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3/1/11 8:33 A

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Thanks, I used to have a very Close Friend who was a Runner too, He got me started back to running in 2003, He had been my support for all these years...but I don't know what happened with his attitude...? last Fall he came up with this notion that I "Wasn't a Runner" and should Quit! I thought he was Nuts! I rebelled... I could't get a honest, detailed answer as to why he thought I wasn't a Runner? But in the end, he said he wasn't mad at me, but he was going to be busy training for some Marathon's in the next couple of years...didn't have time to spend with me, I guess...You would have to know and understand how much I felt about him over those years. You can't not just up and forget somebody, you knew, even though they acted like a jerk. He rarely treated me unkind all those years, I just didn't want to loose the core of our Friendship. And I miss that very much... I miss his attention in the way he always wanted to know what I was doing (in my runnning) how fast, how far I ran, how I did and felt in my Races. I guess I will have to prove that I can go on... it will be hard... I know he will feel he made the wrong choice in the Friendship/relationship aspect...he could of still trained for his Marathons and still keep in touch with me too. I know him all too well... he will miss knowing what I'm up to in my running even though he will pretend he doesn't. So I'm giving him his space but I know eventually he will want to start knowing and wondering how I'm doing, he always did.

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2/28/11 8:13 P

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You have the advantage of prior experience and ability. We all face the disadvantage of aging (sigh!). Like you, I am fighting metabolism and hypothyroidism (another sigh!), and also added triathlons to my slate of activities. Very fun!

You're going to be even more awesome than you are, now, the better you get with your training.

You go, girl!

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2/28/11 2:34 P

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I was a runner when I was younger, but after High school and working at a Office for 25+ years... I got Fatter... it wasn't until the mid 1990's that I started slowly getting more exercise, I started out walking one year and lost over 30lbs! then I added Bicycling and by 2003 I got into Running... but as I got older, late 40's and into my early 50's, I"m 53 now. It's harder to loose the weight (slow Metabolisum + Hypothyroidism) that it takes alot more Running to keep a balance in weight. so I joined Weight Watchers, which I'm really getting excited about, because I know alot of fellow runners who follow the program and have lost alot of weight combined with their running.

Basically I run between a 10 to 11 minute Miles. (10 when I run a Race) but lately it's been more leasure...so I run more like a 11 to 12 minute miles. There is a local 5k Race coming up that I'm planning to run in ... It's the first race of the local Circuit season. I'm usually slow at the beginner of the year in getting back into doing Races. So will see how well I do????

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2/28/11 7:22 A

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I think fast is relative.

A local lifestyle columnist wrote that the average marathon finish time is around 4:30, but, I beg to differ, as I see most folks coming in at 5+ hours. That puts them at a 12/M (12 min mile) pace, and it's attributable to so many "older adult onset" athletes entering distance events.

I run anywhere from a 7:37 sprint to 11/M (hills make the difference), train at between 9-11/M, and can walk a 12/M. I have a buddy who still walks a 10/M, and he's pushing 70.

Most of the people I train are new runners and happy to reach 12/M over our 6 month program; then they'll join the faster, more experienced group the next season.

I find that, if you were a runner in the past, or if you have the natural talent and biomechanics, and aren't as old as I am (wink), you may certainly develop speed in relatively short order.

On this team, though, we have a lot of folks at greater than 10/M mile paces, and who have more than 15-20 lbs to lose. Jeff Galloway comes to town a couple of times/year and I told him about my Slow Fat Runners groups, and he thought it was a terrific idea. With nearly 900 folks here, now, I'd say so, too!

Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 2/28/2011 (07:23)
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2/27/11 10:43 P

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Hello and welcome! I think you go pretty fast ... I run at a 12 minute mile. ;-)



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2/24/11 8:43 A

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Thank's Acoralsea, Ofcourse I always considered a pace 8 and under Fast like 8, 7, 6 etc LOL! anything at 10, 11, 12 is average and normal for most... But I guess where I'm from if you run a 10 minute mile, you can bet you'll pretty much let left in their dust too.

I found that doing a Run/walk is one of the best inventions of learning to run! I find myself doing alot of referalls to Jeff Galloway. Because most running programs try to wean away from walk breaks by the end so that people can run "non stop" But not everyone can do that...if some one is over weight or has Arthritis, but still want's to be able to run and reap the benefits...then taking frequent or periodic walk breaks is their answer!

I know, that even though I'm not that over weight, I would agree that weight does impact performance.


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2/22/11 9:36 P

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Hi, Peggy, and welcome!

A pace under 12/M (12 min mile) is considered fast. I started running when one of my buddies, who managed a running store, told me that, because I could walk a 10/M, I might as well be running. So, I made the transition to running. I also train with Jeff Galloway, when he comes to town, and his run/walk method is what keeps me going when the going gets really tough (which, for me, is often).

Weight does impact performance, as many of my trainees would concur. Good for you for sticking with your program, and we're here to help you stay on track.

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Welcome!

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2/22/11 4:02 P

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Hi, I'm Peggy,

I'm a new member to this forum, but not new to running!
I consider myself slow, I usually run between 11, 10, maybe sometimes a 9 min. pace, but even most people I know run alot faster!
I don't consider myself overly fat, but I think 160lbs on a 5' 3 1/2" body frame, has hindered my running, with various injuries over the years, but has not stopped mel So I started with the Weight Watcher's program to help me to learn to eat fuel my Running and hopefully loose some weight along the way. Goal to get down to 140lbs and train for my 3rd 1/2 Marathon.

I have been running since 2003, ran in alot of the local 5k's, 10k's and have done 2 1/2 Marathon's in the last 8 years. I also help Coach our local Running club's Beginner's training for Running and have learned a wealth of knowledge about teaching Runner's how to do it safely and correctly.

I've learned to be a avid believer of the Jeff Galloway programs ... There's nothing wrong with incorporating walk breaks with Running intervals.

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