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4/27/13 6:24 P

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Good luck with your first run!! I'm fairly new to running also, only a couple of years ago I started and I'm 50 this year. I always admired those who did and my daughter encouraged me to start when she hosted a 5K at the gym she managed. I love it and haven't stopped since. I ran a half marathon last summer. I'm not sure I'll do anything more than a half, it was tough! Good luck and keep up the great work!!

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4/12/13 3:59 P

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Have fun at your first 5K! Such a major event and experience as a runner: the first race!!!

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4/9/13 8:49 A

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You'll do just fine at your 5k. Something to keep in mind, especially for your first 5k, try and not keep up with everyone. I've found that I start out running too fast and then get tired alot sooner. By the end of the race I'm struggling to finish. It's also ok to walk. I walked a few min. for my 8k and so did alot of other people. Good Luck!

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4/7/13 8:48 A

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Optimist! I Love that! I AM A RUNNER! !!! WOOHOO!!!

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4/7/13 8:09 A

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Running is a state of mind not mileage. If you enjoy running for exercise, you are a runner.

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4/6/13 9:06 P

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Thanks Laura. Good point....I'll keep that in mind. :)

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4/6/13 8:56 A

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Hi! And Welcome Aboard!
I got back into running at 45 (six years ago). It is never too late!

It is great to have a friend to train with, and I applaud yours. However, her experience and drive may be too much for your body to train with. It takes a long time for your body to adapt to the rigors of running, and pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury. (I am not saying your friend is pushing you too hard, i don't know, but it is something to be aware of - we all adapt differently).

And, yes... you Are are runner. If you take care of you, for a lifetime, not just for now!
Enjoy your journey! ;)

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4/6/13 4:41 A

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Thank You all so much for warm welcome! I look forward to getting to know all of you better.

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4/5/13 9:20 P

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I started at the tender age of 44 (7 years ago) and I am still running. Take care of your body and it will take you to some amazing places!

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4/5/13 5:11 P

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Welcome! I didn't start running until 41 - so we are good company!

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4/5/13 4:50 P

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what's an IT band injury so I know for future reference? (and welcome by the way!!)

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4/5/13 4:39 P

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Way to go...You ARE a runner...
BTW...regarding IT band, I would not be running until you've seen your doctor-that's from my own experience and recovery from an IT band injury.
Best of luck on you soon to be 5K

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4/5/13 4:23 P

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Hello Everyone! My name is Tanya, I'm a married, home schooling mom of 5 beautiful children. It's been my dream to become a "runner" since I was 17 years old! Unfortunately, I'm now 42, and I'm FINALLY, making my dream come true! I completed the C25K Program about a month ago, and am now training for my first 5k, on April 13th! I have an amazing friend who is helping to train me, and is running the race with me. She runs 14 miles, and is training for a marathon, so my 5k is cake walk for her.

I'm super excited, and super scared. Every time I go out to the trail, or run my 3 miles on the treadmill, I'm pretty much having to "talk to myself" the whole way. Not literally...I can barely breathe, let alone talk!

I don't know if I could finish a race without my friend there pushing me, but I'm hoping that I will by June 2nd, when I run my SECOND 5k, that I've already signed up for! YIKES!!!

Anyway....hope to learn from all of you, and hope to stick with this for many years to come.

By the way....I'm already struggling with IT band pain in one leg, and a slight hip pain in the other. IT started when I started running over 2 miles. I've been stretching a great deal, and on Monday, have an appt with a Ortho doctor who also specializes in Sports Medicine. He's a runner and Iron Man triathlete, so I'm HOPING he'll help me to be able to run injury free soon.



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