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9/24/12 11:01 A

I always do the same thing, i get in a nice rhythm, then for some reason or another i stop. I need to focus.

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8/25/12 3:01 P

Thanks for the feedback everyone!! Next time I hit a rut, I have some good suggestions for alternatives.

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8/17/12 3:37 P

I am not sure if there is just one 'right way' to start running, since everyone is different then there are plenty of different ways to start. What works for one may not work for another. That being said I can tell you what works best for me.

I figure one hour is a good route to start on no matter what your pace is. So if you want to go 30 minutes out and then 30 minutes back or just figure out a loop route it is up to you. I like to take a scenic loop route through the neighborhood. I keep track of when I start and how far I go every ten minutes. Basically mental markers that I need to pass before that 10 minutes is up or I had better pick up the pace to make it to the 20 minute marker and so on. I am doing 6-7 miles a day with this method, but I also push myself by adding weights. You can use ankle weights or a weight vest or what ever. I currently carry an extra 30 lbs and will add more weight when I feel like I need to slow myself down and add resistance.

What ever way you choose it has to be one that will make you keep getting out there and working out. Maybe even rotate Good Luck

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8/16/12 5:07 P

I want to start running at some point. I want to get comfortable walking on the treadmill first. Working on 3 miles in 60 minutes. Once I am up to 4 miles in 60 minutes I will start to alternate between running and walking.

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8/16/12 3:50 P

I'm just getting re-started running, and I use something similar. In my hilly neighborhood, I am good for about 16 minutes of running before I need to rest. At that point, I try to go to 1 minute off -two or three minutes on. I hope to get up to being able to run a five miler I have mapped out, but it has some brutal hills that I have a feeling will take me a while.

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8/16/12 10:36 A

I can tell you what I did?

1. do the native american method (not sure how historical this is): walk 100 steps, run 100 steps (or modify to 25/25 or 50/50).

2. begin to lengthen (walk 200 steps, run 100 steps). Next think you know, you'll be running longer and longer, measuring in miles or 10ks.

I actually do this every time I get back into running (typically May-October).

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8/16/12 12:21 A

I've recently started running using the couch to 5k program. I have actually started this on a few occasions and usually get derailed part way through and need to start back a few weeks when restarting. Needless to say, it is taking me a while to get through it and is getting frustrating. Are there any other running programs that could help a beginning runner?

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