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I am going to start training for my 10K this week and I am going to follow SP's program (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=599) Run a 10K in 12 weeks.

My question is...on the days that I will run (3x week), shall I just run at my normal pace for the miles indicated, or shall I incorporate interval, sprinting, fartleks etc?

Thank you!

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There are several books dedicated to the runner who needs to lose weight. Right now I am reading "Run your butt off". The book is aimed at people who currently do not run. It is full of stories of people even heavier than yourself, who did start running. Do your research and start SLOWLY. I agree that it is a good idea to see your doc first, but it is unrealistic for your doctor to expect you to wait so long to start something that could save your life.

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I started walking.. trying to slowly work up to a jog and first thing I did was a lot of research and went to a running store that has a treadmill and they see how your foot hits when you run and I have high arches so I needed a neutral shoe and I'm 260 so I needed cushioning, then get some good performance wear and I needed strong rubber bands for my hair and just to make sure I stay at a good heart rate I grabbed a monitor to wear and I'll let you know how it works for me.. but that's my 2 cents :) oh and I'd find another Dr if he can't get you in for a year what is that about?

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Okay. so I know that you guys are not my Dr. but I want to start running and I am concerned that maybe I am too heavy to run just yet? I called my Dr to set up a physical so I could get the okay but they told me that he was booked until 2015 and the calendar isn't open to schedule that far out!!!! I tried a new Dr and once I got there for my apt they told me that even though they accept my insurance, they don't want to mess with it so they wouldn't accept it! I am super frustrated.

I have been walking for an hour a day for about 6 weeks. I am about 258 and 43 years old, 5'7". Any suggestions?

I do realize that they are suggestions not medical advise. I am just looking for some ideas from someone who may have started running when they were heavy...

Thanks in advance!


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Last week, during my personal training session, I was doing box steps and on the step down, I pulled my calf muscle. I've been foam rolling it in the morning and using heat and biofreeze at night. It feels ok now, just really tight. Anyone know how long I should take off from running? I was doing really well sticking to my running schedule (even in the cold), and I'm bumming big time. But, I don't want to start back to soon and complicate things.

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My first time training for a 5k (for once I'm fit enough to do it) and need to get fitted for good running shoes (never done this before). Anyone know where a good store for me to go in the Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater area in Washington?

My name is Lisa. I live in Lacey, Washington.
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I'm also doing C25K--for the second time. I'm in week 3, where you run for 3 minutes at a time. Can't believe I was running 30 minutes straight when I finished the last C25K. But I try to keep that in mind when having trouble doing 3 minutes.

I also need to be fitted for running shoes, which I've never done before. Anyone know which stores do that? I'm in Chicago northwest suburbs.


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lol not uncommon for rookies, most of us have been there. probably shin splints and there are a few stretches you can do to help them out along with massaging them out, google stretches for shin splints, one of the good ones i like are doing heel raises.

have you been fitted for running shoes at a specialty running store not a big box sporting goods store. one thing you must have to run is a good fitted, good quality running shoe and women need a good running bra.

c25k program is excellent, even as an experienced runner i was off with injury for a while i had to repeat weeks in the program since i was not ready to progress to the next week. i repeated 4 weeks of the program.

good luck
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Hi, brand new here and brand new to "running"! I started the C25K program this past Monday and made it through the week. I'm using a podcast by Christian Indie Radio and really am enjoying it. It has 8 1 min. intervals per session on week 1. My issue today is the fronts of my legs down the sides are just killing me. It hurts to even take a step this morning. I ran Monday-Wednesday and Friday, had yesterday off and today wanted to get out and just walk 3 miles. I could hardly walk to the bathroom! I was very careful to stretch after each run too so am not sure what I may of done.

My question is this, I have the "heart" to walk the 3 miles this morning but am dreading the pain I'll be in the entire time. Should I give it another day of rest? I need to start week 2 tomorrow and just the thought of it has me near to tears! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I have tried to only run past the house in one direction, and the last time I noticed that the one dog was tied up. They must have gotten the message. We don't have a HOA, it's a rural area.

As for your back problem, I agree about the core strengthening. I was unable to run for several years, and recently began working with a personal trainer. I do a lot of squats and planks to work on my core muscles. I can't do any type of situp, due to vertigo, so I have to get the core work in other exercises.

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continue to strengthen your core. focus on running form and sucking you belly button in as you run while keeping your shoulders back. question, do you have good running shoes and have you been fitted properly?

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
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I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.


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Need advice. My lower back is killing me. Especially recently when I have tried to go on a jog....that turns into a walk. I end up hunched over by the time I get home. Are there any stretching exercises I can do....Help!


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Is there an HOA for the neighborhood? Tell on him...or if you do not want to be confrontational...make an anonymous tip to animal control that there is a dog running around loose. He will learn fast to keep his dog contained!


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Ugh, I had a dog follow us home this morning. When we went in the house, she jumped my fence and started scratching on my windows. I took her home and told the owner to keep his dog contained. That now she knew where I lived and would be back at my house. He said I was no longer welcome in the neighborhood!

Any advice for next time I run into the dog? I know she will not be tied up, and I run past their house all the time.

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Windmill Day Care 5k July 20th 41:10
Ivyland 5k, August 17th 39:07
St. John the Baptist 5k Sept 14 38:27
Dog Days 5k Trail Run
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multiple answers:
1. if my old shoes are not in too bad condition i will wear them around but not to stand on my feet all day.
2. if on feet all day which i am, i like a good pr of walking shoes or, yes, another pr of running shoes but only for work to save them. i usually do not purchase the same shoe for running but the same type ie a neutral shoe for both but maybe $120 pr to run $90 pr for work.
3. how many miles you getting on your shoes, you should expect 3-500 miles unless like me you are heavy or supponate heavily (or both like me lol) i get about 200-250 at most.
4. when possible have 2 pr running shoes, one for short runs which are about due to be retired and 1 for longer runs(newer shoes) and speed workouts.
5 if you do not wear the same shoes back to back days it allows them to recover better and last longer. (kind of like rotating your mattress or CAR TIRES SO tell hubby that and maybe you can get an extra pr running shoes since they will last longer, much longer)

so that touches the tip of the shoe iceberg hope the info helps.
what part of pa you from? my wife MIAMIA7 and i live about 40 miles north of pittsburgh, help organize a large spark event here every march last weekend. we usually have 50 - 75 sparkers from all over the country and canada come to run a race. i think the last one we had 15 states and 4 Providences of canada represented.
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Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
-Pre

I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.


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Hi everyone! I have a rookie sneaker question.

So, I am on my 3rd pair of good quality running shoes purchased from the official running store since Feb. I heard you should only wear your running shoes for running, so that is what I am doing - wearing me newest pair for my 3 runs per week. (About me - I started running in Feb 2013, doing my first 10K on Labor day and am training for a half on Nov 19th)

What does everyone do for regular wear sneakers? I am a PT nurse, so I wear sneakers to work and am also going to the gym on my non-running days for bike or soon group fitness classes. I attempted to wear my Feb/first running shoes for the last 2 days and realized how they aggrevated some ankle pain that I forgot I used to have with those sneakers. I guess it WAS the sneakers causing the issue.

Do you have a pair of regular non-running sneakers? Even as I type this, I feel like it is a relatively dumb question, but I'm looking for some info on what you do. Plus my husband is going to laugh at me if I tell him I need to purchase ANOTHER pair of sneakers!!!

What do you think???

Denise
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what judi said!!!!!!!
also let me add that too much too fast too soon leads to injury and starting all over. the first year is about building a base, going slow and allowing your body to adapt to the stress running puts on your body

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"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
-Pre

I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.


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If you slowed right down, I believe you could easily do the thirty minutes - most of us runners won't slow down though! LOL. We are stubborn that way.

Saying that, I also want to add that there is nothing wrong with running with a run/walk interval. I've run both ways, and still run intervals when I'm running a specific training program, or if the humidity is just too high for comfort. People shouldn't think that if they can't run straight through, they are failing at running. There are so many variations, but it all counts.

Great job on your run yesterday.

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Thanks!

I ran 2.22 miles yesterday in 31 minutes, so I ran a little faster, with no issues. I guess it was just getting over the fear of adding too much at once. I really think I could run the whole 30 minutes at that slower speed without a break.



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whoo hoo big congrats

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
-Pre

I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.


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Big smiles over here!

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We are all a little bit over the top with our self-doubt. Sometimes it just takes another person to believe you can do it, so you can convince yourself. You rocked the 15's - it makes no difference to me at all what your speed was.

We limit ourselves by what we choose to believe. Change those thoughts, and your goals all of a sudden are so much closer.

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I did it. emoticon I really slowed down, 15 minute miles, but I did 15/1 most of the way, except for one hill that is really steep. I ran as long as I could, but it's a killer hill.

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Thanks!!

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Thanks TL, I know that I've gotten faster, so I will try that too.

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I've been doing C25K and I just figured out in week 5 that my pace was too fast. Once I slowed down I can run for a lot longer and a lot more comfortably. Slow down and you should be fine! emoticon


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I believe you will! Let me know how it goes.

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Thanks Judi. I'll give it a try with my next run.

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Once you can do the 8 or 9 minutes of running, you are well on your way. You aren't saying how long you run for, but if it's a thirty minute workout, there would be three 9's of running in that (or 27minutes running in total). Your body is very capable at this point of running two 15's now (or 30 minutes in total running). It's just the mental hurdle you need to cross.

Slow down if you experience trouble. You just need to believe!

You've got this - go for it!

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I've been run/walking for a few months now. I've been moving up slowly, and I'm currently at run 9 minutes/ walk 1. I would like to be at 15 minutes running/ 1 minute walking by the end of September, but I'm not sure how much is too much to add at a time. I feel like I should be further along than I am. The couch to 5k program kinda leaves you at 8 and 1.



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Windmill Day Care 5k July 20th 41:10
Ivyland 5k, August 17th 39:07
St. John the Baptist 5k Sept 14 38:27
Dog Days 5k Trail Run
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BCRR 24th Turkey Trot
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Thank you...I may just do that :)


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Definitely try slowing down even more. Until you get accustomed to running again, try taking more walking breaks. And since you are already under a dictor's care, this would be a great discussion to have with him/her.

Although it is challenging, there are lots of folks who run with asthma. I would suggest that you start a new thread with Asthma somewhere in the title, and see what kind of responses you get.

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Hi all,
I was wondering...I started to run last year with a Running Room group and struggled constantly with my breathing. I then found out I had exercise induced asthma. I got up to running 10k with the group...although by myself as I continued to struggle (slow) and but did not give up. I injured my back on a NY's eve run and didn't run for about 6 months. Now, I am back at it...but started again back in the Learn to Run clinic. I cannot believe I am again struggling with the run AND esp. with my breathing (with inhaler). I have tried everything incl. changing the way I breathe....any suggestions??
Thank you for your time!


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Hi Denise and welcome to the group. The best cross training you can do is something that you enjoy. Since running is basically a weight bearing sport, you may want to find something non weight bearing, like swimming , rowing, biking, etc.

But even walking is good too, if its something you are consistent with.

Have fun, and it sounds like you are well on your way to your 10k!

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Good morning! I am new to the team and definitely a Rookie runner. I started back in Feb when I was coaching my daughter's Girls on the Run team. Definitely gotten bit by the running bug. In the last year, I've lost 42 lbs, but still have about the same to go to get into a normal weight range. Just looking for some advice on cross training. I am training for a 10K on Labor day and I'm up to 5.5 miles nonstop at my 12 min/mile pace. What do you suggest for my non-run days? I know strength training would definitely help. I tend to be a DVD kind of person. If I am watching someone do it, I'm OK with strength training. If I am just doing it from a paper, I feel uncomfortable. Any suggestions?
Thanks for your help! I'm excited to become active in this group!!

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What an awesome post Penny - sounds fantastic!

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I haven't checked in for a few days but I have to tell you that my new ASICS Kayano 19 shoes are the bomb! emoticon I love them. No issues with ankle pain or anything in those shoes. I wrap my ankle and put on the shoes and it's been great.
The store where I got the shoes has their own 5K training program so I joined that. My first official race will be September 7th! emoticon They have a training schedule designed for runners at different stages and it's been really great plus I have gotten to meet some local folks who are beginners like me.

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Think my socks are ok. Never had that problem until the new shoe. Ran again today with the insoles that came with the shoe. The shoes are definitely too tight. Love the boost from the new shoe, but not worth the pain. I'm afraid they are going back. If they only had a wider width :(. Thanks everyone for your comments.


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On a side bar, I use compression running socks (Feetures Elite is my choice.) when I race. There are several great brands you can find at your better running stores. I like mine thin as my ASICS Kayanos are so comfy.
I tested them out yesterday on a 5K without socks to see how my feet would react. Some Triathletes run without socks which makes transition from the swim faster. So far so good...no blisters or discomfort!
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Your socks shouldnt be slipping down - that could lead to blisters. Do you have a pair of running socks you can try with the shoes? I don't think they should have to have a breaking in period either. Let us know.

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Thanks Monty. Tried again today inside on treadmill, 5miles. Nasty humidity outside. Didn't feel quite as bad, but I'm not sold yet. Will most likely return them. Shame, cause these really have nice cushion on soles.

Have worn ASICS walking shoes in the past and liked them too. Appreciate your comments.


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Dee,
Personally, I would look for another shoe but that's me. I don't feel like I need to break a running shoe in. I've only had ASICS Kayanos 17s then 19s. I ran with each pair the day I bought them and have had no worries! Maybe I've been spoiled! All the best and please let us know how it worked out!
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Had gait analysis done while on vacation. Was told I have neutral gait. Foot analysis was on the flat foot side. Had insoles made and bought a pair of Adidas Energy Boost. Love the pillow feel of the soles. But having some discomfort in the front of the foot after a few miles. Talked to local Finish Line salesperson who also had same problem with this shoe. He was told by Adidas rep to try a few more runs, which he did (no longer has pain) and says he (past Nike fan) loves shoe now. I have read if the shoe isn't comfortable when you put it on, don't buy it. Your shouldn't have to "break in" running shoes. Also socks want to fall down at heel (annoying). I'm going to give it another couple tries. Do have 30 day return policy. BTW my first pair of Adidas running shoes fit from day one and have never caused any pain. Any thoughts??


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That's great advice and I will definitely keep it in mind. Thanks!

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Hi PennyLynn, and welcome back!

Monty has it right, but I just want to add one more thing. If its been a couple of weeks since you last ran, you should go back a couple weeks in your training program. Go ahead and take your run today to see how it feels, but if it's difficult, don't feel bad. If its not, that's a WOOHOO!!!

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Hey Penny!
You're back and that's all that matters.
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Obviously, you did the right thing, got fitted, and scored new wheels! I am with two run groups, one from a store. I love them both for support, knowledge, and training consistency. Test yourself to see where you are now in running and work carefully forward. You're on a great path back!

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So somehow I deleted myself from this team...I think I confused it with another team..it was an accident. So it looks like I just joined but I didn't. I had some family stuff going on and took a little break from spark people but now I'm back. But guess what? I got fitted for some new shoes! emoticon They are awesome...they're also $150 dollars so I have to wait a week before I can buy them but the store is going to hold them for me. I haven't run in a couple of weeks so I am going to try it today and see if I am still at the level I was when I stopped. I may have to start the training program over....Also, found out that the store that did my fitting holds weekly runs a couple times a week so that will give me a chance to connect with some other people, which will be good for me.

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The bigger toe box works for me, cause I have an arthritic left big toe that sticks out. New Balance have been very good to me. But that is just part of why everybody is different.

Glad to hear your going in to be fitted. I always enjoy chatting with the salespeople - they are often runners and know so much!

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Thanks! I'll go this weekend. The last time I was fit (20 pounds ago), the salesgirl noticed I over-pronate a bit with my left foot but my right foot is fine. Weird. Anyway, I'll mention that to them so they can watch for it and let them know about the issues with the Brooks Ariels and the New Balance toe box (seems to be too big, but maybe that's good for running so I don't get the toenail issues?)

Thanks for the suggestions. :)



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I'm with Judi on this one! Insure that you get a free gait analysis which will determine the shoe right for you. Don't get attached to brand. I love ASICS. I started with the Kayano 17 recommended as I needed a strong structured cushioned shoe for my overpronation. I went to the Kayano 19 in December.

I just had another gait analysis done and found the Kayano had actually corrected my foot and now I will go to the 3000, a new shoe designed to fall between the Kayano and 2100-series. BUT if my foot changes again and another brand is recommended, I will try it out.

In any case, if someone put a shoe on you and it hurts....get the hell outta it!
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Every time I get a "favorite" shoe, they stop making them. LOL

You should not go on the recommendation of other people's favorites, as everyone is different and have different needs.

What you should do, is go into a specialized store that focuses on catering to runners, and ask if they would 'fit you' for a pair of running shoes so you can start running. Most running stores will have a return policy so that if they don't feel right, you can return them within a time period (like 30 days). Ask about that, because I did need to return mine when I first started running and had aches from the new shoes.

There are differences between running and walking shoes. Ask about that too while you are in the store. You will find the salespeople to be a wealth of knowledge, and very helpful.

I'm glad you are ready to try running. I never ran before SparkPeople, and now I can't imagine my life without it. I love to run.

Good luck, and let us know how you make out and what kind of runners they gave you.

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Does anyone have a favorite running shoe?

I really like my New Balance shoes for walking. When I went in to get fit for better walking shoes, I mentioned that my left foot needs a bit more support. They gave me the Brooks Ariel, which actually hurt my feet quite a bit because they dug in (I think the arches were too high). Also, they were really heavy and clunky. I hated them.

I was thinking about getting fit for a good pair of New Balance running shoes. Are there big differences between walking shoes and running shoes (weight, cushioning, etc?) I was hoping I could just use my walking shoes, but I feel like running shoes might be better for me. I still weigh close to 300 pounds, and I don't want to injure myself. I walk 2-3 miles every day, so my feet are in good shape and my doctor said I can run SLOWLY for now.

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I have heard from a few of our team members, that a Zombie Run is so much fun! Congratulations on deciding to change things up to break a plateau. That's a good decision, any time you stall out (to change what you've been doing).

Although you are not new to exercise, you are new to running. New runners should go three times per week. The stress that running places on all the body's systems is enough to need a day of rest between runs. It is actually during this rest period that real growth happens, and you get stronger.

It doesn't have to be a day of total rest! Any other activity is fine, especially non-weight bearing (biking, swimming, etc).

I hope this helps, and keep the questions coming as you get farther into the process.

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So on my weight loss journy i never ever ever thought i would EVER start running. When i hit a plateau and stopped losing weight for a while i decided i might want to start running. but then i got INSPIRED!

There is a "Run for your lives" 5k race where zombies are chasing you!!! It is coming to my state in May so i started a running "program". I walk 4 minutes then run 1, i do this for about 30 minutes. Next week I bump it up to run 2 minutes walk 3.

BUT My Main Question is, I have so far done this routine 3 times this week and am wondering how many days a week should i train? I am a beginning runner but I am not new to exercise


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I got notice and decided to read Judi's new post. In fact, I went back to the beginning of this thread and reread all posts including mine. First of all, after reading Judi's replies, I found that we both are on the same page and in the same mindset of our running lives. Excellent guidance.

I also want to say that I share my love of running and races with my wife, who is a budding racewalker. (I can't keep up with her walking pace!) We share ideas from those two different styles and have found that there's very little difference outside of pacing times. Everyone is a runner as soon as you get out there and just do it!

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You are a runner the moment you have two feet off the ground at the same time, while traveling in a forward motion.

So you, my dear, have been a runner for about six weeks now, and can wear that title proudly. Congratulations on getting to week six. You are doing fantastic!

Some folks think that you must run far in order to be called a runner. So is Usain Bolt not a runner, as his best distance is 100 meters. Others think, well okay he is fast, so maybe if I was fast, I could be called a runner. Well then, what about those folks out there running ultra-marathons, at 50 or miles in distance. They don't go fast, and they take lots of breaks, but I would definitely call them runners.

We often compare ourselves to others, and come up lacking. You are a runner. No questions asked. Hope you have a big grin on now!



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This has probably been asked before but when can I officially call myself a runner? Is it when I am able to run non-stop. I am on wk 6 of C25K. Thanks in advance!

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In this case, I will say don't do anything until you get Dr's clearance. In 2011 I ran TWO 5Ks with pneumonia. WIthin 24 hours of the last one, I went to my Dr then to the emergency room to a 5 day stay in the hospital! When I walked out I had done some damage to my immune system. I didn't do anything afterward until 40 days later! NOTHING is more important than your health. Obviously, I'm quite emphatic about this. Live to work out another day! All the best.


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Did your Doctor tell you when you could resume activities? Please check with the doctor, as you are getting conflicting advise, and we can't diagnose online.

The general rule of thumb, is to continue running with things that involve from the neck up (headaches, sinus, sore throat) as long as you feel you are up to it. Sometimes when you are sick, you just don't have the energy, and you should never push your body when it is in recovery mode. And when the illness is below the neck (stomach flu, diarhhea, bad cough) the general rule of thumb is to not workout and truly let the body rest and recover.

Now those are for general aches and pains, not a diagnosed case of pneumonia. Try walking and see how that feels. Coughing isn't a bad thing, as it will help to clear the lungs. But again, you are in recovery mode, so do not over do things. It truly is best to check back with your doctor.

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Hi everyone! I guess I just need some confirmation that I'm doing the right thing. 4 1/2 weeks ago I came down with a cold, which turned into a sinus and ear infection. I was on antibiotics for 10 days. I did run a 4 mile Turkey Trot toward the end of that, because I was feeling better...but had developed a cough (BTW, I ran it easy, not "raced"). Well, a week later, I felt even worse. I went to the Dr., and was diagnosed with a lower respitory infection...possibly early pnemonia. I went on antibotics AGAIN, and finished them up 2 days ago. I rested, and didn't work out.

Here's the deal. I did go to a cardio dance class on Tuesday, and I did cough a lot, and I'm wondering how long I should wait to start running again (or heck, even walking!) Exercise DOES seem to make me cough more, but I'm not sure if it's a bad thing...loosing it up, etc. I'm getting a lot of mixed advice. Some people say that maybe I could be exercising, and some people are telling me to not do anything until the cough is 100% gone.

I do feel better even though I still cough a lot in the afternoon/evening, but I don't want to jepordize anything by doing too much. Its been over a month, and I'm itching to get back out there! What do you think? Should I risk it? Or are there other things I could do, to get some fitness back?

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Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose anything like that from reading what you have posted.

However, any time there is an injury with swelling, it's best to ice it for the first two days, along with rest and elevation whenever you can. (RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)

If you are still having pain after about three days, or if it gets worse, you should see your doctor.

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