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Hi All! I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 32 year old mother and wife who is looking to get back on the running wagon. I started doing the 25k program last year and was almost done with it and then quit. I am starting over again with my running and my weight loss. I had lost 50 pounds on weight watchers, but it got to be too expensive and I had lost my motivation to follow the program. Anyway enough about me. Does anybody have some good tips on how to transition from running on the treadmill to running on the road? That is where I was when I quit this summer and I want to be able to get out and run a 5k to start and then a 1/2 marathon! emoticon

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I just joined this team today. I've been running off and on for about a year and a half now. I had a few setbacks but everytime I get over them I go back to running again. I'm definitely slow and still overweight although I have lost quite a bit over the past couple of years. I was a fat kid and a fat adult and hated physical activity. So at age 56 it's amazing that I now love it and have started running and taken part in some races. I have recently started using the Jeff Galloway method of walk/run intervals and still playing around with what works best for me. In town I usually do 1 min run/1 min walk intervals. Sometimes I run on forest trails that are rough terrain and hills. then I usually do either 1 run/2 walk or 1 run/3 walk because trail running is so much harder. But it is also so peaceful and beautiful out there. I've been an avid hiker for a while. I live in a rural area in southern New Mexico with a lot of different trails in the Gila National Forest.

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emoticon Hey! I would love to join this group. I have run on and off the in the past. I was cross country runner in high school in the seventies and pretty much quit after school, It is nice to know that I am not the only overweight slow runner and just think i would love to be part of this group.

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Hi, I have decided it is time to stop being lazy and start running. I woudl love to run a half marathon by next spring. At this point I will be happy to run three miles with out walking. LOL.

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emoticon Hi new here. Ever since I ran track and cross-country in highschool I dreamed about someday running a marathon. Unfortunately not too long after that I had stopped running and have been doing it on and off for years now. Now I am finally ready to get serious about it and have decided to try the couch to 5k program. I am much older and a little heavier but I ran a little the past few weeks and felt like I could really do this. So now I still have that dream of running a marathon but by the time I am 40 . Thats 51/2 years . I think thats doable. Before that I hope to run a 5k,10k, and 1/2 marathon. emoticon

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HI I just started a running clinic we are in week 5 and are at a walk 3 minute run 5 walk 2 run 5 pace. Thats it 3 times a week but it increases by 10% every week. I want to add in some strength and other activity (like my bike). I had horrible shin splints to start out but have since gotten fitted for shoes (never realized how important) and stayed on the treadmill for about 2 weeks. Much better now and just have regular "im fat" pains after running! I am excited about it, mostly because I went with a friend to chicago while she did the half and it was so exciting to watch her. She also did the detroit marathon and her time improved by 6 minutes! Not sure I will ever get to a half marathon but 5 k would be nice.

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Hi, I'm Lynda - so far I run mostly in my dreams and occasionally manage to trot a few steps for a minute or two. However, I've been a 'wannabe' runner for a long time and after a 100-year-old man finished the Toronto Marathon yesterday, a 9-months pregnant woman ran the Chicago marathon a couple of weeks ago and finished even though she was in labor and delivered a baby a few hours later, and a 400-lb man finished the LA Marathon last March - hmmm, I think I've run out of excuses, haha, so I'm starting the 5k Your Way Walk/Run training program and have signed up for a Virtual 5k for Halloween, a Virtual 10k and a REAL 10k for Thanksgiving - I know I will walk 99% of the way on all of these but so what - I'm at least going to finish them faster than I could do it right now!

Glad to be part of this team!!

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You go Kelly. I know you can do it too!

I am trying to stick to my newer, harder 5k training program, but I am struggling with my motivation. I am supposed to go home and run after I get done at the grocery, but I swear, now that it gets dark so early, I am not nearly as excited. I can't wait to meet with my boss so that I can discuss the local gym's corporate program. The one on my side of town has an indoor track and I think it will be just the ticket. In the meantime, I have to figure out how to get off my duff and run 40 minutes tonight in the dark, by myself, waaaaahhh......

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Hi, my name is Kelly and I aspire to walk/run my first 5k. I have knee issues, but I won't let that deter me, I am in it to win it!

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Hi everyone! I saw this team and just had to join! I've been running since March. I completed couch to 5k in May, and ran my first 5k in June. My time was 38 mins 23 secs. I am very proud of that. I have an 8k next month, and I am ready! I ran 5 miles without stopping a couple weeks ago and did it in 63 mins. If I can do it in an hour or less I will be thrilled! I try not to compare myself to faster runners, like my friend who can run a 10k in less than an hour and who does half marathons. My speed has improved some, but I am just happy that I can go so far without stopping. I never thought I'd ever run a mile again in my life! Running is something I actually enjoy doing. I run outside most of the time. I hate doing it on the treadmill! :)

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Hi everyone. I just had to join this team, since it describes me so perfectly!

I am in training for my 2nd 5k. I didn't run for about 3 weeks, then got out there on Sunday. Boy, did it feel good to be active again! I am glad that my national dog show is only once a year, since it obviously is a HUGE distraction!

I am committed to running at least 3x/week through the end of January, when I then plan to begin a 10k program. January will mark my 6-month anniversary of my 1st day of the C25k program. The program changed my life and I hope to keep running as my main form of exercise going forward.

I look forward to meeting some of you in different threads as I look around and get settled. I am so proud of all of you!

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Hi, Losing4lasttime:

My walking warm up is a simple, easy walk at a comfortable pace for 3-5 minutes, enough to get the legs going, before I go into an easy jog. It takes me at least a mile, or so, to get my rhythm and start picking up speed.

Everyone is different, but I think that your 5-6 minute warm up is good.

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I have been warming up before I stretch, and then go for a run, but I think I will go back to my walking warm up and then run. What type of warm up routine do you have? I have been warming up for about 5 to 6 minutes before I run, is that enough or do I need longer?

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Hello, Holly, and welcome!

Here's wishing you good health and staying injury free while training to run the Turkey Trot. You could try to run 1 minute/walk 3-5 (repeat) the first week. Then, gradually increase your run interval up to 5 minutes, while reducing your walk interval to 1 minute.

If the run interval is too long, try 1-3 minutes. But, try to keep your walk interval at 1 minute. That way, you'll allow yourself time to recover between runs, but won't completely drop your heart rate.

Galloway's Run/Walk program will help you learn the technique.

Hope this helps,
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Hi, I'm Holly! I've been on spark for just over a year and every pound lost has been with their help. I've walked several 5K's but ALWAYS want to run them. I just don't have the courage to do it. This year, I'm running the Turkey Trot, so I thought I'd get some support and ideas from fellow fat runners. I'm starting the 5KYW program tomorrow, so wish me luck!

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Hi, Jeannette, and welcome to our team!

Congratulations on finishing, which is what really matters. Who cares if you're last, or how slow you were. Be proud of your accomplishment.

So, for the next several months, focus on building strength and stamina. As you do this, you'll gradually build the strength to withstand bursts of speed. It will take time, so be patient.

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I am not sure that I am introducing myself, but that was my goal. I am so happy I found this group.

My name is Jeanette. I have 106 pounds to lose. I started run/walking back in 2010. I was definitely sporadic.

My best time so far in a 5K is 52:30. I am frequently the last one across the line.

I would like to train for and try a longer distance. I just don't want to make all of the race organizers wait for me.

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I'm with ARC doing the Distance Challenge, and coach with USAFit-Round Rock.

Avoid stretching cold muscles before your run. You're better off doing loosening and warmup exercises so that you go into your runs loose and warmed up.
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I have been stretching after my runs and just stareted stretching before, but I am not rolling. I plan to buy a roller soon.

I just noticed you are in the Austin running club. My sister lives in Austin and told me she just joined a running club. I will have to ask her which one.

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Hi, Losing4lasttime, and welcome!

Are you rolling out your hips and stretching after your runs? Ice baths also help with recovery. It's great to have someone close to you who's experienced enough to guide you.

Good job and hope you stay injury-free.
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Hi everyone,

I am also a slow fat runner. I started running in May and worked my way up to 3 miles fairly fast, I ended up with sore hips so I got fitted for new shoes which helped tremendously and slowed down a bit on my running. I am now up to 4.5 miles on Saturdays, planning to go for 5 miles this weekend. I am learning to not worry so much about my pace, just trying to build a base. I usually run 3 to 4 days a week, and walk or ride a bike on days I am not running. I am currently also doing pilates 1 to 2 times a week. I have not started a regular ST program yet.

My goal is to run a half marathon next summer with my sister who runs full marathons.

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Yes I do ST about 4 days a week - I stay pretty active on a regular basis but make sure to get some down time in too. hehe

I am so looking forward to the cruise/wedding! Been too long since I have cruised last..maybe a year! So I am very happy!

The town I live in is tiny so there is nothing posted for a 5K - just the turkey trot and I won't be here. There is a site for a running club here in our town but they do a lot of bar runs and I am not into that! LOL So hopefully I can find one soon and if not I will be doing a virtual 5K and plan a date for that!

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Hi, Amanda:

Your legs are certainly getting a good workout. Do you ever work in some strength training?

How was the Phoenix RNR? I heard it's a pretty nice course.

A cruise sounds terrific, maybe there will be a beach stop where you could go for a run, LOL!

Stop hoping and just schedule that 5K, you know
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Right now I alternate at the gym between the elliptical - stair stepper - treadmill and stationary and/or spinning bike. I like what I am doing now and it's working very well. I walk for about 2-3 minutes then up my speed and run for about 9-12 min then back to walking and so on. Back in 2008 I completed the Rock n Roll half marathon on Phoenix, AZ and I would like to train for it this time and do better. I enjoyed it but didn't train what so ever so that was pretty much felt legless after the race LOL I wa going to register for a Turkey Trot here in my area Thanksgiving day but my BFF is getting married and we are all heading on a 7 day cruise that week. Hoping to schedule a 5k during the first 3 months of the new year.

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Hi, Amanda:

What does your training schedule look like, inclusive of your running and cross-training?

What do you think is working best or least for you?

Do you have any events targeted in the future?

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Alysia, yes I cross train about 3-4 days a week.

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If I hadn't committed to doing the Austin Distance Challenge this year with my daughter, I'd be going up to Big D for the White Rock, as I've been wanting to do that one.

The HMs we have in Austin are the Decker Challenge (and it is) in Dec, the 3M (a local favorite, fast, mostly downhill, then flat) in Jan, and the Livestrong Austin (hilly, but fun) in Feb. The Zooma will be in March, 2012 - very hilly!

My son and DIL live in Las Colinas and I'll be up there over the holiday weekend. I know there are a couple of events out there, too; but, I'm always doing something else. Perhaps we'll meet up at an event either there or here sometime.
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Thanks Alysia for the welcome. I live in Dallas and want to run White Rock in December. I will also do Dallas RNR in the spring. I also have a roll over from last year for a race on New Years day in Kingwood, TX which is run on the greenbelts. Very small, fun, personal race. I saw you are a USAFit coach in Austin. I trained with USAFit in Kingwood (Houston) for about 5 years and LOVED it. Unfortunately they are not in Dallas and I am training on my own. What are some good half marathons in Austin? I always wanted to try Zooma but never was able to train in time.

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Hi, Dana, and welcome to our team!

Being in front of the sag wagon is still a lot better than being picked up by it. Doing 26.2 miles is quite a feat, and the folks who can be out there for 7-8 hours are really more inspiring than the guys who get it done in 2. :)

Good luck with your training. Which Half Marathon are you doing in December?

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Hello fellow runners. I am new to the team but have been on SP since July 10. I'm not new to running but am starting over so to speak. I've completed 2 marathons and about 7 or 8 half marathons. Since then, I've gained about 25 pounds and stopped running so am currently trying to build my base back up along with dropping some pounds. I have always been a "slow fat runner". My first marathon I ended up just in front of the sweeper car. I did finish within the time limit but was determined to not have to move to the sidewalk. My second marathon I knocked 15 minutes off my PR but was still considered slow. I have decided I will always be a slow fat runner but I AM a runner! I'm currently training for a half marathon the first of December. Looking forward to meeting all the follow slow fat runners out there. emoticon
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haha! We all get a bit impatient.;)

Are you cross-training?

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I'm not THAT impatient - I take my time and know when to stop or slow down. I think it helps that I am at a jog and not a full run which is why I am not feeling the pressure on my muscles or joints.

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Impatience = injury

We runners like our "LSD" - long slow distance. That does more for building your strength and stamina to sustain your pace than trying to push yourself the way you are.

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Thank you for those links! I had to try my run again today lol kocked out a mile in 12 min this time vs my last 13:25 min mile! I am what you would call impatient LOL I know the rules just like to break em every now and then LOL

I will take a look at those links and see what I find!

Thanks again
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Hi, Amanda:

My daughter uses iMapMyRun on her iPhone. They have an app for Android and BB, as well. This is for mapping a route, tracking your distance and pace, etc. www.mapmyrun.com/imapmy/

I don't know which C25K app you have, but here's one for the iPhone: itunes.apple.com/us/app/get-running-
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I haven't tried this one, but I love Runners World:
www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,
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There are others, but I think that most are really geared toward more experienced runners. maybe someone on this board has a favorite mobile training app they like.

Hope this helps.


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Alysia,

Thank you for all the advice! I will take it and run...hehe I always thought working on pace would help with longer runs. I have the C25K on my phone - suppose I should use that. I tired it last year but got bored with it. Do you reccomend another training program that I could download to my phone?

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Hi, Amanda, and welcome!

Good job on working up to a mile using intervals. Now, please allow yourself recovery time between runnings days so that you can stay injury free. Do no more than 2 days in a row, allow 2 days OFF during the week, and do some easy, non-impact cross-training. For example:

Sun OFF
Mon 20 minutes easy
Tue 20 minutes easy
Wed OFF
Thu 20 minutes easy
Fri OFF
Sat 1.5-2 miles

Gradually increase your Sat long miles over the next few weeks so that you'll reach 3 miles in about 6 weeks:

Warm up 5 mins prior, cool down 5 mins after your Sat long runs:

Week 1 1.5 miles
Week 2 2 miles
Week 3 2.5 miles
Week 4 2 miles
Week 5 2.5 miles
Week 6 3 miles

The reason for "stair-stepping" is to allow yourself recovery time and build strength and endurance. Also, as a beginning runner, I suggest you shorten your run intervals to no more than 3 mins, and your walk intervals to no more than 1 minute. You will actually build a lot of strength in your legs and without tearing your legs down too much. Remember to hydrate well, before, during and after your workouts.

Do not focus on pace, just yet. You need to focus on building your base and consistency. Pace comes with time and proper training.

The most common cause of running injury is pushing too hard too soon. Be patient.
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emoticon everyone! I am new to running. I used to walk on the treadmill at the gym then for some reason last week I wanted to try and run. After trying to keep the pace of 4.4-4.5 for about 3 days or so running for 7-9 min intervals with 3 min 3.5 walking I was able to run my first straight mile! Granted I it did take me 13 min but for me jogging that long was a HUGE accomplishment! I think that was at a 4.6 pace? I know to know that may seem like a walk in the park but I am planning on getting better. I want to do that mile a few more times before I start upping my pace.

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Hi, Rachel:

A few of us here take issue with a 12-minute mile categorized as a "walk." The vast majority of the Half Marathon and Marathon Walkers I train are elated to be able to maintain a 15-14-minute mile. I only know one fellow who can walk a 10-minute mile (and he's not a race walker). Race walkers can walk as fast or faster than I run.

On a really slow day, I run a 12-minute mile, which is about my daughter's pace. That's 5 mph, and that's a pretty good pace, considered a jog. So, if someone can walk that fast, might as well start running.

You can certainly do a half marathon in May 2012, as long as you train properly. Join a training group to learn from experienced folks, and for the camaraderie to keep you motivated. With time, you'll be the slow fat chick running at the track who's outlasting walkers AND runners!
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Hi, Eliz - and in Japan! I lived there when I was a kid. :)

Who cares if you're slow. What matters is that you're out there moving it. Let us know how your 5K went.
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Hi I'm new here. I laughed out loud when I found this team cuz that's me! I am a Slow Fat Runner and I am totally okay with that. When I enter my time and distance in the fitness tracker, it puts me at a "walk". Oh well. I'm doing the 5k rookie training and am finishing up week 5. I'll "run" a virtual 5k on Sept 10 and a "real" 5k on Sept 17th. I also want to run a 1/2 marathon in May 2012 but we'll see. At this time, my main goal is to not exhaust myself and to stay injury free.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!

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Hi, everyone!
I'm dearly hoping to run my first 5k next month, but dang I'm slow! So I was excited to find this team! I've been running for almost a year - started C25K last fall.

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Tracy:

You don't have to run the 5K. 10 weeks to prepare for 3.1 miles is plenty of time. In fact, that's how long it took to train with Galloway for a 5K.

Nonetheless, you know your body. If your run interval is less than a minute, that's perfectly okay. It just means that you need to build your strength and endurance, and maybe that means it's going to take longer than you'd like. The most important thing is to build your base and stay injury free. It sounds like you're trying to push yourself too hard and fast way too soon. So, just keep listening to your body, take it easier.

And another thing...I've heard so many people say that they're self-conscious about being seen out there running. Guess what - you are the norm! The majority of participants in distance events are not skinny. Be proud of yourself.

Smile and wave as you pass by.
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Put in 8-10 miles of hiking this weekend on the camping trip - no running. I did bring my shoes, but after the morning hike and those hills! I just didn't have any energy left. Still felt great though making those hikes. I hike slow too, so end up lagging behind everyone else. That's okay too since I tend to enjoy the scenery. Got some good pics this time too!

Trying to get back on program tonite, but the humidity is back. The Thunderstorms that may happen may put damper on my running plans, we'll see. Then I will have to run around the main floor of my house. Not running outside with lightening present. But I do want to get back to my running program.

Acoralsea - a 5k in 10 weeks is just to daunting a task for me to think about right away. I can barely run for a full minute right now. I am supposed to up it to 2 minutes of running with one of walking for 30 minutes total 3 days this week. Working toward 30 minutes of running. I will push myself and see how that goes. I won't say no way, but I am going to say a cautious 'maybe' and see how this run/walk program progresses. I am still very self conscious about running where people see me - I know I shouldn't care...but it does bother me and it is something I will have to work on too. Right now I am running for time (just trying to get the run/walk cycles in to get to the 30 minutes) not distance. Though I think I am doing about 2 miles in total during one of my run/walk sessions and I am totally spent when I am done. I guess I am a 'Slow and Steady wins the race' kind of person. emoticon

Thanks for the encouragement and I will check back regularly to see how others are doing as well! I like Opusdads sign off of 'Waddle On!' because that is so me!!

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Hi, Tracy, and welcome!

My daughter and I train and run together, as well; makes it more fun.

Are you following the Galloway run/walk program? I've trained with him and his method has helped a great deal.

I think you should target your first 5K in about 10 weeks.
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Hi, my name is Tracy and I am new to running and just joined this team today. In fact I just started running last Friday. I have been a walker for many years, but decided to start running when my daughter joined the Army National Guard and has to run 2 miles to pass basic training. So we started together. She is a little more fit than I am (she is 17) so I have to start with a run/walk program (she does too, but more running than walking) that is about split 50/50. The program I am following should have me running for 30 minutes in 6 weeks. I generally run in the evenings after it cools off a little outside (I use the track at the Junior High school). I may run in the morning on the weekends, but I am not a morning person so that won't happen on a regular basis.

My goal is to run my first 5k next June. Being new to running, it is good to know there is a team here I can ask advise of and the members are not the slim quickies you see out there but those that run to enjoy it. ! emoticon

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Thanks for the welcome Alysia!

C25K did not happen this morning... I am happy to get up early (6am) to run, but not when I don't get to bed til after midnight! Must work on getting to bed earlier. Instead - bike ride tonight, run tomorrow.

My goals are:
Brewskidaddle 5K - October 1
Fall Classic 10K - November 20
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Welcome back, Marianne!

I think it's great that you and your DH are doing the program together, what motivation to stay on track. :)

Which half marathon are you targeting?
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Hi everyone! I'm Marianne and I was once a SFR, and I hope to be among your ranks again soon! I've done several 5Ks and a couple of 10Ks, and I intend to run my first half marathon next spring.

Right now, though, my husband and I are starting over from scratch - Couch to 5K starts again tomorrow morning. :) I am excited to be a SFR again!

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