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4/19/10 12:40 P

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So proud of you! You can do it. I'm 47 & never thought in a million years that I'd be doing a half, and I finished my first one in March & signed up for another one in November. I had to get over beating myself up if I missed a scheduled running day, but as the others have said, just DON'T QUIT. All the comments have been great!! LOVE this team! The encouragement/motivation/ideas are awesome.







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4/19/10 6:53 A

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Great job for hitting the treadmill!!! We all hit slumps....I've been in one since the beginning of the year....slowly trying to work my way thru it. Now you've inspired me to continue pushing!

I turned 50 this year and have done 3 half marathons in the last 3 years. The first year I walked it, and the next 2 years I was a runner.

Right now I'm struggling to run 2 miles....frustrating, but I took too much time off during the winter...and I gained weight (slacked on running and weight training). The extra 20 lbs is really slowing me down and really wears out my hips, knees, and ankles. But I'm determined to get the weight off and be in good running shape by the end of May. Now I just have to do it!

We can reach our goals!

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4/18/10 3:51 P

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What a great thread! Hat's off to everyone who has jumped in here.

Be Good, Do Good, Feel Good.


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4/18/10 9:20 A

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Way to go! I admire your courage to make a change. I LOVE Gladgad's encouraging words! You can do it! I just finished my second half marathon this month. I used to think I couldn't run a mile....and I have 5 kids. One is a teenager and one is a 2 year old. I didn't think I had time or energy. Now I HAVE to do it- it is my sanity!
Have a great day- and KEEP UP the good work! :)




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4/18/10 8:41 A

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You can do it!

Be fearless.
You only fail when you stop trying.
"The cure to anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." - Isak Dinesen

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5 Mile Race PR: 44:36 (Dec. 2011)
10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
15K PR - 1:29:59 (Apr. 2011)
Half Marathon PR - 2:03:39 (Apr. 12)
Marathon PR - 4:48:55 (May 2011)
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4/17/10 10:38 P

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You the woman! Keep up the great work!!!!





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4/17/10 10:36 P

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You the woman! Keep up the great work!!!!





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4/17/10 3:18 P

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Way to go!

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

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4/17/10 2:31 P

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Yay Tracy. See? No problems. And yes, that energy bubble is a side effect of healthy living.

-Carolyn

"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
TRACYMIC Posts: 7
4/17/10 1:26 P

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Alright, no more whining (today). I jumped on my treadmill and did a program where you walk 2 min and then run 4. It is 30 minutes long and I did 1.5 miles. yea! Now let's talk about these side affects, I then felt the need to vacuum, do laundry and shave my legs! If this little energy bubble is what I can expect every time we may have to revisit this fitness crap...I can't have a clean house and smooth legs!!! emoticon

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4/17/10 11:32 A

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You can do it! The trick is to remember that you are not perfect and success does not demand perfection. You will have bad days and good days, and it's important to remember that a slip up or a bad day will NOT derail you. Just wipe the slate clean and keep looking AHEAD, never backwards!

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

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4/17/10 10:56 A

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wow Gladgad..you are like the wise old man at the top of the mountain. Thanks for the links to the different sites. I appreciate the peptalk and the kicks that i obviously was needing. I am not training "with" my friends (not at all) we live too far apart. I am just visualizing us all getting to the starting line and I just jog past it and am done!! Won't that be lovely! A lot of you have overcome some real issues, some the same as mine others not. I thank all of you for your time to respond I had no idea this group/website was so comforting, I guess that is the right word? I appreciate it and am heading down to the treadmill to see if I can make it a mile!

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4/17/10 10:54 A

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It matters not how many times you fall, only the number of times you get up.

Don't give up when perfection doesn't happen. Perfection WON'T happen. Baby steps, make a plan, join a program, get some support... You can do it!

Kirsten
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RESOLUTELY RENEGADE against ennui and instant gratification. Working to be fit, strong and healthy so I can ditch the forever tired feeling, free myself from chronic pain and have the energy to go out and LIVE life as exuberantly as I possibly can.


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TRACYMIC Posts: 7
4/17/10 10:49 A

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The only plan I have is the one Gladgad just posted! thanks for the great reply. Your busy life just makes me feel like a lazy slob. OK, no worries. Starting over...today.

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4/17/10 9:14 A

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I walked 2 half-marathons before I attempted to run one and now I am training for a full marathon but this has taken years to get to this level. Start slow or you will get too discouraged! You can do it!

You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.


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4/17/10 8:28 A

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TRACY... As Winston Churchill once said, "Never, Never, Never give up". There is an excellent story behind those words....basically, he was told he would not amount to anything and look where he ended up and his influence on the world.

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DON'T GIVE UP! Just pick up where you left off and GO for it! You posted this because you wanted us to kick you back on track. So take these kicks and move forward. Then report back your positive results. :D

CRAZYGYMGIRL.... HEY! I enjoyed your post and then visited your page. I am 54 this year and doing my first half marathon as well! WE ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO START ANYTHING NEW! :D WTG.... And congrats on the weight loss. I did WW too and lost 22 lbs since Dec. 1. I'm 4- 8 away from goal.

GLAD.... We seem to be on a lot of the same teams. I an always impressed with your posts and how you help the rest of us with your wise advice. You never tire !!!! I just went to your page and submitted a vote for you as being a motivator! You are amazing and I appreciate all the hard work you do finding links and offering your wisdom to the reset of us. You rock!

Keep on runnin' all.... My first half at age 54 is Aug. 1. Whether we are battling addictions, motivation, or age....WE CAN DO IT!



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4/17/10 7:46 A

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I am an ex-smoker, so I know how hard it is to quit. Thankfully it's been over 20 years since I had a cigarette! Back then there was not much in the way of quit smoking aids but today there are many. What is your plan to quit? If you don't have one, start with the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/ped_10.as
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Are you currently running? If so, then today regardless of the weather, go out for a run. It doesn't matter if it's 10 minutes or an hour, just go run. If you are not currently running, then go out for a 10-20 minute walk/jog. That's how you start!

Do you have a training program for your half marathon? If you're not currently a runner, know that it takes about 12 weeks to train, but before you start a half marathon program, you need to have some running behind you. Look online for the Couch to 5K program (there are lots of free ones). If you need a beginner half marathon training program, you can check out what I posted in my blogs. Look for Beginner's Half Marathon Training Schedule. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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You absolutely CAN do this. You just need to make up your mind and then take one step at a time. If you have never quit smoking before, just know that day 1 and 2 are hard, but day 3 is the worst, so plan for it. I used Tootsie Pops and probably went through a whole bag on day 3 while just at work. Days 4-6 were tough but not as bad as 1 and 2, and once I hit 7 I was golden. That's not to say I didn't have cravings, but they came farther apart, lasted much less time, and were easier and easier to deal with.

-Carolyn

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4/17/10 7:44 A

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Are your friends training with you? To me it's a huge motivator having friends waiting for me to show up. Is there a half marathon training program in your area? You can do it!!!

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4/17/10 7:22 A

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You can do it - just wipe the slate clean and start fresh today. Don't give up!!

"She who stops getting better, stops being good."
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4/17/10 12:14 A

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Hey,
You so got this. I used to smoke. I have fibromyalsia or however it is spelled. I am in grad school. And work 2 jobs. I still train. I have run 2 halfs. I am running my 3rd on Sunday. If you want to be friends add me and we can talk more. Are you doing a plan? like do you have a training sched? They really help. And if you fall off one day. No worries really. Just act like its a rest day and pick it back up another day. one day is not going to make a difference at the end of a few months of training promise. you will totally be awesome and ready. just do like 96% of the days. :)

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4/16/10 11:22 P

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Of course you can do it. I did my first HM last year and I was 54. OK... I walked it, but I have a problem with my right knee. But it was a challenge. I trained with a Running store in my city for about 5 months. I'm doing another one in May and have been training on my own.

So, you are younger than me and you can SO DO IT. Good luck.

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of." Benjamin Franklin


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TRACYMIC Posts: 7
4/16/10 11:10 P

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wow...so far I have challenged two friends to run a 1/2 marathon with me in Nov and they have accepted...YEA. However, today, I finished another pack of cigarettes and blew off any kind of training what so ever! What a mess! How am I going to get this thing going? Good grief....how sad am I?!?!?!

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