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User Topic: New Runner need advise
notgoodenough1
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Default  Posted: 5:50 PM, November 7th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

O.K...so I need to excersie joining a gym is out of the question financialy so I am going to try my hand (foot?) at running...All I have to do is get myself out the front door and away I go right? (LOL)

What do I need to know for starters? How long should I run? How far? How fast? What shoe recomendation? (Cheap but good) Do socks make a differenc? Clothi ng?
I am so not informed of anything...

Any advise is needed and appreciated.


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gahurts
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Default  Posted: 6:13 PM, November 7th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm a fairly new runner. I've done a couple of 5Ks and a 10K. I recommend you get a "couch to 5 K" app for you phone. ( or google it and follow the pattern). It starts off mostly walking with short running interspersed. If you can follow the program, you will be running a 5 K in 8 weeks.


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knightsbff
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Default  Posted: 7:26 PM, November 7th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Second the "couch to 5k" app. Also google couch to 5k or Jeff Galloway for tons of good info for newbies on his website. Have fun.


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ninebark
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Default  Posted: 7:34 PM, November 7th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Don't skimp on the sneakers. Go get your gait assessed, I did that at our local Running Room. I got the proper sneakers for me (I pronate) and never has a shin splint again. They also offer great learn to run programs...but couch to five k is pretty good too.

[This message edited by ninebark at 7:34 PM, November 7th (Thursday)]


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ninebark
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Default  Posted: 7:34 PM, November 7th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Double post

[This message edited by ninebark at 7:35 PM, November 7th (Thursday)]


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phmh
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Default  Posted: 7:44 PM, November 7th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The best how-to start (even though the link looks wonky) that I've found is here: http://doctormama.blogspot.com/2006/05/listen-up-maggots.html

And socks do make a difference. I recommend putting something like Aquaphor on your feet to prevent blisters. The correct clothes make a difference, too (you don't want to chafe.)

If your goal is overall fitness, I'd also recommend getting some dumbbells (you can probably find some at a second-hand store or off of craigslist) and google dumbbell exercises.

If your goal is weight management, lifting is much better than running. If your goal is general fitness, you want to incorporate endurance, strength, flexibility, balance into your routine. (But if this is overwhelming, just start slowly!)

Have fun! I've been running since 1995 and it's such a huge asset to my physical, mental, and social health!


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NotDefeatedYet
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Default  Posted: 11:34 PM, November 7th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Most people don't know how to properly tie a running shoe. Learn that and you'll notice the difference immediately when you run.


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notgoodenough1
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Default  Posted: 9:30 AM, November 8th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thank you all for taking the time to share your wonderful advice.
I did download the couch to 5K app. It looks like excatly what I need.


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