I wanted to run a 5K as part of my goals that I set for myself, but I have not ran in over 5 years :( I found a program to follow called Couch to 5K. It is awesome! You simply follow the suggested workouts 3 days week (they only take about 20-30 min.) and in 9 weeks you should be able to complete a 5k. You can find the program at www.coolrunning.com
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Exercise is a huge positive influence in my life. I hike and ride my bicycle. I do a little bit of yoga. This summer, I started training for distance running and it has been amazing. I followed the couch to 5k running program and now I am on week three of gateway to 8k. It is fun setting new goals to challenge yourself and when you meet them, talk about a self esteem boost. I plan on running a 5k race in october. I haven't run a race since high school, so I'm excited.
If you think you would like to start running, and never have tried, you should check out "Couch to 5k" on the internet. Another great tool is the Podrunner intervals and DJ beatsmith. You can download podcasts with music that goes with the couch to 5k plan. 224
Setting and reaching CONCRETE goals is the most motivating for me in my fitness and weight loss journey. Since I have a concrete date to run my first 5k, and a concrete path to get there using couch to 5k programs, it has been a HUGE motivation boost now that I have been on the path to reaching my goals the past few weeks. Plus exercise you KNOW you've done it or not, weight loss is sometimes a crap-shoot certain times with plateaus and such. 386
For those of you who feel the inner man telling you to start something new, run or walk an extra mile, lift heavier weights and then that small 18 voice tells you you can't. Shut him up and DO IT. I went from the couch to running 3 miles in 9 weeks (Couch to 5K Team). Believe in yourself and inspire those around you. 306
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