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JESSIEJACKS76's Photo JESSIEJACKS76 Posts: 102
8/24/11 12:39 P

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i think you are doing great too.. i just finished c25k also, i found it almost fun.

and like someoen else it just depends. i can run 30 mins at a time, but i don't always. i may not tonight. it is going to be really hot here today, and I may just give myself permission to maybe to 3 sets of 10 min or 2 sets of 15 min with a walking bread in between. will have to see, I usually hate walking and find restarting harder then just keep going.. but man it is goign to be hot again.

you just have to do what your body tells you.

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6/26/10 2:13 P

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I am so not a natural athlete. In addition to genetics, I had spent the last 8 years sitting on my duff, not moving my body at all. It has taken me 6 months to get to where I can run a mile without stopping. Everyone is different, keep working hard and celebrate the progress you see. Today was the first day I went for a run with my husband in a few months. When we first started the Cto5K in January I could barely do the first weeks intervals and could only run 1 block without practically passing out. Now I can do a mile, and I'm not near death. Running is such a great sport because you can always see improvement. Even if it is a small improvement.

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5/26/10 10:47 A

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You go, DICEGRRL! I think you'll love the Robert Ullrey Podcast...it's what I used when I first began running, and I absolutely loved it! I truly feel it's the reason I fell in love with running.

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5/26/10 10:38 A

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WOW! and LOL! I loved your post, I feel it! I haven't ran since my brother and I were kids and we would chase each other around the neighborhood. I don't even know if i remember how! I mean that!

I just recently learned how to walk normal again! and Now I want to run.

I tell a long story of this on my blog fcelerysticks.blogspot.com
I just printed the C25K article and training guide.
I just downloaded the Robert Ullrey Podcast and this afternoon I'm headed to a Dick's Sporting Goods to FINALLY buy a pair of ASICS.

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4/20/10 2:40 P

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I am another C25K "GRAD"...I started running again last January and still take some walking "breaks" when I am running. Listen to your body! Also some days I have more stamina, depending on my energy/food intake etc... You are doing great!

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4/20/10 8:50 A

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You made me laugh out loud...hilarious!

As for the running, I agree with everyone else...listen to your body and you'll be fine. I am a huge fan of the Couch to 5K (C25K) program...I don't think I'd still be running today if I hadn't started with that program. I know there are other good ones out there, but that one is my favorite. If you are like me and can't stand the thought of timing yourself though, you can download a free C25K podcast from iTunes. Look for the one by Robert Ullrey...it's called "Podcasts for Running". It's free, and it's got music there for you, and Robert cues you throughout all 8 weeks as to when to walk and when to run. Awesome stuff!

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4/19/10 8:51 P

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I have been running for about 5.5 weeks now, and i am just now able to run a half mile without stopping. If you can do that right off the bat, that's great. The program I'm doing is a run/walk interval program and its really working well for me. I ran (and walked) my first 5k last weekend and have another one planned next weekend. Keep it up!

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4/18/10 11:01 A

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Your post made me laugh out loud! I'm fairly new to running too and with some of the reading I've done, I've learned that stopping to walk is A-OK. What is important is that you keep moving. Many training programs suggest doing run/walk intervals until you get more comfortable. Run for 2 min. walk for 1. and so on until you've reached your mileage or time goal for the day. I tried this at first, and personally I found that I had a better run if I stuck with running and just went REALLY slow. I found a better groove this way. But everyone is different- walking some might be better for you!

No matter your pace- veteran runners suggest going SLOWER at first because you are more likely to stick with running if you don't kill yourself every time you head out. Check out Amby Burfoot's Principles of Running- some really great and motivating lessons in there!

Congrats on your successes- I can't wait to hear more from you!

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4/16/10 8:19 P

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Once again I totally agree here, lolol. Don't look at what someone else's average. You are on the right track and you are doing great!

Melissa

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4/16/10 8:00 P

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Welcome, you are doing great! There is a lot of good information for beginner runners in the "links" section at the top of this team page. The main thing is to honor your body...if it is in pain, it is trying to tell you something. If you honor it, your chances of running-related injuries is much lower. Don't worry about what an "average" or "experienced" runner runs...everyone is different and has different abilities.

You are off to a great start!

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4/16/10 6:56 P

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You are hilarious! I was gonna suggest the C25K as well. I loved it and have run 3 5k's to date. I will be walking one tomorrow, but plan to run another in June.
Take your time, but the sky's the limit!


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4/16/10 6:55 P

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I have asthma and it seemed to kick it out of me..i was the same way..now I can run a mile without stopping but in 15 min

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4/16/10 6:50 P

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LOL I was going to suggest the C25K program as well. There are several spark teams for that but you can also find it at www.coolrunning.com.

Melissa

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160--New t-shirt-run
150--New hoodie or pants
140--new jeans!
135-new wardrobe!

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April- Alleluhia Glory 5K
May-
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Nov- 4th Annual NAMI 1/2
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Hi and emoticon !! You kept me in suspense there wondering who was running behind you...you're so funny! I LOL!

I think that's great to run for 1/2 mile for a newbie! I never ran before until now and I've been doing different 'beginner running programs' to prepare me for my first 5K. I'm doing the 'Couch-to-5K' program right now. I guess you have to see how you are feeling and take intervals of walking and running as you build up your endurance. These programs list the different intervals. You can find the C2-5K program online.

Lots of luck, you're are getting close to your goal!

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4/16/10 5:21 P

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I'm a running newbie. Since there was never a pack of wild, rabid animals chasing me, I didn't see the need. After a recent medical snafu, I lost 73 pounds. Hooray! However, there is a darkside...

Two weeks ago, I was running late for work. I jumped in and out of the shower in a matter of minutes, threw my towel around me and dashed up the stairs to get dressed. I was immediately terrified as I heard someone running up the stairs right behind me! Ironically, it didn't calm my nerves when I realized that the "fwap-fwap-fwap" behind me, was my behind! Losing 73 pounds in only a few months, leaves things a little...uh, soft and flabby. I have no muscle tone what-so-ever.

Bought a new pair of running shoes, and headed to the gym (I call it "the spa"...makes it sound so much more appealing). I started running on the track and on the treadmill. I can only run 1/2 mile without stopping to catch my breath. Is that normal or really super wimpy? How long should I be able to run without having to stop and walk for a minute? How long do experienced runners run without stopping?



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