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4/6/12 7:43 A

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Doing the C25K if you really haven't been all that active is a challenge for almost everyone, and it's really inspiring to read about people of all ages, sizes, shapes, and fitness levels taking on this challenge. We all deserve a big WOO HOO!


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3/21/12 2:57 P

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Wow, I just started reading this and wanted to say before I was made me cry!!

"I did the whole 20 minutes the very first time and shocked myself. That was the day I ran my first whole mile."

I can't wait to get to this point myself. Even though I'm not in the 300's or 200's I'm still having a really hard time with C25K. Thank you for sharing your story!

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3/2/12 12:14 A

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Thanks for posting that! I'm running the couch to 5K also, and I started running it weighing 223 (not sure what I am at now, been taking a break from weighins; I will weigh myself when I do my next measurement on the 8th. :) ) Great post, very informative, and very encouraging!

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1/21/12 11:01 A

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I read Katie every day! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading your post.

Update -- just read it. As J-Lo says on Idol, "WOWWWWAH!" You are INCREDIBLE. I started running the Run5K program in November when I was in the 205-10 range, and that was kind of a push for me. I've just started Week 8 (it's an 8-week program), but it took me 10 weeks to get there. And YES, every new week is just as hard as the first one. Then about the time I get used to it, here comes the NEXT week! But that's what pushes you to improve, yes? So I'm hopeful that when I finish Week 8 and can run 30 minutes without stopping that I'll eventually get to the point where I don't think I'm going to die in that first 10 minutes. Or the last 10 minutes. :D Then what? 10K? I think so!

I also got really good shoes. I LOVE these -- I wear Asics Gel Nimbus 13. They have cushioning, but not so much that it overcomes some solid stability. It's a good combo for my flexible flat foot. I also wear insoles, just a Dr. Schol's type for plantar fasciitis, and those help a LOT, too. I tried the next shoe down in that line price wise, but there is no comparison with the GN13. If you're heavy and run, you have GOT to have the right shoe (and of course mine not be right for others). Otherwise you'll pay for it anyway in medical expenses.

Your guest post is so informative. I hope every person who's still in the heavy range who has thought about running goes right over to read it. Thank you so much!!

Edited by: SHIRE33 at: 1/21/2012 (11:13)

�The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living on a small piece of land...� - Abraham Lincoln

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the task anew."
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1/21/12 10:51 A

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I haven't posted in awhile,but ended up completed C25K at over 300 lbs--crazy right? I was lucky enough to be asked to write a guest blog here:

If you have never read this blog, I highly recommend it. The writer is a runner and it's very enjoyable to read about her life.

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