A bumpy start

As I mentioned before, one of my roommates promised me that we would run together at least three days a week and in exchange for her giving up smoking, I promised I’d give up chocolate. Things didn’t turn out quite the way we planned.

She only ran with me that first day and she never even went a whole day without smoking. After a week of me begging her to run with me again, I realized that I was wasting my time. I finally came to the conclusion that if I wanted to do this, I would have to do it on my own. So that’s what I’m doing.

I find it much harder to run alone, especially since I’m still not sure how to pace myself. One day I “ran” the entire loop of my school without stopping or slowing down. I was so proud of myself, but the next day when my legs weren’t even sore, I realized that I was jogging much too slow. Today I picked up the pace from the start so that wouldn’t happen again, but had to slow down to a walk twice before I could finish. I must have been going too fast. (It was also really windy outside.)

Do any of you runners out there have any tips for learning how to pace yourself?

2 thoughts on “A bumpy start

  1. Samantha says:

    You are a first time runner? My suggestion for you would be that if you can’t say a short sentence out loud then you are running way too fast. You should be able to breathe comfortably, you shouldn’t be gasping for breath (unless you are doing speed work, which I would avoid for a beginner).

    Good luck with your running. When I first started I used the Couch to 5K program: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml It starts out slow, but that’s good because it prevents beginners injuries.

    If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help out a new runner.. I started running 2 years ago, and I finished my first full marathon (26.2 miles) last October. You can email me at samandro22@gmail.com.

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