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3/22/14 7:28 A

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Janet: you make me so happy that I stopped by today! I am planing on starting tomorrow and I am 53. So encouraging. I got the JH app for the 5k and can't wait to start.

I have wanted to complete a marathon for a long time. Now I feel like it's a good possibility. Thanks all!

Have a wonderful day!!

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3/7/14 7:10 A

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Congratulations on "finding" running at your advanced age! emoticon

I did too... and ran my first (and only) marathon at 49. So don't discount the possibility.

You are smart to focus on one distance at a time as well as gradually increasing your running intervals. It's important to listen to your body and not to push yourself too hard.

After I ran my first 10K, I thought "what about a half marathon?" -- and then the marathon came along, but half marathons are still my favorite distance and I'm 13 states into my 50 state challenge. Whatever distance you decide to do, it's all about having fun and staying healthy and fit! Good luck!

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2/25/14 7:32 P

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Hi - and welcome to the JG team.

I think you "hit the nail on the head."

Exercising should be fun.... not so stressful that you think you might not be able to do it. If it is fun, you will do it often.

If it is so much work that you don't know if you can... it is easy to say - I'll just skip today.

Good for you!

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"I am still learning." Michelangelo

"You aren't old until age becomes your excuse." Joe Friel

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2/25/14 6:56 P

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emoticon to the team. Having fun is what it is all about!

By the way, while there are many good reasons not to run marathons, being 47 is not one of them.
I ran my first marathon the day after my 60th birthday and I'm still running them at age 64.


If you're not having fun, then why run?

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
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2/25/14 2:39 P

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Hi! My name is Janet, and I just joined the team. I am relatively new to running (actually, wogging-walk/jogging) and am having the time of my life. I have been extremely sedentary most of my life, partly due to asthma and mostly due to a complete dislike of sports, exercise and general activity. About a year and a half ago, I lost a good deal of weight and added exercise to my routine. I started the C25K program and even wogged a 5K. Then a majorly stressful year hit, and I was derailed from the healthy journey that I had been on.

At the end of December, I was moaning about my complete loss of healthy living, and a friend reminded me that I had enjoyed the C25K program. That was what I needed to get me back on track. After walking for a while, I wanted to do the Cool Running program, but I just wasn't ready for the intervals yet. Then tried the Spark 5K program. Again it just wasn't for me. So I read Jeff's book and really could relate to the "no huffing and puffing" idea that he talked about. So last week I started wogging with 15 second intervals of jogging and 2 minutes of walking. This week I am doing 20 second intervals of jogging and 1:50 minutes of walking...and so on.

I am really enjoying myself, which feels strange after being so anti-exercise. I think that part of it is that I am having FUN, not driving myself to EXERCISE. I am excited when it is my wog day and wish that my body could do more...that too will come.

I have signed up for a couple of 5Ks this spring, including one to celebrate my 47th birthday. My long term goal is to run a 10K in November. At 47, I doubt that I will ever make it to a marathon, but I want to focus more on the enjoyment of running rather than being terribly competititive.

Glad to join you folks and I'm looking forward to joining in.


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