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Heavy runners?

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Mamzelc606
Mamzelc606 Posts: 30 Member
edited September 2016 in Social Groups
Hi everyone! I am new here, and I just started c25k, I have done w1d1 and I really enjoyed it. I walk but I have never been a runner. At 235 lbs I am heavy though and I run slower than your grandma. Just curious if anyone who is or was a heavy runner as any advice about things to watch out for? Last thing I want is an injury.
Also feel free to add me, no friends on here yet :)
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  • jennypapage
    jennypapage Posts: 489 Member
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    follow the program. Get good running shoes. it doesn't matter how slow you are, what matters is to complete each day.If you feel like you can't finish a day, try again until you succeed.The important thing is to slowly build your stamina.Speed will come much later.
  • niblue
    niblue Posts: 339 Member
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    I was a similar weight when I started running. I'd echo the advise to get good shoes (a specialist shop should be able to advise you on that) and to keep the pace down. I'd also add that taking rest days is important - especially to avoid injury. It'd also be worth investing in a foam roller.
  • Mamzelc606
    Mamzelc606 Posts: 30 Member
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    Great! What does a foam roller do exactly?
  • rickc74
    rickc74 Posts: 416 Member
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    Stick to the program, as mentioned already. And it is super important that you understand and believe that you CAN do this. The biggest thing for me was that mental part of it - I started off thinking that I'd never actually be able to finish the program, but I'd see how far I could get. After doing the 20 minute run successfully in week 5, I really knew that I'd get it done. Once you know you can do it, and master your breathing, the running part is fairly easy. I was around your weight when I started, and it was fine. I had a few days where I had to cut my run short due to super hot days outside, but I just redid them the next time and moved on. I finished the program about 10 days ago, and am regularly running 5k in about 31 minutes. That said, don't worry about speed. Jiat keep running at the pace you can do.
  • niblue
    niblue Posts: 339 Member
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    Mamzelc606 wrote: »
    Great! What does a foam roller do exactly?

    It helps stretch out muscles to prevent injury and pain when running. It can hurt a bit while using it but is worthwhile!
  • Mamzelc606
    Mamzelc606 Posts: 30 Member
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    Going to look into it for sure niblue!
  • jd5761
    jd5761 Posts: 7 Member
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    I have completed the program (not lost thanks to it but I get out 3 times a week now). I weigh 99kg (220lbs) and I would say - get good shoes and the rest will follow :)
  • singinteacher
    singinteacher Posts: 5 Member
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    Hi! I just started yesterday too! I've tried this program a few times before, but struggled with the impact on my joints (I'm 5'10" and have varied between 250-290 lbs when I start). I really want it to work this time! I've heard great success stories and hope to be one of them soon!
  • Mamzelc606
    Mamzelc606 Posts: 30 Member
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    You can do this! I have only done 2 days yet but I feel this thing right!
  • singinteacher
    singinteacher Posts: 5 Member
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    I'm getting ready to head out for my second now. Just wanted to check the group for motivation. Way to go on run #2!!
  • MimiOfTheLusciousLawn
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    I started c25k at 345lbs - you'll do just fine! Jenny had excellent advice, I second all of it. Good luck to you!
  • niblue
    niblue Posts: 339 Member
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    I was about 230lbs when I started C25K and about 217lbs when I finished. I wasn't using MFP and tracking calories back then otherwise I might have done better than that.
  • crista_b
    crista_b Posts: 1,192 Member
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    I'm a little heavier than you and just finished week 5 day 3 today. I did it a few years ago too (actually I do c210k, but the beginning is the same as c25k). I'm also a really slow runner. Most people walk as fast as I run, but I just ignore that and worry about actually running correctly. I'll probably work on speed after I finish c210k.
  • reginakarl
    reginakarl Posts: 68 Member
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    I use a running program that is kind of a game: Zombies! Run! By, anything that keeps your interest and dies bore you helps. When I was at my heaviest and running, stretching helps keeping injuries away. Maybe yoga would help too.

    I would also recommend knowing the difference between your mind and your body saying stop. The first 10 are for me the worst. My mind is saying stopstopstopstop. I don't stop though. But when I've gotten stomach stitches, or leg cramps, I do walk. I breathe to my footsteps. Inhale 1 2 3 4, exhale 1 2 3, 4.

    My recommendation for you is to sign up for a 5k with a friend or so you have a goal.

    5"8
    Starting: 215lbs January 2016
    Cw: 183
  • Mamzelc606
    Mamzelc606 Posts: 30 Member
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    Thank you everyone for your input! I am beginning week 4 on thursday, so far so good :)
  • juliet3455
    juliet3455 Posts: 3,015 Member
    edited October 2016
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    Mamzelc606 wrote: »
    Great! What does a foam roller do exactly?

    @Mamzelc606 Here is a MFP Blog about Foam Rolling and a YouTube Video on Foam Rolling
  • rickc74
    rickc74 Posts: 416 Member
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    I started at 217 lbs and I'm 5'2, so I would consider myself a heavier runner. I repeated a couple of the weeks. The idea of running 3 mins was terrifying to me. I just finished week 4 day 1. We can do this!
    Everyone can definately do this! Running is as much mental as physical, if not more so. Once I believed I could run, I was good to go :)
  • Stepheng1973
    Stepheng1973 Posts: 68 Member
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    I'm on w3d3 and was 260lbs (118kg) when started. So if I can then anyone can
  • emerrywe
    emerrywe Posts: 32 Member
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    Has anyone else has issues with heel pain? I started the program at 247lbs and am taking 2 rest days between each run to make sure I don't aggravate it into something that doesn't go away after a couple days of rest. I imagine it will get better as I lose weight. I hope so because I hate swimming at the pool or using the machines at the gym. I love that I can just put my shoes on and go out the door.