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Starting to run again...

I used to run a small distance every now and then, and recently I have been working to re-incorporate it into my weekly, if not daily, routine. I have worked my way up to running close to around a 3 mile distance without needing a break and keeping a decent pace. I admit I would like to increase the distance and pick up the pace a bit, but I think working on one at a time is the way to go. Hopefully, I will find myself running 5 miles a day at a good pace. When I get to that point all I will need to do is maintain the habit, if not improve it further.

I always feel more energetic and bouncy, for the entire day, after a run. I imagine it happens to other people too, but I cannot be sure about it. It is just a good feeling.

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That is fantastic, Pauline! I would say work on distance first, pace later.
I can't run anymore, Bad knees. I just walk at a good clip.
standready on Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:16 pm
I need to get into exercise as well Pauline .... ! Must give you a great feeling of accomplishment, not to forget all of those serotonins.
deanhills on Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:39 am
I always picturing myself getting into running or jogging or biking. I fear it will stay that way Sad
I just don't know how to motivate myself to get out and do that, even if it's just at the gym. I want to get out more in general but I coop myself up in my apartment. It's be easier to get a bike for my apartment. I expect my super would be thrilled with that idea Razz
Thumbs up for running again! I can imagine how great you must feel after that. Keep it up!
TheGremlyn on Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:11 am
There is a new member in the gym I go,
and she runs at 9 KMH one hour every morning.
She runs smoothly and elegantly, and I can't even hear her breathing sound.

The gym are full with runners, but she is the best one I have ever seen on the treadmills.

I used to run 5K at 11KMH every day, but I stopped when my knees got some problems.
I started training muscles after that, and hope I can run in the near future when my muscles can support my knees.

I think if there are friends to exercise together or targets to achieve will motive our-self

Maybe a quantitative plan will make our exercise more effectively, too.
rx9876 on Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:29 am
I started to run as well three weeks ago. Currently my distance is 4.8 km ( almost 3 miles as well ) in 40 minutes, but I take one short break in between. Not very sportive may be, but at least a start.
I found a blog posting recently which might be interesting for you as well: "What are the best techniques for efficiently running long distance?"
amagard on Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:19 am
I need to get into some running myself. I've no more excuses as it's not as hot as it usually is in the morning. I can easily do the early morning routine again. Now if I could just get to bed at a reasonable hour for that. Darn!
deanhills on Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:47 am
Thanks everyone for the great responses. I am sorry I have not been on to respond to any of them. Life, you know, gets hectic. Sometimes seriously hectic. All things are going good here, still running ( I know only a week or two since I posted this, but one has to start somewhere.)

As an update, so far I am running approximately 3 miles in about an 30 minutes. Not fantastic, by my means, but it is a start. According to a gps app on my phone I am slowly increasing my speed, so it is a plus. (Not that I always use the app. It is just handy sometimes to get a judge on everything).
pauline123 on Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:02 pm
I think any activity is great. Even walking. Bottom line however is just to get out there and MOVE! I'm a bit lazy for now. I do manage to do stretching now and then, but not enough. Stopped walking/running when I returned from Canada because of the excessive heat, even in the mornings. It's still warm, but by no means an excuse any longer. Gotta get into it again.
deanhills on Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:41 am
3 miles is great! Keep on moving. Progress is made one step at a time.
standready on Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:47 am
If you sit a lot sitting might kill you soon even if you exercise once a day for 30 or more minutes, as described here: "How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and How You Can Counteract It"
In addition to exercising it is important to stand up every 30 minutes if you sit for 6 hours or more a day - what most people do these days.
Another article on Lifehacker - "20 Minutes of Exercise a Day Is Enough to Get You Fit" - says: 20 minutes of exercise a day is enough if you do it right ( as described in this article ) and may be do 20 short 1-minute-exercises.
amagard on Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:09 pm
To keep motivated I never run the same place and distance two days in a row. Instead of running X miles a day you could run Y miles a week to allow more variation.
Peterssidan on Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:59 pm

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