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    WALKINGMAMMA   75,637
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I LOVE Jeff Galloway!!!!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Just a little background on my journey into running......
When I was a kid, I NEVER ran!!!! I was a chubby asthmatic who could not even jog the mile in PE class.....Fast forward to my 20s......I became a very dedicated though overweight walker. I even managed to walk a half marathon! emoticon Yet, I was still very overweight....Now, fast forward to my 40s... Now, technically obese, I discovered Spark People and my world began to change.... I lost my first 25 or so pounds through tracking everything...I started reading about all of these Spark People who began to run thanks to the Couch to 5k program....Still, I figured it was NOT for me...I had high cholesterol, was still obese and would probably drop dead from a heart attack during a run... Then, a dear friend began running..She was around my age and size....She was fine..No heart attacks or anything..She just caught the running bug.. emoticon I began to think I could possibly do this...So, I began the Couch to 5K program..I wore a heart rate monitor to warn me if I was getting into the danger zone...still thinking that this was crazy... Before too long, I put the monitor away, and finished a 5K!!!!!!! emoticon
Now, I had really done it....I caught the running bug!!!!!! I decided to begin training for a half marathon. I decided to run using the Jeff Galloway method for my long runs. All was good until I ran my last long run of 14 miles...My right knee began to really hurt. I could no longer do the run segments..I managed to finish the 14 miles by walking... Little did I know..I would not be able to walk much without pain for the next few weeks. The half marathon was a no go.. emoticon That would be the most expensive shirt I would ever purchase.
Fast forward another few months...I finally visited the Ortho. to see what the problem could be. arthritis, no breaks, no ligament damage....just ITB issue..I was given the green light to begin running again....Through trial and error..I discovered that I could not run steadily without a twinge of pain....Yet, I could run/walk in one minute intervals with minimal discomfort...Once my ego recovered...I was HOOKED!!!!!!! I could now run for miles with very little pain...Most surprising....My run/walk times were faster than my previous run times...
Now, fast forward to the present...I am planning on running a half this year using the Galloway method and one minute intervals... emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CONFUSEDBIRD 1/10/2013 9:36AM

    I got started with C25k as well! I have run 3 half marathons and 1 full. I too was a PE gym hider, chubby and red faced. I love running, you only compete against you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/10/2013 9:05AM

    Yup, isn't it just the best way to run? Galloway is emoticon and so are you!

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BILL60 1/10/2013 7:48AM

    Just Super!! I remember my very 1st metric century. What an adventure. I now make it a point to do that metric century each and every year. This March will be my seventh. Go ahead and re-visit S.F. and do it. You'll be so happy with the difference. Good luck!!

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RUN4FOOD 1/9/2013 9:28PM

    Good for you. Glad you have learned to enjoy running. I too do a run/walk.
I need to re-read the Jeff Galloway books I already have.
Best of luck to you on your half marathon this year.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/9/2013 2:00PM

    Congratulations! That's exactly how I started running 25 years ago. Galloway was probably still a kid back then, but it made sense to me. Run/walk/run/walk...
I began with a run of 30 seconds. Not a typo - 30 SECONDS! Then I gradually increased over the next 6 months. So you were way ahead of me. Now at age 65 and still running I still take a 1 min walk break every mile. You look great BTW.

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WALKINGMAMMA 1/9/2013 12:51PM

    Thank you both... I am thinking of going back to S.F. That is where I walked my half years ago and where I tried to run almost 2 yrs. ago.

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VIXSTERLU 1/9/2013 12:43PM

    Awesome!!! I hope the half goes well! When and where? Can't wait to hear all about it.

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WINDSURFNERD 1/9/2013 12:32PM

    What an inspiring story! Congratulations on persevering through the pain and arriving at a great solution...have you signed up for another race?

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