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Get Motivated: Running for the First Time

Recently, I've been reading a few of your comments, and I want to congratulate anyone who's made the switch from walking fast into running. I know that it seems simple, but for anyone who's not used to running on the treadmill (or anywhere), making that switch over from a fast walk to a jog can be a very intimidating thing.

User Juju recently shared this with us:

"I just did this today, and it happened to be the first time I have ever RUN on a treadmill. Usually I walk at 4 mph on a high incline, but I've been to scared to run. Anyway, I did it today, and it felt GREAT!!!"

How cool is that?! I wanted to share this so that everyone else who's been a bit intimidated to start running knows that you're not alone. Half the battle is convincing yourself to workout in the first place, so don't be discouraged if you want to run but have not started jogging yet—you'll get there. When you do, be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

Congrats Juju and everyone else who has decided to try running recently!


MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
oh and I say 3 miles cuz that's exactly the distace around my neighborhood...a big square...we drove around it to measure it LOL I love running around it but it's a lot different than running on a treadmill! gotta keep working towards my goal!
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
yay!!! congrats to everyone who started! I've went from jogging on the treadmill to running and I love it...every day that i go to the gym I start with a good run which gets my heart pumping and blood flowing for my weight lifting session I do after. I usually run a 30 minute warm up (or a little over 2 treadmill miles) at speeds of 4.8 to 5.6 at an 1.0 or 1.5 incline. 5.6 is my max at the moment..I've been running at intervals of 5.4 and 5.6 for about 3 weeks now...and it feels great! I love the feeling of accomplishing a new speed and to see my stamina improve each week. It's motiviation to keep me wanting to come back and improve more. I never once thought I would be able to run for 30 mins straight at 5.6. My goal is to eventually be able to get my stamina up to a speed of 6.0 on the treadmill so I can run 3 (regular) miles (outside, not on a treadmill) in under 40 mins. (right now I can jog/walk (intervaled) 3 miles in about 45 mins to an hour) :) almost there!
kkbutler kkbutler 9 years
congrats juju! I recently found myslf in a similar situation. I have gotten myself back to the gym (with the help of a friend/work out buddy) but have always tended to stick with the elliptical or fast walking. We recently decided to do a 5K and have been training for the over the past couple weeks.
Char_Sugar Char_Sugar 9 years
Hey Guys Thanks for the comments. Its gym day today and I'm gonna try the
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I had a boyfriend once who was a very active and talented runner, who did races all the time etc... He is the one who got me started. And I actually will always remember him for that, he really litterally kicked my ass out of the gym and to the trail. Since then I have been running on my own 4-5 times a week doing 40-50km/25-30miles a week. I love it! I am following the program to get prepared for my first 10K. :)
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I never thought I'd ever be able to call myself a runner, but I've been doing it at least 3 times a week for about a month. And I LOVE it! But I have never been on a treadmill. They scare me. If I go to the gym I just do the eliptical :)
lintacious lintacious 9 years
i don't blame you for being scared of the treadmills! i'm an avid runner and i won't go near a treadmill - i am way too clutzy :) Congrats and good luck!!!
syako syako 9 years
Yeah. I'd suggest 5.2 Char_Sugar, that's a good beginner speed.
natalietm natalietm 9 years
Char_Sugar, I think it depends how fast you typically walk on the treadmill. When I first started jogging, I walked at 3.5 mph (going up to 4.0 for my brisk warm up walking) and jogged at 5.0. Now that I've been jogging/running for a few months I've started increasing my speed with each interval. So I start my workout at 5.0, and by the time I'm done I'm running at 6.0. I've found that it's all about trial-and-error for finding the right speed on a treadmill.
Char_Sugar Char_Sugar 9 years
I'm kind of a fast walker, at what speed should you start jogging on the treadmill? I'm on the "squishalicious" side, so running hard core will be a couple months from now for me...for sure!
facin8me facin8me 9 years
Congrats juju! Fitsugar had a post earlier this year about the Couch to 5K running program at I had never reall run before, but the C25K program is awesome...I ran my first 5K three weeks ago,
juju4 juju4 9 years I just saw all the typos in my post! ("To" instead of "too", etc.) Anyway, I worked with someone once who was an avid runner, and had slipped and got a massive rug burn on his face from the treadmill. I think he may have passed out while he was running or something, and I am sure it doesn't happen to most people who run...but that image kind of haunted me for a while. I would watch people running at the gym, and it looked so exhilarating, but I was worried I'd trip and go face first onto the belt. Now that I've tried it, I don't feel as wobbly as I expected, and it reminds me of my more youthful athletic self!
juju4 juju4 9 years
Thanks! It is thrilling to have found another activity for my cardio exercise. :-)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Haha Casa I do the same!!! I have to wear a regular bra and 2 sports bras to keep my ta=tas in place!!!
Home Home 9 years
I just started running on the treadmill 3 weeks ago. Besides the horrible doubling-up-on-sports-bras situation, I'm really enjoying it. :)
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
awe running is awesome! :) i really enjoy it!.. does alot for yoU! i should get back into it.. but right now im in love with how the stair master makes my butt feel!! haha.. but maybe i should start running again this week! :)
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
i need a running/workout partner :( i'm just not motivated! congrats juju! for doing it for me! lol :)
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
yay! congrats! It took me a looong time before I got the courage to start running on the treadmill. I still can't keep up the running for much longer than 4 or 5 minutes straight, but hey, I can look on the bright side and say that I workout in intervals lol!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Good job! I started running about 2 1/2 weeks ago and I feel great about it! I look forward to it everyday after work! And once you get in the routine of it all - you will feel awesome!
syako syako 9 years
Yay. I told her I was proud of her on that post and I'll say it again - keep it up juju!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Kudos juju!! :)
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