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11/8/11 10:17 P

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The reason I am doing a 5 K is because I turned 40 this past June and I want to prove to myself that I can still be fit and have fun!! 40 IS fabulous!!

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them,They think I'm telling lies. I say,It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I'm a woman Phenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.

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11/7/11 5:20 P

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CLWALDRO: That is so cool! I hope my daughter wants to run with me when she's older. I always feel bad telling her she can't come with me (she always asks to tag along), but a not-quite-three-year-old just can't keep up with me, especially on icy paths. As soon as she's old enough to stay with me I will gladly bring her along. :)

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10/30/11 6:00 A

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What got me to this page the first time was training for a marathon. What brought me back was the desire of my 9 year old to run a 5K. I wanted them to get the structure of training for a race and not just going out and running as hard as he can until he was tired. We will run his first 5K around Thanksgiving

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10/26/11 11:06 P

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I think I always wanted to run, or at least to make it to the title of 'runner'. I like to workout in the early morning and my skin is super sensitive to sun so a treadmill while it is still dark outside seemed ideal! I'm on day 3 and my midsection is already much trimmer and I feel good, if a little tired. It would be really awesome to finish this program and move up to half marathon. It just sounds fun! :)

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10/17/11 8:48 P

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I've been running on the treadmill since January, so I figured that I'm fit enough to run 3.1 miles at this point. I already do that amount on an incline at the treadmill.

I was also getting bored, and would love to try something new to get rid of the last 24 pounds!

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10/17/11 3:52 P

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I have always been athletic and in most recent years I felt that part of me was getting lost with age. One day I realized that the less I do the worse off I would be. So I thought about the most challenging exercise for me was to run. When I saw the 5K challenge, I realized it would keep me on track and help me to progress to the point where I can get used to running again. So here I am! I'm doing my 2nd challenge in the 5K and I'm beginning to get used to it. I love it!

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10/16/11 9:40 A

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I'm an avid biker, but the weather this summer (rain, rain, and more rain) severely limited how often I could bike. I was looking for something I could do at the gym and like having goals vs. 30 min on the elliptical. A lot of my friends are runners (half-marathons) so I thought I'd give jogging a shot. And besides, I want to be able to jog if there's ever a zombie apocalypse or anything emoticon

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10/14/11 1:39 P

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I've never enjoyed running - in fact I'd rather have a root canal than lace up running shoes and start pounding the pavement. But every August our karate club closes for a month and I've got to find something else to do. This year I decided to do the 5k walk/jog program. Much to my surprise, it wasn't nearly as bad as I had expected and a few times I actually got into the "zone" - that was weird, but fun!

Now I want to see if I can do better and actually RUN 5k. I'm not very fast but that's ok. It's more important to me to go the distance. My biggest challenge will be to find the time for three runs a week as I've already got karate three times a week and I do want to continue strength training as well.


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9/16/11 10:49 P

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Hi. I just wanted to train for a 5k, because I had first done one over 10 years ago, but never really participated in one since then. Always been meaning to but life kept getting in the way. Back then, I was more out of shape than I was now. Right now, I mostly work out inside, because unlike 10 years ago I didn't have kids. Also, I do occassionally run, but mostly do Jillian Michaels & Firm Videos.

I'm in my late 30's now, and I figured better now than later. My goal is to do a 5 k in December 2011. Anyway, I need to lose this extra weight from my last pregnancy a year ago. Already lost 20 pounds. Have about 20-30 lbs more to go. emoticon

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8/23/11 2:21 P

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Yes, the "real" road is tougher, someone explained to me that the treadmill helps you lift your foot, and of course the road doesn't. However, I find I run faster outdoors, probably because at least part of the time I'm running downhill! It's been too hot to run outside this summer, so I'm sure I'm WAYYYYY out of practice! Good luck on that 5K! emoticon

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8/23/11 1:55 P

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My sister runs, which made me want to run:) But really, I started running on the treadmill to lose weight and I can now run 30+ min, 3+ miles on the machine. Once I get out on the real road though, I die! SO much different :) I'd like to learn to run the 5K and run with her in some upcoming races. She has already done a 1/2 marathon and has asked me to make her a 13.1 bracelet. Well, I want to wear one of those too LOL! But wearing a 5K bracelet won't have as much impact to me so...(maybe run a 1/2 someday) Got to get thru the 5K first though emoticon Its all about sibling rivalry emoticon And being fit...

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8/23/11 1:16 P

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I am running to be more fit and lose weight. I am doing it for me and no one else. I have always wanted to be a good runner and I never really had the motivation until now. I am proud of myself for what I have already accomplished and I am ready to hang in there and do more!

Believe in what you are doing, let nothing stand in your way and make the impossible a reality.


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8/21/11 8:06 A

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I always tell people I "run" because my (older) sister makes me. That used to be the case, but now I want to see results. Since I have lost weight (still have 15# to go), running is easier and I actually enjoy it now. Training keeps me motivated and on track.

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8/18/11 9:48 P

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I'd like to have my rehabilitation be over and get back to my old self. I used to be a daily runner. It all started when my asthma started to get better. When you cannot walk up a flight of stairs without your rescue inhaler, then you can. You really enjoy the walking and running because you can! It started with that flight of stairs and eventually led to 5Ks and then a marathon in 2002. In 2008, I was in a bad car accident. I had a compressed fracture of L2. I tried to return to running, but had awful back spasms. The back doctor recommended Pilates and swimming. So I did a year of Pilates and swimming, started last year doing elliptical and yoga. Now he said I could try running again and see how it goes.
I am really hoping that my back is strong enough because I really miss the stress release and the high of running. I haven't been able to find that with swimming or the elliptical. If my back can handle a few training routines and a few virtual 5Ks during this school year, when I am home next summer, I'd love to be doing the extra miles to get ready for an October marathon...Then I will know the accident is behind me...


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8/11/11 8:17 P

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Great stories...great motivation!!

I'm running because I want to take control of my health before it's too late. I will be 45 in a few months and I want to feel great (and look great).

I had surgery in May and while at home recovering, my doctor encouraged me to walk so that I could help my healing process. I walked slowly in May. I walked faster in June. I started run/walks in July and now I'm running up to 1-2 miles a few days per week.

My goal is to run an entire 5K by the end of November.

"My body is like my home...if I want to live in it for a long time, then I'd better make sure I keep it in great condition!"

Sheree...Fit in my Forties


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8/10/11 6:20 A

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50th birthday! my 40th is in 1 1/2 years so thats got me motivated.... I hear after 40 its tuff to keep weight off... its tuff @38 yrs old..haha... good luck

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8/9/11 1:09 P

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I ran my first 5k back in 1998. I had already been running for a while, for health and enjoyment. But I have to admit, one of the reasons I signed up for the 5k was that it raised money for a local charity, and I was sick of my co-workers constantly hitting me up for donations to their kids' schools! I wanted to turn the tables a little! LOL!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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8/8/11 8:21 P

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Isn't it funny how having someone tell you you can't do something inspires you? I love your story, Good luck!

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8/8/11 5:48 P

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I started running because I heard it was the fastest, most efficient way to lose weight. Afterwards I came to enjoy it. There's nothing like the rush you get from running. After every run I feel like I've burned away toxins in my body.

This is my first 5k and I decided to go for it because some of my cousins are runners and I began thinking if they could do it then so could I. My husband made up my mind in the end though by asking in a doubting voice if I knew how far in miles 5k was and had I ever even walked that far before. He was surprised when I told him that was exactly how far one of our nature trails was last year and I did it nearly every day as a power walk. He sounded so doubting and that really irked me so I want to prove to him (and ultimately myself) that I can do it.

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8/8/11 9:33 A

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I work at a University with a HUGE school of Nursing, and every year they host a 5K run to raise money for scholarships. Not coincidentally, my daughter attends this University as a Nursing major - and that's what got me started! I hope to run a 10K next year, and then a half-marathon after that. Before that first 5K I NEVER ran, not even when I was in the Air Force. What probably kept me going the most was a good pair of Aasics running shoes (though I'm using Brooks currently); talked to a Professor that runs marathons and that's what she recommended. Gotta have good shoes! emoticon

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8/7/11 6:28 P

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I saw others runnig when I was walking and decided that I could do that. Like others, I started out small and though I'm not where I want to be in terms of time, I'm better than I was. Can't imagine not running.

Psalms 34:7 - Delight your self in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Before you ask God for Anything, remember to first thank him for Everything

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8/7/11 12:25 P

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My 50th birthday is rapidly approaching which provides me with a dual challenge. I am running to speed up my weight loss AND as a fitness challenge for my birthday.

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8/7/11 8:13 A

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Great reasons, everyone! Signing up for a race is a great way to get and stay motivated!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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8/7/11 3:57 A

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I needed to perk up my cardio so as not to lose my motivation and as i've stated losing interest in my walks and kept looking up at those running people during my walks i thought i'd give it a try by starting out small and safe so i did! and never regretted it! i start out with a emoticon and end up with a emoticon ! love it!

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8/7/11 12:10 A

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Last year I walked a 2 k for breast cancer awareness, and while I walked I saw all these people of all shapes and sizes running, and I could feel myself choking up on the emotion that all of these people thought that they could do it, and I didn't. I started running about 5 months ago, but stopped due to plantar fasciitis: at that point I was able to jog 6.5 k in about 45 minutes to 1 hour. I picked running up this week, and started slowly with the walk/jog Way to 5K, but today while shopping for running shoes I saw the flyer for this year's race, and I decided to sign up for the 8K.

I could've signed up for the 4k race, but I chose to do the most challenging one:
Because I don't know if I can do it, or what it'll take from me. Because I am just starting to get back on the grove and am not sure I have it in me anymore. Because I wanted to prove to myself this year to do something I've never done before. It will be my first race, and I'm willing to do this for me. So i switched to the running 5k plan, and on Monday I'll start once again.

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8/6/11 9:23 A

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I had all intention of joining a 5K this year, but the motivation hasn't continued. I think about it, but haven't really committed myself to doing it yet.

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8/6/11 7:36 A

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Just wondering what's got you onto this page and your motivation to run.

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