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Old 09-18-2009, 11:14 AM   #1
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Default I'm running in a 5k!

I never thought I'd be a runner. However, I've signed up to run a 5k in December and I went on my first training run last night . I'm doing the couch to 5k program (9 weeks to convert the non-runner to being able to run a 5K).

The scale for me has been stuck. It seems as if I've been in the mid-270s forever. I'm hoping that changing my exercise routine by encorporating running will kick start the scale and I'll actually be able to see the 260s at some point.
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Starting weight/ Current low weight/"redline" weight
Total: 267.6 pounds.

I will do the Komen 60 mile walk for breast cancer again this year!!
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:18 AM   #2
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Congrats, and best of luck!

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Old 09-18-2009, 12:54 PM   #3
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Congrats, last year I would only run if someone was chasing me with a gun!!! However, I ran my first 5k on August 29th. U can do this!!!!!!!
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:52 PM   #4
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Right on, Matt! Good luck with your training!
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:54 PM   #5
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Awesome, Matt! Good luck to you!
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:10 PM   #6
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Totally awesome! Have fun with it!!

I want to start the couch to 5k soon.. but we need to move first, I can't run where I am and with my boat load of kids it's a hassel to drag everyone somewhere safe for them to play without my undivided attention. We are moving to a private road... I can't wait for that!
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:41 PM   #7
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Good for you Matt!

That's quite the committment. I like how you're just putting it out there like that.

All the best to you!
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Old 09-18-2009, 04:52 PM   #8
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Be careful, it can be a slippery slope.

First you do a 5K, then a 10k pops up and next thing you know you've signed up for a half marathon and are paying attention to people who are telling you how to increase your pace!
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:34 PM   #9
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Best wishes for crossing the finish line.
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:38 AM   #10
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Congrats - Training for races I've found is an excellent way to keep motivated with the exercise! I learned to run and did my first triathlons last summer myself too. Was pretty exciting.

Let us know how it goes!

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Old 09-19-2009, 02:24 AM   #11
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Good job, Matt! I'm becoming a runner, too, and I have to say that I am really loving it. I did part of C25K earlier this summer but got sidelined by asthma. I've been running regularly for about 3 weeks now and I can see a big difference in my shape! I just got out of a short stall but the weight is going down again now. My lower legs are getting a lot smaller and the other day I felt.......these strange, hard ridges on my sides....they're RIBS! I love the way running makes me feel and I think I will love the way it makes me look even more.

I'm playing with the idea of doing a 5K in October. I can do about 2 miles without stopping now, so hopefully I'll be up to the task when the race rolls around. Best of luck to you!

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Old 09-19-2009, 05:00 AM   #12
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So brave! But hey, if you can walk 60 miles, I'm sure you can run 5k

Oh, here's the bandwagon, right where I left it
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Old 09-20-2009, 11:15 PM   #13
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I think this is great. I started running a few months ago, I am set to do a 5k on Thanksgiving Day, although I'm considering one in October just because I am so eager to do the first one. I loved the C25K program.

Also, I agree with Couch, if you can do the 60 mile walk, running should be easy-peasy!

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:47 AM   #14
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That's awesome! That will be a great new way to motivate yourself!
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:44 AM   #15
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I've seen that program online, and considering doing it. But I'm trying to build up the courage.
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Mini goal #1: 230 - Pre-pregnancy weight
Mini Goal #2: 200 - Onderland!
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