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August 28th, 2013, 04:33 AM
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My DH is a runner and I would love to get into it so it can be something we do together. The problem is running isn't really my thing but I want it to be. Any advice to someone just starting out?
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August 28th, 2013, 11:02 AM
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I started with the couch 2 5k (c25k) program, even if you never plan on doing something like a 5k, it's a really great running program for beginners. Even now, I don't fully run often, I do a lot of interval fast walking/jogging and a little running.
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August 28th, 2013, 12:46 PM
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What about running isn't your thing right now? There is a lot that you overcome with continued running. How much have you tried in the past?
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August 28th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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I have always had a hard time breathing when running. Even in high school when I was involved in many sports and was in excellent shape I had a hard time breathing when I ran. In high school I used to run quite a bit but I am not sure how much. About 2 years ago I really gave running a shot again and tried the couch to 5K and I was doing okay but still couldn't really get into it. Then of course I fell and sprained my ankle pretty bad (2 years later and i still have a puffed up spot on my ankle) so i had to take a break. So is the breathing thing something I just need to keep pushing through and it will get better?
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August 28th, 2013, 05:47 PM
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Here's what helped me.. First, make sure you're not trying to go too fast. If I feel my breath getting hard to control, that's when I take a walk break. Practice breathing from your diaphragm (abdomen) and not your chest. Yoga helps with this. To keep my breathing regular I time breaths with my feet... three paces to inhale, two paces to exhale. On uphills or sprints I change to two paces in, two paces out but try to get back to 3/2 as soon as I can.

It took concentration at first, but that's kind of a nice way to keep yourself in the moment, but distracted at the same time.
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August 29th, 2013, 06:48 AM
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YES, YES, YES! That sucky winded feeling does go away. I also agree with the slow down. You should be able to have a conversation while doing a program like C25K.

I tell all new runners: Running sucks for the first 6 weeks. It hurts, you are winded. It just isn't fun, BUT if you stay consistent, between week 5-6 you go out for a run and you realize: It doesn't suck. It feels good. And that is usually when you get hooked. You are still going to have bad runs, but more and more will be that feel good relaxing feeling.
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August 29th, 2013, 07:14 AM
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thanks ladies!
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