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4/22/11 5:24 P

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Please always give yourself a rest day between runs for the first year of running (at least).

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4/21/11 12:24 P

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Yay! That's great! As far as hoping your body is ok with all the running, don't worry, it will tell you if it's not, just be sure to listen to it. :) Sounds like you're doing it the right way, just be sure to continue to slowly increase your mileage to prevent injury. Outdoor running is so much better than treadmill, don't be nervous, you will love it!

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4/21/11 12:03 P

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Hi there! I wanted to join a running group with people who I can ask questions or suggestions to. Since i started this journey (October 15, 2010) my goal has been to just be able to run, that's where I started. When I got on a treadmill at the gym, I couldn't run because it hurt my knees too much. After the first 20lbs were gone I tried it again and was able to run for 2 minutes. I had quit smoking so I attributed my "asthma" (major difficulty breathing) to 7 years of smoking. That may have been a part of it, but really I was just really out of shape. Basically shapeless.

I started the C25K thing but dropped off after the 5th week because of vacations and things going on. Whatever, excuses, right!? So i got back on there was was determined to eventually run a full mile.

I ran my first full mile on February 24th. Then I ran 2 miles on March 10th. And most recently I ran a FULL 5K on April 14th. I can't believe how far my running has come since just January. I have small goals I will continue to strive for (5 miles, 10K, 8 miles, 10 miles and eventually half marathon)

I am just hoping that my body is okay with all this running. I do weigh 240lbs now, so it's still a lot of strain- why I keep my running to 3 or less days a week. Last night I tried to run a faster mile and ran it in 12:37- probably my best ever. My comfortable pace right now is 4.5mph (13:33 mi) and I kept myself chugging along at 4.7mph. Then pumped it to 4.9 the last 2 minutes.

So I'm progressing fairly well! Soon I will attempt outdoor running- nervous! Good luck to everyone- just keep running!

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