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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So far I've lost almost 16 lbs, but I have decided that I want to add some running to my workout schedule. But I have never ran before, well not for exercise anyway. We do some running in my karate classes and get vey winded. I am hoping for some suggestions on how to start this. Any advise would be appeciated!!!

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LLROBINETT 7/11/2012 2:06PM

    What Dragonchilde said! Seriously - I started running in March of this year, at age 44. The Couch to 5K or 5K Your Way are great options. Whatever you do - slow and gradual! Good luck & have fun!

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FOXYJEN27 7/11/2012 12:35PM

    You're doing so great! emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/11/2012 12:38:37 PM

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/11/2012 11:14AM

    First and foremost: Are you walking?

You have to walk before you can run. Running coaches recommend that you have a regular walking habit and can walk easily for 60 continuous minutes at a brisk walk before considering running.

I suggest the Sparkpeople 5k your way running plans... they have several programs, each suited to different abilities and goals.

Once you're ready to start, it's critical that you go and have yourself properly fitted for running shoes. You can't just grab any old pair and start... you need proper support. I fought shin splints for months before I headed to a specialty running store and dropped $100 on a foot analyzation and fitting and got a good pair of shoes. (The $100 was what I spent total, including the shoes.) My shin splints have mostly resolved themselves.

Remember to ease into it. You can't just start out running!

Good luck with this. :) It's a lot of fun!

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JOYCECAIN 7/11/2012 10:47AM

    If you can run go for it. It is a great exercise. I can't run anymore. Have fun, and enjoy yourself. Just get good shoes. emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 7/11/2012 10:41AM

    You could start with a couch to 5K type of program, which a lot of people like. I started out with one of those and then kind of built my own program that was less structured (I wanted to enjoy the run instead of feeling regimented). It's a great workout!

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