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7/24/12 1:43 P

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Best wishes!!

Mary


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7/24/12 10:29 A

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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.

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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!

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6/2/12 7:53 P

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What a great story! Good job on getting back on track. Keep up the good work following your program. Wish ya the best of luck!!

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5/30/12 11:02 P

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emoticon 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)

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5/30/12 10:26 A

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Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the words of wisdom and hearing your stories too. I can't wait to make it happen ;)!!!

-Corinthia


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5/30/12 8:56 A

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Your post made me think of a quote I saw and I wanted to share...(it's very true for my own situation, too).

"Strength doesn't come from what you CAN do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you COULDN'T."

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5/30/12 8:50 A

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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!

-Carolyn

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5/29/12 10:03 P

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Welcome. Your post made me sit up and smile!

Your story is so familiar to many of us. "I'll never run because I have bad knees. I will train for 10 miles by doing it my way. (And if that doesn't work, I will just quit."

Well, no more! Good for you! Get a good training program and go for it!

You have inspired me.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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5/29/12 7:35 P

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Congrats and way to go!

Rhonda, Simpsonville, SC

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5/29/12 7:02 P

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You can do this! Yes, get a good training program and you'll be running your 13.1 before you know it!

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5/29/12 5:51 P

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Training programs are the best. You can do this!




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5/29/12 5:43 P

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Good luck with your training!!

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5/29/12 5:36 P

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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 emoticon ). 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 ;)

-Corinthia


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