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7/10/10 9:08 A

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its only a matter of time. i HATE having to slow my running down, but in order to sustain it, thats the only way at first. keep at it. you'll be amazed who you can become!

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7/9/10 10:16 P

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I hear you! I struggle, but I soooo want to be succesful at this. I think the same thing, am I too heavy for this?! I must be quite a site, huffing and puffing, red faced, and sweaty! Lol! I'm determined, but it's a really tough challenge for me. I guess it will make it that much sweeter when we achieve this goal. Keep at it!

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7/9/10 6:59 P

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Hi! Thanks for all the advice and encouragement. I have no intention of giving up. Today was my little girl's (Mini-me) 8th birthday, so we concentrated on that. I begin again tomorrow in the morning!

I will be sure to check back in with everyone. I will take your words of wisdom to heart and use them to keep me going! Again, thanks.....

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7/9/10 12:55 P

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As others have said and I would especially just say a major ditto to what SisterSparkles said - slow down your pace. This program is about training your body to handle the stresses on it of running. That includes breathing. And personally, I just breathe. Sometimes I feel like I am gulping and can't get enough oxygen, so I slow it down for a minute and take a couple deep belly breaths and that usually helps.

But I've never been able to really control my breathing using a method! LOL Sometimes I swear I am taking breath in and out at exactly the same time. As long as I'm getting enough air, I don't really how it is coming in! :-) Hhehehe

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7/9/10 12:39 P

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Every time someone told me to slow down I wanted to scream! I was running slower than I was walking as well, but my lungs would feel like they would instantly shut off. The moment I went forward.

I, like stated...love the 3 in and 3 out method. If you can count, breath or move...then you really CAN slow down a bit. The singing also helps me as I use my iPod with pedometer...

Just remember....you WILL get better. It DOES get easier. I say that on my 4th round of 4 weeks, but it really does :o)

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7/8/10 6:45 P

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I had the same problem when I first started and I was told to slow right down (I could walk faster than my running speed)But apparently it is to help get our lungs into the rhythm and get stronger at pushing air through to the relevant places. Just keep at it, once you get the breathing sorted, you can increase your pace. Good luck! emoticon

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7/8/10 5:30 P

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For breathing I breathe in for 3 and out for 3.. it was a great tip a trainer gave me and it helps me take the focus off any "pain" im having



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7/8/10 5:29 P

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After my first run my knees hurt the entire rest of the day. I thought I am way too overweight for this. I changed my mindset and told myself I can do this.. its my mind that is getting in the way. Its really mental. There isnt any reason your body cant run for 1 min it can and it will as long as you believe in yourself.

My knees no longer hurt btw.. I run slow just like the other girl said and I do have people pass me but oh well I am NOT doing this for competition at all.. but for completion. I will never be a "racer" it doesnt appeal to me but I dont think I will ever give up running.

Listen to high energy songs!



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7/8/10 4:25 P

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I've read on one of these boards to test your pace by being able to run and sing at the same time. That advice really has helped me. I make sure that I am able to do that while running and havn't had a breathing problem since I've started. Good luck and I agree don't give up.

@COLE771 congrats on selecting a 5k. You can do it!


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7/8/10 1:59 P

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Could you sign up for another 5K that isn't so far off? That REALLY got me going. I graduated from C25K the weekend before my first 5K - no room for dilly-dallying! :)

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7/8/10 10:53 A

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Try slowing down. Running is still running, even if you could be lapped by a fast walker. You've got to pace yourself and make sure you're not running faster than you can sustain for the length of your interval. I run like a turtle and I take tiny strides, but I'm still running. I find that my breathing is easier to regulate if I'm making sure I'm not too fast.

Don't give up!

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7/8/10 10:45 A

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I had the same problem but by the 3 day of any given week I have improved greatly. The first day I ran week 3 I thought for sure I was going to die! LOL
I stopped running before the end of the first 3 minute run only to find out that I only had about 5 seconds more to go. You can do it, your body just needs to realize that you can do it.
My breathing is not perfect yet - I am sure if the neighbors were up they would think that some animal was dieing right on the street. LOL

Keep up the good work,
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I think a lot of it is a matter of retraining our bodies on how to respond. As children, we'd run for hours and not even think about it. In high school/college, some of us went out for track (I was a distance runner thru high school), but once we stop doing it, our bodies forget its natural rhthyms....we simply need to teach it again (not an easy task...as I am encountering some of these same issues).

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7/8/10 10:13 A

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Maybe this will help

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I hear you. I keep saying, and I firmly believe, that it takes a healthy insanity to attempt this if you've never been a runner before. Remember that those quick run/walk intervals are a great way to do cardio. I see frequently see articles touting the benefits of interval training. If you never get past week 2, you are still getting a very good workout.

Hopefully you are giving yourself a days rest in between. Maybe you need 2 days. You'll need recovery time. I've also found I need to be careful about the choice and timing of activities you do on my off days. I spent too much time on the Wii Fit last night and felt it in my calves today.

If breathing is the issue, try slowing down your pace. For me the program is more about getting my body to move more like a runner than a walker. I've left myself 6 weeks between the end of the program and my 5K to get myself used to the road and to increase my speed. Right now I'm taking it easy, doing my runs at a VERY slow pace on the treadmill.

Good luck!

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I too have difficulty controlling my breath. I try to time my breathing with my foot steps. 2 in 2 out or 3 steps breathing in 2 steps breathing out. Find what works for you.

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So I got a wild hair to try this and to be honest, I am not doing so well. The first few days have been a complete bust. I can do any other type of cardio for an hour at a time... but running? The 30/90 run-walk wiped me out in one go-around.

This is not me giving up..... this is me problem-solving. The 5K I want to participate in is not until November. I am guessing it is my breathing -- I am not doing it right. Practice, practice,I guess.
Maybe a longer walking interval in-between would help until 30 can become 60...

I am resting and regrouping today. Just needed to get this off my chest......

Any and all advice and/or encouragement is welcome at this point.




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