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9/7/12 5:17 P

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Thank you,Nancy. Great advice.

I spoke today with the physical therapist, who encouraged me to go ahead and sign up for an actual 5K, then make a decision as the time approached whether I'll actually do it or not. It will take the pessure of of makig a decision, and it will be a target to shoot for and provide motivation to reach it.

I promise that I'll do nothing that will be unhealthy.

Thankis for your advice, and it's a pleasure to "meet" you, as well.

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Joann

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9/7/12 11:03 A

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Hi, Joann:

One's goals can be personalized. That's the beauty of these SparkPeople's virtual challenges.

Other Sparkers have urged that you check with your doctor before ANY efforts on your part to increase your physical fitness, and that's sound advice!

So what if it takes you a week to complete the 5K, walking "legs" of it on different days??? The fact that you've set yourself a goal to walk 3.1 miles, and that you're determined to complete it safely, are the important points. If you need to break it down into increments, I don't see any harm in that. Last time I checked, there are no Spark Police that are going to come and haul you away!

I believe SparkPeople's intent is to get us up and moving, to become aware of what comprises a healthy diet, to understand the concept of calories-in-versus-calories-burned. The "how much" and "how far" are secondary.

I believe the end goal is not as important as how we plan our journey to get there! Think of yourself as a little donkey, sure-footedly and patiently climbing the hill, determined to get to the top. You're not racing against anyone else, and as long as you place one step in front of the other in the right direction, you'll do yourself proud!

It's a pleasure to make your virtual acquaintance,

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9/6/12 9:40 P

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Thank you, ladies. I appreciate your advice a lot.

I definitely will check with my doctor before beginning any additional training. I'm lucky that I have a physical therapist who comes 2-3 times a week, and I'll ask his advice too.

I already do some strength training with dumb bells and therabands, so I'll just keep up with that.



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9/6/12 9:32 P

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You have an idea of what you can do since you walked before after a previous surgery. The surgery was recent and you will have follow up with your doctor at some time before the race. If he/she is good with it, keep working toward that goal. If the doctor suggests waiting for Thanksgiving, then do it, but if you have the go ahead, go for it.

Have you read INDYGIRL's blog about her 5k. She has since done another one walker and all.

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9/6/12 9:04 P

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Hi and I think your great! emoticon I had a thown knee some years back no surgery (this time, but alot of rehab) But they said if it happens again, then yes. And that was before this weight. Sorry Joann I got of course, but I like to walk and I walk quite a bit, but had never done a 5K. But this summer my youngest daughter said we could. So that was that, ok she is in good shape and only 18. But we went with the SP training, and we did it. I used our school track one Saturday. There were younger people(kids) there runing and at first that's what I saw, and that I was so out of shape, and walking. But I just stayed focused. And my daught had figured how many times I had to go around, she said if I couldn't do it all in 1 day that was ok. But I started with 1 then 2 and on. But insteady of thinking I have so much more to do, I just said to myself I have ........ done and before I knew it I was done(all of it in 1 day)! And it really felt good. I know my daughter felt bad, because I told her she could run, but it helped knowing she was there, but that I could do it all by myself. So I to signed up for Trick or Treat Trot She has now gone off to college, but I told her about it and she said that even if she can't be home she would do it at school. So what I would tell you is, you know you take your training as you feel you can. And go from there. And sounds like you just might surprise yourself. But either way glad to meet you and wish you all the best! emoticon
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9/6/12 8:56 P

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Joann, first of all, check with your doctor to be sure he/she is ok with your training for the 5K. If the answer is yes, then you can start and finish when you like.

The beauty of this program is you do it YOUR WAY. It sounds like being able to do the 5K in October might be off the table, but being able to do one is totally do-able.

I suggest you start by walking a block at a time. If you can handle that, then add a block each week, until you are pain free or at least only sore. Once you reach being able to do 8 to 10 blocks at a time you are ready to step into doing the 5K program. But even with it, you can repeat a week if you need to. Just enter your additional workouts and pre-program workouts in your fitness tracker. The log will only allow for the week that is shown.

When you talk to your doctor, see what type of cross training you can do... bike, swim, elliptical. Also see if you can add weight/resistance training to strengthen your lower body and core.

Good luck.

Janet

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9/6/12 6:33 P

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My name is Joann, and I'm determined to do a 5K at some point before the end of the year.

I signed up for the Trick or Treat virtual 5K, which I'm planning to do as a walk. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, however, as I'm recovering from hip surgery (core decompression due to avascular necrosis) that was done on August 2. I'm currently 50% weight bearing status and using a walker. As I've had some problems with pain during the last week, I've not been doing a whole lot of walking. But normally I try to walk here inside my home for about 500 steps at a time. I'm trying to work my way up to the 5K, but I don't know that I can successfully follow the training program. Should I just cancel out of this right now and come back when I have a better chance at completing the training program according to its schedule?

Note: I had the same surgery on my right hip in January, and I did an organized walk (a total of 1.2 miles) on June 10. I took my walker with me, and I actually used it for about 3/4 of the walk. I am really not trying to break any speed records or anything. I just want to accomplish a 5K as a way to thank, honor and glorify God for his care and healing of my body.

Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

Joann

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