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BikingNurse2010-12-11 21:50:05 +0000 #1
Hey ladies,

I want to start running. I'm getting stronger with my biking and feel that running will help me get rid of this weight that keeps hanging on. Any tips suggestions would be great. Esp what to do when you get that stitch in your side !
indysteel2010-12-11 21:53:45 +0000 #2
Google Couch to 5k. A lot of us have used the program--either to a "T" or somewhat loosely--with pretty good success. Get fitted for a good pair of shoes, too.
trista2010-12-11 22:25:02 +0000 #3
+1 for couch-to-5k (C25K). Great program - for beginners or for runners who've fallen off the wagon. If it gets to be too much, you can repeat weeks.

Don't forget to stretch, and take it easy. I did sprints yesterday and I'm so sore I can barely get up the stairs!
zoom-zoom2010-12-11 22:47:55 +0000 #4
Couch-to-5k is a really great way to start...I got my start 4.5 years ago with that program.

But I will warn that running is not really as great for weight loss as one might think. I know of very few people who have lost significant weight with running, alone--myself included. Running has a tendency to make a person's appetite skyrocket and it's a bad catch-22. Cut calories enough to lose weight and you won't run for crap. Eat enough to run well and you will maintain. I have had MUCH better luck losing weight with cycling and weight-training. I can do these things with a low level of hunger.
Susan2010-12-11 22:02:41 +0000 #5
While it's true that running alone won't do for significant weightloss, I always had the feeling that it helps a lot. It seems that I can get much more workout from 1 hour of running than 1 hour of cycling. Also I like it as alternative to indoor cycling in winter.

The best tip for me would have been: start really really slow. Try to focus on your form (I see awful things on my running trail in regards of posture and footwork everyday, those people don't do themselves any good).

It's also very personal. My husband had no problems to run a 5k when we started out. I could barely run the distance between 2 street lamps before my shins where aching

I'm not a natural when it comes to running I guess.

So I walked a lot in the beginning. It took me a year to run 5k without having to walk. It can help to monitor your pulse and try to keep between a reasonable margin by alternating between walking and running.

That stitch in your side: breathe

and relax. Go slower.
OakLeaf2010-12-11 23:56:50 +0000 #6
I think it's just a matter of duration. I think three hours is about the duration where you start to see some weight loss, and it's a whole lot easier to ride three hours than it is to run three hours. I definitely dropped a couple of pounds when I started running the longer distances.

As far as The Hunger, though , IME that's all about recovery nutrition. When I come back from anything strenuous the last thing I want to do is eat, but if I force myself to eat those 2-300 calories within the first half hour - just like all the authorities tell you to do - then I won't get the insatiable eat-everything-in-sight that happens when my muscles are really depleted.

But yeah - form. Strengthen your hips - there are lots of resources online for hip exercises for runners. Keep your stride short and your cadence high. Those three things will make running a lot safer.
Bike Chick2010-12-11 23:57:41 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by OakLeaf

As far as The Hunger, though , IME that's all about recovery nutrition. When I come back from anything strenuous the last thing I want to do is eat, but if I force myself to eat those 2-300 calories within the first half hour - just like all the authorities tell you to do - then I won't get the insatiable eat-everything-in-sight that happens when my muscles are really depleted.

I've found this to be true myself. If I make myself eat something with protein right after I run or ride (it's usually Carnation instant breakfast and skim milk) even if I don't feel like it, then I'm not slamming cabinet doors or hitting the vending machine later----that's when I eat bad.

I enjoy running so I can maintain some type of fitness in the winter when I'm not riding. It's also a change of pace and I think riding and running compliment each other. Just take it easy and follow the plan. I found that I didn't progress as quickly running as I did with cycling. Do you swim??? You might want to think about triathlons as well!
Dogmama2010-12-11 23:07:39 +0000 #8
Cereal & milk is a good post recovery meal. Before running/cycling/lifting I have chocolate soymilk with chocolate protein powder. Studies are showing that protein before a workout gets assimilated much more easily.

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