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5/7/12 3:36 P

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emoticon Becky!
I started with the C25K in the fall, then started C210k, but ended up abandoning that one for Half Marathon Training. I ran my first half Marathon yesterday
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and will be using Hal Higdon's plan for my Half in September in Philly. If I like it, I will use his training for the Disney Marathon in January!

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5/7/12 11:53 A

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Hello everyone,

I'm Becky, sparking from Montana. While I'm not exactly new to running, I am new to running at this age, with this body, and with my current lifestyle. I has been 9 years and 60 pounds since I was a consistent runner and athlete. After four knee surgeries and going from too low of a BMI (11%) to too high of a BMI (29-30%) I'm ready to find a healthy, happy medium and make consistent exercise, primarily running, a part of my daily life. In the past I've done great for about 4-6 weeks, but then fall off the wagon for one reason or another. I'm ready to start smaller this time and stay consistent. I'm starting the 5k Your Way Running Training Program this week and hope to find more success with it than I have with C25K in the past. I look forward to making new friends on SP and making running a part of my permanent lifestyle change.

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5/7/12 10:39 A

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Thanks for the advice guys :) based on what you've said it seems i'm on the right path so far. How long have you guys been running for?

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5/7/12 10:07 A

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Hi HARRIET3011,

Welcome to the team!

The most important thing I tell new runners is to listen to your body. In other words, if something does not feel 'right' don't run through the pain/discomfort. It takes time for your body to begin the adaptation to running. In fact it can take up to a solid year of consistent running to build the muscles and bones to run. This dose not mean you should be running every single day. Recovery is just as important to a running as the task of running itself.

Make sure you have been fitted for running shoes. Always warm-up with an nice 5-10 minute walk and cool down doing the same. As for stretching that is very individual. I am not a stretcher--but I do foam roll.

Take care and enjoy the journey!

Coach Nancy

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5/7/12 7:53 A

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I always walk a bit to warm up and walk at the end to cool down, and STRETCH!

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5/7/12 7:46 A

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Hi everyone I'm Harriet, 22 from the UK. I'm pretty new to running as it isn't my favourite form of exercise but I believe that's due to the fact I'm not very good at it at the moment. So, any tips on warming up cooling down and improving my running would be very welcome. At the moment I'm easing myself in to it by following the race for life 6 week training programme.

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