want t o start running but struggle with breathing

(15 Posts)
calmlychaotic Sun 11-Nov-12 22:50:37

I only started 3 weeks ago and can't believe how much i have improved already. Actually enjoy it now. All i do is run till i get too out of breath, walk till feel ok then run again, im too lazy/disorganized to follow plans.i run along a main road so not too scary at night and i just go as far as i can for 20 mins and then turn back so im out for 40 mins. My only aim is to get a bit further everyrnight which i have.

mummymeister Sat 10-Nov-12 18:38:25

i am asthmatic, menopausal with a dodgy knee. i have started brisk walking - count to 100 brisk, 100 slower and so on for about 20 minutes a day. i also now swim which has helped massively with my breathing. will never be able to run i think but the swimming has helped me feel more in control particularly when i get wheezy.

ohey Fri 09-Nov-12 16:21:23

You can time them using a stopwatch. Or, the second hand on a normal watch.

I sympathise over finding the time. The dark evenings are off-putting.

familyfun Fri 09-Nov-12 13:47:56

ok, just need to find some child free time now to get started, its so dark byt the time they are asleep.

I used to just count in my head. The distraction of counting helped as well.

familyfun Fri 09-Nov-12 13:41:15

how do you time 60s then 90s while running?

ohey Thu 08-Nov-12 18:05:37

Here's the one I use. It's a miracle worker!

www.coolrunning.com/cgi-bin/moxiebin/bm_tools.cgi?print=181;s=2_3;site=1

Let us know how you get on.

TellMeLater Thu 08-Nov-12 16:58:34

Use an app or you could look for the 5k training program from Bupa - you'll need a stop watch.

familyfun Thu 08-Nov-12 13:31:15

oh i couldnt run a mile now, no way, i havent run at all in 6 years, but pre-kids i could run a mile and nearly collapse after grin
so is the couch to 5k written out somewhere online so i know what to do, how do i find out how long to run/walk for?

ohey Thu 08-Nov-12 13:07:47

You can print the C25k program off and time yourself as you run. It really is a great program. I started six weeks ago, a big struggling, sweaty old mess. Today I ran for 25 minutes non-stop, which I know doesn't sound like much but is huge for me.

Good luck. Don't try to rush through it and don't be afraid to repeat parts if you feel you need to. It's not a competition, but it does work.

Oh, and you are starting at a much better level than me. There is no way I could have run a mile a few weeks ago, so don't be too hard on yourself.

TalkinPeace2 Wed 07-Nov-12 18:04:43

I can't run (mangled knees) : how fast can you walk?

Osmiornica Wed 07-Nov-12 16:27:14

You could get a cheap mp3 player (some are only a few quid) and play the podcasts on there.

If you struggle with breathing I'd try slowing right down - it may feel too slow and a bit daft at first but you can build up to speed.

TellMeLater Wed 07-Nov-12 15:04:22

Bolt is sick when he trains!!! Take it easy, do the C25k and build gradually. I have asthma and it bothered me initially but by our body will adjust as long as you give it the time. And everyone's nose runs when they run too.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 07-Nov-12 14:54:40

C25K is a good way to go, I am asthmatic and using the programme definitely increased my tolerance for running, I slowly built up to being able to manage all 5k. You don't need podcasts to do couch25k you just need a watch so you know when to run and when to walk.

familyfun Wed 07-Nov-12 14:50:48

I have never been able to run, the most i have ever run is 1 mile and despite doing this weekly for ages, i was always out of breath and this is disgusting but it made me sort of snotty and needing to spit/be sick.
ive looked at couch to 5k but cant use the podcasts as dont have phone available.
any advice pls

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