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10/12/12 11:57 A

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Over the years, I have run, walked, and practically crawled in many 5ks. I was dead last in one of them. It was storming, rain, thunder and distant lightning, so all the walkers and mommies with strollers that I can usually pass, didn't show up. Instead, the dudes in the van picking up the race cones were right behind me.

Want to know how I feel about that race? I loved it. It marked my commitment to running, because if I didn't quit in the middle of a humiliating thunderstorm, then I would never quit.

The races that embarrass me are the ones I signed up for, but didn't train properly so I didn't even show up. Those days are over. I may be chunky, I may slow, but now I show up and I finish. That's what matters.

Like many of the others said, get a thumbs up from your doctor, go to your local running store and buy the right shoes and sock, and start a program. The running will come.

Congrats on your accomplishments so far. Last means you finished, and that is such a good thing!

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8/22/12 1:44 P

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Congrats on even getting there. As a VERY slow runner - remember - a dead last finish is better than did not finish and hugely better than did not start. There is NOTHING to be embarrassed about when coming in last. YOU ARE FASTER THAN EVERYONE WHO DID NOT STAT and YOU DID SOMETHING!!! I am proud of you!!!

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8/13/12 1:49 P

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I agree about the need for appropriate footwear - both shoes and socks and also that coming in last still puts you ahead of all those who didn't enter the race!

About the Couch to 5K program - the timeline is an average. Everyone needs to proceed at their own pace!!! You add run time when you feel comfortable adding more run time, not because a chart you are trying to follow says to.

Last year, I ran a 5K after 7 weeks of a 9 week C25K program. After a knee injury earlier this year, I started another program with a different group. After 8 weeks, I completed my goal race, but I wasn't able to run the entire race. I am still working up to that. Still happy with finishing that race despite the fact that it was 93 degrees and extremely humid at race time (ozone alerts were posted).

I hope you will continue trying - at your own pace!

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8/13/12 1:03 P

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Oh- and don't stress about being last. Look at the thread below this one I created a few months ago when I was last place in a 5k. There is a lot of love in that thread!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

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8/13/12 1:01 P

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http://running.about.com/od/racetraining/a
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This one allows you to make up your own intervals of running and walking, just get in the distances they say. I was shocked at how helpful the running section of about.com is!

I second the motion of the other poster who said to talk to your doctor first! Running is a high-impact activity, and you do not want to get an injury that will prevent you from exercising for several months.

Also- ditto on the shoes. They tend to be a bit more expensive, but sooooo worth it. Same with the socks- I got horrible blisters until I bought some cushioned Nike socks. The shoes last several hundred miles, so you don't have to worry about replacing them constantly.

When I started in December, I could only run about 2 minutes max for each interval. I would do 2 minutes run followed by 5 minutes of walking, then repeat. Once you are able to do that comfortably, you increase your running a bit- say 2 minutes and 30 seconds of running followed by your 5 minutes of walking. You can progress as your body is able to; do NOT worry about sticking to some time limits you find online. Interval training, to me, is the BEST way to go because it allows you to build up your endurance and, as a side bonus, helps torch fat.

I can now run 4 miles straight. I'm extremely slow (around 15:30 mile when I'm really pushing myself) but I'm still RUNNING FOUR MILES!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

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8/8/12 5:40 A

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Hello, Jennifer,

Targeting a landmark is a great method. I do that, as well, even during a race.

Good job!

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8/7/12 8:29 P

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Just throwing this out there sice I suggested a C25K. I hung with the program to push me in the beginning but never officially completed it because now I interval run on my own. I'm hoping soon to be able to run the full 5K but right now I pick a marker like a tree or something and run to that and the next time I try to run just a touch farther the next tree or something.

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8/7/12 8:23 P

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Hello, Rob:

NEVER be embarrassed about coming in dead last, someone always will. It just doesn't matter. One of my running buddies came in dead last at the little sprint triathlon we did this past weekend. She celebrated the fact that she had the police escort, LOL!

What matters is that you're out there. The C25K is an awesome program. Your goal will be to push a little, but, not so much that you get injured. Follow the plan as best you can.

I also recommend learning how to train with a heart rate monitor, as it will help you learn how to train to burn fat efficiently by learning your "zones" and threshold of exertion. It's best to have a trained person help you learn this, if you can.

It takes time and good training to become a better runner. The most important element is the commitment you make to yourself.

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8/2/12 3:45 P

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All good suggestions- if you are serious about running go get fitted for a pair of shoes. I thought it was bullhokey but no, it really made a difference, for me at least. My feet don't hurt in the ones I got fitted for.

There are a few great options for training out there- if you can get an app on your phone that might be the best way.

One more thing- be patient. Your body's endurance builds up. When I started 1 mile was difficult and now about 1 month later I am up to 4 miles and that first mile is always the easiest. emoticon

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I don't know if this will help at all, but I too get stuck on the C25 program. I'm thinking of trying the Merrell training...I guess it doesn't matter as long as I'm moving ? I'm def going to try the ST training

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I think the first thing I’d recommend is getting the go ahead from your doctor. My colleague that has lost 50 pounds tried running at around 250, but ended up with a pulled hamstring and herniated disc. Her orthodepedic doctor basically told her it was because of her running (too much weight pounding on her spine). Everyone is different though.

The second thing I’d recommend is dropping the money on a good pair of shoes and getting high quality socks. They have made a world of difference. I was afraid the people at the running store would laugh at me, so I tried to do it on my own. Then I lost a toenail, and I caved. My feet have been thanking me ever since.

Finally, everyone loves couch to 5k, but frankly it took me months to get past that 20 minute run. I remember looking all over for programs that were “easier” but the truth was… there wasn’t. You just have to be patient. Once I tackled the 5K though, the rest almost felt easy in comparison.

For what it’s worth, I’ve been running for about a year and a half, and I still don’t love it. however, I do love the medals and bragging rights. emoticon

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Interval running is the way to go. There are a ton of different strugtured couch to 5K programs to get you started or you can just go with the flow and run/walk. When I started I could barely run 30 seconds at a dead slow pace. I'm still pretty slow and my 5Ks are run/walk combos but I'm hoping soon to be able to slowly work my way over to just running.

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8/2/12 8:00 A

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I really want to learn to love running. I have a few friends that run everyday and all they do is talk about how great they feel after running so many miles. They are all in really good shape and never seem to have any health issues. One of them use to be really over weight and she started doing the "Couch to 5K" program. She has since lost 85 pounds and runs in all these 5K competitions and charity runs. I so badly want to be able to participate. I tried doing a few local run/walk 5K's a year ago and I thought I was going to die. At the time I was 334 pounds and my loving wife joined me on both events. Needless to say it was embarrassing coming in dead last. Since then I have dropped down to 290 pounds and would like to get back to doing the 5K thing. If anyone has any advice on the best way to get ready to do one or just a routine I should follow to become a better runner that would be most helpful.

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