I graduated in April and have run outside 3 times a week since then. I usually run around the farm tracks.My warm up walk and the first 3 minutes of any run are on the one pavement we have in the village and the village green. I feel as if I can't get enough air into my lungs. AS soon as I pass the 5 minutes I have no problems until the end of the run. Any thoughts? I have used Vick and Olbas oil on my running shirt without any change. Thanks.
Why do I find the first 5 minutes still hard? - Couch to 5K
Oh, me too! Though if I only run for ten minutes and know I'm going to stop it seems much more ok. So maybe not entirely body-warming-upness, but also the mind fighting the idea of it all, but then resigning itself?!
Does it make any difference to anyone if they do a different pace for the first ten minutes? I haven't tried it, just wondering.
I still do my 5min warm up walk & the first 10-15 mins are really demanding. I know I set out too quickly (my garmin says its about a min faster than the rest of the run) & try to slow down but I still find it takes an amount of time to settle into a nice rhythm & feel comfortable. just one of those things Im afraid.
If I'm running on my own and setting my own pace I tend to walk for 5 minutes or so first, then start off gently. I sometimes find the so-called "steady" runs with running club really tough for the first mile or more as there isn't time to start at a walk and they set off straight into a run without warming up. I prefer the running club speed/interval sessions where we jog our own way to where we're doing the training and I can ease into it - that suits me a lot better even though it is actually a tougher session overall.
5 minutes? Lucky you! For me it's the first 12 minutes that are really tough. Fortunately, I've worked out that this is what happens and therefore I'm not allowed to stop in the first 15 minutes despite all the various bits of my body wailing that they just can't do it
I'm not sure if it will ever get better, but at least I know what's happening and can factor that into my runs. I hope it improves for you, though.
Thanks for all your answers. No nearer a solution though. Hey Ho. Just grin and bear it I suppose.
I think this is a universal problem. When you start running your muscles call for blood and your HR rises quickly to supply. Your breathing then is trying to adjust and catch up.
In a while (5 to 15 mins) your body settles in to a rhythm and you are ok.
I know some runners who take up to 4 miles to fully settle down.
Yes, it's the same for me too. I hadn't read this post when I ran in my first ever 5k run on Saturday and...as usual a couple of minutes in was wondering why it seemed so hard when I knew I could run at least 4K. Then I heard a woman behind me asking her friend the same question. And the answer...the same as all those above here, the first 10 minutes is hard. Saturday was the first time I ran with other people and it really helped me to hear that others are having the same experience.