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I'm encouraged from all the personal experiences here.

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I started running at 50 and just over 200 pounds. I took it gently using C25K. I have slightly dodgy knees so wear supports on them as a precaution.
I'd always said I'd never run but I quite enjoy it in a funny way these days!
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Yes, My own knees tell me that I'm too fat to run (along with my age perhaps)..

I used to be a distance runner years and years ago. Would often get up in the morning to a good 5-9 mile run almost every day.

In high school ran hurdles, cross-country and the 1500 but life happens (especially to woman in their mid to late 40's and early 50's)..

And it did.. child birth and two seriously life altering female surgeries, a stressful job and unhappy partnership I found myself 50lbs overweight and miserable. I lost 30 & went back to school but that was a few years ago now I need to lose again and keep it off!!! ALL of it..

My thing now is trying to protect my knees and get this weight off so that I can possibly run
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I just turned 50 this last summer and the weight is just a real challenge..

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My friend and I started running about a year and a half ago. She lost over 70 lbs from when she started running until this year. We started out really slow and short distances. We would make a quarter of the track and then walk the rest. We slowly increased our distance to half of the track, three quarters, then the full 1/4 mile lap. Now, she's able to complete 6 miles and I've just caught up with being comfortable with 5K. She's bent on doing a half marathon in April. If she thought she was "too fat to run" when we started, she wouldn't have worked up the miles that she has. I've never met anyone that is so determined to run these marathons, especially when she's still really heavy. Neither of us are at any goal weight but we still manage to plug along at our own paces and then meet up once or twice a week to run together. As usual, I'm a little late to this party, but that's my story if it's any help. :)

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1/12/14 2:35 P

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I've struggled over the years with running. I have started a c25k program probably 4-5 times. March of 2013 I started again. At that time I had been doing a grain-free diet. My ankle - which was the reason for all the previous failed attempts wasn't hurting like it used to so I tried. I made it all the way through the c25k program and got up to running 3 miles at a time. Although I would usually only go about 2.5 miles per jog. In September I got a nasty cold and quit jogging (I was averaging 3-4 times weekly). I think I jogged 2-3 times between September and January. I'm back to jogging every other day. I'm not back to where I was but I'm confident I can get there. I'm also trying to get back to wheat-free as that helps with ankle pain.

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I think it depends. i tried run/walking this last summer. I took it VERY slow!!! and i still got a slight fracture in my shin. I also got 2 months later capsulitis in my foot. I know it's not all from my weight but i do think since i was former marathon runner and NEVER had ANY injuries prior to this that there may be some truth to not running while obese.

Probably for each person it's different though.

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I have been repeating week 1 and 2 of the Spark 8-week beginner run/walk program for. . . two months? I will get there eventually.
I have always been afraid to run.
I will overcome the fear.
Just keep chugging along!

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really liked this thread. !0 years ago i ran 2 marathons but that was a long time ago. Now 10 years later i have gone thorugh some health issues and i've changed as a person along with gaining the last 4 years over 100 pounds.

i would like to regain my love of running. I've gone back and forth about running while overweight. But reading this thread encouraged me to start once again. Although at a very slow pace. so thanks. :)

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Every time I'm in the start corral, I look around at all the shapes and sizes there with me. I may not be the fastest, but neither am I the slowest. Training got me there, and all I have to do is look at all the medals, including my first age group place medal from several years ago, to remind myself that I belong in that starting chute, too.
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Some people just get it in their brain that they want to run. Sometimes there's no explanation, it's just there. I'm one of them! Even though my short legs and stocky build are more beneficial for football, I ended up with that running bug in me too.

For me, the key to success was to start small and start slow, and as I gained consistency, I could increase distance and speed. I already knew I loved to go on really long walks, so at first it was just a matter of adding little bits of running here and there. My walks turned into walk/runs, which then turned into run/walks, and eventually they all became runs. I started participating in races, starting with 5K's and then onto 4-milers, 10K's, and eventually longer.

Since starting, I've now successfully completed four half marathons and one full marathon. And I'm a guy with a BMI of 31 (technically still obese!) I now run fast enough where I'm often placed in a mid-pack corral, and I can tell you, there are some skinny racers at the starting line who look at me like I totally don't belong there. Well, guess what? I DO belong there!

It's all about consistency and commitment. Like others have said, a C25K program is a great place to start. There are many running groups out there that do C25K programs and people of all different fitness levels are welcomed. "No Boundaries" is the C25K program that Fleet Feet stores put on, and there are many others out there as well.

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I'm following the Half Marathon training schedule published on the Hospital Hill Run (Kansas City) website - because me and my running buddies are doing the Half this year - last year we did the 5K, and we decided then we wanted the BIG medal.

Anywho - I haven't had to miss a day of training yet, I'm doing the distances (tomorrow is a 'short' run of 5 miles). I did 8 miles yesterday, and my legs feel fine.

Anywho - last April, before I did my first 5K, I hadn't really trained, I weighed around 260, and I had just quit smoking 2 months prior (after 27 years).

I ended up doing 25 events total last year - I use intervals, always - less strain on my joints, my ego, and my lungs... but I did them all, including 5K's, an 8K, a 4 mile, AND ... the Kansas City Half Marathon. ... Tip - Kansas City AIN'T FLAT!

So.... run, you mind wants to, your body will follow. The mind controls everything - self talk your way through it - push yourself, but listen to those times when it says - ENOUGH, and rest - but don't ever ever ever ever quit.

Good Luck!

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Welcome!

Take it one step at a time. I've trained slow fat runners to finish their first half marathon, then they tackled their first marathon. You don't have to run the entire distance, and remember that the only person you're "competing" with is you.

Have fun on those 5Ks!
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Hi i just join the team because me and a friend just ran/walked our first 8k. ughhh that is 4.97 miles. i almost died, at least it felt that way. i am addicted and plan to do some 5ks to build up to to a marathon on day. who knows.

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It doesn't matter how slow you are, after all, this board is for slow folks! What matters is that you are out there making an effort and living a healthier lifestyle than most folks. :)

You'll build stamina over time, be patient. You don't have to run, you may not be ready to.

Is therena training group or program you can join?

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My advice to you is the same that I keep giving to myself: "judicious persistence"!

For me, that means learning to listen to my body & moderate my behaviour accordingly, but not using it as an excuse to quit or be slack.

So ease off a little bit, but continue to work at it. It's okay if you have to repeat the same day/week until you are comfortable moving up to the next workout. It took me 13 weeks to do the original 9-week C25K. Hang in there,




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My mind doesn't think I'm a SFR yet my body proves differently. I can barely run 1/4 mile @ 3.5 mph, which seems r-e-a-l-l-y slow to some of the posts I've read. Boy, I'm slower than I thought! I started C5K today and it's tough. I tried this last year when I was 35 pounds lighter and quickly became discouraged because I couldn't keep up with week 2 and haven't attempted it again until now. My stamina is virtually non-existent and I have to keep running even if my heart feels like its going to pound out of my chest. Or, take it a bit slower and have confidence that if I keep on it, it will come.

I walked two 5K's a few years ago and it was a great feeling to walk over the finish line. I want to participate in more runs, but a bit too timid right now.

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295.8 going to start the 5k walk/jog program today!

There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you are committed to something you accept no excuses, only results.


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i think if you are doing an hr easily on the elliptical and yo are really wanting to try running then give it a shot.....what is the worst thing that can happen? if you dont like it go back to your usual activity---if you like it keep it up. there is no set size for running!!

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Congratulations on your decision to run! There is no weight limit to running! I started running last june weighing 230 lbs. I ran my first half marathon in October of 2010 weighing 200 lbs and Im about to run my first full marathon this weekend weighing 187. If you have the determination in your head and the desire in your heart you can do anything! Training is the key. I too started off walking, then adding some jogging and eventually ended up running for an hour at a time. everyone has to start the same way, putting one foot in front of the other. good for you for making the decision to start running! Keep up the good work and good luck to you!



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I just wanted to add onto this my information
I started running to lose weight,, 2 months ago ( 8 weeks) at 292 lbs!! I started the coach to 5k program. IN the first week, I could not run ONE minute without gasping for air or being crippled over in pain. Now,,,8 weeks later,, at 261 lbs,, I can run 25 minutes straight ( at the least).
I think everyone should give it a try, its not about size, its about conditioning!!
And there is something I thought I"d never say,, but I LOVE RUNNING!!!

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Miss_Britt,

Congratulations on your decision! I've been overweight for the last few years now, but have ALWAYS been a runner. I (re)started running about 18 months ago with the Couch to 5K plan, and it took me 9 weeks to run my 5K. Unfortunately, snow came and I stopped running about a month after that, so I'm now trying to build up my endurance once again (better late than never?). I'm about 25 pounds overweight, and just finished a 5K on Saturday. I was hesitant about running it so soon into training (it had been about 5 weeks running "part-time"), but I'm SO glad that I did. I'm now starting an 8-week 10K program. I am determined to do it wholeheartedly, and I know that in April, I'll be looking back at January thinking how silly it was that I couldn't run a mile!!! It's true that slow and steady wins the race, so start at a pace you're comfortable with, until you're ready for more! (You'll definitely want to sign up for a 5K race, too, finishing it will be such a great feeling).

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Just stopped by and read the rest of your reply's to my initial question. All of you gave great advice! I'm happy to say that Ive started my C25k program and so far I'm doing SO good =). My fears and negative thinking were what was holding me back. I kept telling myself that I'd lose another 5 pounds or another 10 before I started running, when that wasn't really necessary.

CBAILEYC you said something that was so awesome! "Don't measure your success by any one else's. This is for YOU and you alone." I am going to try to remember this always!

Once again, thank you all for your kind and inspiring words. I appreciate all of you!

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Edited by: THEWYRDWOMAN at: 2/4/2011 (12:15)
Old fat runner's motto:
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Just wanted to add my experience with this situation and encourage you to move in the direction of your dreams.

I had been walking during my work breaks for a couple of years, 15 mins. in the AM & PM. When I first started, though,I had shin splints so bad I had to stop every few minutes. My weight was the highest it's ever been - 269. I kept at it because I knew I'd face serious health consequences otherwise. Lost about 14 pounds over a couple of years just by doing that little bit.

Still, before I started with SparkPeople last July, I could not have run across the street. But I got inspired by some blogs here (check out ~Indygirl & "Fat Girls Can Run A 5K") and decided to try it. I picked up the pace of my work walks, got physician approval and started Couch to 5K last September. The very first session was torture - I didn't think I could do the runs. So I slowed down a little, and keep repeating the first week until I was able to complete all the run intervals. That 9-week program took me 13 weeks to complete, but I did it and ran a full 5K on December 5th. Now I'm working on 10K, which I'm doing slowly and the 6 week Bridge to 10K program will probably take me 12 weeks again, but that's okay. And now I look forward to running, never would have believed it possible before I started with SP.

Oh, and by the way, I'm 57, 5'4" & 211. You can do it, just keep at it -- however small your steps, you will still be moving forward.

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I was making excuses for myself before I started. Then I watched all the people on biggest looser do it and gave up any reasonable excuse. If they can work their butts off so can I. I love it now. Don't get me wrong it's still HARD but it's my me time where I'm making myself a fitter happier person.

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I was making excuses for myself before I started. Then I watched all the people on biggest looser do it and gave up any reasonable excuse. If they can work their butts off so can I. I love it now. Don't get me wrong it's still HARD but it's my me time where I'm making myself a fitter happier person.

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I was making excuses for myself before I started. Then I watched all the people on biggest looser do it and gave up any reasonable excuse. If they can work their butts off so can I. I love it now. Don't get me wrong it's still HARD but it's my me time where I'm making myself a fitter happier person.

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I just want to say.. that if you are thinking that it is probably not a good time for you, it is probably the best time to do it!

I entered the c25k program at 248, had been running a bit before then. I couldn't even run half way down my block without huffing and puffing.
I finished the program without repeating weeks. I didn't transition to a bridge program. I kept running 30 minutes 3x a week. I ended up completing my first 5k at 46 minutes I think. Very slow, but I did it.

Took a running break, and now I am training for the 10k. I completed 5k yesterday at about 38:30. I am 218/216. There are people that are heavier than I that are running faster and longer distances! it is more about training than it is about weight. The good thing about the program is you lose while you do it, and your runs become better. :)

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I'm feeling very inspired reading this thread as I'm still working up to running a 5K w/out walk breaks. In August, I started walking with a friend in the morning. When that started feeling a bit easy, we added short jog intervals - one of us would call "mailbox" or something similar in the distance and we'd jog to it =). After a while we decided to try the C25K iPod program, but the workouts were short for what we liked to do, so we started using an interval timer and setting our own timer goals. The only problem was that my friend didn't like any increase in the jogging, but I totally got hooked, and wanted to work toward all running, and a 5K goal! Winter came, and we quit meeting in the AMs and I'm now working on it alone. I recently decided to quit telling myself I'll never be able to run anything but intervals, jumped on the treadmill and ran a mile w/out stopping. I think it was the thing I needed to do to break out of my "CAN'T" thinking. BTW - you rock that elliptical, Miss Britt! I have just started using one as a break to jogging, and it is kicking my butt at ZERO incline!!

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Like everyone else, I agree - start slow and do what feels .. well, it doesn't necessarily feel 'good' when you start, but you learn your body and your responses.

I was 245 lbs when I started C25K. I ran my first 5K Dec. 5, at ~ 238 lbs. No, I didn't run the whole thing. I've found for me, a walk/run interval of 1:1 works. It's not fast, it's not a full-on run, but it works, I feel good, I feel accomplished, and I'm slowly improving my stamina and endurance.

As for being that big and running - I jiggled a LOT. I learned two sports bras helped control the uncomfy feel from the jiggle and wiggle and bounce. If only one could "shake off" the fat by running and jiggling LOL

However you decide to start running, you'll find a way and a rhythm that works best for you. Don't measure your success by any one else's. This is for YOU and you alone.
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I'm 220lbs and I'm in week one workout 3 of a couch to 5K program. (google it on cool running .com). I gotta say it's hard. But for me its the stamina that is hardest. You have been building that already with your 40 minute sessions. I am going to give it my all because I would be so very proud to finish a 5K ! It would be good for my helath and my failing ego.

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Go for it. I started at the weight you are now, but I certainly didn't have the stamina you have, running (slowly) for a minute was really hard work but I got there and so will you
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Thanks for the advice everyone. This helps a lot! It seems the consensus is to start slow and to listen to what my body is telling me. I'll start slow, and I'll be back to update you all on my progress :)

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When I first started running, I think I was at about 255-260 (BMI of 40 or so for me). I just gradually eased into it. For the month before I started running, I started walking first - short distances, then longer ones. Then I incorporated small pockets of running into my walks. I found that as long as I listened to my body, I was OK to run. I'm up to the point where I can do a 5k now (though I sometimes still have to walk for a few minutes!)

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My advice would be to try to find a Fleet Feet store in your area, invest in good shoes and get out there and START working toward running... the C25K seems to be a great program and that is how I started running 3 months ago... am I fast?? Nope... but I am a runner! In fact today, I was able to run 6 miles and I am signing up for a 10K race tonight :D

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Hi, B:

Everyone has to learn to walk before they can run.

There's no general optimum weight for a runner, as we come in all sizes and shapes. However, there is an optimum point of readiness, and that's up to the individual.

What you are doing now is awesome, keep up the good work! I hope you're adding variety and strength training in your routine. Doing the same old thing every day allows your body to adapt to the same routine, but you need to work different muscles and at different levels of exertion, in order to achieve good results and overall fitness.

As far as weight is concerned, you should talk to your doctor about your running goals. I know too many people who have successfully dropped over 100 lbs to discourage you, but, they all started running slowly and gradually.

It sounds like you're on the right track!

Alysia :)

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I started last year with speed intervals while I walked and eventually that led up to running intervals within my walks. While I may not be fast I am up to running 5.5 miles without having to walk. It was a slow process I just listened to my body...it let me know when it was time to kick it up a noch or back it back down.

I included a link for interval sets you can download completely free give it a try.

www.djsteveboy.com/intervals.html

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I'd love to become a runner, but I don't think I'm fit enough to begin a running program. I'm also a little intimidated by the idea of becoming a runner/jogger. I keep telling myself that I need to lose more weight before I should even think about running. But this thought has made me wonder if there is a specific point or a specific weight an individual should be at before he or she begins a running routine?

Over the past 2 months I've been getting my cardio in via Elliptical Machine for 40-60 minutes for at least 5 days out of the week. I'm able to go for a full hour doing varied levels of cross-ramp/resistance intervals. My endurance has improved. I feel great afterwards! Tired, but not exhausted.

I've read up on the couch to 5k program(s)and other beginner running programs. They all offer great beginner routines. But I'm not yet convinced I'm where I need to be to start this challenge. Any advice? Opinions?

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