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6/26/11 10:35 A

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I started running in January of this year and completed a half marathon by the end of April. I did it by listening CAREFULLY to my own body... walking with easy intervals of jogging and stopping before I got to the point of huffing and puffing. I was AMAZED at how fast I could increase my jogging intervals. The key for me was to SLOW DOWN when I started running and not push myself to the point where I couldn't breath.

I'm sure all the programs are great, but going your own pace and enjoying the process is essential for success.

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6/26/11 7:37 A

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I just completed Spark 5k training plan and I'm still amazed it worked! When I first starting jogging, I thought I would die after 1 minute of jogging and I just completed running 5k! Yaaa me and Spark program!

Here's the link, pick the one that works for you and go for it.

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6/25/11 8:50 A

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I started out with the c25k program as well. But when I got to week 3 and had to run 3 minutes straight (I think) I became stuck so I just started doing my own thing. I'm now up to running 7 miles (at least once a week). Keep at it and you will find your groove.

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6/21/11 3:03 P

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I am newb runner. Probably running about 1k just now so i wont say that i am in anyway experienced.

I used the c25k program before but didn't have much success with it as i put my knee out. Think i may have been pushing it a bit to hard on those 1 and 2 min running sections.

This time i was out walking with the knee brace on and i just started out into a jog. The knee felt fine so i kept jogging until it was uncomfortable. I noted where i started and stopped mentally so i could try and better it the next time. This seems to be working rally well for my just now and thankfully i dont have any knee probs this time.

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6/21/11 11:30 A

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I'm one of those people who tries things first and THEN reads instructions! LOL I started inserting run intervals in my walking when I felt like I needed to do something to crank it up and get off a plateau...felt that I wasn't a runner since I wasn't running non stop but one day when I managed to run all the way up a killer hill, I was filled with so much joy that I did it and dindn't die in the process! at that moment, I knew I was a runner even though probably not in anybody elses class...that to me is the thing about running...it's about setting out to meet our own goals and meeting them...even when we race, it's a race against ourselves as much or more as any of the competition. Now, after I actually did complete a race, I found that I needed to make my training a bit more focused so I could grow as a runner.....That's when I started to follow the training plans and the experience and advice here.
You're a runner! Enjoy!

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6/21/11 8:52 A

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The replies here are fascinating. Most interesting is the woman who said when she woke up she just wanted to RUN. It had nothing to do with dieting or whatever. Just to run like the wind!!!

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6/15/11 7:03 P

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Hi ALIPOO30, for me I did the coolrunnings C25K program. There are several out there. I agree with the others, putting one foot in front of the other makes you a runner. Having said that, the first time I ever considered myself a runner was the day I woke up and knew running had gone from exercise to something I loved to do and could not imagine not running.



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6/15/11 2:11 P

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Hi ALLIPOO30! I agree: putting one foot in front of the other makes you a runner!

I started in January 2011, training for my first 5k (March 29th). I used the 8 Weeks to a 5k training program from http://www.personalrunningtrainer.com/. I downloaded it to my ipod nano for $9.99 (they have a free app for ipad and iphone). It was a good starting point, providing both structure and convenience. They also have a 4 weeks to 1 mile program.

Best of luck to you!

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C25K is what I started with. SP also has a few to choose from now.





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6/15/11 7:52 A

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I started with C25K and then when I finished I moved to the Galloway method when I decided to train for a Half Marathon (without even a 5K race under my belt!). Try all the best methods that work for you.

Everyone has their own definition of what constitutes a runner. Personally, I think you are a runner if you put one foot in front of the other in something faster than a walk (though some people walk faster than I run!). However, I didn't actually feel like a runner until I crossed the finish line at my first 5K race.

You are a runner when you say you are a runner.

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6/14/11 10:35 A

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I am a leader for the Spark Your Way to 5k Walk/Jog program and I welcome you to come over and check us out! There are other teams though in this program that offer different styles of running. They are all great!

Here is mine: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/training
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6/14/11 10:32 A

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ALIPOO30,

Below is a link to SparkPeople's Spark Your Way to a 5K that may help you get on your way.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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6/14/11 10:27 A

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Couch to 5K, which you can find on coolrunning.com.

Running makes you a runner; there is no magic speed or distance.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.

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6/14/11 10:15 A

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I am just starting out, and I have read many articles about how to begin running...
I was just wondering how everyone else started out? And how long does it really take to really become a runner??

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