It’s Official; I Started Running

Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:18:01 pm by Dustin
Filed under Fun, General, Health, a little about life

Last week, I said I was thinking of training for the Portland Marathon. Well I decided, sort of. Should I start running? The answer, obviously since I am writing this, is yes. I will figure out if I actually want to race or race the marathon later, probably this winter sometime.

For now, I am just going to get in shape. My goal at this point is to get strong enough where I can run six days a week for an hour which I estimate at 55-60 miles a week.

I am not going to be able to just jump into that distance, pace, or schedule off the bat. To get there, I want to run a minimum of three days in a row, hopefully four, and ideally six. The maximum days – once I am more in shape – will be 10-14 days without a rest day. One day off is also ideal with two being max. I am starting with 10-15 minute runs and have run three of the last five days. So far, it flat out hurts. That will get better and is already slightly easier. In a week or two, I think I will be strong enough to run five or six days in a row and will then add more distance gradually. I am thinking a stair step progress will be best for me, knowing my past and where I was to be in the future. This means adding five to 10 minutes per run every few weeks. Let’s say by October I will be running 20 minutes six days a week, 30 by November, … you get the idea.

I am also going to be lift weights. I bought a set of dumbbells a few months back and plan to do upper body four days a week and legs three days a week. With running a weights I think I will get to a good base by Christmas.

As I go, I will have updates and explain my workout schedule a bit more. Wish me luck. Also if you have any questions or comments along the way for my workout style, please ask.

  1. Jeff

    I am not a proponent of running. If you are interested in other work outs, you could try swimming. It’s a full body work out without the added stress on your joints.

    Either way, good luck. I always feel better mentally and physically when I maintain a certain level of fitness.

  2. Dustin

    The high joint impact was one reason why I started cycling first.

  3. Jeff

    My previous comment was misleading. I don’t like to run because I find it boring. Being nice to my joints is just a side benefit of swimming, which I do because it is more fun for me.

  4. James

    Yeah, boredom is the second hardest part of running for me, too. The first is just getting out the door.

    But I run (err…when I actually have the motivation to) because I don’t need a pool and because the muscles I need most are the ones used in running (eg, soccer).