Friday, April 26, 2013

On running and how I got started.

My pal Laura, asked, "How did you get started running? I guess I mean at what weight did you start running and how did you build up stamina to be able to run miles? I'm down 30 lbs but still have a L-O-N-G way to go. I want to run because I know it will help but I'm not exactly sure how to start. I know it's more than just walking outside and taking off..." 

Rather than email her back, I decided to blog about it because I am all about sharing the wealth!

So how did I get started? 

COUCH TO 5K. 

Seriously. That is how I got started. It is the best way to train your body to run in my opinion.

You run for a little bit and then you walk for a little bit. The thing about running is that it is VERY mental. So the reason I like this program so much is that it builds up your mind.

If you can run for 3 minutes straight, then the next time when you run 4 minutes straight, you know you've got 3 minutes covered and you just have to work for that extra minute.

The other reason I like it is you can run your music at the same time. I'm not in the runner group that doesn't listen to music while they run. Music motivates me to move. So being able to have my music on made a huge difference for me.

The program continues to build up your time until you're ready for a 5K. 

(This isn't part of the question, but put a race about 10 weeks from the day you start Couch to 5K. It will keep you motivated to run.)

I ran three times a week.

I didn't put a race in front of me. And I'll admit it slowed things down a bit for me. I finished the program in March and started running the Couch to 10K at the end of March of last year. I didn't totally restart the program, but I did start at Week 3-4 because I started training outside. I ran through last summer. I saw my friend Emily run a half-marathon and it planted a seed in me that running a half was something that I wanted to do even though I didn't know it at the time. I just knew that I was so impressed by all the hard work she had done and how great she felt. Later that summer, I started asking a lot of questions and she told me about her women's running group that she was a part of and that I should totally do it.

By this time I had a base mileage of 4 miles. I joined the running group and last fall I ran my first half marathon.  I did one long run a week and then ran 2-3 additional maintenance runs throughout the week of 3-5 miles each time.

At what weight did you start running?

I started running from day one in my weight loss journey. I was 239 pounds. I also want to add that my sister started running from day one as well. We both know running is something that works for us. 

When I started Couch to 10K, I was down 35-40 pounds.

When I started training for my first half, I was down a little over 50 pounds.

Two things that made me believe that I could do it. The people on Biggest Loser were bigger than me and doing what I was doing.

And secondly, the interval training from Couch to 5K made running feel like it was manageable.

Hope this helps! If you have any other questions about running, let me know! I really do LOVE talking about it!

Happy Friday!

2 comments:

JMS said...

So glad you posted this! I'm what you might call naturally thin but that is so misleading & nothing is further from the truth- I work hard so that's not part of my question. But gaining distance is. I can run a 5k easily & I think 5 miles is my base but I want to runs 10 miler & a half next year I'm just not sure how to start or train properly. Plus I have a 2.5 yr old I'm pushing most of the time & he's only good for about 5 miles ( which is why I think it's my base). More info on training for the half please! Did you run the whole thing or do you walk at all?

Laura said...

Sam! Thank you SO much for posting this. I really appreciate it and you know - a light just went off for me - the people on the biggest loser are doing this, so why can't I? You rock. Thanks again.

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