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4LETTERLIFE
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I did swim and waterpolo in high school, then went to college and gained weight. It was easier to hit the track for laps than get over my embarrassment of wearing a bathing suit. Running just seems easier to get started than having to find a pool or hauling a bike somewhere. I just put on my shoes and I'm out the door!



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I grew up playing extremely demanding sports. I played roller hockey in the fall and spring season, practicing only once a week and games every weekend, but I played field hockey year round, on my school teams, having practice 6 days a week while in season, summer leagues, winter leagues, junior olympic travel teams, and camps. I also played lacrosse in high school during the spring season. I continued my field hockey career into college, but taking a step back and deciding to only play club so I could study abroad and experience actual college life. I practiced a few times a week and had games every weekend in both the fall and spring. I played many intramurals, co-ed flag football being my favorite. I started to develop a passion of fitness outside of what I always knew from practices/training. That's when I realized I really enjoyed running to just, well, run! Not timed, not chasing anything, not being judged, just for myself. After college I got even more into and really made sure I got my daily run in. It clears my head and allows me to feel relaxed..that's how I became the 'runner' I am today
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I was born running! I was a breach baby so my feet came first and I havent quit!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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I am a really competitive person, especially with myself. Running was something that I could easily measure progress with. When I got started, I couldn't even run for more than a minute! Now I can run for about 25 minutes without stopping (thanks to C25K).

I think what got me really motivated to become a "runner" was when I heard on The Biggest Loser that less than 1% of American people have completed a marathon. Something about that and my competitive nature said "I want to be in that 1%!!!" I know I have a long way to go but I love running now, so I'm going to keep at it!

Also, after a good run I feel so amazing and I'm all sweaty and my muscles are trembling... I feel like I REALLY accomplished something!



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1/23/14 10:01 A

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Just started out small on the treadmill. More efficient calorie burn is the hook that got me. Still prefer running on the treadmill, so probably not considered a true runner yet.



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I did a run/walk.
First more walk than run,
Then more run than walk.
Then just run



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in 2008 I joined a Marathon Makeover program. It started in January and concluded in October of that year with participation in a 26.2 mile marathon in Chicago. I was a coach potato. I had not run since my 20s and I hated it and never stuck with it. I learned to build up endurance and be mentally strong too. I did the marathon in 6 hrs. 2 minutes by running two minutes, walk one minute. About mile 18, I hit " the wall" a mental block that had me thinking I would just die on the course. I realized at mile 21 that I would NOT die, and walked quite a bit before the finish line. It was almost 100 degrees that day with heat index. I still like to do 10K but have gotten out of the weekly exercise mode. having a group makes a huge difference.



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1/22/14 3:47 P

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I walked for years, and lost 85 lbs- then just decided one day to run. I ran half a mile and stopped in a panic because I couldn't believe I ran!!! Now I'm training for an 8k after having run several 5k races and while I'm not addicted, i definitely am enjoying it! I don't run every day, and after i run 5 miles I'm pretty sore- but I'm very proud of what I have accomplished so far.



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I became a runner because my husband and friends decided to run the Shamrock Shuffle 8K last year. Never liked running, hated the indoor training. Once I was able to run more than a mile and then began running outside I started to like it. Then when I saw how my body responded to the exercise I really liked it. I can still run 5K on any given day and hope to do the 8K again this year. Now I am adding in interval during the winter until I can get outside again.



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1/22/14 11:26 A

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I run because it is efficient, 2-3 miles at a time usually, and around 10 miles a week. I've got a fitbit that wants me to get in about 5 miles a day, that's much easier to do (timewise) if I run part of it. There are days I hate it, and days I tolerate it, and days I like it just fine. I'm no where near "love" or "addiction." Right now, I'm running on an indoor track without elevation changes. I don't like running on a treadmill. When Spring comes -- probably mid-May, I live in Minnesota -- I will start trying to run outside, and determine if a 5K is possible. My sister ( a real runner) wants me to do a 5K with her this year. I can envision that, anything longer I don't need to do.

When heading for the destination, don't forget to enjoy the journey.


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I was playing softball with an adult intramural league, and I blew out my knee running the bases. I was confined to my bed for a week and a half, on crutches for a couple of months, and in physical therapy for several more months after that.

All of that forced confinement meant a lot of pent-up energy...and a desire to strengthen my knee and enjoy my mobility while it lasts. I was pretty weak, so I had to start with the elliptical to build up to an easy jog. A couple of years ago, I finished the C25K program and ran my first 5K. I ran my first virtual 10K last spring, and now I'm training for a half marathon!

The biggest thing for me: making sure it was enjoyable. I'm not a fan of treadmills, so I found a couple of nature trails I really love. And while I did push myself, I did it very gently and slowly. Avoiding the aches and pains, and making sure that I didn't risk re-injuring myself, was critical for actually sticking with it for me.

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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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I started Weight Watchers in 2008. In week three they used to say "Get Moving." So I moved.

10 minutes around the block.

I was exhausted.

But I went out the next day and the next and the next. Pretty soon I wa sup to one hour a day walking/ When that got boring, I threw in a little run here and there. eventually I was running more than I was walking.

Until one night, I got home and I had runn the entire course. 3.75 miles in 39 minutes. In three months after that I ran my first 5k.

My wife said "I suppose a marathon is next."
I told her, "If I ever utter the word marathon, dig a shallow grave in the back yard, put a bullet in my brain and cover me up."

Then my second Turkey Trot my daughter asked me, "Hey Dad, are you gonna run in the Rock 'n' Roll Savannah marathon next year?"
Me? No way!

In January 2011, I started training for my firdt marathon.

I now runs Half marathons, full is not my distance. So far, 23 states plus DC, three countries, two continents, 34 Half, 2 Twenty Milers, 3 Fulls. I hope to have 50 States done by june 2015. It will require some doubles weekends, but I can do it.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi


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1/21/14 7:05 P

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I became a runner because I am trying to join the Navy and needed to work on the fitness requirements. I joined a local running club and I'm really enjoying it. I'm much slower than everyone else but I get through it. However, one thing I want to say is don't run because you feel like you should or feel that it's the "best" exercise or whatever. Run because you want to or you think you would like it. If you don't like it then don't do it. Simple as that. Don't stick with an exercise that doesn't jive well with you.

One thing I love about running is doing the races (not to mention all the cool free things you can get from them). For many people it's the races that keep them motivated. Some people enjoy running the more they do it, especially once they get out of the beginner stage. Some people never enjoy it. I don't think everyone needs to be a runner. Find what YOU love to do and stick with that. :)



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I plan to run my first 5K in September. I use the elliptical and on my best day 9 min mile but usually 10 min mile. Now I just have to bring that outdoors. Wish me luck! and good luck all of you! emoticon



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I would love to become a 'runner' however I struggle with bad asthma. For my workout I am able to do the stationary gym bike for 81 rpms at level 6 for 45minutes, but I always have to use the inhaler before I start. Anyone else have bad asthma and because a runner? Any advice? I always get super out of breath and once I start thinking about it then it's over for me and I can go anymore.



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I was a long-time walker and happy and determined to continue, but it just didn't feel like a workout anymore, even pushing 2 little girls in a stroller. I started picking up the pace into a slow jog for a few seconds at a time, working my way up to a minute, eventually 2 minutes, and longer.

The sticking point seemed to be, for me, finding a pace of breathing that didn't kill me. My legs were content with continuing on the journey, but my lungs took a little while to build up the stamina for it. When I finally figured out a pace (breathe in for 3 steps, breathe out for 3 steps) running suddenly became loads easier to do and last summer, I was able to run continuously for an entire 5K.

I've backed off running for now, because of other health concerns, and I took everything slowly anyway because to me it's very important that I not be in pain during a workout or cause myself injury--I can't afford to deal with that sort of thing. A friend lent me a book not long after I started running, called "Run Your But Off" and when I saw their suggestion that if you need to, run even slower than your normal walking pace until your body is ready to go faster, suddenly I felt like I was doing okay as a runner, listening to my body and not worrying about being a FAST runner. The book suggests that you work on your endurance, and speed will happen when you're ready.

And now, I'm a member of 3 running groups here on SP, including "Slow Fat Runners".

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AUNTIECELLA
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I never considered myself a runner (too slow, don't run far enough, etc) until I read: It doesn't matter how far or how fast, if you run, you are a runner!

I can't say I'll ever be addicted to it but I enjoy the challenge of trying to always better myself by running a little further, a little faster, or just getting out there and doing it.



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Great tips!

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I used to think I just wasn't a runner. I would tell myself it was genetic, and that I wasn't built for it. I thought this because up until about 6 months ago, I could never run more that a minute at a time without needing to walk.

The thing is, I also used to think anything under 6 mph didn't count as a run, and pushed myself way too hard whenever I tried to "become a runner." Finally, I decided to slow my speed down to 5 mph, and was AMAZED by the difference I saw in my endurance. The first time I ran a mile I practically cried! Sure, it was a 12 minute mile...but I ran the whole thing! (:

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I had lost @ 45 lbs. and wanted to add another higher intensity exercise. I never enjoyed running even as a kid and couch to 5k never worked for me. I found here on SP the rookie running program, and never looked back. I ran my 1st 5k in Oct. 2013 super slow, but I did it. My son(20 yrs. old) asked me if we can do a color run together this year.

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motivated by a friend



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I started running as excercise. Entered my first 5k and felt like I was in the Olympics and got hooked. 3 years ago my step daughter and I decided to take it to the next level and commited to doing 3 half marathons that year. Yes, you can run 13.1 miles! We did and then the next year was a half marathon a month, then last year a full and this year a duathalon and triathalon. I am 48, not little by any means, and not the fastest by any means. My biggest pet peeve is when I tell someone about a race and they look me up and down and say "you run?". However, first or last, it is the same distance. I live by that. I have ran some where I thought "hey not too bad" and then some where I was like "uh, what was that". You are only in competition with you! I have horrible knees and do hip strengthening excercise to help and always wehre knee braces. They are amazing. Train smart and listen to your body. I encourage signing up for a race, they are addicting! Good luck to ya!!!



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I never liked running, but about 8 years ago I started working with a personal trainer who was a runner. There was no pressure on me take up running, but I did anyway by using the treadmill at the gym. Been running ever since. I don't do long runs but just enough to keep in shape, usually about a 5k (or less) jog. The longest competitive run I have done was a 10K. I didn't go very fast but made it without walking in just over 57 minutes. That was a few years ago. This year I'll be 69, so I think it is important for me to keep it up for health reasons rather than trying to compete. I actually like the treadmill because it is easier on my knees and feet, since I am a fairly large guy.



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I started running in my early 20s (mid-70s) with some women in the neighborhood. We all wanted to lose some weight. That was back before they had running-specific shoes--at least in my hometown. We began by running around the block in our white Keds. I had a terrible case of shin splints after a couple of runs. After a brief rest, I started again. Very slowly we expanded our runs. Somewhere along the line, my friends all quit, but I kept going.

My first race was a 5K. I knew nothing about racing and took off like a shot with the leaders. I barely made it to the finish line. My face was so red, and I was sweating so badly, that my friends didn't even recognize me. That first experience was so bad that it was many years before I tried another race.

In my 30s, I had to have some foot surgery, and gave up running for about 15 years. I was an active walking and cyclist, so I was still in decent shape. Then came the shootings at Virginia Tech. A Penn State alumnus was killed during the shooting. He was an avid runner, and in his memory and honor, his family organized a 5K at Penn State. I wanted to run in it, so I began training all over again--I was 50 years old.

Since that time, I've run 2 marathons and about 5 half marathons and many 5Ks. I hope I am always running.



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I hated running when I was younger. I was athletic, but running was not my thing. Last year I attended a 3 week long boot camp which entailed a ton of running. At first it was torture, but I quickly realized that while I hated running, I tried my best to keep up and that I was running farther than ever. One morning after a particularly long, never ending run, our instructor informed us that we went about 3 miles. I couldn't believe it, never in my wildest dreams did I think I could run/fast walk 3 miles, and still be standing.

After that I signed up for my first 5K in April and started to train for that. I wasn't really into running at that point, but I was so worried I would finish dead last or worse, not even finish the race that I was running on the treadmill 2 - 3 times a week. The 5K is what did it for me. I LOVED the anticipation, the race atmosphere, the fact that all different fitness levels and people attended, and just the overall experience. I finished in 37 minutes, when my goal was to finish under 45 minutes. I was ecstatic! I did have to walk some, but I wasn't in last place either. After that I started to sign up for more races and I have been addicted ever since.

There are days that I dread running, and some runs where I hate every step and just want it to be over. However overall, it has been an amazing journey. I have an app that tracks my mileage, pace etc. and I can see how much I have improved in such a short time which is motivating. I also love the "runner's high" when I am done, the extra energy, the calories I am burning and the challenge. Running is so much body over mind - I know that physically I can run farther than my mind ever imagined, it's just shutting up the part of the mind that wants to be at home relaxing.

Good luck in your journey!!!



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I slowed down. And I started using Jeff Galloway's interval method. As an older runner, my body recovers better. Beginning programs are on his web site.

Go so slow that you'd be embarrassed if someone saw you. Seriously. It will make a difference. So what if you're not a rocket.



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I'd actually started getting used to running at least 1 minute before the daylight savings went away. I started training myself on my treadmill, then took it outside. Actually got up to 1 minute 30 seconds! After the new year I hit reset on my goals and I can already see a difference in my body..even though I wasn't feeling well this week I still kept up my nutrition as well as possible...sometimes falling off, but not because I ate bad, but I ate too much of the good. I'm going to get back to retraining myself on the treadmill, I'd like to get into running regularly, and I know that will help me drop the weight even faster. I look forward to the challenge.



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I used to walk a lot but it wasn't very challenging so I decided to take up running. It was really hard at first but was worth it. I felt fabulous after getting in shape.

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I got up to about walking 8 miles and it really started to bother my right hip, and it just wasn't challenging me, so instead of walking so much, I decided to run. I got that runner's high and haven't stopped since. My favorite is running in the snow and cold.




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Thanks so much to all the runners and their helpful comments. I've been toying with the idea of running for a while now. For cardio I take a zumba class 4 days a week. I have asthma but I've built up my endurance with the zumba. When I go out for an occasional walk, I find that I have this urge to run! I don't feel like walking gets my heart rate up enough. I've tried doing a walk/jog a few times and was surprised that I did pretty good and wasn't out of breath.

I do have knee problems and, at this point, that is the only thing holding me back. I would very much like to do the walk/run challenge on here or maybe the couch to 5k. I do have a question for the runners out there though. Would I be foolish to risk blowing out my knee by running or is there a way I can do it without hurting myself?

You are what you repeatedly do.

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25+ years ago I decided to see how long/far I could run. 15 SECONDS! Not very far.
This was unacceptable to me.
My plan: Run 15 seconds, walk 4:30 and repeat 6 times (30 min total)
Each week I increased the running time by 15 SECONDS and decreased the walk time.
Fortunately, I'm very patient.
It took 6 months, but I ran my first 5K in 30:51
I'm still running at age 66.

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.


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Started by signing up for my first 5k(October 2013 Red Heel Run). Ran 2-5's in 2013 and now my goal is a 10k in 2014.



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After reading this post! I cannot wait until winter is over! I use the treadmill and am working up to running a few minutes at time again. If I don't go slow, I bust my knee. It is just soooo boring on a treadmill. The first time last year I got to to start training for a 5K I actually ran a 4K in the first try. hurt like hell for a week and then it got cold... can't wait til it warms up again so i can get back on my horse (so to speak)

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I hate running, but then again I never saw an overweight runner. I started with a walk/run 5K plan using the one listed on Sparkpeople, then progressed to a 5K run plan and then a 10K. Now I usually run 2 or 3 miles every other day and it's the quickest way to burn calories. It is hard but doable!



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I am horrible at "running"! I'm so bad at it, its hard to stay motivated. That said, after reading these post, I'm going to give it another shot. Someone recommend google 'couch to 5K' and that's where I'll start. Good luck to everyone who is giving it another shot!!

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13 months ago, I started doing interval training on the treadmill 3 days a week (where I run a minute, walk a minute and repeat a few times). I had progressed through the year both in the number of cycles and speed until I was up to 10 cycles.

A few months ago, I saw messages and groups on various sites talking about the couch-to-5K and decided to incorporate similar activity into my own workouts. I slowly started making my running segments longer and increasing the overall distance. I'm now to where I'm running a total of 3 miles where I have short walking break in the middle (today I ran 1.8 miles, walked a bit, then 1.2 more miles). Within a few more workouts I want to be running the 3 miles all in one continuous stretch.

I'm hoping to get outside in the next few weeks (when the snow and ice clear) and anticipate running in a 5K race in mid March. After that I'm going to try to do a 5k-to-10k plan and hope to run a 10K race sometime in late spring/early summer.

After I get to the 10K level, I'll wait and see how things are going. Might try to get up to half-marathons down the road, but for now am careful not to try to do too much at once.

Starting to really love this running thing though. Just about a year ago, I couldn't run 100 yards without gasping for breath. Feels so good to be getting in better shape.





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Just laced up my sneakers and started running :)

First goal was a 10-minute mile. Then I just kept setting new goals - first distance, then speed - and I just got better and better. Somewhere around a 25-minute 5k is when I really felt like a runner.

My next goal is to maintain that pace (8-minute miles) for a 10k. Right now my 10k pace is about 8.5-minute miles. Going to take some work!

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I started 11 years ago, running for 2 house on each block of ,my walk. My commitment waxes and wanes, but I always return to running!

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I really appreciate this thread. I want to start running but am not sure where to start.

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Like others in the thread, I became a "runner" on the day that I realized that I could be one. That is to say, once I defeated the voice in my head that said it's too hard, or I'm too slow, or it hurts too bad, or I'm embarrassing myself, I became a runner. I was never athletic and had never run a step before last year, but I decided to try a 5k. Like everyone else, I did many, many days of run/walk intervals before I could run the full 3.1 miles. Like everyone else, that first run made me miserable and I hated every second of it. But you have to keep going, make a commitment to do it, and power through the pain. It's worth it.

The single most important thing I did to overcome discomfort during running was to fix my form. I was a heavy heel-striker in the beginning and suffered terrible shin splints and back pain. Now I follow those basic form rules, like leaning forward slightly from the ankles, relying on your arm and core muscles, and aiming for a mid-foot strike. It's made all the difference. I recommend checking out Chi Running by Denny Dreyer. It totally changed my perspective on both the mental and physical components.

I'm training for a marathon now, not because I love to race but because I'm confident enough to believe that I can. I love running because it's taught me for the first time what I'm capable of and has made me proud of my body and what it can do.

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I used to hate running, but got started when I was deployed on an aircraft carrier for 8 months and got bored with the elliptical. I found I really liked it and completed 2 5Ks and a 10K that they did while we were deployed. It's been hard for me to keep going now that I am home... but I still enjoy it. I've just started easing my way back up and plan on signing up for a few races soon. I'm also hoping to sign up for the MCM10K this fall.



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I join a very friendly gym. All the women I met were super nice and encouraging. They had a Run Club. I decided to try it out. Just once a week. Most of those women were runners. They have amazing stories of how they started running. Some to lose weight and some as a way to prove they can do it after being Cancer free. SO, I figure if they can do it why can't I? I don't have half the issued they have. I am not overweight, although would like to lose a few pounds, and fairly healthy. After walk/run the first 3 weeks a distant no greater than 3 miles. I started running the whole 3 miles by myself one extra time a week and walking 2 miles another day a week, plus the run club day I will run the whole 3miles. I was very excited. Never thought, I could actually run 3 miles without at least a 1 minute walk to catch my breath. After 5 weeks of that. We all signed up to run a 5K Charity race. I ran the entire race. My time was 33 min 15 sec..I was so proud of myself. I cross the finished line and I wasn't the last one to do it. So I guess, I am a runner. emoticon emoticon

I have to get back into it. Hurt my middle and lower back since Dec. Doing PT. I really enjoy running. Our run club mantra was to run at our own pace,do it for you, run for you for the joy that it'll bring you. No matter how fast or how far you go...Just enjoy the ride... emoticon





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Thanks to everyone for posting, I found a ton of great info here!! I'm checking out the C25K too.

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Trying to run again, but used to be a dedicated jogger...never fast at all. But I could jog for a long time for pretty long distances. Now, I find that I am running faster (maybe), but it's a lot harder and i am a lot older and heavier.

I got into running, because it was a free feeling. Bikes and elipticals, etc feel constricting and running is free...my arms and legs and move the way they want to.

I am at the stage where the beginning of every run feels wrong and it feels very awkward with leg pain (soreness, really). But by the middle of the run, it feel normal again...even though i am gasping out of control. Two years ago I tried running again and I noticed that with landing a bit differently, I felt great and didn't get out of breath and ran faster than a lot of people. Then other stuff happened and I quit running for awhile. Now two years later, I feel about 25 years older...what happened?

so, I started running a long time ago, because it makes me feel free.

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I like the direction that this topic has taken. I started with a mile and I am doing a C25K but I am finding it so difficult. And what I am hearing here is that I need to push on to get that good feeling....to get past the pain an anguish. I feel that I can't breath and that makes me not like it. But my heart rate monitor says I am okay so maybe I will just push on a bit more to get to that place...

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I'm still embarrassed that I don't look like a "runner". Sometimes I even think of apologising to other people about my fat guts in my skimpy running gear. It's ALL IN MY HEAD. I run, there for I am a runner. I tell myself to get over myself when I start thinking I must apologise for being fat, slow or old (and I'm not really any of those). You get to decide if you are a runner.

Take the advice of the Couch to 5K people. They are all right and smart and have more wisdom than me. I did the opposite. I was disgusted with my weight so I signed up to a half marathon. I had been an intermittent, painful 5k runner-ish. I gasped along wondering how anyone ran past 5k's.

But my new BF said it wasn't that hard so to impress him and try to knock off 20lbs I signed up and paid my money...6 weeks later I hadn't started training and had only 6 weeks until race day. I tried to get up to peak mileage but I made ever mistake people have pointed out on this thread. I ran out of fear and fear alone. 21K's is a lot longer than 5k...

I did complete the race. It was the most miserable run of my life. But the feeling at the finish line was beyond description and the since of achievement was profound. I was bathed in self esteem.

Didn't lose any weight ironically. Most of my weight was lost while injured the following year when I applied the 80% nutrition, 20% exercise rule to my weight loss journey. ST was also very effective for helping lose fat.

Now I run because I know there is this beautiful spot on a long run where the feet just move and the mind wanders off and nature swirls around me. It's a bit spiritual. But to get to that spot I must get past the first 15+minutes of aches, pains, groans and shudders as my body warms up and finds it's groove. I also have to push past the last part of the run when I start to genuinely aches and fatigue washes over me.

But once again. I get home. I eat. I shower. I go over the run in my mind (and on the computer if you like analytics) and I find a still mind and a calm heart inside my body. It's temporary but better than pharmaceuticals!

That's why I run.

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I don't love running, but I am addicted. It was definitely peer pressure that got me started, but then my competitive nature kicked in. I didn't start with a program because I felt like it was too much. I pushed myself until I could run a whole mile without stopping, and then I did just that for a week. Then, I upped my mileage by .25 miles every week, running 3 days a week. Once I got to 3 miles, I added the extra bit to make it a full 5K and that is where I am staying for the time being. It took a couple of months, but I'm happy with my progress. What keeps me going is trying to run it faster and faster. And when the going gets tough, I use a mantra to steady my breathing and keep my pace. I personally like Newton's First Law of Motion (Bodies in motion stay in motion), but whatever keeps you moving is great.
Frankly, I don't think there are very many people who do really enjoy the first 10 minutes. And if I only run 1 mile, well, that's about the first 10 minutes for me. So I need to run farther than that to not hate the whole workout. But while I don't enjoy the actual run, I do enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I have afterward. So when I'm done, I try to just remember that and forget about the rest. You're never going to enjoy something if you only recall the pain and misery. I'm counting on Running Amnesia to trick myself into actually enjoying it.

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I started running while listening to music. I would run for an entire song and then walk for a song and I kept building from that. I worked my way up running for 2 songs straight and then walking for 1 song and I increased the number of songs I was running to and kept the 1 song to walk to if I needed a break. Before I knew it, I was challenging myself to just keep running instead of breaking to walk! It takes time but the music really helped me because it allowed me to focus on the songs instead of the task of running.

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Casher, I can't answer for all runners, of course, but for me, I run because I love it. I no longer have to lose weight, but I just love the sport. I feel fit and healthy, and when I run in "bad" weather (rain, snow, cold, whatever), I feel tough, too. I totally feed off the energy in races, so I run to train for races. And yes, even though I don't have to lose weight, I do have to maintain my weight, and running helps me do that, too.



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I think the question should be not how did you become a runner, but why? What is the reason you run? What do you like about running? Do you run to lose weight? I see runners who don't need to lose weight out running in all kinds of weather, and I ask myself why? Maybe someone who is a runner can explain it to me.





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I started running intervals on a treadmill two years ago. I had the crazy idea that I could run a half marathon and started to follow a training program...and got stuck very early in the program.

A year later, I was still running intervals, with the longest interval being four minutes! I was so frustrated...but I signed up for a 5K and took my running outside. At first, I thought I was going to die.

A week before running the 5K (three months after my first outdoor run), I actually ran 3.5 miles without walking. A brilliant person here told me that much of running is mental rather than physical. He was right, because once I knew I could do it, I kept doing it. But it was still very, very hard.

This year, I plan to run a 10K. My progress has been slow. Today was my longest outdoor run to date at 4.32 miles.

It is the sense of accomplishment that keeps me running. Sometimes, after a good run, I think I could love it. Sometimes, as the previous poster mentioned, I hit that zone where I feel as if I could run forever. Mostly, however, it is a challenge, and nothing gives me more satisfaction than meeting and defeating a challenge.

It didn't come easy, but I am a runner, and I LOVE that I can say that.

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I got "forced" to do a treadmill workout a few years ago at my gym because spin class was full and all the ellipticals were taken. It was the treadmill or nothing...so I did it and surprised myself when I ran a solid 3 miles. I decided to take that run on the road and fell in love with it...well sort of. I love the first 3-4 miles...then I start to not love it. I have no desire to keep beating my PRs (I'm slow), but lately I've toyed with going longer distances. I went 6 miles this morning (run/walk combo). I had a slump at 4-5 miles, but got a new energy surge at miles 5-6. Maybe because the end was near? LOL! I've done a few 5Ks, but nothing longer. I love the camaraderie of runners and I would love to be a part of that.

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I was never a runner when I was younger - hated it, found it boring. In my 40s I began walking a lot more to lose and maintain weight and started to wonder if I could run. I read a motivating piece online that said if you want to run, just run, even if it's only for five minutes. Don't let your mind hold you back. I started to just 'run' on the treadmill at the gym, then joined a friend who runs, and now I run on my own. Sometimes I just walk, sometimes intervals, sometimes all running. My tip for anyone wondering about it (unless you have joint or other health problems that need to be checked on first) is stop wondering how you can start running and just run - even if it's 20 or 30 seconds, you're now a runner. Then you can go look into 5k programs, intervals or anything else that takes your fancy.

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I've never been a runner, since I always got criticized to much for being to slow when I was in school.



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This thread has really motivated me to go for my goal and do a 5K this year. I have started the C25K app 3 times only getting to week 2 or 3 and stopping. Since I have done well with walking lately and I REALLY want to start running, I am going to give the C25K another try!



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I just started using the couch to 10K app on my phone. I like it because I can use it outside or inside since it's just on my phone. It tells me when to run and walk and it doesn't get too hard too fast. Only 30 minutes three times a week! But if I'm really feeling it, I'll do more.

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I USED TO RUN ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS 19, 5 MILES EASY. I AM 35 NOW AND I WANTED TO GET BACK TO IT SO I CHALLENGED MY NIECE WHO COULD GET TO AN HOUR RUN FIRST AND IT WAS VERY INVIGORATING WHEN I DID IT, SO NOW I RUN 30 MINS WHENEVER I WORK OUT. emoticon emoticon

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I too used the C25K plan. I didn't consider myself a runner until completing a few races. Love signing up for a race to motivate myself to improve. Mostly do 5K races but did a half marathon in October....now I want to sign up for another one to try for a faster time:)



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I started to run with SP 5K Your Way program more than 2 years ago.
For me they key was running outside, I love it!
I don't run long distances and don't run fast, but I do run 4 times every week, 2.5 to 4 miles a day.
Running is a peaceful, silent me-time.
I do 4:1 run-walk intervals, and I believe this is what keeps me injury free.

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I have been running since I was 18. when I'm forced to take a break i come back with 10 minute segments and walking.



 
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