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June 25, 2012 7:18 AM
Hi Guys,
I have started running and have been for about two weeks (going on my third week). The first week I ran every day until I read you shouldn't do that if you are running hard. I am running 3-5 miles each day. I am discouraged and don't want to go out today, but I know I should. How long was it before you started seeing results from running? Does it tone your legs and help you loose fat? I just want to tone up everywhere and I heard running is the best (and easiest) way to do that. I hate exercise videos, though I have been doing slim in six and butt bible on my off days as well. Any thoughts?
  14498848
June 25, 2012 7:20 AM
If by toning up you mean firming up your body, then you need to build some muscle as well as burning off some fat. You would benefit from lifting weights as well as running.

Also, don't expect any changes in 2 weeks - you are looking at 2 months or more before any big visible changes kick in.
  11657894
June 25, 2012 7:22 AM
But by two months is it changes only I will be able to see or everyone will be able to see? But there is hope then? So by 8 weeks I should be able to tell a difference then? It's discouraging, but putting a timeline on it helps for me so I know I need to give it moer time. And is running every other day okay? Currently I can't do any weight training unless there is some way to do it with just my body. I don't have access to any weights. I will in a few weeks (just dumbells and ankle weights), though.
  14498848
June 25, 2012 7:22 AM
I started c25k on May 29th, am now up to running 1.5 miles straight, and I'm just now starting to see results. I think 2 weeks is too soon to expect to see any major results.
  18663346
June 25, 2012 7:23 AM
QUOTE:

But by two months is it changes only I will be able to see or everyone will be able to see? But there is hope then? So by 8 weeks I should be able to tell a difference then? It's discouraging, but putting a timeline on it helps for me so I know I need to give it moer time. And is running every other day okay? Currently I can't do any weight training unless there is some way to do it with just my body. I don't have access to any weights. I will in a few weeks (just dumbells and ankle weights), though.


I run every other day. I don't think my body could take every day at this point!
  18663346
June 25, 2012 7:26 AM
Honestly. with all my running I don't think it really helped me loose any weight.

It made me more active, stronger, more endurance, and wanted to do more!!
It was the best thing I could have done to get my fat behind off the couch. I love it.

After I run I'm not as hungry and I don't binge at night. All my weight loss has been due to my calorie deficit. So keep up the running, if anything its going to make you retain more water as you put on some leg muscle. Then you will get to the point were the number on your stop watch means more than the number on your scale.


also, get on the couch 2 5k program if you need some running schedule. I loved it.
  2653581
June 25, 2012 7:29 AM
Don't expect to see results before 2 to 3 months. At first you may gain weight, because your muscles will get stronger.
Vary the distance you are running. Try a longer distance during the week end, also never increase the distance by more than 10% a week. Once a week do some speed work on a track. Great job anyway. Keep going.
June 25, 2012 7:30 AM
It will take months to see changes, I have been running for over a month and my husband says he can see changes, but I can't yet. I know I'm getting smaller though because when I started, I bought size large running shorts, and last week I had to go out and buy some size medium because the large ones were too big!
  21488716
June 25, 2012 7:37 AM
Well I had better get ready to go. My son is 6 months old and so I have to wait until he gets up from his nap, but I am getting ready now so that after I feed him we can go and lose some of this weight! I only have 13 more pounds to go. Then I want to flatten and slim my stomach and thighs, also work on lifting and firming my butt. So those are my goals. :) Keep the ideas and support coming! Thanks guys! Also, if anyone else is struggling with having the motivation to get out here, this is a blog post I read this morning that was so helpful for me...

http://terribradyblog.com/2012/06/25/good-things-come-to-those-who-climb/
  14498848
June 25, 2012 7:38 AM
Oh, also, does everyone run for their length of miles straight through or do you walk as well? I want to go a far distance. I don't really care about time right now, so I try to do at least two miles in 20 minutes, then from there I just walk and run alternating for the rest of the 3 miles. Is that okay?
  14498848
June 25, 2012 7:40 AM
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Oh, also, does everyone run for their length of miles straight through or do you walk as well? I want to go a far distance. I don't really care about time right now, so I try to do at least two miles in 20 minutes, then from there I just walk and run alternating for the rest of the 3 miles. Is that okay?

That's the best way to increase your distance. Jeff Galloway is a big advocate of this.
June 25, 2012 7:42 AM
So it's okay to do what I'm doing then? But just make sure I push mysef to run more and more each time then?sorry new to this running thing. I used to train horses. I know how to get HORSES in shape and from doing that I would get in shape as well. I don't know how to train myself to become a runner though. lol
  14498848
June 25, 2012 7:43 AM
I'm seeing increased defination in my calves after about two weeks of running. I'm doing the C25K program and tend to do ellipticals on 3 of my 4 off days, along with weight lifting.
Edited by Nnhouston On June 25, 2012 7:43 AM
  5072494
June 25, 2012 7:44 AM
Try the Couch-to-5K program: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

Along with calorie counting and healthy foods, running for this program and then following it with the Bridge to 10K helped me lose 20 pounds two years ago, most of which I have kept off.
  9225234
June 25, 2012 7:44 AM
Great work! You should start seeing results soon actually! If you are following the correct amount of calories daily, then you should start seeing results. Don't forget that weight loss is mostly your diet amd caloric intake.
June 25, 2012 7:46 AM
QUOTE:

So it's okay to do what I'm doing then? But just make sure I push mysef to run more and more each time then?sorry new to this running thing. I used to train horses. I know how to get HORSES in shape and from doing that I would get in shape as well. I don't know how to train myself to become a runner though. lol

You can go by how you feel and try to increase the distance a little each week which is how I did it. Don't increase by more than 10% is a good rule of thumb. Alternatively you could follow a structured program like couch to 5K and then bridge to 10K.
June 25, 2012 7:48 AM
running and calorie counting helped me lose upt o 60lbs.

I read that you have ankle weights - I woudlnt use those if I were you. Ankle weights are a great way to get hurt.

Unless someone can tell me I'm wrong about ankle weights being bad :)
June 25, 2012 7:50 AM
Yeah my diet is pretty good. We were vegan, but now are going to a 90% raw food diet. And what is a good caloric intake? I have been eating around 1200? Is that good? I've also heard that you should eat MORE calories to loose weight? How do I know if I am eating enough calories but also not eating too much?
  14498848
June 25, 2012 7:50 AM
I've just started the couch to 5K programm - and not being a runner at all i have found week one (surprisingly) completely manageable. It works on the principle of running for a few mins then walking for a few mins etc - and gradually building up over a series of week, running three times a week.
I'm anticipating a challenge ahead with it - but it certainly gives me the motivation to keep going, especailly in the hope that it will bring results by dropping a few dress sizes and toning up into the bargian - at least thats the plan.
Good Luck - & keep up the good work :-)
June 25, 2012 8:00 AM
QUOTE:

Yeah my diet is pretty good. We were vegan, but now are going to a 90% raw food diet. And what is a good caloric intake? I have been eating around 1200? Is that good? I've also heard that you should eat MORE calories to loose weight? How do I know if I am eating enough calories but also not eating too much?


I'm going to just guess that you need to eat more. Did you see what mfp tells you to eat for a 1lbs per week loss?
And when you run, say you are eating 1500 normally. you run and burn say 500 calories. You should eat a total of 2000 for the day. Your an athlete now, not some sickly thing. So get on board with the gravy train and eat up.
  2653581
June 25, 2012 8:06 AM
I'm on my 9th week of C25K (one more run and done!) and I have noticed changes but it didn't happen immediately. My legs and thighs have a different shape than before and it appears I have lost a considerable amount of cellulite (or its less noticeable).

I've lost a total of 27lbs (prob closer to 28 now but haven't checked in yet this week) but I contribute it more to eating better and burning calories as opposed to strictly running.

Running is my favorite form of a workout but I know to get my body where I want it to be I need to do some weight lifting etc - but I'm just not at the point that I am interested in doing it. Silly, I'm sure but my goals are currently to incorporate all sorts of activity into my lifestyle (been doing 10+ mile bike rides and yesterday I did a 7 mile hike) and then at some point down the line I'll add in weight lifting.
  20306007
June 25, 2012 8:12 AM
Someone once told me: it takes 3 months to get in shape, 3 weeks to get out of shape. I think it's pretty accurate ;-)

I've been a runner for 3+ years now, and currently training for a half-marathon.

Running will tone up your leg muscles, especially the calves and harmstrings. But it will take a few months for you to see a difference muscle-wise.

I also advise running no more than 5 days a week. It is a difficult, high-impact sport, and is hard on the muscles. To avoid injury, I suggest doing some non-impact crosstraining on the days you do not run (swimming, walking, weights, elliptical trainer, cycling).

Also, do not increase mileage by more than 10% every week - again, to avoid injury.

Running is the best (or one of the best) calorie-burning exercises out there, but to get max benefits, it should be completed with other kinds of exercises.

Just my 2 cents! HTH!

Good luck and keep up the great work! :)
  334151
June 25, 2012 8:28 AM
I ran for a few years before I started seeing real results... I lost a few pounds here and there, but it was not until I started tracking my food intake and exercise... that is when I started to see significant results.
  7462918
June 25, 2012 8:29 AM
My husband and I training for half marathons half marathons 3 years ago. We have now done 5 of them and are training for our 6th. I had never ran more than 3 miles before I started training but I found a good training schedule that made reaching the goal of 13.1 miles more obtainable. I didn't really need to lose weight (although I definitely didn't mind and felt better about myself after) but I did end up losing several pounds without even trying while training for the first half marathon and a couple more during the next. With the schedule we were able to run the whole 13.1 miles in about 10 minute miles while carrying on conversation most of the way. We would definitely recommend a training schedule. It increases the distances slowly with a longer run on the weekend and it allows for rest days. They say it is ok to walk some if you need to but complete the whole distance. Here is a link to the website that we used for our training schedule. It also has a schedule for 8k training. The links for the schedules are near the middle to end of the page.

http://www.shamrockmarathon.com/marathon/training.htm

I also recommend signing up for a race of any length. Knowing that we spent money on a race and wanting to be able to run the whole thing without walking really helped to keep us motivated.


BTW after a few weeks of training I really began to feel better about myself and more in shape. I ended up with legs that are more toned and a flatter stomach without really doing any other exercises. Some weight/strength training does help you to tone and burn more calories though. Hope this helps! Good luck!
June 25, 2012 9:21 AM
I noticed a difference when I when I combined MFP with C25k. I was on my 5th week at that point. I finished C25k last week.
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