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8/19/14 11:05 A

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emoticon to the team and good luck with your new running goals!!!

Lots of consistent runners on this team, so join the "crowd." And enjoy your runs.

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8/18/14 3:14 P

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This is a very supportive and active team. We have a Training Questions and Logs forumn where you can post your training progress. That's a good way to keep yourself accountable and also to get support. Or you can post progress in the Daily Checkin thread. Or both! Some people like to blog about their training. Whatever motivates you. You will find that we all share the same challenges and can offer help from our own experiences when that is needed.

You can also post your monthly goals and mileage on that thread. Seeing the miles build up can be fun!

It can also be quite motivating to offer as well as to receive support and encouragement.

PS Add your race to our Races thread.

Edited by: LIVE2RUN4LIFE at: 8/18/2014 (15:18)
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8/18/14 1:38 P

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Catherine,

Thanks for the words of encouragement, and the reminder. It's not where you are, it's where you're going, right? It's hard to keep that in mind, but I'm trying to stay focused. It helps to have the half marathon goal to look forward to.

I'm following Jeff's beginning/to finish plan from his half marathon book. It's a 34 week training program, I believe, but I have 37 weeks, so I've added on a few more weeks of long runs and will get up to a long run on 16 mi before the half. I'm feeling pretty good about that plan and think it's doable.

It's hard to go from running for a PR to running just to finish, but at this point I'd be ecstatic to be able to to a 10k, let alone a half marathon. It's easy to beat myself up over how far out of control I've let myself get, but instead I just want to focus on the future and what I can do to get back on track.

Any recommendations for how to use SP to keep myself motivated/accountable? It's a little overwhelming on here knowing where to post, what message boards are consistently encouraging to new folks, etc. Or just how this place works, with the home page, the start page, etc. I'd love to have a small group of people to get to know, or maybe a challenge to keep me motivated. What have all of you found to be useful in the long run?

Thanks,

Witten

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8/18/14 12:02 P

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emoticon to the team. A half marathon in the spring is totally doable. The key is to train consistently and to follow a structured training plan to do so. Are you using one of Jeff's training plans?

I think you already know this, but it doesn't really matter where you've been, just where you are going. Even if you have been running consistently for the past 5 years, you won't be ready for that spring marathon without training for it. Just the same as if you haven't been running for the past few years. Not running last year doesn't matter. Running and training now is what counts. So stop worrying about the past!!
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8/18/14 11:29 A

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Good idea--and yes, I am. I am running a 5k in early October, another 5k turkey trot, and then a 7k in March. I was looking for a 10k, but I live in the frozen north, and the half marathon I signed up for in April of '15 is basically the beginning of the running season here.

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8/18/14 10:50 A

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Just a thought...are you planning to run any 5K / 10K races before your HM? Might want to consider that before you jump back into the "deep end"...

In any case, you've found a great team who will be supportive. Best of luck on your journey back to healthy living!

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8/18/14 10:38 A

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Hi all. My name is Wittenkhiskers, and I am a 42 year old woman who used to be a runner and who longs to be again. It's depressing to think that I've let myself get this out of control--I'm 40+ pounds overweight, have been eating everything in sight, and though I've begun motivating myself to run, I feel like I'm starting all over and it makes me want to cry. I used to be able to just lace on my running shoes and go out for an easy 5 miles at a 9:30 pace. Right now that feels like climbing Mt. Everest.

I'm trying to just focus on the here and now, motivating myself to get out the door three times a week. This spring, I'd like to run a half marathon, which right now seems like a fantasy, but I think it might be possible if I'm committed. I've run one half marathon, and I trained for it the run/walk way. I figure that's got to be the best way for me to go now, too. Running has always been motivating for me in losing weight--both as a way to do it and a reason to do it.

I'm starting by running 3x/week, with my long run starting at 3.0 miles. Right now I'm doing about 2-2.5 miles for my training runs during the week, at about 13 minutes per mile. I'm going to use 2/1 run/walk ratios. Over 36 weeks, I plan to work up to a half marathon, in March of '15. Looking forward to gaining some mutual support.

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