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3/10/10 3:48 P

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I'm also a fan of C25K. I'm on my second go at it and love it still. Wimped out at week 6 in December, to cold to run. Back at it and just finished Week 2.

What I really wanted to add is for you to go to a running store to get fitted for shoes. It can make all the difference in the world. I was having ankle pain and ended up spraining it over time while running. Went to the running store and found out I was buying my running shoes half size to big.

They put me on a treadmill and filmed my feet while I ran to check my stride and see where and how my feet landed to help with what type of shoe. Even though I went with the same brand of shoe I always pick changing the size was amazing. Ankle is completely healed and haven't felt a tinge since.

Okay, off my soap box now:-)

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3/9/10 10:37 P

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GSDMIKE.... thank you so much for your input.. We are actually looking to run a 5k late summer into fall... the reason for such a late run is my sister won't be training with me for another 2-3 months. She is needing surgery on her ankle ( NOT DUE TO RUNNING) So we want to make sure to leave plenty of time for her to heal and build her muscles back.

I agree small goals are very important to focus on... To be honest.. I'll be happy the first day I can actually run/jog one whole mile without stopping or walking. Believe me that day I WILL treat myself to something nice.

Thank you guys for all the support.

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C25K is the best! I did it a year ago also and can now run up to 8 miles non stop. You can do it too!

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No advise to offer, just want to cheer you on!

Donna, NE Wisconsin, CST

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Megan, congrats on your first running workout. I would say that running a 10 miler in a year is an attainable goal, but I would encourage you to set some other shorter term goals. You've started C25K, so completing that is a great starting goal. Maybe choose a 5K race in late May or June to aim for initially.

Then you could move on to the One Hour Runner program to build one of your weekly runs up to an hour. Maybe run another 5K then and see how much you've improved since your first race. Don't feel like you have to follow the plans exactly. Insert cutback weeks, or repeat weeks if they feel tough. Take your time. Being conservative and patient is much better than pushing too hard and ending up on the sidelines with an injury.

Starting out with a single goal of a 10 miler in a year is a large chunk to bite off all at once. Setting smaller goals along the way will help you feel motivated and let you focus on smaller steps. 10 miles in a year is doable, but if that's the only goal, you may get impatient to get there, or be overly discouraged if things don't work out entirely the way you are hoping.

10 miles is a big goal. Most first year runners are likely to take close to two hour to complete a race of that duration. It will require substantial learning regarding nutrition to fuel your body to achieve it safely. It may get in the way of your weight loss goals. I have personally struggled to maintain focus on my weight loss goals at times and I'm limiting myself to one hour runs of around 5.5 to 6 miles.

So I congratulate you on your commitment and desire to lose weight and get healthy and run. I would also urge you to stay focused on what is most important to you, break it up into small but meaningful steps, and celebrate each one along the way. Best of luck.

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3/9/10 11:50 A

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ditto on the C25K. I am in week 4 now.

Best of luck!





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3/9/10 11:08 A

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WTG on starting the C25k...it's the program I also started with a year ago.

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3/9/10 10:57 A

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Absolutely!!!

With time, anything is possible!

Glad to hear your first run went well - here's to more =)

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3/9/10 10:43 A

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WTG!!!

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3/9/10 10:36 A

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thank you all my the advice.. One thing I do need to invest in is a good pair of running sneakers. I have a decent pair now but they are being worn down.

Will I did my first day of training today and I'm feeling wonderful about it. I know this won't be any easy task, but I have fait in myself that I can do it.. I gave myself plenty of time to train for it.



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3/9/10 10:27 A

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Hi Megan.

First of all, congrats on your decision! How great is that to have someone that you're close to to help you with your plan! I know you will both do it.

I'm fairly new to running, too. It's only been about 3 months for me. I do at least 3 times a week and unfortunately, I can't afford the gym so my strength training is done at home. Sounds like you have a great routine already in plan. Be careful once you start running / jogging. Make sure you really research and invest in an excellent pair of running shoes. That was my mistake. I thought I could simply throw on a pair of tennies and just go. WRONG...I think if I bought my good shoes from the beginning, I would have progressed to a much more advanced level than I am at now. But I ended up getting a pair (last wknd) of Asics Gel Oberon-3. Have yet to try em out, but I am fully confident after reading the reviews that I will be more than happy! I will be running (more like jogging lol) my first 5k next month and I know with this shoes, I can cross that finish line - which is really all I want to do. I'll worry about speed later!
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Anyhoot, just be careful and take it easy on yourself and remember to listen to your body.

Good luck!!! You CAN do it!

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2/6/2011 - Kaiser Permanente San Francisco HM and 5k (I'll be doing the 5k) - very first one and long overdue...The day after my BDAY! CAN NOT WAIT!

4/11/10 - Rhodes Race 5k - Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA
MY VERY FIRST!
**CANCELLED DUE TO INJURY =(**
Race to cure Leukemia & Lymphona

I am 5' 10"


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3/9/10 10:24 A

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It's nice that you have that much time -- it will really give you a good base to build up on.

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3/9/10 9:28 A

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Megan:
+1 million on the C25k plan that Beth linked you to. Absolutely awesome.

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3/9/10 8:16 A

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You can do it.....do not feel bad if you have to repeat weeks either..take it slow...you may feel like you can walk faster, but you need to work on the endurance first and getting your body used to this....enjoy!!

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3/9/10 8:08 A

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thanks for the site. I'm going to try day one of training this morning.

I figured a year of training is plenty of time... I'm 90lbs over weight so it gives me time to get the weight off slow.

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Megan---what a great goal---lots of time to train..I used the couch to 5K program...here is a link...I also would say to go to a running store to get analyzed and tp get the right shoes.... www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181
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I'm new to running... but the other day My sister and I sat down and made a little goal between us. We are to be in shape to run a 10 mile run in Cape May NJ next March... that gives me one year to get in shape. (I am pretty out of shape)

Now a bit about me is i don't back down when someone hands me something that might be out of my zone, instead I push myself really hard to prove that I can do this... We don't have any plans on finishing the race in the top places, but instead we are just looking to finish the race.

My question is though... does anyone have any ideas on where to start training... right now my work out routine look something like this.

Monday, wed, friday... I hit the gym and do strength training. My strength is a mixture between using the machines and a work out one of the trainers gave me. I do a ten min warm up, then ten mins at the end with a pretty high pace. spending about 60-90 mins at the gym.

now tuesday, thursday, and saturday are spent working on cardio... I normally do 20 mins treadmill, 20 mins on the bike, and 20 mins on another machine. to change it up a bit.

How every I admit I'm not running/jogging at all... My sister got hurt so she hasn't been training with me... and I'm not running like I should be... if someone could give me a small idea of where to start I would be thankful.

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