I've set a goal to run, and I mean run all the way, my first 10 k this year. Is there anyone who wants to join me?
There are lots of good training programs out there so pick one, or create your own, and let's get started. I will be using Jeff Galloway's "run/walk" training program.
My target finish date is an event on August 21. If I finish one earlier that's a bonus.
That is an awesome goal! Im a marathoner but broke my hip 16 months ago. My goal for 2012 is to run a marathon by Dec. :-)
Thats a very aggressive goal. Kudos to you. I am setting a goal to run a 5k in May. I ran one 2 yrs ago in 38 min so my goal is to beat that time. Running is not my favorite thing, but I do like challenging myself to go farther and farther.
I've tried running twice and was never any good at it or successful. Once I was about 16 and the second time I was about 22. Both times I stuck with for 2 or 3 months and decided it wasn't for me.
I've started a "Couch to 5K" program using a podcast put out by England's NHS (National Health Service, I think) and I like it a lot so far. They say they will take you from "couch potato" to running a 5K or 30 minutes in a 9 week program.
The first week you walk 5 mins for a warmup, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, then have a 5 minute walk at the end. The podcast plays music and a woman tells you when to jog, and walk, and gives you tips and encourages you along the way.
The second week is pretty much the same except you're jogging 90 seconds and walking 60.
The 3rd week you have a couple of 3 minute runs in there. I've gotten to week three twice now and my knees give me all kinds of pain, but I'm trying it again and this time I'm going to spend two weeks on each "week" plus do knee strengthening exercises. I'm doing it on a flat treadmill, too, to make it easier on my knees. If I can get to the point that I can run 30 mins on the treadmill I'll start using the hill programs on the treadmill and then run a real live outside 5K.
I think with my knees, patience is going to be key. Does anyone have any tips for someone starting runing later in life, with "iffy" knees? I have good shoes and I'm not overweight.