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3/26/14 12:44 P

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Hi Susan and emoticon to the team! This is a great group of folks.

I agree with you that "the Galloway method [is] much more doable". I also have tried C25K, as well as the Spark 5K your way, but it wasn't until I read Jeff's book that I found a way that my very out of shape body could find a way to run. I had to start at 9 15-second intervals of jogging with 2-minutes of walking, and I have slowly worked my way up to 17 50-second intervals of jogging and 50-seconds of walking. I am really enjoying myself as I move my body for the first time in my life.

As for other healthy lifestyle changes, take it easy on yourself and remember that this is for the long haul, not a perfect overnight fix.

Here's to making changes!


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3/23/14 9:23 P

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Susan, emoticon to a great team, and great method for running. Hiking is a great way to build the leg muscles, and the best part is it does not feel like work. Good luck to you, as you build your miles.

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3/23/14 7:04 P

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3/22/14 6:36 A

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Hills: The "hill" trick, for me, is very short strides when I am going up. A very strong runner can worry about pace, but a new runner doesn't need to. So very, very slow and little short strides.

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3/22/14 2:02 A

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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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3/22/14 1:35 A

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Hello all. Just joined the team this past week and started the 5K program via the iphone app on Wednesday. So far I am enjoying it and the time goes by really quickly. I haven't ran(successfully) in about 20 years. I have had a few starts and stops over the past couple years, I would start out doing a C25K program, hate the first week, and quit. I find the Galloway method much more doable and lenient. I have decided to do the first few weeks on my treadmill because my neighborhood is nothing but massive hills and that gets really discouraging when you are beat after the first hill. And the track near my house....hills. So until I get a little bit stronger in the legs and a little more endurance, I am on the treadmill. I know eventually I am going to have to learn how to incorporate hills, but for now I will stick to a slight incline on the tready.

When the weather warms some more, I will also start back up with hiking which really helps build some leg muscles, granted not the same ones used for running, but still adding strength to the lower half.

I am trying (once again) to make some positive healthy lifestyle changes and I am going to stick with them this time. I am so tired of starting over and losing and gaining the same 30lbs. I just need to keep my motivation running high and not let little slips turn into months and months (years??) of returning to bad habits.

I am off to read more posts. Hope everyone has a great weekend.


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