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4/20/12 9:26 P

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Hi Mike! We might up in a run together next year. My first 5k will be next year, somewhere around Fairfax, VA. The inlaws live there, and I am planning on doing the 5k with a friend that lives there. Good luck with your training!

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Thanks for the welcome!

I have not joined any training groups as of yet. I did check out the Hal Higdon training programs and ran it by my trainer today and he said I should be able to complete one in 13 weeks. I'm glad he has that confidence in me, but I'm pacing myself (pun intended) for next May. There is a local Rogue Racers group here in the Fairfax, VA area that meets at a local school once or twice a week, and when I get closer to doing a 10k I may reach out.

I'm not as diligent with it, but there IS a strength training component to my workouts through the week. Cross-training is generally limited to recumbent bike and elliptical. My gym is a smaller one and doesn't have a pool. To join that one I have to pay double what I'm paying now. Have thought about cycling outdoors, but need to get a bike for that and Dick's told me I'd be looking at 200-400 bucks. What happened to the days of the $50 bike??

The trainer I see every week has actually put together a cadre of folks who will be doing the 5k in May since its right where we meet, so that'll be fun and will have some others to share the experience with, including my cousin who is participating in that one.

Since looking at the Higdon 10k prep, I thinking of signing up for a 10k in July sometime. Probably the Friends of the W&OD Trail 10k...pretty flat out and back path, should be a nice intro to 10k distance. If there's one in September I'll try that...want to avoid much running in August around here...save my outdoor time for the golf course. :)

There is a "buddy" my trainer has hooked me up with in our group who is in a similar situation to myself. Hopefully we can run a couple 5k's and 10k's together. Haven't talked to him much though...hopefully will get that opportunity at the May 5k.

Meantime I think next week I'm going to hop on the Higdon 10k prep at week 4 and see how it goes.

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Hi and welcome to all the new members! So glad you are all here with us, no matter what stage of running you are at. This is a great group!

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Hi, Trish, and aloha!

Congrats on your achievements :)

Hawaii is the perfect venue for triathlons. Have you considered training for one? I have found that the cross training helps me maintain the conditioning for distance running and is welcome relief from the impact of running. Plus, it's fun!

What's your next race?

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Hi, Robin, and congrats on your achievement and progress!

There have been larger women than I running half and full marathons who made me work hard to keep up. It sounds like you're doing well.

You're going to smoke that half marathon :)
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Hi, Tanya, you are definitely posting this in the right place. Welcome to our team!

You don't need to run a 5k. There are plenty of people walking them - and some walk pretty fast! What really matters is that you're actively moving and getting healthier.

I suggest learning how to train using a heart rate monitor. Your doctor can guide you. Not only will this teach you about your exertion levels and where you should be, it will help develop your fitness, strengthen your heart and help you lose weight while you build muscle mass and strength in your legs.

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Hi, Mike, and welcome!

Congratulationsdt on your progress, terrific story :)

Have you joined a training group to help get you to your MC HM goal? The camaraderie and what you can learn from experienced runners is invaluable. Plus, you can learn how to improve your form and technique when someone can observe you - hard for us to do here.

I hate the treadmill with a passion, it feels like playing gerbil. But, it's a better alternative to running in bad weather. Our gym has a choice of treadmill beds to run on, the "articulated" ones are best for runners because they more closely simulate road conditions under foot.

Have you incorporated any strength training, stretches and rolling out your leg muscles into your workouts? What are you doing for cross-training? Swimming and cycling will keep you in condition without impact on your legs and feet and provide a welcome break from the constant pounding. It's also amazing how this helps running endurance and efficiency.

It's always great to have a running buddy to target a goal race, especially for the longer distances like 10+ miles. Are you planning to do a 10k sometime prior to your 10-miler? You have time to do at least 2 between now and October, no problem, while you gradually build your weekly total mileage.

Awesome that you have found your new friends - endorphins and this team!
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I'm Mike...started jogging on treadmill as part of an exercise program to lose weight. Had always wanted to do the Marine Corps Half in Fredericksburg, VA and originally in November or December set my sights on that as a near-term goal, however reality has a funny way of opening your eyes. LOL

In prep for the Half I registered for a 5k in Jan or Feb which was to be run at the end of March, and thought this would be a good tune-up. The training from the Spark Couch to 5k program is what really got me hooked and I started enjoying it the longer I was able to go. I remember working through that and waiting for the walk interval - and that was just a few weeks ago!

I was able to run the 5k in 49 minutes, walking the hills, and achieved my goal of finishing under 50 minutes (and my secondary goal of not being last). That was the first time I'd ever run outside, and I have to admit I wasn't prepared for how different it was.

I'd bought a Garmin FR 210 to start using at the race, and that, coupled with the success of the 5k, and the Spark 5k program, and the beautiful weather we've been having, I started running outside near my house.

The race was 4 weeks ago and at that time I was walking about 5-10 minutes of every 45. Now, I'm able to finish the entire 3mi without walking, and it's definitely showing on the scale. It's also encouraging to see the numbers coming in from my Garmin. While my pace hasn't picked up substatially, the fact that I can finish without walking has been a major hurdle, and now I can work on bring in the pace.

I have my second ever 5k in three weeks and I am not just looking to finish it running all the way, but to set a PR, and finish under 45 minutes.

The best part of all of this is that running 6-9 miles a week is melting away the lbs (as long as I keep to my meal plan). The week I was able to finish 3mi without walking, I think I dropped 10lbs. Not expecting to see that this week, but I'm no longer worried about not getting in enough cardio to have an impact. And the best part is that the more weight I lose, the easier these runs become!

One drawback to getting hooked on running outside though, is that when I'm in the gym on nasty days, I really have a hard time getting up for the treadmill, or if I do, I find it harder to keep pace on it. I like the flexibility of road running that you can adjust your pace, and its more like you're propelling yourself, than trying to keep up with the treadmill. Just a completely different feeling.

Anyway, that's me. My immediate weight loss goal has another 20lbs or so to go, but with this newfound enjoyment I get from running (which I never EVER would have thought myself doing in my lifetime) I'm hoping to shred through that and move on to the next weight goal.

I've already convinced my cousin to get back into it (he used to run a lot of 5k/10k/etc) when he was enlisted, and now that he's retired and seeing how well I'm doing, he wants to come out for a few, so we're hoping to do the Army Ten-Mile in October. I'm hoping to get a 10k in sometime early fall. All leading up to the USMC Historic Half next May. Long way to go, but can't wait to get there!

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Hi everyone, I'm Tanya. I think I'm posting this properly. hehe. I've been on Sparkpeople for a while, but not really active on any of the boards. I made the choice a little while ago to try and start training towards doing a 5k. I would like to do a 5k next year sometime. The plan is to travel to Virginia to do one with a friend. The first problem, which is the smallest issue is that I am overweight, and unfit...very unfit. I admit it. :). The second problem is a huge hurdle. I have issues with my legs, and I wear a brace on one leg, which allows me to stay mobile and not fall. I can walk without it, but the right leg is so weak that it's dangerous for me to not wear it. I don't know that a 5k is possible for me, but I figure training for one will help me get fit. Right now I am in the early stages of walking on my treadmill 3 days a week and using the stationary bike for 2 days a week. My goal is to work up to a run, jog really, by the fall. I think it's plausible. :). Right now I can do almost 2k in 30 minutes, which is a lot for me. hehe I was told I shouldn't run by my neurologist,because she doesn't think it's possible for me to do, but I was given a clean bill of health by the Orthopaedist. Slow and steady is the moto here. :D.

I look forward to joining everyone!

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I am Robin and I started running about a year ago. I've lost 80 pounds in 18 months thanks to Spark. I am now a running addict, even though I'm still on the large size (I don't like to say plus-size, because I don't have to shop in that section anymore!) I've complete a few 5K's, but didn't feel challenged anymore by that, so I am set to run my first 10K on May 5, and have a long term goal/training plan to do a half marathon before the end of 2012. I love to beat my personal times and to know how far I've come. In high school, I couldn't run a mile without stopping...now I'm 34 and running big races. I just want to keep improving me! I have always loved sports, but now it's hard to find teams/time for sports, but running is completely individual and on my own time, so I think I've finally found my niche, even though I'm not always taken seriously because of my size. I look forward to being part of the team!

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Welcome Trish and happy running to you!

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Hi!! My name is Trish and I am a proud slogger in Hawaii!! Yesterday I completed an All Womens 10k in Honolulu with an official finish time of 1:20:59. (13:03 pace).

I've completed 3 full marathons, 5 half marathons, 4 10ks, and 1 5ks. Also Honolulu's Great Aloha run with a distance of 8.15 - 4times.

Crossing the finish line never gets old for me!

Good luck to all in your running path!

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I hope I haven't missed welcoming anyone!

Here's a big Texas-size
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As a friend who is an Olympian marathoner and survivor of tribal warfare in Africa says:

Run with joy! This you can apply to walking distance with joy :)

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Hi, Massie, and welcome!

Slow and steady is a good thing. The other day, my coach and I were talking about my apprehension about the swim segment of my upcoming triathlon (I've done one before, but a shorter distance), because I'm not particularly fast and know I need to do the distance within a certain time. She reassured me that I'll do just fine because I'm steady.

And, that's really what it takes to finish the distance. At your pace, you can finish a marathon, and hundreds of people do that every year, just by being slow and steady.
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Hi, Clover:

Congrats on your 50K! I totally agree with you that to focus on being healthy is a whole lot healthier than to focus on the numbers. We do the numbers anyway, don't we?!

I haven't done one, yet; however, my running buddies and I added up the extra miles we had to go from our hotel to the starting line, then back from the finish line, at a marathon we did together, and decided we did an ultra at just shy of 30 miles, LOL! I do have a goal of doing an ultra at some point.

Welcome to our team and please do jump in any time.

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Hi, Jen:

Congrats on sticking to your Team goal. It's always more fun to tackle challenges with the support and participation of buddies.

Perhaps the winter months simply warranted comfort foods to keep your body warm and healthy. Things happen. Just like taking up running because you felt you needed to do something positive for yourself - way to go!
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Hi! I'm Jen. I started running after my 2nd kid was born in 2008. Couldn't even tell you why anymore, probably feeling like I had to do something to really jump-start myself after a 2nd round of postpartum depression and post-birth winter-weight gain.

This year I formed a running team of a couple of friends called Team Honey Badger, named for the famous YouTube honey badger who doesn't give a s*** and takes what she wants. Also... watch her run in slow motion! we made a crazy pact to run a 5k every month for a year. my two running mates are much faster than I am (30-35 minute 5ks as opposed to my PR of 45 mins) but we don't care! We are now 7 months into our challenge and have even met the winter runs head-on (last month's run was 4F/-17C)!

I lost 12 pounds this summer running and tracking here at SparkPeople but gained half of them back - now working on losing them again and keeping the momentum up this time.

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Hi, Cella - if you're having so many issues, why not walk? At least walking would get you moving, and you could strengthen your back, while you're at it.

I used to deal with back issues, as well, and even ran with a back brace. But, I eventually "weaned" myself off the back brace and regained my strength so that I could make it past 10 miles. Lacking core strength, I started doing Pilates and other exercises to strengthen both my abs and my back.

Take it slowly and you'll be fine.

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Having fun is so important!

Going from a 5K to a half marathon is doable, as long as you get good training. I also recommend doing a 10K about halfway through your training. You need to know what it's like to gradually build your miles. Once you get past 10 miles, you're good to go.

What training program are your co-workers following?

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I am so slow - people think I am walking ! LOL This past fall I entered my first ever 5K - I thought It would kill me but to my surprise not only did I finish - I had fun! So, now I have entered a 1/2 marathon (though I must admit feeling some pressure from co-workers) and am really hoping that this won't kill me, either! I could really use some good training advice. Moving fast is out of the question for me. SO, here I am. Signed, sealed and delivered.

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I was poking around and found this group. This is so me! I used to run cross country in high school in the 1982 to 1984 but stopped running after that. I ran my first adult 5K in sept 2010 and came in last.... Right now I'm not running because I'm doing physical therapy for a muscle strain in my right leg (unrelated to running). The PT is also working on strengthing my abs because I'm at high risk for hurting my lower back which is part of why I pulled the leg muscle. Getting old, I guess emoticon
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Hi and welcome to the team!! Great group here and I know you're find inspiration and support.

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Have been here at SparkPeople for three years, but am new to thisTeam.

Current stats: 51 years old. Weight 160-165ish. Last running event: Dec 31, 2011, Recover from the Holidays 50K.

I am tired of being obsessed with weight numbers and weight cycling (diet-gain-diet-forever). Facing facts, 95% of people who diet to lose weight regain it. Been there; done that; am that statistic. Actually, I've lost 100+ pounds not once but twice in the last decade. From a low weight about two years ago, I've gradually regained 40 lbs. This is while I was exercising regularly and running ultra marathons.

Rather than babble on and repeat myself, here's a link to my blog and a post about my current fitness goals and attitudes:
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My basic philosophy: Health At Every Size
HAES is a Behavior-Centered Health practice in which healthy choices and behaviors are the goal, not a particular size, weight, or shape.

1.Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes.
2.Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
3.Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes.
4.Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure.
5.Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity, rather than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss

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Hi my name is Massiel. I've been running since September and am currently running 5 miles at a 15 minute pace. I'm so excited to have found this group. I was so self conscious about my size and pace but I feel so much better knowing there are others like me. My mantra is "slow & steady" and "one foot in front of the other". I look forward to sharing tips with e eryone.

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Ditto on the AORS (Adult Onset Runners Syndrome) - ditto on the run/walk, ditto on the slow, ditto on welcome, ditto on the . . . well, you get the idea. =)

C25K got me started and I'll never forget that first "Run" cycle on the first day - felt like all the meat would jounce right off my bones onto the ground. So I had to really slow down and check my form and "run lightly" (however a 100+-pounds-overweight-56-year-old could manage that).

This team is a great resource and our team leader is encyclopedic in her knowledge!

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And some of us, like me, do walk/run intervals that are short. Usually I do 1 min running/1 min walking. And I'm not very fast. So it doesn't have to be straight running either.

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Welcome to our newbies!

Keep in mind that you don't have to be a runner to be part of this team. We welcome walkers, too. Walkers always know exactly how they're going to finish the race.

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I just started using runkeeper. I haven't worked with the team option thing yet. That might be fun.

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Sorry I know I'm posting twice but does anyone else use runkeeper? Thinking if we do we can do a street team where we can tell each other how many miles we ran and that could keep us all motivated. Just Curious


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Hi all, I'm Jennifer and am looking to lose weight. I've always wanted to run but never thought i could. I joined the c25k and managed to do w1d1 last night. It got me excited. If anyone would like to buddy up and run the program together just send me a message


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Hey All! I'm Kimberly, married and have a daughter that is 7 months old. I joined this team b/c I am just focusing on finishing my races right now!! I've always been a runner, my weight gain has just continued to slow me down. I haven't been physically active for about a year!! I started
"wogging" walk/jogging in Nov. I am signed up for a 15k in Feb and a half (will be my 4th over the years) the day after my 35th birthday in March!

Looking forward to meeting new sparkies with similar goals!

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Hi Susan and welcome to the team! I was never a runner before in my life and now I'm enjoying it and feeling strong and proud. You can do it too. It doesn't matter how long you take with c25k. I repeated days and weeks lots of times. Remember to run slow to build up your stamina because sometimes we tend to run too fast. Great job!

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Hello everyone, My name is Susan. I am 40, married have two children ages 5 and 7. I have started the C25K program and taking it slow...It is a 9 week program that you do 3 times a week.. it took me a week just to do W1D1 (week 1 day 1 ). I am ok with taking my time with the program. I have never been a runner. Always admired those who did, I am not able to get into a gym at the moment due to financial circumstances and running is free emoticon



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Welcome to all the new runners, no matter how fast, how slow, or how far. This is a great supportive team. I'm glad you've joined us! Good luck on your running and just enjoy being who you are.

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Hello everyone, thanks for letting me join your group. I began jogging almost 2 years ago. I never ran before, so it was tough at the beginning. My first goal was a 5K, which I completed in 37 minutes at Disney, then I wanted to do a half marathon. Last year, I actually completed two! My times were about the same, around 3h 20m, I wanted to do better, but I was happy to finish. I'm doing a 10K next weekend, compared to the half marathon's will be much easier. It's nice to find a group that isn't so concerned with time, but just accomplishing goals!

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Hi everyone, I'm new to this team but not new to Spark. I've finally decided to train for a half-marathon in 2012! I am a cyclist and haven't run much lately. I did a sprint triathlon in July and the run for that was a 5K. I'm definitely ready to shake things up. I just started running again this week, and I'm hoping to be ready for the Illinois Marathon at the end of April. Thanks for having me aboard. :)

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Best of luck to you Tiffany in the 1/2. Keep up the great efforts!
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Hi everyone! I completed C25K in May and ran my first 5K in July at 236 pounds. I have since completed three more 5Ks, a duathlon, a Warrior Dash and a 10K, and I am running the Disney Half Marathon on January 7th. I haven't been able to run since my 10K on Nov 19th because of a pulled hamstring. I finally got on the treadmill yesterday and was able to run/walk 2.6 miles in 40 minutes. Not very impressive, although that included my warmup and cool down walk, so it could've been worse. 2 weeks until my half!! EEK!

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Welcome new members and best of luck sticking to your C25K training. Keep telling yourself that it is worth the effort because it definitely is!

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Hi and welcome to all the new members!!! Sorry I'm a little late. Glad you've all joined us!

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12/20/11 1:36 A

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Hey guys! I just ran/walked my first 5k on Saturday with a time of 51:58. I think it is a start! My husband and I are doing another 5k on New Years Day. I am hoping to start C25K again this week or next. I had a crazy moment and decided that I was going to sign up for a Half Marathon September 1st! I hope I can do it :)


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Hi every one I joined a few days ago just been to busy to introduce myself. I am doing the C25k to I love this program I have done it before and I had finished it and ran my first 5k in 2009 I did the Iron Girl. It helped loose weight and be very fit! Then last year I got pregnant and now I starting all over gain I am on week 4 and hope I can be back to how I was. :)

Baby always comes with me so I really got invest in a jogging stroller soon, however I have a good stroller thats kinda of light weight I just wish it was smoother. Well I am soooo happy to find this group and start my running journey all over again I still worry that I may never be as fast as the other runners but maybe someday.......................

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Thanks Alysia for the welcome and the suggestions. I will keep up some training over the winter. Not planning any road races for a while now.

Take care and stay safe too!


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Hi, BuffaloOkay, and welcome!

I thought "slogging" was when you're trying to get through something sloshy, LOL, good term.

Congrats for completing your C25K program and "slogging" your 5K, good job. I know winter can be brutal in Buffalo, but it would be a good time to get in strength training, Pilates for core strength, etc. so that you can maintain your hard-earned conditioning and be ready for better weather.

Stay warm and safe!
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Hi team. Another Slow, Fat Runner here. Actually, I call what I do "slogging" for slow jogging. Heard that term from a friend I started a 5K race with last weekend and I've definitely adopted the term.

Been walking 5K races for a few years and decided this summer to try to jog parts of them. Completed a C25K program and "slogged" my first 5K at the end of September. I view that as quite an accomplishment for someone who hated running for more than 50 years!

The weather has been great this fall for outdoor activities and even the Reindeer Run last weekend was sunny. Big switch today with the first significant snowfall in the Buffalo area today!

Hoping to learn and share with team members here.

Have a great weekend.

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Hello, Audrey, and welcome to our team!

Please don't give up on yourself. But, I have one hard question that only you can answer (and you don't need to post a reply here, this is something to ask yourself):

What are you really looking for and are you willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goal?

You need to have a clearly defined, realistic goal for yourself. Break it up into achievable steps, and remember to reward yourself along the way. There is no magic pill or program out there, only your own effort, that will get you to your goal.

We can only offer our support along your jjourney, but you need to be willing to listen and take action.

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Hello, Sunflower, and welcome to our team!

The best way to transition from treadmill to road is to just do it. Start slowly. I highly recommend Jeff Galloway's run/walk program which will gradually get you back into running injury-free.

Most of all, be patient. It takes time to build the strength and endurance you need to sustain running for any length of time. Know that there will be times when you feel as though it's all you can do to just walk, and that's perfectly okay.

Be kind to yourself.
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Audrey please don't give up on yourself or us. You can make progress. It's one step forward at a time. Some days for me it's 2 steps forward and 1 step back but I'm still 1 step further ahead of where I was. Some days things are great and fall in to place and it's awesome but some days are just a struggle. My top weight was about 245 several years ago. Then I lost some and gained some back and ended up huddling around 225 most of the time until a little over 2 years ago when I've managed to lose some and keep most of it off. I still have a few ups and downs but not nearly like it was. And I'm so much healthier. I know you can do it.

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My name is Audrey & I'm about to give up on myself. I've been on every spark team looking for help & I've gotten nowhere. I come here looking for help before I completely give up on myself. I weigh 286 & not getting anywhere.

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My name is Audrey & I'm about to give up on myself. I've been on every spark team looking for help & I've gotten nowhere. I come here looking for help before I completely give up on myself. I weigh 286 & not getting anywhere.

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