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6/16/10 6:52 P

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Hi and welcome to the team! So glad you've joined us! I'm 55 and had never run in my life until I started about 2 1/2 months ago. I was able to run 30 minutes a couple of weeks ago, but since the weather got suddenly hot I'm having more trouble, even when it's cool earlier in the day, and having to take some walk breaks at least briefly. However, I still feel I am a runner now and that even though I do better in cooler weather I am still moving forward. You will too. My suggestion would be that you wait until after you see your doctor since you said you have health problems. But in the meantime I would make sure to start doing a lot of walking and that will help you when you start the running part. Just my suggestion. You can still be part of the team and keep involved with us even if you're doing walking right now to build up to the running. Everyone is at different levels and everyone is very supportive. Glad you're here.

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6/16/10 8:27 A

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Hi Merideth! emoticon to the team!

No judging here - just lots of support, friendship and encouragement. This is a great program and you can modify it to fit your life and your ability. The only "rule" with C25K is don't quit. Keep trying. As long as you keep trying, you'll get there! emoticon

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6/16/10 8:15 A

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Hi Merideth,

Congrats on taking the first step to a healthier you. You can do this! This site has tons of great resources to help you. That physical at the end of the month might seem scary now but just think of it as your starting point. If you use the resources here and stick with it I'm sure you'll see a big improvement at your next physical. Good luck!!

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6/15/10 11:32 P

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Meredith,
Welcome to the team! You'll find tons of support and lots of friends here who have all been in a similar position as you. Most of us had never run in our lives and most of us now love it! Hopefully you will too!

See ya around the page!

Shawn

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6/15/10 11:24 P

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Hey, you two ladies. I started trying to run just 7 weeks ago at age 64 and also had trouble running a full minute that first time. I am running very slowly and still not running outside or even with shoes on. I run barefooted or sock-footed. When I put on running shoes they feel like big, heavy snow shoes. LOL When I finish the C25K program I will still have to learn how to run outside and with shoes on and then work on speed. But I am so happy right now that I just finished Week 7 Day 1 running 25 minutes straight.

Do not think you will be a fast, thin runner in a few short weeks. But you will feel like a runner when you do that first full minute or get past that 20 minute run.

We can do this. We can be slow, over weight or even old runners. Start now and go slowly. emoticon

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6/15/10 9:50 P

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Hi Meredith,

I'm Sonia and I would like to welcome you to our team. Just a few minutes ago I posted here also saying that I feel like a failure. I am beating myself up because I keep having problems trying to run 25 minutes straight on pavement. I can run it on the treadmill although I always run on pavement so I don't understand why this is happening. You know what Meredith, as I read your post I realized that I am not a failure. Can I run 25 minutes? Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. 7 weeks ago I couldn't even run the first 30 seconds. So I did not fail, I have progressed tremendously. I have done that by making the first step of joining this team, and then logging on to the spark and making myself accountable. You have made the first step by becoming a sparker and joining the c25k. I have learned a new love of running. Please continue to check in with the good and the bad. This site is so supportive that anytime you feel like a slight failure, a group of people you have never met start to show you why you are not a failure and how far you have come. I have fluctuated with the same 4 lbs since I started so my weight loss has not been very good, but I am a runner, and I love running. I feel some much healthier, and my energy level is high. So I am somewhere I have never been before. Good luck here and continue to post. Post all your accomplishments and also what you wish to improve or need help in. This is the best support system ever.

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6/15/10 9:28 P

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My name is Merideth. I am terrified to be writing this, but I guess being in pain you just have to take a leap of faith and jump. I am only 31 years old and I am the heaviest I have been in my life. Very close to 200 lbs. At only 4'10" tall this is grossly obese for me. I have VERY high cholesterol, and VERY high blood pressure which is only partially controlled by medication. I am only 31! This is not the way it is supposed to be!

I am in such bad health that I freak out over the smallest ills because I KNOW I am not healthy. I have an appointment for a physical at the end of June and I know its gonna be ugly. I know I need to make changes but it seems so insurmountable that I can't even make myself start.. I am so out of shape and it hurts so bad to be active that I just avoid it. I also have this bad belief in instant gratification that i can't shake which makes it harder. It took me 10 years to put on this weight, and its not going to come off overnight, but I keep thinking that it should and when it doesn't, I get discouraged and quit. I have signed up for a 5K in September, and haven't even started my training.

I don't have a clue if this is what this introduction is supposed to be about, I guess I am just hoping beyond all hope that people can relate, and that they don't judge me or hate me or hold who I am against me, I do enough of that already.

Thanks for listening.

You can if you will.

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham, runner, speaker, writer

"Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can". ~unknown

"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


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