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CMRKSU12's Photo CMRKSU12 Posts: 1,445
2/27/19 4:48 P

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ENGINEERMOM, I do bike outdoors all summer. Love it! I either bike or walk my trails.


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2/27/19 3:08 P

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If you have access to one through a community center or your gym, take a spin class! Cycling works very similar muscles, especially when you stand up on the bike. I detest treadmills, so spin classes are one of the primary ways I keep up my "running" muscles through the winter.

Your experience of feeling really "heavy" is completely normal when starting to run - that's exactly how my body felt when I started jogging for short sessions during my daily walks. As if someone had strapped lead weights to my feet and thighs! I would run for a bit, then have to drop to a walk to catch my breath.

After I had been running two times a week for over a year (with swimming and cycling cross training), I had a major break-through moment: instead of dropping to a walk to catch my breath during one of my runs, I just dropped to a jog. I had built up enough endurance that a slow jog (probably around 4.5-5 mph) was sufficient for me to bring my heartrate back down and move from anaerobic to aerobic activity. That was a huge moment for me!

You'll get there, too!

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MLAN613 Posts: 23,088
2/26/19 6:12 A

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I agree that it sounds like you are off to a great start. I am in Minnesota and we have been nailed with snow this month so I get that!!! I am sick of running on a short, indoor track due to messy roads...lol. Best of luck to you.

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2/25/19 1:29 P

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Sounds like a great plan, CMRKSU12!

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

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2/25/19 1:26 P

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I agree with the run/walk intervals. You will get better with practice. I have an injury aggravated by running so I am walking as fast as I can on a treadmill (about 4.2) and at at 6-6.5% incline. Gets the heart rate up.

It is all about heartrate.

CMRKSU12's Photo CMRKSU12 Posts: 1,445
2/25/19 12:38 P

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Thanks all and thanks coach Jen for the challenge ideas! I think I will try the walk/run interval one as soon as spring starts up. I figured that would be a better time to start the actual challenge as the weather warms a little. Right now it is too cold and icy to start realistically. I live in NE Ohio lol! For the present time, though, I will continue my strength training, walking and all as usual. I already exercise 6 days a week so this will keep me in shape to start the challenge then.

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MLAN613 Posts: 23,088
2/24/19 8:04 A

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I would also recommend going to a specialty running shoe store and getting properly fitted for running shoes. It will make all the difference. You may pay a little more than you woud at a big box store but you will get a better quality shoe; the shoe companies actually send the small stores better shoes!

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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 67,114
2/23/19 9:04 P

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Here's a link to our 5K programs you might want to check out:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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If jogging for 1 minute is too much, start with smaller intervals. If you're still struggling, slow down. Lots of times the running interval feels so difficult b/c you're trying to go too fast.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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2/23/19 4:26 P

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I used a Couch to 5K app to get myself running. I was well over 50 when I started.



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CMRKSU12's Photo CMRKSU12 Posts: 1,445
2/23/19 3:05 P

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I have been a walker for about 5 years. I am also 56 years old so I don't know if I will be able to run but I thought of trying some walk/run intervals. My problem is that when I start to run (and I can only maintain a run for about 30 seconds!) my legs and feet, indeed, my entire body feels like it weighs a ton! I can't maintain any longer intervals yet but can work up to a minute eventually. How does one begin and I mean REALLY begin to learn to run for fitness???

Any tips would be appreciated.

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