Beginning a running program

Check with your doctor first, always. Especially if you, like me are out of shape.  Baby steps are the way to start your road back.  I recently met a lady at the Solana Beach Triathlon that could only walk 150 steps when she started getting back in shape.  She completed the triathlon and a couple of marathons.  Find something small to start.  I used to go try and run like I was in high school and weighed 150 pounds again.  Many injuries and false starts later, I’m finally a runner.  The key is to do just a little 3-5 times a week.  Walking for 5 minutes doesn’t seem like much, but if you are out of breath and feel like your heart is pounding. That is a start!  My advice for those of us that are morbidly obese is to start with what you can.

Side note: you may be sore for a while.  Depending on how hard you push, you may be sore for a long time.  I was sore after almost every workout for about 6 months.  Motrin and ice are your friends.  My knees have been my excuse for not running for years.  The crackle, not a little, a lot. They creak and they ache all the time.  They used to anyways.  Over the last 18 months, my knees stopped hurting as much, and then almost at all.  The muscles around my knees are more built up now (not big at all, but strong). That and I lost 60 pounds.  So yeah, start somewhere.

By | 2015-10-07T03:41:13+00:00 October 7th, 2015|running, training plans|0 Comments

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I have gone up and down in weight over my life. I ran cross-country in high school, but that was 25 years ago. I was up to 245lbs at 5'6" tall, not good. I have tried all different styles of eating, from vegan to low-carb. After really seeing how out of shape I was, I decided to get in shape. A year later, I have been running at least 3 days a week and am getting ready for my first marathon. As a fat runner, I'm not fast, I'm not going to win, but I will finish.

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