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I'm afraid...

Monday, March 11, 2013

... of running.

My family doesn't really understand, because none of them are interested in fitness. I'm really worried. I want to tie on my shoes, go for a run and feel great and/or worn out when I come back. And I want the benefits that go with it.

I used to run. I was in the army, 11 years ago. At my fastest, I ran 16:08 for 2 miles. I desperately wanted to break 16:00. I injured my back (herniated disc) and never really recovered. I was medically discharged from the Army.

I've gained weight, but I know this time, trying to get in shape, is the real thing. I want to run, but I would like to be able to walk the next day, also. Previous tries have left me walking bent over like my elderly aunt, except I'm 36.

I'm going to give it a shot tomorrow, I think. Wish me luck.

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GRAPLEIRIS 3/12/2013 11:11AM

    There is a quiz on this site called "Are you ready to run" Try taking that.

Also start small and build up. Expecting to run as far and as fast as you did years ago, lighter, pre-injury is a little unrealistic. If you push too hard too fast, you'll hurt yourself or burn out.

GO for it tho! Count small victories on the way to a larger goal and look for your support here at Spark People! emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 3/11/2013 7:50PM

    Just start out slow at first. I run and I am not suppose to because of back and neck problems, but I love it and I only run 3.5 miles and that is just enough to get the health benefits and the runner's high.


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RENATARUNS 3/11/2013 7:37PM

    I get it completely. Read my first blog post from a couple weeks ago (titled I Want to Run).

Good luck. I can't relate entirely to a herniated disk, but I understand plenty of the usual problems with starting to run after a long layoff. It's frightening when you want something so much and you're afraid your body won't let you have it.

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TWININGS12 3/11/2013 7:22PM

  I know how you feel because most of my family and friends are not interested in healthy eating or fitness. Most of the time I am solo and I am getting used to it. I used to run 5 miles a day but then I started getting knee pain and swelling. The orthopedic specialists told me I can't run any more or I will blow out my knees. I was not overweight at the time and was told it's how mother nature put me together. I still walk a few miles at a time and wish I could run but then again, there are other new adventures for me. Just take it one step at a time my spark friend.

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