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2/13/11 4:15 P

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The sidewalks are too wet for jogging so only walking for now anyway.

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2/12/11 10:24 A

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When I began running, I took it slow - I'd take 2 days off in-between running days. Gradually I worked up to 1 rest day between sessions. Just listen to your body.

Also, I started with 1 minute intervals of running/walking. I'd do that for 20 minutes and also gradually worked my way up.

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2/6/11 4:33 P

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I only jog in the winter.

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3/20/10 10:36 A

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as often as you and your doctor think is advisable.

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3/20/10 10:28 A

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I'm training for my first 5k. I never used to run, either. I found that a good way to start building endurance is to do run/walk intervals. Start out with a walking warm up (maybe a quarter mile) and then jog for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes and then walk for a minute. Once you feel your endurance build, lengthen the running portion and shorten the walking portion until you are completely jogging the whole time. I hope this helps. emoticon

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3/19/10 2:39 P

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Thanks for the advice! I felt like I was running pretty slowly, but if the iPhone app I was using is accurate I was averaging an 11:35 min/mile. I will try going slower next time and see if that helps.

I'll check out those other SparkTeams, too. Thanks again!

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3/19/10 2:30 P

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First of all, while you may not be in the best shape, you are probably having trouble going more than a quarter mile outside because you are going TOO FAST. It may seem slow to you, but your body is not used to this, so try slowing down (your lungs should not be burning) and see if you can go further.

Even though it seems like you're not doing much, there are so many adaptations that go on when we are starting to run that running on back-to-back days is not advisable. For beginners, no more than 3 days a week is the custom. A great program to check out is the Couch-to-5K on coolrunning.com. There's even a spark team.

Also, you should check out the spark team rookie runners, or road runners. Both teams are chock full of helpful runners with knowledge and enthusiasm.

Good luck!

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3/19/10 2:20 P

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I've never been much of a runner but I'd really like to get into it this spring/summer. I used to play soccer and football, but had a hard time with the endurance needed for long distance runs.

Last summer I hurt both of my knees and needed PT for about 4 months. Before that I had some other health issues so I wasn't able to exercise much last year. I'm slowly getting better and am getting close to being in the shape I was in before. I am able to jog in place in my home for about a mile but when I try to jog outside I can't even make it a quarter of a mile before my legs hurt and then my lungs start burning. Part of the problem is that the track I'm running on is still in pretty bad shape from all the snow we got, but I also know I'm just not in shape in that way.

I know it will take time before I'm able to develop the endurance I need, but how often should I go out? Since I'm only running just under one lap around the track I was going to try and go every day as long as the weather was nice, but I didn't know if that would be detrimental for me to go that often. Any advice?

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