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There is a large group of very friendly and welcoming SparkPeople who ran that last year, and have a team on here. Here is a link:
The team is fairly quiet right now, but ramps up the closer to race date it gets. Everyone is welcome here, no matter what your running level is at. We are all SparkPeople, and all started running and know what it's like to be scared to meet up with people at a race. It's an awesome experience to be a part of this group, so I hope you consider it. There are even people who walk, so truly any level of runner is there.
Thanks for the welcome...I have been walking consistently for a long time but want to do more. I am going to look for a beginners program. Will definitely use the treadmill for now but move outdoors when the weather breaks. I am looking forward to doing a 5K maybe in the spring. I need to scope out the local races...I am in Cincinnati if u all have any ideas.
Welcome and good luck! Hope you feel better soon!
And since you are starting on a treadmill due to weather, be sure you set your incline at 1-1.5% as that will help you when you transition to road running once the weather improves.
Feel free to ask questions as you will ALWAYS get an answer pretty quickly usually.
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I know exactly how you feel. I walked for two years consistently with no budge in weight. This time last year I started swimming. In January, I started HIIT, Jillian Michaels style. She has some great workouts, just go to youtube, or her website. I did my cardio on the treadmill that sat dormant for 2 years, and used the iFit program (Jillian Michaels) that really kicked my metabolism into HIGH gear.
So in March I started road running, and ran my first 5K race in June. It really helped me to have a training plan. I used the garmin training, then I switched to Jeff Galloway. Pick out a beginner level, and do not over train because you are enthusiastic. Just let it come, and listen to your body. Don't sacrifice any cross-training.
The Sparkpeople running center has great resources. check it out at http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/runnin
Good luck and enjoy the journey.
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How are you starting? Are you already walking n a consistent basis?
I want to get back in the running thingy. It is cold here so will strat on the treadmill. I posted in the couch to 5 K but didn't get any responses.
I am 59 and in pretty good shape but want to kick up the cardio a notch or 2 so I can lose some weight and improve my fitness level.
Been down with a bad cold all week so will start again soon.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.