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3/2/11 11:26 A

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Can I use Walking with Leslie Sansone as my walking for the day? I walked 3 miles with her this morning and counted part of that to the Walking Program and the rest to regular walking. Is this okay?


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It depends some on what you are eating. Was dinner the night before more carbs than normal - like spaghetti or pizza? Your body processes that kind of food faster than other foods and you can slow that down by adding protein and fiber. Or maybe if you are starting to work out either with more intensity or more regularly you might need to increase your calorie intake a bit. Have you been tested for pre-diabetes? Our bodies change on their own over time and that might be something to check out as well. Keep a log of these incidents so if they continue you have something to share with your doctor.

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3/2/11 10:51 A

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I have never had an issue with blood pressure. So I don't think that could be it. Thinking about the whole eating thing I have exercised many times first thing with out eating and never got a headache. I wonder now if the work out was to intense? It was a more intense work out for me. I don't know just guessing. But it does make sense about the not eating all night and low blood sugar but what about the other times?

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3/2/11 10:37 A

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I think yes - definitely - not eating would cause a headache, especially if this happened in the morning after going all night without eating. Headache is one sign of low blood sugar and you could have had a swing.

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3/2/11 10:35 A

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BOBSMYUNCLE this is interesting, as I have noticed when I work out using my exercise ball, I too get a headache! I assumed it's from the smell of the plastic, as I'm somewhat sensitive to odors, but maybe not... I don't allow it to keep me from working out, but it is quite bothersome... Now I'm wondering if it might be a blood pressure issue...is that a possibility for you?

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3/2/11 9:36 A

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Hey I have a question. I did a 30 minute aerobic walk with intervals and now I have a headache which came on during the workout. I drank 16 oz before the work out and 16 oz during. Don't know if not eating yet would have an effect on that. Any thoughts?

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I just tested the tracking for this program and it does not say "running" when I track the workouts. How are you tracking yours? Are you going to the calendar page and clicking "track workout"? If you do it that way, it shows up as a training entry like "Week 1 Day 1 5K Your Way Walking Workout" (not "running"). Are you using some other method to track?

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3/1/11 8:39 P

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Absolutely, doing an inside walking workout is fine when you can't get outside. If you feel you need to do something everyday (some feel this is necessary to keep going) then on your rest day, do something like Tai Chi or a good stretching routine.

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I appreciate you taking the time to answer my inquires. I am used to doing some sort of activity daily, even if it is just wii games or Leslie Sansone Walk away the poiunds. It is difficult to take an entire day off with nothing, but I understand how it is best. If, I can't get out for some reason is some of the inside longer walking versions a possible substitute?

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3/1/11 5:34 P

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It's ok to do what you feel you are up to doing. However, you do need to have at least one to two days a week for rest days. Rest days are there to allow your body to rest, recover and rebuild.

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I have joined another challenge (weekly usual bootcamp format) I also am participating in a wii weekly challenge On light days is it ok to do additional exercises?

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Thanks L*I*T*A*. Didn't work. I am not able to track data for any of the workouts except Day 1. I'm just going to track on my print out and on the regular SparkPeople fitness tracker. Thanks.

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3/1/11 8:35 A

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try this link maybe it will work for you????

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I did report my week 1 troubles on the tech site and they replied saying to report it on the team page. I still can't figure it out, but have been tracking manually on the training plan sheet I printed out so when it is fixed I can add it to the computer. Thanks.

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2/28/11 7:27 P

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I'm glad I created a folder titled, "5K." I've put all my emails related to this project in there and if one email doesn't work, I go to the next one!

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I was able to reset my week 2 to week 1 and it stayed there. However, I'm glad i bookmarked the 5K info when I first joined because the link in week 1's email says 'the page can't be found!'

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2/28/11 6:50 P

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I thought it was kind of cool that I didn't have to enter the 5K tracking info twice. I simply added additional walking time (with a note that it was besides the 5K time!) on my mileage tracker.

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2/28/11 5:01 P

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For those of you having Week 1 issues, if you can't get your workout recorded, then please report it to the techs.... www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/m
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DXTREME45, is the mileage page from this team connected to your fitness tracker? If so, that might be something you need to report to the techs. If not, when you enter your time and distance into the mileage tracker on your fitness page, it will come up with a pace. That pace is then transfered (not always exactly) into your calories burned for cardio. Personally, I tend to enter all the information manually, including calories burned because the calories calculated rarely are the same or similar to my Garmin or HRM.

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2/28/11 2:15 P

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2 Things:

1. When I track my mileage on our page, it shows as running on my fitness tracker, why?

2. I walked 6.23 miles yesterday, my fitness tracker shows that I burned over 1200 calories and that I ran, not walked. Yet, when mapped my route, it showed 589 calories burned. That is the same thing another program on facebook showed when I plugged in my info. What do I do?

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2/28/11 10:09 A

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I'm another one that has the week 1/week 2 issue. I did figure out how to switch back to week 1, but the computer won't let me track my workout for day 2/week 1. A message something like "goal can't be found" comes up. Same thing for day 3/week 1. Also, it's only a 3 day week for tracking. When I printed out the training plan, it was a 7 day week and showed alternate training/rest days. I'd like to be able to track that as well.

I'm double posting this message - I posted it under Site Issues on the message board page before I found this thread. Not trying to complain "louder" just thought this might be a better place for my post. Thanks all - and a great thread.

JVANAM - don't give up! When you give up, there's no chance to succeed. I'm no expert, but it sounds like you need a doctor's check up before you continue. Exercise should not be that painful and difficult. After you get the doc's ok, work at your pace. The training program is only a guide.

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Count me in as another team member in Week 1 (Day 1!) who got an email today saying welcome to Week 2! I'm not sure what to do...I will do Day 2 of Week 1 today, not Day 1 of Week 2. I know others have said this is an issue. Please help!

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Thanks Janet for the information. I have added the link to my signature. It takes the pressure off knowing that I can take longer than 5 weeks to finish this program. Looking forward to my April 5k.

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2/26/11 12:53 P

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Yvonne,

L*I*T*A posted this earlier in the program, hopefully it's what you are looking for...

if you go the main page of this team and look at the left side near the top there is a clickable link.......click on it and then a new page opens up then click on go to my program.......hope that helps............

Here is the link... www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/training
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There is no set date for doing your 5K, you choose that. Your local 5K would be an awesome way to do your distance.

If it takes longer than 5 weeks, that's OK. Not everyone will be able to reach their goal in that amount of time, but the idea is to have the goal and have plans to reach it. emoticon

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I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
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I'm having trouble finding my interactive training calendar. It would be nice if the address for it was included in the How This Training Plan Works post so we could just go there and click on it. I have found it twice but it takes me quite awhile to find it each time.

Is there any set date when we are supposed to do our 5k? If so, how do I find that date? There is a local 5k on 4/23/11 that I would like to do.

Can we take longer than 5 weeks to complete this? I am 71 and I'm not sure if I can complete it in 5 weeks.

Yvonne

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2/25/11 3:40 P

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JVANAM, sounds like you need different shoes to start with. There are two schools of thought with regards to what is best, minimalist (barefoot) or support. For someone who is just starting out and has pain issues, I would personally start with a supportive shoe, ie: a running shoe. The similarity between the two schools is flexibility in the shoe. You don't want one that is stiff (as many "walking" shoes tend to be). You want something with some cushion in the heel as a good walking form is heel strike, rolling along the outer part of the foot, to the ball of the foot and pushing off the toes. Don't go strictly by brand, but more by comfort. You want to have a shoe that breaths, so avoid all leather and canvas. Do go to a running store and have your gait analyzed after you see your podiatrist (he may even do this for you if you ask).

As for the need to hit the pots, that happens to a lot of people because of the jostling of the GI tract. It should get better as you continue to walk, but as GYPSYROSEANN says, just find a place that has somewhere for you to go. Cut back on the amount of fiber you eat the day before you walk as this can help, too.

Hip pain sounds like some tight hip flexors and maybe even your IT band. Look online (and here at SP) for stretches. Also a foam roller can help with releasing the tension in those muscles (I believe I've seen an article or blog on using one of these here on SP as well).

Give these things a try and see if they help you over come the problems.

Janet

Edited by: RELLIMTENAJ at: 2/25/2011 (15:41)
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JVANAM: It's "5K Your Way" for a reason! Don't give up! Our city park has men's (and ladie's) rooms conveniently located near the walking trails. Perhaps you can find a park in your area also set up like this, or maybe your walk is conveniently located on a treadmill! Continue doing the best that you can! It's little by little. When I first started walking, going to the mailbox and back about did me in. I had to build up muscle strength. I didn't go from dealing with physical problems to hiking all over tarnation over night! Hopefully, that podiatrist will be able to resolve some of the issues. Time and continued effort may help with some of the others. I'm cheering you on! emoticon

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2/25/11 11:43 A

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First off my many thanks to all the SP-Family members who responded. Especially FMREES, RELLIMTENAJ, SUNYJUE, & COACH_NICOLE.

To answer some of your questions:
SUNYJUE (let me start by saying when I was college age I had many dalliances in SUNY - State University of New York) its good to know Im not the only person to experience this. I had orthopedic inserts as a child. That has long since ended. Also my SP-Calendar has my Podiatrist appointment for April 11.

RELLIMTENAJ when I do my working out of any type I use NEW BALANCE canvas tops. For casual walking (I.e. shopping) I still favor NB, though a stronger leather topped.

As far as their age the canvas tops are just over a year and well broken in. The leathers are about two years & sufficiently flexible & rigidly strong.

For formal evenings out I wear Florchine. Now the one flaw to this AR behavior is when the weather temp exceeds my age (now 60) I only wear Hemp Sandals. Kinda freaky.

FMREES I have asked my Primary Care Physician for referrals to a chiropractor. She has refused each time due to her disbelief in Voodoo medicine. Her words, not mine.

She is more than thrilled to refer me to her associated hospital for PT though.

AH, NICOLE!

NICOLE. NICOLE. NICOLE. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. Opps, back to reality.

Of all of the SP-Family to respond YOU were WAY off my radar. And your queries and options are one take wonders.

The pains I originally mentioned are varied by location. The thigh pains are, more than likely, exertion related. The hip flexor and the crest of the ileum are more of an internal pinching. The more and more repetitive and frequent with each new step, with each new minute passed, the more the discomfort.

The lower back pain I will try to be delicate in description. It now starts at about the 8 minute point. Its located in the area of the Erector Spinia, the Kidneys, & the LOWER G.I. TRACT. OK??? Due to this bloating, swelling, stretching pain I need to make absolutely certain the walk ends near a Mens Room. GOT IT?

I dont want to be defeatist. I dont recommend to others what I havent accomplished myself. (And Ive been recommending the 5K Your Way to both of my teams). I dont WANT to drop the team, but maybe Faye and Nicole are right. Something as simple as walking has become my Waterloo.

Good look team. Dont look back your nemesis may be gaining on you.
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thanks coach Nicole...............

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And
maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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Thanks Nicole, I think you meant I got it confused. I get confused easily, so thanks to you and LITA.



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Sounds like you're confusing this 5-week training program with the actual virtual race date. The day you "join" the training plan, it will begin. If you want to wait or restart later, just set your preferences to go back to week 1. You can find a link to the virtual race page (and thereby find the race date you signed up for in April) by going to www.sparkpeople.com/running and clicking on Virtual Races. If you're signed up for an April race, your training should start soon--but you'll have to let the program know by updating that setting as described above.

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MARYCK1, you asked a question on how to get faster. This may sound a bit strange, but it is how the body works. Core and upper body strenght have a lot to do with speed, whether walking, jogging or running. Arms propel legs, the core keeps your posture correct. So work on strengthening your upper body and core.

Next, when you walk, keep your arms at a 90 degree angle, just as though you were running. Moving from the shoulder and keeping your arms bent, pump them back and then forward, just like kids do when they play "choo choo train." Don't let your hands cross you center front or swing laterally (chicken winging). The faster you move your arms, the faster you move your legs because they like to stay in sync.

Now, take shorter steps rather than long strides. Speed when walking is all about turnover and pushing off with your toes.

Give these things a try and see if you speed up a bit, I think you'll be surprised.

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Thanks for this link. I also need to know what dates I signed up for, this link doesn't tell me that. It shows me in week 2 when I haven't even started yet because I signed up for the last week in April. Still too much snow and freezing to walk yet.

Thanks Again L*I*T*A

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Coach Nicole, I'm a very....slow walker! Right now my pace is 2.6/mph. I checked out your recommendation of www.sparkpeople.com/walking for a workout to help increase walking speed but couldn't really figure out which one(s) to use. Could you please recommend a specific one please?

FYI, I walk both at a gym (on a treadmill, where I can monitor my speed) and outside (track by minutes).

Thanks for your help. I'm looking quite forward to completing the Virtual 5K in April (even if I'm slow)!!

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Janet - Thank you for the advice and explanation. I appreciate it and guess I better get my butt outdoors a bit.

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Yup, the program keeps telling me it is week 2. I change the drop down box to one, it pops it back to two. But, it does take the information.
On the training schedule, I initially had a page that showed 7 days a week; when to walk, when to cross-train, when to rest. i printed it out, so it was portable, and I have never been able to find it again. Just can get to the one where you track only walking. Anybody know anything???
I am doin' my other activities, but would like to track it on that page.
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Ok, I kept looking; it is the printable version (pdf). Too bad it is not the same one we fill in, I confuse so easily!

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SHEENADEE, it's up to you as to where you do your mileage, but if you are planning on doing your 5K outside, then at least half your training walks should be outside. The treadmill is pretty forgiving while the hard ground isn't, the pace and incline on the TM is very controlled, outside the ground changes constantly and your pace is up to you. Yes you can survive doing a 5K with only TM training, but the goal isn't just to survive, but to conquer and feel amazing at the end.

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Hi All - Today is my 1.5 mile walk day in Week 1 & I'm pretty excited about having this routine to follow.


My question is about where you suggest we walk. Specifically, is it okay if we do all of this on a treadmill? Or do you think there are benefits to doing "real" walking outdoors?

If I do this program all on a treadmill, do you think that translates well to an outdoors 5k walk at the end or will the outdoors 5k be more difficult if all prep work was inside?

Thanks for your thoughts & responses.

Merle
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thanks coach Nicole..................

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And
maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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JVANAM
I used to get those sorts of pains, and on occasion still do, and a trip to my chiropractor has taken care of them.. for me its a case of something being out of alignment in my lower back where it joins the pelvis... He does a couple of adjustments and I'm good to go... so you might want to check with someone in your area.

as far as the training there is an 8 week 5k walking program somewhere on Spark - I think there's a link to it on the top of the team page (can't tell now without leaving the message)

good luck!

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@JVANAM
Being able to walk for 15 minutes is a pre-requisite for this training plan, so I'd recommend slowly working on building up your walking endurance until that duration is easy enough for you--then return to this plan to start training for a 5K. Start with what you can do, even if it's just 5 or 10 minutes. Continue that amount of walking 2-3 days per week. Then as you're feeling better with it, increase your time by just 1 or 2 minutes per week (or so) until you've built up your endurance.

Regarding the pain, is it muscular pain or fatigue? Is it sharp, throbbing pain? The latter is what you want to avoid and talk to a doctor about. But fatigue in your muscles or tiredness is normal and to be expected when building up your exercise endurance. Just be sure you're able to distinguish between the two. Check out the walking guide for warm up, and stretching ideas as well: www.sparkpeople.com/walking .

Great suggestions from everyone else so far, too. Thanks!

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JVANAM,

SUNYJUE's suggestion of orthodics is a possible solution. I do suggest that you see a podiatrist to make sure your gait is or isn't the problem. It could be a back issue as well.

What type of shoes do you have? How old are they? Are they flexible or stiff? You can go to a running shoe store as many of them will analyze your gait to see what type of shoes you need, neutral, stabilization or motion control.

Stretching and dynamic warm-ups are as important for walking as for running. Check the Spark exercises for some of these. Also core and lower body strength/resistance training should help some.

Do talk to your doctor/podiatrist.

Yes, you can complete the 5K when you are ready. If you want to re-do the program, just reset your training back to the first week.

Janet

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JVANAM: On a personal experience, I used to have similar pain when walking more then 10 to 15 minutes (and at that time I was in a better shape that I am today). I consulted with a podatrist and she sold me adapted sole (orthothese... not sure how to spell it out in English) for my body to wear in all my shoes. After just a few days of wearing I saw a big difference... the pain was gone. Now what is stopping me is my endurance which can be build up. A friend of mine recently did the same and she also notice a big diffence in a few days.

Hope this helps you!

The coach might also be able to recommand you other exercice.

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Today is Day 3 of attempting to perform Day 1's training.

Not doing well. As of yet I have not been able to walk for 15 mins.

By the 6 min. mark I start to get lower back pain, hip flexior pain, and muscle pain in the thighs.

Today was my best time yet. 11 mins.

Any suggestions to deal with the pain?

If I am not ready for 5K day can I keep training and complete the 5K at a later date?


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Janet-
I think that was just an issue related to the email programming and each week starting Sunday, regardless of when someone joined the program. The instructions I shared below should take care of that. Thanks!

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GYPSYROSEANN, NASCARGRL67, DIANNEJOYCE1, and anyone else having the issue of the plan trying to send you to week 2 when you try to enter your second workout for week 1,

"Same thing happened to me; trying to add my second workout and it wants me to be in my second week!"

Coach Nicole asks that you let them know on the Site/Technical Help message board so they can understand what is happening and can then fix it. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/m
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Thank you! I'm ok with not getting new trophies, I just want to continue to use this template in the future.

Again, Thanks for the help!!

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It's okay. I'm officially on week 2 now. LOL. I walk all the time, anyway, so it's no big deal. emoticon

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@MRS_4EVER_AFTER:
Yes, you can repeat or restart the plan whenever you'd like. I'm not sure how it'll work with trophies actually, but if you want to restart or do it over again, just go to your training plan (calendar view) page, and update your current week to say "week 1". Emails will start over then, too.

@BUCKHOLDT
While it's true that exercise minutes can be accumulate throughout the day (10 minutes here, 5 minutes there) and offer many of the same health and cardiovascular benefits, you'll miss out on endurance. The goal of this program is to walk continuously for 3.1 miles, and the training plans are designed for the workouts to be done in continuous sections of time. Otherwise, you may not build the endurance necessary to walk and entire 5K.

@GYPSYROSEANN and OTHERS
It's not a glitch--it doing that based on the email schedule that I explained above to @MRS4EVERAFTER. Simply update your planner page to say "week 1" and you'll be fine.

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if you go the main page of this team and look at the side near the top there is a clickable link.......click on it and then a new page opens up then click on go to my program.......hope that helps............

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And
maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
Breathe in love & compassion.. Breathe out peace & forgiveness.

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