Give Yourself A Gift.
Running For Beginners: How I Got Started
As I lost weight, my endurance increased. From the start of my journey, I walked thirty minutes a day. After several weeks, my body adapted to 30 minute walks at increasing speeds and inclines. Soon it became easy, and I wanted to run. However, I was still very heavy and did not want to injure myself.
A colleague introduced me to a beginners running program called Couch To 5K (C25K), so I looked into it. C25K is a training program designed to help you go from walking to jogging 3 miles (or 30 minutes) in nine weeks.
I like C25K because you can train for time or distance & progress at your own pace!
My goal was to be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping. I was excited because I knew that when I completed each workout, I was making progress towards my goal. The first three weeks were easy, then came week 4. In week 4, I had to jog for 5 minutes for the first time. Psychologically, I was determined but wasn’t ready. It sounds minor but it is a major point:
Key: Listen to your body. Do what you are ready to do!
On the first day of the week 4 workout, I decided not to proceed, instead I repeated week 3. During that week my knees began to hurt. It wasn’t a joint pain. The pain was located just below my right knee cap. Everything else was fine. I could have pushed myself into week 4 but it just didn’t feel right. After doing some research, I realized that I needed new shoes designed for the way I run. I was working out in off the shelf cross trainers.
Key: Get the right shoes and equipment.
I immediately went to get fitted for new running shoes. I will say more about this in another post but, the results were remarkable. No more pain! I can finally concentrate on training and running was easier than ever. I blasted through week 4 then, I got to the last work out in week 5, “Jog for 20 minutes” (gulp). I wasn’t mentally ready for this, so I did the second workout in week 5 workout again. It was amazingly easy. Then I was ready and I did it. I ran for 20 minutes.
Key: Go after ‘the gift.’
If I can do it, you can do it. Give yourself the gift of running and become the best you!