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7/23/12 9:54 P

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Welcome to the team!

I use a Gymboss. It's an interval timer and you can find it at amazon.

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7/23/12 5:41 P

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Hi Rachel,

I am currently supplementing my workouts with running. Last summer I only ran, ran every day until I burned myself out & stopped completely. Since I don't want to do that again I am trying to mix it up.
Typically you can find info at your local YMCA. You can also check out to find area races. My whole family gets into our local 5ks so we have a lot of fun! Our 4 & 5 year old love it & are so proud of completing the race, medal or no medal emoticon

I just have a good pair of running shoes (or 4 pair since I am a shoeaholic) and my iPhone. Sometimes I like music & sometimes it irritates me and I shut it off. Everyone is different. Take it slow & if it hurts stop. You can really hurt something by overdoing it & then you will be off running until it heals.

Best of luck, feel free to friend me if you want someone to chat with!


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7/23/12 5:10 P

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Hello! My name is Rachael, I am 30 years old, and I'm not sure if I have ever ran once in my adult life. I'm on a path to a much healthier lifestyle, and thought that I needed to find new and exciting ways to get some fitness worked back in to my life. Currently my favorite activity is bike riding, but I think running has the potential to be a nice partner to that.

I have to say I have no idea what I am doing. I am going to follow the plan outlined here starting today, and see how it goes. I was recently given a pair of running shoes that seem to fit pretty well, and I've got my Iphone and some ear buds. Hopefully that is all I need to get started. I really am excited! I hope I am one of those that seem to find a passion for running. I haven't signed up for any race yet, I don't even know where to look in my area to find a 5K. Any tips on that? It would be nice to have something to strive for and a date/goal in mind as I start this program.

One question. When you are first starting out, how do you keep up with your time when you are supposed to be switching off between walking/jogging? Are there apps that can alert you when it is time to switch? Is everyone just starting at their watches or phones the whole time or just guessing when it is time to switch? :)

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