Before I start, I'm a sprinter, the longest race I EVER did in high school was the 400m. The thought of running more than 1 lap made me dizzy. The main reason for that was I grew up being told that running = lows. So I decided (in my young gradeschool head) "if I spend less time running, then I'll get less lows!" and so... I became a sprinter.
But recently, I found a plaque in the basement. It was awarded to my dad for having the freshman mile speed record at his school, with a time of 4:46. I asked him about it, and he told me that all he did was run home from the bus stop "it was a mile, UP HILL both ways!" Looking at him now, you couldn't tell, but that blows my 6:30 mile time out the window!
It got me thinking, what if I was actually meant to be a distance runner? I was always pretty mediocre at sprints (at least, competitively) So now that I can manage my bloodsugar on my own, I'm thinking about starting to run distance.
The question is, how do I start? I can only go about a mile and a half before having to walk. Should I just run a mile every day like my dad did?
the big difference between sprinting and long distance is speed! When you are training to go long distance you really do go much slower and condition your body for endurance.
It is quite a skill and a mindset to learn how to run slowly.
You say you can only go a mile and half before having to walk. But how fast is that mile and a half? Bet you can go much further if you learn how to pace yourself.
There are plenty of good training programs on line. I'd say look for a 10 km training program - which targets finishing comfortably rather than breaking any personal records.
Typically training would be 3 days a week. 1 day would be shorter and faster, 1 day longer and slower and 1 day inbetween. If you decide to run more often than 3 times a week you would have more relatively longer slower sessions than fast sessions, and would always have a rest day after your longest run.
that mile and a half is about 15 - 20 minutes. I might be able to run longer, but Lynchburg is known as "the city of 7 hills" for a reason lol. theres nowhere to run on a flat surface. the hills around here are KILLER
Most of the 5ks I see advertised around here are for charity. (i know this sounds REALLY selfish... but i don't make enough to spend $10-$20 every weekend until i get a bit better)
thanks for the advice! I'll start tomorrow :)
The guy who won the 5K I ran in on Saturday ran 14:31 or 4:41/ mile! I have bought shoes from him at the local running store, really nice guy.
I think though that the way to run 5K is just to go out and do it. I read some running books when I started getting into running that may have some useful suggestions about form and are probably available at the library? I found the books by Jeff Galloway has some interesting suggestions, like running different ways, sort of according to how you are feeling it. He has books for running in general and more specific ones for running marathons that are also interesting. He has some stuff that sounds really cheesy but, if you imagine a giant rubber band pulling you down the street when you are smoked 22 miles into a marathon, every little bit helps?
Re diabetes, I think that it's a good idea to figure out how to get insulin on board out of your system as "pushing" yourself can sort of kick insulin into gear if you have a couple of stray units or even tenths of units going. For 5K, I also don't usually bother with a lot of snacking or insulining but have like a glass of skim milk if my BG is lower than I want it to be.
I would read a few books, maybe join a running club or at least download a running programme to stick to, there are hundreds on the net. From couch to 5k, to plans for running ultra marathons.
Just try and get into a routine of running regularly, ensure you warm up properly and are giving yourself time for recovery.
Set yourself a goal, e.g. I want to run a 10k in 12 weeks in under 50 minutes etc etc..
Interval training helps (fartleks), doing this one day a week will really help with your speed and endurance.
I tend to run 3 days during the week and the do a long run on Sunday mornings. The thing I like about running is that you improve slowly and it's incremental.
Get yourself a decent pair of shoes, go to a proper running shop, have them look at your gait and then you can find a pair that are suitable cheap on line. I would love to support my local running shop, but they charge three times the amount that internet stores do for the same pair of trainers! I recommend Mizuno, Asics, Brooks.. Nike Air Pegasus are nice and light as well.
Get yourself a decent running belt as well if you want to do distance running, as you will want to ensure you have carbs etc with you at all times.
This site is good for the diabetes side of stuff..
I've been a distance runner for years. Did many marathons and half marathons. The trick to becoming a strong and consistent distance runner is slow and steady progression. When I first started running, the most I could do was about 1/4 mile. From there, I went to a 1/2 mile, and then a full mile. And, well, you get the idea. Every week I did just a wee bit more. When I started training for marathons, it was the same thing -- I ran with a training group and every weekend our "long run" got a tad bit longer, until we were ready for a marathon!
Managing D and distance running can be a little tricky. If you're not on a pump, you will have to adjust your basal insulin dosage the day before. This is one thing that I love about a pump - before my run, I can just dial down my basal rate and I will generally be ok.
ok minor setback... I hyperextended my elbow AND bruised a rib today!
I tried wrestling someone about 70lbs heavier than me... and I got bodyslammed. He picked me up and then fell on top on my outstretched arm. And I elbowed myself in the ribs with the other arm...ow
I guess I'll start running when I can take full breaths again.
Ouch! Too bad. I avoid wrestling these days. I took some Kung Fu classes after I moved but wasn't entirely comfortable being thrown onto unpadded carpeting and decided that running was enough fun for me.
ok I THINK im good to run now. my ribs only hurt when I reach up now. My elbow still hurts a bit, but I can move it a lot easier now.
I got myself some new shorts (not running shorts, but some lacrosse shorts. I refuse to wear anything with less than a 7 inch inseam. lol) and I also got some brooks running shoes.
now I just need to work on my tan so I can look good while doing this! :p
? 5 1/4" all the way!!