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! :-)
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.
3/22/2009 10:39:49 AM
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.
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.
Great article. It would be nice if Sparkpeople could do a downloadable podcast to MP3 players for this - for a small fee, I'd fee I'd pay for it. I hate to keep looking down at my watch and would love to hear something in my ear telling when to walk and when to run.
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