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This response is probably 6 months too late for the original poster, but for anyone else with concerns, here goes:

In my limited, beginner experience, people in general, and the running community in particular, are very supportive. My first week of C25k, I was very self-conscious of how jiggly I was (280 is a lot of jiggle) and how loudly I was panting for such a short distance. I imagined the smirks, the passers-by staring with mouths open, the teenage boys making some snarky comments as I shuffled past wearing an over-sized "Run, Rest, Repeat" tank top. But they never came.

It surprised me, but when I was at my sweatiest, with almost asthmatic wheezing, jogging slower than most people walk...I got encouragement from strangers. I've only been doing C25k for 3 weeks, but in 8 of 9 workouts there's been some runner, a dog-walker, or a rando who takes a moment to flash a smile and a thumbs-up or gives me some positive words. It's one of the nicest things, and it helps build up my self-confidence.

And there's only more support and love to be had in a racing environment. I played pit crew for a friend who ran a marathon, and it was so inspiring seeing the 26.2 mile course lined on both sides with people clapping and shouting out encouragement to not only the people they knew, but strangers running the course as well. As a bystander, I felt those positive vibes---you WANT those runners to succeed, you WANT them to stay motivated through the finish line, you show your admiration and respect for them doing this. You see someone looking tired? You yell out, "Hey, green shorts! You got this, buddy! Keep up the good work and stay strong!"

Don't worry. Hopefully knowing this will calm some of your insecurities. Get out there and have a great run!

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6/19/15 4:17 P

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Running has to be for YOU, not for anyone around you. I know it's difficult to put aside insecurities,
believing that people are looking at you, that you are not that "ideal" runner but you need to just block out everything else and put one foot in front of the other. I'm 63, was overweight, and never a "good" runner but I still do it and am restarting c25K because I did love it. Was running the other day and realized how great I felt, even if I was only running 1.5 minutes at a time, I felt free and happy, it was a beautiful day and had some great tunes on my IPhone. Don't worry about anyone else and what they think, most others are focused on themselves not you! I used to feel the same way about yoga,
I always worried about those 20 and 30 somethings with great, flexible bodies and how I was old,
and not so supple but I learned that yoga is your own practice not someone else's and now I only worry about myself on my own mat.

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5/21/15 2:13 P

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I used to be self conscious about how I looked, or the fact that I didn't have the body "most" runners have. And, a few weeks ago I was running the trail at the park and there was a woman there looking at me strange. I can't know what she was thinking, but it didn't appear very friendly. I realized at that moment that no matter how I looked, I was out there running, trying to change my health and my body. So, who cares what other people think!

When I ran my first 5K back in 2008 (without any "training"), only 2 people finished after me, and one of them had a sprained ankle! But, I focused on the fact that I finished! Woohoo!!


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5/14/15 12:12 P

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I was a runner at just shy of 300 pounds. All the subtle (and not so subtle) messages I received from the world were that I shouldn't be a runner. That I shouldn't be proud of being a 300 pound runner. I wouldn't grace the cover of any catalog or see anyone that looks like me in an advert for running gear. People would say things like "you shouldn't run at your size, you'll hurt yourself." The comments on YouTube videos of overweight runners were often mean and degrading. Athletic gear companies didn't make cute running clothes in my size, or I was told to wait to invest in expensive workout clothes when I lost weight. As if I wasn't worth it. I was slow, and sweaty. My run was closer to a shuffle than anything else. I had a mom pushing a double stroller doing her speed walk pass me. My face would turn beet red. But what I realized was that being a 300 pound runner wasn't something to be embarrassed about. It was something to be proud of. It was a badge of honor. I didn't run because it was easy. I run because it's hard and it challenges me and transforms my body. So now, I'm faster (still considered slow though), smaller (lost almost 120 pounds), and run farther, and love it. What I learned along the way is that every single runner out there thought I was awesome, not because I was fast (haha!), but because I was starting. Runners know how hard running is. We know how hard it is to start and we look at new runners as courageous. The only people who would judge a runner negatively is someone who doesn't run. I'd even say, someone who doesn't even walk. We all know how hard it is, and you're likely to hear "I wish I could do that" and not "you look weird."

So when you're feeling insecure because you don't look like some ideal image of a runner that you are holding onto, know that you are a runner. If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast, or how far, or what size you wear. Other runners see you as a runner, and think your courage to start, is awesome. We all cheer for you. Really, we do.

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1/25/15 9:13 A

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Hello, I walked my first 5k. I felt all the same things that you are feeling now but since I participated I now know that its not at all about how you look, its about how you feel. You will feel a bunch of different feelings throughout the 5k and you will feel amazing at the finish. You deserve to feel amazing. You deserve to feel amazing every waking minute.

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1/14/15 12:06 P

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I "ran" my first 5k last year. It was fun. It wasn't a "serious" 5k. It was Run or Dye, so not timed and not so much a race, but there were so many different types of people participating. Including people on crutches and in wheelchairs. Trust me when I say no one is going to be judging the way you look while running. Sure, while you're out training there may be some ... not so nice people... that might make comments to themselves or their friends, but let's face it, we don't care what their opinions are anyway. Just go out there, get fit, and have fun! That's all that matters anyway.


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1/14/15 11:04 A

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I had the same issue when I started running, and in fact I still feel like I look ridiculous when I run.
In the beginning I had to keep telling myself "it's not about how you look when you're running; it's about how you *will* look because of running." Then, once running became an integral part of my life, I realised that I'm strong, and getting faster, and my body is amazing, so it doesn't matter what anyone thinks of the way I look.
My advice is to just do it, and then ride the high that comes from achieving something amazing!

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1/12/15 10:52 P

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I started my weight loss journey out at about 240 lbs and I am down to 180 at one point I made it tp 169 then the holidays happened. I started c25k just a week or so ago and I have already signed up for my first race. Here is the thing I am terrified and I can't help but see myself as a joke . I know I should not feel that way but the only time i ever ran in public I was made fun of and it just broke my heart. How do you get over your insecurities to run that first 5k?

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