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S: 19st8lb C: 18st11lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 45.1 Loss: 0st11lb(4.01%)
Does anyone on here go running?

I have been attending the gym for a couple of years now, on and off, but more and more last year. My work out stretched from 20 minutes in the treadmill, slow walk, and 15 minuts on the bike, when I first joined -

to 5 minutes warm up on the cross trainer, straight in to 10 minutes fast and slow on the cross trainer, then 3 sets of weights, 3 x 15 reps on two, 3 x 20 on one, 20 minutes random on the bike, and 20 minutes fast walk on the treadmill and 15 tummy crunchesx however many I can do that day.....

So a big step BUT and this is the bug BUT, I HATE going to the gym. It's such hard work, coming home and then getting ready to go, or even going straight there from work.... and I'mbored of it.. so, I have been pondering running for a while....

I want to just be able to chuck on some old joggers and trainers, run out my front door and run back and jump in the shower....

So, I was wondering who else on here runs? Does anyone have any tips for a first timer?

Also, silly question, but should I run before or after my tea? because it will be evening runs....

And, what should I aim for? I mean, 3 x half an hour a week or 3 x an hour a week? whats a good amount to aim for and sustain?

Any information would be brilliant :) Thanks x
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S: 12st13lb C: 11st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 28.2 Loss: 1st13lb(14.92%)
Well, going from walking to running is a huge step, and you'll need to build up your stamina to be able to run for any length of time? IMO walking briskly outside is a world away from walking on a treadmill as you're constantly varying your speed/incline etc.?
I HATE the gym myself, and would walk for hours (if I had the time & a babysitter! LOL!)
A good jogging programme for beginners is the C25K programme? It aims to get couch potatoes off the couch to running 5k in 9wks, slowly building stamina as it progresses? You can download free podcasts for your ipod/MP3 player that let you know when to walk & when to jog. The music is a bit mental, but a brilliant tempo for keeping your pace? Google it & see what you think? It recommends doing the programme 3 days a week if possible, with a break on the day in between to allow your muscles to recover- but a personal trainer told me that just walking on the days in between would be okay if you can manage it- imo you'll be too tired to do it all for the first few weeks!
As for when to run...have a small high-protein snack about 1/2hr befroe you run, then your tea when you get back- your metabolism will be buzzing after your run.
S: 19st8lb C: 18st11lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 45.1 Loss: 0st11lb(4.01%)
I'll check that out, thanks very much.

I just warmed up the other not and jogged. I did 13 minutes, with two 1 minute power walks when it become too difficult and continued to run when I got my breathing under control again.

I enjoyed it and will be continuing next week with it!
S: 19st8lb C: 18st11lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 45.1 Loss: 0st11lb(4.01%)
I've just downloaded this app, looks brilliant, I will start it on Monday, I don't do exercise over the weekend, not intentionally anyway LOL!


A little of everything!
S: 12st13lb C: 11st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 28.2 Loss: 1st13lb(14.92%)
Jayz!! It should be easy-peasy for you- I can't run for more than a minute at a time! LOL! Yet.;):D
S: 13st5lb C: 11st9lb G: 9st4lb BMI: 28 Loss: 1st10lb(12.83%)
Well done for your 13 mins.

I run about 20 miles a week and love it. I've got a treadmill as I'm a single mum so can't always get out, but much prefer to run outside :)

My advice...hmm, difficult.
I definitely agree with the eat after run advice, I get stitches if I eat before. Sometimes I can run without a snack, or sometimes I have a reasonably high carb (but easily digestible snack) e.g. half a pack of fruit pastilles; half a bagel; 2 rich tea biscuits; a ripe banana etc. Depends on how long it is since lunch and whether you snack anyway.

It's all about pace really, I'm a very slow runner but can run for a couple of hours if I feel like it. For fat burning they say you should try for one run of about an hour (or more) once a week as its these long runs that really burn the flab.

Anyway, good luck, get some decent trainers and feel free to post if I can be of any help at all - running is FAB!

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