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Welcome LJRICH. Yes the century bike riders are incredible. Have fun training!

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Hi, LJRich, and welcome to our team!

I'm in awe of cyclists who ride a century. My head marathon coach does one every year - she's an itty bitty thing, too, and I worry she'll be blown off the road! My "baby" sis (the youngest) is a tri-athlete and has ridden a few centuries, including one with Lance Armstrong. My financial advisor RUNS a century!!!

You people who aspire to and can do those distances are awe-inspiring! Good luck to you and I hope you make that goal. Please feel free to jump in any time.

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Hi, everyone! I'm a slow, fat biker looking to ride a century some time in the next couple years -- I figured this was a good place for me, too. Looking forward to chatting with you. emoticon

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Welcome Erika. I love Gallowat's and The Penguins books. I have heard the Penguin talk several times before a Team in Training event. He is so funny and motivational. I heard last year at Indy for a non TNT event. He was still great. I've also heard jeff talk too. I find the penguin more motivational. If you have a chance go liston to him.

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emoticon Welcome to our team, Erika.

The walk breaks definitely help save your legs.

Have you analyzed what you're eating? Even some fruits and veggies are high in natural sugars.

Hang in there. It sounds like you're in pretty good shape, even if you're not happy about your weight. That needle on the scale will start to drop.

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Hi everyone, I am a slow runner and was even before I was fat emoticon . But I really like running so I just keep doing it. (Along with hiking and XC skiing, when I can.) I ran my first marathon about a year ago and have done a couple of halfs since then. Next half is planned for Jan, then I am thinking about another full marathon next June, if the old bod holds up...we'll see.

I love the Galloway program and John Bingham's penguin books. I think taking short walk breaks in my jogging helps to keep the injuries away!

My only complaint is that running doesn't seem to do much for my weight problem, that has more to do with the intake side of the equation. I am working on that, slowly but surely.

My goals:
1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No feeling sorry for myself.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly. When I get off track, get back on ASAP.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.


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LISALU910 that is great that you are getting back into shape now. Participating in a half marathon is about endurance.

I found a Nova program about Marathon training very interesting. They took a dozen novices and trained them for the Boston Marathon. One dropped out because of injury, and was replaced by another. 12 started the marathon and all 12 finished after eight months training.

www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/marathon/

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Hi, LisaLu:

There's no such thing as a dumb question on this board! "Slow" and "fat" are a matter of your own perception. Good for you for going easy on yourself while getting back into running condition.

You're probably ready to train for a half marathon.

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Okay here are two dumb questions: How slow is "slow" and how fat is "fat"? :)

I am returning to running after a few years. I always loved it and got to a level of about 20 miles a week, 9 min/miles. I ran 5K or 10K races frequently on weekends and I was never a superstar but my best times were under 27 min/5K and 55 min/10K.

After running the Peachtree in 1999 I dreamed of training for a half-marathon but life issues came along about then and I gradually stopped running.

About 3 months ago I discovered (much to my surprise, since I never weighed myself) that I am apparently 50 lbs overweight. Hmmmm....I found a picture of myself the day I ran the Peachtree and I don't seem to be more than 20 lbs heavier than then, but hey you can't argue with the scale (see pics on my site)

Anyhoo, I eased myself back into shape on my elliptical trainer for a couple of months then hit the trails a couple of weeks ago. I was happy to find that in spite of the extra weight I was able to run an 11 minute mile right away. Although I can run a couple of miles at a time already, I am still taking it easy to get back close to my previous level. I don't want to rush myself and cause injuries since my body - and joints! - are a few years older this time around.

I WILL be hitting the comeback trail this Spring with the weekend races. I probably won't try the Peachtree next year since I won't have time before then to run a qualifier, but 2009 I'm there!

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Well, the day started off at 18'F then it was down to 11'F mid-morning (I'm not sure what the wind chill factor was), I was getting depressed, that's COLD! But good news! a "warm" front came in around lunch time and it's up to 27'F. That's do-able!
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Welcome LJOHN44. You sound like you are getting hooked on the racing. but I am amazed that you are training outside. (I am a weather wimp from S. Cal.)

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Welcome, LJohn, and congrats on running your first 5K! Once you pass that 10K mark, everything seems that much "easier."

I don't envy your wintry weather. For us, winter means a day or two around freezing, followed by a week of summer, lol! For example, this weekend, a cold front came in and my DH kicked on the furnace because 60F was just too cold for him (and he's from Chicago!). Monday was around 40F and today was back up to 70F - yeesh! So much for Central TX.

Good to hear you're enjoying your new sport. :)

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Hi! I'm new to the team. I was noseying around Lybbe's page and I saw this team name and I thought- I've found my people! I've never run in my life. I started Couch 25k in mid-October. I ran my first 5k last Saturday. I'm planning on starting the One Hour Runner program when I finish C25k (I'm on week 8 right now) who knows, maybe a 10k then a half marathon! I'm really enjoying running- never thought I would. I'm struggling with the weather right now. Western NY this time of year is not a runners paradise. I'm going to check out the local rec center this weekend, I can use their track for free. Free is good. I'd prefer to run outside but need an alternative for when the snow banks are too high and the roads are icy. I'm glad I found this group. I loved reading about all the inspiring people you know!

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Hi, Jaymie:

While proper nutrition, whether in training or not, is definitely important, you'll find that most running and walking training books are not written by nutritionists, but by athletes, and will focus on hydration, refueling and the importance of a balanced diet. On the other hand, sources like Prevention Magazine and Runners World carry more in-depth guidelines for proper training nutrition. Just keep in mind that most of us are not elite athletes and probably require less intense regimens based on our individual needs and goals.

SP has several articles on nutrition for training and performance. To get you started:
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thanks for the book idea, I will go to the library today and look for it. Talking about eating while in training do these books cover suggested eating to fuel your body?


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I am a group leader for the Crim Traingin Program in Flint MI. It is a 10 mile race in august. The training program is from May to the End of August. Jeff Galloways supports the program. I love the Crim. I am currently a group leader for the Jeff Galloway program for the Breast Cancer half marathon the run with Donna in Feb. It is also thru the Crim Office in Flint. I am not going to do that half but I am having fun training people to run it. I have a great group of girls. They are helping me get more motivated. Thanks for welcoming me.
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Welcome, Tracy!

Which training group are you with? I'm with a USAFit group in the greater Austin area.

I'm sure you already know that, once you get back into your running routine, you'll be more motivated to get back onto your training "diet" and start eating more healthfully again.

Good luck on your Houston HM!

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Welcome Tracy. Wow, 5 halfs and 1 full. You will be my inspiration to keep plugging away at this.

Have a great week everyone. :)

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Hi I am slow fat running. I got back into running in 03. I joined a training program that does the Jeff Galloway method. I am now a group leadxer for the training program. I have done a full marathon and 5 half marathons all using this method. I don't mind that I run/walk. I still get it done. I am looking to get remotivated. My running has been slacking. I also need to get more focused on my diet. I need to eat healthier again.
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Finishing a half marathon is a big thrill. Even if you do end up walking some or lots of it.

When I signed up for my one half marathon, I was sure I was going to walk the whole way. But I found running was actually a rest from walking and so I ran part of it.

I do a lot of listening to my body when I walk and try to run. Have fun.

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Hi, Jaymie, and welcome to our team!

Personally, I find Hal Higdon's program a bit too intense for newbies and prefer Jeff Galloway's more reasonable program. Galloway incorporates walk breaks into your runs to both conserve energy and build stamina, and I can vouch for how well it works! We incorporate his program into our marathon/half marathon training.

You'll make that HM, I'm sure! Have you done your benchmark 10K yet? I'm training my daughter for her first HM and, once she passed the 8 mile mark, she was fully convinced she'll finish her first half - doesn't matter how fast, just that she'll finish, and that's all we look toward. None of us are "seeded" runners, lol!

Hope you have fun here!

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Hi,
I'm Jaymie, training for the Country Music 1/2 marathon in Nashville April 2008.
Been walking for years, but this year set a goal and am skeered that I won't be able to finish, but either way, I'm going to try!
Using the Hal Higdon (?) novice training program and when I'm finished with it, will do a walk/run training program up to the race day.
Tips, hints and prayers are welcome!
Thanks for this group cuz I'm just that a -
SLOW, fat runner. emoticon

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Welcome Pressing on ... I love that screen name. A little bit of training and running smarter will help you meet that goal.

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Him Barb! Welcome to our team and congrats on your workout plan. To run faster, you need to train to run faster. So, when you're ready, incorporate some sped training into your runs.

Meanwhile, a 40-43 minute 5K is respectable!

Glad you joined us. emoticon

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Greetings! I just found this team when I looked at Hornowl's page. I ran two 5K during the summer of 2006. Both of them were ran in 40-43 minutes. However, my goal was just to finish. So I think this is a good team for me! I did not run in races this past summer and found I missed it.

As I'm working to get my weight down and get in good shape again I find that I want to do a couple 5K's again next summer. Do work towards that I am in the process of changing some of my aerobic workouts to treadmill jogging/walking.

I'm encouarged to hear some of you talk of half marathon and full marathon. I've thought that someday I want to do both of those. But for now, my goal is to be able to do a 5K in 35 minutes. So I'm off to the races! emoticon

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emoticon I can't see past my nose emoticon Alysia is a beautiful name. Call me Jay, everyone else does!

If I spent as much time exercising as I do watching weight loss programmes i'd be thin by now!


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Jason:

You're most welcome. BTW - my name's Alysia (it's in my sig). :)

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Thanks for the big welcome everyone. It feels really good to have this level of support and encouragement. AKORELC, thank you for those links.

If I spent as much time exercising as I do watching weight loss programmes i'd be thin by now!


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Good for you to take it a step at a time, so to say, and, I imagine, drawing upon your cross-country running experience.

I coach the walk/walk-runner half marathon team in our training program, and have a few from last season who are training with me for the full marathon. Last-minute ankle injuries (fractures) prevented me from running the past 2 full events, so I did the HMs, instead. This year, I started the season with an IT Band injury that is rather persistent (caused by having been fitted for the wrong shoes), plus, I fell off a stepladder 2 weeks ago. Such a klutz!

My tai chi instructor got me started on glucosamine chondroitin a few years ago and I find that it really does help these old arthritic joints.

Squats cause so much stress on the joints, so I hope you're being cautious. Here are some great exercises to strengthen your knees:

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I suggest making sure you work on strengthening your core, gentle hamstring stretches and water aerobics, as well.

Good luck to you!

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It's a half marathon so 13.1 miles. As far as training goes I am doing walks and building up to run-walks then runs lol. I am worried about knackering my joints as I am 6ft 2" and 306lbs so trying to lose weight first. I'm having gloucasamine and chondrite (spelling?) and doing some squats to build the muscles around my knees.

If I spent as much time exercising as I do watching weight loss programmes i'd be thin by now!


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Welcome, Jason, glad you joined us!

We tend to "give things up" when adult life happens upon us; but, it's never too late to get the body moving, again. Since you've set a goal for the Sept 2008 Great North Run, have you begun training? What's the race distance?

Hope you have fun here!
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Hi everyone,
I'm not what you would call a runner and never have been. I play field hockey and did a fair bit of cross country running at school but gave it up once I left. I love the outdoors and figured I may as well start running. I have put myself down for the Great North Run in September 2008 as an incentive. Looking forward to being a fitter, slimmer me.

If I spent as much time exercising as I do watching weight loss programmes i'd be thin by now!


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Another funny books is....

The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training

It is a hillarious read, and my inspiration for deciding to train for a marathon.

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Hi, Sarytyr, and welcome, neighbor!

If you haven't already, do read Jayne Williams' "Slow Fat Triathlete." She's so funny and inspiring. Congrats on running your first 5K and hope you do make that sprint triathlon next year.

Tiny planet, tiny town (kinda sorta, lol)!
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I am a new older, slow, fat runner aspiring to be a slow, fat, triathlete by next summer. I am in the last week of the C25K program and ran my first 5K at the Race for the Cure this past weekend. I also live in Round Rock - what a tiny planet we live on!

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I am a new older, slow, fat runner aspiring to be a slow, fat, triathlete by next summer. I am in the last week of the C25K program and ran my first 5K at the Race for the Cure this past weekend. I also live in Round Rock - what a tiny planet we live on!

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Welcome Beth over here too. I am reading the Chi Walking book now myself. Right now I am refocusing on the basics of strengthening knees and ankles as well as the mechanics of walking. I look to these others for answers on specifics as to how to do it.

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Hello, Beth, and welcome to our team!

No lurking allowed, lol! Please feel free to jump in any time with questions, to share your stories, whatever.

About training strategies for injury-free walk/running: ChiRunning and Walking. Can't say enough about it and we have a team for the techniques that were developed by Danny Dreyer, elite runner and longtime tai chi student, under the guidance of his tai chi master. It incorporates some very basic principles of tai chi, like breathing, posture, loosening limbs, with running to train you how to walk or run without incurring common injuries due to overuse, poor foot strike, poor posture or breathing, etc.

http://teams.sparkpeople.com/chirunning

Walking a 5K is definitely less impact upon your joints and bones than running. Glucosamine Chondroitin is also a consideration for joint health, especially for the increased activity.

Hope this helps!
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Hi everyone,

I'm considering training to walk/run a 5k....haven't set a goal yet, and don't know if these old joints will take the abuse, but I'll take it as far as I can. Would be interested in knowing what books, websites or training strategies you might recommend. I really don't know how to go about it at all. Im in fair shape and currently have access to health club facilities. Ill probably just be lurking about here for a while.

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Surfing would scare me. I guess we all have our thing.

Thank you so much for welcoming to your group here.

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Wow, that is awesome! I'm afraid of heights and cliffs (although I've done my share of scaling cliffside paths to get to coves as a crazy surfer girl) and can't imagine what it takes to climb a mountain. You go, girl!

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Mt. Shasta was awesome. The hardest thing I've ever done in my life, and I will be going back next May or June depending on the snow. We made it to 10,500 feet before getting struck with a white out and having to descend. I'll be in much better shape next time with the running and all of the pull ups I now do to get my back and shoulders in shape for the 50 lb pack.

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Mellowjourney

It's so cool that you'll be running the marathon with a Spark buddy. One of my SP buddies and I met at a local HM last January and it was great to put a face to a name!

How did your Mt. Shasta climb go?

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MELLOWJOURNEY that is really an inspiring story. I wish you success with getting ready for that marathon.

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My boss is a marathoner several times over. After losing my first 60 lbs this year and attempting a climb of Mt. Shasta, my boss passed all of her marathon training books to me. When I started back in late June, I wanted to die after only one lap around the track. I kept running a lap, walking a lap, until I could finally run two whole miles. That's when I read a book about a non exerciser in my own home town who trained for a marathon in only 20 weeks. I figured I was in better shape than when she started, as I had been exercising regularly for several months, so I decided to train and picked the Myrtle Beach Marathon in Feb 2008 as my goal.

I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person, which is what got me into my fat state to begin with. I pushed myself too hard too fast, and when I got up to 14 miles I injured my left foot and calf. I had to stop running for almost a month, and just started again today. I'm taking it very slow. If I have to I will walk most of the marathon, but I know I can finish.

The coolest part of this is that I get to meet a Sparkbuddy from another state. We lost our weight together this year, and we signed up for this marathon adventure together. It will be awesome to finally meet her in person.

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Placing really does feel good. Never having been athletic, the first medal I got was enough to get me out for another race. I am just really glad I started this year at 60, rather than last year when there would have been more competition.

The running intervals seem to give my walking muscles a bit of a rest also. I am not sure how many muscles are actually different, but it does feel good to run a bit.

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Hi, Margaret, and welcome as our very first teammate! Great to see you here and I hope you help spread the word about this board.

Running certainly picks up where walking becomes a "plateau." Even short run intervals can help those who mostly walk by elevating the heart rate, building endurance and even increasing the walk pace and burn more calories.

It feels great to place high in your group, doesn't it! Congrats to you!

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Hi Alysia. I certainly qualify for this. As I was doing my best to run and catch up with the pack at the last race, someone asked "Are you the first walker?"

Every successful weight loss plan I have ever done has included walking. But I decided to start running part of it to get in more steps.

I live where there is lots of opportunities to race. And even though I am slow, I can often place high in my age group at 60.

I hope you are successful in getting a few more people motivated to try running or walking at a greater speed!

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I'm one...a slow, fat runner! When I hit 40, I realized how terribly out of shape I had become after raising 3 kids and leading a fairly sedentary desk-bound life. The fit body of my youth was nowhere to be found! So, I started taking walks around our lovely semi-rural neighborhood. When I hit 50, I was appalled by the picture my Darling Groom took of me on the beach during my birthday vacation in the Caribbean - who was that pear-shaped woman!

To make a long (boring) story short, I'm still fighting menopause weight gain, but have been in training for a marathon for the past 2 years. Due to ankle injuries, I've only been able to complete 3 half marathons (taped up and walking half the time), and have been coaching in our program now for the 2nd season. This year, I'm trying to stay injury free and focusing on completing my first full marathon in Feb 2008.

I used to be among the last few people back from our long training runs (mostly because I limped along the second half). I'm still left in the dust of the speedier runners, even the ones 20 years older than I! But, who cares - I can still cross the finish line in respectable time, upright and smiling, and that's all that counts.

Please come visit my other teams:

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Eat Real Food - http://teams.sparkpeople.com/real

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