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7/21/12 12:04 A

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You are a runner! Lots of good suggestions for programs and it really helps. Stretching is something to include to. I always said I wasn't a runner and never thought I would complete a half marathon - I did. The thing is training - at your own pace. emoticon

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7/20/12 7:44 A

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Don't think about sitting down, or that you can't do it or anything like that.

When I think I feel like I need to stop I just look at my feet and say, "I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! Again and again.

I don't let myself think that maybe I can't.

I never ran more than a mile in my entire life (I'm 47) and I just started running 5K last week. It's such a great feeling!

Elisabeth Grace

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6


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7/20/12 5:29 A

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This is very encouraging. I want to run, but my limit at the moment is about 30 seconds before I need to sit down! But it sounds like all of you guys were at about the same point, so I guess I can do it!



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7/19/12 8:30 P

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Hey Sherrie~

I'm with the others. When I started all this 8 weeks ago, I could only run for 30 seconds as a time....and that was rough, but with the couch to 5k thing, I'm running 25 minutes at a time. I can't believe it. It's not always great or pretty or fun, but I just keep going---going really slowly some days, but going. Just give it a shot--any movement is more than nothing.

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7/19/12 7:05 P

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Sherrie,

I am on my 3rd try for week 1...I looked up the correct stretches for runners and started them for this try at week one and they made a HUGE difference in how my legs feel! I am pretty sure that I will be moving on to week two for next week!!! #excited!

The stretches I found are here...

www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_1/126
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Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
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7/19/12 2:52 P

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The easiest way I found to start running was to use my smartphone. There are great free apps if you type in "Couch to 5k". You literally start by jogging for 60 seconds and it will gradually build you up each time you run.

I have made incredible progress! 7 weeks ago I was unable to run past my own mailbox. Last night I ran 25 minutes continuously (about 2 miles) thanks to my phone app. My phone's voice prompt is male and I have named him Bob. LOL. Bob and I run all over the neighborhood.

I have also lost 10 pounds in the process since starting jogging.

As far as your pain goes, make sure you can walk at least 1 mile without pain before you start any jogging program so you don't get injured.

Good luck and thanks for posting. You can do it if you set your mind to it!

Julie

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7/19/12 2:49 P

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Sherrie,

If I can run, I'm guessing anyone can run!

Do you have an iPod or an MP3 player of some fashion? If so, there are tons of audio instructions for learning how to run a 5K (just a tad over 3 miles) in 7 weeks. emoticon

Basically you stretch and then there's a warm up, initially of 5 minutes. Then the instructor tells you when to walk and when to run. As the weeks progress, you run more and walk less.

I'm not sure why, but I was able to run 5K by week three. I think it's just because I'm not good with long term projects. I don't know.

I read a bunch of articles and blogs on SP about running and I followed their advice and example. I just "told" myself that I could do it and I did it!

So lace up, stretch and get going!

Elisabeth Grace

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6


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7/19/12 2:28 P

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I want to run but I don't know where to start at .. when I walk my legs hurt maybe because I don't stretch . I would love to run with my husband but I just don't if I can do this or not ...

Keep in Mind that every roll of fat on your body came from something that you chose to put in your mouth , and every pound that slips away is the result of a decision that you made .


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