Ready to start, where do I begin?

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Registered: 09-10-2012
Ready to start, where do I begin?
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Mon, 11-12-2012 - 1:19pm

Hi Everyone,

I am completely new to running. I am an older woman (59) and not in great shape. I am healthy I want to start running but don't know where to start.

 

Jayne

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Tue, 11-13-2012 - 7:44am

Welcome to the board. It's never too late to start:) A lot of us started running by using a Couch to 5K program. It's a run/walk cycle that really helps you to start being able to run longer and longer each week. Here is a link:

http://www.c25k.com/

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 8:52pm
Hi Jayne. Welcome to the board! We are still recovering from the big transition and frankly, Hurricane Sandy. So we aren't on here too much as we wait for things to be working smooth. Feel free to pop on and give us your updates and your running info. I swear things will be back to our crazy normal as soon as can be.
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Registered: 10-22-2004
Thu, 11-15-2012 - 1:11pm

Welcome. I want to repeat what Tess said, many of the ladies are having problems getting on the board.  As soon as all is working smoothly again there will be alot more ladies.  

I also recommend doing a run walk start.  I think when I started I walked 2 blocks and jogged less than a block. As I improved it got to where I was running more than walking.  If you start too hard, you will not enjoy running and it will cause you to stop before you really get going.  The Couch 2 5K is a very good training program if you need a set schedule.  I personally never used it, but I know a lot of ladies have found wonderful success.  But start small and work up.  

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Fri, 11-16-2012 - 10:27am

I want to thank eveyrone for replying. I am new to these forums so i am not sure what you mean by having trouble getting to the board. Is that a tool I need?

I had my annual doctor visit and she told me I am good to go but start out slow and work up and make sure I have good shoes. What are good shoes?

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Fri, 11-16-2012 - 11:29pm

Hey Jayne (Jayne?), Tess again. So, you could go to the big box stores....Sports Authority, Dicks Sporting Goods, etc. But their employees aren't really trained to understand your running Gait and what the best shoe is going to be for you. So we recommend going to a running store. You can run in old shorts and a t shirt but good shoes are really really necessary or you could end up with knee pain, shin pain, hamstring pain, *sigh*, pain pain. People tend to get discouraged and then stop running. Get a good shoe right out of the gate. The first pair may cost a little more (usually between $80 and $100). But after you know what you wear you can look for a bargain online and usually get a good pair cheaper when that pair runs out. The board is what you are on here. We are the running board/Running Women. The Daily Workout is down below. Post what your daily workout is going to be and what your day entails. It usually starts with some fabulous title like...Fabulous Friday. We're original like that. ;) In the section below that is Beyond Running. If you have something to talk to us about that is not about running, post the discussion there. We'll listen. That's what we're here for. Up here is Running and Racing. We talk about our races up here and frequently have running questions. We have had some trouble getting onto the boards for a few weeks so there isn't a lot of activity but we do try to have a few of us hop on here each day. If you don't get an answer or don't see us...keep checking. We haven't abandoned the board. Karla and her group are working hard to bring us up and running smooth again. Pretty quick we'll all be back like we were never gone. I hope that answers your questions. Probably more than enough and you are thinking...holy smokes, way too much information. If you have anymore questions feel free to throw them out there. Maria and Val are our board CL's (community leaders) and they are awesome. So one of them is always checking. Have a great night!

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Mon, 11-19-2012 - 10:17am

Tess, htank you for the information. How do I find a running store? I am not sure I have ever head of one.

 One of my friends said I should get K-swiss tubes as she heard they are good shoes so I got a pair yesterday from Hibbett's. What do you think?

Shock of shocks, my husband got shoes too and is joining me in this. We are going to look like quite the sight for sore eyes. We plan to get out this evening and attempt our first jog.  

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Registered: 10-22-2004
Mon, 11-19-2012 - 12:50pm

I don't know anything about that store or K-Swiss.  I would just make sure they feel good on your feet and have good support.  That is great that DH is going to do this with you.  One of the general rules is to work hard enough you can't sing a song, but that you have a simple conversation.  When I run with a partner, we say 1 sentence answers.  If I can't give a full sentence, I am working too hard.  That helps me know how hard to push.  Good luck and most importantly don't push to hard.  You want to enjoy yourself  (It will get easier)

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Tue, 11-20-2012 - 11:26pm
Hi Jayne. I think Amy makes good points! How did your run go? I bet it was a little painful. But if you keep at it, it can be AWESOME. It just won't happen overnight. Remember the couch to 5k is a great option. You can find it online here http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/index.shtml as a great guide if you are looking for direction. If you would rather run until you can't anymore, that's okay, too. Just don't get injured. AWESOME that your husband is joining you!