I know how you feel! I started running after I had my son as I was overweight and unhappy with how bad I looked. I had some people at the time discourage me - they'd say I'd destroy my knees and cause problems with my health. My dad was a marathon runner - I got my inspiration from him. I signed up for 2 half marathons this year and I can't wait to complete them.
Looks like you are motivating a lot of people. Your story is similar to mine. My longest is about 6 miles. I know when I dedicate to training I can get there easily. So, I signed up for my first half to push beyond that wall and to get rid of the excuses. Good luck on your training plan!
Lots of great advice on this site! I, too, have bad knees - even had to wear a brace when I first started running. Good shoes are a MUST...and cross training and strength training to strengthen the area around the knees. Been running just over 2 years now and last fall I did 2 halfs within a months time. If I can do it - YOU SURE CAN!!!
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
I HAVE a bad knee and I have run dozens of 5Ks, a few 10Ks, 9 half marathons, one marathon, a couple of 100 mile relays, and several sprint tris. I, too, thought I couldn't run due to an old knee injury, but I discovered that my problem was not so much my knee as running in the wrong shoes. So between the right shoe and strengthening the muscles around my knee, I now run pain free.
Congratulations on your decision to do a half marathon, and remember that your focus is your luck!
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Well, I started running a little over a year ago. I decided I wanted to run a 5k to prove to myself that I could (and to lose a few pounds ). I grew up my whole life thinking I could never run a full mile without stopping. I was never able to in grade, middle, or high school. My mother always told me "Our side of the family has knee problems and running will make them worse." I did my own unbiased research, $230 later and a good pair of running shoes and an iPod, I started with the SparkPeople 5K program. In 1.5 months I could run 3.1 miles non-stop! I ran my first 5k. Then I ran another! I was so excited about it, I decided to do a 10 mile run. I "trained" using my own program. This didn't last long, and I only ran about 6 miles of the 10. I was so worn out I decided to quit running for a while. Stupid me. I gained back the weight I had lost and lost the energy I gained. I am sick of all my excuses and now I am doing a 10k training program and shortly after that I will start a half marathon program! I already have my race picked out, the Maple Leaf Run in Lacrosse, WI! I'm on my fourth week of training and feeling strong! Wish me luck ;)
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