Exercise! - How far did you start out being able to run?

11-24-2009, 09:49 PM

and how far can you run now?

11-24-2009, 10:08 PM
I huffed and puffed after a few minutes of running when I started...lol
Now I can run 5 Km or more if I want to. I have stopped running as much as I used to, I walk more now. Funny though I can go for a run and my body remembers how to do it.
Are you a runner? :)

11-24-2009, 10:12 PM
I started at about a half a lap around the track and worked my way up from there by alternating walking and jogging. I worked my way up to running about five and a half miles in an hour.

11-24-2009, 10:12 PM
Start- maaaybe .1 miles, if I really pushed myself
Now- about .35 miles (4 min) straight and that's saving energy for later (I run a bit over a mile total, and walk a little under a mile doing intervals for a total of 2.1 miles in 30 min)
I can't wait 'til I can run a mile straight!!

Oh and I started at 4.7 mph, now I'm at 5.1! Going to push for 5 min at 5.2 next week.

Carly Smoker
11-24-2009, 11:53 PM
A few weeks back I ran around my block and even though it wasn't easy I ran the whole way. I did it again the other day and then had my Hubby check the distance with his GPS and it was 1.2 miles. I was so proud.
Soon I am going to run out of neighborhood.

11-25-2009, 12:12 AM
I've dabbled in running in the past. Started and stopped c25k more times than I can count. Finally one day I ran outside and noticed that hey...I can run for longer than I run on the treadmill. Just very sloooooooooowly LOL

At my high point last April I did a 5K where I jogged about 75% of it.
I stopped running for the most part after that, but have recently started back up again. I started out running the loop around the elementry school and that was .56 miles (I wasn't totally out of shape though, I've been working out for almost 2 months now). Today I ran around the loop twice only stopping for about .12 of the double loop. So I ran about a mile with a small break in between.

I'm sloooooooooooooooooow though. Like people are probably wondering what the heck I'm doing slow LOL

Fat Pants
11-25-2009, 01:22 AM
Starting out.... a minute before I felt like I might collapse and/or puke.

Now - 10 months later? Just ran a 10k. :D

I'm slow too.... the speed will come in time!

11-25-2009, 01:27 AM
22 seconds ... seriously!

11-25-2009, 02:01 AM
I couldn't even run a quarter of a track...and I still have a hard time running on a treadmill or anything but I can do 5 miles in an hour on the elliptical. :D

11-25-2009, 06:39 AM
I could only run a couple minutes in the beginning. I was so out of shape... actually, I had never actually be IN shape before. I never did sports or anything like that growing up, and I was always overweight.

I am not big on just running, so I haven't actually tested how far I can run... but last night, I decided to run for 15 minutes or so, and I was barely breaking a sweat. So, now it made me want to test it!

I think I am going to try the next time I am in the workout room, just to see how long. I am curious. I have wanted to run a 5k for a while... let's see if I could do it :)

11-25-2009, 09:25 AM
Seriously, when I started running (age over 40 I might add), I could only jog(slowly!) nonstop for a minute or two. I just did run/walk intervals and worked up from there. Eventually, I could reduce or eliminate the walk breaks over longer and longer distances. And I got faster too.

Now? I run half marathons regularly. I did a 16 mile long run last Sunday. You just never know what you will be able to do until you try. But it takes consistent training over time to get there. It doesn't happen overnight.

11-25-2009, 09:40 AM
I could barely run a minute. Now i can run 4 miles without stopping which takes me about 45! the C25K is a miracle plan if you stick with it and push yourself.

11-25-2009, 12:47 PM
First time out? 50 meters. Longest? 13.1 miles.

angee phalangee
11-26-2009, 08:57 AM
When I first started exercising, I almost collapsed after about 30 seconds of slow jogging. Now, I've been exercising for 5 months and practicing running for about 1.5 months, and I can comfortably run 3/4 of a mile without stopping. I'm working on it diligently, though.

11-27-2009, 03:31 PM
I was just coming here to whine about how pitiful I am at running, this makes me feel so much better!

I'm actually in decent shape, strength wise. I have a very physical job (I work at a horse barn), and I can toss hay bales all day, but for some reason, I have no wind built up. I've started to jog, and I can go for about 5 min straight but it hurts. Like my breathing gets all raspy and nasty feeling.

I stretch, walk for a few minutes, run as long as I can, and then walk until my 60 min is up. Right now, only 5 min of that 60 min is running. I'd like to see how much of the 60 min I can fill up with running.

I also run at a pretty good pace though, so my 5 min isn't terrible. I've gone running with my fiance who is in the Army, and although I can only keep up for a couple minutes, he says I'm running at a good 8-minute mile pace. If I try to slow down, I actually feel like I'm using more energy and just not getting anywhere.

11-27-2009, 04:50 PM
I remember my runner friend was teaching me to run, and she told me to just start by having a first goal of running for 8 minutes on the treadmill. I thought to myself, "Hah! 8 minutes? i can do that, piece of cake." But then by minute 2 or so, I was huffing and puffing, sweating like mad, red in the face and couldn't finish and had to walk. Even when I did make it to be able to run for 8 minutes, I hated it. I thought it was the worst exercise ever and didn't understand how people liked it. I remember thinking that the treadmill was invented to make time go by as slow as possible.

Now, I've reached the point where I can jog comfortably for about 5 miles and not ever be gasping for breath. I also feel great after running. You just gotta get past that beginning hurdle and you'll start to love it.

11-27-2009, 08:19 PM
Interesting, because I'm just now deciding I'm going to become a runner! My father and sister are great runners, my children are terrific runners, so I KNOW I have a running gene in here somewhere, and I'm going to find it!

This is my 7th week at the gym, 3rd week running. At first, I could barely run 2 minutes without having to walk for 2 minutes, then run for 2...(rinse, repeat) until I hit 20 minutes. Next week, I could run for 3 minutes, walk, run... It hurt. I was winded, and red faced, and thought about giving up. Even this 3rd week was hard. But I realized, it got easier once I past the 5 minute mark. Granted, it's a slow run/jog pace, but it's improving. I can do 2.75 miles in around 30 minutes now, with only a few walking intervals in between.

I'm actually looking forward to being able to run without taking the walking breaks. And going for runs next summer with my children.

11-27-2009, 09:03 PM
I just went for a great walk/run!

It was only 30 min, but I really pushed myself. I warmed up, started running until I couldn't run anymore, walked until I caught my breath, and then jogged/walked/jogged/walked. I mentioned earlier that I actually have a problem with running too fast. It feels more natural to me than jogging, so I get winded quickly.

I really do enjoy running. I LOVE the feeling when I first start out and I'm not hurting yet. I'm sure I don't look it, huffing and puffing and bumbling along in my baggy sweatshirt, but I feel graceful for the first 30 seconds or so when I get a good rhythm going. I'm looking forward to keeping that good feeling longer and longer before it starts to hurt.

Thighs Be Gone
11-27-2009, 09:53 PM
I started with 1/10 of a mile. Yep, that's all I could do. I now run 5 miles daily and could go further--maybe 7 or 8.

11-27-2009, 10:29 PM
I started out barely being able to run at all! If you would have asked me to run back in July, maybe I could have gone 30 seconds or so before I'd poop out!! I started Couch to 5K in August, completed it in November (it took me longer than the prescribed 9 weeks), and I did my first official 5K yesterday. I usually use run/walk intervals for my training and races (Jeff Galloway's method), so I technically don't run for more than a few minutes without a short walk break, but I CAN run 3-3.5 miles without any walking if I go slowly enough. My typical pace is somewhere in the 10:30-11:00/mile range, e.g. a 5K in around 34 minutes, which is what I did yesterday.

Seriously, I NEVER imagined I could get into running until I got myself out there and tried it! I am constantly amazed by what my body can do if I just give it a chance. I am running my next 5K in two weeks, and I am looking into doing some 10K races in the spring and a half marathon next fall! This is the girl who could never run more than a lap on the track in junior high PE class.

11-28-2009, 05:33 PM
I started out running a few hundred metres and then walking etc etc. One day I felt like I could probably go further and so just did, made a mini target like - run to the next light pole, got there and thought...i could do more, made anothe mini target, got there and though, hey I CAN do more and made another target and then another and another and before I knew had run about 4kms.

The furthest I have now run was 30kms (19 miles) and that was just for the sheer **** of it. I regularly run between 8kms (5mile) and 14kms (9 miles) but will push it out to 18kms (11miles) or so on some days. Love it!

11-28-2009, 08:50 PM
I totally heart this thread so much LOL

11-29-2009, 06:00 AM
I totally :love: this thread as well! I want to run one day but am starting with walking. I am going to walk a 5K in March and am starting training now. I hope to walk a 10K and half marathon by the end of the year as well and then see if I feel more confident running...it's nice to see others didn't just start out born runners, though!

11-29-2009, 01:46 PM
I started with the C25K program, so I started with 1 minute jogging, 90 seconds walking intervals - and I felt like I could barely move afterwards!

Now, I can run a full 5K (albeit really, really slowly) and I'm working on getting my speed and endurance up. I'm planning to do a sprint triathlon next summer, which is sort of hard for me to wrap my mind around. Back in HS, I dated a guy in cross country who told me I could never be a runner, and I believed him. Now, I'd like to find him and rub his nose in a big pile of dirt (seriously, not a good guy - low self-esteem + HS will make you do silly things...) :)

11-30-2009, 10:16 AM
I started out being able to jog slowly for ... 2 minutes maybe? Now, after working out for 3-4 months, I'm up to 30 minutes on a good day! Albeit i'm a very slow jogger (5-5.5 mph) but it still thrills me nonetheless. I just love that I am now one of those people that can just get on a treadmill and run!