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!
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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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