Best Answer: I just completed the LA marathon just a week ago (I'm 39 and weigh 236lbs--not a natural runner by any means).
To be honest, my longest distance when I started about 5 months ago was 1-2 miles tops. The way to get your body acclimated to running is to make sure your body gradually gets used to a steady elevated heart rate. I suggest to start walking (which actually burns more fat than running when distances are equal.) Walk about 30 minutes to 1 hour for about 2-3 weeks every other day. Then after that, you will gain some endurance to do a half mile to a mile without being out of breath.
Take your time. Slow and steady. Your speed will increase accordingly. Your body needs to be conditioned to take the increased
heart rate, blood pressure and ability to process the glycogen reserves in your muscles. (glycogen generates instant muscle fuel for your activity).
Sudden exercise typically turns into lactic acid cramps if you aren't ready. So plenty of walking should help give your body a little hint to strengthen for a full jog.
Take your time. It's not a race. It's about energy management and conditioning. I think in about 3-5 weeks, you should be able to last 30 minutes with no stress. In about 1.5 months, you may even be ready for a 5K.
Also, remember to hydrate with plenty of water and gatorade style electrolyte replacement drinks. Wear cushy running shoes. And take your time.
You may even run a marathon one day. It can be done!
Iomegan · 9 years ago