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3/16/12 12:21 A

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Congrats on your first 5k!!!!
You did fantastic!

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HANSONSJOURNEY's Photo HANSONSJOURNEY Posts: 268
3/14/12 7:10 A

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Rasher - I know you can do it. Don't give up. Just take your time and little by little you will get there.

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BTW, I was going to try to friend you so I could provide support/encouragement on your journey, but I don't know how to do that since you don't have a sparkpage or I can't see it. I'm still kind of new at SP so I'm still feeling my way around.

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RASHER211 Posts: 58
3/14/12 6:37 A

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Hi Hanson, thanks for the info i wil take my time and i will get there eventually. I know it wont be easy but i will keep going. emoticon

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HANSONSJOURNEY's Photo HANSONSJOURNEY Posts: 268
3/13/12 2:03 P

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FAMILYPRIDE - That's awesome! I wish you and your family the best of luck! The next time I'm in seatlle we'll have to get together and run a 5k. Hope to get there in a year or two on our way to Alaska.

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3/13/12 1:33 P

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I ready your story and can relate to it so much. I'm 47 y.o. and just recently within the past few months have made a change and committment to better life of wellbeing. Got tired of off the medications and health issues and my new doctor (an internist) told me the flat out truth that I was "morbidly obese" and was 60 lbs overweight and most if not all of my health issues were due to my weight. I've since began exercising (currently addicted to the treadmill) with some yoga and periodically weights, but find myself loving the treadmill. I plug in my ipod and love me in my own little world. I feel the same way you do about the treadmill vs. running outside as it is more forgiving than the pavement. Not to mention the weather is really cold here. (Pacific Northwest) I also, will be entering my first 5k this year, on Mother's Day actually. It's The Color Run - Seattle and my hubby n' 8 y.o. son and 66 yo. Mama have decided to join me and we're forming our own team! I am so excited! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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3/13/12 12:44 P

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RASHER211 - I know that feeling. I think the hardest part of jogging/walking a long distance is realizing you have to go at a pace that is comfortable for you. Your goal is to get to 5k not necessarily be the fastest or finish in a certain time. I would start my weeks at a slow pace - say 15 min/mile and then try to reach 12 min/mile by the end of the week. If I found it a struggle than I would repeat until I felt comfortable. That's why I'm not scheduled for my 5k virtual run until April 1. I wanted to give myself time to get comfortable running the distance. I can honestly tell you that it wasn't easy running 5k this morning. With 5 minutes left I was ready to quit, but kept on going. I must admit I run on a treadmill. Because of arthritis in my knees I can't run on pavement. It's too painful. And also my treadmill is like a springboard so it's forgiving unlike some. It's much easier on the joints. That helps me. Also, I listen to music and switch songs depending on my pace. I get bored easily trying to keep a steady pace so sometimes I run slow and other times I may sprint. I always sprint to the finish line. emoticon Hope I've helped a little bit. I'm certainly not an expert by any means. I just listen to my body.

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RASHER211 Posts: 58
3/13/12 8:42 A

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Well done to you emoticon
I am only starting to jog /walk i am finding the breathing hard to manage and the legs get very tired. Any tips you could give me would be appeciated.
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HANSONSJOURNEY's Photo HANSONSJOURNEY Posts: 268
3/13/12 6:00 A

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Hi Everyone! I just finished running my first 5k. Time: 36.50. Now, I plan to keep running 5k to get comfortable with the distance for my first 5k virtual run scheduled for April 1. Psyched!!!!

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