I'm Just Starting Running.

Discussion in 'General Running Discussions' started by Running Cat, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Running Cat

    Running Cat New Member

    Hello. I'm in my forties. I've cycled all of my life, well ok since I was five.
    I'm now getting into running.
    Any help and advice would be appreciated!!!
    I can walk long distances. At the moment I am walking and running.
    I go out for about 30 mins at a time.
    I'm getting a real buzz from it.
  2. TriTom

    TriTom Active Member

    I would say, don't rush to get to the end of a program, if you have a bad session/miss a session don't beat yourself up about it. It's ok to take a break or re-do a session.
    Listen to your body and if I needs time off then take it, better to do that than get ill or injured from pushing too hard.
  3. Johnnylewis

    Johnnylewis New Member

    I started running 12 weeks ago by doing C25K, cough the bug, also started cycling couple times a week. Last night into week 2 of the 10k programme with zenlabs I pulled this outta the bag.

    12 weeks ago I was outta breath going up my stairs. Hated the way I looked and felt. Screenshot_20181101-202852.png
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  4. john59

    john59 Regular Member

    Parkruns (5K) is a great way to meet other runners and you can go as fast or slow as you want. Highly recommended. As your time is recorded you can see if you're getting quicker over time.
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  5. TriTom

    TriTom Active Member

  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Regular Member

    Couch to 5k is a great way to start, and forces you to be sensible about ramping up the effort level (something I've struggled with every time I started before).

    Also, it's fine to run solo, to no particular end other than those you set for yourself - if events and clubs/groups work for you, that's grand, but don't feel that they are something you should need.
  7. Rundraise

    Rundraise New Member

    Sure it's been said, but build up nice and steady, don't overdo it and cause an injury..... rookie mistakes I made in the first month of running:
    • Ran too far too quick, went from 0 to 15k in about a month, quickly injured myself. Had strapping in about 5 places at one point!
    • Food/drink before parkrun, why on earth did I think drinking a protein shake BEFORE a parkrun was a good idea?
    • Buying cheap running shoes - budget ones from Sportsdirect... you don't have to spend a fortune to get decent running shoes. New styles can be arond £100, BUT, look for previous versions of those same styles, i.e. the previous year, or the year before that, you can pick up shoes which are practically the same for £30 - £40.
    • Get some proper shorts, don't run in your jean shorts.
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  8. traceyphillips

    traceyphillips New Member

    Thank you for this Rundraise! Really helpful stuff! I've just got started in running as i've let myself go a bit haha.
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