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Welcome. It is a great birthday wish. Take this one or two healthy habits at a time and do this at your own pace.
As to shin splints, there are some excellent Spark articles written about it, but I have found that walking slower and with shorter strides prevents this. I work up gradually to longer strides and faster pace and with out pain if I do this in the beginning. This is a 5 week program so starting slowly will really help you get past the initial pain.
I consider myself a walker all the time, but when I'm in good shape and walking like I want to, my arthritis doesn't bother me as much and I can run a bit on my walks. This is about learning how to do a little more.
My inspiration was an 84 year old woman who had been doing a local marathon for many years. The entire family participates. Her husband, who was 86 also ran the marathon. If she can do it, then I can do it.
Call me WG
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
Happy Belated Birthday!
Happy and healthy is an awesome birthday wish and good luck to you in accomplishing it :)
I am also destined to be a walker ... anytime I try to do any more than that my ankles and knees protest severely :/ So I'm going to do this 5K challenge walking and am going to try to at least pick up the pace or add some incline to make it more of a challenge once I actually manage to do the 5K in the first place :)
Happy trails to you!
Hello all! Yesterday day was my 39th birthday. The wish that I made as I blew out the candles atop my Italian Cream cake was to be happier and healthier. So as I lounged in my hammock, sipping a sweet, frosty Pina Colada, I came across an article that mentions Sparkpeople. I rolled out of my comfy spot and created an account right then. I admit that I did not do ANY physical activity yesterday and I ATE yummy, rich, fattening food. However, today is a NEW day and I am committing myself to follow through on my birthday wish. Only I have the power to do it! FYI: I am the mother of three (the oldest is getting married this September), a wife and I work full time. My life is busy, but that is no excuse. And If I use it as an excuse, just slap me back to reality! I walked a 5K a few weeks ago and finished with a time of 52.11. I had a reat time doing it! I have attempted the 'couch to 5k' program several times and can not get past week 2 due to shin splints. Apparently, I was made to WALK only. I am glad to be here!
"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." ~Steve Young