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Old 06-08-2007, 02:17 PM
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beginner runner here :)

Hi.....
I've never been a good runner and I would like to start running daily. Does anyone have any tips on "how to run" I guess? Also, what are good shoes? I have newer Nike running shoes and I have some nike shocks but they really hurt my feet...any tips would be appreciated!!
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:33 PM
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If you are truly a beginner, I would NOT recommend running daily. it's asking for injury. I highly recommend the Couch to 5K
program. It is safe and a good pace to progress.
As for shoes, go to your local running shoe store and have them outfit you with a pair-- they will be able to watch you run and pick a shoe that provides the support you need.
And most of all...HAVE FUN! Running is awesome. I just started up again last July after taking a few years off due to injury. I did the C25K program and now am running 5-6 miles at a pop.
Oh, the other big tip I have is take it SLOW...like, start out with 12 minute miles. Biggest mistake of new runners is too far, too fast.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:43 PM
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I buy Asics for running shoes.

The only advice i can give you is to just keep at it. I try to run at a minimum of every other day. If i go more than 2 days without running i can't keep up the same pace as before and get discouraged.

There is a track around park where i live. It's 3 miles. I go out there and try to run at a nice easy pace for as long as i can. then i walk for one minute, to rest a little. then i do it again. It takes me about 2 weeks before i can run the whole 3 miles without having to rest. Once i can run the whole distance i start paying attention to my time. I usually start out at a 8 minute mile. the best i've ever been able to do is a 6:15 mile. My goal is a flat 6 minute mile.
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:47 PM
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oooh, i like that couch to 5k plan.

do that.
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:17 PM
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For shoes, I love Mizuno. They have three levels of support. Asics are good, but they were too narrow for me.
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Good luck with running.

I'm gonna try that couch to 5k plan
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:51 PM
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For shoes, it depends on the shape of your feet and your gait. I personally like Saucony because my feet are sort of wide. For your first pair, it's best to go to a good running store and get fitted there. I would bring a pair of shoes that have some good wear. That should give them a little indication on your gait even if you haven't run in them. As for Nike, they do have some good running shoes, but they are few and far between. These days they are more concerned with looks than function.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:08 PM
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Shoes and couch- 5k plan

I also have wide feet. I'm not sure what some of you mean by running stores--like Dick's Sporting goods? IMO, no one really knows anything there...any store suggestions (Im in Ohio).. Anyway, I did the first day of the couch-5k plan today--its awesome! I was pouring sweat--its not that I need to lose weight, I just want to have better endurance and speed.....this plan will def. help! Thanks! Any other suggestions or tips would be lovely
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:31 PM
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We mean a running specialty store. Maybe look in the phone book under running. A big sporting goods store like Big 5 or Copeland's won't be any good.

The Running Network -- Stores -- List

Are any of those places near you? Good luck!
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Good shoes, proper warm up... and your mp3 player!!!
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:08 AM
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In addition to what everyone said...

EXPLORE. Even though I run good amounts (half marathons) I get bored with running sometimes and that is what makes running fun for me. I don't realize I'm tired when I'm running in unknown territory. Obviously be safe, go with someone who can push you and drink tons of water the days before you run and only a bit before you actually run. This will prevent bloating. Also, foods with potassium (bananas!) help to avoid cramps. Also if you get tired, don't stop completely. Let yourself walk it out for a minute or two, and then start jogging again no matter how slow you might be going. But don't push it if your muscles start to cramp!
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:29 PM
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Wow just came across this thread and checked out that site. It is absolutely awesome!!! Thanks for the advice guys! Btw, when do you think is the best time to go running?
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:54 AM
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I like to go in the morning before it gets too hot. If it's a cool day or overcast, then anytime is a good time.
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Old 06-11-2007, 03:21 PM
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I like mornings as well...I feel good for the rest of the day. I'm too likely to blow off my run or get tired if I run later in the day.
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:45 PM
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For shoes, it depends on the shape of your feet and your gait. I personally like Saucony because my feet are sort of wide. For your first pair, it's best to go to a good running store and get fitted there. I would bring a pair of shoes that have some good wear. That should give them a little indication on your gait even if you haven't run in them. As for Nike, they do have some good running shoes, but they are few and far between. These days they are more concerned with looks than function.
I totally agree with this. When they first came out with the shox, they were awesome. Last time I went to buy shoes, I tried on every pair of shox they had, and they all fit horribly.
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hey, i've been doing the morning thing. What do y'all think is a good post cardio meal?

I want something that doesn't stop the fat burn.
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:16 PM
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My quickie bfast (post cardio) is a non-fat yogurt (80 calories, low-sugar, with decent amount of protein) + 1 cup of either Uncle Sam cereal (kick ass high quality carbs, fiber, protein, and healthy fat) or optimum zen blueberry & flax cereal . If I have more time, I like scrambled eggs, whole-grain toast, and fruit.
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