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Don't Be a Runnin' Fool

A Beginner's Guide to Running

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  • I don't even have the slightest motivation to participate in a marathon! I can't even blame my age. I know older people run marathon's. I wouldn't mind doing a walking marathon. We don't have any around here that i'm aware of
  • Great article, thanks for the information.
  • This is just what I needed to read to get me to where I want to be, running is one of my goals. :)
  • I'm finishing up a Couch to 10k program. I have tried it a bazillion times before, but this time I gave myself permission to do a week over and over if I needed to while still trying to hold myself accountable for doing the hard stuff.

    Well, I found that I didn't get as freaked out this time. I don't know if it's because I have myself permission to take it slow, but I just finished up Week 9. Every session I'm scared, but every session I'm so proud and surprised when I do it.

    It is so worth it.
  • Agree. Always, ALWAYS check with your doctor!!!!
  • I did start with the Couch to 5K last year, and got up to week 7, then hit a wall and gave up. I think I'll start up again in the new year when it's lighter in the mornings or evenings. (No street lights round here). I also discovered that I needed to run using the mid foot rather than the heel to avoid getting the terrible pain in my shins, made all the difference.
  • I tried running back in the '70s when I was a lot younger. I couldn't find my stride not matter how hard I tried. So I went back to walking, which had been my choice until the back problems started. Now it's short walks, and the main cardio is recumbent bike (booorrrrrinnnggg).
  • MMGAGE1701
    I recommend newbies start out with Couch-to-5K. It's a great program which will get you up to running for 30 minutes without a stop, and the workouts build gradually so you won't over-do it.
    I'll also second the recommendation for getting good shoes and say that you should go to a specialty running store. They can analyze your stride and give you guidance on the right kind of shoes for you. My first pair of running shoes were fine, but when I replaced them I wound up with terrible shin splints. It turned out I need more stability in my shoes and the folks at my specialty running store were able to see that and get me into the right shoes.
  • Great article! I cannot wait till I get to the part where I start to run, right now it's a little hard for my knees just walking, but I will get there.
  • I jogged a couple of times when I was walking didn't like it. Maybe I will start again with it.
  • i would argue that proper form is the most important part of beginning to run, but you neglect to say anything about the most important part of your body - your feet! i had shinsplints for about a month when i first started running because i had absolutely no idea what proper form was. thanks to some completely misguided logic, i had it in my head that i needed to strike on my heel. COMPLETELY WRONG - that's what was causing my shinsplints. only after quite a lot of pain and wasted time did i finally figure out that i was supposed to be striking with the middle of my foot or - ideally - on the ball, pushing off with the big toe. once i learned how to do that, it was like running was a completely different activity - painless, and actually enjoyable! i just wish i had known all of that ahead of time so that i could have avoided wasting all that time and effort struggling to do things the wrong way.
  • "Before you begin, it’s important to make sure you have a good pair of shoes. "

    Wrong. Wrong! WRONG!!

    Before you begin, it's important to make sure you are healthy enough to run.

    Since the Chicago Marathon 10/9/2011 thru the SanAntonio Rock and Roll Marathon 11/13/2011, four runners have died! Chicago a 38year old firefiighter from NC, in LasAngeles a 35 year old, In Savannah, I saw a 58 year old man die, and today in San Antonio a 32 year old.

    See your doctor if you are 40 ponds over a 25 BMI weight. If you are running anything over a 10k see a doctor and ask for a referral to a cardiologist.

    Don't be a running fool!

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