SparkPeople Rookie Running Group Team Messageboard This is a group of people that enjoy to run, and are at various stages in their training programs. Come on in and join this VERY motivational, fun team!! SparkPeople Rookie Running Group Team Messageboard Gateway to 8K Gateway to 8K is a podrunner program designed to take 5k runners up to 8K. It's ideal for me because I'm not quite ready to train for 10k but want to up my distance. <BR> <BR> This is an interval program and I completed week 1 today. Week 1 was run 7 minutes, walk 1 minute, repeat 4 times. <BR> <BR> Next week, week 2: run 8 minutes, walk 1 minute, repeat 4 times. <BR> <BR> So far so good! Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:52:21 EST Elliptical training on Rainy Days? Hello <BR> Does anyone have any information or guidance on how to convert elliptical running into what you might perform on the ground? I know they are very different for impact and effort, but when it rains I stay inside. I just want to make sure I am trying my very best Thu, 24 Oct 2019 08:06:51 EST New here :) Hello! I am not new to sparkpeople but am new to the team. I have been a runner for quite a while but have recently decided to start training for a half-marathon. I have done a couple in the past but not in quite some time. <BR> It would be nice to chat with some fellow-runners! Fri, 8 Mar 2019 07:45:10 EST what brand of sneakers do you run in? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am running in the Brooks Launch 5. I cannot believe how light they are on my feet, yet so supportive! They are on Zappos, they have free deliveries and free returns if you don't like them. <BR> I went up 1/2 size. <BR> <BR> What are you wearing? Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:46:49 EST Getting back into the rhythm Hi everyone! I used to run more frequently until about three years ago, at which point I basically stopped altogether. It's been about a year since I've run a 5k, and about as long since I've had a decent gym routine. So, I've decided to get back after it and find a way to create new goals. I've signed up for one race in November - and I'm starting training tomorrow morning. I don't expect to be perfect, but I do expect to give my best! <BR> <BR> 2019 Goal: <BR> Run four 5ks, beating my bes... Sun, 7 Oct 2018 13:08:11 EST Advice? When I run a 5k race, I almost throw up after I cross the finish line, and I have to sit because I feel so faint. Then I end up with the worst headache all day. I think it’s nerves combined with running, but it’s awful. Plus I’m literally one heave away from throwing up, and I’m worried it’ll happen. I’ll be so embarrassed! <BR> Anybody have any advice? Sat, 2 Jun 2018 10:32:24 EST I've a question My goal for running is to run a sub 30 minute 5k. Not for races or anything other than I think this would be a neat accomplishment. <BR> <BR> I was wondering am I better to try to accomplish this by only running for 30 minutes or by running for 5k? I end up doing a run walk combo but the running typically is for more than the walking. Perhaps there is some other way to be doing this? I tried the C25K app and was bored and ended up deleting it and just running. <BR> <BR> Also how many ... Thu, 4 May 2017 17:59:00 EST Anyone ever heard of a half-marathon relay? Apparently this is a new thing in the "Go Girl" run that's coming to OKC just in time for my birthday! <em>224</em> The idea is, two women will split the half-marathon halfway, or roughly 6.5 miles each. <em>312</em> I tried to train for a half-marathon about 2 years ago, ended up with a foot injury &amp; couldn't complete the training or do the run. <em>39</em> But now my daughter, a 25-yr-old, has asked me to help her pick out some running shoes, so I asked her if she'd be my re... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:14:45 EST Park Run - a safe place for overweight runners :) I really love going to Park Run. I'm in the UK, but Park Runs are springing up all over the World now. Every Saturday morning - free, timed, 5k runs. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to share this recent blog from Park Run - about how a woman in the 'obese' range started running, and what it has done for her - in case it can inspire another Sparker to give running a go! Feel free to share the link with anyone you think might be encouraged by this. <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:24:35 EST Florida peops please check in. Hey all, <BR> <BR> I know there are a lot of you that live in the Florida area, please check in to let us know you are ok. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Trish Thu, 13 Oct 2016 01:03:32 EST Survey to fill out if you have a few minutes Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Our partners at Vionic shoewear asked if we could send out this survey to some of our members to complete. If you are a woman and have a few minutes, I know they'd appreciate your time: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>K </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:25:46 EST Remember, remember to run this September! Anyone for a new thread? <BR> <BR> Who's running these days? I got 4k done today :0) <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 23:54:09 EST AUGUST - Watch them bring home the gold! So excited for the Olympics, I love watching these fantastic atheltes. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 20:32:43 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am returning to SparkPeople after a little hiatus. I have been trying to lose weight for almost 7 years (since I had my first child). I have decided that enough is enough! I am the type of person who will have a bad day and then throw my workouts and eating habits away until the next day, week, month or year. I have come to realize that it's okay to make small mistakes. As long as I don't give up or continuing making mistakes I will be fine! <BR> <BR> I have di... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:45:00 EST Hi there I started running several years ago with the C25. I kept it up but fell away from it the last few years. Now, I'm getting back thankfully and even am considering a half marathon...which is huge because while I've done 5ks, 10ks and obstacle races, the half was always so intimidating to me. I by no means love running, but I love the way it makes me feel after. I'm putting a few questions in the question area too. I consider myself a beginner because I'm kind of starting over and strugglin... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 09:51:18 EST July - be thankful and let summer begin Never in my life have I felt so vulnerable as I have the past 3 1/2 weeks. I somehow hurt my back and up until till about 3 days ago I had lots of pain and was not very mobile. I felt weak, scared and for the first time in my life I felt I was not in control of my life. The pain started in the low back but went to the groin, low abs and hips. Never isolated and was horrible every morning but eased as the day went until about 6 pm or so.. <BR> Even this morning I could barely move, putting... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:30:05 EST Hello, Introduction Just wanted to say Hello, 62 yrs young and trying to get healthy Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:11:54 EST Hello Good Evening Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Patty and I have just started running so I thought I would join a group where people are actually talking to each other to stay motivated and get tips. I just turned 53, and ran my first 5k on Mother's Day. I was very proud of myself since I have never been interested in running. Now I want to work towards a 10k then a half marathon. I definitely need help and motivation. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 22:28:56 EST Summer running is June-er-iffic! Hey Rookies! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has been kicking June off with a bang. It's taken me a little bit to ease into the higher temps and humidity, but I am quickly remembering why I love running in the summer! Early mornings, quiet streets... not too bad! <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:49:10 EST Starting Tips Hello everyone, I'm so eager to get started this evening after work but want to start off right. Any suggestions would be so I eat before I run? do I jump right into running or should I build up? I've been fairly inactive for 5 months due a fire at our home and now things are getting back to order I'd like to get this party started. Please help ;o) Wed, 25 May 2016 10:40:59 EST This time will be the charm Hey, team. I am trying to enter the world of running yet again. I lost 85 lbs with Sparkpeople a few years ago. I completed a few 5k's, a 10k, and a half marathon. However, all of those races felt very forced and were always a struggle. I want to improve my form and get to a point where I could run or jog 10 miles without having to walk. Right now I can probably do about a half mile and the most I was ever able to do without walking was probably 2 miles. I am 40 lbs heavier than my lowest wei... Sat, 14 May 2016 17:40:44 EST May we have more running, please? Good morning, May Rookies! <BR> <BR> Feeling pretty good after an easy day yesterday. Went to a Gentle Yoga class, which was perfect for race recovery. My race on Sunday really seemed to be the push I need to get back into running more seriously/regularly. <BR> <BR> Have a super day! <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> Tue, 3 May 2016 07:52:18 EST Newbie I am a full time student and wife. I lose motivation sometimes but I am really going to give it my all. How do you become a persistent runner and what foods help with a runners plan? <em>20</em> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:22:44 EST Done with winter...let's Rock it out this Spring!! Hey Rooks, <BR> <BR> Today was an interesting day for me. Did a big 'ol hike with friends this was really nice to spend time with a bunch of ladies and getting our sweat on. After, we hit my dear friends memorial was nice, and very tough. I was fine until we walked into the funeral home (it was the one we used for Don as well)...brought me (and Missy) right back... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we all get our hair done, and I also get to go for another hike. Monkey has ba... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 01:58:24 EST Color Me Rad 5K Has anyone ever done a color run? Any tips for the day of? Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:23:27 EST Foam Roller - Exercises? Hi all, I am new to running (2 weeks on C25K program) and interested in getting a foam roller to massage my sore legs. Just wondering if there is a place where i can find exercises for runners on the foam roller Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:09:59 EST Running in like a lion! Happy March, all! <BR> <BR> i have 4 miles scheduled for this morning. The temp is mild, the wind is low. Should be a good run. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Rookies! <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 06:14:28 EST Fitter legs = fitter brains I am taking part in a longitudinal dementia study - and spotted this on the news page today. It relates to studies done on women in particular (not sure why they were studying women) but the short story is that muscle strength (as measured in leg muscles) seems to protect against brain ageing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cords/2015/November/Fitter-legs-linked<BR>-to-a-fitter-brain.aspx </link> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:33:04 EST Leaping and running into February! Get it? It's a Leap Year. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all doing well, Rookies! <BR> <BR> I'm up early to run today - it's time to get in these miles so I can do the 10-miler I have scheduled for May. <BR> <BR> Happy February! <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 06:41:11 EST Sweet '16! Happy New Year, friends! I look forward to a year of more running, accountability, and Sparky goodness. <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:37:55 EST how often do you run? I'm the type of person who tends to go full out on things and then burn out. I'm doing my best to not injure myself and be responsible when it comes to running. I've been running/walking 5 days a week but I'm wondering if that's not too much. This week I've started trying to run every other day and walk only on the other days or do a walking video and do strength exercises the other days. <BR> <BR> So how often do you run? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:43:11 EST when did you call yourself a runner? Just wondering at what point you started referring to yourself as a runner or going for a run instead of a walk. <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying the running I do but have a hard time calling myself a runner or saying I went for a run, I always feel the need to say run/walk bc while I do 4-5 miles usually, on any given day half of that may be walking depending on how I'm feeling. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:41:13 EST running apps What apps do you use if any? <BR> <BR> I've been using Nike+ running for a while but it doesn't seem to like my phone's GPS so I've started using Runkeeper. Wondering what other apps people use. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:02:51 EST I dream of a marathon Hello Rookie's <BR> <BR> I have wanted to run a marathon for a very long time. I keep starting a training programme only for life to get in the way and I start again.. And Again.. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being part of what Racing4me say's is the craziest of Sparkteams <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Delighted to have any new sparkfriends! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 04:12:43 EST Hello all I thought it was time to join a running team here on Spark. I've always wanted to be a runner but my knees never wanted to cooperate. I'm finally doing it. I started in Sept, and have been at it consistently since then and I'm in love! It's so addicting to watch the number go up on here and on my Nike app. I'm really enjoying it, even running in the rain :) though I think snow might end up being the stay inside sign for me lol Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:15:39 EST Quick hello I'm getting back into a fitness and food routine, so I'm getting back into my running shoes too. I don't really "love" running, but I love how easy it is to lace up and go whether I'm at home or on the road for work. I can't ever seem to get myself motivated to do long runs on a treadmill, but they're great for interval workouts for me. I'm lucky enough to live next to a beautiful running trail in downtown Denver, so I try to get myself and my dog out on that path for 3-5 mile run once a wee... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:47:51 EST Slow and Steady...? Hi! So I just finished my third 5k this year, and I beat my time by 2.25 minutes. I would love to tackle a 10k, but I feel I'm too slow. It will take me 1hour and 45 minutes to complete a 10k at my current pace. Is that too long? Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:13:38 EST Runner's High I've often heard people talk about the 'endorphins kicking in' and reaching a point when running where they feel they're invincible. I'm very much a rookie runner - but I've had moments when I do feel like this - I had one the other day when I was running down a long hill - felt like I could fly and had such a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> I found this little article about an experiment (only done on mice so far) that has identified a different chemical in the brain which causes that feelin... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 03:54:03 EST Saturday Morning Challenge One day only, 5:30 am Central time, I will challenge myself to get up an run at least 30 minutes. I challenge you to join me. Gosh, that really sounds more like a threat, lol! Comment if your in fellow runners! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 20:19:54 EST Transition from track to road I am almost done with my C25K training! I have been fortunate enough to have access to a track to run on. However, I have been working out of town for 5 months and my gym back home doesn't have a track. I'll have to transition to running outside. It's good thing because I'd like to start signing up for races. I know that a treadmill is way different than running on the road, but I expect that track to road will be an adjustment too. I'll have obstacles and hills to contend with. I'm prepared ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:00:30 EST Hello! Just joined... Yay! I've been running almost two years, but I just recently started running outdoors. I would like to do it exclusively, but that would mean it would be early morning, very dark, and kind of scary (for me). Does anyone run in the dark? Do you have any tips? Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:24:14 EST Sony Smart B-Trainer I have completed a few 5k races now. I have been proud just doing the distance, now I want to improve my speed. I am pretty new to running gadgets having used a FitBit One for 2 years and just purchasing my first smart phone 2 months ago. I have come across the Sony Smart B-Trainer via the ASICS website. I would love to hear from anyone who has used this gadget or has any valuable information about the Sony Smart B-Trainer. It is supposed to link up with the Smart B-Trainer app. <BR> <... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:02:00 EST Maybe this isn't for me. I started a walk/jog program through a local running group in prep for a 5K I thought I would run in October. I have been doing this for about 12 weeks now at 2-3 times a week (mostly 2). I stretch before and after and I jog extremely slow. Some people walk faster than I jog, but my goal was to increase my distance I was able to jog and less walking and then down the road work on increasing speed. I had worked up approx. 3 mins run then walk approx. 1 minute intervals. About two weeks ag... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:50:24 EST Making progress Yesterday I did week 7 day 1 on my C25K. I got up this morning knowing that this morning would be an off day. It's been odd to not do my run this morning when I've done it every day since Monday. Thinking that tomorrow I'll do the next day of my run. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 21:24:38 EST How far can you go in an hour? My 5K training program is usually between 50 and 55 minutes each time. It's building me up to be able to run about 3 miles (5K, obvs) in that time frame. However, I know once I reach that and can do it consistently that I'm going to want to add distance. Without being a speed runner (alas, I'm built for comfort, not speed, and I don't expect that to change significantly once I hit goal weight), how far could I reasonably get in an hour? What's a decent expectation towards which to work? <... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:28:16 EST Every other run - is this normal? It seems like every other run is a good run, where I'm doing better and feeling it and it goes great. Then the ones in between are tough, it's like pulling teeth, my back hurts, I can't run nearly as much, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm doing runs MoWeFr, strength training (mostly upper body, but also the lower body stuff that TXHRT4U recommended to help strengthen my running muscles) TuThSa, and Sunday is a day of rest. I don't think I'm overtraining - my runs are about 45 minutes to an hour, but e... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:10:11 EST What should I look for in running shoes I'm doing my Google homework and going to do the treadmill thing at Dick's Sporting Goods, but I thought I'd ask for opinions here. What sort of factors should I take into account when choosing running shoes? Typically when I walk my foot rolls to the outside - you can see on pairs of shoes I've worn for long periods of time that the outside of the shoe hangs over the sole. <BR> <BR> I've seen a lot of different brands - Brooks comes highly recommended (by the sales people, so take that ... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:52:38 EST Making it a habit I have done C25K twice in the past 3 years - doing the Race for Life (UK) - and each time I've 'intended' to keep on running after the race - and each time the habit of running has fizzled out again. <BR> <BR> I've read lots of articles and checked out different training plans etc - most of them led me back to Runners World. <BR> <BR> The goal I settled on is from Runners World - aim for 30 mins at a slow pace (2mph); 2 miles non-stop; stay with that 3 or 4 days a week - this is enough to... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 03:57:55 EST How many miles I haven't run more than 10 miles a week for the last 6 weeks because of knee issues. I haven't had any issues with it for a little while now, I've just been nervous to do too much. Do you think I should follow the 10% increase rule to get my weekly mileage back up? The knee issues arose after I completed a marathon, took a week off and jumped back into training and upped my miles too quickly. The second week after the marathon I was comfortably able to do 20 miles, it was the following week a... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:40:22 EST Issues running/walking with my dog My dog *LOVES* going for walks, like, I walk near the leash and he starts bouncing. The issue is that he stops and smells everything. It feels like a constant fight to get him to keep up with me, which makes it hard to keep a steady pace. It's a little better when I'm running vs when I'm walking, but not much. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else run/walk with their dog? Any tips? Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:12:33 EST Hungry for Help ;) I run 3-5 miles a few times a week and do strength training. I did my first 10k ever back in May. I can run a 12 min mile, maybe even faster, but very conscious of not stressing joints or breaking something. I started fitness program (exercise/diet) to lose weight (lost 20 pounds) but that goal shifted to losing for health - I want to keep my blood pressure in check to avoid medications. I have the exercise piece nailed, at the moment. BUT I never got into the target BMI zone, I hover right a... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 10:55:43 EST Hi! Hi everyone, my name is Bonnie. I have been on Spark People (for the third and final time) for 14 months now and have lost 109 pounds so far. <BR> <BR> Back in April I started a Couch to 5K program and got about three weeks into it before going on vacation, which I took a break from it since I was in a new area and didn't want added stressors to my exercise plan. I came back and my shoes started really wearing out on the insides. Due to that and choosing the wrong shoes when I finally got ne... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 22:06:50 EST I can't believe I'm running Hi! I'm newish to Spark and really new to running. I love the smartphone app Zombies, Run! It's designed for runners, but can totally be used for walkers. I figured I'd walk the whole series - I always used to joke that I would only run if *real* zombies were chasing me. :) However, their 5k app is set in between seasons 1 and 2, and they have several "race" episodes for 5K, 10K, and 20K. Since I am completely engrossed by the story I couldn't skip the "in between" stories, so I decided... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:12:23 EST 3 Day Streak! <em>104</em> I did 10 minutes two days ago at 3. I couldn't get the incline to work until afterwards. Yesterday I did 15 minutes, increasing my speed to 3.5 and raised my incline, but my calves were feeling like they were cramping, so I brought it down a bit. I also went for a walk with my husband last night, so I was able to increase my steps even more. Today I did 10 minutes with my speed at 3.5 and my incline raised again. My goal tomorrow is to run for 15 minutes, at 3.5 and keep... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 16:26:52 EST I'm not new to Sparkpeople... ...but I've been away too long and need to get on track. I used to run and cycle regularly, but a long run with pneumonia got me way off track. Now I tend to overthink before I do anything and end up not doing any exercise at all. <BR> <BR> I went on the treadmill for 10 minutes this morning. It was an easy run, set on 3 with my track flat, but it was still more than what I've been doing, which is nothing. I do plan on gradually increasing my running, but I have to commit to it. <BR> ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:42:34 EST Virtual Races? Have you/would you do a virtual race? After I got hooked on the "bling" from my first 5K I signed up for a couple more, but I also signed up for a virtual 5K so I could earn a particular medal I really liked. I found the virtual race to be disappointing at best; it felt pretty much like any other workout. I really missed the camaraderie of the real races. <BR> Have you tried it? What's your opinion? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:51:33 EST Looking for people to talk running with My name is April and I'm from Cincinnati. I started running about a year and a half ago and I love it, but I only know one other person that runs. My husband doesn't get my obsession and I would love to have more people to talk about it with/ask questions etc. Would also be interested in friends on map my run. I currently run about 20 - 25 miles a week mostly all on my lunch break at work. Considering a half marathon, but my longest distance at this point is a little over 6 miles. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:05:57 EST C25K plus I finished SparkPeople's C25K-like program a couple weeks ago. I ran my 5K at the end of the ninth week of training. After those nine weeks of training I felt fatigued and not ready to settle into 2-3 miles runs or move forward into a 10K program. I needed a break but feared that if I stopped I wouldn't start again. My solution was to start over again with a different C25K using the easy first few weeks to decrease the intensity and then ease back to it. I'm in week 3 now feeling rested and f... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:03:16 EST Hi Hi, my name is Brian. I graduated from SparkPeople's 5K Your Way a couple weeks ago. Ran my 5K. I joined the team to stay connected with rookie runners I've met alone the way. <BR> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:13:26 EST New to Running I'm just starting to run today actually. I'm going to be using a treadmill. How do you start? Is there a schedule that I follow when I run? Do I start by running a certain distance daily? Does anyone know which direction that can point me to? Thanks! <em>30</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:23:30 EST New Over 50's Grandma running :) Just joined this team this morning and must say I was impressed with the mult email responses. Great job with that. Made me feel very welcome! A little about me and my goals. I started weight loss and walking in January 2015. Could barely walk 1/2 mile. I am now down 33 lbs and just "Ran/Jogged" a 5K this past saturday. It was my 2nd 5K this year 1st one I walked. I did the spark people training to get to that running fitness level. I have had to go slower than I would have thought.... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:04:51 EST Want to keep running :) Hi, I've joined this team because I want to keep running. I did a C25K two years' ago - then sort of stopped running again! Got interested in Chi Running, Jeff Galloway, barefoot running.... but still didn't really get going. Have just recently come to the end of the 8-week Rookie Running Programme and have a 5k on 27th May. I really don't want to stop running after the race, but not sure how to motivate myself to keep going - need targets and goals maybe? <BR> <BR> I'm 60 years old, norma... Fri, 22 May 2015 05:37:11 EST Heart rate too high--why worry? I know that based on the accepted formula my high heart rate for training should be around 150 (I'm almost 45) but it is CONSISTENTLY higher than that if I'm exerting anything resembling effort. I've been going to the gym and doing about half an hour of cardio per day, 4-5 days per week, for about a year and I'm now only about 20 pounds overweight, so I would call myself moderately fit. I've just recently started running, but my heart rate sits in the 180-200 range when I run even though I ... Mon, 11 May 2015 02:19:04 EST I guess I want to be a runner...Hello! I'm Tiffany in Phoenix and as I lost weight I decided to put a 5K on my bucket list. Not sure why, because I've never been a runner, but it seemed like something I wanted to prove to myself. Well, I got talked into signing up for a race we ran last month only to learn that it was the day after I'd promised my daughter we would do the Pride Walk/Run in support of a few of our gay friends in tough circumstances. So, we did a 3K walk on a Saturday (27:38) followed by my first 5K "run" on Sunday ... Mon, 11 May 2015 01:33:04 EST ankle pains Hi all- <BR> <BR> I'm a very new runner and very overweight. I currently weigh about 260 lbs and would like to start running for fun and fitness. However, I have noticed that walking around, walking up and down stairs alone makes my ankles and knees hurt. Any suggestions to avoid these things as I don't want to give myself a "way out" of this activity. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Neela Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:44:41 EST Excellent article for those who doubt <link><BR>-you-from-the-front-of-the-pack-to-the<BR>-back/ </link> <BR> <BR> Loved reading through this. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:27:05 EST *wave* Helllo! Hi! I'm Andrea! I started running about 4 years ago and fell in love with it immediately. I don't know why I ever thought I'd hate it! I was interrupted from running when we discovered we were expecting our littlest mister - it was a high risk pregnancy, so I had to set running aside for awhile. Last year I found my groove again and this year I am working on running a 10K. I turn 40 next year, and I promised myself I would sign up for a half then. And then told my kids, so of course they are ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:38:25 EST Hi there! Just wanted to introduce myself Hello all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Neela, I am currently 268 lbs and want to get into running. I am interested in the techniques you use to get started at a heavy weight. I want to run for fun, join the runs that are in my area, and get into shape. <BR> <BR> Any advise that you will be able to offer will definitely be appreciated. Wish me luck! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Neela Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:52:42 EST Hello I am 54 years old, and walk every where, I have never had a drivers license so walking has been my means to get from A to B. but it is becoming a bit mundane, and i want to shake it up a bit by starting to run. I am a bit scared of falling over when I run, but have started doing it in 1 minute cycles. I have three kids and two grandkids, am studying a Diploma in Business Administration and Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine, keeping the mind active but I want my body to follow suite, an... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:36:41 EST Running v. Jogging? This is kind of tongue in cheek and kind of serious: I'm wondering how to define running versus jogging. Is it speed related? Is it a matter of consistency (i.e., how often you go out/week)? Is it miles covered? Are the expectations adjusted for age (I'm approaching 50 faster than I can run/jog!)? <BR> <BR> I can go 2 miles without stopping to walk, so I like to think of it as running, but my pace is 13 mins/mile. Of course, I've only been training a couple of months, and getting my cardio t... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:50:45 EST are 5ks safe for couch potatoes? Hi, <BR> <BR> I am considering signing up for a 5k race in exactly 8 weeks from today. <BR> <BR> The thing is, I am a complete couch potato. I am very sedentary right now. I sit practically all day. <BR> <BR> Is it unrealistic for me to attempt to do this 5k? The only reason I am considering it is to force myself to train for it and thus get more active. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your feedback! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:57:57 EST Hello All Hi, I'm a 60 year old breast cancer survivor who is just beginning running. Have enjoyed running a couple 5K's. My goal is to run a half marathon in November, to run injury free until I'm 100 and enjoy each and every day! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:22:49 EST ... ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:01:53 EST Hi I am new to this forum. <BR> I am looking forward to any and all advice offered. <BR> <BR> Back in 2007 I was able to run a 5k no problem. Since then life seemed to take over. I am soon going to be a 9-5 worker no more shift work. I am going to take advantage of this and become a runner! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to learning new things for everyone. <em>363</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:42:34 EST Races Is anyone doing the Get Lucky 7K or Half Marathon in the Twin Cities on March 14? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:14:19 EST Can't wait to hit the roads again I have been on the sidelines since October, and it looks like it will be more time off. I am struggling with Planter faciitis so no rushing back. I miss running so much. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:12:28 EST Inspiring article Hey all! I found this article to be really inspiring, it's called 'If You Run Slow, Who Cares?' and I figured I'd pass it on :) the other day I was thinking about my own speeds and the pressure I feel to get faster SOONER so I could have the confidence to sign up for a race..... finding this article was well-timed. <BR> <BR> "Here’s a secret about running. The feeling you get after a new PR, the satisfaction from a tough workout well done, and the disappointment from a bad performance all fe... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:28:15 EST Long runs How much longer (miles or minutes) is your long run vs your regular runs? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:09:12 EST 2015 is THE year we deserve!!! Hey all, <BR> <BR> Again, I have been absent, but for the past 2 days I have managed to purge 2 rooms, and have strung together 2 workouts. Definitely a good start! So my run/walk miles are 3.7, and my bike miles are 15....holy sore muscles as I have spent the majority of the past 4 years not doing a thing. I am happy that it appears as if the fog has lifted a wee bit. Christmas was odd as we were together without other family, so just the 3 of us. All of us lost it at dift times, but w... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 03:19:39 EST I'm Julie Hey, I'm Julie! Mother, wife, dog lover :D <BR> I've been running a while. I have run two 5k in as many years. I'm hoping to up my speed and mileage. 10K here I come, lol! I just moved to Wisconsin a year ago. I'm not sure it's wise to run in 1* weather, hahaha! I haven't run in two months-I hate the cold and treadmills stir up my virtigo. <BR> I'm trying to stay motivated :0) Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:01:44 EST Need lower calf stretch! Help! Hi all, I've been running for about 2 years now, but was out of the habit for about 6 months before I got my treadmill. I was doing fine on the treadmill until I set the incline up (just to experiment) and now EVERY time I run I get a dull ache in the back of calves, above the ankle but below the "bulge" of the calf muscle. <BR> <BR> I've tried stretching my calves with the exercises recommended on one of the articles here, but they don't seem to be doing much for the area where I'm having ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:10:19 EST Did my 1st "hill day" today Or rather, "incline day" since I run on the treadmill. I did 3 (about 30 seconds each) at a 5% incline. They were long 30 second runs. lol <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:35:02 EST Hello Just thought I would introduce myself. My name is Carrie and I'm a runner! :) It makes me so happy to say that! Running has been a goal of mine for years and this year it became a reality. I started training in the spring to walk a half marathon in October. Along the way, walking got old, so I started run/walking during training. I ran my first 5k in July and have completed a few other 5ks since then. I completed my half marathon in October by run/walking it. I am currently working on buildin... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:40:01 EST we need a topic now? Okay how can you run in to a boat? they are not small and the ocean is a pretty big place seems like there would be plenty of room to maneuver. Then to think you can hit someone damage their property then just wave like an idiot and sail off. I am glad they caught him what a world class idiot. <BR> <BR> Not much going on here. Trying to be more aware of what I am eating calorie wise but still just can't get going on the exercise. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:31:53 EST Running Alone Hello! Just wondering how many of you run local races alone? I would love to run more races, but have a hard time finding people to do it with me... usually for one reason or another. Any of you run them alone? Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:39:12 EST Jingle bells, jingle bells Welcome December:) Let's plan to run a 5K Jingle Bell race this month:) <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:30:34 EST New to jogging/ running! Hi all, I'm new to jogging/running/wabbling! I did my first 5K on Thanksgiving day. Finished at 41:29. There were like 2,000 participants! I was trying to train with Sparks 5K training program but could only train sporadically because of work, school, family obligations, but I am very proud of my time, as there was time I was so de-conditioned, it would have taken me 90 minutes to walk a 5K! My next 5K is this month on the 27th! I hope I can improve my time! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:49:11 EST Hip Flexors Sore sore sore, all the time! Will it ever go away? My yoga teacher showed me some stretches to do and that helps but they are still sore. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:45:36 EST 4 year newbie? Hi all! I'm new to the team (actually was here before but am rejoining). It's funny, I've been running nearly 4 years, but I still feel like a novice. I've done a lot of 5Ks and keep plugging away at trying to run faster or longer, and then I'll have a setback and have to build up again.... so I never really feel like I'm GREAT at this running thing. But that's okay. I'm doing it mainly to keep the weight off and because it motivates me psychologically to prove to myself that I can achieve my... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:05:41 EST Starting over: cross-training through an injury. Hey, rookie runners! I have a questions that's tangentially related to running. I'm injured and being forced to cut mileage for at least a month. I want to take up swimming as a rehab/cross-training activity, but I'm so nervous! I'm not a very strong swimmer, and I don't have all the fancy gear, and I don't even really know how lap swim hours at the pool work. Remember back when we were all first starting to run and we felt so self-conscious like everyone was judging us for not being fas... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:26:36 EST What about after the C25K program? Tomorrow will be my final 30 minute run of the C25K program I am using from RunDouble. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's taken me way longer than 9 weeks (surgery, scheduling conflicts, mind games..) but I'm finally there. <BR> <BR> Now I'm wondering if I should keep adding a minute or two each week to my run time or if I should try and increase my pace. (Currently at a slow 4.4 mph). <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Traci <BR> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:15:08 EST Nobody here but us turkeys... I thought I could do this without Spark... but the accountability and support here is just too amazing. So here I am again, ready to get the running and tracking mojo back. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>331</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:57:14 EST Let's Scare October into realizing we are amazing! Hey all, <BR> October is here, and I for one am sick of my excuses...let's kick this month in the butt and move forward!!! Hugs to you all!! <BR> Trish Mon, 6 Oct 2014 01:32:41 EST Question about first 5K Finished Day 3 of Couch to 5K and feeling good. Treated myself to getting fitted for a good pair of running shoes. <BR> I want to sign up for a 5K so I have something to keep me focused on training. Anyone have any ideas about timing? My initially goal was to run one by May 2015 but the "running expert" at the shoe store said that was waaaay to long to wait. <BR> I am clueless. Haven't ever been a runner except to get to home plate as a softball player in the old days. <BR> Than... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:17:33 EST Calf cramps. Help!! I've been running for about a year. I've done 2 half marathons and I've got my 3rd in a few weeks. I run/walk for my long runs. I feel great up to about 10 miles, but then my calves cramp up and I have to walk most of the rest. It's both calves, they ball up and it's pretty sudden. The furthest I've made it without leg cramps is 11 miles. I've always got a hydration pack on long runs. I've tried water, I've tried gatorade diluted to different levels, I've tried salt tabs, salty stuff like pre... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:10:45 EST Stellar September Running - let's find our Mojo!!! Hey everyone! <BR> Stickied a new thread - thanks Doris for your name:):) <BR> <BR> Back at it after a great holiday, kidlets sports have started up, so we are back to busy. Teachers are still on strike, so no school, but both kidlets will be starting on-line learning ASAP. <BR> <BR> Don's parents are here for the next few days, as is my Dad....oy, why do things happen at the same time??? <BR> <BR> Hugs and love to you all! <BR> Trish Sat, 6 Sep 2014 02:27:56 EST anyone in MA? Hi, everyone! <BR> I live in Massachusetts (about halfway between Boston and Worcester) and am wondering if there are any others in the area. I'd love to do some runs with a running buddy. I belong to a local(-ish) running club, but pretty much everyone there is really fast... can't really keep up with them yet! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:10:17 EST Measuring our successes with more than the scale! Hey all, <BR> As some of you know, I am battling back after several tough years...what I know is that having a challenge that is attainable will help us move forward on a successful path. <BR> <BR> 8 years ago, Cass (my co-team leader) started a body measurement challenge. A lot of people measure themselves as part of this process...what is different about this challenge is the number of places you measure yourself will allow you to see results much quicker. <BR> <BR> I am going to measu... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 02:02:43 EST Let's run through the sun for a stellar August! Hey Rookies!! <BR> <BR> Naughty Mansion is up and running, everybody gets to create their own new one is the white wine spritzer with chocolate covered strawberries served every 15 minutes...C'mon in and test the "water":-) <BR> <BR> Today was great - Did a brutal dreadmill run (dang I hate that thing!!!), got 5.5 miles in rrwalking, and had to battle myself to get it done. Josh did an audition for the Grizzly Cup and nailed it (only 3 teams from Canada get chosen, so he won't... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 23:23:47 EST Hydration System Questions I am having difficulties these days with staying hydrated (heat and medical condition). Unfortunately, there is only one water fountain in the area so water availability is limited. I typically run about 6 miles, but want to start an HM training in the future (within a year). <BR> <BR> 1. Typically when do you use a hydration system? What is the limit of miles when you take it with you? <BR> 2. Which kind do you use - handheld/waistbelts/big bottle waist pack? And why? <BR> 3. Any recommend... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:59:20 EST Rain Checks I was out today and a storm came up, now I don't mind the rain but it was dangerous out. I was able to make it to a covered car park and a friendly off duty cop offered me a ride home. I'm on rotations for school so I don't have the money for a gym membership. What do you all do on stormy days if you can't go to the gym? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:28:47 EST Getting Started Hi, I'm BJ. I've walked a few 1/2 marathons and 5K's in the past but I'm looking to get into running and preparing for a 1/2 marathon in January. <BR> <BR> A little about myself: I'm a medical student currently living in southern Mississippi for my 3rd year rotations. I married my best friend a couple years ago and she has been very encouraging in my attempts to get back into the shape I was when we met or even better. She is a year ahead of me in school and travelling for her 4th year rota... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:46:09 EST Starting over... Hey you lovely group of rookie runners! <BR> <BR> The past several years have been extremely difficult for me, and I find myself back at the beginning of the journey, so am hoping some of you are ready to walk through it with me. I can't even tell you how much weight I have gained because I threw out my scale 6 years ago when I was rocking the program. <BR> Today I did a walk/ wasn't pretty, but it did happen (4k in total). I had a difficult time even jogging 200 metres...ok, her... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 02:32:11 EST Heat it up Rookies - let's run through July! July's thread, and that means the year is half over. <BR> <BR> What do you want to accomplish in the next six months? <BR> <BR> What does that mean for this month? <BR> <BR> How about this week? <BR> <BR> Which leaves us with today - what steps are we taking today? <BR> <BR> Today is all we really need to focus on as we work toward those big goals. Break the goals down, and work on what you can, today. <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:58:33 EST New Here, looking for support. Hi All! I took up trying to be a jogger almost a year ago. I really enjoy it, but I seem to always have something go wrong that hinders my progress. Illness, shin splints and now planter fasciitis. I am 40 and probably 85 pounds overweight. My foot is getting much better now and I am itching to get back at it, but nervous at the same time. I will probably be starting from square one all over again, as it has been 3 month since I jogged. I am saving my pennies for a pair a REAL running shoes p... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:17:13 EST Panicking! So ... my friend and I signed up for a half marathon about three months ago. <BR> <BR> We were training REALLY well for the first two months - it was great! Two short runs and a long run per week, with cross-training in between. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, we're both teachers, so our standardized testing, end-of-year crazy murdered the progress we'd been making. <BR> <BR> Well, Sunday is our half ... and it's a trail half that's considered "moderate difficulty." (The Washington, D.C. North ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:55:16 EST Running toward the summer solstice It's a beautiful day! Got in a little over 4 miles to kick off June. My first back-to-back running days in a very long time. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:25:18 EST Shin Splint Stretches (video) <link><BR>detail.asp?video=66 </link> <BR> <BR> Coach Nicole has a three minute stretch routine specific to shin splints (link above). Sun, 25 May 2014 08:43:26 EST Running playlist Hi everyone. It's time to mix up the tunes in my playlist and thought I'd see what everyone is listening to. I know not everyone listens to music while running, but for those who do, what are your favorite motivational/workout songs? <BR> One of my favorites is a cover of Stevie Wonder's Uptight by the Tedeschi Trucks band. It's a 15 minute track with a great cadence. When I first started running, I was amazed when I got to the point that I could run through the whole song :) Wed, 21 May 2014 00:12:03 EST Running again Hello Everyone! I am back to running more seriously after a long absence (not really sure how long!) and things are finally starting to click. When doing some goal setting recently I realized that I really do want to run a marathon someday. The longest race I have run ever was 4 miles about 20 years ago. I have my eye on a half marathon near the end of September.... We'll have to see how I do this summer. This looks like an active group so I thought I would join up to help my accountab... Tue, 13 May 2014 07:08:47 EST Hows it going? I'm new here! Good morning! <BR> I joined the other day, but am just now getting to introduce myself. <BR> I tried to start running last month but ended up pulling something in my ankle and had to give it a rest for a couple weeks. I had been using a couch to 5k app but it just pushed my weak ankle too hard. So i created a timer with longer walk time in between to let it rest. So far its working great! Just did my second run with it this morning and I feel fabulous! Had to cut it a little short because ... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:25:35 EST May the wind be at your back keep the wind at your back and the sun in your face. <BR> <BR> run on rookies! ! ! Thu, 1 May 2014 20:16:19 EST Wanted: A Smartphone app that does intervals PLUS Cutting to the chase: I want an android smartphone app that will track my run, elevation, pace, distance, all that fun stuff, but also give me audio clues for interval training for run/walk increments. Any suggestions??? <BR> <BR> Background: Many moons ago when I started getting out of the house for exercise I downloaded the MapMyRun app. It's just OK. I like the ease of using it and especially the elevation and pace aspects. It talks to me when I meet mile marks with pace and time. I w... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:59:32 EST Anyone up for a virtual race? I'm registered for a 5k on Mother's Day and they offer a virtual race too. Distance options are 5k, 10k and 10 mile. Anyone interested? It's the Colorado Women's Classic, so ladies only on this one, but thought it might be fun to do a "team" race :) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:41:34 EST introduction I may or may not have already introduced myself. I joined awhile ago but haven't been too active here. <BR> <BR> I started running last August or so, about 5 months into my weight loss journey...I have lost about 70 pounds in a year from April 28. Running really helped I think. <BR> <BR> I started out using an interval training app called "get running" but it was a bit too difficult for me, and I eventually decided to do more intuitive intervals myself. I usually run a quarter of a mile, wa... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:49:38 EST Getting started. ..again! Hi everyone, I'm new here. I started running using the C25K app last year and had great success. First, it helped me quit smoking - YAY! I progressed from barely being able to run around the block to my 1st 5k (ever), then the 10k and was on my way to my first half marathon when I had some setbacks. I had surgery that prevented me from running that half, recovered and was back at it again. I fell this winter during a 5k and tore some tendons in my ankle. It's been about 10 weeks and the docto... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:38:40 EST New to the Team Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Jeanne and I want to run. I am fairly new to Sparkpeople as well (3 weeks). I am currently looking to find the couch to 5K program and trying that to get started. Any other thoughts or suggestions that I should try? Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:36:29 EST Who's Racing This Week - March 31 - April 6 If you have a race planned during this week, please tell us about it here. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:42:44 EST April - Spring Running Heats Up! I started a training program on the weekend and promise to run more. It has been a brutal winter here, even for me. And the radio just told me that the first day of March was the coldest day so far this year, and then the last day of March set record temperatures for cold for that day. Sheesh, come on Spring!!! <BR> <BR> How is your Spring going? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:41:09 EST Hitting Walls? Hey folks! <BR> <BR> So ... I've got four races coming up in the next two months, and I'm beyond excited! I ran a bunch of 5Ks last year, got a PR at my last one (when I started running, I was 360 lbs. and had a 50-minute 5K. My PR was a 39:05 5K last Sunday). <BR> <BR> I'm training for my first-ever half marathon on June 8, and have been running consistently with a run buddy I work with at school. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we aimed for a five-mile run, which isn't a big deal (I did this last ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:04:35 EST Races for this week? I have my first 5k of the year this weekend. <BR> All the other races were cancelled due to weather. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:23:26 EST Just starting out Hey, all. My name is Sara, and I'm going to try to make this running thing stick. I've always wished I loved running, but I could never quite commit to the relationship. ; ) I feel like I'm ready now. Great to be here. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 14:21:41 EST Marching towards Spring Hey if someone makes this sticky we can have a March thread going. Feb was a bit of a slacking on my exercise. I only got 400 minutes in. But next week the weather guys are promising that temps will get back to the 30's. I will be outside in a heartbeat. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any experience with sleep apnea? I have started snoring and I think from what I read online I might be suffering from this. Want to know how hard it was to get a doctor to recommend a sleep study. My clinic ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:59:55 EST I've got the fever - the spring running fever! Happy March! <BR> <BR> Today is a non-run day for me, but I am still excited that spring is coming! Three classes to teach this morning, then it's time to finish packing for Florida! We couldn't be going at a better time - forecast is calling for 6-12 inches of snow on Monday, and the week's temps are going to be low The Gulf Coast is looking mighty fine! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:08:49 EST Fantastic February Feet OOOOOH February 1st! <BR> <BR> Have a fabulous day, friends! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:02:56 EST Favorite shake? How do you start your day? What's your favorite shake, protein drink, or anything else that you shake up before you start your day. <BR> <BR> Julie <em>478</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:21:59 EST in training Hi. I am new to this group, and to running. I found an app for 5K training and thought why not. So thats what I am doing. Today I finished week 1. Looking forward to finishing this and proving that i CAN do it! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:19:02 EST New here Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. <em>524</em> I'm brand new to running, but would like to start. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:33:49 EST Inside jogger anyone? B/C of temps Its so cold outside, today 5 degrees <em>40</em> I'm not a treadmill lover, I love taking a stroll outside with the wind against my face. It makes me feel so alive. Anywho, I started running with my wii fitness, being the weather is not cooperating. Which made me wonder if there is another DVD or Wii or anything else where I could run along to. The wii fitness is fine for now, but not having to stop in between the segments would be nice. I'm a beginner just exploring some other options <... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:16:40 EST Watching another runner in a big race. <em>522</em> <BR> I am a turtle runner. It was nice to see the beginning of the pack as well as the back of the pack today at the LOUISIANA MARATHON. It was interesting to see that there are runners that run 7 minute miles that look just as tired as a runner that runs 10 minute miles at mile 16 & mile 21. It was also nice to help cheer on runners knowing how much it is appreciated, especially late in the race. I got choked up for some of the runners when they were coming up on the last tur... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:48:09 EST Cold weather running Hi, I've been running for about 6 months now, and the cold is wreaking havoc on my endurance. The skin chill is fine, but it's the breathing the cold air that gets to me. I've tried turtleneck-type jackets, but the feeling of it against my throat makes me feel like I'm choking. Besides waiting to run when it's warmer (which doesn't really happen), any suggestions? Thanks! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:55:16 EST new here Hi I'm new to this group, but not new to SP or to running. I don't run really far or everyday, but over my weight loss journey I went from only walking (lost my first 25 lbs or so) to adding in a few mins of jogging to being able to run a full mile straight. I am currently running/walking 2 days a week with another 2 days of zumba classes for my weekly workouts. I just started up again so I'll probably add in a 3rd day of walk/run but that probably won't be until after I'm back in the habit o... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:27:19 EST Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm just getting started in running. C25K program to start off and then we'll see from there. I'm almost 50 and just getting around to this! I've seen quite a few stories about other runners starting off later like me so it gives me a bit of motivation. <BR> <BR> I look forward to the journey in running and getting to know this team. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:30:47 EST i am new here My name is michel 34, father to be in march. my goal is to loose weight and get in shape . i quit smoking 3 month ago and struggling whit the eating. gain 15 pond Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:44:22 EST Anyone racing this weekend? Jan 3rd to 5th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:18:58 EST January - Open the page to your new year! Just setting up the January thread. I know there are parts of the world that are already close to 2014! <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT YEAR EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:27:42 EST January Jumpstart SparkPeople has a four week challenge that is very good for building consistency, and getting your year off to a good start. Here is a link to the challenge: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=54344 </link> <BR> <BR> Jump in - the more the merrier! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 19:45:39 EST Socks Hi All, <BR> <BR> Can you tell me the difference between cycling and running socks? thanks. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:26:10 EST Hello Everyone My name is Pam, i'm new to the group. I ran my 1st 5K on Thanksgiving Day in 31:18 minutes, I'm working on improving my time. Never tried running before this year, I am 53 years old ;but I am now enjoying it. Have A great week! <em>312</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:47:36 EST Has anyone used "Run Less Run Faster" training This is heavily documented on runners world and I have bought the book. Has anyone used the "run les run faster" training method? I would like to use this but am not sure if increased mileage or faster training paces is more effective. <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:59:52 EST Running in cold weather... Tips??? I haven't run in cold weather since high school, and truth be told, I had totally forgotten just how much it sucks! So, any tips on how to make running in cold weather just a little less miserable? (And any breathing techniques for cold weather that won't make your lungs feel like exploding??) <em>182</em> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 21:54:20 EST Let us run, let us run, let us run! We need a December board! <BR> Got in two miles - it wasn't pretty, but I did it. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:31:32 EST Event Shout-Out: November 25 - December 1 Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:02:58 EST Anyone doing a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving? I'm moving up to a 5 miler on Thanksgiving. Anyone else running for the holiday? <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:33:17 EST Newbie runner I want to get back in the running thingy. It is cold here so will strat on the treadmill. I posted in the couch to 5 K but didn't get any responses. <BR> I am 59 and in pretty good shape but want to kick up the cardio a notch or 2 so I can lose some weight and improve my fitness level. <BR> Been down with a bad cold all week so will start again soon. <BR> Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:25:24 EST Event Shout-Out: November 4-10 Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 15:28:59 EST Training for a Half! Hi, everyone! I'm new to this team and new to running. I started running in May, have run five 5k's since then, and am eyeing a half-marathon in 2014. So far I'm intimidated by some of the training plans. They're all really detailed and I'm wondering why I can't, you know, just run. And then run a little further, and run a little further, until I can run 13.1 or more. <BR> <BR> So far my longest comfortable distance is 8 miles and I'm feeling great. Speed is not my bag; I'll never b... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:04:03 EST NO excuses November!!! ok rookies time to get out there and get it done, NO EXCUSES THIS MONTH, you can do it! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:13:06 EST Event Shout-Out: Oct 28 - Nov 3 Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:15:37 EST Hi! Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca. I'm new to the group. I am trying very hard to start running, despite some setbacks like getting sick and breaking my hand. I'm looking forward to making some new friends and getting motivation to finally become a runner! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:43:50 EST Event Shout-Out: October 21st to 27th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:14:06 EST New Look to the SparkStart page <link><BR>st=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeople<BR>_experience </link> <BR> <BR> Anyone who logs into SparkPeople today will notice a big, bold, new look. The Spark Start page has been updated. The announcement (link above) gives more information, as well as a five minute video on the features. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:12:28 EST Event Shout-Out: October 14th - 20th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:35:47 EST FREE Workout Videos <link><BR>st=30minute_latin_spice_walking_workout </link> <BR> <BR> Did you see today's Daily Spark Blog? There is a fee Latin Walking 30 minute workout video, plus a link to this fitness trainers YouTube channel where she has over 150 more, and a new one introduced every Saturday. <BR> <BR> With the days getting shorter and cooler in the Northern Hemisphere, many people take their workouts indoors. These are some good videos to use for free. <BR> <... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 08:52:47 EST Event Shout-Out: October 7th - 13th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:16:22 EST Am I wierd? Since starting my Rookie Running Program almost 2 months ago I have the driest lips. I can't seem to find any chap stick that helps. I have even tried applying it during my sessions. I know I am doing a lot of deep mouth and nose breathing. Is this normal? If so what helps? Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:30:41 EST Roctober-Get out and rock your runs Welcome to October Rookies now get out there and rock those runs! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:10:52 EST Event Shout Out: Sept 30th - Oct 6th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:58:59 EST Signed up for 1st 5K I just signed up for my 1st race on Oct 19. I am really excited and really nervous! <em>40</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:24:00 EST Mind over Body Saw this the other day and thought it was a great example that our limitations are often in our minds, not in our bodies! <BR> <BR> This runner signed up to run a half-marathon, missed her turnoff and ran the full marathon on accident. In the process she got the best female time of the day and qualified for the boston marathon even though she had never ran a full marathon even in practice! <BR> <BR><BR>sports/23859913/canadian-woman-enters-<BR>halfma... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:45:33 EST Chance to give back to SparkPeople <link><BR>kpeople-inc/387418 </link> <BR> <BR> With my earlier blog, I told about SparkPeople's opportunity to get an advertising spot during the SuperBowl. We voted enough to get through the first round, and we can now vote in the second round (link above). <BR> <BR> Thank you for voting, and please feel free to share with your friends and teams so we can get as many votes as possible. <BR> <BR> You can vote once per day from each devise (phone, i... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:00:28 EST Training for my first 5K and injury... So I finished week two of my training last week (doing sparkpeoples 5K rookie training) and this is week three. I was supposed to run yesterday but I am having knee pain in both knees and according to my own research I'm thinking it is "runners knee" I am in the process of getting knew shoes as mine are old (shame on me) and I'm not sure they were right for me to begin with. I am going to ice and try to keep off but is there anything I can do to stay on track so I can run my 5K in November... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:10:48 EST Trying to run!! I just started back walking in July. I signed up for the Nashville color run in Oct. I've always wanted to be a runner! I've started adding intervals but am having problems keeping my breathing under control and my calves from cramping up. I'm up to walking 3 miles a day 5 days a week. Hoping I can work up to run at least half of the 5k in Oct. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:08:15 EST Event Shout Out 9/22-9/28 I am running the Space Race on Sunday with my daughter. I will walk/run the 2K with my 8YO, as a warm up, then run the 5K. It is really a fun event to raise money for our local Challenger Learning Center at Purdue Calumet, which uses science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to explore space science and other disciplines. It is one of my all-time favorite activities for school agers. If we get enough participants from our school, we earn a science fair. Really cool. <BR>... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:56:57 EST New to the team Staying motivated and consistent is my biggest challenge. I desire to increase my run time by a lot. I am running 2 miles at a20-22minute pace and desire to be running at a 17 minute mile pace. <BR> <BR> I look forward to challenges that are at my level. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:52:10 EST Newbie Hi group. So glad I found this site. I am on week 2 of running (or shuffling along). The only time I can do it is in the early a.m so it's dark but I am motivated. I did an accelerated couch to 5k program last year successfully until an illness took me out of commission awhile but I am back. Just trying to keep up my motivation and NOT look at the app on my phone that told me I ran a 14 minute mile this morning. Did not even know that was possible but apparently it is. <em>213</em> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:25:29 EST Hi I'm new I am a 42 year old 1st time runner. I am currently in week 5 of Spark People Rookie running Program. I am excited to find this group and welcome any suggestions. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:28:13 EST Event Shout Out 9/15-9/21 Very excited to be doing my second 5K this morning! It's a fundraiser for breast cancer research at a local outlet mall. It won't be the most scenic route, but I'm excited anyway! I hurt my back three weeks ago and it hasn't totally recovered, but I went to the chiropractor yesterday for the first time and he didn't say I shouldn't run. Feeling pretty good this morning! Just bought some new songs and ready to go!! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 06:17:17 EST Peroneal tendonitis :( I was fitted for new running shoes on 27 August and the guy only looked at the wear on my shoes before pronouncing me to be a neutral runner. The shoes he suggested gave me a case of acute peroneal tendonitis which will keep me from running for a few weeks. So frustrating! <BR> <BR> Luckily the shop took the shoes back and re-evaluated my feet so I now have a better suited pair waiting for my ankle to heal. In the meantime, it's time to hit the pool. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 14:54:12 EST Long Run Schedualing Situation Okay, I'm in need of opinions/advice about my long run tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Here are the facts (not all may be relevent, but throwing it all out there!): <BR> I'm in week 9 of 12 of my half marathon training. <BR> This is my 4th half marathon (so, I already know I can do it) <BR> I ran 11 miles last week and will again next week. This week will be my longest LSD at 13.5 miles. <BR> I am 85% over my cold (main symtoms is general congestion, and ear pressure, but no dizzyness or pain) <BR> I'v... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 14:03:37 EST See you *run* in September Okay, not sure how many of you will even remember the song "see you in September" but I do because my mom played it and it was on one of my favourite cassette tapes... I've been humming it all day and now you all can suffer, too. Or run away LOL Sun, 1 Sep 2013 00:48:10 EST Safety Tips for Female Runners <link><BR>articles/women-runners-safety-while-ru<BR>nning/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a great article for female runners, although some of the safety tips would apply to the males too. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:03:25 EST Seeking running buddy: Hyde Park, London UK Hi all. I am new to this team but not to SP. I have recently started a C25K programme with the intent to carry on through to being able to do about 8K three times/week. <BR> <BR> At the moment I am running solo in Hyde Park as the days are still long but it would be nice to find a buddy to run with for safety and motivation as the daylight hours grow shorter. I would be happy to run in the early morning (6 or 7) or evenings after 6PM. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you're interested. :) Sun, 18 Aug 2013 03:16:41 EST Anxiety about signing up for upcoming race I'm not really a rookie...I've ran my fair share of races, but I don't think it was completely on accident that I didn't make the cut-off to signing up for the local Half Marathon to get my name on my bib. I still have 6 weeks to train, but I'm suddenly in a panic about this race, and if I should do it!! <BR> <BR> Last spring, I ran a half marathon, and it was HANDS DOWN the worst running experience I've ever had...and it was a RACE! I had a horrible experience with the heat, the race wasn... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:46:04 EST New to running... So, my family has convinced me to train for a half marathon (Disney princess 1/2 marathon in February 2014). I know, that's a big goal for someone with no running experience and quite a bit of weight to lose, but I thought why not? We are a... "fluffy" family, but my ~55 year old aunt (also with no running experience before training) ran her first last year, which convinced me that if I put my mind to it. So far, 3 weeks into training for step 1 (5K) and enjoying my peaceful mornings, and ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:52:44 EST Event Shout Out: August 12th to 18th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:15:31 EST Gotta bounce back! My name is Stephanie and I had lost 70 pound by combining a good diet with the Couch to 5k app. I completed the 9 week program and then some and had gotten to where I could jog a 5k. I had never been a runner before this and was feeling amazing. Then, around March or April this year, I stopped. I have gained 20 pounds back and am super out of shape again. I've got to get my weight back under control and down again. I once was just 20 pounds from my goal, now I'm 40 pounds from my goal. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:06:10 EST Hello! I just finished the Couch to 5k training program and was looking for a new group to join. I think this would be the place <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I used to run when I was in my 30's, then a back injury ended my running. I finally found a doctor that got me back on course, and now after 11 years I'm running again. I just finished the 5k running program and I've got two 5k's under my belt. I'm still in the running/walking stage, I'm moving up slowly. I run for 8 minutes then walk for 1... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:28:49 EST Doctor says I can't run until further notice <em>39</em> I fear this may be the end of my training for the Chicago Marathon in October. I have a type of plantar fasciitis in the center of my arch which apparently is harder to heal. Yippee! I have exercises that I intend to do religiously, and an apparatus to stretch my calf/bottom of my foot twice a day for a half hour each time. I was optimistic when I left the Doctor's office this afternoon that it's possible to still do the Marathon, but 2-3 weeks without running. I am not to wal... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 23:49:53 EST Event Shout-out- August 5th to 11th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 04:52:25 EST August Always Running on My Mind I can't believe no one has started an August thread yet. If some one can make this sticky that would be great. <BR> <BR> We are moving my son back to his college town today. He starts a new job and then school starts in about three weeks. I hate moving mattress in an open truck. I worry about things staying put. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 15:20:44 EST Hey everybody!!! I used to run in high school, and even early in college, but then fell out of it when life got in the way. So I am getting back into it now, and fighting with shin splints, but still getting out there and making my running mark on the world! I have a 5K coming up in a little over a month, and can't wait for that! <BR> <BR> On a side note, if anybody knows the best ways to handle shin splints, please message me and let me know, cause these are killing me!!! <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:24:18 EST Newbie Hello everyone. I am glad I found this board! On the other hand, I hesitated to sign up since I think what I'm doing is really jogging, but I guess I'll find out! <BR> <BR> I'm almost 47, divorced, no kids, one cat. I live in Northern CA and I'm an RN. I work a weird schedule and am trying to work up to a 5k. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:56:48 EST Event Shout Out - July 22nd to 28th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:42:48 EST Returning to Running after many years. Hello, I am happy to meet you all. My name is Andi and I am 51. I used to run quite a bit in High School, and was on the track and cross country teams ( as well as swimming) and I want to be able to run again. <BR> I have had some success working with my trainer and I intend to build in that. I run slowly at this point, but look forward to being able to be faster. My one real question at this point is If I am starting now, is it reasonable to run 2 5k's in December, each a week apart? <BR> ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:26:18 EST Getting back in the groove Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Over 2 years ago, I did the couch to 5K program with much success and continued running for 18 months. About 6 months ago, I allowed some life events and other stress inducers to...well, stress me out. As a consequence, I gained back a great deal of weight and about 3 months ago stopped working out altogether. I'm repeating the C25K program, and working out 5-6 days a week. I'm hoping this team will help keep me motivated and give some good insights into running. ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:56:35 EST Hip Pain I have re-started my running plan lately with some strength training on other days. But I've had some tightness in my hips and this does not help with my sedentary job. <BR> <BR> Are there any exercises or stretches that may help? Thanks! Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:03:39 EST I'm back! My name is Katie. Around 18 months ago I weighed 368 pounds. I've lost about 180 lbs since then, but I've reached a bit of a plateau. I rejoined SparkPeople in hopes of meeting new people and finding that motivation and drive that got me to this point! Running has become a very important part of my fitness routine and I'm looking at running my first marathon in December of this year. I look forward to connecting on here and losing my last 40 pounds! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:32:49 EST Event Shout Out - July 8th to 14th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:51:57 EST Event Shout Out - July 1st to 7th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:57:46 EST Jumping Juniper Berries its July. Run Run Run Well its July down here already. Can't help you northern hemishere slowpokes. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:18:32 EST Event Shout-Out: June 24th - 30th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:02:37 EST Brand new runner I can't believe I'm joining a running group.. <em>198</em> So, my name is Penny, I'm 39, married, 13 year old son, I live in Katy, TX right outside Houston. I was a distance runner in high school. I was never fast but I always had the endurance. I joined the Spark People walk/jog 5K group yesterday so I am jumping in with both feet. <BR> I have always wanted to be a runner so I decided to just be one....with the proper training, of course. <em>312</em> <BR> My 2 biggest hang ups a... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:38:37 EST 50 plus new runner Hello everyone. I'm a new runner about to turn 53 (female). Used to jog a little when I was 40. Never very good or fast. Averaged 9 miles a week. My goal is to lose 25 lbs. after week 4 of running have lost 10lbs. But know it will now be much harder to keep losing. Other goal is to be conditioned enough to run half marathon, one day. Have read a lot from other sites on proper training schedules. Never had that luxury 13 yrs ago. Gotta love technology. At my age my concerns are much... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:51:04 EST Very new to this! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am very very new to running. I can run about 0.25 miles and then I need to slow down. Obviously I have a long way to go! <BR> <BR> I hope by joining this group I can learn how to help improve my running and gain some support from fellow runners at all stages! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:11:23 EST HI Everyone! I'm new! Hi Everyone - I'm excited to have found this page. My husband and finally had enough in February and began walking. We know have started to run and look forward to celebrating our anniversary weekend with our first half marathon. He has been doing great...I've hit a wall and need to get motivated again and start getting back on track! Look forward to being positive and encouraging to others and receiving the same! <em>30</em> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:44:16 EST Event Shout Out June 17th - 23rd Just thought I'd help Judi out, as I have a reason to post in this thread. <BR> <BR> I'll be running Seattle RnR Half on Saturday, June 22! My 4th race of the season. <em>366</em> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 02:57:56 EST New to pounding the pavement Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just started jogging about a week ago, and so far I like it. That being said, I have been experiencing really bad pains in my shins ( I'm told these are "shin splints" ). I stretch out before and after a run, but tonight the pain was almost too much by the time I got home. <BR> Does this get better over time? Is there anything I need to be doing? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:26:57 EST Event Shout Out - June 10th - 16th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:33:51 EST Run minutes during walk/run intervals I have been doing walk/run intervals for about 9 weeks now. First with an 8 week local Step into Running program and now on my own. I am using the C25K plan now and am having a mental block moving from week 3 to week 4 because I am so nervous about the increase in running minutes from 3 min/90 sec at a time to 4 min/6 min at a time. How do I bust through my mental block? Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:14:58 EST Hi Everyone! Just joined and excited to find this group! I joined a Boot Camp in January for 3 weeks after basically not exercising for years. I would exercise here and there, but nothing that would make a lasting impression on my body. Anyways, the Boot Camp obviously kicked my butt, however, I realized that despite not having a routine exercise regimen, eating like crap, and letting work/family take over my life, I was still pretty tough! I was amazed at what my body could do. After that, I started runn... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:53:05 EST Hamstring Question Hello! I've been running for a bit over two months, usually about 3-4 miles at a time, three times a week. I feel great when I'm running, but when I stop, the back of my right thigh is sore. I think it's my hamstring. I do stretch after I run, but not usually before. For the rest of that day, that spot hurts, and usually my knee and now ankle on that leg as well. I don't want to stop running! I love it. Do you have any advice for me? It's not like I can't walk, but it definitely ache... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:19:23 EST Event Shout Out - June 3rd to 9th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 21:56:05 EST First 5K I ran my first 5K today, it was great to reach the finish line. The humidity was awful, but I finished!!!! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 20:25:25 EST June - Get Your Running Shoes On! Welcome to the monthly thread for June! <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:19:42 EST Turtle Runner here. Run/Walker looking for speed. As of this weekend I will be training for my 3rd Chicago Marathon. I started running because I quit smoking September 2009. I chose the Marathon as my "let's be healthy & never smoke again". It has prevented me from ever smoking, however my exercising begins with training for the Marathon & has ended with the Marathon for two years. I vowed that I would not do another Marathon unless I have an official finishing time (under 6:30). Having my name in the paper, and crossing the finish line befo... Wed, 29 May 2013 22:15:36 EST Event Shout Out - May 27th to June 2nd Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:21:47 EST Ragnar Relay NW Passage July Is anyone interested in joining me for the Ragnar Relay in Washington State this July 19-20? Registration closes June 10 and it's $131.67 per runner. There would also be the issue of renting a van. For more info see: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ssage </link> Fri, 24 May 2013 19:22:12 EST Hi, I'm new to running! Hi! My name is Laura and I am very new to running. This week, for the first time, I jogged for a whole mile without stopping or even slowing down to a walk! I hope to improve at running and hope to get fitter! <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:50:41 EST Hi! I'm new around here. I am a new runner for sure. Although I wouldn't call what I do "running" just yet, more like fast feet shuffleling. I did a 5k this weekend. I'm just so happy I came in under 1 hour, it was :49:02 That's like a big deal for me! Tue, 21 May 2013 00:27:47 EST Event Shout Out - May 20th - 26th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:23:06 EST Where's Coach Nancy? I was wondering what happened to SP_Coach_Nancy? On the SP Insider today there was a list of SP staff and she wasn't there and then there's no profile image on her Spark page! Mon, 20 May 2013 07:43:44 EST Event Shoutout - May 13th - 19th Welcome to this week's race thread. <BR> <BR> It's the thread where you can tell us all about your races coming up this week, and also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your... Mon, 13 May 2013 21:41:57 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to the group but I am excited about joining it! Thanks for the welcoming emails. That is the first time after joining a group that I received emails from the leaders of the group, very nice. <BR> I recently decided to start running after not doing it for many years. I have signed up for a 5K on June 22. My thinking was that it would give me a goal to work towards. I started training last week by walking 5 minutes and running 5 minutes. So my first question is, do you think I am b... Mon, 13 May 2013 19:43:59 EST I've never run before, help me to start! So I have been working out between three to five times per week for about two months and have lost only two pounds. So I've decided I need to push myself harder and start something new. I have decided to start running. But I'm overwhelmed with where to start. What is a good way to work up to running and when is a good time to start (like start when you can walk _ miles in _ minutes). <BR> Thanks for your help!! Wed, 8 May 2013 15:28:18 EST Event Shout-Outs: May 6th to 12th Let's try something new with our race thread, and make it for both the races coming up this week, but also to link your blogs for the past week's races. <BR> <BR> So if you are doing any kind of race or special event this week (and it doesn't have to be running - biking, walking, testing for a new karate level - they all count), please let us know on this thread. <BR> <BR> And if you completed something last weekend, and wrote a blog about it, please post your blog links here. I love readi... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:46:32 EST new to the rookie running group Hi all. I used to run 15-20 years ago but had to stop because my feet went bad. Fast forward to 2012 and a bunionectomy on each foot. I worked up to running 2 miles 3 times a week, 6 weeks ago. After such a long time away from it, it's been awesome and I am amazed at the wonders of modern medicine. My feet aren't perfect, but I can run again and that makes my heart happy! I ran a 5K today and clocked in at 37:08. Not bad for the aging lady with "new" feet! I kept my race number and wr... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:22:30 EST "May" we be running buddies :) Here is a new thread for the month of May. Let's get out there and run. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 22:31:44 EST Who's Racing this Week: Apr 29th - May 5th Are you racing this week? If so, please let us know on this thread. Run fast, run strong, and have a blast doing it! Wed, 1 May 2013 22:28:39 EST Jeff Galloway's 20 Tips for Spring <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Wanted to share a link from Jeff, for everyone needing to get going this Spring! <BR> <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> His newest newsletter also had tips on: <BR> <BR> Running Easier: Feet Low to the Ground <BR> <BR> The most efficient stride is a shuffle - with feet next to the ground. <BR> <link><BR>der?llr=7oqmflbab&v=001BVV8sZmFHDRYXwi<BR>lmAMF29GaahAIPeQYBj1ElXKGyDUKICzZCMIQv<BR>VVbL... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:28:32 EST First 5k. you? finally picked my first 5k to run it. although, its in august, so i have mooooonths till it happens, but while hunting for my first one, i saw this and HAD to do it. what have/had you picked for your first 5k? <BR> <link><BR>aCe16WA </link> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:12:22 EST New Community Member Hi there! I am not new to running. In fact, I have been doing increasing my running...running people up the wall, running in circles, running errands. You know normal life. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am actually learning the proper techniques of running and thought this would be a cool way to learn and meet folks. I haven't always loved running although I played football and basketball (running under duress). Age is the greater equalizer and running is becoming a joy. <BR> <BR> Feel free to... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:06:43 EST On the road again Hey guys! I decided to join this team to help me with motivation. its always nice to vent to people who are in the same boat as you. <BR> i used to run alot a few years back, but a busy college schedule with trying to get into the nursing program at my school and very hurt knees, i stopped running all together about two years ago. my current boyfriend and i sorta made a pact; he used to play rugby, i used to run, and we both miss what we do but with minor excuses. so, he is getting back into... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:01:07 EST Who's Racing This Week - April 22nd to 28th Are you racing this week? Share your event with all of us Rookie Runners, so we can cheer each other on. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:21:48 EST Plantar Fasciitis Hello, I think I have a mild case of plantar fasciitis (pain at the edge of my heel closest to my arch). <BR> I've just been resting it for one day, then running the next day, feeling pain, then resting one day and so on. <BR> Anyone have tips on stretching or other treatments? Should I ice it? <BR> Thanks in advance.. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:27:18 EST Boston Marathon Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> We will put back the "how many miles did you run this week" thread to sticky after a wee bit. This thread is so you can voice your feelings on the terrible happenings at the Boston Marathon finish line today. It has hit a lot of us to our core, and I know that a ton of people in this team know people that were there today. <BR> <BR> For me, I am just incredibly sad that people thought it a good thing to target a sporting event to make a political statement. Everyo... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:51:30 EST Who's RacingThis Week: April 15th to 21st If you have a race planned for this week, please share! <BR> <BR> We love cheering on all kinds of racers, doing all kinds of races, so please let us know about yours on this thread. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:46:57 EST Help: where to run in Salt Lake city? Hello, all out there: <BR> <BR> I'll be in Salt Lake city, near convention center, for a business trip. My marathon race is coming up. I just learned that the hotel my boss had us stayed in just closed their fitness room recently. Does anyone know if there's a good running route near convention center/downtown in Salt Lake city? Is it safe to run on the streets in that area early in the morning? Any areas to avoid? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any tips! <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 06:13:53 EST Who's Racing This Week - April 8th to 15th Are you racing this week? Please use this thread to let us know about it, and GOOD LUCK!!! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:46:42 EST Hi all! Hello! I did SP for a while before, but quit. I'm back with new motivation now. Tomorrow I start the Couch to 5k program, and I'm planning to run a 5k in August. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:45:49 EST Running while sick Hi. I'm training for a 5k, which is next Saturday. I intended to run today but woke up with the start of a cold. My nose is running like a faucet, I'm sneezing, and my throat is sore. <BR> <BR> Should I run today? What would you do? Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:22:31 EST April - Time for Outside Running time to get off the treadmill and sprint into spring. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:15:47 EST treadmill running hi every one, last week i started to do some running on the treadmill at home, did walk/run for 45 mins, the next day my hips hurt my shoulders ached and my right foot hurt on the right side, what did i do wrong :-( ,havnt been on it since, but would love to be able to run without the soreness the next day, any advice xx <em>2</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:36:33 EST Women Running Magazine Just got my first issue of the Magazine I am really impressed just what I needed as I am new to running a lot of great information <BR> <BR> Especially since April 20th will be my first 5K there was one article for preparing for a 5K and another article on exercise to prevent injury Looking forward to next issue <BR> <BR> Any other readers of this magazine <BR> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:49:07 EST Who's Racing This Week: March 25 - 31 If you are racing this weekend, please let us know all about it. I would love to hear all the JASR (Just A Short Run near Pittsburgh) racers and distances, as I did this race last year, and had a blast. <BR> <BR> Please let us know on this thread, so we can cheer each other on! <BR> <BR> And congratulations to last week's racers: <BR> <BR> JNOCERIN - the Sandy Hook 5k <BR> JOLENE721 - the Spring Thaw 5k <BR> HOT-MOMMY - the Cyber Cougs Run for a Cause 5K Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:18:08 EST Gearing up for my first 5K Yup finally taking the plunge I signed up for the earth day 5K at a local park I have been jogging on the treadmill for a couple of months and thought its time to push a little hard and try my hand at a 5K I never liked jogging before but I am enjoying myself on the treadmill so I am hoping it will be the same for outdoor running <BR> <BR> I have been with SP for a few years I am in maintenance range for my weight right now I am looking forward to getting ot know you all Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:55:31 EST Newbie - Warrior Dash - One 5K Down Hello everyone; I wish that I had found this group before, but better late than never :) <BR> I gave up smoking in January; started going to Curves; and training in February for my first 5K. <BR> I "ran" it this past weekend in Smithville TX. It was a 5K with obstacles :) I did complete the run and all of the obstacles which was my goal. I was not the fastest chick in the race but I wasn't the slowest either. I alternated running and walking but I did it. <BR> Now just want to be able to con... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:05:08 EST Who's Racing This Week: Mar 18 - 24 If you have a race this week (running, biking, triathlon, any type), please let us all know about it by posting to this thread. We love cheering each other on! <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:47:40 EST How do I find my race pace? I've been running for a few months now (finished C25K in August), and have run five 5ks and an 8k so far. My problem is that when I'm running a race, I seem to run at the same pace I do for my training runs. (I should note that I don't think I'm running too fast in training. When I run with a friend, we can carry on a conversation.) So, I guess I'm wondering if there's some magical way I can determine how much faster my race pace should be? If my training pace hovers right around a 10-minute ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:59:36 EST Tailbone/back injury...when to head back out? About three weeks ago I fell very hard on my back and tailbone. I went and had xrays and thankfully there were no fractures. I was prescribed muscle relaxers as the Dr. said the muscles were likely spasming and causing the pain. I told the Dr. about my new found exercise (jogging) and asked about if/when I could head out again and how long this would take to heal. It was not my regular doctor and she wasn't super helpful, merely stated let my pain be my guide. <BR> <BR> Since then the pa... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:19:42 EST Outside V's Inside I have been training for several months now for a 5K I am going to be doing in April. I am really excited and looking forward to doing my first 5K ever. Currently I am doing the 5K Runner app on my i phone, which has me walk/running for certain time frames. All of my training mostly so far have been done on an inside gym track and it has been working out good. But the weather is starting to warm up in my area so I have tried to do the training outside, but finding that I am getting frustrated... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:55:16 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:34 EST Does this sound reasonable? I'm not new to running, but I haven't been any good at it or ever kept at it for very long since I was in high school, which was back in the 80s. It feels to me like things are going very well for me right now with returning to running and getting fit, but I need a reality check on my goals. <BR> <BR> Here's where I am right now. I've run 25 minutes straight both yesterday and today; yesterday, with my son in tow on his bicycle, at a bit over 11 minutes per mile pace; today without him, at... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:43:46 EST Who's Racing this Weekend? March 8-10? anne and i will be doing our annual 5k saturday. she has 10 miles to do for the day and i have 5 so we will each keep running after the race....... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 21:02:41 EST Back on the bandwagon! I guess I am not a "newbie" to running...but I am a newbie for this year! I gained A LOT of weight over the winter and doubted that I could even jog for 15 minutes. I hopped on today and did a very slow 3mph at a 4% incline for a half hour! Joyful I could "run" for that long and I wanted more! I feel great. So for all you true "newbies" out there, I applaud you all because you are doing it! Hurrah! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:46:05 EST Newbie Hello, all! <BR> <BR> I am new to running! Currently working my way through the C25k program. Will finish week 4 today. I find it amazing that I jogged for 5 continuous minutes! <BR> <BR> My goal,is to do a 5k in the spring. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 06:21:33 EST March onwards Much to Celebrate Much to Hold Dear I dedicate this months thread to Marching onwards and celebrating with our fearless and amazing leader we hold dear what you are and have been and will always be to our group Trish. <BR> <BR> We love you you are an amazing woman. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Rich Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:09:11 EST New to running -again Over the past 6 or 7 years, I've tried running. Have done a few 5ks and sprint triathlons. But the run is always weak for me. <BR> I dream at night of being a lean fast runner. When my dad was in the military he had a sub 5 minute mile with gear on, so I know I have the genetics for it. <BR> <BR> My mind always holds me back, and the fact that I usually start too fast and overtrain. <BR> <BR> I'm here again at Spark People, after having lost much weight a few times over and I need to take ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:37:27 EST shin splints :-( Sometimes it seems that the exercise gods are conspiring against me...everytime my running starts going well something happens to throw me off my game. I have defeated runner's knee and runner's trots, and now the shin splints have got me. <BR> <BR> It started in Decemeber, and was off and on. Now it is every freaking time I run. I ran a relay marathon last weekend (4 miles) and when I got done they were so bad I could barely walk for several days. I am taking 2 weeks off to let them hea... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:28:38 EST Predicting half-marathon pace I've been running for about nine months now, and have run several 5Ks. I just registered for my first half-marathon, which will be in October. The registration form asked for my expected finish time, so I used a pace predictor ( <link><BR>s-predictor </link> ). I'm just wondering if those predictors tend to be fairly accurate or not. Any feedback? (My 5k time, btw, ranges from 30:41 to 32:31, and the predictor gave me a time just under 2:30:00.) Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:29:04 EST Hello I am Sarah and am here in the hopes of figuring out running basics and how to get started. I have found some articles on the site that are helpful, I have trouble finding some with how the sites organized. If anyone has advice on what I should know and how to start would be helpful along with how to find articles on the site better. Heres some general info on me and my history with running.exercise in general. <BR> -As far as exercise, for me its not a routine. I have never been in sports or ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:43:08 EST Pre-run snack I have been searching for a pre-run snack that doesn't make me feel heavy or give me a stomach problem. I have tried yogurt and oatmeal and cereal bars, but I just can't seem to find one that works. I usually have them 45 minutes to an hour before my run. Any suggestions on some other things I can try. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Kim Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:16:19 EST Pre-Training, Cross-Training? Howdy howdy howdy! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this group, so I hope I'm not asking a redundant question... <BR> <BR> I have a 10k coming up in August (check out my fancy little ticker down below) and I plan to do the C210K training plan, which starts in... April. What can I say? I'm a planner :) <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I thought I'd do some cross-training mixed in with walk-running (oh yeah, I can't run for more than two minutes). I realize I can't make too much progress when I only run one d... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 01:43:44 EST Spark map your route trouble Is anyone finding discrepancies in mileage? Spark map your route says 4.5 miles and my Runtastic Pro app that uses GPS says 4?? Thinking I should believe my app but man that sucks cuz I'm not running as well as I thought :o( Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:51:04 EST Running outside after the treadmill I have a question that hopefully someone can answer. I have been running on a treadmill for the winter. I hate the cold, I won't get outside until it warms up. The question is that will it be harder to run outside after running on the treadmill for so long, or will there be no difference? I am concerned that transitioning to the outside may be slower that the treadmill, but I am not sure. Hope someone will know about this, because I really don't know what to expect. <BR> Thanks, Kim Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:00:53 EST 52 and beginning again to run Hey, my name is Kim and I am almost 52 and am a beginning runner, again. I ran some over the summer but stopped to do some distance bicycling. Starting Jan. 1st I am running again, on a treadmill until it warms up, and strength training. I am a slow runner right now, about 13.55 minute mile, but hope to improve on that number by April when I attempt a 5K. I hope to learn alot from everyone here, and look forward to sharing my journey. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:46:00 EST Fabulous Fun Fantastic Frivolous February Welcome to Feb everyone. <BR> <BR> I jump started January with my first ultra and 214 miles. Feb sees me taking on another ultra and a Marathon. <BR> <BR> I remember when I first found the rookie runners all those years ago when I fretted over whether I could even contemplate entering an event. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all my rooks for the years of inspiration support and friendship that has had a great big whack of where I have got to with my running. <BR> <BR> It really is worth imaginin... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:21:19 EST Who's Racing this Week? Jan 28th - Feb 3rd If you have a race planned for this week, please share with us, on this thread. We'd love to cheer you on! Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:26:17 EST something crazy is happening I just started working out again 2 mnths ago..its been slow but fun...however the other day as I walked from the parking garage into work I had this feeling I just wanted to into work..but didnt want to look like a has happened a couple times so the other day I did, I ran into work....then yesterday during our circuit workout..I wanted to run..and not on the platform in I did...I ran around the room ....(good thng it was only my dd and I lol) It felt great..It wa... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:41:59 EST Toenails Hi All, <BR> I did the Disney Marathon a few weeks ago and my big toes (and feet for that matter) were very sore afterwards. My question comes to toenails, and losing them. the toenail on my left big toes was very bad, and I believe it will likely fall off. the top quarter has already disconnected, and the pain has finally lessened to the point that it does not bother me. The catch is I had a great pedicure done before the race in the event that I blackened a few, and I do not want to remove... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:59:09 EST Trust/Not Trust Heart Rate Monitor Readings? If anyone wears a monitor I would like to know your experiences. I wear a heart-rate & calorie burn monitor when I workout. The brand is The Sharper Image with a chest strap. I use it mainly for my cardio workouts; bicycle, C25K training, treadmill and rowing machine. The heart-rate (HR) monitor is very close as the treadmill or recumbent bike readings, but where the huge difference is the calories burned readings. For example: During my last treadmill workout, C25K training W1D2, my monitor... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:22:27 EST Are you racing this week? Jan 21st - Jan 27th Are you racing this week? If so, please list your race in this thread, so we can cheer you on! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:25:17 EST Lower body toning Question: I know running is cardio rather than strength training. On days I run, I try to also do some upper body and core work. But should I also be doing strength training for the lower body? Or does running count as strength training for the lower body? <BR> <BR> I am a rookie runner currently finishing week 2 of a c25k program. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:28:45 EST Runing will save me... I hope I am new to the social scene here... To be honest I didn't plan on posting anything at all when I signed up. I wrote down a few of my thoughts on my blog just to be able to look back on them myself when I'm further down the road. I didn't think anyone would read them... turns out people did... and encouraged me... and it feels awesome. So I swallowed my reluctance to put myself out there and here I am. <BR> <BR> I have wanted to be a runner for a long time. I have started running countless ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:20:41 EST Who's Racing this Week: Jan 14th - 20th Do you have a race planned this week? <BR> <BR> Let us know on this race thread, so we can cheer each other on! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations to last week's racers, both at Disney: <BR> <BR> JNOCERIN - the Disney marathon <BR> LAURIE5658 - the Goofy Challenge (I believe its both a half marathon one day and the marathon the next - please correct me if I'm wrong on that one!) Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:27:16 EST Are you racing this week: Jan 6th - 12th Are you racing this week? If you are, please let us know about it here on this thread, so we can cheer you on. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Congratulations to last week's racers, bringing in the New Year!! <BR> <BR> 5K: <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> CASSIOEPIA, CARILOUIE, MIAMIA7, LYNNANN43, CALIDREAMER76, MRSMIKEJG, DIONNE1972 <BR> <BR> <BR> 5M: <em>312</em>... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:49:57 EST Looking for running buddies I live in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles (near the airport) and I'm looking for a running buddy to keep me motivated, and maybe to do a 5k with! I am a very beginning runner, so they would need to be in the same place (or tolerant), but I'm very friendly. <BR> <BR> Odds are low that anyone on here lives close to me -- but do you know of anyplace online where I could go to find a running buddy? Have you used Craigslist, or a running-specific site? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:03:28 EST Newbie Here! Hi I am Veronica. I am getting back into running after many years. I have been doing the C25K on the treadmill. I am on week 5 and will run for 20 mins. tomorrow and I am kind of nervous. I am hoping to run my first 5K in April. <BR> <BR> I am excited to be a member of this team. I look forward to getting to know everyone and learning more about running. My first go round was during Basic Training in 1995. I loved running then but never kept up with it once I left the Army Reserves. This ti... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:19:22 EST When can I race? I'm a rookie runner, and I need advice. I really want to do a 5k! I'm not able to run a full 5k yet -- I'm on week 2 of an Ease into 5K program and I'm doing a fair amount of walking in between my running. When do you think it would be realistic for me to sign up for a race? Looks like it's an 8 week program. <BR> <BR> Also, any recommendations for good rookie races in the Los Angeles area? I live in the South Bay and my family is in Santa Monica. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:16:48 EST Sore Calves Hi all! I have just recently re-started running again after some setbacks. I decided to start over in my journey and have started with the C210K program. I plan on running a 10K by the end of this year. I am already signed up to run a 5K in March. Anyway, I am on W2D2 of my program and my calves are really sore after the workout. I run in the Nike Free+ because I don't like the heavy feel of regular running shoes. My workout is a 5 minute warmup walk - run for 90 seconds - walk for 2 mi... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:11:20 EST New to the group and running overall Hey there everyone. I am new to the group and somewhat new to running. I have been running for a couple months and just finished my first 5K on New Year's Eve. I never imagined I would love to run as much as I do and find that it clears my head and releases stress. I live in Kansas so I am having to get used to cold outside and sometimes snow, but I am determined to get better. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:46:45 EST need to learn how to breath!! Hey my name is Ashley and i recently quit smoking, now I am trying so hard to get in shape. Only thing is when I run I'm fine for like 45 seconds then it becomes difficult to keep up with my breathing while running so it is possible for me to keep running. In the end I'm panting and am out of breath. I try to always breath in my nose and out my mouth...just doesn't work all the time. If anybody has any tips or tricks maybe even breathing exercises. Thanks for your time. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 17:18:24 EST New to the team! Hi all -- My name is Alison, I'm new to the team here and eager to get involved. <BR> <BR> I started going to the gym two months ago, inconsistently, and I'm finally starting to develop habits.A couple people here have already reached out to say hi and those people know, a week or so ago I had a first at the gym -- five full minutes of running -- not walking or even briskly walking, but running! <BR> <BR> Tonight I had another first -- ten minutes on an elliptical! Holy moly -- have any o... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:09:03 EST Are you racing this week: Dec 31st - Jan 6th Are you ending the year with a race? <BR> <BR> Starting 2013 with a Resolution Run? <BR> <BR> Whatever your race plans are this weekend, please share them with us on this thread. We love to hear about the race stories people are planning. <BR> <BR> Congratulations to last week's racing crew: <BR> <BR> MRSMIKEJG and her hubby did the Resolve to Run Virtual 5K. <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>364</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:42:09 EST January - Jumpstart 2013 with a little running.... 2013 - a new year, full of possibilities and hopes. <BR> <BR> Although I don't make resolutions, I do make new goals. What sorts of things did you accomplish last year that make you proud? What have you got planned in the new year to stretch your current limits? <BR> <BR> In 2012, I went to my very first "destination" race, to Just a Short Run near Pittsburgh PA. It was so much fun meeting up with other SparkPeople members, and getting to put real faces to names. This virtual community ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:38:56 EST New to Team Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I'm Theresa. I just joined spark yesterday and started running using the C25K method about a month ago; I'm on week 4. So far I've learned that shoes make a huge difference and I'm working through the aches and pains of using muscles I haven't used before. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the kind emails. <BR> <BR> Theresa Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:57:08 EST Who's Racing this week: Dec 24th - 30th Are you racing this week? If not, it's likely not too late to find one, or a Resolution Run to start the New Year next week. Please let us know about your races this week, so we can cheer you on. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:47:45 EST New for 2013 Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> As I am preparing to send 2012 off and welcome in 2013, I started looking for a few more teams to be a part of and found this one. <BR> <BR> Last year I added my first half marathon (my normal is anywhere between 1 - 6 miles) to my resume and just started a new training cycle for another HM on St. Patty's Day. I've bene a runner for a few years because I'm affiliated with the military. Nonetheless, I have found SP through a friend as I struggle and yo-yo. Working... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 08:16:38 EST 5k or hm to support Sandy Hook families I saw this today and thought I'd share it with the team. I can't possibly go to Tampa to run this race on January 31, but thought I would pay the registration fee to support the cause (it goes to help the families of the tragedy) and do a virtual 5 k race that day at home in honor of those. I thought maybe some others might want to do the same thing. Even walking it is a support and memorial to them. Here's the link <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l/sandy-hook-ele... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:33:15 EST Who's Racing This Week: Dec 17th - 23rd Who's got a little race planned for the winter solstice, or any time this week? Please let us know here in this thread. I'd love to hear the different types of races going on with the "End of World" hype, or any kind of race. <BR> <BR> And a big congratulations to last week's racers: <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> MIRAGE727 - with two 5k's, the "Say No To Drugs Holiday Classic" and "Santa's Twilight 5k Run" <BR> <BR> BUFFALOKAY - the Freezer 5k, and her sixth race weekend ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:07:49 EST Who's Racing this Week: Dec 10th - 16th Are you racing this week? If so, please let us know about it on this thread, so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> Congratulations to last week's jolly racers: <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> : BOBBYD31, MIAMIA7, BUFFALOKAY <BR> <BR> <BR> 5 miles: KIMMIEP Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:41:18 EST Garmin 405 HR Monitor Question I have a 405 with a HR monitor which I use whenever I run, but I wondered how/if I could use the Garmin and HR monitor when I do boot camp or other exercise to more accurately see how many calories are burned. Has anyone done this? I'd rather not have to buy another gadget but I'd like to see how hard I'm working when I'm doing other exercises. <BR> Thanks for any information! Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:31:28 EST Couch to 10K I have an app on my phone called 10K Runner. It is built for beginner runners who haven't been running (can walk slowly for 30 minutes) to being able to run a 10K in 14 weeks. I've tried it before with success but fell of the Spark train in July and am getting back on track. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone else is doing this program. It would be nice to have the support and accountability of others. <BR> <BR> Today I completed W1D2 at a 14 min/mi pace Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:34:31 EST Quick Question I know that running in beneficial for so many reasons, and I really just want to be able to run. <BR> <BR> I tried running on the c25k program a year ago, and got to like week 5 or 6, but I wasn't losing weight. It was just depressing so I quit. Well I realize now that I wasn't eating right, so no amount of exercise would've helped me. <BR> <BR> I want to try running again, so I got on my treadmill at the end of last week and made it walking and jogging my three miles. I had some serious... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 10:01:00 EST New! Hello all! I am new to the group but have been on spark for about 3 weeks now! I am currently doing interval running on my treadmill and am incorporating one of the running programs offered by spark and a program on the ipad. I have ran intervals before but my goal is to get to running a 5k or more by this next summer and take it outside in the spring. I really really want to run my first 5k this spring or summer, whichever I feel ready for by that time. :D <BR> <BR> I'm rather new to runnin... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:17:35 EST Who's Racing this Week: December 3rd - 9th Getting in to lots of Santa Shuffles and Rudolph Runs now that we are in to December. If you have any races planned for this week, let us know here on this thread so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> And a big congratulations to last week's racers: <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> BUFFALOKAY, RUNNINGWILD, SP_COACH_NANCY, CARILOUIE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>363</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:00:40 EST Running in nature is the best I guess I can't call it trail running since I am running on a paved path that is meant for walking and biking. Even though I keep running the same route there is always something different to interest me. The path I run is next to a stream in a lot of places. It just started snowing here so I've seen the changes from green summer, to autumn, and now white snow. On the last run I saw more animals than ever before. I am getting great at spotting the trout in the water. Even when it is nea... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:39:03 EST Re-Introduction Hi! I'm maybe not quite a "rookie" any more, but I'm still very penguin like. :-) SparkPeople helped me lose about 25 pounds 5 years ago (it was all of the quit smoking weight and then some!) and then I started running. I was over 50 at the time and pretty nervous about it, but now I don't know how I ever got by without it! I am just really looking for a running discussion board, I guess. <em>30</em> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 07:05:40 EST A December to Remember! Just thought I would set up the December thread, and will "sticky" it later. Let's make it a strong last month of the year! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:29:51 EST Glad to be here! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined this group, I am training for a half-marathon at the moment and looking to improve my speed. Doing some interval training at the moment! <BR> I love running with a passion and am looking forward to meeting people with that same passion :) <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Nera Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:38:22 EST Who's Racing this Week: Nov 26 - Dec 2 If you have something planned to race this week, let us know about it here so we can cheer each other on. <BR> <BR> And congratulations to last week's racers - we are so proud of you!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> SUSUSUZZZIE <BR> CSTREAM <BR> LATEBIRD <BR> MIRAGE727 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> 8K: <BR> <BR> BUFFALOKAY <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> 15K TRAIL: <BR> <BR> KIMMIEP <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>366</em> : <BR> <BR> MIRAGE727 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:55:37 EST Who's Racing this Week: Nov 19-25 Anyone doing a race this week? Perhaps with a Thanksgiving Day theme.... <BR> <BR> If you are, please let us know all about on this thread. We love cheering you on! <BR> <BR> And congratulations to last week's racers: <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> SP_COACH_NANCY <BR> BUFFALOKAY <BR> SOXYINMO <BR> <BR> <em>365</em> <BR> <BR> LISALEASE <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> 15 MILES: <BR> <BR> KIMMIEP Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:18:04 EST