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post #1 of 19
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I just realized I'm a fat fuck. I have decided to jog every morning. I have never really jogged in my life so I was curious of some of the best ways to get started. The most running I've one was during basketball games during the summer. I'd say I played around 3 hours 5 days a week. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 19
Read some of the articles available on Runner's World (www.runnersworld.com). They also have some forums with some knowledgeable runners. I think the basics are finding a good pair of running shoes and starting slow. dan
post #3 of 19
I was a complete mess a few years ago and then joined up with a former Navy SEAL here who runs a program. Got in shape fast, without using equipment. He emphasized doing something, anything, everyday. I've had to stop the program since and when the weight came back, I decided to strike out on my own. The first 3 weeks were horrible. Then I realized I was trying to do too much too soon. So I began: 15-20 minutes a day of walking/running. I'd walk for 2 minutes, jog for 3. Slowly built up to completing my jog without walking. Followed that up with 100 situps and 100 pushups in any combination as long as I got them done. Eventually, I worled up to doing the situps straight through and the push-ups in 3 sets. I filled in a few minutes of slow squats (which I called my cool down) and the occaisional set of dips on the porch rail. Last, but not least, was 30 seconds to 1 minute of stretching per leg and my back. Key things to remember: everyday for a few weeks builds the habit. You didn't get out of shape overnight and you won't get in shape overnight. Eventually you kind of look forward to getting going and getting it done. This routine went from taking me 45 minutes to taking me 25-30 minutes. I have to get up and out at 5:30 am to get this done or the day gets away from me. I supplemented my good dietary habits with some Boathouse Farms Pure Protein milkshake thing and a few months later, I was in much better shape. Oh and LOTS of water everyday (to flush the lactic acid) and a few advil during those first few weeks takes the edge off. Good luck.
post #4 of 19
Saucony shoes are the best bet for the money. They last forever and have just as much research thrown into them as the bigger brands. ROT is right about starting slow (but I bet you'll find you can get back IN shape in a lot less time it took you to get OUT of it). But I'll amend his advice by saying: never walk. Even if you're dog-tired, at least keep your knees a little higher and your step a little quicker than if you were walking. It doesn't take much more energy, but it boosts your self confidence a ton.
post #5 of 19
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But I'll amend his advice by saying: never walk. Even if you're dog-tired, at least keep your knees a little higher and your step a little quicker than if you were walking. It doesn't take much more energy, but it boosts your self confidence a ton.
Heck when I started back walking was better than crawling and puking.... But you're right, the quick march is a better solution and this is all about self confidence. As for shoes, I was a Nike guy because they fit and I had all-weather versions (in four years the program was only cancelled because of a hurricane, electrical storms and a couple of severe ice-storms.)I've recently converted to Asics Gels and am VERY happy. (Gave up on the waterproof shoes, I'm a sweatbox anyway.) No such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. So to paraphrase: Just start it.
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Saucony shoes are the best bet for the money. They last forever and have just as much research thrown into them as the bigger brands. ROT is right about starting slow (but I bet you'll find you can get back IN shape in a lot less time it took you to get OUT of it). But I'll amend his advice by saying: never walk. Even if you're dog-tired, at least keep your knees a little higher and your step a little quicker than if you were walking. It doesn't take much more energy, but it boosts your self confidence a ton.
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post #7 of 19
Your site doesn't really seem to sell real performance clothing, but Saucony running shoes are some of the reliable and comfortable I've ever used (have run for about 15 years), and hind makes terrific performance gear. Other good running brands are Asics (good for more narrow footed people, I think) and Brooks. Both also carry good, reasonably priced, and well made running gear.
post #8 of 19
Actually, the Hind line comes with the Saucony line as well, and we will be carrying both. Hind is by far the best running and cycling clothing.
post #9 of 19
Best way to get started: Build up your weekly mileage slowly. A reasonable figure is 15%. For example, you can run 3 miles per day for 5 times a week. That's 15 miles. Next week, starting running 3.5 miles per day for 5 times. If you do not have any good way to measure distance, then use the amount of time that you run each day as a guage. Another thing is always maintain a Good posture when you run. If you are too tired, and your back started to bent over when you run, you should stop. Not worthwhile to get back pain that way. Last, participate in a 5 or 10K race. Personally it helps me to motivate and push me in training sessions.
post #10 of 19
before i started running i did brisk walks around the neighborhood which happens to have many short but steep hills (highly recommended if you can find some hills). started out at one mile and progressed to two miles and three miles. did this 3-4 times a week. once i got to a 4mph pace (harder than it sounds), i found out i had built up my endurance so that i could run those 3 miles instead. -Jeff
post #11 of 19
another option - take up a variation of a sport that you used to enjoy. I recently, after a hiatus of almost 20 years, went back to a martial arts class. it isn't the art I used to practice, and it isn't the one that I would have chosen in a perfect world, but it is close to my house, they have classes every evening and several times over the weekend, and it is fun. I feel like an alien that has landed amoung the class sometimes, I am amoung the oldest, and while I have a very good (20 year old) background, I am stiff and slow and breathe like a walrus. but I am having fun, and I am slowly getting in better aerobic shape.
post #12 of 19
Check out www.coolrunning.com and hit training tab then look for New Runners,(on left) hit that tab and look for Couch to 5k running program. Enjoy
post #13 of 19
I used to run a really cool hill course when I lived in Pasadena - starting at Caltech, running about 3 or so miles to the mountains, then up to Henninger flats (2.8 miles, and you feel every step. I varied from 27 minutes to 33 minutes for that portion, depending - I really good triathlete I know does it in 25), and back. A really good long weekend run, and you really feel justified eating that huge plate of fettucine Alfredo after that. I figure that that workout was about 1500 calories worth, at minimum.
post #14 of 19
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I used to run a really cool hill course when I lived in Pasadena - starting at Caltech, running about 3 or so miles to the mountains, then up to Henninger flats (2.8 miles, and you feel every step.  I varied from 27 minutes to 33 minutes for that portion, depending - I really good triathlete I know does it in 25), and back.  A really good long weekend run, and you really feel justified eating that huge plate of fettucine Alfredo after that.  I figure that that workout was about 1500 calories worth, at minimum.
LA Guy, i live in S Pas and do just the Henninger portion of what you described. hard core man if you can add the round trip from Caltech on top of that. you know what the hardest part of Henninger is? if you enter/exit from the gated area and don't come up Eaton Canyon, it's going up that last little hill just past the bridge. freakin' brutal. -Jeff
post #15 of 19
i know i'm jumping in late and jpierpont may have already started running. my 2 cents is that if basketball 5 days a week worked before it can work again. i've tried to take up jogging so many times for different reasons and i just can't do it. maybe my body isn't built for it but i stay in shape with soccer, tennis, and basketball. i play one of these sports at least 3x a week and sometimes 6x a week. when i play less often i gain a little weight. if i play more often i lose a little.
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