Want to run but am TRULY CRAP at it... Is there any hope?

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mirai Sun 04-Nov-12 04:24:05

Running is great. It's free, it's supposedly easy (put on your trainers and go), and hopefully it will shrink my huge bum (seriously my bum is very very big and round) blush

BUT. I'm rubbish at it. Terrible. My ears get cold, I feel everything jiggle, it hurts and I just want to give up.

Is there any hope for me? Can people like me turn into good runners? I'm actually getting ear pain just thinking about it. Or, is there no hope?

I really need to do some exercise. Tried swimming but the pool is too far - it took 3 hours out of my evening which wasn't sustainable. Tried doing an exercise video - but I'm exhausted after work and find it impossible to drag myself out of bed in the morning as it's SO cold and I'm always SO tired. Something needs to be done. Help!

LadyWidmerpool Sun 04-Nov-12 05:39:14

Just start slowly. Start by running for two minutes and walking for three and repeating a few times. There are lots of schedules online that start slowly. Before you know it you will be running for ten minutes, half an hour, an hour! Try not to stop, just slow right down if you have to. (Obviously stop if you are struggling.) The first 15 minutes are the hardest then the endophins kick in which is a great feeling!

You could always start with a few powerwalks to kick off, would that feel easier? Walking is very good exercise too!

Yes I was also truly crap at running and thought id never be able to do it. Have done a couple of 5ks a 10 a 15 and am
signed up for the great north run..

I started off very slowly- think slower than you can walk.
I wear an underwired bra then a sports bra then a tight vest top that seems to get it all in place.

Good luck

mirai Sun 04-Nov-12 06:34:06

The funny thing is that I could (and often do) walk for miles, and it doesn't seem to have any effect on my waistline! So I wondered if running might kickstart things a little. I'm not sure I could even run for two minutes blush

girlsyearapart it's not just the boobs that jiggle blush grin Well done on signing up for the great north run. How long have you been running?

FrightRunScream Sun 04-Nov-12 06:39:59

Have a look / listen to the nhs Couch to 5K plan. In the first week you run for 30s about 5 times I think, and build from there.

I started after dd2 was born I think which was in 2008. It really is a great way to lose weight. I signed up for the race for life in 2009 and my only goal was not to stop. Think it took me 48 minutes.

Did it again this year in 33. smile

Sign up for a charity run get people to sponsor you and that shames you into doing it!

I'm still not brilliant but I can keep going. Used to be 12-13 stone and now am around 10- sometimes just under sometimes just over.

mamalovebird Sun 04-Nov-12 06:51:22

I used to think I was crap at running but started slowly and built up my stamina. Literally, one minute running then one minute walking for 10 mins, then 12 mins, then increasing the running time.

Also, get yourself some well fitting running gear and that should keep everything supported. Go to a specialist running shop and get some decent running shoes. The Sweat Shop will put you on a treadmill and analyse the way you run and suggest the best trainers. I got a very decent pair os asics for £50 so not too ridiculous.

When you start your run keep focus on your breathing and you'll soon zone out everything else. Good luck.

mirai Sun 04-Nov-12 06:52:13

Girls, did you alter your diet much or was that all from running? You're my ideal weight! smile

Thanks Fright, I will look for that now.

ShhBoom Sun 04-Nov-12 07:00:40

Another one here recommending Couch to 5K. It's fab & after just a couple of times doing it & I was already feeling load better about running.
I have had to stop as every time I do it i twist the same ankle, but hopefully ill be able to start it up again soon.

dearprudence Sun 04-Nov-12 07:03:38

I will second a couch to 5k running plan. There are a few versions online. I could barely run for 30 seconds when I did it but it's amazing how quickly you improve if you stick with it.

Mostly from running though before big events like holidays I cut out certain foods like chocolate crisps etc. Also have 4 dcs aged 5 and under so I am always on the go

I do enjoy exercise though and going to different classes. Zumba is another one good for weight loss.

The running thing was because I was just annoyed that I couldn't do it so I decided to try and make myself and now I love it.

applefalls Sun 04-Nov-12 08:06:51

Mirai, good for you! I never ran before I signed up to do a half marathon, three years ago, in a fit of ill-advised showing off. Now I love it and try to run four miles every other day. What everyone says about starting slowly and sticking at it is absolutely right.

I would also caution that it's very easy to eat loads more because you burn calories, but not as many as you sometimes feel you have. You will be super hungry t

applefalls Sun 04-Nov-12 08:09:01

Sorry! Super hungry too so you'll need to make sure you're eating sensibly.

I can't recommend it enough though, and if you have two working legs you can definitely run.

Oh and STRETCH afterwards or you'll not be able to move the next day!

Good luck and good for you.

Snog Sun 04-Nov-12 08:12:43

Agree with advice to follow a programme eg couch or bupa . I did this but made progress at half the rate the programme suggests. It mattered not as I got there in the end. Stick with it for 2 months before you give up is my advice .

MrsDeVere Sun 04-Nov-12 08:16:58

I bloody hate running.
I dd a 10k this year! grin

I admit that I couldn't deal with running outdoors and used a treadmill. I was able to join the YMCA gym for £20 a month.

There is nowhere to run round here.

Definately try the run - walk - run method.

Mapal Sun 04-Nov-12 08:24:39

Couch to 5k really works. I couldn't run 100m but stuck to the routine and have since run two 10ks. Both took me just over an hour.
Just over an hour of running, WITHOUT STOPPING! Me! I am so proud of myself.
Honestly, I would urge you to do it, you will get such a boost. Oh, and I am a lot slimmer now and haven't changed my eating habits much, although once you're running regularly you tend to think more about what you eat anyway as you will notice runs are harder if you've only eaten crap all day.

mirai Sun 04-Nov-12 09:59:35

Wow thanks for the replies. MrsDeVere you made me laugh - you say in the same breath you did a 10k but also that you bloody hate it! Why do you do it then?!

I think making excuses is very easy - there's always something more relaxing or enjoyable to do than running! That's going to be something i find hard though. If I go before wrk it'll be daylight and people will point and stare look at me, so I will probably do it in the evenings, after work but before dinner.

Thoroughly recommend the nhs couch to 5k podcast. I started last January and by march could run 30 mins non stop. I have been runnin three times a week since then working on speed and did a 5k in 27 min 20sec in September before I broke my foot and not haven't run for 8 weeks sad. I never thought I'd say this but I miss it sooooo much. Some days it was a chore to get out after working, looking after kids, cooking dinner etc but once you've been you feel great and I have so much more energy generally am not as tired and not as affected by my hormones! So I'd say go for it! I got a good pair of trainers but nothing else special. If your ears get cold I would recommend wearing a hat.

mirai Sun 04-Nov-12 11:43:14

That is an amazing time cinnamon! January to March is just 8 weeks! Are you telling me I could be running 30 mins by the New Year?!? <mirai falls off chair laughing> grin

The NHS couch to 5k is a 9 week plan but I ran every other day instead of three times a week so was running 7 times in 2 weeks in instead of 6 times so finished a bit quicker.

applefalls Sun 04-Nov-12 13:28:34

Also, trust me, nobody will point or laugh. I was like a little weeble when I started and not a titter. Put some music on and keep your vhin up because the only states you'll get will be of envy and admiration!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 04-Nov-12 13:40:24

You can do it. It just takes time and perseverance to get throught the first few weeks.

I started running about 3 years ago after reading the running threads n here. I did couch 2 5k end got the bug. I've since done a marathon and run 35 miles most weeks these days, every Saturday is a half marathon distance run for me and I absolutely love it.

The feeling of freedom and having time just for me is wonderful. I have a new respect for what my body can achieve and it forces me to eat better.

Do couch to 5k, join one of the threads to keep you motivated and give yourself 3 months to really give it a go. Running does become more natural the more you do it and everything jiggles less. A good running bra is essential and music means you can't hear anything if anyone does comment. Tbh,I've never really experienced comments though.

I am still not skinny by any stretch, but I feel healthier and stronger.

Final piece of advice is to run slowly, much slower than you think you should. Otherwise you will be too knackered to do the next running bit.

Go for it!

mirai Sun 04-Nov-12 13:45:49

...and you promise my big round bum will disappear?!

comethasmybrokentelly Sun 04-Nov-12 13:48:27

running is evil. Fast walking is where it's at smile

mirai Sun 04-Nov-12 14:52:19

Now I'm looking at Nike Fuel Bands.... I do like a nice gadget!! Anyone tried one or should I just stick to the ipod and the couch to 5k podcasts?!

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