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AZIMMER12 Posts: 2,958
8/18/09 11:35 P

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I really believe that exercise is about 80% mind and 20% body. Our bodies are capable of many things with the right pushing and training, but its usually our mind that talks us out things. The question I think you need to ask yourself is why do you want to run? If you're simply doing it for the exercise b/c it burns more calories, most likely you will always hate running. I would encourage you to think of all the right reasons.

For me, I love the feeling I know that I did. When I have had a losy day at work there is nothing like hitting the pavement. But that's me. You have to run for you, whatever that reason is.

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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8/18/09 10:55 P

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Hey there:)

Nanc brings up a great point...the more our body does an activity, the more efficient and easy it becomes, also with that, the less calories it burns. When I first started out, and made it through the C25k program, I would burn over 500 cals running a 5k (using a heart rate monitor), now I only burn 275 or so.

The other point is the mental aspect of running. To just get out and run can be a rather mundane and boring proposition - that is if all you think about it how you don't want to be doing the activity, or about how far you have to go. I remember playing number games in my mind (like calculating how far I have gone in miles given how far I have gone in kilometres). You wouldn't believe how far you can get without actually feeling it when your brain is occupied doing something else.

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8/18/09 11:54 A

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Mey - One piece of advise I have (I just started running last year) is to focus not on what you can't imagine doing (5 miles) and keep your eyes fixed on your current goal. Once I stopped focusing on what my friends were able to do and I wasn't - it helped alot.

I also will set mini goals during my run - if I feel like I want to walk, I will tell myself that I need to get to that *whatever* before I can and then allow myself a short walk break - sometimes I don't need it. It's a mind game for me, but it works!

Also - I found that if I listen to music and focus on that it helps me too - I really started loosing myself in my run when I began praying for other people during my short runs or parts of my long runs. I will admit that there have been a few people I can't pray for when I run because I will start crying and then it's just not safe :)
But anything like that might work for you. I know others must stay focused on what they are doing - but this has just worked for me.

Hang in there - I was exactly where you are right now and never thought I would enjoy running... it was just the biggest calorie burner I had. Now I really enjoy it and look forward to my running days!

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8/18/09 11:20 A

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Yes! I can't imagine doing 5 miles!! I hate to say it, but I dread thinking that it is my run day! How do I change the mentality so that I won't dread it? Any advice?

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8/18/09 8:32 A

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Just my take but the more we do an activity the more our bodies adapt to the stress of that activity therefore, the more efficient we become at doing an activity. Running 5 miles is pretty standard for me today but 3 1/2 years ago that was a HUGE mountain for me to climb, so to speak. Also, whenever we are pushing our bodies to do something that we have never done before, not only do we have to change physically, but the mentality is just as important.

Keep up the running!

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8/18/09 7:10 A

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For me it's actually how I feel on the day. I love stairstepping and aerobics classes like it, but sometimes I just need to go outside, put on some tune I like and just jog/walk. It might honestly be a personal preference. Do you feel the same way when you jog outside vs. jogging inside or on a treadmill?

I don't win races, but I always cross the finish line. I'm not fast, but I try my best to become faster. I don't have sports endorsements or earn a paycheck, but that doesn't stop me from running. My pace does not define me. Just because "professional" does not precede "athlete" in describing me doesn't make my running any less valuable. I am an everyday athlete; leading a normal life, but with big goals and dreams.
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8/18/09 6:47 A

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That is so funny, Meyou02. Because I feel just the opposite! I love the running and feel empowered and happy by it but when doing intense aerobics, I'm totally lost. I can't keep up with the choreography or how fast it goes, going one way then turn around and doing something else! emoticon
It seems like I have two left feet. I constantly feel like I'm going to fall backwards, twist my ankle, break a bone or pull a muscle! I just can't get into that! There are a lot of people that love aerobics and I'm just not one of them. It's just different strokes for different folks! emoticon

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8/18/09 6:12 A

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Why is it that I love doing the intense aerobics and not the jogging? Why is it that aerobics makes me feel empowered and happy while walking 3 min. run 5 min. makes me hurt in my knees and feet when I don't feel that in my aerobics? Why is there a difference when it seems the cardio benefit is the same?

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