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    Learning to Run

    Hello!

    I'm asthmatic, overweight, out of shape, unhealthy and struggle with mild depression and anxiety. I have tried all sorts of gyms and at-home workout programs (videos) before and I have hated all of them.

    I found Darebee over a year ago and looked awesome. I did a few days of workouts, I can't remember which ones but I really enjoyed them - then I gave up.

    Recently my wife and our friends started trying to encourage (not pressure) me to sign up for a local half marathon that they are doing in September. For the first time in a while I feel motivated by the thought of this challenge, so I'm latching on to it.

    For some reason I told myself my first step would be to come here and see if Darebee has a running program. So yesterday I started Runner Prime!

    Things I struggle with:
    - Motivation
    - Motivation
    - Motivation
    - Sticking to a program
    - Consistency
    - Commitment

    Goals:
    - Train to run, and run, a half marathon in September 2021
    - Lose some weight, get healthier
    - Feel better about myself
    - Figure out how to make exercise part of my life

    I am NOT a runner. So any tips, tricks, favorite equipment or any of this related to running would be much appreciated.

    Yesterday I started Runner Prime and ran for 30 straight minutes for a total of 2.58 miles. It was snowing where I live so I'm looking forward to the circuit training today.

    Thanks everyone!


    #2
    Hello welcome I am a experienced runner so let me give you some tips and tricks and resources 1: if you are lacking motivation start meditation that way you can have motivation to run 2: runner prime is awesome but sometimes I go beyond darebee and use nrc (Nike run club) it’s free on your smartphone 3: remember we are here for you you can dm or tag me here asSoloakel that’s all the basics if you need anything else we’re here for you

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      #3
      Hey there! Welcome to The Hive.

      I remember signing up for my first (bench press) competition. Gave me real incentive to work hard and deliver.

      Look forward to seeing your continuing updates on your progress! Everyone here is eager to help.

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        #4
        Hi, and welcome!

        One thing that I find helpful for motivation is keeping an exercise log of what I do each day, that way I'm always wanting to write something down in it - even if it's just the daily dare!
        I personally use a notebook, but I know that lots of other bees have check-in threads on the Hive, and that way other people can give you encouragement and tips if you need )

        As for getting into running, this is something I've started doing recently. I actually started off with the Cardio Trim, Run program , but I found it very intense coming from only really doing HIIT/cardio workouts on Darebee. I switched to the Runner Prime program and I'm really enjoying it - currently on day 24!! I've been using a mix of the old and new versions of the program (the old one is here: https://darebee.com/pdf/running/runner-prime.pdf), essentially doing both sets of cardio or both ab/core workouts on the respective days to push myself further! Otherwise I did find the cardio days in particular fairly short.

        It's great to have a goal to work towards, and if you are interested in running a half-marathon then there is actually a 12 week half-marathon guide on Darebee - I think it may have been archived, because I know the team are moving a lot of the running challenges over to the programs section, but the link (https://darebee.com/challenges/half-...challenge.html) is still active.

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          #5
          This challenge might help for motivation. https://darebee.com/hive/playground/...tive-challenge

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            #6
            Hello and welcome!

            A check in thread helps with motivation, we'll cheer you on!

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              #7
              Hello and welcome! I'm slowly moving towards running myself. Good luck to you!

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                #8
                Thanks everyone! Just finished Day 2 which was circuit training. I really wanted to finish Level 3 but couldn't make it past Level 2. Now I need to do some yoga or stretching because my legs are so sore!

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                  #9
                  Soloakel or anyone with experience running really. Any easy things regarding form that would be easy for a beginner to focus on? Also, I can't seem to find a stretch or yoga pose that will help my quads feel like functioning muscles again. Any recommendations?

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                    #10
                    Ok question 1 A: focus not of speed but focus on your stamina run more often and you can run longer question 2 A: I use nrc and ntc (Nike run club and Nike training club) there are some workouts for before you run and after you run

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                      #11
                      I have no running experience so, I can’t directly answer your questions. But for stretching your quads there are some options in this link. This is from guides section of Darebee. There are also some articles about running. They might help. You can open the filter and select running. Here they are.

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                        #12
                        Thank you! I opted to do Runner Prime Day 4 instead of running today because it was snowing where I live this morning! Core day, and I finished Level 2.

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                          #13
                          Day 4 of Runner Prime was actually Day 3 (run day) for me! I picked up some speed and got my average pace down by close to a minute. I ran 2.7 miles in my 30 minutes!

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                            #14
                            Day 5 - this is honestly the most consecutive days I've worked out in a few years! Today was circuit training again. I felt really good so I got to Level 3!

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                              #15
                              Day 6 - 3rd run. Most consistent pace so far! Ran 2.67 miles.

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