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GLORIAMAJDI SparkPoints: (95,763)
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1/10/14 11:07 P

I'm not a runner yet but I am working on it. I've been walking about five miles at a time for a while now and I enjoy it but it doesn't get my heart rate up enough. So I decided I should amp it up. I started out with an app on my phone that was to help me run a mile in a month. I did work up to ten minute runs but I wasn't going a mile because I am a slow runner. I then started a couch to 5K app, but it was pretty aggressive and I found it too challenging so I changed to a different app. It is going better. I started with the one mile app back in August I think? Can't remember for sure but it is now January and I've been working the C25K app for a while now. It is a slow go for sure but I can tell I am making progress and I hope that by next August I will be able to do a 5K!

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1/10/14 4:12 P

Last year I started running. I had tried the couch to 5k programs, previously, but came across some beginning running interval programs on about.com, which I liked far better. In maybe a month I went from barely being able to run for 2 minutes, to running 30 minutes at a time. I'm looking to get back to running again this year, and going to use the about.com intervals again.

TILLY601 Posts: 24
1/10/14 3:17 P

I love the comment from the poster who described herself as a wogger. I think that describes me. I mostly walk but challenge myself to jog at intervals so I can build up endurance and burn more calories. My goal this year is to participate in at least 3 5k run/walks. I was intimidated by any exercise with K in the name because I thought that it was only for serious runners. It turns out that many communities offer fun 5Ks for people of all fitness levels. I wanted to be a part of that so I could be part of a group of people who are also trying to get fit and have fun. Its also fund to be outdoors and participate in community events. It doesn't really matter how much I run, just that I participate and have fun doing it. I hope that each time I complete a 5k, I will be a little faster and a little smaller.

So maybe it might help to rethink why you want to run or "wog" and set different goals where running is a means to that end but not necessarily to goal itself.

JD-SARKAR1 SparkPoints: (6,067)
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1/10/14 1:49 P

I started running because of my puppy. When you have an energetic puppy and not much of a yard for them to run in you have to find other ways for them to burn off energy so they don't destroy your house. Dogs do better with a run than a walk, especially when they are more athletic breeds, like a hunting breed or working breed. Once it becomes a habit you usually miss it when you are unable to go. Just stick with it till then.

Also keep in mind that not everyone loves running. If you find yourself continuing to dislike it maybe try something else that you will love. I hear a lot of people saying they love Zumba or cycling, or some other exercise. Other exercises can work just as well as running, sometimes better because if you enjoy it you're more likely to stick with it.

ALLEYCAT1234 Posts: 8
1/10/14 1:06 P

I started running about 5+ years ago. Rice University has a running track that runs all the around the campus (once you start you might as well finish because there is really no cut through - track is 2.8 miles - I would bitch and moan and complain while simply just walking the track in about 50 minutes but through sheer determination I now run it in 28 minutes three times a week. One day an older gentleman ran past me while i was fussing about walking and I thought to myself my gosh if he can do this so can I and I never looked back after that. I love running now and enjoy running a 5k - I had not idea how competitive i could be!! DO NOT GIVE UP - you can do this i promise!!

SUE5007 Posts: 719
1/10/14 12:19 P

I became a runner by not giving up.
It took me 2 months of training for a 5k to find "my pace". I was running so slow that I was just doing the best I could. It wasn't until after I started improving my time that I was able to "have" a pace that I could stick with. My "marathon pace" is about .5 mph slower than the speed I like to train.
Training was hard. I have an inner voice that complains about it being hard, and how it wanted to stop jogging and walk instead. It shows up about 1/2 mile in and doesn't shut up. But when I go at my marathon pace my inner voice isn't there. That is when it becomes addicting.
Research tips for running. Like posture, and if you're going too fast, etc. Get some good shoes, and some music and run. Even if you feel like the slowest person around. Just do it! Persistence, not perfection.
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BRENDASUE42 Posts: 44
1/10/14 10:31 A

I started running 3 years ago when my older sister did a 1/2 marathon. I started out small with 5K's and worked myself up to a 1/2 marathon this last September. I didn't do very well, though, because my father passed away a month before the race and I just stopped running and started gaining weight. I did finish, but with a poor time. I am trying now to lose the weight and get back on track so that this year I can try again! Eventually I would love to try for a full marathon. I love the quiet time and the feeling I get when I'm finished running. My favorite way to run is to leave my house when I get done working and see how far I can get before my husband picks me up on his way home from work. It makes me push harder because I want to make if further than the time before. Can't wait for the warmer weather to start up again!

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,052
1/10/14 9:52 A

I don't know if I'm a runner, but I do run. I don't love running and usually about the first five minutes are killer. But I love how intense the workout is, and I like how I feel afterwards. If I'm not dripping with sweat and gross, I feel like I've wasted my time with a cardio workout (as I tend to sweat like a pig). Doing my first organized 5k in March and may be doing a half in November as a way to have a goal and push out of my 2-4 mile comfort zone.

I started in grad school because I needed to lose weight (which I did - one stage in my multiple stage weight loss story), and as stress relief. I lived in an area in the city and knew many people that ran and had easy access to a treadmill. Stopped for a couple of years and then got back into it about 2 years ago when I bought my own treadmill. I run inside and outside.

Edited by: JAMIRBLAZE at: 1/10/2014 (09:54)
WATERROCKS Posts: 46
1/10/14 9:28 A

After I finished graduate school, I was offered a job in Austria. I jumped at the chance of moving to another country. Moving was awesome, but stressful. I stressed ate, which led to having to buy bigger pants. Wanting to save money, and not having my road bike in Europe (my favorite cardio) - I decided to sign up for a half marathon. I trained out of fear. Fear of not being able to finish. Up until signing up for the half marathon - I would say maybe 5 miles was my longest run, 3 miles was my norm - and only on occasion and likely ran on a treadmill. I ended up falling in love with my new city, as I explored it with training runs. My first half-marathon went well - the energy of running with 40,000 other people was inspiring. I ended up running 2 more half-marathons in the next 6 months. I am now hooked!

LORIV75 Posts: 8
1/10/14 1:40 A

I've been walking/jogging for a year now I started at 257lbs and am down to 230 (along with diet)I started only able to run 2-3 houses MAX and am now up to the length of a block. I set visual markers and remind myself not to give up on me. I love SP map your route, I have a 5k mapped out and do the same route 4-5X a week. I do time myself and am working on increasing my jogging time. I think map your route has been a huge help. I'll be doing my first 5k in March, I'm doing the Run or Dye too, I suggest you plan to do a fun one and make a personal record to hold yourself to. Because I am heavy I was timid at first and would only run at night with my dogs, but after a few weeks I realized that it only matters what I think. I also love the mileage tracker and I can't wait to post how many miles I have racked up come new years eve of next year. So far it's 19 miles...Yay me lol :)

Edited by: LORIV75 at: 1/10/2014 (01:41)
KRAZYKIKI Posts: 395
1/9/14 8:42 P

Started training for a half marathon...which I swore was a one time thing...now I'm considering another one and I can't wait for nice weather to start running outside again. I'm not really sure how it happened...but I guess I'm a "runner."

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1/9/14 6:15 P

I start out slow, with a short distance in mind. I have an iphone that I use to listen to my music. It helps me a lot to listen to music while I exercise. There are a lot of apps that you can get that'll map out your route, allow you to compete with other runners, and encourage you to keep going.

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1/9/14 5:58 P

I enjoy running because it's so easy. No complicated equipment needed except good shoes, no dragging yourself to the gym. No worry about what you are wearing (at least when I run at 4am), any old workout stuff will do. Just put on your shoes and go!

I'm also kind of a loner, so I enjoy that I don't have to coordinate with anyone else. I wouldn't say I'm addicted to it, but in my opinion it is one of the easiest and least complicated ways to exercise.

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1/9/14 1:15 P

I had similar problems, knee pain that started after 1 or 2 laps around a track. I had to stop. But then we started a walking program at work. Just a 10 min daily walk for a couple weeks, and then gradually increasing it, and started going up hill gradually. Later, started adding jogging. No pain !!!! Apparently the consistent walking and gradual increase strengthened muscles, tendons, joints and the body adjusted and now no pain with running. The trick is consisteny and increasing gradually.

Also the hip pain went away by icing it for few minutes every night and also doing IT band stretches. A physical therapist can help if ur not sure about stretches.

Try it!
Good Luck !

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1/9/14 12:24 P

Ask me in 12 weeks. I've never been a runner but a coworker has talked me into doing a 5K.

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1/9/14 10:28 A

Junior High and High School... fun with friends

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
1/9/14 9:51 A

Army induced, no choice.

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1/8/14 11:26 P

Started with 30 minutes sessions. First week, walk 3 minutes, run 1 minute. Then slowly ran more, walked less until I could run for the entire 30 minutes. That took a couple months. Then I just started running farther and faster. Two years later, I'm running 8-10 miles three times per week, mostly outside with music, but on a treadmill during the very cold weather. I do it on vacation, after work, whenever, but I never skip it. I've made it a habit. I thought I'd never enjoy running, but now, I can't wait to get out there. I started calling myself a runner after I ran 13.4 miles one day just because I was feeling good. Like most others, I'd say it's best to start slowly and grow into it. Hopefully, it's something you'll do the rest of your life, so there's no rush to go too fast or long too soon. Also, I definitely advise new runners to go to a good, professional running store to have them analyze their running style and shoe needs. Don't just buy cool looking shoes... find out if you need support, stability, neutral shoes, etc. And when you do get good shoes, proper socks and lacing it important to prevent blisters and add comfort. Good luck!

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1/8/14 10:55 P

I started a year ago with the 5K for Rookies spark program...never ran before but had decided walking was taking too long and running would be a faster way to get the fitness in. I had no idea what I was getting into...I truly love it now and after deciding to be content with being the slowest one ever am edging into middle of my class in races (I'm 50).

1. Get good shoes BEFORE you start (fitted with professional advice)
2. Pick a program (C25K or one similar)
3. Take it easy...don't try to run fast
4. If anything hurts, slow down (it's not a race, even in a race) Your bones & joints get stronger more slowly than your muscles and cardio fitness will.
5. Enter a race...the pressure of the fear of facing race day without completing your training will keep you on track, at least it does for me.
6. Replace shoes when they start to show wear (around 1000 miles I've been told, but it differs depending on running style.)
7. Enjoy the outside time! Try to run somewhere scenic or with interesting people to watch, etc. (I don't use music and hate treadmills, but that's just me).

I now use Galloway run-walk-run training method (and in races) and haven't had an injury since I started with it in August (after 4 months off recovering from an aching hip joint). Using walk intervals, I can run much farther and even faster than straight running (weird but true). There's a spark team for those who use his method and he has a lot of great info on his web site (for free).

Remember: The slowest runner is lapping the ones on the couch!

SAMMYSWEETPEA Posts: 4,669
1/8/14 6:36 P

I am doing the slowest C25K in history. I'm giving myself 9 months instead of 9 weeks. I'm new to running & I carry enough weight that pushing through faster would probably blow out my knees. I'm not racing anyone, so who cares how long it takes?

Also, I've embraced my identity as a "Penguin"

http://www.johnbingham.com/index.php

ABELECHR Posts: 5
1/8/14 5:54 P

As others have said, definitely couch to 5k! I always used to hate running, and I think it was mainly because I never used a program that showed me how much I was improving. But it was really inspiring to see my progress every week (or every other week!)

However, I would highly recommend doing some strength training at the same time, to prevent possible injury. I got a stress fracture in my knee about 2-3 months after I started and my knee has not been quite the same since. There are a variety of runner injuries, and it's such a bummer to be put out of commission for weeks or months. If you can, get a few sessions with a personal trainer to get some good exercises. I realized I was addicted to running right after my injury when I got jealous anytime I saw a runner!

MALAMI518 SparkPoints: (66,846)
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1/8/14 5:24 P

You already have tons of great advice. I'm another that doesn't quite call myself a runner, but I have completed a few 5Ks and a 13K. I'm looking at doing a half marathon in the spring.

My advice is to take it slowly, especially in the beginning. If you push too hard, you won't allow yourself to develop the love for it. Even if your "running" intervals are barely faster than your walking ones, you are making progress. Work on getting the amount of running down before you worry about pace. If you hate every step you take, slow it down a little. It should be hard and it should be work, but you shouldn't hate it. If you can't talk well enough to hold a simple conversation, slow it down a little.

Increase distance gradually.

Everything that I've read suggests running not more than every other day in the first 6 months to a year to protect your body. It's ok to get a brisk walk in on the other days, though.

Experiment with music vs. no music or even an audio book. I thought when I started that I could never do it without music. Then my headphones broke. Now I actually prefer to run with my thoughts. Some people love audio books, but I think I'd focus too much on one or the other and either not get a good run or not really pay attention to the book.

Don't compare yourself to others. Run the pace and distance that you can without worrying about others being faster or running further.

If you never learn to like running, find something that you do love. Not everyone is going to love running.

Have fun!

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1/8/14 4:46 P

After a handful of races I'm starting to feel like a runner. I started because it was something that I never thought I'd be able to do so I wanted to challenge myself. I did like alot of people and did an interval program to change for my first 5K. After that I really liked the atmosphere of races so I continue to do them every few months. I've built up to about 2 10Ks and will be completing my 2nd half marathon in February. I've only been running for about 2 years so it's definitely a process over time. Last weekend I felt like quitting but the "runner" in me makes me go back out the next workout. Definitely try choosing a Spring 5K to have a goal you can't quit on. Quitting is harder when you already paid $25 to register (and you want the free shirt).

CKTALL Posts: 388
1/8/14 2:21 P

I started as a fast walker adding some 10 second, 20 second and 30 second jogging spurts to my walks.

Then changed my walks to 1 minute jog 2 minute walk recovery.

Then changed again to 2 minute jogs 2 minute recovery

Just kept on changing the running part as I got better and kept the walking intervals for recovery whiched helped. I can run consistently for 20 - 30 minutes - physically I am fine but mentally I may need a break.

I did my first half marathon - with jog walk intervals and it was great.

I have not tried to be a fast runner just a slow and steady jogger.

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1/8/14 12:16 P

purchased a treadmill and have been logging miles every since.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (63,143)
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1/8/14 12:06 P

Mandy, I think running a marathon a month is a great goal! I do want to caution you, though, about running every day. As a new runner--and for the first six months to a year!--you shouldn't run more than every other day. Running is hard on the body, and you need the days off to let your body recover and heal.

PATTIMET Posts: 644
1/8/14 11:25 A

I ran to get an additional type of exercise outdoors. I love the out doors but to burn calories takes a whole lot of walking. It was hard and still is - but now I'm always trying to push myself harder and set a new PR or a loinger run - the feeling of accomplishment when I do these things is amazing - it's not the feeling I get when I run that makes me love it - cause there are days when I'm doing long runs that I say to myself I must be nuts. But after it's done there is a feeling of pride and accomplishment that you did it.

DOGTAIL Posts: 6
1/8/14 11:19 A

Couch to 5k is great. However, i am stuck on week 3 after 10 weeks. I think it's a mental thing for me, but I like that I can repeat the workouts if I feel the need. I am sure once I push past to week 4 (perhaps friday), I will be fine.

My advice it to make sure you have good shoes for your needs. Go to a specialty running store and let them watch your stride, etc. It will make a huge difference for injury prevention.

MARTAP Posts: 29
1/8/14 11:12 A

I used to run pretty regularly, but lost interest after having my daughter 7 years ago. Over the past year and a half I've begun doing intervals of running and walking and really enjoy it. For some reason it is much easier to get to the gym or go outside when I know that I won't be running the entire time. I walk for 2 minutes and run for 1 - gradually increasing my speed from 6mph to 9mph for the running interval. Occasionally I walk for 1 and run for 2. It's a good workout and, for me, much more approachable than planning to run 3 miles.

YOURRIDICULOUS Posts: 65
1/8/14 10:40 A

I still hate running. I do it anyway because my husband runs and I end up being so mad at myself when I don't try. I walk/jog 3-5 miles about 4x a week. It is awful and the only thing I can suggest is push through it and reward yourself with a non food treat after meeting set goals. That helps me a lot.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 952
1/8/14 10:15 A

I wouldn't call my self a runner. More of a jogger or "wogger (walk/jog). I just decided one day to go for a fast walk outside. I enjoyed the hour to myself. I came back with a clearer mind and less stress. It helped reduce the "yelling at my kids" and helped give me more patience with them. The jogging just progressed from there.

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
1/8/14 8:38 A

I didn't. Never liked running!

EJSELHORST Posts: 655
1/8/14 8:29 A

I started by running with my sister, who was training for a half marathon. She never ended up doing a half marathon, but we did a couple 5k's and a 4-miler together. I got the bug, then, and did my own half marathon. I've discovered that I don't particularly LOVE running. I'm not the kind of person that runs to relieve stress or to take a mental break or anything, but I do LOVE racing! So, I keep running because I'm training for races and that keeps me going. I wonder if some day, I'll actually LOVE running, as many people do?!

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1/8/14 8:11 A

I started with the C25k and didn't think I would ever be able to finish it, but here I am 8 months later running between an 8-9 minute mile and am totally at awe of how I went from point A (C25k) to point B (now). I don't call myself a runner, but all of my friends do.

ALM0226 Posts: 144
1/8/14 7:05 A

Alright.....I'm gonna google couch to 5k and go from there.....maybe starting from this point it will help me pick up my pace? I am terribly slow at running which is why I probably dislike it so much........but I would love to feel this "runners high" I always hear about. Jogged 15 min. this morning for 1.2 miles......I have a resolution to jog the equivalent of a marathon a mth.....so a mile a day basically....skipping a weekend or 2 :)! Thanks for all the input....seems couch to 5k is the best way to make it a habit with no injuries :)

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1/8/14 3:45 A

Hello. This is a subject I'm really enthusiastic about, having returned to running about 18 months ago. Here's how I did it:
1. Google a Couch to 5km program, and follow it over an 8 week period. This gives you approximately 30 mins of exercise in each session, and you gradually erode periods of walking by replacing them with periods of running. It's a very gentle program that avoids injury. After 8 weeks you will be running continuously for 30 mins (approx 5km).
2. Enter a 5km race in 8 to 10 weeks time. There is nothing like a target to panic you into action!
3. Running buddies and Routine. Get 1 or 2 running buddies and meet them at the same times and places every week. When you run alone, send texts to your buddies, and get them to do the same to you (seeing a text from your buddy is really motivating).
4. Develop a little routine of stretches and repeat in in the same order at the end of every run. This really helps with minimising stiffness and pain. Chat to your buddy while you stretch and congratulate yourselves on your progress.
5. After your first 5km, enter a race every quarter year. I'm now running 10km races every 3 months!
6. Almost forgot ... An important way to minimise pain is to decrease concussion. Replace your running shoes every 6 months (revel in the new sole padding!!) and to run on dirt tracks, rather than concrete, as much as possible.
7. This one sounds a little mad... but try running without a wristwatch. My watch batteries died about a year ago, and since then the only thing I think about when running is distance. It's hugely liberating, and I've enjoyed my running a lot more since I've stopped all timing.
8. If you get injuries or boredom, then make use of cross training. I also swim and occasionally cycle, and these are great for providing a different mix of cardio workouts that support my running.
Enjoy!

Edited by: 1RUN1SWIM at: 1/8/2014 (04:20)
LOGANRS SparkPoints: (21,294)
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1/8/14 1:03 A

In the past I have had heel and knee pain from running. My sons (who ran cross country in high school) finally convinced me that it was because I wasn't stretching before running. I now stretch before running and I run regularly without injury.

ALLISONAZ SparkPoints: (20,505)
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1/8/14 12:09 A

I started running because I am terrible at it. Running has always been the hardest imaginable thing for me and I love a good challenge. I don't feel as though it burns a lot of calories and makes me lose a lot of weight, but the change in my lower half in the past month due to running has been immense. My legs are almost solid muscle, my love handles have shrunk, my hips are smaller. It's also easy to challenge yourself when running because you can always run farther or run faster or run longer.

ILOVEBIOLOGY SparkPoints: (8,102)
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1/7/14 11:59 P

I'm not a runner, YET! :) I just decided today to start doing some interval training tomorrow. All of my friends love running and swear by it, so I am going to give it a shot. Plus I'd love to do a few mini or half marathons this year.


SWANATOPIA Posts: 1,049
1/7/14 11:43 P

The last thing I ever wanted to do when I started Spark People was run...lol. I would do anything else to try and avoid it.....then....my brother bought me a treadmill and now I run and I run fast ;)

At first, it was just another source of exercise but after a while I have learned to like it. There is a sense of accomplishment after running that I just cannot get with other activities or exercises. Pushing myself farther and farther each time and being competitive with myself is also rewarding because it keeps me motivated. I need to be motivated ;)

KAT321123 Posts: 176
1/7/14 10:42 P

I started Couch to 5K several times (and very, very highly recommend ) and finally completed it successfully just under a year ago. Since then I've gotten as far as 5 miles at a time. I'll never be a marathon runner, but I hope to always run some. I do consider myself a runner. With that said, I don't love the act of running and don't feel addicted necessarily.

So what keeps me running? The calorie burn is one thing. But more importantly, I feel strong and confident when I run and I feel like I could take on the world after I finish the run, no matter how sweaty and tired I am. Once I've gone for a run in the morning I know I've likely conquered the hardest part of my day and things will be easy from there.

It sounds like you want to really enjoy running, but don't. So two options: 1) Focus on something else you might be interested in -- running isn't the end all be all or 2) Fake it 'til you make it. If you choose option two, just find ways to trick yourself into enjoying the run (a new podcast, new music, mental games, etc.).

Best wishes!



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1/7/14 10:00 P

@LJB-I have a gimpy knee and a tweaky ankle. After derailing myself with an injury last spring it became an issue of FORM. I have re-trained myself to run, rolling through my whole foot, less strain on my calf.There was a time when I could run in any shoe. Those days are gone, I'm a fan of the knee protection, padded ASICS. Run through the pain? NEVER...injuries after the age of about 25 don't heal as quickly, don't risk it!

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1/7/14 9:59 P

I decided to try Couch to 5k when I saw my husband doing it (and watching weight just fall off him). I figured it was a pretty easy way to exercise--just get a good pair of shoes and go outside, and I'm good to go! I had always hated running (but had only ever run on the treadmill), and when I started, it was insanely hard. And weirdly enough, the fact that it was so hard made me want to do it that much more. After just a couple of weeks, I was hooked. Fast forward a year and a half and I am super excited to register for my first marathon. :)

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (72,854)
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1/7/14 9:23 P

I'm working on it. I have a goal set to complete 3-5 5Ks this year, Yesterday, I signed up for the first one which is the Run or Dye. Also, hoping to do the color run in March.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (111,367)
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1/7/14 9:05 P

the head trainer at the gym where I worked decided all the trainers would go for a group run and at the time I only knew how to do step class, spin and elliptical. I was dying after 10 minutes and was so embarrassed that I swore to train for a 5K. Also lost a client who wanted running specific training plans and I had no idea how to help her.

But i wasn't a runner until I finished my first 5K.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 1/7/2014 (22:17)
LJBRANDOK Posts: 168
1/7/14 8:38 P

I've tried running a few times by beginning with intervals. The three times I've begun, I've developed knee or hip pain and stopped. I'm over 50 now, and I'm concerned about actually injuring my joints. Any advice from runners? Should I run through the pain, or back off like I've done?

RUNNINDOWN Posts: 78
1/7/14 8:20 P

Just decided that I wanted to compete in a race for a good cause at work and started marathon training, been hooked ever since

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
1/7/14 6:08 P

It's funny, because so often runners identify other people as runners, but have a hard time putting that label on themselves because they haven't yet met some arbitrary distance, pace, finish goal. If you run, and you want to run, you ARE a runner!

I still feel I'm not "good enough" at running - I only did 2 miles yesterday at an 11:45 pace and stopped because it was just not working out yesterday (normally I do a bit better than that!). But what really cemented my identity as "runner" was when I was treating a hip and knee injury that had sidelined me. I told my chiropractor that I had injured it while running, and he said "oh I know how you runners are - you don't like being told you can't run!". And that was it. I didn't want to be told I couldn't run. So, I am a runner.

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1/7/14 5:28 P

LOVE IT? ADDICTED TO IT? No way, but I run....I alternate training on a treadmill with an elliptical, my knees will never be "marathon material" but the reason I run is two fold. When I run regularly, it helps keep my weight in check and for me it's social. I have a true runner friend who conned me into running a 10K with her a few years ago. We don't run together, her monicker is Cheetah girl, whereas mine is Turtle girl but we travel to races together, warm up and go out for breakfast afterwards. We moved into du-athalons and tri-athalons. We have a group of women who rotate through with us. We are often the tutu wearing babes. A lot of our races are women only events(Mermaids, Pinkest 10K, See Jane Run) however we do a Jingle Bell Dash in December and are heading to SF for a Hot Chocolate run this weekend. I injured myself last year and have dropped into the 5K category.My son is a runner and often wins his age group, my husband and other son will join in for the community Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving or the Fall Festival 5K.

Personally I need a goal, to beat my last mile time, be less out of breath etc so if you are wanting to run, sign up for a race, find a buddy and train for it. You might never be addicted to it, but with the right shoes it can be done almost anywhere. Happy Trails!



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1/7/14 5:11 P

I see a lot of the success stories I read on Sparkpeople are from members who got into running and are now "addicted" to it.....I dislike running, I am getting back into it and am o.k. after I push through the first 10min.....but not sure how some get so addicted & enjoy it.....I want to become one of "those" people.....trade out my food addiction with a running addiction.

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