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3/18/10 5:53 P

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MERRYFJL......my race is on May 15th! And I completely agree.....muscles were used that I didn't know I had emoticon

So should have been my rest day but I can not get to the gym tomorrow so I did make it to the gym today and the threadmill was not my friend emoticon

So I ran 2.6 K and then rode the bike for 5K...hopefully I can get a run in on Saturday on the concrete!

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3/18/10 4:02 P

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If I read the first post right your 5k is tomorrow? If so good luck! Have so much fun!

And transitioning to outside I totally understand! I had been running many miles on the treadmill and then hit the trails this weekend. It works all kind of different little muscles to keep you stable that you don't need to use on the nice flat treadmill.

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3/18/10 6:16 A

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27:40....Definitely emoticon

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3/17/10 9:24 P

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Woohoo I am very excited. I ran the country road here and did 5K in 27:40 mins......I am sooo excited but wow it was sooo much harder on the concrete than on the threadmill. Hopefully I can run the concrete once a week just to get use to it!

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3/17/10 9:16 A

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Thanks! Yes I ran everyday we were up at the cottage last year and I did find the run alot harder on my joints then when I ran at the gym. Hopefully it will go well! I will update later!

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3/17/10 6:24 A

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Good Luck outside - remember most people feel it is much harder to run outside

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3/16/10 8:23 P

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I was looking at the Polar as well.

I will check out the fitness maps, thanks!

So I ran 7K today and it felt amazing! I think I ran the 5K at about 35:30 mins.

Tomorrow I am hoping to go running outside (no gym tomorrow). I want to see what I can do out on the concrete. Wish me luck!

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3/16/10 4:25 P

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I use the fitness maps feature on Sparks now before I head out so I know how far to go. But I used to use Nike plus and really enjoyed it. Worked with the i-pod I was all ready listening to and tracked the distance fairly well after it was calibrated. But no heart rate information.

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3/16/10 9:47 A

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I have a Polar with a foot pod. It wasn't cheap either. Check out Craigslist or ebay.

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1SHEEBA1's Photo 1SHEEBA1 Posts: 9
3/16/10 8:36 A

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Thanks again everyone!

I ran 5K yesterday at 36:05 mins and it felt great. I see I keep knocking off about a minute each time, so not bad.

I wanted to buy a watch that tracks my distance. I was looking at the Garmin Forerunner but not only does it look really big its also expensive. Can anyone suggest a good one that looks nice on a small wrist and won't break the bank? TIA

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3/15/10 3:13 P

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1SHEEBA1 – like everyone said, take the beginning slow and gradually build up to your running pace and just enjoy it!! There’s nothing like crossing the line on your 1st 5k!! Good Luck!!!

S0122S – under the “my Fitness” tab on SP, you’ll see at the bottom of the page a button to “Map your Route.” It’s useful if you don’t have a special watch w/GPS.
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3/15/10 9:19 A

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Becareful and don't push to hard...you don't want to injure yourself. Slow and Steady...remember speed comes with time.

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3/15/10 8:58 A

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Thanks everyone!

Yesterday was my rest day and I just wanted to get in the gym and go for a run but didnt since I do need to rest my joints. But I will be heading to the gym later this morning. Hopefully my time will go down a bit!

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3/15/10 8:34 A

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Good luck!

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.
I am an athlete. I am a runner. (runzoerun.com)

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3/15/10 6:15 A

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I too agree. Your first goal in your first race at any distance is to finish with a smile on your face and saying that was fun...I want to do it again!!!

You will find all that excitement will make you go faster than you are used to....fight the temptation to do so, and just run your race.

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3/14/10 11:28 P

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Good luck with your race!!

Sharon is right, everyone is different... I would suggest the goal for your first race be just to complete the race. Enjoy it!! Afterwards depending on how did you feel, you can change your strategy!!



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3/14/10 5:05 P

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That is exciting....
Each 5K,race just challenge yourself to do better than the last time. One thing I learned the hard way is, don't chase the rabbit starting out. Everyone is different, for me it takes about 1 mile to get warmed up and work up to my pace.

Good luck and have fun!

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3/14/10 2:13 P

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Great job! Question for you. Do you have a heart monitor that tells you how far you have gone? If so, which one. I'm trying to get the running down, but need to know how far I'm going.

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3/14/10 11:51 A

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I signed up for my first 5K run on friday and I am super excited!

Friday I ran 5K in 37:54 mins and yesterday I ran 5K at 37:02 mins. Today is a rest day. I would love to run the 5K at 25 mins but we will see.

I would love to hear about and tips all your expert runners have. Thanks

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