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When are you going to start running?(7 posts)

When are you going to start running?Alex-in-Evanston
Jul 26, 2002 8:38 AM
First race is Oct. 28. I think I'll lace 'em up around Labor Day, start running twice a week - maybe up that to three times a week in October.

Have you guys got a plan for jump starting your running fitness?

three weeks ago.Jakob
Jul 26, 2002 9:09 AM
I started running about 3 weeks ago. i have been going out for about 20-25 minutes and i am about to up to 30 or so. my goal is to get up to doing about 40-45 minutes. that might be a little much for cross, but i ran cross country and track for a long time and i think that cross races feel easier (at least psychologically) if i know i can run for the same amount of time as the race (i race Bs).

my first race will probably be about a month before your's. i figured i wanted about 3 months of running before my first race. you're going for about two. that is probably fine. like i said, i'm probably doing more than most because i used to be a runner.

without any knowledge of your running experience, i have one piece of advice: don't start too fast or for too long. i have heard of cyclists getting injured by going out for 30-35 minutes on their first run or from going to track and doing intervals for the first time ever. i would take at least 2-3 weeks to get your body used to running. as a former runner i was really shocked that i could be in shape (from cycling) yet be so awkward and stiff when i started running again.
re: When are you going to start running?Velocipedio
Jul 26, 2002 9:27 AM
I'm going to start in about a week. I also plan a week off the bike at the end of August for psychological reasons. :) Having said that, I've been working running into my skills training lately. I figure, if I'm going to dsimount, I may as well run a bit. :)
as soon as the busted collarbone allowslonefrontranger
Jul 26, 2002 10:03 AM
Anyone got any feedback on how soon it would be feasible? I know the pain factor will be the biggest limiter. Our 'cross season doesn't really get going until October.
I have ripped up both shoulders kayaking...thatsmybush
Jul 27, 2002 2:26 PM
and in both instances I was able to start running on trails (hate pavement for running) in about three weeks. (the right shoulder was esp. bad cracked collarbone fractured scapula and anterior dislocation.) The thing you will learn quickly is that when you are running any time you skip down an embankment or even a curb you will feel pain and in the case of a dislocation ambient jelly like looseness. I started with quick power type walks to limit this.
PS I can't believe I got to respond to a question from the Lonefrontranger this is truely a red letter day.
thanks, you are a gem!lonefrontranger
Jul 29, 2002 8:44 AM
The day I quit learning will be the day I die. One of the reasons I started coaching was that I learn more by teaching than any other way...

I've already learned the part about jumping off rocks, etc. :-P I went hiking up Sonoitas Mtn (sp?) yesterday. It's only a 3-mile hike, but the first 1.4 miles is especially vertical and somewhat technical and rocky. A cycling buddy of mine recommended I do some tough hikes as a precursor to running, to get the legs accustomed to weight-bearing exercise.

There were other hikers and rock climbers up on the trail who were pretty amazed at me hiking in the sling / figure 8 rig. OK, here's the deal. I can't ride my bike (except on the trainer). I'd sooner shoot myself than ride indoors in a non-air-conditioned house in 95 degree weather. A busted collarbone (as you probably know) isn't comfortable in ANY position or situation. I'm equally miserable lying down, sitting on my @ss watching telly, walking around the mall, riding in the car or hiking / bouldering on technical terrain. The technical terrain IMO tends to keep one's mind off the pain and on more mundane things (like not stumbling and falling onto the busted side). Soo, I can be miserable sitting on my derriere at home, or miserable out being active. Hmm, easy choice for me.
Does 24-Hours of Snowshoe Count?triangleforge
Jul 29, 2002 1:38 PM
First running I did this year -- and boy, was there a lot of it -- was at the 24-Hours of Snowshoe the last weekend in June. A big thunderstorm (in the midst of a searing drought) two days before the race left mere MTB mortals like me on foot for some agonizingly long stretches, over tangled, greasy roots & rocks, and through shin-deep stretches of gooey, black, peanut-butter mud...

As for running for actual training, I hope to start that up in a couple of weeks.