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LATTELEE
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Make exercise a priority



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now using a walker so try to do extra



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Am main caregiver for my DH and have to pretty much stick to a schedule of caring for him
Do try to manage a mile walk with our two dogs while he is asleep it usually take fifteen/twenty minutes otherwise while we watch tv we dance he is in wheelchair and do other range of motion exercises with him
Take one day at a time



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walk during my lunch eating instead of eating at my desk.



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Exercise at my desk with SP videos, works perfect for breaks. Especially like the seated exercises and wall push up. :-)

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Developing time management skills will always help us to complete our tasks at right time, so that we can find the flow of our regular schedule. Now, Most of the companies have increased the numbers of time-saving devices and tools to make our lives easier. Also we are running our own business having specialized software is good thing too. Likewise, I'm using one such great time recording software from Replicon.



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Take one step ahead

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Plan your menu and exercises for the week on Sat, Shop and cook on Sun and then pack for the next day every night before you settle down to chill out before bed. This helps keep you on track the next day!

Everyday may be a struggle but remember your working on the next day's accomplishment.


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I bring my 1 liter water bottle filled to work in the morning, and refill it at lunch. When the day is done I have had my 8 glasses of water for the day. Anything I drink before or after work is bonus.



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I start every day with the best intentions, but very quickly get steamrolled off track. I try to walk around my store as often as I can, but some days even that doesn't happen. I like the idea of the 10-minute videos, will start looking into those.

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I try to do some squats every time I use the restroom at work. :) The little things add up!



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I have a good water bottle Its 34 oz size so two a day is ny water goal, It goes with me every where. It was the first major change I made. I drink this in addition to anything else. It really helps control my appetite and I feel generally better than if I forget it for even a few hours. Also leave healthy food choices for yourself everywhere.

A lifestyle change is still one day at a time.


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3/23/14 11:46 A

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Cool!! Thanks for the info on that one!!! Tired of being glued to my chair all day!



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Time Out!! For those of you who sit at a computer for your job, there is a cool app called Time Out. I think it is free. You can set it to automatically cue you when a certain time interval has passed so that you take a break. There are two levels of breaks...one more frequent and shorter and one longer etc. It is completely adjustable to fit you. You can change the intervals and time out. It can seem irritating when it beeps before you know it! But worth it as a reminder to stand up or move your eyes from the screen. http://www.dejal.com/timeout/



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3/22/14 7:59 A

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I like the 10 minute videos too. It's a lot easier to get exercise in the morning on week days if it's only 10 minutes vs 20 or 30. I just tried a workout that can be done at work this morning and very excited about that. I have a desk job which is not very good for my health so I need to combat that with moving all through out the day.

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3/19/14 7:16 P

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I am just finishing up a 10 minute youtube cardio at my desk before going home.

10 minute videos on Sparkpeople and Youtube are fabulous for that.



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Keep healthy snacks and drinks at work and in the car at all times to avoid the donuts at the office and the fast food on the way from one appt to the next

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Let this knowledge settle into your bones & Allow Your soul the Freedom to sing, dance, PRAISE and Love.
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3/18/14 11:43 A

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10 minute workouts! Studies have proven that you can break your workouts up and get the same results as if u did one session! Go to Amazon and type in 10 minute fitness dvds and u will get a list of them, gently used for very CHEAP price!



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Be creative. I've been sick the last few days so have been "walking" around the house. Take several trips up and down the stairs when I could do it in one trip. Whatever works.



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When I'm at the office, I take the longest route possible everywhere I go - and when I go to the restroom, I try to run in place for 100-200 steps. These add up over the day. If I am under my step goal when I get home, I will walk around the house playing with the dog until I get to my goal.

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I solved the busy issue by buying a treadmill and dumping my gym membership. I realize not everyone can do that, but I have space and could add other machines if I wanted to. I guess I'm lucky that way. When it's warm out and there's more daylight I rollerblade and ride my bike but through the winter it's mainly treadmill and workout/dance videos.
soon to be skating again tho.....



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You've gotten lots of great advice already! I agree with the suggestions to have everything ready the night before so your morning routine can be: get up, get dressed, run.

I'm also wondering if you have access to a gym at your school so you could run in there in the mornings, at least until spring gets here and the mornings are light enough for you to run outside.

Edited by: KANSASROSE67 at: 3/13/2014 (14:53)
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3/13/14 8:12 A

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I've decided to slow down and live. No racing to tackle superfluous stuff that won't matter when I'm on my deathbed someday.



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I start at 4am

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!


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The thing I've learned about a busy schedule is that it's always a choice. If it's important, you can make sacrifices.

There are headlights for running before dark. If that's not acceptable, then maybe you have to do a treadmill. There is seldom an ideal option in the real world.

I do remember when I thought I was busy when I worked 60-70 hours a week third shift in addition to school and responsibilities at home and helping family, but I made choices and made it down. That was before I was a mom - and then later a single mom- and realized what "busy" really is :) But, even then, I know it's a choice.

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3/12/14 4:00 P

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get some activity and get my body moving, I get up and walk around my office and workplace and I also walk around house

I Can! I Will! I Am!


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TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOU. SCHEDULE IT IF YOU HAVE TO BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

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With day light savings time, this should help not make it so hard to be running in the dark. I agree with the list makers. It helps.



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Such a great way to get your walking done!



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Such great ideas for sneaking a little movement each day!!



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3/12/14 7:46 A

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As I am cooking, I do push up against the counter tops, squats and side leg lifts . emoticon



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yes



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I do squats and calf raises while drying my hair!

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your srength and all your might. Love your neighbor as yourself.


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I go food shopping a few times a week and always take two tote bags with me. I balance the two with the goods I get and do simple arm curls and put the bags down often to put items in. Getting up gives you a squat and today - nice workout as I bought lots lol



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Do the best with the time you have. Park the car at the farthest spot in the parking lot. Use the stairs. After lunch go for a walk in the time you have left. Get a Buddy.



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Check out the 4 minute tabata workouts.



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Today, the hubster and I had nothing planned...so, we made the most of the time we found...we went to the beach and walked the shore for 6 miles.



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Too busy, then slow down

Knee maker not a pace maker!


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Whenever possible, stand and move, don't sit. Sure this will drive other people in your meeting a little crazy, but maybe you'll all get done a little more quickly!

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Most days I wouldn't work out if I didn't do it first thing in the morning. Since I have to be punched in at my job at 5:30, that means getting up around 3am. If you don't feel safe running in the dark (I wouldn't - my area has no side walks, snow still on the road sides, and itsn't well lit), find something else you can do (if you can't go to a gym). Maybe it's a dvd or a phone app. It can be done, you just might have to juggle your schedule a bit.



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make an appointment with yourself................


“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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use small time to move your body, more walking step floor......



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Find the time!



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List is a must, so is scheduling everything, including exercise and time for self



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Definitely have to make a list

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

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TO DO LIST

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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best time for me is in the mornings. :-)

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Planning planning planning!



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Useful tips? none that have not been mentioned.

Whoever, I am sending ALL of you my admiration. You have kids at home, busy schedules, 2 jobs, countless errands, get up before 5 am (I am not a morning person) and still are doing all the right things for you.

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We can do this,

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Short term goal: 10% down by 06/24/14
Long term: size 10-12
Life goal: Stay healthy and active and never go back...


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I usually take 10 minutes in the morning to decide what exercises I want to do that evening. Then I see how much time I need to carve out into my schedule. I make sure I get most of my errands done, then I take a break for "me time" . On the weekends I make sure to fit in a larger workout (at least 1 hour) and then two walks and possibly a swim. During the week I know that I usually have maybe 30 minutes to 1 hour to myself.



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Planning ahead and prepping meals and snacks on the weekends is a huge help in keeping me on track. And I always try to track my meals and snacks the night before.

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I usually get up during the week at 430-5a. I get in some kind of workout for 30 min. if I don't get one in before work I do one during my hour lunch. I have learned that cooking at least two meals during the weekend also helps me out during the week with my time. I work two jobs and I am on the move until 7pm Tuesday-Thursday on Monday my days end at 930 and on Friday it is up in the air. The weekend depending on what week it is can start at 7 and end at 10. So I have do what I can when I can. When I do slow down on Sundays after church I sleep and take time for me.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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useful ideas, thanks

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I work 5am to 6pm Monday through Friday, so I usually do my grocery shopping on the weekends and prep everything into individual servings on Sunday nights so my snacks/lunches are a breeze to pack during the week. This has been a tremendous help! I’ve noticed that on the Sundays when I don’t do this, by the end of the week I’ll find myself going out for lunch or turning to the quick processed junk.
Fitness-wise I get up an extra 20mins early and do a couple of sets of floor exercises and then go for a 10-15 minute walk around the block on my lunch break. That way if I don’t make it to the gym after work, I still will have done something.
I also always keep a packed gym bag in the car so that I’m ready for a workout anytime.




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Always plan your meals, and keep healthy snack on you. Dn't eat quick processed foods. cause those set you up for illnesses down the line. those come quicker than you think, and may not be reveriable.



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You're a student, probably college? Run in the time you have between classes.

Simone

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
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Meal planning is the best thing I've started doing. We get paid once a month and making the grocery budget last in a healthy way can be very challenging. Buying in bulk and picking up fresh produce every other week is the only way we can stick to eating healthy when stocks start to run low.

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
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I like the TAG message too ; ) Even if you're not a 'busy' person to the world, we can all use whatever help we can get in making our program easiest to follow. When I cook, I cook extra portions for other days and either freeze them or store them in the freezer. It saves time. It saves money - I don't have to rely on my old backup of 'healthy' frozen meals for nights when I just couldn't cook because of my health. I don't have to spend the money eating out. Cooking ahead frees up time to squeeze in other parts of my program on days when I AM busy.

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my advice is what I do is I get up a little earlier than I would normally do I do approx 1/2 hour of floor excercieses just enought oget my heart pumpping and I feeel great for the estof the day. I was up at 3 am this morning doing a few then at 4 my day started I have been cleaning my house up to the time i logged on this site.







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I like TAG, thanks for sharing



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Don't hate on the treadmill. There is this series called Runervals (there is also a Spinervals) which is fantastic and makes it super fun!



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I schedule my exercise right after my TAG time at 5:55 every morning. Since I am already up, I put in the time. Otherwise, my day flies by and I didn't have time for exercise. I have just started this routine so I pray I can keep it up. BTW, if anyone was curious, TAG time is Time Alone with God. My devotional and praise time before the day begins. emoticon



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great tips, that is defintly something that I have to work on.



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2/26/14 10:08 P

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I've been cooking a healthy meal for dinner with some extra, and then when I'm cleaning up I make myself containers with proper portions for lunch the next day. The leftovers have to get packed up anyway, and this saves me time in the morning. It also saves me money and calories since I used to buy unhealthy lunches everyday instead.

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I am up at 4:30am every morning for 30-45 minutes of either strength training or cardio using DVDs.

For motivation, I think of the Sparkpeople poster that says "no matter what time it is, somebody busier than you are is exercising." Or something like that.

I also like a picture of a guy relaxing on a couch. The caption is "no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch."



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I just started to take care of myself again. I work for a College and we have a real nice Gym with showers etc. Day two walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes at 4mph. That just gives me enough time for shower and off I go.

As I never know what to do with my lunch hour. To far from everything to run errands. So I work out and eat lunch at desk after my workout



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I'm up at 430 every day to get my am workout in. For me it's the only time I can fit my intense workouts in without adding stress or time crunches to myself. I do go to a 24/7 gym - but that's the only way to do it in winter months (: when it's warm I run to the gym (it's only a few miles from my home) and I do my strength training then run home. Run on main roads that are well lit and have consistent traffic. Wear bright clothing and a whistle. I've never had problems w safety, but I'm prepared should it happen.

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I agree with the previous posters, try to re-arrange your schedule if you really want to get it in, depending on where you are, the sun is rising a few minutes earlier every day... I pack a salad in the evening and don't have any issues with soggy things, If I do pack anything that may get soggy, I put it in a small seperate contianer ready for me to put together at lunch. Maybe you can't fit in an hour of running every day, but, that doesn't mean it won't be beneficial!

Every day no matter what happened the day before I will get up, dust myself off and start fresh!


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2/22/14 2:39 P

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Walk everywhere you can walk and use exercise DVDs with short workouts.



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Invest in a bunch of small-sized containers for packing your lunches. I do that a lot where I'll prep up a few days worth of just the greens for the salads, fruits and veggies mixed in another contaier, portioned to a single salad, then package dry toppings separately, and little tiny cups for the dressing on the side. It's like having my own mix-and-match salad bar in the fridge, I only have to do the prep twice a week, and by taking the components individually packed, the salads themselves are always crisp and fresh when I mix everything together at the meal time. (it only adds maybe two minutes to the actual time I spend on lunch, too.)

You can do this for wraps and other lunches too, and it really helps being able to just worry about making the actual lunches once or twice in the week. (if you play your ingredient cards right, you can leave the items that stay freshest longest for the meals at the end of the week, and only have to spend one night packing up your lunch kits.)

that frees up a lot of time in the mornings when all you have to do is put a few items that are already portioned and planned into a bag, and maybe wrap your shell or bread on the side.

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Take small breaks and walk, walking 10 minutes 3 times a day is 30 minutes of walking.
If you are at a computer all day, stand up every hour and do some type of exercise at your desk.

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They have a lot of products to help with safety for runners. Pepper spray grips, reflectors, ID tags, etc.

I understand the safety concern - I honestly wouldn't run at dark either. I'd be too paranoid. Do you have a friend (maybe a guy friend) that could run with you?

Otherwise I think your best bet is to be as prepared as possible the night before (even if you're too tired to do anything after softball - I understand that tired feeling, I did competitive soccer 5 nights a week for years), and make sure all your chores are done and everything is ready to go in the morning so that you can run at 7:00.

Do what you can with what you have where you're at! emoticon

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2/20/14 1:48 P

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Some days I might be able to, but other days I make collard wraps/salads/sandwiches and I wouldn't want them to get soggy! Great suggestion though!!



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It's also possible to buy cardio videos to do in the morning.... Just 20 minutes of a kickboxing video or even the sparkpeople cardio videos is better than nothing, and can be done before sunrise!



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Sometimes it just takes re-vamping your schedule a little bit to make room for a workout! What about packing your lunch at night before you go to sleep and crossing one chore off of your list?



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2/19/14 8:08 P

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I just don't want to run in the dark for safety reasons! I might wake up extra early, get all my chores done/pack my lunch and then run at 7 when the sun is up and just take a quick shower afterward!



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Most days I do my running at work at lunch time. We have a large 5 mile trail around our complex, so when I feel up to it, I tackle that.

I try to remember that God never gives me more than I can handle! This gets me through the rough times!

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I agree with previous posters. Most of my runs are before dawn. I wear reflective gear and although I am not a morning person at all, I really like that feeling of accomplishment so early in the day.



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I run at 5 and 6 am year round..only on weekends, holiday and race day do I ever run in daylight.

I dress in bright colours, run defensively. I do not own a headlamp.

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BROOKEMSPILLMAN
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2/19/14 8:18 A

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I play softball, and we don't do a whole lot of running or cardio. If I quit my 10k program I'd just lose my progress.



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Yes, running in the dark can be very practical if that's the only time you can. Buy a headlamp, get a reflective vest, and get up earlier.

On another note, are you sure you need to do the 10k plan if you're already doing sports 5 days a week?





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Hey everyone! I'm a full time student and I play sports 5 days a week until 6pm. As you can imagine, by the time I get home it's typically dark out and I'm tired and hungry. I've been doing Hal Higdon's 10k program and I really want to keep up but I have no time/energy when I get home. I've thought about running in the morning but the sun comes up at 7 and I have to leave by 815, so it's not very practical! I would also like to avoid the treadmill if possible! Any suggestions or tips is really appreciated!! (:



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