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You Can Run a Mile Without Stopping

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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. Report
"they start out running way to hard" should be "they start out running way too hard

--the grammar police Report
The first thing that came to mind when reading "setting a fitness goal" was run around the park, which is mile. So this article was perfect for me. Thanks Report
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. Report
At a high school speaking today. Will try this again after failing at it before. They have a rubberized track. We shall see. Report
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. Report
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? Report
Thank You! This is something I always wanted to do. I'm not afraid anymore and going to give it a try. Report
Just wanted to leave a big THANK YOU to PURPLETWILITE for her note on 3/19. I've been thinking about trying running for a long time, but always thought I was "too fat" to do it (I'm currently 215 lbs). Hearing about your success was the last straw in my excuse pile - if you can do it, so can I!

I used sparkpeople's fitness map feature to calculate the distance around various blocks in my neighborhood. Started off run/walk around the 1/2 mile lap, then once I could go all the way around just running I moved up to the 2/3 mile lap, then once I did that I conquered the 3/4 mile block, and tonight I ran TWICE around the 1/2 mile block in 10 MINUTES!!! Hurrah for me! From never having run anywhere in my adult life (junior high gym class doesn't count), I was amazed that it only took me three weeks to get here. I rock! :-) Report
you know i actually have a workout called trail walking which actually has inclines and recovery walks, but I will try this one for about 60 minutes instead. Report
I just walked (jogged a little to keep up with my friend) a 5K. It was great. Now I've gotten a treadmill and want to start running some. I can't believe I'll ever be able to run the whole 3.3 miles of the 5K, but that's my goal for next year. Thanks for the tips. Report
I will aim to try to run my first mile by the summer or the end of the summer. I have been working out and walking inside and outdoors. I can walk 1 to 2 miles but never attempted to jog it. I use to jog 1/4 of the mile at least once or twice of a 1 mile or 2 mile walk. By me being overweight and big breasted it was always a challenge for me since the jog bras didn't help. Now that I lost some weight and more inches in the breasts area this may work fine for me. At least I can try it before I say I can't do it. Report
Well I feel pretty proud of myself. Today I walked 2min, jogged 1min, and repeated this for 60 min. Woo Hoo! Report
I just wanted to say that I ran my first mile straight without stopping today. It took me 16 minutes, but the point of this article is that it's not how long it takes you, but that you pace yourself to be able to do the mile. I started with running and walking in intervals and it took me about 3 weeks of constant running to build up my muscles, strenghten my core, and to get my calves strong enough, but I did it. And I am over 200 pounds as well- 214 to be exact AND asthmatic. When I started the interval training, I was 225 lbs and my first run was only a few minutes and I was lightheaded sick and winded. I've lost over 10 lbs in 3 weeks and ran my first mile straight today. So don't be discouraged if you are overweight or winded easily. You as well can run your first mile and let me tell you, it is the best mile you will ever run. I know there will be more miles in my future, but I will never forget my first mile. It's exhilerating to say the least. Report
Im try this today if it doesnt rain...wish me luck :) Report

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