How did you become a runner?
I'd love to become a runner, but its been hard because I'm a bit out of shape, have asthma, and bad ankles. I can maybe jog for 3 minutes or sprint for 1 minute, but after that I'm out of breath and uncomfortable. However, I can walk with no problem for ages. Did you start out as a non-runner and learn how to run for long distances? How?
I have three suggestions:
There is a technique called Fartlek, where you simply run as long as you comfortably can (even if it's just a minute or two), then walk until you feel okay, then run again. Do this 3x/week, alternating jogging and walking, for a total of 15 or 20 minutes. Gradually, you'll be able to run longer with fewer breaks.
The ankles are a concern. They can easily be damaged if you run on concrete, run when you are tired, or run with bad form. Do good ankle relaxations and rotations for both warm-up and cool-down.
With the asthma, check with a doctor before running. But go with a doctor who is either a sports-medicine specialist or a running enthusiast, not one who would be afraid to encourage you.
Way back in 1980, the Complete Book of Running got me started - and it's still good!
Take care and enjoy!
With some of your medical issues I would for sure get medical clearance first. That said I became a runner after having a double fusion in my back. Prior to surgery I could never run because of 3 degenerating discs. After surgery I recovered well and wanted to achieve a goal...so I set a goal of running a 5K and am getting ready to attain it this weekend! Some advice I would give:
1. I really liked the Couch to 5K program from iTunes. It was easy to download, easy to follow and most importantly WORKED
2. I am a firm believer of chiropractors and massages to keep my body in good condition. I do both once a month as maintenance and have never felt better.
3. Go to a store that has knowledgeable sales associates to help you find the right shoes for your step type.
Good luck...having never been a runner before I can honestly say I am so glad I have started to develop this habit!
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