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1/24/13 3:10 P

I don't consider myself a beginner, but not a runner either! I was running and biking faithfully in the summer, but as it got colder and after my MudRun I became lazy..

Maybe doing the run in April is a big goal.. but the only two Dualthons they have are April and May (and May is a Dirty Run)..

I was able to complete the Dualthon last year in 2 hours.. I would be happy with that and I don't expect to WIN.. I'm just doing it for fun and to keep me motivated!

Thanks for your advice.

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1/23/13 7:56 P

Wow! What great advice.

All I can add is sometimes in order to train we need to do things we don't like doing. I use the treadmill to train when it's to hot (I live in Florida) or to wet out to run outdoors. The nice thing about treadmills is how much control you have over your workout. Same thing for the stationary bike and a recumbent bike.

You have to start somewhere so why not start indoors while the weather is inclement. Just follow Nancy's advice and start slow. Make a plan and stick to it.

Good luck in April.

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1/23/13 6:16 P


In order to run, one must run, in order to cycle, one must cycle--we call that the principle of specificity. That being said, if you have not run in a while, you may want to begin a solid walking program that will prepare your body to run. Take things slowly and if you have not been clearance by your doc to run, you may want to make sure that medically you are ready to begin a running program. As a new runner too, know that your recovery is just as important as the run itself as your body makes the adaptation to running when you are not running.

As to whether you can be ready come April, that is a fairly aggressive goal, so if you can walk for the running segment and concentrate on the cycling section for now, as time progresses you should be able to make the transition to running.

Coach Nancy

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1/23/13 5:29 P

Just a bit of background:

I'm in the transition of starting over with Sparkpeople, I've been a dedicated logger on for 3 years now, down 50lbs and in 2-5Ks and 1-Mud Run... Who lost dedication recently to MFP and needs a change!

Last year I was suppose to run/bike a Dualthon with an MFP pal who got into a car accident shortly before the event- since it was a 6 hour drive for me, and I was suppose to stay with her and she could not host me, I had to cancel 2 weeks before the race!

Well luckily I was able to transfer my registration to this year, and I've decided to participate in a Dualthon April 28th!!! It will be a 2 mile run /11.2 mile bike/3.1 mile run!!

I have not biked since Sept. and I hate, hate, hate running in the cold outside!! I love to run outside, but not in the cold weather (it's currently 11 degrees!) and I hate running on the treadmill!!

Basically I have to retrain my body to bike that 11 miles (last year it was 10 which I could do in about 50 minutes) and on top of that train myself to run.. (I was doing well last year, and I can WOG a mile in about 17-18 minutes - eeck!) ..

So maybe some of you can help me decide where to start?!? I started running again at the first of the year after not doing so for months.. I still need to drop about 100lbs.. but my main focus is getting in shape to run these events (I have 4 planned this year)

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