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''I Can Finally Call Myself a Runner''

My First Mile Wasn't as Bad as I Expected

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Great article! I didn't start running until I was 40. I'v never run farther than a 5K but I've enjoy it and have learned that it doesn't matter if I am slow and if I have bad days and walk part of the way, the point is I get out and I try and I run and that a slow run is better than no run at all! There are probably people that walk faster than I run, but I do what I can. Report
Such a great thing to be able to call ones self a “runner” - took me years to think of myself in this term :) Report
Not running yet but I want to. Report
I love to run, it clears my mind Report
Being an actual person who DOES run marathons I talk to people all the time whom will have nothing to do with running. The stress relief & calm it gives me is amazing! It’s only hard if you make it, just give it a try :) Report
My dog likes to “make” me run periodically during our walks. Report
GREAT Report
I sometimes include a little running during my walk. Report
Great article thanks for the information Report
great. Report
I jog a liittle on thr treadmill once and a while when I'm on the tread Report
I would love to run again. Both of my knees are so bad that I can only walk short distances before I have to sit. Great job! Report
I would love to run again but I don't think that I can now. I love it and I loved your message. Report
i'm in awe of the gal who WALKED a half-marathon in 3 hours! i RUN mine and they still take me 3 hours and 15 minutes!
but i don't understand people who say they 'cant' run. i'm old and fat, and i run. i run very, very slowly. i've run a marathon and several half marathons. haven't lost a pound yet, because slow running builds endurance, it doesn't burn much in the way of fat.
but it's better than nothing. and despite being old and fat, i can myself a runner AND a marathoner.
i think some of y'all just try to run too fast. if you start to gasp, slow down! walk when you need to. when you get your breath back, start running again. slowly. you can boost your cardio by pushing it in short bursts if you want to.
(i'd rather be slim and NOT a marathoner, but i haven't yet figured out the eating side of the equation. so being fat and fit is better than nothing.) Report
Quoting myself from earlier on this article... "Decidedly not my story! If you sense some jealousy here, you would be right. I have walked two half marathons in just over 3 hours and recently decided the only way to do a sub half marathon for me was to add in some running. Oh, my gosh! Running is so freaking hard. So far I am up to 3 minutes 15 seconds running with 2 minutes walking and I have been working on this since my last half marathon, December 1st. Doubt I will ever be able to run a complete 5K. Yes, I have exercise enduced asthma and do take my inhaler before I run, but it is still so dang hard. Keep considering giving up, or at least wanting to whine about how hard it is. - 5/25/2014 4:35:24 PM"

Interesting to read my previous comment. It is just over a year later, and I can run for 19 minutes not stop, or about 2 miles. But my longer distances, I run for 8.5 minutes and walk 3. I think I am just now beginning to believe that someday I may be able to run a 5k. Report

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