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As Team Leader, I want to welcome everyone! In Oct, I will have been here 6 years. I found SparkPeople to be a major resource for me on my journey. I achieved my weight goal and have maintained it for over 5 years. A key Secret to my Success has been Support! It's important to have support on this journey! You will always get that here.

In order to get proper support and enhance communications is to tell your story, and get feedback. Telling your story and sharing what you need in support, and getting guidance from the SparkPeople Community is through your SparkPage. Share with others, embrace accountability, and allow others to help you.

One thing is to allow your SparkPage to be seen by others and to share their support to you. In order to do this;

Go to Your SparkPage...
On the Right, you see a Box "My SparkPage Actions:"
Click on the "SparkPage Settings" Box...
You will see an Options Box open above where you can personalize your SparkPage...
Make sure the boxes for -
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Now, you can get GOODIES and also receive encouragement and comments from your Team and your SparkFriends! This enhances the Spark support! I've been motivates, inspired, and encouraged to stay focused on my goals.

You have a lot of resources here to achieve success. The rest is up to you in real life. I learned to change my habits in healthier food, regular exercise, positive thinking, and prioritize my life. I've also eliminated EXCUSE! This is huge. All these changes are aided by the support I've received in SparkPeople.

The bottom line? SparkPeople is what you make of it in the end result! The resources are here. You need to make the decision to want it bad enough to do what it takes. It won't happen over night. Embrace a healthy lifestyle! Plan for success, work the plan, and you will realize your goals!

This is why I continue on SparkPeople. I share my life with everyone. I am on this healthy journey for life. I can enjoy my life here on the beach with my wife & watch my Granddaughter grow up! THAT's my primary motivation and inspiration!

As Team Leader, I want you to know you can always SparkMail me if you have any questions at any time!

"Stay healthy, my friends!"
Monty
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*SparkPeople's 5K Your Way Running Challenge
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Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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4/20/16 6:54 P

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this is great ! having a lot of fun reading your post. Great day today feel in control emoticon

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4/19/16 10:56 P

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Thanks! I appreciate having the support of the group and look forward to being there for others.

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Hey Tammy!
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Stay focused, find your pace, fuel clean, and have fun with your run!
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~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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4/18/16 12:40 P

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Hi, I am Tammy and I just signed up for the challenge. I am really excited about getting back into running!

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4/2/16 9:45 P

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Julia, it's all about the training! You can do this! What distance?
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~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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4/2/16 9:44 P

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Anne, once you're conditioned an strengthened, start easy on Speed Drills and work yourself up! You can do this!
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Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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Hi I am Anne and did the C25K with spark people a couple of years ago and this got me into running however when I stopped it was hard to keep running. Locally my DH and I found parkrun which is a weekly timed 5k where anyone can walk or run with others. It now has around 500 runners each week and I am always in the last 20. I would love to improve my time and style so thought this challenge would motivate me.
I am 57 years old and a nurse lecturer so mostly standing or sitting and leave home 7.30 back at 6pm . Previously I was a nurse on shift work so much more active and fitted runs in easier.


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4/1/16 10:49 A

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Hello I am Julia. I run now and have for several years, but I am ready to take the next step and run a longer race. This is my year!

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2/29/16 8:58 P

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Hi Sheila!
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So many runners think they can stay away for a few weeks then just run a 10K or a Half. They they wonder why they bonked, or worse, got injured!
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I reiterate when I get sick or injured, I always start back using this program then after warming up, start back to condition and strengthen before I put any speed in the mix.
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Good on ya! You'll kill your race.
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Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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2/29/16 5:48 P

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Hi team. I joined this challenge to prep for an upcoming race. Looking forward to SP camaraderie and encouragement. We can do this!

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2/18/16 10:24 A

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Welcome, 42KRUNNER!
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No doubt in my mind, you can share valuable insight to the team. I know you will achieve your goals! It's great to have you on the Team!
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*Spark Florida - The Official Team

Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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2/16/16 7:36 P

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Hello team! I'm on day 3 of Sparkpeople.

Love running!! Former NCAA Div. I cross country runner and coach. Times have slipped to back of pack with 60 lbs. to lose.

15k this spring & marathon this winter.

I'm 55 yr old wife, mom & grandmother. Life is good.

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Hi Cheri!
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Smart runner. When you have been away for any length of time, this is the way to go! It gets your conditioning and strength back and ready to own the distance. I do this exactly for the reason you are. When I'm back , I do slow runs 3 times a week just to stay conditioned. It's also kept me maintaining for over 4 1/2 years now! Have fun and enjoy your run!
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Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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2/15/16 11:18 A

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Hi, I'm Cheri and I joined this program because I had finished the Couch to 5k program but then took a month off after the holidays and am now suffering for it. Wanted to start back slow and this looked like the program to help me do just that.

"You will never know if you don't try"

"If you set your mind to something you can do anything"


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Welcome Herni!
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This program provides you with the conditioning and strengthening to assit you in achieving your goal!

I tell everyone to focus with a comfortable pace that's good foe them. Do not go out there with speed in mind. That comes later with speed drills! The goal here is to cross the 5K Finish Line
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Do not hesitate to post any questions or concerns you might have in the forums here. We can all share our experiences and road knowledge to assist. The most important thing is to have fun with your run. Running can be joyful and not considered a chore!
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We're happy to have you join us!
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Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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2/3/16 5:23 A

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Hi, I am Herni (Female). I love the out doors freedom. I enjoy running and walking. I used to run frequently especially to reduce stress level. I want to perfect my breathing, strength, endurance and speed. I want to participate in a 5K or 8K this Spring. I think this Team will be a great teacher and a big help in my successful transformation to a healthier and stronger Me with the endurance an speed to finish the race.

Staying strong & Motivated


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2/1/16 9:36 P

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Welcome, Karin!
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No worries. It's all good. You're here and I am happy you joined! You have more than enough time to get ready for your 5K. Truly! I will stress a few things I always do with all our Team. Do not think about speed. Find YOUR comfort pace and focus on the intervals. That's what you are doing right now. walk 4 minutes run 1, walk 3 minutes, run 2, and so one. This is to get your body conditioned and strengthen to run a solid 5K.
I also say that after one has completed the program, register for a local 5K, and start running at least 2 days a week minimum for your health. I never imagined I would be a runner so I know what you mean. It's so good to know you are a runner.

Stay connected, let us know how you're doing and remember if you have a question, post it to share with the team. I love that we share and learn together.

Become one with your run...
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*Spark Florida - The Official Team

Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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OK - well...apparently I don't know how to use the threads very well because I accidentally created a new topic for my introduction. Ooops - sorry about that!

Hello - I joined your team today! I am trying to get back on track with my running program and have been doing a 5K Runner Program app that I purchased and completed some time ago. But I got lazy, gained some weight back and am now trying to kick myself back into gear! I am currently on week 6 of the 8 week program. I also shocked myself by signing up for my first 5K which will be held on my 44th birthday this coming April. I'm hoping that will be a good motivator for me not to mention a great way to celebrate my birthday! I've never considered myself to be a runner but keeping it slow and steady I'm actually enjoying it!

Wish me luck! I'm hoping this group will help me to stay motivated for this upcoming race and many more in the future!


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Welcome!
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So glad you're on the Starting Line! Focus on your conditioning and endurance first. Speed can come later. Stick to the plan, have fun with it, be safe, and think long term! Record your progress here and if you need anything, just holla!
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~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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1/15/16 3:41 A

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Just signed up for the challenge. I run now and again but haven't stuck to a plan for quite sometime now so thought this would a good place to start and become accountable!

Never give up.


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Welcome!
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As a Triathlete, I hear everyone saying they prefer one discipline to the next. I believe it's how you embrace it. You mentioned bad knees. I was told to run to the point where you started to feel pain then back down and settle into the comfort zone. Embrace it.

I started running at 60 and became a Triathlete at 63. This is how I was advised to run with a light injury. It worked.


Stay strong, embrace your training and don't quit till race week! Any questions or concerns, holla!

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Upcoming Races:
~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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10/30/15 9:27 A

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Hello...started the 5K training last week and joined this group today. I'm 56 and prefer riding my bike to running any day, no offense to dedicated or casual runners, I've always admired your ability. This is a personal challenge to see whether I can run 3.1 miles, which I have never done. So far so good and I'm enjoying it...lets just see if the old knees can take it.

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Welcome!
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Consistency is essential. Training is critical as a race only tests your training. Insure you run your 5K comfortable. Conditioning and endurance is what it's all about.

When you are comfy and in love with your 5K distance...and want to get faster...It's all about speed drills...Go to a good source

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While you're in that area, start to self educate and read from...

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You learn to fuel well, add strength training, hit a little Yoga, and you will get faster. Remember running safe is critical annd will prolong your running life.

Welcome to the Party!
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~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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Hi! I'm a 37 year old mom of 3, and I just finished my first 5k fun run (the insane inflatable 5k). It was windy, cold and raining...and I loved it! I want to do it again but faster. I'm hoping this weekly running challenge will help cut my time considerably without tempting me to injure myself by going too hard, too soon.

I'd also like to meet people who understand when I say "Omg running is so amazingly fun!!". My husband and my sister look at me like I'm crazy!

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Hi - Just joined this program today. I want to take my walking/jogging to the next level and participate in races -- the first one will be my virtual race the week of September 27th. emoticon

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Hi Vern!
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I promise you, stay with the program and you will have fun on Sept 12. If you need any questions answered, do not hesitate to holla!

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~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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My name is Vern. Just turned 50 in June. Running my 1st 5k September 12th. Working on endurance and strength training.this is like giving myself a birthday present. Its truly beyond what I thought I could do ! I also am in the process of losing 25-30 more pounds. Present weight 160 at 5'6"



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Hi Daisy!
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Work this plan and you will own that 5K! This is the plan I used before I did my first 5K at 60. I've easily done over 100 5Ks since April 2011. I also repeated this Program when I've been away from running due to injury or illness.
You can let us know how you're doing in the appropriate weekly forums. Embrace your training . Have fun with it.
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~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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Started today - plan to "run" a 5K on Sept 19. My goal is to jog the entire distance.

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Hi Jennifer!
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First of all, you have the best run buddy! You're also setting an example for a lifetime!
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You stay with this program and both of you will have fun and rock your races! Please share your progress and any questions in the corresponding forums. We're here to help and support. Other runners will also find similar and new experiences with your sharing!
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Most importantly, have fun with your run!
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~Central Florida Triathlon Series #4 091016 Clermont, Fl
~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
~Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, 112416 Clearwater, FL


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Hi Jennifer!
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Consistency comes from regular training. After I go through this Program, whether after injury or illness, I start to look at running drills and speed training. I also run at least three days a week with recovery days in between. My pace is usually two minutes slower than race pace. My conditioning and endurance improves.

When I'm feeling good about my distance I start to look at Speed Training. Here's an example:

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I think one of the best things you got going for you is your running buddy. And it doesn't get better than running with you son! All the best and please don't hesitate to bring your questions to the forums. Have fun with your run!
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~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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HI, my name is Jennifer. I started running more than a year ago, but I'm not consistent. That's what I want to work on. I have participated in many 5k Runs/Fun Runs/Walks - I love them! I have 3 more set for the year, and possibly a 4th one as well. My average run is about 42 minutes. I would like to get it down to 35 minutes though. When I originally started I could barely run half a mile. My first 5k I finished in 58 minutes, and I was thrilled!

My running buddy is my 12 year old son - he loves running and participates in all the 5ks with me.

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I love the activity on this Forum.

Welcome COLDWATERCAVE and Congrats, Shiraz on your new toy!
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I just completed St Anthony's Triathlon. I'll do a race report very soon. Lots of great goals came out of it but I'm very proud of the fact that I competed in the 65-69 Age Group for the first time! Trust me when I say these guys are tough! More importantly, they confirm age is NOT an excuse to sit and become a spectator of life!

All the best on your run journey. Run smart, run safe, and have fun!
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Hi SHIRAZSOLLY,

Congrats on getting a new treadmill! It will make your running much better in winter months and on those rainy days. If you've got a tablet, you can even set it up to watch a movie while running.; I've seen people doing that at the gym.

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I stayed up until 1am a few nights ago looking for a good treadmill. Here's the link so you can take a look.

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A bunch of garbage happened and I realized I need to make this REALLY really easy for me because I work, go to school full time AND am building a grandma apartment on my house to move my mom in... and then I got a wrench thrown in two of the three last week. So I ordered a Sole F85 Treadmill and it will be delivered to my house 4/1 (hopefully no fooling because I had to pull some favors and work some weird hours to arrange to be home all day waiting for it). Anyway, I did not start my 5k and time, and won't start next week, either. But I am really looking forward to my new toy. :)


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*** Hi COLDWATERCAVE,

I read about your knee problem. I'm 39, but have terrible knees for my age. I love mountain climbing and running, which is a big problem for my knees. Here's why I did:

-- Keep your legs warm. Wearing tights under my running pants helps. Warm knees seems to equal less pain.

-- Wear knee supporters. I bought these at the drug store. They are two little, tight cloth things that slide over your leg and over the knee. They are washable and stretchy. They keep the knee area a little tight, acting as a brace. While running, I found these little supporters really do take the pain off my knee. I never go mountain climbing without them now.

-- Muscle training. Squats, knee raises and pushing a heavy weight away from your body via the legs, all help. A mountain climbing friend said we need to train the knee like a muscle. Eventually, it will power up to become stronger and be better able to support your body on runs.

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Thank you for the welcoming words, all! I just started my Week 2 runs today -- it's harder, but I made it. Weather is finally great -- cool, but no more ice.

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Hello Martha - I'm over 60 myself so I know how much a person's fitness can change for the better even at my age. Glad you're here.

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Thanks for your welcome. IT band issues are not fun to deal with so you have my sympathies. My knees are just old with some arthritis. The other knee problems I'd solved along the way, but this one feels best if I keep my weight down and don't run on hard surfaces. I'll probably do part of my workouts race walking instead of running. The outcome should be about the same.

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Welcome! Whatever it takes to keep those knees healthy is cool. I don't know what you're dealing with so I can't make any suggestions. I'm dealing with IT Band issues so I do exercises designed specifically for muscle strength, core, and glutes. All the best and keep us posted of your progress!
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Hello. I live in Iowa, just going back to running. I'm hoping that running on grass or gravel will be kind enough for my knees to continue. If not, I'll switch to race walking. It is wonderful to get outside and run. Mud washes off so the alleys and trails are good enough.

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I never endorse speed in this program. I've done it several times to come back from injury or illness. It's about conditioning and endurance, getting our bodies back to a comfy position at a 5K distance. I always say "Run your own run!" You probably know running can be better than anything in dealing with stress too. So, welcome back, and get ready to free yourself. Don' t hesitate to holla for anythings and use these forums frequently.We'll be here for support!
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Back again after a year. Ran a few 5ks then but was dogged by asthma and ankle issues. Then I abruptly quit due to work and school pressures. This time I think I will start slower, pay attention to my body more and keep it up. I want to run. Those times it felt good, it felt really right, like hiking to the top of a tall mountain used to when I as younger. No other sport has been so freeing.

So here I am... Back on another beginner 5k.

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Martha! Welcome!
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I started running at 60! You already have the secret which I share with everyone! Enjoy your run! I still use this program when I've been ill or had injury. So, that said, I know it will get you back and ready for the 5K in a very safe way! Don't hesitate to post your experiences, your insight, and questions along the way! Have fun!
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Hi! My name is Martha and I'm 60 years old in Indiana. I just signed up for 5K race April 18. Now I have to get ready for it. I used to run and I remember how fun it was. It's just been a long time, so I need help to get back into it.

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Welcome Martina!
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This program WILL get you across a 5K finish line! It's the basis for training for a Half Marathon should you desire. It is also a great plan to get you back into running training if you have been away from running for a while!

I found that the best motivation for me is to focus on my Wife and my Granddaughter! If I don't take care of myself, I am not sure I will be there for them! It's the reason I lost 100 pounds! Today, it's the reason I do Triathlons and Duathlons! Look at your children for the motivation and the reason not to quit! My Granddaughter wants to run with us now! THAT is the motivation I have to keep running and doing Multisports!

You are ONLY 31 years old. You are young and have the rest of your life to live healthy. I started running at 60! I will be 65 in May this year. I am the healthiest I've ever been!

Things will only be different if ONLY you want them to change bad enough! Commitment, patience, and persistence will get you there. Stay positive and stay focused for your children! Keep posting here through your training! Start right now! All the best and know you can seek support here!
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Hi! My name is Martina,
I start follow this group because my problem is stay motivated. I eat well and have no weight problem but I know that if I don't start practice some fitness I'll have problem in future. Every time I start some activity I'll stop after 1 or 2 weeks. I stop for some months and then I restart.
My dream is to run a marathon in my life and I imagine myself visiting the most important cities of my country (Italy) running different half-marathon (Venice, Mediolanum, Rome, Florence..) with my family (I've 2 little children)
I'm only 31 years old, so I hope I can do that! But in the last 4 years I've started my running program 8/10 times and I've never reached nothing! I hope this time things will be different!

I need something/someone keep me really motivated!
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emoticon . Hello I'm joining this team for 2015. I ran two 5k's last year. I would like to set a goal of 5-5k's for 2015 and maybe try a 10k by October 2015.

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Hello all!!

My name is Cherie and I am from Milwaukee Wisconsin. I have had a treadmill for 2 or 3 years and never really knew what to do with it (I know that sounds silly but it is true) so I finally turned to spark and found the 5k your way and it clicked!
I finished my first week this morning and I am feeling awesome!! My other workout/exercise include weight training everyother day and daily walks with my dogs!!
I am glad that I keep finding my way to Spark it is always so helpful!

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I totally agree with you, Beckyanne! Conditioning your body is the first thing anyone should do when they first start out. When one gets comfy with the distance THEN start to look at basic speed drills and training! Running injury free is Nirvana! So we focus on safety, we have fun, embrace the run, and it becomes habit!
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Welcome to the team!

I find that once I started running 5k's, that kept me motivated and challenged to keep running. Just remember to take it slow to avoid injuries.

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Hi all! I've just joined this team tonight, along with the challenge, to begin the program tomorrow. I've been a beginner runner for 5 years now...When I commit to training, I do pretty well. The problem is that I don't commit for long enough to get to my goals. I've completed multiple 5Ks in which I mostly walked. I'm ready to run a full 5k with the eventual goal of running 3-5 miles per day. I enjoy running when I do it...it's just that when I stop, I have trouble jumping back in.

I look forward to the motivation of this team!




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It;s good that we respect distance! Mark, you work the plan, add miles to your training as you go, and you can build up to any distance you desire...safely. I was where you were at one time as well! Trust me when I say to "hydrate," "fuel clean," and embrace recovery days. Sleep is essential in recovery and helps repair muscles! Embrace the program and your run. Have fun with it and be proud that you're a runner now! You will inspire by your action and set the example. Now rock this thing!
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Hey Team, I am Mark Bradley Knoxville, TN. Gone from 300lbs to now 225, Started an Interest in Running to get to the next level of my Journey. Goal Weight is 180 lbs.

I am 54, set at a desk all day but hoping to retire next year. Married 31 years, 2 girls no grandchildren yet. But I want to live to see them and Be able to enjoy them.

I also love to Hike in the Smokey's, But now in December having a hard time with Both Running and Hiking, but I am not going to backtrack. Also I felt Like I started on a big push during vacation I ran or Hiked 22.5 Miles and as a beginner felt very close to possibly injuring myself so I am going to ease into 6-8 Mile a week Running and A hike where I can fit it in.

Love the Support here in this Team. Excited to be here. Thank You all!!!

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Hello all! I just finished the 5K Walk/Jog training program (did my first 5K on Thanksgiving!) and now I'm ready to keep working at it so I joined this one. I'm 41, married with 4 kids (range 10yrs - 4mo) and live near Philadelphia. My FIL lives near me and is also a runner so he and I are helping encourage each other (he ran the 5K with me). My oldest daughter also seems to like to run (she did the kids 1mi fun run at our race) so maybe I can get her to join me in training, although I don't know if I can get her out of bed so early LOL!

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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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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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~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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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.
All the best!

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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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Welcome!
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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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~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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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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~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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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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~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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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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~Brain Cancer Alliance 50K Cycle 091716 Clearwater Beach, Fl
~East Lake Fire Rescue 5K 102216 Palm Harbor, FL
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