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Old 09-10-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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To combat my ever shrinking belt epidemic, I've decided to take up running. I hate running. I always have. I recognize the benefits of running (no memberships required, you can do it nearly anywhere, only a small initial investment required), but despite that I have chosen this path. And I find minimal enjoyment in it whatsoever.

Did I mention that I hate running?

But what I do like is the feeling afterward. The feeling of accomplishment and advancement. And today I have discovered another great feeling. I have always loved a good hot shower after a solid sweat, to me there is no cleaner feeling than AFTER a shower in which you were soaking wet when stepping INTO the shower. But today, I had a beer in the shower after my run. Now mind you, I have had beer plenty o' times in the shower before, but not after a run. I got done with my 1.7 miles (dont judge me, I'm new at this), turned on the shower and while it was warming up, poured myself a pint and prepared for the awesomeness to ensue.

And it was righteous, I tell you. RIGHTEOUS!!!

So anyway. In all seriousness, I'd actually like to take this to the next level. I have no intention of running a marathon, but I would like to be able to get to the point of being able to do a 5k without notice. I don't think that is an unreasonable goal. Any tips that anyone can provide? Running schedules? Runners diets? I'm not looking to completely make over my life, just adjustments so that I can continue to drink beer without any more limits than I've already imposed on myself.

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Beer after a run is awesome.

If you're not going for distance, I would say running 3 miles 3-4 times a week is a good target. My recommendation for increasing distance would be to alternate running and walking, and then as you build up your fitness you just phase out the walking. Sounds simple, but it works.

Get fitted for appropriate shoes. It helps a lot.

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To combat my ever shrinking belt epidemic, I've decided to take up running.
Wait, you are running to get fat?
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No, my belt keeps getting smaller, so I run to stretch it back out.
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I'm not sure even beer would get me to like running. I'm not sure a pack of crazed, starving, wolves would get me to like running.

But I do need to get more exercise, so maybe I should try the beer after a workout at the local gym. We really need to get back to using our paid memberships.

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Beer after a run is awesome.

If you're not going for distance, I would say running 3 miles 3-4 times a week is a good target. My recommendation for increasing distance would be to alternate running and walking, and then as you build up your fitness you just phase out the walking. Sounds simple, but it works.

Get fitted for appropriate shoes. It helps a lot.
I work rotating shift work, and I make it a point to run shortly after waking up. Getting up at 4am before day shift schedule is brutal for me so I've been skipping those. But that only equates to 11 days out of every 5 weeks. Otherwise, I've been trying to go two days in a row, then skip a day. For the intervals, do you mean to actually run/walk the full distance goal and just phase out walking while keeping the distance? If so, then that's pretty much how I got this far. And if it really works that well, then I'll keep doing it.

As for shoes, I did that on a recommendation from a friend. I was having some ankle pain from when I worked my way past 1.25 miles. I got fitted and while I really feel much more comfortable, the pain is still there. Not nearly as bad, but it's only been a couple of weeks. I'm confident that it is simply conditioning that my body needs. I haven't run with any consistency since back in the Nav, when I got out in 2001.

Thanks for the input. Keep the tips coming, I really want this to become a regular part of my life.
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I go to a gym, do the eliptical thingy or treadmill and some weights. It hasn't really taken weight off, just keeps it from getting on.
But, everyone I know who runs stops when they get into their late 40's and 50's and I've had many tell me their doctors told them running is going to mess up their knees as they get older. So. they all end up joining gyms.

My problem is that I think doing the same thing over and over gets to a point where it doesn't work as well. So, i think it's best to mix things up if you can. Either way, exercise is the best medicine for a majority of people.

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I go to a gym, do the eliptical thingy or treadmill and some weights. It hasn't really taken weight off, just keeps it from getting on.
But, everyone I know who runs stops when they get into their late 40's and 50's and I've had many tell me their doctors told them running is going to mess up their knees as they get older. So. they all end up joining gyms.

My problem is that I think doing the same thing over and over gets to a point where it doesn't work as well. So, i think it's best to mix things up if you can. Either way, exercise is the best medicine for a majority of people.
I'm only 38 right now, but about a year and a half ago, I approached my heaviest weight ever in life (245) for the second time. I used chronic knee pain as an excuse to avoid the gym until that point. I started lifting weights and that shed a lot of my excess weight and honestly relieved my knee pain as well. I think it was a combination of the 20 pounds I lost and strengthening the joint.

I now stand at right around 220, but I know I have another easy 10 pounds to lose, with another 15 behind that with a little effort. I intend to eventually get back to lifting as well as running, but I plan on taking that up when the weather turns and my activity level starts to slow down a little.

And while I agree that doing the same thing has its limitations, it is still better than nothing. So I am doing my best to not get discouraged when I see my progress slowing and not use that as an excuse to quit.
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check out the couch to 5k plan. Google it, it's all over the net. Pretty solid plan. I started with that and just finished my first mini tri this last weekend in 7th place. It was also all done in vibrams(toe shoes). Barefoot or the vibrams have changed my entire outlook on running.

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Couch to 5k is indeed the best recommendation. I am not a runner, not built to run, not going to enjoy it, not even with beer. I walk quite frequently, I may get into a barely light jog, but no running. Even still, couch to 5k, even for someone like me who will probably never run 5k, is a great program. I've used it.

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