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Running While Not So Chunky

Sunday, April 21, 2013

After a year plus hiatus from running, I have decided to begin the Couch to 5k program again. Unlike my other attempts at running which were motivated, alternately, by peer pressure and a sincere belief that it was the easiest way to lose weight, this attempt is largely inspired by an actual desire to run. Fancy that? On my recent lunch time walks, I've felt almost constrained by my walking speed lately and have felt a real desire to just burst forth and start sprinting.

So, I've enlisted a friend to train for a 5K with me. Today was W1D2. And I have to say, what a difference 50+ pounds makes! I feel so much lighter! While I wouldn't call it "easy" by any means, I know I'm already struggling a lot less than I did the first time I tried C25K in 2009. That was 57 pounds ago, so it figures!!

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LEAHOBI 4/26/2013 4:20PM

    Woohoo. Best of luck.

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NASFKAB 4/24/2013 4:50AM


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JORDAN1019 4/22/2013 12:13PM

    emoticon Way to go!

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CAALAN23 4/21/2013 10:47PM

    I loved doing C25K the last time I was sparking well. I'm a bit off from starting that up but I encourage it wholeheartedly. I intend to lose about 10 more pounds and do some strength (which I have not done) to not kill my knees this go around.

I wish you the best of luck and hope that it empowers you like it does me. I look forward to those blogs!


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BEECHNUT13 4/21/2013 10:21PM

    The first time I tried to start running, I was a smoker, and it was hard to run even 30 seconds. I need to get to training again... I ran a 10K last summer. Now I doubt I could do a half mile without dying.

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/21/2013 9:47PM


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KING_SLAYER 4/21/2013 8:27PM

    Good for you! I say that if you want to run, following the C25K program is probably real smart since you get eased into it. Pretty soon you'll be flying around all over town, burning up the streets, with your feets!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 4/21/2013 6:26PM

    It definitely makes a huge difference!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/21/2013 3:57PM

    woohoooo! Keep at it! emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 4/21/2013 2:36PM

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SHAR8676 4/21/2013 12:19PM

    Congrats at picking this up again. I too am trying to train to run a 5k. Today was my day 1. Wishing you the best!!

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MUFFIY831 4/21/2013 12:17PM

    That's fantastic!! Best wishes. :)

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STEPH_ROCKS32 4/21/2013 12:15PM

    Great job!

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HISANGEL721 4/21/2013 11:49AM

    emoticon I hope to run one day too! Great job!

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SW33TINSANITY 4/21/2013 11:38AM


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TEMPERANCE88 4/21/2013 11:38AM

    Awesome! Congrats on your decision :)

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RENATARUNS 4/21/2013 11:38AM

    It does make a huge difference. I still can't get over how much easier it is to run any distance this time than any other time I've tried to start running over the past ten years. Some of that I'm sure is the endurance factor -- having done a lot of hour-plus walks prior to starting to run at all -- but the weight is a big thing too, it seems. You just don't get so tired so fast. Even five or ten pounds seems to make it easier (much less 57!)

Good luck with your goals! It's cool that you have someone to do it with.

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