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AKACATE Posts: 903
8/4/13 11:17 A

1. Establish a program. I HIGHLY recommend any app from Jeff Galloway's Run-Walk-Run program

2. Talk to your Dr. about the program you establish

3. Get started and don't worry about anyone else's goals or opinions. GOOD LUCK!

RENATA144 SparkPoints: (207,563)
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8/2/13 10:29 P

You're better off doing low impact exercise so you don't hurt your knees & joints. Try swimming.

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (222,644)
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8/2/13 8:46 P

You can totally do it -- you just need to take the time to build up the muscles (and the connective tissues!) in your feet and legs. I was about a year older than you when I started trying to run, and probably right around 240 at the time, as I lost a fair amount before I started trying to run.

The one big mistake I made in the beginning was going to hard too soon, and promptly got injured. Once I recovered, I found I had to do a lot of walk/jogging (wogging!) to get my feet, legs, and hips/glutes strong enough to take the pounding before i could get too far. Also, if something feels like it really hurts -- stop and walk it out! The couch to 5K programs can be good -- but don't be afraid to repeat some of the early weeks until you can do the workouts comfortably. I had to repeat the first week 3 times, and the second week twice myself. But eventually, it all started to click!

You'll get a little further and a little faster each time -- as long as you let your body build up the strength bit by bit you'll be running a mile or more in no time.

Best of luck to you!

TAARON69 SparkPoints: (9,859)
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8/2/13 12:18 P

You can do it! Pace yourself.

NWLIFESRC Posts: 9,316
8/2/13 12:12 P

just go slow and u will be ok

DUBLINROSE Posts: 2,757
8/2/13 5:02 A

I started running last year at 35, now doing it three times a week and loving it, running my first half marathon in a few days too and if I can do it anyone can.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (360,662)
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8/2/13 3:59 A

I am 69 and started last February and love it

Good luck

8/2/13 1:58 A

Maybe, if you have been training 3X per week for the last four months and have never suffered joint pain.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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8/1/13 11:49 P


DEEASHAUB05 Posts: 3,356
8/1/13 11:14 P

Take it slow and set small goals for yourself.

I am almost 47 and 223 lbs and I have started running. I have asthma, and a stress fracture.

Good luck.

ERICADAWN1986 SparkPoints: (34,913)
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8/1/13 10:59 P

Hell yeah! Just don't come out the gate and over do it. You'll end up injured and discouraged. My mother in law is in her late fifties, she was well over 200lbs, started running (in combo with weight watchers) and she's a healthy weight and looks amazing as a size four now. She even ran a half marathon with me last October! Get an OK from your doc, find a run/walk plan that works for you (couch to 5k is one example) and enjoy the ride!

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
8/1/13 1:20 P

That's a very specific question. Is this a fitness test requirement for a job or activity or something? Tell us more.

The real answer is going to depend on how active you are and when you have to do this. If you can walk five miles and you have 12 to 16 weeks to reach the goal speed, then sure. Of course, you probably won't be 240 pounds anymore at that point!

But if you only walk a mile or two at a time, a few days a week, you're not going to be able to run 1.5 tomorrow.

The speed you're looking at is between 5 1/2 and 6 miles an hour. That's not race speed, but it's definitely running. The distance is half of a 5K. If you have time to work through a couch-to-5K program, you can probably reach this goal after about week 8 or so. If there's some reason you have to do it sooner, put it off as long as possible and work really hard, and there's still a chance you can make it.

Oh, and the age thing isn't really an issue. Sprinters are young, but distance runners tend to be older. Believe it or not, the biggest group of first-time marathoners are people in their 50s!

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
8/1/13 9:13 A

you can do it if you make it a goal and train hard for it!

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 5,714
7/31/13 12:40 P

Why take the risk of injury? I think better to start with a walking program . . . work your way up to walk/run interval and see how you feel from that. You will be better off than hurting yourself and then you're out of the "race" until you heal. Of course, IMHO ;)

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
7/31/13 11:57 A

I do believe that you need to work your way up to that if you are not exercising already. Sparks has good programs to help you with that. Good luck in this.

ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (158,732)
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7/31/13 11:30 A

Maybe? If you are active and already walking. Just be careful with your knees. My knee doc says for every extra 5 lbs you carry on the scale, your knees bear 20 extra pounds of pressure. You wouldn't want to injure your knees and sideline yourself from even walking! I would start with walking if you aren't already - and add 30 second intervals of walking every 5 minutes at first. Ease into it so your body can adjust. Good luck!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/31/13 10:58 A

Why not start now on one of those "learn to run" programs... where you start off with walking, then add short intervals of jogging into your walks, then slowly increasing the length of the jogging intervals and decreasing the walking "recovery" times....

for example this one... you could do a 13-week learn-to-walk-10k followed by a 13-week learn to run...

And while you are working through the learn-to-run program, you can simultaneously be working at your food intake, and dropping some of those pounds.

Imagine, at the end of 26 weeks....

Yes you would be able to run, and no, you wouldn't weigh 240#.....

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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7/31/13 8:05 A

Take it gradually. Try using a Couch 2 5k or similar training program to get you started. Good luck!

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
7/31/13 8:00 A

I think Coach Dean says it best from his own experience. "I’m not going to sugarcoat things here, or tell you that starting and sticking to an effective exercise plan will be easy or fun. The fact is that if you’re very overweight and out of shape, you’re likely going to face some obstacles—both physically and mentally—that will challenge you in every possible way.

But I can tell you this: These obstacles are not just obstacles to exercise—they are the same challenges that stand between you and the life you want for yourself. If you can find a way to meet these challenges head-on now, by being successful at making exercise a part of your daily life, you’ll have self-management skills and the confidence you need to handle just about anything else life might throw at you. Exercise can help you shed pounds, and a lot of other unwanted baggage as well."

Here is the first of a three article series that might also be helpful as you get started.

Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1
Getting Off To a Good Start

Coach Tanya

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,234
7/31/13 7:48 A

Anything is possible! I'm 47 and 182 lbs and have recently started running!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/31/13 7:28 A

If the woman has practiced and done running drills anything is possible. Yet I would definitely check with your doctor before attempting to run this distance at this weight.

FIZZYBALL Posts: 1,465
7/31/13 5:13 A

Can a 37 years old women run 1.5 miles in under 16 minutes at 240 pounds?

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