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6/26/12 11:25 A

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Welcome, ONMYMEDS. I'm 65 too, started running January 2012. 10k is now my standard run and the Nike +gps app on my iPhone is telling me it's time to ramp up my distance. We'll see. Right now I'm trying to bring my per-km rate below 6 then we'll see about adding distance.


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6/26/12 10:47 A

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Welcome to the fun! Looking forward to your wisdom as a "Senior Master". Remember that Age is only a state of mind!!!

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6/26/12 9:58 A

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Well, I run, and I'm way over 40 (65), so I certainly qualify as a Master Runner. I can't help but wonder who decided that 40 was the age to be classified as a Master. I suspect it was someone who was having a really BAD 40th birthday and was feeling sorry for themselves. 58 maybe. 60. Much more reasonable. But 40? Please. I guess I'm a senior master.

Anyway, I have been running for about 18 months or so. I think it was January of last year. (If I was still 40 I could probably remember). I had been walking for several months and had been successful in losing about 30 pounds simply from vigorous walking and vigilance in eating good stuff. One day I just decided to run. I ran a mile that day. Since then, I've run several 5k, a 10k, two half marathons, and in May I completed my first marathon, the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha.

So, I'm over 40, and I run. And I love it.



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wow, wow, wow, ANTIQUAIRES! That's a lot of miles under your belt. Yep, belonging to this team should help keep you running. Check out the thread "How was your run today?"

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6/17/12 2:56 P

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Have run (ok, JOGGED) more than 30,000 miles. It’s getting harder to keep a partner. Once retirement hits, they are off traveling or volunteering or grandchild sitting. My goal is to keep running and make it to retirement. Looking to this group for some additional support!

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Wow, CATHIMOMMY, amazing choices for a 50-yr-old: HM for full marathon? HM or full marathon? HM or full marathon? Either one is so far above and beyond what most 50-yr-olds would even imagine that you're already a Master among masters : )


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4/6/12 10:42 A

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Turning 50 in June and have 2 Disney Half Marathons done in the last couple of years! Want to be in the best shape of my life before I turn 51 but it is harder at this age! Should I train to improve my HM times or try to do a marathon training plan? Still have a 16yo and 11yo in the house, so to run that much means 5 AM!

Glad to find this team....since I am a "master runner"....



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4/5/12 12:42 P

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65 y.o. and never been a runner. My sister challenged me to join her in a 10k this month, so have been training since January and feeling really good about progress. Can't wait for the event: Vancouver Sun Run 2012.

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Hi everyone - saw this team on another's page and decided to add it to mine! I am in several other "runner's groups" on SP.

I am fairly new to running - started last fall? ran a couple of 5K's, decided I could actually do this, so I kept on running. I have my first HM coming up in 5 weeks, so I have moved my runs outside now (I am a lover of the treadmill). I am 54....still working towards my goal weight, ever so slowly. Hoping to become a grandma for the first time in the fall (twins so we don't have a date yet), work full time, and put my fitness minutes before everything else - needless to say my house is no longer up to my old standards. I'm learning to live with it until I can afford to retire!!! lol

Look forward to meeting all of you (I do see some old friends on here)!!!

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3/28/12 3:16 A

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hi everyone,
i am 60 now, restarting running, and restarting SP, for the umpteenth time. i managed to work up to a 10k last fall (a race for women in stockholm), and would like to do the same this year. i'm *very* slow, but i believe if you put one foot in front of the other, that's all that counts. i've made it back to 3 miles and would like to build on that. my main reason for restarting SP is the weight i put back on last year (i had made it to my current goal in jan 2011) has refused to move - the same 5 lbs keeps going on and off; i'm going to get rid of them and 5 more.

and run:-) slowly...

live every day so the border collie is happy for a good, active life!
"i run because i can" coach nicole!
"I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far." john bingham
"Right here, right now, right choice" cannie50!

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1/25/12 7:26 P

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Thanks DLZAPALAC! Much appreciated and sending healthy, fast and positive vibes your way too!

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1/25/12 9:46 A

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Welcome JTAYLOR2011! I am running a 1/2M in mid April too. I'll be thinking of you sending you good luck vibes :-) Have a Blast!

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I'm 47 and I've been running on and off for nearly 8 years although now I'm truly falling in love with the sport. I'm training for my first race, a half marathon in mid April -- not including my high school and college track years as a sprinter and hurdler -- but that's ancient history!

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Thanks! Doing good! I can tell - my chest is gone again!! emoticon

Did 4.33 mi outside today, 49:31, 11:26 min/mi. It was a dank, dusky late afternoon and lots of folks had their Christmas lights on. Tell me, is this anyone else's favorite time of year to run outside, regardless of temperatures? Especially when it's snowy, I love running outside in the early evening and seeing the Christmas lights while I run.

I'm dealing with some tendonitis in my left leg - was anterior tibialis but I saw the doc and that's gone and now it's achilles. Go figure. I've got exercises to do 3x /day, Tylenol, ice/heat. I need new sneakers and plan to get them pretty quick.

Blessings!
Sue

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Hi Sue! Welcome back!

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LOL, well, this post is not in the wrong location (see below). I've been here a few times - I'm Sue, an AAAALMOST 55 y/o from Upstate NY. I'm presently sidelined with a shin splint but joined the Y recently so I'm still getting plenty of exercise in. And I've been running a little bit too, though it's painful.

BTW, I've run 3 races this year, listed on my SparkPage, and I've been running the Virtual 5Ks nearly every week. Again, results are on my SparkPage.

Happy Holidays everyone.

Moira Doon

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You all are so welcome! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/22/11 9:47 P

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Thanks to all for the warm welcome! And thanks, Ducky, for the links. They're very helpful!

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thanks--you always find the best stuff online!

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Hi DAKOTACAT. I found this article that might help you.
www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,
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i can't run the longer distances during the week at one time. does it work at all if you split the 5 or 6 mile runs into 2 in the same day?

Cathy


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Welcome Karen! I am sure you will get lots of advice here. We are all a great group here.
Here is a link to a couple of programs you can look at. I am sure other members will give you others too. Then you choose which one you want. The most important thing is to make sure you have doctor's clearance.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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11/19/11 5:55 P

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Hi all,
I'm new here - just finished Spark's rookie running program and ran my first virtual 5k. I run every other day (well, it's more like a slow jog!) and right now I'm working on slowly building up my time - I'd like to get to an hour each outing. Then I figure I'll work on picking up the pace a bit! I find running the most enjoyable and inspiring part of my exercise program here at Spark and my plan is to make this a lifetime habit.
Funny thing - I'm 46 and 30 pounds overweight - but I'm actually running faster now than when I was a sporadic jogger in my 20's and 30's. (Not that I'm fast, really, I was just really lazy then!) I think it's because Spark has gotten me into strength training and I suspect that's really helped and also because they've given me a training program to follow, which I didn't really do before in any kind of organized way.
A question for you veterans - I've been looking for a training program to follow the rookie running program but haven't really found one. Don't have the time to take on a 10k or a longer distance right now. Found some competitive 5k programs but they all say you need to have at least six months or a year of running under your belt and I'm nowhere near that level. I don't mind just getting out there and doing it on my own but I find that having a program to follow helps keep me motivated and progressing. Anyone got any suggestions for a logical next step program?
Looking forward to "meeting" you all.

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Welcome GETHEALTHY135! I am sure you will find lots of help and encouragement here. Congrats on reaching 6 miles and I am sure you will do great at the Syracuse Mountain Goat 10 mile in the spring. Welcome!

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9/24/11 8:20 P

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Hello everyone. I started running/ walking in February. I run 3-4 times per week and have run 2 5ks. Training runs have gotten up to 6 miles on some runs. Any tips or motivation is appreciated. Please feel free to friend me and I will do the same. Looking to run the Syracuse Mountain Goat 10 mile in the spring. Thanks in advance!!!

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Welcome LIZZY63! Congrats on your stats. Keep us posted on your training and as you near your half marathon.
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Hi all another old sparky join the team.

Been with SP almost 7 years but only started running in March of this year.
I always said I wasn't a runner, didn't even run that much on a treadmill,
however when my gym started a running club, I thought why not give it a go...
and I have loved it since that first outside run!

I have completed 2 "races" a 5k and a 5 mile, but have run several 10 mile runs,
and will be taking part in my first half marathon in a months time.

What is also good is that it gets my hubby outside too and he always comes out on
his bike along side me.

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Welcome SPOOKYRABBIT and all the other spookyrabbits!


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Welcome BABYGIRLLOVE1 and all the new babygirls!


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8/12/11 10:56 P

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Babygirl:

I discovered the fun and "high" of running about a year ago. I started with mostly walking and SLOWLY added in running. 57 lbs lost so far.

I wish you the best!

Jeff

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Hello fellow runners. I am 64 years old and have run my entire life until 5 years ago when it became so painful I had to stop. I was told it was bursitis and basically I would have to live with it. Soooo, I looked for something else to do and started cycling. It is a pretty good workout but is nothing like running. No highs!!!!! About a year ago I started itching to start running and began researching bursitis and decided that part of it may be that but I had no other symptoms other than pain over the hip bone. I had always had in the back of my mind that there was something else going on because there was a lot of stiffness and muscle tightness in the back, hip area. I found a article on stretching and began to stretch my back, hip and upper thighs daily. It hurt but after a couple of weeks began to loosen up. I started jogging a couple hundred yards with walking in between. With each jog the back, hip, upper thigh area would start to tighten. However I am now up to 400 yards at time with 2x100 at about 50%. Things are looking up. Not out of the woods yet but getting there hopefully. I think I am going to need some encouragement to get through this so that is why I am here.

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Hello everyone! My name is Mary i am 40 years old single mom. I have been with SP now for a month and i love it . I am new to this team and to running I would like to get into running . I power walk everyday for i hour and i just added in jogging .I am trying to build my endurance up to run fully without walking for at least 40 min. I signed up for the 5k program and today was actually my first day and i love it so far. emoticon

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Hi all,
Like Striver57, I'm no master runner, but started a C25K program earlier this year. I can now run something like 3.6-4km in 30 or so minutes, which is more than I have ever done. I'm running the Parisienne (6k) in September too, 3 days after my 56th birthday. I really enjoy running, which I never thought I'd do, but I need some tips on breathing. Any suggestions? I'm not sure I'm doing it right.

I still have about 5kg to lose, and need to make much more effort in that direction, but for the moment I'm concentrating on exercise. I love the SP videos.

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Hi Everyone,
i'm not very sure what a master runner is, or for that matter, what running actually is when you're as slow as i am. i'm going to be 60, i'm not so far from my weight goal, i'm in better shape in terms of strength and endurance than i ever have been in my life, i've been doing C25K for about 3 months and am astonished to find myself running a half hour without switching to a walk -- 3 months ago, a minute seemed too long. BUT for the moment a 30 minutes only seems to get me 2 miles, and i'm not sure a 15-min mile is running. I am doing a 6k race in September (la parisienne). my main goal is to run the whole thing, without walking, and i think i might manage that ...i wouldn't mind not finishing last. the thing is, i run on the street or around the 0.66 km block across the street, or by the river, i rely on google maps for distances (so i never know til i get home exactly how slow i was). also i'm almost 5'1" and have pretty short legs.
so my 2 questions are: is this a team i belong on? and does anyone have any ideas how i can improve my speed some without risk of injury? (i am also a klutz from a family of klutzes and have a torn meniscus from missing a step).
thinking of changing my spark name to molasses.

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Hi! I joined SP in march this year to help me lose 10 lbs and feel better about myself. As of now, I have finally lost that pesky 10 lbs and I do feel better about myself, mostly due to the increase in activity I have had. I started walking on the treadmill, when it got nice outside, I took to the road and trails nearby. Then I tried adding a bit of a jog to my walks, and every day since that, I have added a little more and more of jogging. Today, I was elated to discover that I could jog most of my 7km distance, with short rests of walking (getting longer as I approached the end). Most of the end is uphill, so I forgive myself!

I never anticipated wanting to do any kind of 'race' and am not competitive, and don't want to pull up the rear, but just heard of a 5k and 10k funrun on July 24 and am kinda interested.

Thought I would check out this team to see what I could learn. I am a 48 yr old mom of 4 kids who used to be somewhat active but have not done much activity for the past 12 yrs until this March. I hope I am not premature in thinking about entering this 5k. I love jogging but know my strides are short. Not sure how to progress to an actual 'run'. Hope to progress soon.

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Hello Dee and welcome to the team!!

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Hi all!
Just found you guys, and I guess I qualify as a master if it's only a matter of age: started running a little over a year ago at age 60. I look forward to learning a lot from everyone.

Dee
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Hi Everyone,

I was befriending WISLNDR and found you guys. I immediately want to say I don't even know if I am a Master or not but I love running.

My first 1/2 is on May 29th but I;ve been running on and mostly off through breast cancer and treatment, a broken ankle and rehab and I always return.

Been loving the stretch of training although I have to admit I've taken tons of shortcuts.

Here's to learning more and sharing our love of running!



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Oops. Posted in wrong location.

Edited by: MOIRADOON at: 4/24/2011 (21:22)
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Hi SparkRunners!
I joined SP in Oct. At one time I was 258, and a Type 2 Diabetic. I was told by VA DRs that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45. Since Oct '10, I have walked 3 5Ks. I saw all the runners pass me by and envied them. I completed the walk/jog program, talked to my Dr, and she said "Run!." Now I'm doing the 5K run program. I live a healthy lifestyle now. I'll be 61 next month and I weigh 188 now. (lower than basic training 40 years ago!) I am being careful not to injure myself so I am taking it by the book. I know I will learn from you "Masters" on the finer points of running. Yes, I am very excited at this point in my life and happy to be with this team..
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Welcome to the team - sounds like you have a great work out schedule. Keep you your good work!! emoticon

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Hi there, I'm Nat. I started running about 5 years ago, and ended up slowly losing 30+ pounds and becoming more athletic overall. I probably run a couple of 5ks every year, and I have also completed some 10ks and 1 half-marathon. So far I am not really tempted to run a marathon, because it's so time-consuming to train for one and running is not my main sport.

I just joined SP a little over a month ago because although I am fairly disciplined about exercise, I often struggle with diet. Basically, I have no "off" switch when I'm eating, and I can easily overeat. I like rich, fattening foods and I like them often and in large portions! And I'm too old to get away with eating like that anymore (40s). So far, I am very happy with SP because it's training me about portion control and I'm learning to make better choices.

In terms of running, I am big fan of the FIRST program where you only run 3 times a week, but each run is high-quality and has a specific goal. Then you should cross-train 2-3 other days a week. I used it last summer and PR'd on a 5k that I have been doing for years now :) So I would *highly* recommend it, especially for people that do other sports, because it gives you time to pursue your other workouts.

I'm not doing FIRST right now, though, just running twice a week with some friends and heading out on my own at least once a week. But I am thinking about getting back into some speedwork and some hills, to regain some strength. I need to pick a race and then I can get back on track with FIRST - maybe I will redo that one in late Aug and see if I can shave off even more time!

"The difference is almost all mental. The top players just hate to lose. I think that's the difference. A champion hates to lose even more than she loves to win."
---Chris Evert


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3/14/11 9:39 A

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Nice to meet you, logould. I am a fan of The Penquin, too. I admire your will and determination. Good Luck in your upcoming races.
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3/13/11 8:43 P

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Hi everyone. I'm relatively new to running. Never really ran except what I was forced to do in the military....and then just barely making the passing grade. Fastforward to 2010....I was 49 and 177 lbs with bad knees and then I found Spark. Still not sure how, but Spark got me moving. Started by walking, but I didn't have the patience, so I started to run/walk, then C25K and in May 2010 ran my first 5K. I think it was when I crossed the finish line of that first race that I was officially hooked. Ran in two other 5K's (June and October 2010), then winter hit and I don't tolerate cold well, so I pretty much slugged around part of November, December and into January. Luckily, I only gained 5 pounds, but I couldn't let the slide continue and new that I just wanted to run and couldn't wait for spring to come to get outside. So, I joined the local fitness center (they have two indoor tracks - a 1/8th mile and a 1/6th mile and great treadmills as far as treadmills go. Nothing will take the place of an outside run for me, but at least the center has me moving again. Not only that, but it also has me doing effective strength training, cross training and yoga/pilates classes. I didn't really have a well rounded fitness program last year...pretty much just ran, so this is a huge improvement and I am betting that it will make me a stronger runner too. Am signed up for my first 10K in April 2011, then a 5K in June and my first Half-Marathon this September 11th. I may do another race or two of 5K-10K this year, depending how finances, my other training and schedule at work go. Am anxious to get to know you all and learn all I can from you. Unfortunately everyone that I know that runs is 10 years or more my junior and/or has been running for years and I have a tendency to want to compare myself to or compete with their accomplishments. Right now I am learning to balance my training and run my own race whether it is in training or in an event.

"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)

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3/5/11 10:41 P

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Nice to meet you, Mike. Pretty impressive stats. Good luck with your diet and running. I look forward to hearing about your training and races
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I am new to the team. I am 42 years old and have been running seriously for seven months during which I have lost 90 pounds. I currently run between 40 to 50 miles a week and am training for my first marathon in September. I have run about six 16 miles and one 18 mile runs. I lost most of my weight using spark page and some of it with the slow carb diet which has been playing havoc on my running since most of my fat stores have been depleted. I have currently elected to add more carbs to my diet. My biggest flaw is that I have the expectation that all my runs have to have expotential gains. I know my progress will flatten out a bit and this proves to be my biggest mental barrier. I love running and I regret starting it so late in life but I have been blessed with a healthy body and will continue despite the harsh winter climate I live in.

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Hi, I'm Ace from Reading, MA. I'm 59 and training for the Boston Marathon on April 18th. The snow and icy conditions has made training difficult this winter so I'm not as far along as I would like to be. I'm in a running club and most of the others who are also running Boston have run 17, 18, 19 miles. I've run up to 14 but am now back down to 10. I'm hoping joining this forum will help me keep on track for the next 8 weeks.



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Hi! I'm a new runner...well walk/jogger emoticon

I am just starting week 2 of the Spark walk/jog program. I loved week 1. I tried the c25k program but couldn't get past week 4. Just couldn't run for 5 min straight more than 1 time so I am taking slower and having more success.

I am 63 and enjoying my new fit lifestyle! I'm looking forward to participating on this team with you.

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Hi Everyone,

I joined sparkpeople in 2009 but didn't really get in involved. My new years resolution is to get serious about getting healthy. So I have revisited the sparkpeople and getting really involved. January I hit the ground running (literally). I usually walk but decided to up the challenge. So my husband and I have been jogging 2.5 to 3 miles most days. Ran my first 5K January and will be signing up for another 5K this month. Plan on signing up for one 5K a month. Now I have decided to join a spark team to help with my motivation.

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” - John Burrough

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I'm fairly new to running and have been working on it off and on for a little less than a year. I started last April with the c25k program, but when the weather suddenly turned hot the end of May I had a real hard time, even under the a/c. When the weather is hot it seems to drain me. Then in late July I got a severe case of sciatica that really gave me a hard time until November. For about a month I could hardly walk across the room but gradually with chiropractor, physical therapy, and steroids for a short time I finally got over it. After a month I started walking again and gradually as it healed increased walking and then finally in November was able to start running a little again. December I was doing a challenge at the gym with fitness classes and doing 2 group fitness classes a day I didn't have energy left for running. I was very sore too. But I did win a 4 month free membership as the 1st place winner and found I needed some of those classes to build core and leg strength etc. Now I'm down to 3 classes a week and back to running. I've done several 5k's with a mixture of running and walking, the most recent a week ago. Time of 40:20. Not good but at least I'm moving and working on this. I've also walked a 15 mile and a half marathon last year and will be doing the 15 mile again in March, hopefully with a little running thrown in. It's the Bataan Death March Memorial at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and it was so inspiring to me last year I want to do it again this year.
I'm 55 year old (will be 56 next month) and overweight all my life. Until the past year and a half I did not do much physical activity at all. Then I started on my healthy journey and added walking, eating healthier, hiking, and some gym machines. I am still about 25 - 30 lbs over my ideal weight and it's coming off much more slowly than it did in the beginning. But this is the longest I've ever kept the weight off. I'm so excited about running, which is something I always hated. But then I hated any physical activity.
I live in southern New Mexico in the rural town of Silver City.
Look forward to getting to know everyong. Just found out about this team.

Linda

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