Feeling Lost With Running

This post is a bit of a brain dump with something that’s been bothering me.

I feel a bit lost with my running at the minute. I keep finding plans, printing them out and doing day one but then the next time I run I think I’ll try this, or try this combination of run/walking etc. I know I’ve been making progress with my running but part of me can’t help but feel it’s all been a bit of a fluke so far.

This morning (Monday – This is a scheduled post) I decided to go back to basics, back to where it all began (in 2012 when I started running) and did Couch to 5K Week 1 Day 1. I thought I’d breeze it on the treadmill, after all I’m already doing parkruns. I actually didn’t though. It was a good workout and by the end I was sweating! I rounded it up to 2 miles by adding in two extra 1 minute runs.

But now what do I do. I’m thinking of sticking with the Couch to 5K but then what should I do at parkruns? I’ve been doing 30 seconds of running and 45 seconds of walking recently and have felt ok with that, not brilliant but it’s ok and manageable. Or do I just go and run when I can and walk when I need to? Is this the approach I should just take to running? Who says it needs to be so regimented?! There’s also the beginners group at my running club coming up at my running club, do I join that?! Gah, everyone makes it all look so straight forward but getting started is definitely the hardest thing.

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3 thoughts on “Feeling Lost With Running

  1. Hmm yeah it’s tricky. Personally I don’t really follow plans as otherwise I become too regimented and then don’t listen to my body.
    I wouldn’t judge each run though as indicative of your running as a total. Some days suck. Some runs are god awful. It might feel like you’ve lost progress or aren’t doing as well, but actually it’s just a bunch of things taking an effect (sleep, nutrition, blah blah).
    I’m not really sure I’m great at giving advice for beginners but I’d say plan a few runs that are properly regimented with run for x and walk for x, then have another run where you do whatever you fancy – see how you feel kind of thing. Push yourself or don’t. But again, I’m rubbish at advice!

  2. Craig Wilson says:

    When I first started exercising, I focussed on walking for a few months before even attempting to run. That allowed me to build up a bit of strength, lose some weight (I began to watch what I ate) and also made sure that I did not just get really dispirited when I started running about how unfit I was. When I did start running, I did walk and run until I felt comfortable to do a short distance of just running. I started in the gym (the council gym near was renovated) which is easier than going outside. I had no specific plan at that stage and only began a plan when I decided to do a 10K run as I found it helped to have that kind of focus for a big challenge. I would say to you to just take it really easy to start with, you are doing fine, anything is better than nothing and not to get too hung up on a specific plan. Better to just say, I am going to do something two or three times and week and sticking to that, rather than get a plan that stretches months into the future and seems unattainable.

  3. Like Anna says, you can have good days and bad days. Plus the treadmill is way harder than running outside (I think anyway- so boring and no fresh air). I always used to like plans when I was starting out, but now I just run when I fancy, take photos and stop and walk for a bit when I fancy. I didn’t start with a running group but my running club are doing beginner runner courses and they always are spoken about in such a positive way, and running with other people means you chat and forget about the timings a bit more.
    Probably not helpful, but really, what do you want to get from running? If you want faster times then your approach would be different to if you just want to be active and enjoy things.

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