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I never ran before. I'm a 5'11" man and have a

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I never ran before. I'm a 5'11" man and have a healthy bmi.

I ran today and it was hard. I had to stop numerous times to catch my breath. My legs never got tired, it was just my lungs burning and a cramp in my side.

What happened? Does it get better? I managed to run 2kms under 10 minutes which I think is too fast and I need to slow down?
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>>34530240
Fast? No.

It doesn't really get better, you just learn to deal with the discomfort
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>>34530240
Yes, it gets better and the cramp is normal for people who don't run that often. Take it slow and easy and build up to it.
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>>34530240
eat a banana 15-30m before a run to help with the cramps
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>>34530240
breath in through your nose and out through your mouth

it's awkward as fuck at first, but your breathing falls in stride quickly
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>>34530286
Holy shit no. Cramps are from fatigue almost 100% of the time. Rarely from dehydration if you hydrate properly. Tbh fam it's probably dehydration and fatigue.
Potassium and cramps is a debunked myth.
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>>34530240
That's not too fast. You're just out of shape.
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>>34530240
Don't just run without a plan. Do C25k.
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>>34530240
Same with me when I started a few years ago, basically yes, you just need to git gud so keep at it. This is how a lot of people feel starting out. Keep running, focus on controlling your breath, and make sure you are running with good form or you'll end up with shin splints like I did.

Also check out this guy's videos, helped me a lot when I first started out and was having cramps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCVSv7UxB2E
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>>34530267
>>34530240
What the shit are you talking about?

Yea it gets better, your heart is a muscle, if you've never worked it before it's not going to perform very well the first time. Eventually your body fails before your heart. I ran a marathon a few weeks ago and ran the first 22 miles at 8:10 mile pace without breathing heavy until my knees gave out and I had to walk the rest. Its just like any other muscle, it adapts and calms the f down
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>>34530372
Thanks everyone.

I wouldn't say I'm that out of shape. Just been lost in life and haven't exercised as much as I should have. I row and spin bike sometimes - but yeah still generally out of shape.

I will do what you say. I have to do a bike/run race next summer. I have to. Or a triathlon. I have to learn how to swim. Lol. Or maybe I will stick to the duathalon
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>>34530359
This is good for some and not for others. Everyone falls into discipline a little differently.

Back when I would try to follow strict plans I would very often feel unmotivated and skip days. Then I had a friend tell me "just go out and run a bit", and that worked for me. No plans at first, just run a little every day, no matter what. Even if it's just up and down the street. Some day you'll feel like running for a bit longer and so you should.

Once you build a little bit of stamina and fall into the habit of running at least little everyday, then maybe look into starting a tried and true progress plan like c25k.
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>>34530359
Op says he Isn't fat or really out of shape. Couch 2 5k is for fat slobs that can't run for more than a minute. I think op should probably slow down at first, but the important thing is to keep at it.
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>I'm a 5'11 man
>I'm a 5'11 manlet
ftfy
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>>34530240
So basically you ran for about 10 minutes and then stopped? No that's not good. You'll get better at it though. Just keep running.
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