I have osteoaritis in my lower back but I can walk 8 miles everyday. Tried running once and had to take pain meds for 2 days and couldn't walk more than 5 miles. Took 2 weeks to get back to my normal pace of a 15 min mile. Running is not for everyone.
3/21/2011 11:02:23 PM
I want to run the Race for the Cure this year and I have been working at jogging a mile. I was doing my mile on the treadmill at 4 - 4.5mph and I would finish around 15 minutes. I went for an outdoor jog with a friend and she told me I was WALKING. I tried to jog at her pace and almost died!!! I now go for outdoor jogs (which seem harder than the teadmill, but I like them) by myself and am working at doing a .5mile at a bit faster pace. I thought once I am comfortable doing the .5mile at the slightly faster pace I can add distance. I'm not sure if this is the right approach but it is my current task each day.
I tried a running program not too long ago, with not as much success as I had planned. I'm thinking it was because I pushed myself too hard and I thought if I went faster I'd train faster. NOT!! This time, I'm going to follow THIS program and start at a more slower, comfortable speed. Why push myself when I end up setting myself back? Great article! Loved it!
I was so happy when I ran my first mile, I do not think I have ever done that, even as fit teen, praise the Lord it feels like I have finally accomplished something more than just battling for numbers with the scale.
Thanks for this. I have been working with running about a minute to a minute and a half with a bout 3 minutes in between, but I am going to follow the chart and run more slowly so that I can run for longer periods of time.
I decided to start running again. I haven't done it for years. I thought, "I'll see how far I can go before I 'need' to walk.' I made it the full mile. I ran a mile. I can still do it! Thank you for motivating me with this article. I'm a runner again.
This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. Started a few times, but gave up. Then earlier this month I downloaded a podcast from amazon dot com ("Personal Running Trainer - 4 Weeks to 1 Mile Training Program." This has been very helpful. I'm in my second week. It tells me when to run and walk and when its time for the cool down.
I've been using graduated plans like this to start running for a year and some change. I would always recommend it. However, whenever I've tried to make a jump from 1 minute of jogging to 2, or from 2 to 3, it ends up being way too much too soon.
I was jog/walking 1 minute/1minute and increasing gradually to 1:30/1, 2:1, and finally, 2:30/1. I was making it through 30 minutes of 2/1 jog/walking with a little bit of difficulty, but it still felt like a good kind of effort. Unfortunately, I felt like a wimp for being 20 years old and unable to run for thirty minutes after three months of trying to train up to it, so I pushed to trying to run for 2:30 at a time with one minute walk breaks. The result? Shin splints. I haven't run in two weeks, I have to wrap both shins with ace bandages daily, and on doctor's orders I probably won't be running again for at least 2-3 months, and that's with a fast recovery.
So if you're trying to run, and you're using a plan like this, congratulations. Keep working at it, and don't ever feel like a failure or a weakling because you're struggling with increasing your jogging intervals or total workout time. Take your time with training, appreciate your bad workouts as much as your good ones, and you won't end up injured on the sidelines like me.
Remember: even if you're only running a minute out of every 5, you're still going faster than a person sitting on the couch.
Okay, I wanted to try this, and I am, but does anyone else's butt feel like it will fall off? My gluts are screaming and it is only day 2 of week one! I ride regularly 20 miles on my bike, three times weekly, buns of steel, work out strength training the other three and I feel like I am dying! I can breathe, it is the gluts that are killing me! Anyone else have this problem? Can it be explained?
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