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The first 5K race whatever it takes to get there confirms
I want to keep doing this

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I was basically bored w/ my exercise routine, and wanted to do something different.

I had lost over 20lbs for my wedding by mainly doing DVDs at home. I love the outdoors, and always wanted to be a runner, but didn't really know where to start.

I heard about the Couch to 5k program, gave it a try, and the rest is history. That was about 3 years ago. I've ran 2 half marathons (have my 3rd in March) and am running my first marathon in October.

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2/1/10 12:54 P

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Robbie- Congrats ! you have the right attitude towards running, and that makes all the difference

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2/1/10 12:51 P

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I started running as part of my weight loss program when I was in Weight Watchers - started Sep of 2006. I had run in the Army many years ago, but when I gained weight, I thought I couldn't run any more because my feet hurt all the time. I lost weight, and guess what? My feet quit hurting. I eventually foung the Galloway program and was able to fulfill a dream: I ran my first marathon Feb 2008.

While running isn't easy for me (I am slow), it has become an enjoyable part of my life.

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Pam- cool how that happens- lol

Youre reaping the rewards

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Hubby signed us up for a "Learn to Run 5K" class last March. I never wanted to run, it was all his idea. Now I run 5K 2xs per week and 10K on the weekend. He sleeps in.

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It all happened here, in Spark People.

There is that sneaky, clever program ''from couch to 5K'' that starts from zero, then goes to half a mile etc etc.

It made me believe ''yes! I can run half a mile!''. It seemed so easy to start.

I said ''why not?'' to myself and I started the program. No, it was not as easy as it seemed especially for someone like me who had never run a mile in my life, but it was not impossible to do either.

I did the 5K, then I did the 10K program from SP, now I am on my 15K program and planning to run a Half Marathon in April-May and, why not, a full Marathon in autumn.

Spark People started all these for me!

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My single, father raised me alone and didn't have anyone to 'babysit' me while he went on long jogs. So by age 7, he took me along!!! I would jog 2-3 miles, then he would tell me to sit patiently on the side of the road and wait for him to come back for me. This was back when it was safe to leave your kids...LOL! I could never imagine doing the same for my kids!

I grew up wanting to be as cool as my dad who was a cyclist & runner. He seemed to be so proud when I achieved things athletically. That was our bond.

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I started running because I can't keep my big fat mouth shut. :D

Last February I was talking with a friend who mentioned a 5K he'd done that day with some friends. They'd decided they would stick together, and he was annoyed because some of them were goofing around, walking a lot, and it took them forever. I told him I bet if I trained for it I could kick his butt.

Riiiiight.

So I started training. To be fair, he didn't get much training time in because of a crazy work schedule, but that sooo isn't my problem.

I ended up beating him by 2 1/2 minutes and the rest, as they say, is history. I'm rehabbing my IT band right now but within the next couple of weeks I *should* be able to go for a run. Can't wait!

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1/10/10 5:42 P

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My sister has been a runner for a long time, and she had pushed me (too hard!) to start a few years ago and it didn't pan out. This past summer she wanted to get her boyfriend to run a race with her - he quit and I stepped up to join her. This time, however, we live 2 hours apart and she wasn't here making it miserable (haha, okay, overdramatic!) so I really enjoyed it!

So I owe it to my much faster sister, who is really proud of me. The end.


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I started running on and off in my mid thirties because I wanted to exercise to maintain my weight and I though running was the quickest and least expensive way. I also like to exercise outdoors and running gives me that. I did not take it seriously until I ran my first two races at 48 years old. I just trained to run a marathon in October but I ended up running the half marathon because I got injured 2 weeks before the event. Now I am hooked. I cannot wait until I get better to start running again. I am planning to train again to run the same marathon next year.

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10/27/09 6:09 P

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Im lost in recovery mode and was looking for inspiration/motivation

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10/27/09 6:02 P

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Thanks for bumping this thread, John!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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10/27/09 5:51 P

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I found this thread i started in the archives anyone want to add to it?
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8/14/09 8:50 P

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very inspirational to read about how it all started and get that feeling back
(in my case only 10 months ago)

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I stated running when a friend asked me if I would run the race for the cure with her instead of walking. It was only a 5k so I decided to see if I could run. A year later I ran my first marathon. Running is something I enjoy so much, jumping in with both feet is usually my style!


Runtilu drop - I love your response! I also really like your quote.

Each of is an athlete, some are just in training.


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I was motivated by the fact that in my family, there hasn't been a male that lived past the age of 49. This is largly do to lifestyles as well some genetics thrown in. I am out to break that streak. As I approached the age of 45, I decided to do something drastic in my life to break that streak. Time will tell, however my doctors and I are confident that the streak will be broken! In the meantime, running has transformed my life. One of the best decisions that I ever made was to get in shape!

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In high school I just ended up going to cross country practice a couple of times, and never stopped. Then, when softball season started up again, I had to choose between softball and track. I decided that I enjoyed running, and could varsity in it, and thought the girls on the cross country team were less catty. I still think it was a fantastic decision. Now in college I am out of shape, and I am working back up to being runner status.

Do it now; deal with the fear later!

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Back in 1997, when I was in my early 50's and in the middle of yet another "Diet" and exercise program. I was travelling for my job, and the hotel where I was staying didn't have a fitness room. But we were on the waterfront, so I thought I would just go run along the waterfront. I probably ran less than a mile, but it felt pretty good when I got back. And I thought "Hey, that feels pretty good, and nothing hurts! Maybe I will do that again some day!" So I did, and really came to enjoy it. It was frustrating to me during all the years when I couldn't - or thought I couldn't because of my hip problems. But this time I just started out real easy and took it slow, and here I am! I am up to 4.5 miles now! Still not fast - but I get there! Now the days I don't run - I wish I could get out there, but I am reluctant to try to do too much and risk re-injuring myself. It is good to be back!

Oct. 27, 2009 UPDATE

Since I first wrote this, I have completed several 5K races, and my first 10K! I am training for my first HM on Nov. 29. My next long run will be 11 miles WOOHOO!!


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I've always been very athletic. I played field hockey for 8 years and ran track for 4. Running has always been something I enjoyed and did recreationally (1-3 miles). My boyfriend is an ultra runner and puts in about 70 miles a week and he really inspired me to "just do it." I started with a pretty slow pace but added up the miles quickly. Now I'm running about 40 miles a week and have my first half and full marathon in my calendar: 13.1 Atlanta, GA Oct 4, 2009 and Disney World Marathon Jan 7, 2010. emoticon

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8/10/09 3:32 P

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My dad was an avid runner for fitness pretty much all through his twenties but started entering raced in his thirties.

He decided one day to enter me in a 5k when I was 10-11 and I tagged along just to keep him company. He left me during the race and told me to follow people and look for signs. Sure enough I missed the turn off and did a 10k instead. I remember thinking "this is taking FOR-EVER!".

Ever since I've entered random races and such, but I've always run since I can remember. I would run to my friend's house down the street, to school, to the store. I didn't walk much, just liked to run.

:)

Goals for 2011:

1. Continue improving my diet (low sugar, high fiber and protein).

2. Race more than 10 times this summer.

3. Be happy! And share with others. :)

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April 30-Drake Half-marathon

May 21-MAF 5K

June 4-Dam to Dam 20K

June 11-Run the Flood 7 miler

July 4-8K

July 30-Bix 7

October 9-Chicago Marathon

*missing about 3 races* Must find. :)



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8/10/09 1:10 P

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I ran in high school because my dad required us to participate in at least on sport each year, and cross-country and track were the only sports that didn't have cuts.

I started running again as an adult because I was trying to lose weight and noticed that the people who ran on the treadmills at the gym were in better shape than the people who walked.

These days, I run mostly because I enjoy it!

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an achievement but a habit." -Aristotle
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I started running in 1997 when I met my husband Steve. After going through a horrible divorce I met him and I just totally got hooked.
One thing led to another and my spark page says it all........



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I started running in May of 2008. I had already been walking 4-6 miles a day, and I kept trying to speed up my walks. So one day I was in the back of the cemetery where nobody could see me, and I decided to run. I ran for something like 30 seconds, and I was winded. But I decided to keep doing it, and in July (2 months later) I ran my first 5K. I ran the entire time, because I was afraid if I walked I wouldn't be able to start back up. Since then I've run several 5Ks, one 10K, one Half Marathon, one 16-mile mountain trail race, and one full marathon. Training for specific races keeps me motivated, and I can't imagine ever not running.

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I guess my comment was offending...so.....for that I am sorry...
Putting it back in.....
Wes---cahsed by the..thats funny...LOL...
its an innocent comment...

I became of runner after quiet honestly being bored to tears with walking....I got on a fitness kick after wanting to loose 10#..walking on the mill in the basement made me bored to tears....I found SP in Jan of 2008 and through SP teams found the C25K program...started that and have not looked back...I have never stuck with anything for this long before...I am hooked...


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I feel like I've been a runner my entire life. I remember my dad taking me to races when I was in elementary school. He would do the "big" race and I would run the kids' race. I competed all through high school and college. But then life got in the way ;) After I got married, started working and then having kids, running really took a back seat.

A month after my third was born, my DH was deployed. I realized I needed to find something that would give me "me" time. So I started running again. I felt like I had been given back a part of myself that I hadn't realized was missing. Now I can't imagine not being able to or wanting to run.

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HA, Wes, that's too funny!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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I always hated running and would look at others with admiration when I saw them running outside in all types of weather; but never thought it would be me. A series of events helped me become an avid runner.

My best friend passed away from leukemia at such a young age leaving her three children behind. I felt I needed to do something to honor her. About a month later another friend of mine challenged me to run the NYC marathon with her. I thought how perfect! I would push myself in my friend's memory and raise money for leukemia. It was the most emotional race, but left me wanting more. Now every time I run I think of my friend, and how she helped me get health and have a habit I love.

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RUNTILYOUDROP - TOO FUNNY!!! Maybe you should start a CRIME TO 5K podcast! ;-)

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I became a runner last November, although I started running back during the summer. I had had a lot of success losing weight by walking, but felt I needed to up the challenge, and decided to incorporate some light jogging. And by light, I mean 1 to 2 minutes, max! Then, I kept getting these postcards in the mail from Team In Training, with information about their running/triathlon/cycling programs. I would look at them, say "what a great thing...for someone else to do", and toss them. Finally, I decided I should just go to an information meeting, just to see what it was all about. I figured, it would be a good way to learn how to run properly, while doing something good for someone else. Went to the meeting, cried during one of the talks, and signed up immediately for a half-marathon, and have been running ever since.

Leigh in Knoxville ; - )

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The police kept catching me. After I started focusing on speed work that didn't happen anymore. :)

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"I am running and I can hear his footsteps. He is old and fat, and gaining on me. He has the same birthday as me. He has the same name I do, and if I don't keep running he will become me."


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Great topic, John!

I started running because my boyfriend was running, and I wanted to be able to do something with him. I had already been active in underwater hockey for over 10 years and started mountain biking with my BF a few years earlier. A cycling injury sidelined him so he started running more.

My first attempt was in the summer of 2004 at the age of 44, but within a couple of weeks of starting, we got hammered with a several hurricanes. I lost my roof and had damage to my house, not to mention the clean up. So I wound up spending every minute of my spare time for several weeks cleaning up and chasing down insurance adjusters and contractors. By then I had lost interest. Then a year later I started up again, but after a month or two of running, we got hit again, so I was back to trying to hammer and nail my life and my house back together.

Then in 2006 I got laid off, and now I suddenly had all this free time when I wasn't job hunting. I started running again, but this time we had no hurricanes, so I kept it going. I decided to enter a 5K in early November to have a goal to work towards. While I thought running was okay, I wasn't crazy about it. After the first 5K I knew the only way I would stay motivated to run was to keep entering races, which I did every few weeks. I was slowing moving up in the results for my age group. I suppose that was a motivation to keep going.

It really took some time for me to enjoy running, but now I do. I can't pinpoint one moment when I suddenly felt like a runner or that I loved running, but now I am and I do.

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I ran in a couple races over the last 10 years but it was not until this year that I felt like I was a runner - due to know it I am consistent and I have the urge to go out and run. I WANT to run.

My motivation was a combination of my birthday next year and a friend. I was told a friend of mine was training for a 1/2 marathon. I thought I would run with her because I knew if she was training, I could count on her not to cancel on me. Then after a couple weeks I decided I would run a 1/2 marathon before the end of my 40th year on Earth - December 2010.

Well I ran my 1st 1/2 in April - a year earlier than my deadline. And I now LOOK for races to join. There are so many good causes that hold races. And I am hoping to do my 2nd 1/2 before the end of THIS year. emoticon

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Hi all, I haven't posted here much yet. I'm pretty new to this group. I'm 31 and mother to three sweet girls.

I started jogging in Feb'08. I had never run more than to run away from someone up till then. I've never been "fat" but always on the heavy side. I always wanted to jog though, I admired joggers. One year I did a 5 meter dash race in middle school, but didn't take it seriously and came in dead last. TOTAL embarassment. Anyway, I told myself from then on that I'd never be able to do it. After having my last baby and being only 10 lbs from 200 and turning 30, I decided that I would try it out. My brother in law is a big time jogger and was always encouraging others to take it up. He started jogging about age 35 and has even done the Chicago marathon. He's truely inspirational. So, I told my husband that I desperately wanted a tread mill. He told me I'd never use it, and that was enough to make me determined to use it if I got one. Then a week later, he arranged for me to get a treadmill for free. His co-worker was moving, and the treadmill's electrical displays were broken. The rest is history. I read a great article in the Family Circle about walking progressing to running and couldn't believe how great it made me feel. I'm addicted. Even though I've gained some weight back I can run 10 to 11 minute miles now. A big improvement from 14! If I can jog, anyone in good health can!

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I started running almost 3 years ago because I was sick of being depressed & feeling sick & out of shape. My husband has always been a 'casual' runner for fitness so I went 'running' with him one day. I couldn't make it for 1/4 mile without feeling like I was dying. But something clicked & I kept at it until I could fully run my first mile. I haven't held back since.

Now running is something my husband & I love to do together. We ran our first half marathon last year & are in training for another one this year. I also hope to get my courage up to push my training to complete a marathon in February.

I LOVE running!!

Tammy

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I decided that, at the start of this year, I would commit to losing weight. Using my elliptical, I worked up my endurance level. In early March, I decided to plug in the iPod and venture around my neighborhood. I did not go very fast...but kept the pace constant. In that one instance, I went 3 miles. I loved the challenge that running gave me, and the endless possibilities of many routes around me. This first run prompted me to sign up for a local 5k, which I ran constant until I finished. I was not the fastest, but I got it done and I enjoyed it.

I did not want to lose interest or motivation in losing weight and keeping it off, so I signed up for longer distance events. I'm now training for my first marathon.

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I started exercising in college to banish the Freshman 15, but I was always adamantly against running. After college, I started running because my dad, an avid runner, invited me on a run on Thanksgiving as my gym was closed. I think we went about 6 miles and it was love at first step. I couldn't believe I had always thought running was so difficult and painful! Since that day in November 1996, I don't think I've missed more than a few days of running!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

2012 Running Mileage: 2,065


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8/9/09 9:38 A

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I started CC in 7th grade, did all through out high school and some after graduation, got married had kids put on back burner, then got very overweight and remembered I love running! and have been back at it since 7 yrs ago... I also quit smoking...to boot

The Road is my Church.
Sweat is my Prayer.
Running is my Religion.
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my therapist is the pavement
my drug is endorphins
my foe is the next hill...I am a runner!

Upcoming Races: Jingle Bells 5k Dec 10, 2011


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I started when the elliptical got boring. I started out too fast and got tired quick, but now i found a good pace and have run 2 or 3 5k and 2 10ks.

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March 10K 57:25

May 5k 26:29

May 4mile trail 37.48

June 10K 55 minutes.


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A friend asked me to do C25K with her in hopes of adding some new, exciting element to our hum-drum fitness plan! And it worked! Now we run 3-4 days a week!

just completed my first full marathon 10-9-10!





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I never ran a step in my life until age 38. I have been overweight my entire life and joined weight watchers online at 37. It worked great for me...I had lost over 50 pounds the first year.

On the message boards I kept hearing over and over about this Couch 2 5K program. I was always an avid power walker, but no running. Well finally I decided to try it.

After that I was hooked. Having the goal of finishing the program kept me going. Then after that my goal was to increase my Saturday run to an hour was my goal. Then I started training for races.

In the past I was always into exercise for a while...walking, aerobics, etc, but would eventually go back to my couch potato ways.

I've been able to keep up with running because of the training goals. I have something to aim for. I also feel I'm part of a community which is really great.

Elise, Plainville, MA

PRs:5K:33:08,10K:1:08:50, 6.66M:1:22:40 7.5M:1:29:44, 4M:44:58, 4.2M:44:52, 10M: 1:56:16, 1/2 Marathon:2:37:19



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8/9/09 7:05 A

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I was on the track team in 7th grade...only because we didn't have tryouts. There wasn't a single event I could compete in and not come in last. But no one ever took the time to figure out why, and I wasn't really interested in knowing then. I tried running again when I decided to look into Navy officer training, but couldn't get to the 1.5 miles in 15:30 they needed me to. At that point I talked to a friend who ran, and we figured out part of my problem was breathing. It got better, but still couldn't do the distance/time needed.
Last spring, a friend mentioned she wanted to do the Ukrops 10K in Richmond, and I offered to train with her- both of us intending to mostly walk it. She never could start training because of a broken toe, so one year ago this month I bought a good pair of running shoes and started training on my own, using the Couch to 10K. Joined the official event training team in January, and finished my first ever race in March. I'm still not great, but I can get out there and run. :) And enjoy it!

4/13/13- Monument Ave 10k

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HM PR: 2:52:26


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8/9/09 12:24 A

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I started running track in 8th grade. Quit track in 10th grade but kept running on my own. Ran 5-6 miles a day 6 days a week until my early 20's then stopped because of work and then because of family. I still worked out but just didn't have desire to run.

Rediscovered running at 39. Felt like I found an old friend. Decided at 40 to finally take the challenge of running a road race (too afraid to run one.) Ran a half marathon and was hooked. Have run 2 full marathons since. Struggling with a hip injury right now but hoping to be able to run another marathon in Dec 09 and then Boston in 2010.

Hope to still be running 20 years from now! Love the support from Sparks.

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."

Leon J. Suenes





Jan 08-1/2 marathon (1:49.25)
Jun 08-San Diego (3:59.33)
July 09-10K
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Jan 09-Phoenix (3:42.56)
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I started running because......I saw a triathlon on TV and thought it looked really cool. They had a story (as part of the coverage) of a woman who'd lost 100 pounds and was doing this tri as part of the way to reclaim her life. At the time, I figured that I had about 100 pounds to lose too, and thought the tri would be a good goal. So, where to start? I'm a strong swimmer. Even though I'm not fast, I know HOW to ride a bike. But I'd never been a runner. So I figured that if I ever want to do a tri, I'd have to learn to run.

Enter Couch to 5K. Then actually running some 5K races last summer. Then setting a goal for a 10K this summer - and running it last weekend.

Next summer - TRIATHLON!

1/31/08:  Joined Spark People! 
9/27/09: First 5K!
8/1/09: First 10K!
6/13/10: First Sprint Triathlon!
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8/8/09 11:47 P

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I started when I started Sparks. It has been something I have never been able to do, same as weight loss. I grew up with arthritis that often kept me from walking, and never running. Acutally, it was running that triggered my first arthritis attack. In grade 5, the phys ed teacher insisted we run. Because I wouldn't, he decided it would be appropriate to chase me while screaming the whole time. The next day I could not walk - my knees were so swollen. After years of doctors, they finally told me it was a form of arthritis from growing so fast - I am now over 6'1". I gave up on being able to run. I figured I would just be lucky to be able to walk pain free.

However, recently I was able to start to speed up the treadmill, and try to run without pain and injury. I decided since I was starting on a new journey trying something I thought I could never do, it was time to try this also. The whole time I ran with the understanding, any pain and I quit IMMEDIATELY. My longest run to date has been 87minutes straight. I have not been injured yet, and am training for a half marathon in September. I can't wait.

Katrina
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You can not change yesterday - it's done.
You can only dream of tomorrow.
The only day you can change is today.
What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?

It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT

Go little Turtle Go!


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I think this will be useful to share and keep our running spark going! emoticon
1) I became a runner at the time because I desired weight loss.
I started by using the treadmill
I soon noticed the metabolism energy boost and was hooked.
I also experienced "runners high" after my first 5K
I became a regular runner when I went to my locale run store to get proper running shoes and noticed the running classes available.
I took the beginners group and was hooked

I've reached my weight loss goals , made new friends and fitness health I need to keep on going !

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Edited by: FREEDOMSTAR at: 8/8/2009 (23:28)
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