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3/26/15 3:33 A

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There are some great tips already mentioned here!! My issues when I first started where with running shoes. I have flat feet, so needed the extra arch support. It took a while to figure out what brand of shoe would work the best. Make sure you go to a shoe store that evaluates your stride, and allows you to try a bunch of shoes out. I live in Canada, so the Running Room is my best friend.

My other thing is more mental...I had a hard time dealing with the fact that I bounced more than I wanted. It seemed to be a constant reminder of where I was. There was a switch in my brain that I think swung around the 3rd week that realized that it was getting easier, and I was having happier days and more restful nights. Once the happy Endorphins started flowing, nobody could stop me. Just realize that there will be times where you doubt, but that is completely normal, and once you stare that down, it is gone, and you can move forward.

So proud of you for taking charge of your life, and making such a positive change!!!

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3/25/15 7:29 P

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Welcome!

To the great advice already provided, I'd just add: listen to your body and make sure you give it whatever it (and your doctor) says it needs--e.g., hydration, rest, proper gear (supportive shoes, etc.). I developed foot pain and went to a running store near me where they watched me run and helped me pick sneakers and inserts that helped enormously. It's amazing how the right clothing helps.

Have fun! I'm looking forward to sharing updates on this site. :)

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3/25/15 5:29 P

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emoticon Neela! Sounds like AIMLESS has most of your answers emoticon

There are also some couch to 5k plans that can help you too.

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3/25/15 12:14 P

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Nice to meet you and welcome to the team! I started running at about 230 pounds. There are some tips that I can share. I suffered from shin splints when I was a heavier runner, and I found that compression socks and calf sleeves really helped. I also had foot pain on the outside edges of my feet that I suspect was caused by my heavier weight. I need to wear shoes with more cushioning on the forefoot, as a result. I use Superfeet insoles to add the cushion that I need, even now that I'm at a lighter weight.

But the most important thing is just to do it! I am a total evangelist for running. Not only has it helped me lose weight, but it's made me a generally healthier person, both physically and emotionally. There is nothing better at the end of a long, hard day than a run to clear my heart and mind.

If you have any questions as you get started, please ask!

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3/25/15 10:52 A

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Hello all! emoticon

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.

Any advise that you will be able to offer will definitely be appreciated. Wish me luck! emoticon

Thanks,
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