Thanks for the advise I've got good shoes (I seem to be burning through them to be honest! time for a new pair lol). I am all about the strenght training. I go to the gym as often as I can. Thanks for the support and encouragement.
Congratulations and welcome! Your 5k time is AWESOME! If that is your starting point, you are definitely in a really good place and I'm sure you'll keep surprising yourself!
I know a lot of people really don't get running and that is a common myth and misconception - that it wrecks your knees. I tend to think that it actually strengthens them because we are building strong bones and joints, when done properly (see the comment below about good shoes - they are a necessity!!!) I believe I've even read several articles that show that running actually DECREASES arthritis over non-runners. So find as much ammunition as possible and feel free to yank it out when people try to tell you to quit! :-)
I have a bumper magnet on my car that reads: Running is a mental sport and we are all INSANE! hahahhahahahaa I love that because people truly do think that we are straight-up crazy to actually CHOOSE to run! I've actually seen people stop and point it out and laugh away at it...I just sit back and think to myself "ohhhhh, if you only knew...if you only knew!"
Good job on finding something that is inspiring you - keep up the good work!!!!
Congratulations on your runs and your impressive 5k time! You should be very proud of yourself.
SP is a great place for support. You will always find people who will share their experiences and advice with you and cheer you on. I'm sorry to hear you have an unsupportive (and uneducated- at least when it comes to running) family. I had 4 knee surgeries before I turned 20 (I'm 26 now). Running and strength training (to strengthen the muscles around me knees) is the BEST thing I've ever done for my knees and my health. My knees don't ache on a daily basis anymore and my legs feel STRONG. I went 5 years without being active and gained a lot of weight. From where I stand, if you don't use it, you lose it. Getting my leg strength back took some time, but has helped my running immensely. KEEP IT UP!!!
Becky ~Loving Life in the Mountains~
"Every great success is ultimately the triumph of persistence" -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Great job on your 5k run time! Don't let anyone say you can't do anything. A couple suggestions for protecting your knees is to invest in good running shoes and do strength training exercises to build up your muscles around your knees.
I hear you! My husband's step father once told me years ago that I was lying when I said I could run a 9 minute mile. Not long after I stopped running for a long time. Can't wait til he comes over again so he can see my medals hanging on the wall! What a loser! You just have to keep showing yourself that you can do it, and not worry about anyone else!
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Thanks! I'm going to do a 5K in August and who knows what other ones I'll decide to do. It's nice to have encouragement. I joined this page for a reason...my family doesn't get it. My mother doesn't encourage instead she says, "you'll be sorry later when running kills your knee". And my sister tells me to be careful I don't kill myself running. I think they are insane and I am strong! Other people who run encouraging me and understand what it's all about is just what I needed!
Hello. My name is Misty. I'm a 35 year old almost divorced mom of 2 (10 yo son and 7 yo girl). I had been walking for about a year and it helped me about 60 lbs. I was in a relationship that went south. I was struggling and decided that I was going to run and push myself! I started running the end of March. I interval train everyday during my lunch and also run at the gym every other week when my kids are with their dad. I then did the Dirty Girl 5K in Scranton. It's a walk/run with military style obstacles. I did not run the whole thing but I had a great time. Then last weekend I signed up for another 5K. I thought "I'm going to run further this time!" Well I actually ran the whole thing! I completed it in 31.55. I don't know if that's a good time or a bad time and to be honest I don't care...because it was MY TIME! I was broken two months ago and now I've run a 5K a whole 5K!!! I'm already thinking about doing another one!
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