. What's the best
> way to start out
> without overdoing it?
> I have access to a few different high school and college tracks if you want
> to give
> the info in the form of laps. I also have access to an indoor 8 lap/mile
> track.

     Start out by running as far as you can, which won't be very far at the
start, then walking until you regain your breath, then running again, then
walking, etc. Do about a mile of this to start with. When you first start, you
will do almost all walking and very little running.  However, you will notice
that your running time grows, and the time you spend walking becomes less and
less each time.  It's a great feeling the first time you run a mile without
stopping.

     I wouldn't do this on a track.  I'd just go out in a park or your
neighborhood where the scenery would be more interesting.  When you become more
proficient and want to train and do intervals, then you can do it on a track.

                                                                  Jean S.

 
 
 

I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by Jan Turne » Thu, 03 Jun 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
>Hey, everyone. I want to start running, but I don't run at all right now.
>I've ran in the past,
>with some success, but I didn't really find a system that I felt confident
>in or liked
>enough to stick to. I'm not good at running, but now that I want to change
>that, I want
>to know a good method.

>I'm 19 years old, male, 5'11" and 210 lbs. I've got a lot of "insulation" on
>my body
>I'd like to get rid of, and mainly I just want to be fit. What's the best
>way to start out
>without overdoing it? Rather, what's the best way to start out, because I
>think this is
>something I'd like to run regularly, not just long enough to shed the
>current pounds.
>I have access to a few different high school and college tracks if you want
>to give
>the info in the form of laps. I also have access to an indoor 8 lap/mile
>track.

>Advice? Suggestion? Information? Help?

>Smokey Joe

Start by fast walking, after awhile jog and walk, the thing that puts
most people off is breathlessness; remember when running your breathing
should follow your heartbeat and your legs should follow your breathing.
What worked for me was two short breaths in and one long breath out to
four paces.
--
Jan Turner

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I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by Doug Frees » Thu, 03 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hey, everyone. I want to start running, but I don't run at all right now.
> I've ran in the past,
> with some success, but I didn't really find a system that I felt confident
> in or liked
> enough to stick to. I'm not good at running, but now that I want to change

> Advice? Suggestion? Information? Help?

Start with http://www.runnersworld.com/
Good stuff on getting started.

--
Caveat Lector!

 
 
 

I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by Michael Urquiol » Fri, 04 Jun 1999 04:00:00

1. put shoes on
2. get out the door.
 
 
 

I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by Annica Johansso » Fri, 04 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Hi,

I think the writers before me has given you good advice, but I'd like to add
some points.

You need good shoes. It would be a mistake to buy some cheap ones, since you
might not be sure you'll keep up the good work. This would only result in
aches and pain. Cushioning is important!

A good idea is to get a friend to join you. It's easier to really get out
there when you've made plans with some one else.

Don't forget to drink plenty of water and start a few hours before the run,
otherwise you might end up with a throbbing head ache.

Wishing you the best of luck!
Fellow runner Annica Johansson



Quote:
> Find a 3 mile route that starts and ends at your front door.  Go out and
> walk/run it 3 or more times a week, no matter what.  You will get it over
> with faster the more you can run.  That is the big motivation to run.
When
> you get tired, walk.  Then run again.  After awhile it will feel good to
> run.  I promise!

> Thea

 
 
 

I don't run - Where do I Start?

Post by jean sterlin » Fri, 04 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> You need good shoes. It would be a mistake to buy some cheap ones, since you
> might not be sure you'll keep up the good work. This would only result in
> aches and pain. Cushioning is important!

     Excellent Advice!  The only major expense for a runner is good shoes - they
are most important..

                                                            Jean S.