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12/30/08 7:05 P

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Hi Everyone! I am pretty new to running. I am planning to run a 7.49 mile run in Spokane, WA in May. I'm really excited about it, but I have no idea how to prepare for it! Any tips?

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8/19/08 12:13 P

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I'm new to the team. I run an hour a day 6 days a week. I'm planning to run no more than an hour a day until I've finished the 16 weeks running schedule - although I'm running far more than the time on the schedule.

In a few weeks, I hope to start the beginner marathon training schedule. I hope to do a half-marathon some time during 2009. I hope to finish a marathon in 2010, maybe qualify for Boston. I live in southern NH so Boston is only an hour drive away. It would be great to run in the famous Boston marathon even if I can't do it until April 2011. That's seems so far away.

Anyway, there are my running goals.

Maintenance range. 127 to 132.

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8/19/08 11:06 A

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Hi everyone! I just joined SparkPeople about a week ago and I'm loving it so far! I've been trying to get into running for the past couple of years, but I have had trouble going farther than a mile-1.5miles. A few days ago I went out and just decided that I'm just gonna go farther, go as far as I can and not track the length until I get home. After I did it I realized that I had run 2.1 miles! This is giving me the confidence I need to push my body further and further.
I'm not a fast runner by any means, I'm only running about an 11:30-12 minute mile. But speed is not what I'm concerned about right now. My goal is to run the Turkey Trot in Erie, PA on Thanksgiving, which is a 5k. My training plan is to be able to run 3 miles, and then work on improving my time. So here goes....

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8/5/08 3:17 P

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Doesn't it make you feel GREAT!? my story is about the same. I started running about 5 months ago. The weight will just fall off if you keep it going, but don't burn yourself out! I find the results, weight loss, feeling better, sleeping better,etc. keep me wanting to run more. I have ran four races this summer and they help me alot. Find a few races in your area...try one'll be amazed. Good luck with running and keep it up.

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7/31/08 5:35 P

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I just started running two weeks ago. Before that, I was walking and would walk for a few miles and it just took longer than I preferred, so I decided to start running.

The first day, I was able to run for about 2/3 of a mile before I had to stop and walk. It was 97 degrees out, so that was another factor, but by the end of the first week, I ran a mile straight for the first time since high school and had timed myself to be running an 8:10 mile.

Last Saturday, I ran into work. I thought it was a 1.25 mile run, but when I went to map my run, I realized that I had run 1.72 miles. This invigorated me because I thought I was just short of running 2 miles, so after working for 16 hours, I ran two miles by just going around my block at the end of the run.

It was the first time that I had ever run two miles straight. I made it in 17:50 and felt great. Then on Monday, I ran one mile in the morning in 7:55 and then in the evening ran two miles again. This time, I made it in 17:42 which I was glad about. On Tuesday, I ran two miles in 17:27. Yesterday, I was kind of worn out, but decided to run two miles and made it in 18:24 which was a bit slower, but not too bad.

I decided that today was a good day to rest. And I'm planning on trying for three miles tomorrow. Of course, if I can't make it, I'll be happy with 2.5 or 2.25 miles, but I'm very motivated and I'm surprised how much I enjoy running now.

I measured my resting heart rate at work last Saturday and it was 50bpm which I'm very happy about.

I weigh 244 pounds and would like to lose perhaps 25 pounds, but I am so happy that I'm able to run for two miles and that my heart is healthy.

I plan on trying to keep getting personal bests in distance or in times, but it doesn't matter as much as the fact that I have a healthy heart and that I'm having fun with it.

If any of you folks are from Denver, I'd love to run with you.

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2 mile run -- 14:03
3 mile run -- 23:30
4 mile run -- 31:56
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