So you want to run? or maybe you just want more detail on how I got started? Need some motivation and quick tips?
I’m not sure I have them but here is my running story:
A lot of new runner’s out there find great success through committing to and completing the Couch to 5k program. I was not one of them. I continuously tried tackling “Learn to Run” plans and would be doing great for a week, only to miss a day and then give up a week later. So if you think you are someone that is pretty healthy, has already signed up for your first race or think you’d love to do a run/walk program check out these running programs and see which one fits with your needs:
*Feel free to email me your beginner plans and I’ll add them to the list*
Anyway, as I said – I am not one of those people; the ones who could commit to something like that. Especially considering when I first began running I had just quit smoking, had also just had a baby and was completely out of shape. I found it hard to run for a minute! So these plans that “slowly” increased walking and running just weren’t fun for me. I wasn’t inspired.
I had been doing a lot of research on exercise and weight loss. At the time I had about 20lbs leftover from my pregnancy and I wanted to lose it. Over and over again I’d read things that said – if you don’t like the form of cardio you’re doing, you won’t do it. So I decided to drop running. I didn’t like it. I did however enjoy doing exercise DVD’s while my son napped and riding my bike. So I set up goals for myself and started really slow. I had this one DVD (Skinny B*tch Body) that was divided into four 20min workouts. I’d do one a day in a week, so 3 rest days. I started walking with my dog and my son – counting calories at the time and using my results as motivation to add more onto each week and/or workout.
So how did running come into play?
Well, because I hated it so much but knew the added cardio with muscle building would help shed some fat I began running on a spot on my floor. Yep, right in front of the tv! I’d time myself and started doing 2 mins before and 2mins after each workout. Slowly adding up to 10 mins before and after every time I worked out. This helped warm up my body and kept it flexible when stretching afterwards. I found it easier to start doing this because I had slowly been building my cardio up by walking, having leisure bike rides with the family and doing cardio in my workout DVD’s without even realizing it.
Then I got a treadmill. For whatever reason I didn’t enjoy running outside. I always felt so defeated looking way down the street at the vast length in front of me, only to stop and feel tired before reaching the next side street. So getting a hand-me-down treadmill was very helpful for me.
I would use it to run my 10min warmups and cool downs and then began researching about cardio and fat loss (as I was still trying to get “bridal beach ready” for my wedding). I found the below video and instantly began switching over my workouts. Why run slow for 10 mins and burn no fat when I could run fast for 20 secs and slow jog for 40 secs and burn a ton. It just made sense.
I’m not going to lie, it was hard. I could only do 10mins and after about 5 mins or doing full speed 20 sec, slow jog 40 secs I would have to mentally push myself to finish. I would only do this before my workouts now, as it was a harder workout and I couldn’t do it twice. However, this gave me speed and better resting heart rate, even though at the time I didn’t realize it.
One day while creeping my cousin’s facebook page I noticed that her status said something about her running. I didn’t even know she ran. I forget what I commented but she told me I should come out that weekend and do a 5k with her. I told her I didn’t even know if I could run that far, as I could barely run 10mins without dying.
I went downstairs to the treadmill and decided to run 5k. I don’t know what I was thinking but I thought hey, if I can do this here maybe I can run a race. I jogged for 14 minutes and walked for 2 mins, alternating until I finished the 3.1mile distance in 44 mins. I was slow but that didn’t matter – I had done it!
I didn’t end up running that race but I did end up enjoying running and eventually signed up for another 5k and worked hard to train for it. I ended up preferring a run outside and loathing the treadmill. I started running and walking with my dog Rex and we’d do 5k no problem alternating 5min walks and 5min runs. Which is why I think those “beginner” programs weren’t for me – I was below beginner! I needed to get to a place where I could even do a run/walk program and then I felt more confident when I continued to achieve a greater distance, a faster speed, runs where I wouldn’t have to walk at all.
I fell in love with running and the confidence in myself that came with it. I hope you will too!
Below are some links of posts I’ve written on my weight loss, running and my training:
- Cardio Boot Camp workout
- Ali’s tips for runner’s looking to get started
- Running with your canine
- Running with OA
- How to rekindle your love for running
- Weight Loss Tips that worked for me
- Pregnancy weight gain and loss
*I will add to and update this page as I post more relevant training and tips. Please read my Disclaimer page as I am not a professional, nor I am certified in anything. Please consult a doctor before starting any new meal plan or exercise regiment.*
Thank you for reading and learning to get fit with me – Ali Mc