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8/12/13 10:02 A

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If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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8/12/13 9:40 A

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Did my first 5K Saturday! YAY! Now the next event is a 15K, and then the Half. :)

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7/28/13 7:48 P

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Woohoo! Keep up the great work!

Live your life as though you are obligated to make the world a better place. Make a difference today.


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7/28/13 5:15 P

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Yay!

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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7/28/13 4:41 P

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Ok, I tried this -- running the scheduled time, and then walking out the rest of the distance and I feel GREAT! I think having that 48 hours of rest really makes a difference. When I ran today, I felt like I could go forever! Thank you all!!

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7/24/13 7:21 P

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I'm a dancer by trade, so I'm pretty "active" I guess, but I really wasn't doing much distance walking. I did step aerobics as my "cardio" most of the time. I think I can combine the two. Thank you for the advice!!!

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7/24/13 6:57 P

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It sounds like such a great goal.

I don't know how much your were walking prior to starting this training.

If you were walking a lot, then took up running, and also committed to this HM walking program I don't see a problem.

But if you were not active, and have started both at the same time.... well, then, I would wonder if it were a good choice.

Nothing wrong with walking.....

Listen to your body.

Don't push yourself.

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7/24/13 1:29 P

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I agree with NATPLUMMER, I think you can safely combine the two as you have stated in your blog. You'll get both your running and your mileage in and still have rest days in between. Good luck and have fun!

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7/24/13 12:13 P

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So glad you are getting in running/walking plans and are enjoying it! From experience, I would try not to overdo it. Really listen to your body and try to stay away from injuries. Personally, I would keep with your plans to walk the HM - and keep your running to your 5k program. And, it makes sense to somewhat combine the programs - so that you are not overdoing it. After you complete the 5k and then the walking HM - there will be loads of other races and HM. It is a horrible feeling to not to be able to walk or run, because of overtraining! I started running when I was in my early 40's and really pushed it - ended up with knee issues, sciatica issues, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures in my hip area!! Very depressing to not be able to run - when I really wanted to. What works for me now, is running every other day - and I've not had any injuries for almost two years. Best wishes to you and have fun!!

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7/24/13 11:46 A

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"Would it make sense to run (or run/walk) the C25K 35-min program, and then just walk as far as it takes me to finish out that day's Half-marathon goal?"
That sounds like the best way to merge both programs to me.

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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7/24/13 11:25 A

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Hi everyone. I have a question that I hope will make sense.

I just started running -- literally -- about 6 weeks ago, when I started a Couch to 5K program. Well, I LOVE IT!!! Anyway, I'm starting slow -- only 3 days a week.

Now at the same time (almost) that I started the C25K, I also started WALKING, training for the Half-Marathon that my city does in October. In this program, there is no running - just walking, to build the endurance in your feet and legs (I guess.) This program is also a 3-day a week commitment.

Basically my schedule is M, W, F -- running the C25K program and T, T I'm walking, with Saturday being my "long walk."

So here's my question -- this is a LOT of activity and time, and SparkCoach suggested I might be training too much, too hard, too quickly. The last thing I want is an injury, or to be physically exhausted all the time. Do you think it would make sense to combine those two programs into ONE 3-day-a-week training program?

Training for the Half-Marathon is just adding some distance each week, and doing the long walk. Training for the 5K is just decreasing the walk intervals in between the running (I'm up to a steady 10-minute run, but then I need to walk a minute to let my calves recover.)

With the C25K program, I'm easily moving 3-4 miles, which is the Tuesday and Thursday walking goals. Would it make sense to run (or run/walk) the C25K 35-min program, and then just walk as far as it takes me to finish out that day's Half-marathon goal? That way I can sort of accomplish the same thing, but in half the number of days (the point of the Half-marathon training is to build endurance, whether through running or walking.) I'm also kind of worried that I'm only getting one rest day (Sunday) where I don't walk or run at all. I've kept it up for 6 weeks, but I'm really feeling tired now and creaky, and I think it might be a little too much for me.

My original plan was just to walk the Half, but now I'm thinking I can probably run/walk it in intervals. I don't know -- it's my first Half, and my only real goal is to finish it.

Does any of this make sense? Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on this? Thank you!!!







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