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Welcome to all our newbies! Please know we're all here to help and support you on your journey, whether to become a runner, or to be able to walk a distance strongly.

We're not about the speed!
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Alysia :)

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6/23/14 9:20 A

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Welcome, JOE_ANNE2 and stay strong! I've coached several walkers and runners who had the goal to shed the pounds and have done so, slowly but surely!

Are you incorporating any cross-training to help strengthen your core and muscles around your knees? Your daily walks are helping you develop endurance; you also need strength and to learn to work with your heart rate. Swimming, cycling (or spin bike), yoga and pilates are great additions to your fitness routine.

Please let us know how you're doing, and have fun!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN - did you start the C25K again and how are you doing?

Alysia :)

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Welcome, OSULAWGIRL!

Are you doing another half marathon before the Disney full? I strongly recommend you find one and use it like a training run roughly 3 months prior - you need to allow yourself enough time to work up to at least 20-21 miles 3 weeks before the Disney. The last 3 weeks are to taper down and allow rest, without losing your hard-earned conditioning.

The Disney is on my bucket list, am waiting until my grandson is old enough to appreciate the venue.

Have fun and please do let us know how you're doing!

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Welcome, Lindsay, and congratulations on meeting your goals!

The half marathon is a good distance, enough challenge, and short enough that you can still feel good at the finish.

Happy running!

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Looking forward to hearing how your first half went, girl! You are an inspiration!

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5/21/14 8:25 A

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Hi everyone!

I'm Lindsay (my friends all call me Linz), and I've been running for about a year now. I've shaved nearly 3 minutes off my mile time since I started, and I'm trying to continue to improve that pace, too! :)

I completed/ran seven 5Ks and a 10K (ran the last three races all the way through, including obstacle races!). My first half is in 18 days (the North Face Challenge in Washington, DC ... It's a trail race!). I'm terrified, but kind of excited.

I didn't really find the joy in running until a) I got great shoes, b) I found cute running gear, and c) I learned how to pace myself and keep running even when I was tired ... Once you find your rhythm, it's all good from there!

I don't have much of an interest right now in doing a marathon ... But we will see how I feel at the end of the summer, lol. I'm planning on doing the Virginia Beach Rock N' Roll Half Marathon as well ... :) So I'm excited! :D I'll definitely be doing the Marine Corps Historic Half next year, too. :D

Thanks for the inspiration, friends! Keep it movin'! :)

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Starting the journey at 360 lbs.

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108 lbs. (30%) - Next up!

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OSULAWGIRL - Wow! That is really impressive. At this point, it takes me so long to get done a 5K, I can't even imagine going a longer distance. But you sound very determined and have given yourself ample time to prepare, so I'm sure you will be successful. I'd love to do one of the running events at Disney one day - my daughter actually works there, so it would be a great excuse to go visit.

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5/6/14 11:45 A

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Hi all! I am definitely a slow, fat runner. I ran my first half-marathon a year ago, and have done several 5Ks, but I recently signed up to run the Disney FULL marathon next January! I am so excited, but at the same time SO intimidated! I remember not thinking I could ever run a half...but I did that! I ran the whole darn thing! And I didn't die! So, I have 8 months to train for this new challenge, and I am up for it!

Just keep moving...

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Welcome! Enjoy your achievements..
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Hi everyone! I haven't been running in AGES but I'm planning on starting the couch to 5K again next week. :) I'm glad to see this group!

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Still wanting to run, so here I am starting at 307 pounds and 48 soon to be 49 years old. Doing daily walks of 1 mile . . . . doing this for reals emoticon Until I can run :)

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Hi, My name is Cheri and I am a slow fat runner hoping to be a slow skinny runner by next year. I have been running on and off since I was a pre teen and my dad started me out running on the high school track with him. I may run slower than a turtle treading through peanut butter but I run. I also have never run a race. Feeling intimidated and don't have anyone to run with but I hope to someday. My husband ,kids and I just moved to Tulsa Oklahoma from the adirondacks and I love the weather here. Perfect for running. Hoping to some day run my first race here. Maybe I will meet another slow fat runner to run with me someday. emoticon

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Hi everyone,

I am excited to be apart of the team, I have not started running but I am excited to begin...... emoticon

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Awesome name. Some people dont understand slow running. I like slow running because for once I like to take my time and enjoy.

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Hello my fellow slow fat runners! emoticon I fit right in here! I may be slow and fat, but I am proud myself for running my first half marathon in October 2013. I ran the entire distance also, no walking at all! emoticon By next year October, I want to cut 20 minutes off of that time. Too hefty a goal?? (No pun intended) I'm very new here, and I'd love to interact with some fun running friends. So please friend me!! emoticon I know, that emoticon doesn't really fit - I just like cake.

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I want to emoticon !

Hello other Slow Fat Runners,

I'm NOT running YET but...

Here for the adrenaline rush of hearing about others Run and for encouragement. Struggling to lose weight by walking but tryin' my best to preserve my knees for lifes long haul. I'd go crazy if I bummed my knees and couldn't do the stuff I wanna do..

I was a runner in another life-time and it's still in my blood under all the padding there is a race horse trying to find its way to the track. I hear the gun go off "on your mark, get set _ _!"

Jane from Oregon

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Hi everyone! I'm new here (to this community) but not new to running. I've been running off and on for the last 4 years. So far my longest race was a 10K (it was my very first race), but I am tackling my first half marathon on April 6. And I fit the category "slow fat runner"...LOL, so this group is definitely for me! I prefer to train outside, I absolutely HATE the hamster wheel...I mean treadmill. Unfortunately, I have to bring my runs inside occasionally though, due to the weather.

I'm so glad I found this group...yaay! emoticon

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Hi, I'm new! Currently not running yet, because the weather is so awful (thanks, polar vortex) and the sidewalks and roads are slippery. I have some balance and joint issues, and that plus ice seems to be a recipe for serious injury. My goal is to run in the Color Run in Chicago in June, and to do Color Me Rad in September. I'm 35 and I hated running in high school, but it seems to be different when I want to do it.

I'm going to suggest to my husband that we look into getting a treadmill from one of the pawn shops around here. I tried an elliptical, but the stance required was far too wide for my stubby little legs.

Anyway, hi!

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Hello! I'm Jen. New here! I've tried doing c25k in the past on 2-3 occasions. I always quit after the first 20 minute jog because I would experience ankle pain & loose motivation. Finally in March 2013 I successfully completed my first c25k program. I was up to jogging 3 miles 2-3 times a week. I went back to work & slowly quit. I resumed 2 days ago. Today was my third day in a row jogging. I walk a little to start then jog awhile. I take a few walking breaks along the way. I'm hoping within a month or two to be back to jogging the whole time. I'm a really slow jogger!!

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Hi everyone, glad to be here. Love the name of the team, describes me to a T. I laugh, because my running speed is actually walking speed for many. My last 5K one walker blew me away and although I tried to keep up with her and then eventually tried to catch up to her I never could. So it's nice to find some people that run for the fun of it no matter how slow you are emoticon

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Hi. I'm Stephanie. I recently moved to Knoxville TN for my husband's Air National Guard job.
I started running again last year after many years- I stopped when I had ITband problems then never did it again. I had gained weight in those years too. So I picked up running again to help lose weight and learn the area. We run about 10 miles a week and try to do one 5k race a month. This month will be a color race- our first!
Today marks my 44th birthday and reaching a milestone. I reached 144 pounds by my 44th birthday. I've been losing weight slowly since 2008 so that's 42 pounds total since I started. My next goal is to run the Warrior Dash Oct 5th. I have a picture of me volunteering in one in 2011 while my husband ran it so I'm really motivated to get a better "after" picture.
This is a great team and you all sound very supportive which I need. I don't ever run for speed- I see it as a date with my husband and just another work out with lots of people at races. I get nervous before them and think "will I make it?" I might try for a 10k someday.
I'm impressed with all of you marathon and half-marathoners!
Thanks for having this team. I look forward to being a part of it.

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Hello and welcome to all our new Members!

Sorry to have been away for so long, lots going on and I hate to say that I've been falling asleep with iPad in lap as soon as I hit the bed. I know, not good to have electronics with you in bed!

C25K is an excellent way to start on the journey to running or walking distance. Yes - it's okay to walk a 5K or more, even a marathon! It's all about your personal challenge, not how you look or someone else's idea of what a runner is.

You are all awesome, welcome to our team! emoticon

Alysia :)

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Hi Beth! You sound just like me when I started running...well, running/walking. The bug bit me a year or so ago and I haven't looked back since. Just take it slow and easy and you'll get there! Welcome aboard! :) C25K is a great program!

Kim

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Hello!

I happened to find this team and am happy I did. I have always been heavy and and secretly have always wanted to be a runner. I have decided not to weight until "I lose the weight" but just do it. I have walked/run a couple 5ks this year and plan to do another one next weekend. I just finished my first week of Couch to 5 k. I could use any ideas or support the team offers. emoticon

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Welcome ZoSBos

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6/26/13 8:58 A

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I am so excited to have found this team!
I have been running on and off for 8 years but even in my slimmer, fitter days I was always a bit of a plodder. I don't really mind how slow I go, I will get there in the end, burning calories all the way! :-)

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Hi! My name is Kim and I found this team and figured this was a perfect description of me. I've been running for about a year and have done a few 5Ks, 10Ks, and a couple of half marathons. My goal is to do a full marathon in about six months. I'm not very fast, but I get the job done.

Kim

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Hi - my name is Tony and I just happened upon this team! I have been looking for a team to join where I can get information on getting started. I need to wait for clearance from my doctors but once I'm cleared, I'm ready to go! I had to back off my workout routine for awhile too. While I'm waiting for the ok, I will be reading the forum and blogs, keeping abreast of things. There is a lot of information here!

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Hello everyone! My name is Cyndi and over four years ago I was in shape and ran 1/2 marathon. Somewhere in the past several years I lost my mojo and stopped running. I gained weight again and became lazy. I have been active on Sparkpeople once again and I am determined to get this weight off. I am eating healthy and back on the streets running. I am fat and slow but I am getting better everyday.
I hope this team will provide me with some motivation and support and I will in return do the same for others.

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I love the name of this group! It's perfect! :) I joined SparkPeople to help me achieve 2 goals -- the first is to enter & finish a competitive 10K (I don't want to win, I just want to be fast enough to actually be allowed to be a part of one) and to get to a healthy BMI. I started jogging 2 years ago, and spent close to a year working up to being able to jog 3 miles in 40 minutes. Seriously, when I started, I could jog .10 mile and had to walk again. :) I stopped for a while and 2 months ago started again. I'm currently trying to jog 3 times a week. I usually walk at a 16 min/mile pace for 3/4 mile as a warm-up, jog a 14 min/mile pace for 3.75 miles (I sometimes switch to walking to catch my breath, but start jogging again as soon as I can) and then walk 0.5 mile for a cool down at a 16 min/mile pace.

I am not sure what to do from here. Should I try to improve my speed first or my distance? I know a 10K is 6.2 miles. I'm also struggling a bit with energy as I'm trying to lose weight as well. I try to have fruit or oatmeal about 2 hours before I run and drink an EAS Protein drink (along with gallons of water) after I finish. I want to get one of those running belts that lets you carry water with you, but I don't have one yet.

Two weeks ago I started doing yoga on the days I don't run to help my flexibility and build up my core. I'm currently doing a Vinyasa for beginners yoga that is about an hour long.

Thanks!

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Hi I am an overweight runner/walker. I call it running, but the pace always says walking. A run is just a fast walk right emoticon . I like to do marathons - I want to do 50 states by the time I am 60 (8 years time). I aim for 4 a year (2 in the winter/spring and 2 in the fall). I think I've done about 14 states so far. I've done at least 1 tri a year for the past 3 years and I want to continue to do that (trying to improve my swimming). I participate in a bike ride (25 - 30 miles) once a year. But everything i do is slow - I'm a real back of the back participant (only people behind me are the ones not participating - emoticon ). But I feel fulfilled when I finished. If I beat my own time - i'm emoticon .

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Instead of waiting to go outside, just go. You have to walk before you run; so, walk! 30 mins/day 4 days/week for 4 weeks will help you get prepared to learn to run. Besides, it's much more rewarding to be outdoors.

Good job on your weight loss!

Alysia :)

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Hello, thank you for the welcome. I'm hoping to do a bit of running in the house to start with (in case of collapse) lol and then venture outside when the weather improves. Looking forward to getting fitter and also toning up. I've lost about a stone so far and would like a couple more off by November.

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Hi, Phoenix, and welcome!

I hope you won't be disappointed if you don't lose those 10 lbs by July; it can be hard to try to lose weight while training for your 5K. The most important focus is to stay healthy, injury free and have fun. Avoid being too aggressive in your running plan, otherwise, you're just setting yourself up for injury.

Incorporate some cross- training 2 days/week, like swimming (45-60 mins) and resistance/strength training. You'll get stronger and the variation will help your body burn fat more efficiently.

Those folks who are scrutinizing you (in your mind) are just plain jealous; so, keep up the good work!
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Hi Phoenix and welcome to the group. I love the quote you have at the bottom. You can do this!

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Hi everyone. I am new to this group and I must say that I am quite motivated by it just looking around. It seems like every time I see someone jogging that they are in great shape and it makes me feel somewhat self conciace that here I am trying to speed walk with some jogging mixed in. It seems that everyone is looking at me and judging me. It is nice to find a group of people who use the fact that they are out there trying to get healthier as a way to overcome the feeling of social awkardness that can come from being a slow fat runner. Yesterday I just registerd for a local 5k that looks like fun. It is one where the runners get covered with paint along the way. This will be my first 5k ever, and I am really looking forward to it. It takes place in July so I have a couple of months to get ready. My goal for this 5k is to lose ten pounds and complete it. I hope that when particpate I do a decent amount of jogging. I have mapped out a couple routes around my neighbor hood that are within a 1/10 of a mile of a 5k. I plan on walking/jogging the routes at least 4 times a week preferable 6 times. One of my future goals is eventually doing 5k's with obsticles in it. Sounds like fun. I am glad that I am not the only slow fat runner out there and I look forward to being an active member of the team emoticon

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Great plan, Amy :)

It does take time and training to improve your pace and finish time. Intervals and hill training will help, as well as strength training.

Have fun and happy feet!

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Hi Alysia! Thanks for the welcome!

I have a plan for the next 2.5 months which includes maintaining running and doing hot yoga (I will be in my own personal challenge). My next 5k is in September in my neighborhood. I plan to start training in earnest for that after mid-July, mainly working on time. I have another 5k planned in October/November in my sister's town. We committed to doing 3 this year and (hopefully) improving our time every time. Maybe later this year or next year I can work on adding distance.



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Congratulations on your 5K, Amy, and welcome to our team!

That you crossed that finish line is an awesome achievement and steps forward to a healthier, fitter you.

Did you know that your pace will get you to the finish line in a 10K, a half marathon, even a marathon? Of course, it takes proper training and commitment.

So, when's your next 5K?

You can do it!
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Hi! My name is Amy and I am a slow (16 min/mile) and fat (204) runner! I just ran my first 5k today. I finished with the walkers, even though I kept a slow and steady jog up the whole time. Glad to have found this group!

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Welcome to all our newbies!

So sorry I haven't been posting for a while; so much going on. I'll post the details on my blog.

Meanwhile, welcome to all our new members. We're not speed demons, we just keep putting one foot in front of the other in somewhat more rapid succession than a leisurely stroll.
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Hello and thank you fior welcoming me to your group! I can tell you are a fun group and you won't make me not feel bad about my 13 minute miles!

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To avoid chafing, use something like Body Glide, (funny names, here) Chamois Butt'r or Anti-monkey Butt Powder. Applied to any areas of your body, upper and lower, where you have potential friction from skin rubbing skin (like between thighs) or from your clothes (like where seams hit your skin), will truly help.

Use these on your feet, as well, to prevent blisters.

My running and cycling teams use these faithfully, and I have been for the several years that I've been running, etc. I learned about the cycling products from my kid sister, who is a cyclist/triathlete of some 20 years.

I also found that wearing running capris or skirts, rather than the typical running shorts, also helps, as they protect my inner thighs from the friction of skin against skin. I never had thighs until I started running, LOL!

And incontinence while running...yep, BTDT...it totally sux to be in a maturing body, doesn't it!

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I didn't have any problem with chafing so I can't help. Wish I had something to offer there, but it's never really been a problem for me.

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Linda that's a good idea, I would just worry a little about, ahh, chafing? Do you have tips to avoid it? Seems like once I get over six miles or so that starts to be an issue even with just underclothes.

Gosh, I am sounding like a real complainer! But chafing "down there" bothers me WAY more than blisters on my feet, so I do everything I can to avoid it.

And I agree that having bore children and getting older tends to affect the bladder in a certain way.

If the Disney Princess Race allowed even ONE more minute per mile, I wouldn't be nearly as worried about it. I know I can finish it. I just hope that they will let me.

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Yep, I have the same problem with frequent bathroom breaks. The longer I run or walk, it seems the more often I have to go. And I put out less. I think it's weak muscles with me, even though I've tried kegal exercises. I also live in a rural area with bushes and so I'm lucky but if I'm going to be running someplace else I figure out ahead of time where bathroom breaks can be found. And when I run a race, I wear an incontinence pad just in case I leak. It's the only time I need to do it, but it gives me peace of mind. Don't always need it, but like to be sure just in case of a little leaking. Maybe that's TMI. But maybe others have the same issues and need to know they aren't alone.

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I donít think you sound like a health basket case at all. I get the same problems and so do a lot of ladies of a certain age, probably something to do with having babies years ago. I live in a rural area so I can pop behind bushes to solve the problem, I donít run races itís just me by myself. I do walk with a walking group once a week and then I restrict my liquid intake before the walk.

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Thanks for the advice - I have had this problem my whole adult life, so yes, I have discussed it with a doctor. But I do tend to drink a bottle of something sugar free - plain water has always made me sick to my stomach (I know it is sounding like I'm a health basket case here, but really I'm pretty healthy other than fat and slow!) I won't drink too much during the race (i generally have a rule against drinking ANY corn syrup or sugar drinks, but will have to make an exception here, since I think all the stops offer is water and poweraide).

Has anyone done this race (the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon)? I really don't care about anything other than that I want to finish! I'd be perfectly happy to come in last!

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How much fluid do you take in during the events? Active bladder aside, you may be drinking too much. Do you ever weigh yourself before and after one of your workouts? If there's no variance, that's good; if not, something's not right.

Don't drink anything the last hour before start time, and make sure you start on an empty bladder, then only sip your water bottle every 15-20 mins. That will help you stay hydrated without taking in too much.

Have you discussed this with your doctor?

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Welcome Linda and Tavy and thanks for the replies. And the advice from Acoralsea. I have run 2 5ks and finished both in 40 min some odd seconds. In live in western PA, and if you run here, you run hills. I have done speedwork but I don't know if it really is making me faster. Today I ran 2 miles at 13:12 pace, but had to lay off that pace after two miles.

But I have to go to the bathroom every hour. I have always had an over active bladder (I'll be 44 in February). I have read that there can be long lines for the bathrooms at the Disney race.

What pace would you aim for if you had to make two or three bathroom stops along the way? (No bathroom stops during those 5ks BTW, but for one I had to go the whole race and there was no place to stop!)

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Hello, Amberly, and welcome to our team!

Question for you: have you done any 5-10K events so far? These can help you prepare for race conditions (crowd, porta potty logistics, etc.) and be a pace predictor for your half marathon.

Pace requirement: because the race is based on a 16/M (16-minute mile), you need to be able to do a 15/M (4 mph). Your 5K finish time should be within 45 minutes, and your 10K pace within 1:30h. This would put your predicted HM finish around 3:30.

During these remaining weeks of your training, are you working in any speed work? Hills?

For the dark: wear a cap light and something reflective, like a reflective vest (found at running and outdoor equipment stores).

For the cold: layers are best. You lose the majority of your body heat via your head and extremities, so you want to keep your head and hands covered. Be careful to not overdress, risking over-heating.

Here's a nice online calculator for what to wear based on the temperature and conditions:
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I'll wear shorts/running skirt until the temp drops below 50F; then, I'll wear running capris or long pants, depending upon the temp.

I hate treadmills, too! But, when conditions are really bad, the treadmill is better than nothing.

Hope this helps,


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Hi and welcome Amberly and Tavy! I didn't start running until age 54. Hated it when I had to run in school or anywhere else. Now I've done a number of 5k's, one 10k, and have walked/ran a few half marathons, although those were more walking than running. I still hope to eventually be able to run a half.

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Hi there, I started running this year at the grand old age of 57, never ran before in my life, reason for running - to help me lose weight. I worked my way through the BBC's UK C25K programme, I first completed my in 48 mins mixed in with a bit of walking, last week I timed myself again and completed the whole distance without stopping in 41 mins 44secs.
So I guess that qualifies me as a slow runner, not too sure about the fat though even though I have a couple of stone I want to lose.
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Hello Everyone. New to the group though I have been running since January. I am also training for the Disney Princess Half in February. I am so slow that I am worried that I wont be able to handle the pace requirement once I count the times I'll have to wait in line for the potty! I know it sounds silly, but this is a big worry for me. I will be very sad if I can't finish and will ruin my families vacation, so I keep wondering why I decided to do this? Is it worth it? Also worried about having to train for it in PA in the middle of winter. I hate treadmills because my legs get numb. Any advice for training outside in the dark and cold weather?

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Hi to all the new ones and welcome to the team!

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ACORALSEA - Thank you for the feedback! I will work on embracing the word 'fat' in my life!

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I can't run for 32 mins straight anymore; my goal is to just keep moving, LOL!

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