Jogging for the first time

  • Regina_Guy

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    Jul 25, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    OMG, I tried jogging for the first time today, and I totally got my ass kicked. I've been doing a lot of cardio the past six months, mainly on the elliptical machines at the gym. I figured now that I'm in better shape,I would try jogging to mix things up. I can't believe what a tough workout jogging is. My chest was sore, and my calves were burning after. When I'm done my half hour on the machines at the gym, I'm completely wet and a bit out of breath, but I've never felt like this. Really makes me wonder if those elliptical machines are worth it. I'll be doing a lot more jogging now icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 25, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    A few months ago I went for a jog in the park with a friend who runs several miles a week on a treadmill. I think he's in good shape, but he was clearly uncomfortable and a little surprised by how different running on the ground is. I think jogging--ideally outside on grass--is way better than any machine.
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    Jul 26, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    SockMonkey saidA few months ago I went for a jog in the park with a friend who runs several miles a week on a treadmill. I think he's in good shape, but he was clearly uncomfortable and a little surprised by how different running on the ground is. I think jogging--ideally outside on grass--is way better than any machine.


    Yeah, I couldn't agree more. Try jogging outside for a couple of weeks, THEN go on the treadmill. You'll feel like you can run a marathon on the treadmill without breaking a sweat.
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    Jul 26, 2008 4:15 AM GMT
    I can vouch for treadmills (and, for me, ellipticals) being a ton easier than jogging. Once I even hopped on a treadmill and beat a PR (for the 5 K) without even realizing until I finished. If you're transitioning from treadmill to road, or better yet, grass, I'd take it very slowly.
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:15 AM GMT
    You know i experienced a similar thing a month back. I has been running on the treadmill for a while now and i was telling oh how much i enjoy it, and how ive mastered running and such. So she suggested that we go running on the beach on a Saturdays morning. Im all hyped and such, excited, even got out their and stretch on the beach before the run. God damn, was all i could say. The body knows what pavement its being planted on, and i had not fatigued like that in such a short time for a while.
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    Aug 05, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    It's amazing how changing cardio can really give you a whole different workout. I've been running a lot lately and building up endurance. I've also been walking a lot. However, I still get winded walking up the damn stairs! Now I'm trying to run up and down stairs whenever I can. I went running a few days ago in a different area and I made a rule that I had to run up and down stairs when I saw them (luckily there weren't that many!).
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    Aug 06, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Well I must have really over did it, because I was sore for almost a week after my jog. For the first three days afterward, when I woke up, my calves were completly stiff, and walking down the stairs really did a number on me. I decided to try and work my endurance up a bit more on the tread mill. I'm gonna try another jog this weekend, and see how it goes. This time, though, I'll jog for 5 minutes, and walk for two. That should help me!
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    Aug 06, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    Regina_Guy saidWell I must have really over did it, because I was sore for almost a week after my jog. For the first three days afterward, when I woke up, my calves were completly stiff, and walking down the stairs really did a number on me. I decided to try and work my endurance up a bit more on the tread mill. I'm gonna try another jog this weekend, and see how it goes. This time, though, I'll jog for 5 minutes, and walk for two. That should help me!


    Get some potassium in you as well - it helps with the lactic acid buildup. Try stretching before and after running as well. Make sure you have good shoes with a tread designed for running. Shoes make a huge difference for me.