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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/28/07 5:58 A

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Lol, let's hope that soon happens, because it is getting colder here and it is rainy, but I like the weather like this. Been drinking about 2-3 liters of water per day the past 2weeks and well, I just have to go to the bathroom like every 15-30min, but I feel healthier. My problem is I crave chips, chocolate, cashew nuts and avo! Goin on my varsity break today, so wont be able to go running for awhile, I am going to be in Johannesburg at my boyfriend and he forbids me to go run there, it is way to dangerous, even if he goes with me. So will keep myself busy with other things for awhile. See you guys soon, have a great easter! emoticon

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CNTRYGAL's Photo CNTRYGAL Posts: 1,675
3/27/07 2:26 P

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If you're borderline on drinking enough water - really make an effort to get your 8 glasses in (or more) on those days. I've found that with the more water I drink, I crave pepsi (as I sit here drinking one - oops) ALOT less. I used to drink 4 or 5 a day and now I may drink 1 or 2 a WEEK. If you're in extreme pain, maybe try lots of stretching and a short walk....

As for getting up and "thinking of running" - it becomes a habit. You'll wake up one day (before the alarm) and realize that you're trying to determine how hard the wind is blowing and if you'll need a windbreaker or not. LOL

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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/27/07 12:29 P

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Another thing, what do you do when you have your period. It is very painful and I just cant seem to get myself motivated to get up and do anything, not even thinking about running! I also crave foods like chocolate emoticon

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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/27/07 12:23 P

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Great idea, would have never thought of doing that, thanks emoticon

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3/26/07 2:47 P

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When I run anywhere off of an actual running track - I hook my ear pieces to the collar of my shirt (or wrap the cord around the /tank top/sports bra strap) and I just turn the music up a bit. That way, I can hear the music - but it's more "background" noise.

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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/26/07 11:31 A

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I have quite a narrow foot, but a normal bridge (figured that out atleast, lol). But will ask for guiddens from the assistand. Is it safe to run with an iPod? I mean, what if you cant hear someone approching or something like that. I live in South AFrica, so safety issues are quite big, no wait, HUGE, specially if you are a woman going to run on your own??? emoticon

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BETH_P's Photo BETH_P Posts: 162
3/26/07 8:27 A

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Thanks - and nothing wrong with being a little obsessive - that seems to be my way in most of my life.

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3/25/07 10:44 P

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Here's the site for that pouch. It actually might be a better option entirely than the nike shoes, as it takes less stress than having the sensor in the sole of the shoe. Can ya tell I'm a little obsessed with the Nike+?

http://shoepouch.com/

Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
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BETH_P's Photo BETH_P Posts: 162
3/25/07 9:04 P

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Thanks for posting about the pouch - I'm planning to get the Nike+ now that I'm addicted to my ipod and that will be terrific as I can't usually wear Nikes either and don't plan on new sneakers anyways at the moment.

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3/25/07 6:41 P

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Don't restrict yourself to NIKEs just b/c of the ipod - I can't run in nikes because they are really narrow. Grantwood Technology makes a $5 pouch that attaches to your laces for the Nike+ sensor, and I've been using that with my Sauconys with no trouble. See what brand the people at the shoe store recommend for your foot and stride.

Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/25/07 1:28 P

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I've done my reading about most running shoes and think I am going to go with the Nike Air Structure Triax. Will first go to a sport store where I can fit the shoe, ect. but it has a nike+ build in and well, I've got a iPod and love my music, so it will be a great motivator. My boyfriend has two polar watches, so think I will borrow one for a while and then see how the whole thing is going before I spend too much money I do not yet have, I am still a student. So tomorrow I start my new journey, my running journey! It will be hard starting slow, but befor my enthusiasm overwhelms me, I will think of injuries. I will keep you guys up to date with my journey, hope the support will stay this wonderful, I appreciate it so much.

Thank you all emoticon

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3/25/07 11:53 A

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I also can't stress enough the importance of the right shoe. No one can recommend the right running shoe online. For the first pair, go to a running store - they should watch you walk and jog from front and behind, and will fit you for your foot shape and gait. This is essential to prevent not just really bad stuff like lost toenails, but will significantly improve your comfort, reduce the instance of shinsplints and foot problems, and ensure that you have appropriate cushioning where your stride requires. I spent $90 on my first "real" pair of running shoes, and I was really hesitant to drop that kind of cash, but it has been completely worth it. I went from hating running to actually starting to enjoy it. Nothing makes people hate running more than running-related pain, and your shoes can mitigate or prevent a good portion of that pain.

Otherwise, a decent pair of running shorts and a shirt will make running more pleasant, especially in warm weather. Non-cotton apparel that wicks really makes a difference.

And, while I'm babbling on forever, I also will recommend the Nike+ for the ipod nano. Not worth it if you don't already have a Nano, but if you do, and you run, it's really cool and a great motivator.

If you decide to really train, you probably want to invest in a heart-rate monitor at some point - there are other threads that discuss this, so I'll just suggest you look into it when you really start getting into training.

Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/25/07 7:48 A

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Ooo, don't wanna loose toenails, just weight and unhealthy habbits emoticon Would def go to the store and fit shoes their before buying anything on the net. Because I live in South Africa everything is more expensive, that is if you can get the right shoe and not some 2000 model, lol. All part of the fun I guess. Lybbe, I must say you have come a long way, well done on all those weight lost, you look great!

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3/25/07 6:55 A

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I don't think we can emphasize enough the importance of good shoes - and you need to be properly fitted for your first pair. Running shoes should be a size or size and a half larger than your regular shoes or you run the risk of getting blisters and losing toenails. Once you determine your proper size and fit you can buy online or on sale, but I'd definitely go to a store that specializes in running for shoes.

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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/25/07 5:36 A

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The program does look a bit to easy, but I guess it is better to crawl, then walk and then start running. Will take to heart the advise on not starting off with such a whif that I get injured / discouraged.

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3/24/07 9:34 P

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Congratulations on your enthusiasm. Be cautious not to push yourself too hard too fast, it could potentially cause a setback which is disheartening. Take the time and follow the plan and increase your distance and speed slowly. You have already said you want to do this long term, so realize that you need to be cautious of the long term when you are training as well.

Good luck, I hope to hear great things from you.

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3/24/07 4:09 P

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I am visiting the coolrunnings.com site as I reply here. I have registered already and I am starting on Monday. A new week, a new beginning! emoticon I am excited about this and will learn running as a new habit, a healthy habit! I've already started a new good habit, drinking 3liters water a day and I actually like it, I dont find it hard at all. emoticon

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3/24/07 3:24 P

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It's tough to pick shoes out online (to start with anyway). Running stores are definitely the best way to go since the employees know so much about the shoes, running form, potential injuries, etc. A lot of the time, they'll have you try the shoes on and analyze how you're running in them. One of the key things when picking shoes is your foot strike -- how you move from heel to toe when you take a step. Can you tell just by walking around what happens? Does your foot start on the outside edge and roll in (as with most people)? Is it fairly neutral -- equal pressure across your foot? Or do you roll out?

Another thought for you... Be careful with getting a single pair of shoes for both trail and road. A lot of people are fine with wearing road shoes on trails, but if you try trail shoes on the road, you may find your knees/hips yelling at you to stop running.
And another thing - triathlon-wise. Most tri runs take place on roads. But the key thing with shoes & the run is actually the 2nd transition, when you move from the bike to the run. You need to be able to get the shoes on as fast as possible. The most popular way is to use some sort of easy tying mechanism -- I use litte bungee-cord things called Yankz. Much quicker onto the run that way -- if only I could run faster, I'd be all set :)


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HIRTENHEIM's Photo HIRTENHEIM Posts: 188
3/24/07 3:12 P

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okay, checked on the net first for some shoes. What is your opinion about these shoes:
* nike air assail 2642507
* nike air structure triax NIK1093
I dont want to do just road running, I actially want to get competitive in triathlons, outdoor challenges and things like that.
Going to check out that coolrunning.com site right now. Thank you girls emoticon

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LAVAROC Posts: 13
3/24/07 3:01 P

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Agreed -- I followed the CoolRunning C25K and LOVED it! That one day, I think it was W5D3 or so, was killer though... Going from running no longer than 8' to suddenly doing 20' was tough -- but it turned out that it was mostly psychological. Getting through that day, I knew I could make the whole thing.

And you're right about the gear. Shoes are critical, other than that, no worries. I'm always more comfortable in spandex shorts/tights just to avoid having them ride up, but whatever works for you is key.



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3/24/07 2:27 P

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Gear? Get a good pair of shoes. Honestly, everything else is optional (not that it's bad - I have lots of gear, but you don't need anything but a good pair of shoes). As for clothes, wear whatever you're most comfortable in. But the shoes are key. They prevent injuries like you wouldn't believe and make the running more enjoyable. I'd recommend going to a running store and getting fitted.

As for getting started, I used the Couch to 5K program. There's also a 5K plan available from Spark. You can find C25K at coolrunning.com. It's a great little plan, lots of people here followed it, and it takes you from not being able to run to running! Some people start with week one (I did), others have a bit more experience and can start with a different week. But it's a great program. I highly recommend it.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" - Mary Anne Radmacher



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3/24/07 1:44 P

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I want to start running, not just to loose the weight, but as a long term goal, to be competitive. How do I get started, what is the do's and dont's of running? What gear should I get, etc? emoticon

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