I’m sure that “learning” to run seems like a silly title – most of us have been running since early childhood – but I have always been a terrible runner. Not only in the way I look while running (which Hubby says looks noticeably different from other people when they run) but I also get exhausted in a ridiculously short period of time.
Part of the problem, I feel, is that before I was diagnosed with celiac and stopped eating gluten I felt sick and lethargic most of the time. I’m also on the slightly heavier side: not Biggest Loser contestant material, but definitely above average.
As mentioned in a previous post, now that I’ve been gluten free for 6 months, I am training for a 5k. This week was one I was dreading: jumping from running 6 minutes (over a 30-minute span) to 12 minutes. Yikes. I was really struggling with my 2-minute increments so 4 minutes together seemed impossible. So, I read up on running and learned that I was running too fast. As a beginner, you should still be able to talk while jogging and not be “huffing and puffing” through the run. I reduced from 6.0 to 5.5 on the treadmill and (tada) success.
Reading up on running is helping me to achieve my goals. Hopefully I will start to look like a “normal person” when I’m running soon too! What is your best running tip?