Thank you very much for the warm welcome everyone! You exceeded all my hopes and dreams of finding a place to go to escape the injury obsession I've been experiencing recently. I can't wait until I have some big breakthrough in the future so I can celebrate it here with you folks!
Welcome to the team! I can't tell you how many people used to tell me how I was going to destroy my ____ (fill in the blank--knees, hips, ankles) or risk my health when I decided to take up running 4 1/2 years ago. It bothered me a little at first, BUT I refused to let anyone squash my dreams and I am proud to say, I am still RUNNING!
It's amazing how many people will 'volunteer' "USEFUL" information and advice, given the chance. There are actually a few threads on this topic - do a search for them if you want a few good guffaws at the crazy things people have been told!
Welcome, I'm glad to hear that you've been enjoying running - Spark on, keep it up, and welcome to the team.
Kirsten Peterborough, Ontario
"If life gives you questionable mangos... make juice!" - Neraus
About six weeks ago I started a jogging program in conjunction with an overall big push forward in fitness. I'm morbidly obese by definition and to be frank I never intended the jogging/running to become a central part of my workout routine. I was just trying to get to the point where I could maybe do maybe a 10-15 minute job as part of a workout.
To my great surprise I found myself enjoying running immensely. During my six week training I went from jogging for a few intervals of a minute and a half during a 20 minute period to running 2 miles without pause on trail and track. (I'm not very fast at all... 13 minute miles down from an initial 15 minute mile is about par for the course for me.)
I never ever EVER enjoyed physical exercise before this and it's a pretty novel experience. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when a run is over, or the sort of surreal place you get into when you hit that 'groove' and feel like you can run forever.
Oh, I should probably also mention that I'm running in minimal shoes (vibrams). My doctor recommended them to me and I do really love them.
The only negative experience I've had thus far are the very kind and helpful souls who like to warn me about the dangers of running. Yesterday night a complete stranger approached me after my 2 mile run to extol the virtues of walking over running. 5 minutes later I got home and a family member had called and left a voice mail to tell me to stop running because so-and-so had hurt themselves running (on an ELLIPTICAL machine, btw). I know these folks mean well... but way to ruin a runner's high 30 minutes in the making.
Anyway, while moping about last night's events I remembered Sparkpeople. I don't use it much beyond calorie counting these days but I remembered everyone here was nice and I bet myself I could find other new runners and even other big runners. I'm training for a 5k cross country in October and I'd love to have other folks to talk to as I go along.
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