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ELKWMN SparkPoints: (1,176)
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8/15/13 7:26 P

My favorite is to run outside . I live in a small town and there is a lot of nature to see. I am mostly focusing on the wildlife and trying to see if there is any to look at. Sometimes my mind just wanders. I think that is why I have learned to like running. I can think my own thoughts without interruption.

HOLLYM48 Posts: 18,788
8/15/13 4:21 P


DEIDRESH SparkPoints: (22,360)
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8/15/13 3:43 P

I listen to music or sometimes I let my mind wander and I think about all that's going on or what I have to do, etc.

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8/15/13 2:57 P

I have to listen to music and even then, I find myself bored or just tired (during a half marathon) then it's really anything that I can focus on to keep me going. I've found myself taking my shirt off, and then putting it back on to... getting out my phone and texting. Yes..texting while running. I've done just about anything I could find to do to make my legs not stop running...

HEAT04 Posts: 116
8/15/13 8:15 A

I need music to run - I have my favorite tunes playing and that's the enjoyment I get out of it. I also think about the usual stuff: beating my own times, where I want to run to in my neighborhood, looking out for cars, don't run into that swarm of bugs....stuff like that emoticon That probably doesn't help me 'focus', but it does make the time pass.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (351,191)
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8/15/13 3:57 A

That I want to beat my last time. If I am on the treadmill I listen to music

A_CHERE SparkPoints: (2,382)
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8/14/13 9:17 P

For me, running is a release. I do it for the pain I feel and what I gain in return. It helps me clear my mind and I just focus on really getting the negativity out of my life.

After a bad break-up, I used running to pretty much save my mind. I felt like I was going crazy until I started cross-country running again.

KURS10B Posts: 5,106
8/14/13 5:17 P

I have to have music on even if I'm not paying much attention to it. Otherwise I talk myself into walking. You may want to slow down your run some if you are having trouble breathing. The C25K programs assume you are running a 10 minute mile, but I am more like a 12-13 minute mile. I almost walk as fast as I run. If I go any faster I cant breathe well and I don't have asthma.

LULUCALLY SparkPoints: (18,486)
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8/13/13 12:49 P

Hey ALL_HEART_78, Don't give up. But take it slow. If you are just starting out, just jog for tiny bits when you are walking. If the breathing is hard, go back to a walk. Also, please check with your doctor.

8/13/13 12:16 P

I visualize my future plans as vividly as I can with some good beats in my ear.

8/13/13 11:48 A

For me, I focus on a small goal when running. If I string them together, I have better runs! I also incorporate lots of walk breaks to avoid injury. So, my run goal might be the next street sign or end of the song that's on my ipod at the moment. Sometimes if I just push through to that goal, I'll set another before that walk break too.

CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (71,498)
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8/13/13 11:12 A

Glad it's starting to feel better!

I know a lot of people who use a mantra or counting exercises to focus and calm themselves while running. A friend of mine counts backwards from 300 when she needs focus, and another friend will whisper 'quick quick light light' as she runs up hills. Embarrassing confession: my running mantra, which showed up one day uninvited and won't leave, is "One foot, two foot, red foot, blue foot". Too much Dr. Seuss as a child emoticon

ALL_HEART_78 SparkPoints: (3,311)
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8/13/13 10:07 A

The last three days of the program I noticed it was nice to finish. I enjoy running it is just that when my air starts to cut off. But I got a new inhaler and I am hoping that it helps. I am not running long but I still want to learn. I know there is very active person in this what use to be lazy body.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,807
8/13/13 8:28 A

What do I think about? Getting to the finish line! Really. I have gained some weight back and can't lose it and running is really hard because of it but I still do it. I just focus on completing the training run or finish line and it always feels great to be done.

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (89,153)
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8/13/13 4:28 A

I have an app on my phone which tells me how fast do i run. It helps me to keep pushing myself to work harder and run faster

AUGUSTREADY SparkPoints: (1,560)
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8/12/13 11:38 P

Running isn't for everyone...I STILL hate it, even after years of being fit and at a healthy weight...

Walking is an awesome exercise, and there are plenty of other things you can migrate to if you feel you need more...swimming, cycling, hiking, kayaking etc...

Exercise should be fun!!

ALL_HEART_78 SparkPoints: (3,311)
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8/12/13 8:50 P

Yeah I have only started walking a lot in the last 3 months. Anywhere from 1 mile to 5 miles.

I haven't really ran since I was a kid. So I probably jumped ahead too fast.

Thanks everyone. I think it is my Asthma that kicks in when I start. So my body brings up a little panic.

WCYNTHIA Posts: 2,903
8/12/13 4:30 P

Not sure what your fitness level is, but I'm right near 300 and have never had an issue with running. In fairness I will say that I've gained 50 lbs in the last year, but prior to now I've always been fairly active (step aerobics, spinning, walking, jogging, stairclimbing etc). I usually have on music that really gets me going...something upbeat that fits your pace. emoticon

SONICB Posts: 4,381
8/12/13 11:46 A

I agree with the previous posters on making sure you are ready to start a running program. Walking is a good way to work your way up to that.

When I run, I personally need fast-paced, catchy music with a good beat. I focus on the beat when I want to keep my running intensity up.

When I want to zone out, I use this time to think about any of the things I'm struggling with personally in life and try to sort out my thoughts on them.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (196,622)
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8/12/13 11:03 A

I agree with dragon that you should have the ability to walk 30-60 minutes, about 5 days a week, and have done so for at least several months before starting to run.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/12/13 8:16 A

How long have you been walking?

It's important to have a good walking base before you try to run; it's just as much about cardiovascular strength as it is musculoskeletal strength! Running's hard on your joints, and if you don't build up slowly, you'll find it's much harder.

What do you mean by your body panics? Some details will help us reach the source of your troubles.

ALL_HEART_78 SparkPoints: (3,311)
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8/11/13 11:02 P

I weight 334 and I have asthma. Starting to the 5k walk/run program. When I start to run. My body panics. I know it is all a mind game. What do you think about when you are running?

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