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I am proud of myself. I was so nervous about 5 minutes before it started. That went a way when an older woman in a scooter was trying to adjust her cart and almost completely ran over a little 5 year old.

I had a 3 year old running with his daddy and a few times he wanted to run ahead and I told him that I would keep up with him for a bit then his dad would catch back up and I would walk a bit then got to where I could see the time counter about the finish line and took off as fast as I could.
The only voice I heard at the finish line was my 14 year old niece.

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Way to go Jenn!!

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The important thing is that you did it! Now aren't you incredibly proud of yourself! I bet your family is.

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Way to go Jenn, very nice job!

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I Did it in 12 Minutes 40 seconds. We were entered into something called Mile madness which meant that we could run/walk it. I did better than I thought I would considering I was figuring over 13 minutes cause I wasnt sure I could even run it.

My 14 year old niece did hers in just under or just over 7 minutes. My 11 year old niece did hers in 8.18 and My son (12) did it in 8.41. I was thrilled.
My sis did hers in just around 11.56 or 11.59 she cant remember.

Thank you everyone for the support.

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I will keep this post and do that.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone

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I know I'm late to be chiming in on this, but I have to applaud you for your efforts to get out there for the charity! emoticon emoticon I really think that's great.

It's so close to the time though and all I can say is to jog as you can, and take walking breaks, so you finish in decent shape. Go for the couch potato to 5K program to train for the next one!







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EVERYONE Thank you so much for the advice. My sis has marked off a mile. Apparently she has been training/trying a few times.

I will blog on Monday night when I get back and post pictures.

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Jen - i cant offer any more advise than people have already offered - its all good advise. I did a marathon in Alaska for Leukemia and it just takes lots of long grueling training - but you can do it. It takes persistance and determination!

Good luck this saturday! You can do it!!

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JDMASONNEU - wow that site for tracking miles is AWESOME!! I find it such a PITA to drive out the milage before hand and i always forget anyway LOL or have better things to do - this is great! Thanks!

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When I was young I could go a few miles in good time. I didn't care what any coaches said, when I felt that I needed to walk, I walked. It was usually only a few seconds at a time but it was better than quitting. Now I power walk and run once in a while for a few seconds. It beats not doing it at all.

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I say go for as long as you feel able too, and then walk until you catch your breath, then start again. Sometimes taking the slow approach really is the best way to get into something, especially when you are out of shape, or heavier. This is what I had to do after my foot injury earlier this year and put back on some weight, pushing myself just wasn't an option because I'd set back recovery.

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If your feet and joints start to hurt, see if there is a running store close to you so you can be fitted for shoes. Any regular shoe store is going to try to sell you a pair of whatever they can make the most commission off of. Running shoes should be bigger and fit differently than regular shoes. I used to wear knee braces in high school, took a lot of softballs to the knees as a catcher, sacrificed all I had playing basketball and volleyball. I have beaten up my knees. Long story short, 5 years ago I got fitted for my first pair of real running shoes and haven't worn a brace or had knee pain since. It makes a world of difference, trust me. Also, don't go in thinking you are going to get a specific brand, nike isn't for everyone, neither is adidas or saucony. Let them put you in the shoe for your foot. There are a lot of variables to consider, and as a beginner runner, you don't know them all yet. Good Luck!!

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I am also doing the "couch to 5K" program from coolrunning.com.
If you have an IPOD you can download the podcasts. I am on week 3 and am taking it very slow...this is my 2nd week on week 3. Sooner or later, I'll get there!


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Couldn't get the sire o work, but I agree train slow.

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Good for you to try for this goal. I agree with everyone elses advice. But I just want to add, if you are feeling like running the whole mile is too much, train with walking breaks. Many people race with walking breaks. You could run for 2 minutes and walk for 1 or something like that. Don't overdo it, you want to enjoy this a little!

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I find this site a great resource for mapping out my jogging routes.

www.usatf.org/routes/map/

This way I can tell if what I think is a mile, really is or not.

The first thing I learned when I started to actually run is to take it slow. My knees especially did not like what I was doing when I tried to run for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. It took a while for my body to adjust. Make sure you realize that running and walking put different kinds of pressure on your joints. Whatever you do, don't over do it and hurt yourself. Do the best you can and don't feel that you need to run the entire mile to be successful. Getting across that line at the end injury free is the most important.

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Hey Girl! Its great that you are getting into running, especially for charity events!! John Bingham is my running inspiration, check out johnbingham.com. Don't expect to go out and run what everyone else does. My first race was great, but I tried to run everyone else's race. That doesn't work. If you are running on gravel, just run on the most packed gravel. Drive a 1 mile course, then when you start your run, aim for landmarks. Aim for this phone pole first, that big tree second, that driveway third, etc. That way your taking a longer distance and breaking it down into shorter more attainable goals. When you first started losing weight, you took it pound by pound, not all 20 at one time, right? Same with running. You run your pace, what is comfortable to you.

As far as hydration goes, don't over hydrate. Its just as bad as dehydration. You shouldn't drink gallons of water before a race, pace your water starting with the night before a race. I tell my clients the water in the toilet should have a slight yellow color to it. If its REALLY YELLOW or orange, you need to drink more water, you are dehydrated. When you overhydrate you can flush important nutrients out of your system. My mom was in the hospital for 4 days because she drank too much water, flushed a lot of the sodium out of her system and was closer to death than I ever want to see
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Ok I guess I better ad here saying that I walk for 30 to 45 minutes a day. This drive I walk is very rough terrain. I know that I can run at least .2 miles. My dog always stopped I havent done that since the 12 year old has been out of school and only been running up the last hill before we head back to the house and go around again.

I have been walking off and on for a year and recently walking more the past week.

In high school I was majorly out of shape. So my family doesnt realize how big a deal this really is.

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The first whole mile that I ran was in 8th grade PE, and I nearly passed out afterwards...because I didn't train for it. However, I paced myself and made it through with no injuries :). That year I started my love affair with distance running, so the thrill of being able to do it obviously outweighed the difficulty.

I'm assuming you haven't trained much yet? Since you're running it so soon, I'd rest those legs on Friday and just do something light on Thursday. One mile will be difficult to finish if you haven't ever done it- I made it through because I had a slightly more in-shape friend helping me along. I'd strongly recommend a running buddy!

If you had more time, I would recommend building up to a mile. Mix it with walking. Start by running one minute, walking one minute...or whatever ratio you feel you can do...for a mile. I'd run a couple days of that ratio, take a walking day if you feel sore, and then add a minute to each running interval. (so your next few days you'd run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 2, walk 1, etc.) Eventually you'll be able to run the whole mile without stopping. Using this plan, it would probably take no longer than a month to run the mile, but it could be more or less depending on how good of shape you're already in!

I ran cross country and track in high school, and every fall and spring I'd have to get back into shape after taking a season off. I'd usually just run the whole first mile, feel really bad, and then push through a second mile. I'd be up to running 30 minutes in about 2 weeks, but I was pretty familiar with overcoming that bad feeling. I say this just to tell you that it's very possible to run a mile with no training, but expect to feel a little queasy afterwards...and at the same time AWESOME for accomplishing your goal. Best of luck!

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The Course that I will be running is on flat surface and on pavement. What I run on now is gravel and not level. Theres nothing close around here for me to even think about training on otherwise.

I guess I shouldnt think about it, my sis smokes and she says shes going to try it to. I dont smoke just 20 pounds heavier then her.

I just want to be able to do it and not kill over. I will be glad when I get a treadmill but for now I have to do it this way. This running for Charity thing is all new to me.

But I promised my niece this time last year if I lost 20 more pounds by the time this one came along that I would run it with her this year. Well I accomplished it now I just have to do it.

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Oh, You will do fine. I started out in February just walking because I could not run. I would get out of breath if I tried to run a few steps. I just did a fast paced walk for a few months. I got to where I was going 5 miles a day. I think it was at the beginning of April that I started jogging/running. I do not run fast. I think I am doing a 14 minute mile. I run for about 40 minutes a day now. I participated in a 5K race on May 10th. I was not able to run the entire distance but I came across the finish line feeling great that I accomplished it. My goal is to be able to run an entire 5K before the end of this year and keep training to participate in a 10K. Good luck to you! emoticon
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I spend lots of time at the gym running on the treadmill (mostly because I can watch tv there while I run and I don't get bored, and because I can shower at the gym after my run without 3 kids standing at the bathroom door wondering when I'll be done). However, it's also important to run outside in conditions similar to the course you will be running on Saturday. If your course will be hilly, then yes, run on the hill but if you'll be running flat land, you should train on flat land.

Any other exercise you can do to improve your endurance is great. On race day, make sure you drink lots of water 2 or 3 hours before your race and then just sip until race time. Also, make sure you stretch well and do a quick warm up run just before your race...

Best of luck on Saturday! You'll do great!

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I learned to run using the Couch to 5k program on coolrunning.com. It is a 9 week schedule that starts with walking and short running intervals, and gradually builds to running nonstop for 3 miles or 30 minutes.

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You could map out a mile run on www.mapmyrun.com and then go out there today and run the mile and see how you do.

Good luck! I'm sure it will be fun.

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Ok I have a question for those who run in Mini marathons or just for excersize.

I have a mile to do on Saturday and I have been trying to run up my hill near the house here but was wondering how everyone else excersized before their first actual mile that they did for a charity or anything they did it for.

I am really looking forward to this and think that I can do it but am just hoping that I dont fall on my face.

Any advice.

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