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1/18/13 1:44 P

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hi,
i'm new on this board. i started training last year for a 10 mile run at disney in september 2012, but 10 days before the run, my appendix decided it needed to come out so needless to say i was not allowed to run. i know things happen for a reason and i was terrified to even do that run, so i guess that was my call not to do it.

but as for all of you talking about the C25K program, i have a friend who forwarded the program to me and i thought it went way too fast for me. see i am overweight as well as i have asthma. so what i am doing now is warming up on the treadmill at 3.5mph for 2 min, then i jog at 4.3mph (slow) for 30 sec and walk at 3.5 mph for 1.5 min and do the 30/1.5 back and forth until i get to the end and then nearing the very end i did this the other day, i jogged at the 4.3mph for 1 min and then walked to slow my heart rate and slow down. i felt like i had a great workout in those 20 min. i will do that until i completely feel comfortable and then i will increase my jogging but probably keep the walking at 1.5 min, then i will increase until i can jog an entire mile.

i am signed up to do a 5K march 24th and i plan on jogging the entire thing, i do have a time to beat from 2 years ago when i did this same 5K.

good luck to all of you, can't wait to hear how you all do.

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1/11/13 12:26 A

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I will just say --Ditto-- C25K runner here.

You sound like you know what you are trying to do and how you will do it-- Good Luck!

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2/28/12 10:34 A

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Hello, everyone! I used to run 20-some years ago (mostly jogging, not full-out running), and I want to get back to being a runner (or jogger) again.

I'm still at the walking phase, because I don't want to injure my knees or feet. I've gotten to where I'm walking 1-1/2 miles (and I'll do that for the next week before I feel like I can add another 1/4 or 1/2 mile to the mix.

I'm reading "The courage to start" by John Bingham. Very inspiring! John started as an overweight, smoking/drinking sofa spud, but now runs marathons (he has his own website, magazine column, etc.). He believes in running for fun, and it doesn't matter how slow you run, at least you're out there and you're doing it!

My kind of guy.


I've also joined a women's running clinic. Our first meeting is next Tuesday. It will be great to have the support and inspiration of other women.

I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you.

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine!

Annie

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Hello and welcome! This has been a GREAT group for me and I hope it is for you, too.

My suggestion for you is to check out Jeff Galloway's "Running to 100". His run/walk method and especially his emphasis on enjoying your experience and not getting injured changed my relationship to running. I'll be run/walking a half marathon next month and believe me, that is something I NEVER could have imagined doing even in my twenties (when I was running with a different approach and attitude.)

Try it and let me know what you think. Research is good! Meanwhile, going for ever longer walks is an excellent way to start running. Gradually throw in some hills.

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2/15/12 12:57 P

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Way to get out the door and get started!! C25K app is great - it got me started - I used the one by Bluefin called "Ease into 5K."

Don't feel alone - took me 13 weeks to finish that first 9-week C25K. Born to Run is a great motivator; ACoralSea is right on the money (again!). Just keep moving, you'll keep improving. =)

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2/14/12 2:39 P

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ACoralSea is right, Born to Run is a great read.

DennetJ, your post made me smile! Nevermind about speed - we're in it for the long run, for our lives. Enjoy your runs knowing you're doing something great for yourself and your family!
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I tell you all something. I've surprised myself with this running thing. I always said I only run if my life depends on it but I'm finding that I'm enjoying it. That I like the escape. I love the feeling of accomplishment. I think just maybe I've caught the running bug. I'm starting to feel like a runner. (Just promise you won't clock my speed) :)

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2/14/12 4:50 A

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If you haven't read the book, "Born to Run," you should. Sure, it's written by a crazy ultra-runner who wanted to learn the secrets of a tribe of ultra-runners in Mexico and who helped put together the race of all races. But, it's an interesting read and leaves you believing that we were all actually born to run.

Think about it...our pre-historic ancestors were nomads who trekked hundreds of miles across who knows what conditions and terrain and ran to catch their daily meals of animal protein. Some descend from legendary tribes known for running across savannas.

Running is natural. It's how we run that's not natural, because most of us don't learn how to run efficiently. Some don't like running because it's just not fun or comfortable, and that's perfectly okay. So, you walk.
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1/13/12 11:34 A

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I'm just glad that I'm not the only one that running is unusual for. I'll have to do some searching around for a program later on today.

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1/13/12 9:46 A

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Nnnooooo please don't feel that way. It was NOT natural for me either. I was TERRIFIED the first time I decided to run outside, and that was after months of trying it on the treadmill. I actually video recorded my feet on the treadmill once to make sure they were moving in a manner that was similar to running because I was so slow and so uncomfortable with it. Guess what? I really was running (jogging... wogging.. whatever you want to call it).

There's NO pressure on you to run. It has to be fun, and something you want to do. On one of your walks, just take a few jogging steps to get a feel for it, then take a few more if you like it. You've got nothing but all the time in the world to get comfortable with the thought of, idea of, and feeling of running.

Oh and with C25K, don't feel that you have to stick to the exact program. Again, do it in your own time. If you have to repeat days or weeks, that's perfectly ok. The idea is to slowly build a base of running that you're comfortable with, then pushing yourself a bit more to expand your abilities - at least, that's how I look at it.

Let us know how you're doing, yea?
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I guess I feel dumb because running just doesn't seem natural to me at all. To just walk out the door and take off running seems absurd to me. I want to do it I just don't know how. I'll have to look for a C25K program for my ipod.

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1/12/12 6:55 A

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Hi, Jennifer:

You make the transition gradually. The C25K program is a great way to start. Just don't feel discouraged if you feel it's taking you a little longer than you'd like to build up the stamina, strength and endurance. You need a good base, and the goal is to stay injury free. So, patience!

Why are you feeling "dumb?" We're all here to help.
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Hey Jennifer! emoticon I'm going to second G_Twins here - Couch 2 5K is a great way to start. You can find more information on program through one of the C25K Spark teams, or by Googling.
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Jennifer,
Welcome to the team. I started with the Spark people 5K your way training program and love it. Best of luck to you!


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I'm toying with the idea of becoming a runner. Typically I run only if my life depends on it and lately I'm kind of thinking that now it really does. Time to get fit. I really have no idea where to start. Even to walk outside and just take of running seems bizarre to me. Or on the treadmill how do I know when to transition from a walk to a run? I really am feeling dumb right now :)

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