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4/18/16 8:34 P

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GOEGIRL did a great job of mentioning most of the key points. Making a schedule is key to success. Try to pick a time that you can do your runs consistently. Your body will become accustomed to it and be ready. Running with friends is very helpful, but schedules seem to conflict a lot.

As far as nutrition goes, that is a discover that is really up to you and your body. Literally everyone is different. Some people wake up in the morning and go for their runs on a empty stomach. Some eat a bagel with almond butter. You have to test your body and see what works for you. You will figure it out emoticon

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4/17/16 8:49 P

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Hi and welcome! I just graduated from university in September and I've got two kids, so I understand where you're coming from! I struggle with making running a priority still which I find odd, since it feels SO good when I do it. The times that I've been successful at running regularly are times when I've made it a priority - mapping out when and where to run each week at the start and then tracking distance here on Sparkpeople.

Another HUGE key to success is having a network of other runners or fitness friends you can check in with regularly and who will encourage you to get out there if you 'fall off the wagon.' There are a few good threads in this forum that you can check out. Just poke through the Rookie Running Group Forum for one.

You could also join a Couch to 5k class, if you're a new runner, and check in with your group as they go through the same progression of steps.

Either way, sharing the journey definitely makes it more enjoyable and boosts your chances of success.

Happy running and best of luck in school!

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4/16/16 10:22 A

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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? emoticon

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