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I coach a woman who started out 100 lbs overweight. Over the course of a couple of seasons, she finished her first half marathon, a marathon, the Breast Cancer 3-Day (60 miles in 3 days) followed by another half marathon, a triathlon, and numerous shorter distances. She lost 50 lbs in the process, and is still working at it.
One of my running buddies lost 100 lbs due to running, and, while she still thinks she has more to go, she has become a very strong runner.
I think they would be the first to tell you that you're not too heavy to start. Who cares if you feel you can only manage a trot, right now. As you develop the strength and endurance, you'll also develop speed.
But, that really doesn't matter. What matters is the fact that you're out there doing something for yourself, which is exercising.
Is it normal for your shins and ankles to hurt? Yes - because you're probably trying to push yourself too hard, too fast, too soon and your stride might be too long. This is a common mistake, and even experienced runners make it. Proper training will help you learn how to stay injury free.
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I finished a marathon trotting most of the way. I started running to lose weight and although I haven't lost much, my running has improved dramatically. My cardio endurance is significantly better. I am a little faster. And a lot stronger. Do whatever it takes to get across the finish line. Walk, trot, run, whatever, it all counts! Keep at it. You can do it!
Karvy inspired me, too! I've only so far completed one 5K ( did 2, but the second was all walking with my sister) and I finished in 49:55. I was about 250 pounds when I completed it. Way to go on deciding to run. :)
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Check out my SparkFriend Karvy09 who started running at 270 pounds. She's the person who got me started on running, a real inspiration! Congrats on running, it's an awesome thing to do!!
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i lost 70 pounds before i dared to go to the gym where people could see me. even if you're only "trotting", who cares? you are out there doing something good for yourself and not sitting there thinking "i'm too fat to start running". you are AWESOME! keep going!
I'm really curious how much others weigh or weighed when they began to run. I am 270 lbs and really do think I am too heavy to do much more than trot but I am doing it. I was amazed that I was able to finish my first session and walk around my son's campus the same day. But my mind still tries to make me believe I am too fat. Also, My right ankle sort of hurt (and still does) as well as my shins. Is this normal? And can you share your first 5k weight? I know it's forward but I am so bad at convincing myself I am the only person ever to deal with being overweight.
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