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I started running your years ago at 60. I've returned back to this program for recovery after injury, or I hadn't run in a while (rarely). No matter what I always recommend when you train, run 2-3 minutes slower that race pace but a bit farther than you normally train. That will condition and increase distance & endurance. after over 70 races, I have never left this Team. Great to have you here and run well on Oct 25.
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I discovered that I could run about six years ago and have been an off-again, on-again runner. I am preparing for my first 5K in about four years and will run it on my birthday, October 25. This morning was an achievement because I wanted to run the full distance at least one time before my race. I'll be in the jogging corral when we start because it's about stamina for me. Have a super Saturday, and thanks for letting me say hello.

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Welcome back, Jenn! Start off on your form, conditioning, & endurance. Get your legs used to it again. (I hope you're still running on a regular routine!) Then after a couple of weeks, check out a few basic interval or speed drills. Yes, you will rock your run!
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Hi, it's Jenn and I'm here again. Going to run my second 5K on October 26th. Excited to break my time of 34 minutes from last year. I'll start the real good training this week, with 4 weeks to go I know I'll be ready!
20 fewer pounds on my body will make training a lot more enjoyable too.

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Stay true to the program as it gets better!
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Finished Day one yesterday!!!!!

Was surprised at how much I had to push myself towards the end.
Looking forward to finishing this going to do my light cardio and some strenth training today.

Terra Lou :)

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Thanks for the welcome also BECKYANNE1.

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Oh, thank you so much for the welcome and for the link to runners' exercises. I was delighted to see that I've been doing a lot of them already with a Pilates instructor. I've saved the link and will try to run through the video for beginners TODAY!
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Hey Rachel!
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Welcome to the Program. This will get you off the starting line and back to form! I know you will crush it!
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Welcome RACHEL!

I was active in HS, but I could never have run the distance I do now. Even after HS when I did take up running, I could only run a few miles at a time. I've improved with age! emoticon

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Thanks MIRAGE727 for the article and encouragement.

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Hi! I just joined the team! I ran track in high school, but through my first year of college and dealing with the stress of classes, I didn't work out much. I've started working out some again this summer, but i really want to get back to the level of fitness that I was at in high school!!

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Welcome Martha & Mary!
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I started running at 60 at a very similar pace. I've also done this program several times just to "tune up & stay sharp!" I can testify that we can do this! Fuel clean, hydrate, stay focused on the program, and start out a strength program.
Check this article out and choose a couple to start with then build up.

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Even starting with 1 set of 10 then increase 1 or 2 more sets,working up as you go. Don't rush into it but have fun with it.
Ask any questions you might have in the forums. That's why we're here.
insure your SparkPage is open to all so we can comment and support better.
Try to comment on your progress in the program week forums.
Once again, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy what you are doing!
We all begin at the same Starting Line! All the best!
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Welcome to the team!

This program is a great way to get started with running.

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Hi, just joined this team, I'm Martha from southern MD. I just finished the walk/jog training and want to kick it up a notch. I'll be 65 in Oct and want to be able to jog without stopping by then. I've completed 2 formal 5k's and 2 virtual ones. The first one I did for fun before joining the 5k team, my time was 60 mins, I walked it with a new friend I met at the race The 2nd one I walked jogged and did it in 55 mins and the course had 2 killer diller hills, lol. I was proud of myself for just finishing.

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Hello!
I've never been a runner, but I was looking for a way to bump up my fitness level and decided to start doing intervals on the treadmill. And just then I saw an announcement for a 5K at my hospital that is scheduled for my 60th birthday. It's fate, right?
So, here I am, hoping to learn what I need to get through my first race. My goal is to jog the course. I will declare victory if I finish and award myself the laurel crown if I can do it without dropping down to a walk...
It's nice to have the expertise and companionship here.
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Welcome to the team!

Be very careful because injuries are not fun and they don't heal fast!

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I recommend you back off on the hill training IF you haven't research how to run them. I injured my Meniscus last year doing a steep bridge and the damage came a few days later. Keep in mind this was after I had done of over 35 races from 11/2010 - 1/20/13. If you work the intervals recommended, you will get stonger and conditioned safely. To date, after oveer 60 races, I've gone back and done this program just to discipline myself.
I know if you stay with the plan, you will achieve your goal. Please don't hesitate to post any questions you might have. Stay strong , focused, fuel clean, and have fun with it!
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Hi All, I don't have a particular race that I am training for. Running is one of my goals, I have never been able to run an entire mile without slowing down to a walk, so I am working on that. This is a great plan and seems to be exactly what I need. I have been training on the same 2 miles the first week. It is almost entirely up hill for the first half. I am hoping that this will make next week seem like a breeze and I will float thru it and not even want to stop for the walking intervals.

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Welcome Sonya & Tricia!
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Focus on finishing your races. You can work on your speed, should you want, down the road. Both scheduled 5Ks can be done safely! That's what you want to do. Stay close to the program for conditioning. Strength training should be focused on your glutes, IT Band, Quads, calves, and hamstrings. You can find exercises for runners here.
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Tricia, I don't know how many races you have done but keep in mind that progressing in distance and speed properly is important. Should you advance too soon, you are opening yourself up to injury.

Sonia, you can complete your race no matter what. Work the plan until a few days before the race. Do your race BUT do not worry if you feel the need to interval, i.e. walk, run. Enjoy the race. You will have another day to run the entire distance. It's better to be injury free. AND you want to have fun with it. Use it as a training run.

Both of you feel free to post questions in the forums and report your progression in the program. Support is here!

All the best and enjoy!
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Welcome to the team Tricia!

It doesn't matter how slow you are. You're getting out and doing it! emoticon

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Hi I'm Tricia, new to Spark and back to getting healthy. I have a desire to be a runner - one that actually enjoys the process. I am slow as turtles in peanut butter. I have completed a lot of runs for someone who is so terrible slow, and I'll continue pursuing them until I "get it right".

Next run is in August 5K, my last run was Shamrock 15K - not pretty at all.

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Hi! My name is Sonya. I was convinced to sign up for my first 5K in July. I have never run a race, so I am REALLY nervous about it. This program looked like the best for getting me ready, so I am going to give it a try!

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Welcome K!
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When you get out on the road to train, find an easy pace to work at. You should find it easier to run than on the "dreadmill!" Focus on endurance and not on speed right now. You have that choice later down the road! Great to have you join us. Don't hesitate to share your experiences in the forums and ask for help whenever you feel the need!
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Training for my first 5K in July. Excited, but concerned about transitioning from the treadmill to the road.

Getting healthy is like getting through boot camp. It's a lot of hard work, and some days you want to quit. But when graduation day arrives, memories of pain and trouble pale in the light of the pride and accomplishment you feel. You made it! You didn't quit.

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Welcome to the team Ruthie!

We've had the rain also and it gets very tiring!

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Welcome Ruthie!
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Whatever you do, be safe out there! I'm glad you're doing the plan. I've done it several times just to get my groove back on my running and refresh. Enjoy your run!
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Hello All -- I have run 5Ks, but only 1 in 2013 and then work and life got in the way and I fell off the wagon. I'm back, motivated to get re-started, and I'm signing up for a 5K on June 21 . . . and I found THIS group for support and motivation! Weather has been horrible but I don't care if it's pouring rain like a monsoon tonight, I'm headed out after work to get started. Thanks for being here!

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Hi Electra!
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I've done this same program 3 times, just to clean the slate so to speak, and remind myself on how I got here today! It also reminds me how effective interval running can be. Great job!
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I am in the middle of week 7 of the 5k101 workout. Finished my second run this week. I'm excited that I have been able to make it this far. I'm a returning runner, but because I haven't ran in a year, I felt like I needed to start at the beginning, and I have not been disappointed. I feel that I may even be better this time around.

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Welcome, Ellaree!
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No need to miss it anymore! Great to have you join us! I hope you have the urge to do another 5K! Set your goal and start training. I know you will rock it! I remember actually meeting some of my run partners at 5Ks a couple of years ago and I'm still running with them! In face, we've all become better because of it! Don't hesitate to post your progress and any questions you might have! Have fun with it!
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hi everyone, I ran a 5k for the first time 2 yrs ago and loved it. I haven't run since because I have no one who will run with me. I love it that there is this team. Just started today and already did my day one for running. I took 2 of my grandkids with me and away we ran. It was great. oh how I miss it. Love to be here and being challenged. Thanks! emoticon

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Welcome Anne & Adam!
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It is TOTALLY different when you embrace your run & have fun with it! Time is by choice and you can pace yourself accordingly. As your days on the run go on, you might find the addiction begin. No worries! Just insure your fuel clean (nutrition), train smart (safely), and educate yourself. I've been preaching this word since I did everything wrong when I first started in Nov 2010.
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If you can find a run group or buddy, it's even better. Support is huge. I belong to 3 run groups in my area. I've actually found great support here and in other Spark run groups. In any case, enjoy your run and don't hesitate to ask questions here. We love to share!!
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My name is Anne and I live in the UK near London. I am 55 and married with two adult children and two year old cats. A couple of years ago I did the C25K with sparks and enjoyed it although struggled for a long time to run more than 20 mins. I would like to run a 5k and not be last. There are weekly parkruns in my town. I have completed week 2 day 2 to-day.


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Hi everyone my names Adam and I used to hate running mainly because it was something that involved work. I'm in the Army and was forced to run everyday because that's the Army way. However, I recently came into a job where we are allowed to run on our own and lately I have been enjoying running more and more because its become a way for me to get away from it all. Now I'm doing the 5K your way program and am looking forward to running in an actual 5K in March.

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Educate yourself on running. Check with your doctors if you have any problems so you don't incur additional damage. AND run smart. Interval running will strengthen endurance. That's what it's all about when you are just getting started. It also builds your love for the run and that will strengthen a long running life. All the best and stay strong!
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Hi all! My name is Niquole, and I have been running for about a year and a half now. I'm registered for my first 5k on March 15th, the Color Fun Fest in Phoenix to kick things off. Love to run, even though my left knee gives me trouble at times and slows down my progress. Working on running consecutively for 20-30 minutes, I seem to hit a wall around 3 minutes which is discouraging. Hopefully I will be able to run the 5k in a decent sub 50 minute time.

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Welcome to the team!

Running is a great way to lose weight and get you fit! I wouldn't be where I am today had I not picked up running again. I kick myself all the time for giving it up years ago.

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Hi! I'm Dianne--57 years old--live in NJ. I am planning to do my 3rd real-life 5K on May 17--provided DD3 doesn't need Mom to help get settled for her summer job. I have done this before--for my 2nd 5K--but that was 2 years ago so--I am going to do it again. I am trying to maintain my weight--not going too well right now so I feel I need the running to help.

My plan is to run Tuesday or Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I have an ST class on Monday, water aerobics on Tues or Wed, a cardio step/sculpt class on Thursday and ST on Saturday. I can do an ST class on Friday as well. When I have to work, I can't get to ANY classes but figure I can run and do old fashioned calisthenics for the ST after work.

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Welcome, NTRICK & Jessica!
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NTRICK, it's so exciting that you get to run in Germany! Your babies are the strongest inspiration & motivation that anyone can have. My Granddaughter fuels me mentally! Embrace your run!
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Jessica, I'm excited for you on your first 5K! You never forget it! Since it's February, you will be ready sooner that you think for that first race. Leave yourself open to earlier races. If you decide to wait until Sept, remember to continue to train. You will do this!
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Hello everyone! I just wrapped up the c25k walk/jog program on SparkPeople last week. Since then I've done two more 5ks on my own, shaving time off each time. I'm ready to attack this challenge too!

A little about me: I'm and American, living in Germany, just gave birth to my second child in October 2013. The pregnancy was rough and I was only cleared to work out in mid-December. 2013 was not my year health-wise but it has given me great motivation to get healthy and fit again!

This sounds super decadent but I go jogging on the castle garden grounds in my small town. :) Its right around the corner and has wonderful trails of small stones and packed earth. LOVE IT. As I get stronger, I will start training on aspalt as well so that I can do more 5ks and maybe even longer at some point. :) Two-three days a week I train with my little girl in her stroller; on Saturday or Sunday I get to go alone. I train with a super old runner watch and mapmyrun's app on my iPhone. The combination of time and that robotic voice announcing the kilometers is so motivating for me.

My first official 5k race is on April 5. The second - a COLOR ME run - is on June 29. So excited about this challenge!

Hope to learn from you all!

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Hi I'm Jessica I looking to complete my first 5K by September and need some encouragement and some new friends to help along the why would be great... emoticon

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Embrace Positive Waves! When I first did this program, I never thought I would get to where I am today! This was my first step to realizing I could do anything I put effort to. I just started my sister on this program as well. I KNOW you will get there! Train well, fuel well, run well! All the best and keep us up on your progress!
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Hi I'm Brandie. I've had an idea about 3 years ago that I wanted to try to run a 5k. But that was all it was, an idea. I didn't believe I'd do it, just thought it sounded like a good goal. About a year and a half ago hubby got me a treadmill. I thought...cool, now I'm gonna run. Yeah, I wasn't as consistent as I intended. Finally about 6mo ago I broke through the mental barrier and made it 5 mins. Worked myself up to 40 mins. I was getting 2 miles. I'm slow, but I'm finally looking at that goal as something that I AM going to achieve, not something to think about. I have been off SP for a couple of years and when I decided to log on and get serious about watching my intake again I found this board. I have done the first 2 workouts and was so excited that I'd get to post just under an 18min mile that I almost forgot I was still running and would have started jumping for joy if not for having to keep my feet moving. I'll be starting to take my run to the streets soon. Another mental barrier to breakthrough. I'll get there.

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Fuel clean, train well, and you can achieve anything you want. I will say that every Mud Run is different. The course might change and so will times. Speed in a "normal" 5K can depend on a course as well. Personally, if I wanted to get faster, I register for more 5Ks. I usually recommend 1 a month. This keeps you eating well, training, and guess what....you hit a goal weight!
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Hi, I'm Marissa. I became interested in running about 4 months ago, right after my daughter was born. In November I participated in a 5K Dirty Girl mud run/obstacle course. It was so much fun. I sorta "trained" for it (in other words, I jogged a couple times a week for a few weeks), and finished the 5K in 42 minutes. For me, an overweight asthmatic who had a baby three months prior , that was nothing short of a miracle. I signed up for the 2014 Dirty Girl this coming November, and really want to improve my time. I'm looking forward to achieving my goals and having a lot of fun doing it!

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Go here and read exactly how we train for a 5K.
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The object is to get you ready to run a 5K, whether on your own or an official timed race. There is no need to be afraid. Everyone goes through the intimidation of a 1st race. But know that everyone also runs their race. It's not about the speed unless you want it. All the best and look around all the other forums of this team. I'm sure a lot of your questions will be answered.

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Hi I'm Fabi,

I'm excited and nervous to be here. For one I'm not sure how joining a race or running program works. Is it only virtual? How do we post progress, or how do we know when the race is taking place. Wow so many questions. emoticon


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Welcome, Stephanie, Mistress of the Lightsabre! I've traveled the same path of the 28 Day Challenge to this team 2 1/2 years ago. Today I'm stronger, faster, and wiser for any challenge to come.
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Embrace your run, fuel clean, and stay focused! You will own this power, and realize your dreams as well as your goals. I love short term goals and embraced them to achieve my end result. Now I've championed the art of maintaining. I know you will do this. If you need any assistance, holla!
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Hi there! I'm Stephanie, I'm here training for my first 5K and getting fit in the process my goal is to be able to run one in less than half an hour :D

Try not, do or do not, there is no try ~ Master Yoda

I know that deep down there's a light that never goes out ~ Sora (kingdom Hearts)

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Welcome, Jen! Consider this running 5K to be a part of your ongoing training. I focused on a comfy pace to run a complete 5K. As I kept doing races, the speed came with proper technique. Finishing was my goal. 10Ks brought me to get ready for Halfs. The addiction and the adrenalin just captued me from there! Stay strong, stay focused, & train well. Share your progress & thoughts during your training. And don't hesitate to holla if you have any questions!
All yhe best &cool runnings!
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Hi!

My name is Jen. I'm really looking forward to actually completing this challenge. I've tried so many times, but I literally have a 5k in 5 weeks, and for once in my life I would like to run the whole thing! (I've done 4 so far and only run parts of them) I have so many goals that I would like to reach, like a marathon and successfully doing a Tough Mudder, but I think that I need to slow it down and actually make the committment to run an entire 3.1 miles before I start thinking about running 26+. :)

Look forward to running with all of you!

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I'm sure you will get back to your run standard & maybe even pick up some new perspectives! Please continue to post on your progress! All the best & cool runnings on ya!
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Hi, everyone! I used to run regularly, but that fell to the wayside when I moved somewhere that has actual seasons (I'm a California girl who is currently landlocked, never got the hang of running in icy conditions, and really hates running on treadmills). I'm going to get back into shape to run a 5k before the winter hits, and then hopefully maintain my fitness level by cross training until it's warm enough to run outside again.

I'm looking forward to getting to know everybody! (Yes, everybody! I like to aim high! ;) )

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I'm positive this plan can help you! Before I started this plan, I walked my first 5K in 59.54. I committed to it and ended up running the full 5K. Last week, I just did a Personal Record! The plan also taught me structure and better training commitment. Know that you can always ask for help as teammates will offer their findings based on experience. The most important thing I preach is to have fun and enjoy the run! Cool runnings!
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My name is Angela, I just did a 5k yesterday. My time was 53 minutes while going uphill 300 feet. I would love to do this same 5k next year but with a much better time and I think this program will help me do that.

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Welcome to the team HELIX!

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Thank you so much Mirage! It's very encouraging to hear that you have gone through a similar experience. I will give everything to PT and take it easy as I start again. I'll look into Pose Running as well. I definitely think my form could use some work. Thanks again.

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Hey Helix!
Welcome! I aggravated my meniscus in January after attacking a bridge during a Half...and the bridge won! I went to PT for two months and came back. I'm better than ever, back to going for PRs and running safer. I now use the Pose Running style. I just want to be able to run with the least potential for injury!
I've also worked with a lot of runners using intervals as the run game plan. The goal is to finish safely.It's what I focus on now. I'm always learning on my runs too. I think that's why I always do race reports on my blogs. I want to pass on what I've experienced in hopes it will help others.
In any case, I am most excited that you've joined us. Don't hesitate to share and ask as you get back into the groove. All the best, train safe, and be well!
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Hey all! I have been a member of SparkPeople since around 2007, but just joined this team this week because I am trying to ease my way back into running after about 6 months off.

I have been an amateur endurance runner since I was a kid (I ran a 1 mile race with my mom when I was 7) and have run 5 and 10k races.

Last year while training for a half marathon my knees started bothering me so I quit training for a few weeks and then tried running again intermittently, each time with pain in my knees. I finally gave up 6 months ago because I knew I needed to see a doctor before continuing to run, but didn't have time to make the appointment while we were selling/buying a house.

Now, I am trying to start slower and aim for a walk/run combination for as long as it takes for my knees to strengthen up, instead of going right back to 5/10ks. I have seen a doctor about my knees who said I can keep running and will be starting physical therapy soon. I am currently running 75% of the time for about 30-40 minutes at a time.

I am hoping this team will keep me accountable and also keep me to a better pace of increasing my distance and intensity gradually. I really do not want to give up running -- it has always been my favorite form of exercise and mediation. : )

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thanks now that I have been keeping record I realize that I am more active than not. i just wish that I was losing more weight and getting stronger faster

My goal: 55 mins per day, 385 per week, 1540 for the month

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Welcome to the team!

Tree-You will get there. Just start out doing 10 min. or so when you have the time. Keep it consistent and then try and increase it. You will get there. Sometimes it's just a matter of forcing yourself to make the time.

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Thank you! I dont have an adversion to exercising. Its just being able to find the time, and figure out how to work it all in now is my problem. I miss the gym, I miss having PT time,.... now it seems I cant get any momentum going. Like I have to nickle and dime my day to get any exercise in. And its not every enough to really get me there. LOL

My goal: 55 mins per day, 385 per week, 1540 for the month

Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you

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Hi Tree!
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From one Vet to Another, "Thank you for your service!"
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Know you are not alone here. Embrace your run, have fun with it, and make it your own! I believe it's all about the finish. So, if you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, or just wanna vent, do not hesitate to holla!
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Greetings everyone!
My name is Terrisse, but I go by Tree. I am the mother of a most amazing son, Cedric. He turned 2 this May! I am using my GI bill; going to school full time and looking for work.
My goal is to lead our family from the front. Showing my son the life that i want him to live and inherent by living it out in front of him.
During my pregnancy i struggled with both depression and domestic violence. During a no contact (for domestic violence) we got away and I have now divorced his father.
I have been making changes but have more to go! I used Sparkpeople back when i was in the Army and had great success!! I am starting again (even though now I am FAR from my fighting weight of 115)
I struggle with being able to fit in fitness with my bundle of joy (accustomed to being able to go the the gym for long periods of time)
While I am not new to fitness I feel like I am with a toddler in toe!

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My goal: 55 mins per day, 385 per week, 1540 for the month

Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you

Rom 12: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.


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Sherree! My mom was a surgical nurse at Quantico in the 70s & 80s! Great to have you!
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MANDIPEA! Great to have you! Sunday, I'm walking my 5K as I was sick and will now have to be smart and work back to my sub 30 minute 5Ks. I've closed the course a couple of times but I still ran my race. That's the important thing. Love having you here and we'll help any way we can!
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Monty, I've lived most of my life here except for when I traveled around the world with my Marine husband. I grew up in a running family. If you are familiar with any running clubs here, my dad was the president of the GNATS and was a member of the Washington Roadrunners. We were at races or training sessions almost every weekend. I loved to run when I was young but when high school came around my focus went elsewhere. It's fun getting back out there again.

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Hey Everyone!
I just signed up for my 5k today! I walked this 5k a couple of years ago before I started trying to lose weight and get stronger, and it was horrible! Just walking it- I had shin splints so bad and was the very last person to cross the finish line. It took me over an hour! I told myself that I was going to run the whole 5k the next time I did it.
I started running last January on a Couch to 5k program. I got up to about a mile running, but then summer hit and I was having a hard time running (no access to a treadmill). But I found a new running partner and started running again this week using this program. So far so good! It helps a lot to have a partner!

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Welcome Sherree!

This plan should definitely get you running a complete 5k. If you can run 2 miles without walking, that's great. Just keeping pushing yourself to go a little farther and before you know it, you'll be running that 5k and more. I would always run a certain distance and felt like I couldn't go any farther until one day when I decided I was going to go farther. The longer I ran, the easier it got. I've got a 10k on Sat. and I find that the first 5 miles are the toughest. Once I get past mile 5, I get my 2nd wind and can go up to 10 miles comfortably.

Good Luck and keep us posted on how you're doing.

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Hey Sherree! Great to have you!
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I lived in W. Springfield/Burke before I moved to Florida 4.5 years ago. My 2nd hometown is Arlington and my mom & sis still live in Falls Church. In fact, I'm training my sis to run for a 5K benefiting Breast Cancer Research in Oct.

If you follow the plan here, take your time, embrace it, I promise you can do this! Do not hesitate to ask if you need any questions answered. Run your race. Who knows, I might be running a race with you up there. I do have a goal to do that.

I went back to visit in June and ran from the Pentagon to the Capitol and back. It was such a victory for me. I used to weigh 258 up there. At one time , I could'nt run a normal block!

Have the best time on the run!
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Hi team! My name is Sherree. I live in Northern Virginia. I have done 5Ks before but have never done one without walking some. That is my goal right now. Last week I was able to push myself 2 miles but then had to walk. May have been able to go further if it weren't for the lovely hills of Va. I look forward to meeting my teammates and learn from those of you that have accomplished this goal.

Let's Go Run!

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Welcome Mrs.B!

Outside running is so much better than running on the dreadmill. Good luck on your 5k!

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Hi Ashley! Norfork, VA? I was in the Pentagon for 24 years, met my wife there as she was an AF Officer there.
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Hey Mrs B! Congrats on your accomplishments.
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Welcome to you both! Don't hesitate to ask if you need help. We have team members that love to share!
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Hi everyone!! Just joined this morning and will go do some running shortly. :) I was jogging 1 mile on my treamill, but it broke...so I hit the pavement and could barely jog a minute. Ha! Surprise!!! When they say treadmill vs road is different, they weren't kidding!!
So, here I go...training for a 5k to run with my husband (who used to be in the Army and a Drill Sergeant). He is a good 9" taller than me, so I have to run fast to keep up with him!!! Wish me luck!!!

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Welcome Ashley!

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Hi everyone. My name is Ashley. I am a veteran, out of running shape due to baby. I'm working on getting back to my daily runs, and having something active to do with my husband.

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Welcome to the team!

Running definitely has it's benefits! Try and run outside more if possible. There is such a big difference in running on a treadmill and running outside. Good luck!

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Welcome, Ladies!
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Embrace the run. It can be a lot of fun. I do encourage new runners to start with intervals (i.e. walk 4 minutes, jog 1 min, and repeat). If you've never run before, you might want to look at this

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I walked my first 3 5Ks, then started the training plan above. Most importantly, do your race. Graduate as you become comfy. I can tell you that this cardio will definitely keep you on your journey.

Stay focused, strong, train well, be well!
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I have been logging onto SparkPeople for a year now and still trying to figure it all out. I have joined the 5K running program to hopefully be able to run the whole 5k. I have never posted before so not sure how this will all work. emoticon . I also do the treadmill for now. It is a little too hot for me to run outside. May we both reach our goals.

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