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PAXTONBLUE
Posts: 299
12/26/12 3:05 P

I am so in the same boat. I keep saying I am going to do one but I don't for whatever reason. The best advice that was given to me was simply sign-up. Once you make the commitment it is a lot harder to back out. Plus after you do the first one it is a lot easier to have the courage to do more. Best of luck.



KATIENIU
SparkPoints: (5,008)
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Posts: 114
12/26/12 2:57 P

I'm not sure where you live but have you checked out your local running store? The ones in my area offer beginning running programs where you meet on a certain day/time. There is a group leader to keep you on track and you can meet people that will hold you accountable and run at your pace.

Another option would be to join a running club. I've been a part of a running club for over 2 years and I love it. I've met so many people and by joining a club you are sure to find someone that runs at your pace and have the same goals as you.



KERRIELYNN719
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Posts: 211
12/25/12 11:11 P

I agree with all the great feedback already provided. I am not a runner, I would like to be. I signed myself up for a half-marathon in May. They already have my money, so I will be there running it. Therefore, I have to train or I will be the slowest person there (major fear of mine). I've looked through many training programs and made one that I think will work for me. Then I can always adjust it as needed.

Also, as great as having someone to help hold you accountable is, you need to make sure you are holding yourself accountable as well. I keep thinking that I need to find a local running buddy on the same level as me so that way I wouldn't be running alone. However, I am an easy caver and as soon as someone would rather not exercise, I'd be all for it. Its really important to hold yourself accountable for your workouts and runs. And then swap the stories after...

Good luck on your running!



ANGELSPRINCESS6
SparkPoints: (3,696)
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Posts: 26
12/25/12 10:15 P

I'll have to look into the local spark groups. just having people with the same goals as me will help. emoticon



BUBBLEJ1
Posts: 2,802
12/25/12 10:10 P

This in an international board and not a good place to find someone in your area. For example, I am in New Zealand. Go to your areas spark team, you will have more luck there.



ANGELSPRINCESS6
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Posts: 26
12/25/12 9:45 P

Thanks for the advise and support. I really appreciate it. I have been looking in to runs in my area. I'm not sure how far out to shoot for. I'm thinking July or August, that should give me enough time, realistically. I will work on strengthening my knees and core muscles as well as cardio to get me ready. I have used rundouble's couch to 5k before and adjusted it to where it says to run I walk at a VERY quick pace. I'll add walking as weather permits.
Thanks again



BUBBLEJ1
Posts: 2,802
12/25/12 9:04 P

I have signed up for a 5k in May. I run a little but I need to kick it up a notch to get ready for a 5k. Feel free to add me as a friend, I'm happy to provide online support :)



DRAGONCHILDE
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Posts: 9,613
12/25/12 6:25 P

Remember this doesn't have to be all-or-nothing. Especially with the mud races, it's unlikely you'll actually *run* the entire distance! The nature of an obstacle race is that you get slowed down.

Sign up, and start training!

It can be tough, but you can do it! Don't rely on someone else to be your motivation... having friends helps, but if you rely on them to motivate you, then they WILL fail you! Focus on completing it in spite of support, and make friends along the way.

I used to always insist that I had a friend go with me to the gym. I'd tell them, "Come on, let's go to the gym!" and they would cheer and agree... but when it came down to it, I could't get anyone to go.

So I went by myself.

And I made new friends. ;)



KAPELAKIN
Posts: 1,971
12/25/12 10:45 A

If you have friends running 5k's why not just ask them for tips, and some help with training? They can help you follow a training plan even if you're not on the same level with them, and they have already been there and done it, so you will benefit from their experience. Also, try changing your language from telling yourself that you cannot do it, to telling yourself that you WILL do it. Then as ZORBS says, sign up for the race and follow the plan, and you will get there. If you search Couch to 5K on the internet, you'll find a good plan.



ZORBS13
SparkPoints: (98,633)
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Posts: 13,056
12/25/12 12:00 A

Sign up for the race, and then follow a training plan. If you don't follow the plan, race day will either suck, or you'll have wasted your money.



ANGELSPRINCESS6
SparkPoints: (3,696)
Fitness Minutes: (14,672)
Posts: 26
12/24/12 9:53 P

I am sick and tired of hearing people around me doing what at this point is something I can only dream of doing. That dream is running a 5k. More specifically a color or mud run. O would like someone with same goal as a buddy or advice on disciplining myself so I can reach this goal




 
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