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9/2/11 9:53 A

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Really! Don't quit and you won't fail!
Slow down. Repeat weeks as many times as needed.
Do overs still count!

Just don't quit!

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That's the important thing. Concentrating on endurance. Enjoying the journey! You can do this! :)

Susie : )

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Happiness is a decision! ;)

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Tx Nuttygal! For now, I'm just going to concentrate on endurance and not even worry about speed - that'll come later. The only way we can fail at this is if we quit!

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Week 1 is going into Week 2. Rainy day on Sat. and I couldn´t go outside. I do feel better after the walk/run and will keep going! I am alternating the days....thanks for the support!

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This post, and the replies, made me feel so much better. I can't complete day #1 at one time. My goal is to do it over 2 weeks. I've walked many 5k's, but when I add in jogging... well, that is that. :)



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Candi,

I went through the same thing when I first started my foray into running about 3 years ago. I've always been a fast walker and thought it would be an easy transition but it's a totally different exertion. Although I haven't progressed much over the past few years of my intermittent and slow training, I HAVE improved and that keeps me going and believing that one day I will do my impossible of running a 5K and I dream of a 10K as well.
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Oh, I'm so glad I saw this!!! I've been walking 45-60 minutes for a few months at a decent pace (according to my HRM and perceived exertion) so I thought running for 1 minute wouldn't be that difficult -WRONG!! I too was looking at my watch after 30 sec. and slowed my pace so I could finish the minute. I stuck w/ it though and am going to continue to stick w/ it even if it is only at a slow jog. I've never had any stamina or endurance but that's never going to change if I don't work at it at my own pace. I'm determined to do this - I want to be a runner!! Anyway, it's just good to know that I'm not alone in this. WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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YOU GOT IT!!

Just keep at it!
Woo Hoo!!

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I've been thinking about this post for a while because I am so proud of myself that when I really let myself feel it, I start to cry a bit.

I am still going really slow, but I am still going! I replied at the start of March and here I am nearing the end of June - nearly 4 months later - and I just started working on week 5.

I don't normally think about my progress because it has been so slow but when I really stop to reflect, I realize how incredibly far I've come. I've been listening to my body by not pushing too hard and sometimes taking breaks without intending to. I realized that sometimes after a week break I came back and the same distance was easier and not harder! Wow! What a wake-up call. In addition to that, I realized that some days where I had to scale back my distance, time or speed, that it wasn't a bad thing, it was just a bad day. Sometimes because I was stressed and not mentally into the workout or because I hadn't fueled properly or for whatever other reason.

In the end, it doesn't really matter how slow I go or how many times I had to scale back on the progress I had made.

What really matters is that I keep going.

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3/5/11 9:12 A

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First I want to say YAY! To all the people on here who have made the decision to move (Just love the lyrics & music of "I Like to Move It" from Madagascar movies).

Secondly, before joining Spark I started the Couch to 5K program (it is an 8 week program to get couch potatoes moving) with a friend of mine who completed it two years ago & is now training for a marathon. She is really just my coach who pushes me to go just a bit further.

With all that said, I have repeated Wk 1 on that program for 3 weeks until I can actually run for each of the segments for running. During those 3 weeks I would simply modify the run segments to initially do a race-walk (super fast walk, short stride, swinging bent arms, keeping upper body fairly still & only moving from the hips down (looks silly but gets the heart pumping). Then as I progressed I would alternate each segment with the fast walk & try to run all of the next segment. I was so proud of myself when I was able to complete most of the run segments actually running. Next week my goal is to run all the segments by the end of the week.

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I have definitely had better experience running with running shoes as opposed to cross-trainers.

Susie : )

"Fall seven times, get up eight." - Japanese Proverb

Happiness is a decision! ;)

Cheers! :)


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Darcy, cross trainers and running shoes are very different.

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Have completed week one, BUT am unsure if I am ready to move on to week 2. My shins hurt a bit. Gym worker says I need to purchase running shoes. I am reluctant to invest in this as I have just purchased cross training shoes two weeks ago....

I do have to say that being able to "run" or jog for a minute is a great feeling! Really want to continue. Hope I am doing everything right! emoticon emoticon

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So glad i found this page! I am working double shifts for the next few days but plan on starting the program Sunday, I can't wait! I am registered for a 5k in memory of my friend May 7, glad it's a run,walk or crawl 5k emoticon

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3/2/11 1:04 P

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Thanks Lioraa, I'm going to add some elliptical cardio into my routine to get my cardio up. I think that is the biggest thing holding me back as I get out of breath really fast.

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I tried to start jogging using this method a couple years back and promptly gave up because it was impossible for me to do the full intervals. Even if I made them small enough to get through I'd be exhausted way too soon and progress felt way too slow.
I got up my general cardio stamina on the elliptical and that made it easier to complete the jogging intervals.

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I am glad this question was asked. I read all the responses before I did my exercise, and was able to run, slowly, shuffling my feet, for the full minute!

I was really surprised, but I think if I hadn't slowed down I wouldn't have been able to do it.

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I am so glad that I am not alone in this......I was so discouraged with week 2 and am repeating it this week. I have slowed things down and seem to be able to do it but what a struggle! I felt like I was the only one until I read this....Thanks to everyone who posted!


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I am terribly slow too, but penguins ultimately get to where we need to go. It is better to go slow and build up our speed and not be injured. You will do just fine and triumph over a 5k or 10k or whatever you set your mind to!

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I am a slower jogger too. The first interval I do fine but the rest its a slow go. Just got my gymboss today so I am looking forward to trying it out tonight. It was getting a little difficult to watch the time on my blackberry and not trip while jogging (haha).

We can do this team!!!!

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Thataway to look at it, SLVS302!
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Susie : )

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Happiness is a decision! ;)

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This morning on my "training run" I realized that I cover the same distance in the same time walking or jogging emoticon . Thankfully a friend at work pointed out that either way I covered more miles than if I was still in bed wishing that I was making progress emoticon

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That's the spirit, NUTTYGAL! You can do it, I know you can! And there's NO SHAME at all in going slow or "shufflejogging" as you say. Reminds me of a shirt I saw a few months ago and should be my motto: Slow mileage is better than no mileage.

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emoticon NUTTYGAL! emoticon

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I just want to thank everyone. I went to the gym today and decided to continue with the progress of week 1 and I shuffle-jogged through the full 4 intervals. I am so proud of myself! I am talking with my gym buddy about doing a 10K in June. I was very reluctant (still am a tiny bit) but am now thinking, I can actually do this! I may not run the full distance but the idea of getting through it is really exciting.

I'm committed to shufflejogging my way through the next 8 weeks and more to finish this program (hopefully will finish by mid-April) which will give me another 8 weeks to increase to 10K and I believe I can do it!

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Slow joggers of the world, unite!

I'm on my first week and my speed won't break any records or impress any turtles. But I think it improves in a few weeks. Keep at it! And don't worry, we're not racing!!

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Today was my first day and I thought I might be the only person to have trouble. Thanks for the post and follow-up comments. Glad I'm not alone. It reinforces that we truly are in it together.

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I had to read this post through to hear all of the encouragement for myself. I'm just on week one also, but this info is from a friend who lost a lot of weight a year or two ago. She ran a half marathon last april. When she got discouraged with not meeting her time goals her personal trainer had her make sure that she was wearing a heart rate monitor and just concentrate on keeping her heart rate in training range for the time period. As she improved she found that she had to run to get her heart rate up. By just focusing on the rate she was able to "not run" if it felt too hard and it helped her become the runner she is now.

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Now see? This is what these teams and posts do best. They let you know that you are not the slowest one on the planet, you are not the only one struggling, and that progress can be made. Thanks to each of you for your posts. I have periods of struggling with this and periods of feeling triumphant. But these posts are so helpful and encouraging. emoticon

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Happiness is a decision! ;)

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I just finished week 2, and I am repeating it this week.
However, I am doing it to the CP to 5K runners podcast on my IPOD and week 2 is only 90 seconds. (free download too)
I like the podcast because he tells you when to run and walk to music.
I thought of trying the Week 3 but I completed week 2 with effort and did not want to fail, so I thought I would get comfortable with it. Besides my feet have been killing me just walking, so I bought new sneakers and my last run felt soooooo much better on my feet. $120.00 for sneakers UGH!!!! but my feet stopped hurting, they felt inflamed so I did not want to push it and then be doing no running.
Week 2 Times 2 for me! Your not alone!!
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When I was at the gym this morning, struggling yet again on the treadmill, I thought of this whole post and it gave me a boost! I wish everyone the best, but glad to know I'm not the only one struggling. Good luck!

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just the heading of this topic had me reading the whole thing.................... lots of common concerns. Im so happy that I am NOT the only one.

Im now on week 3. I did ok with week 1 and 2 but was pushing myself for the week 2 runs. I think my run is almost a shuffle more than a real run - but its faster than a walk so Im ok with it.
i can "jog" just about a mile..................... but thats my limit for now. I am using this as a wa to increase that. I dont think I am increasing my time yet.................. Im running at about a 15-16 minute mile.......... sometimes its a little less but thats my best so far.

Im looking forward to spring where I can concentrate on improving distance. Im less concerned with time......... and much more focussed on endurance.

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Please don't ever think that you are *stuck* on any week. There is NO shame in doing any week over several times. If you move on because you think you *have* to, you will get discouraged and quit.

So, do the weeks over as many times as you feel the need. You can readjust your *tracker* back to week 1 as many times as needed. Move on only when you feel ready. It will make it more enjoyable and you won't be as discouraged.

I will be running for 2 years on Feb 24th....And I am STILL a slow runner! But I'm a runner nonetheless and I get out there and have fun!

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I'm right there with you. I want to transform into a runner, but walking seems to be enough of a challenge. I have been ready to leave the team and the challenge every day, but have not done so yet.

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This thread is so encouraging. Thank you everyone.

I am having the same problem in that it has taken me several weeks to work up to doing the 1 minute run and I can only do a set of 3. I'm perpetually "stuck" on week 1 though I now see that it's because I'm probably going too fast.

One of the hardest parts about this process that I'm trying to work though is not worrying about what other people think. Everyone at the gym runs prettty fast so I push myself too much.

Hopefully I'll remember the shuffle for my next training date on Monday. This was really new for me, that people walk at the start of races and run as fast as they walk.

Thanks!

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Thanks for posting that link. I am looking for more direction on stretching, and you saved me a search. I am very fortunate that a few of the helpful members of this team, when I introduced myself, said to NOT worry about speed. It is discouraging to look at the exercise tracker to discover that I'm "walking" even at my running speed. However, it's what I can do right now, and it feels like jogging to me. I can do it for the whole minute, but I'm winded. I am a bit concerned that I will be miserable in week 2, but I think I'll just slow down even more and then stay on that interval until I can at least get back to "running" at my current snail's pace. I can tell I am pushing myself. That is what matters, I'm told. Not the fact that I'm slow, but that I'm now jogging so fast that, for me, it leaves me sucking wind and glad when the interval is over! Obviously, even though I might be "walking" to someone else, I'm letting my body know that I need it to kick in some more speed here by showing it the demand is there. I mastered the "couch" part all too well, I'm afraid! Thank you for everyone who told me in advance NOT to worry at all about speed! I'm not discouraged. It just shows me how much I NEEDED this! Also, I love that someone posted that she thinks she must never have taken a deep breath in her life before doing this!

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I am in the same position. The first week I did this program, my shins hurt so bad for the first two days of doing the walk/jogging that I was practically crying. Since I already have bad knees I was concerned this was going to be one more thing but getting better shoes seemed to help. Slow and steady really helps. The first week I calculated on the fitness maps to see how far I had walk/jogged, I was laughing because the calculations showed that I actually could have walked it faster! LOL. But keeping at it and as everyone has described, the "shuffle," really works the best for me and as in other posts, if you can only do 30 seconds, that is great! Awesome! Some people start out can only do 10 seconds so you are on your way!

I have never ever enjoyed running and the only reason I'm doing this is because my daughter wants to do a 5K for my birthday in May and I don't want to embarrass myself - whatever motivates, right? So having never been a runner before I knew nothing about the proper stretching techniques - then I saw Coach Nicole's 10-minute stretching routine for runners - that is so effective and I do it after every run even if I'm not sore. I'm going to try to e-link it to this e-mail. Hope this works-I save it in my favorites so I can just key it up after every run and don't have to search for it.

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I am the same... if I go too quickly I can't endure the 2 minutes in Week 2, so I am going SLOWLY!

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I am a very slow runner/jogger. My friends outrun me in a minute. I stopped trying to worry about speed and just worked on doing the time. It will get better with practice and time :-) Hang in there!

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You are for sure not alone!
I am in the same spot!
Good thing we found this team!

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Hi Julie, I have the same problem. I start out too fast and then tire quickly and give up. One thing that helps me is to train on a treadmill so I can control the pace. I did some calculations and figured out that I should "run" and walk Week 1 and 2 at 4 mph. I also calculated that doing these sets for 20 minutes means that I do 8 sets each day for week 1 and 6 sets each day for week 2. I haven't figured out the other weeks yet, but you get where I'm going. Hope this helps!

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I haven't looked through everyone's responses, but it would just seem to me that you just were running too fast. Slow it down. I have no doubts you'll do fine then!

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The time I spend warming up depends on the length of the race I'm running. If it's a 5k I will jog to warm up for 10 to 15 minutes. A 10k will be a little less and for a half marathon and marathon I will walk for a little bit since both of those distances start out slow.

I do always cool down.

I have read the pros and cons to stretching after runs. It is an individual preference according to all the studies. I personally rarely stretch after a run unless something feels tight.

I have yet to be injured (knock on wood!!) and I attribute that to my yoga classes.

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My massage therapist recommended a terrific stretch for me. It is a dynamic stretch, so you are getting full range of motion in your joints while you do it. Start standing still, then, lift your right leg up to make a 90 degree angle, and pass a ball from your right hand to your left under your raised leg. Put the right foot down into somewhat of a lunge and lift your left leg to do the same thing. I hope this helps, it stretches your hip flexor, lower back, gluts, quads, pretty much your whole lower body.

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FATGAL78 Posts: 110
2/17/11 10:21 A

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Thanks Turkeyburger and everyone else. Your support is awesome!!!

I didn't stretch enough last night and I am feeling it today. My shins are killing me. I did warm up though. What are some good after walk/run stretches that everyone does?

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I wanted to add the importance of warming up. Last April, I ran a half marathon, after starting running in January of 2009. Now, after dealing with pneumonia in the fall, I am not able to run anymore. So, I am going to begin.... at the BEGINNING! What a blow to the ego for me, but we have to be kind to ourselves, and just do the best we can with what we have at this time. One of the biggest parts of my training was to always do at least a 5 minute warm up walking before I got into the "prescribed" time or distance for each training run , and make sure that I did a 5 to 10 minute cool down and the end followed by stretching. Gotta stretch! I hope this helps someone, and let's have fun with this!

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2/17/11 9:28 A

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btw -- you're not a fat gal!
you're a work in progress.

:)

[I'm not a turkey burger, but it is my fave lunch!] ;)

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2/17/11 9:25 A

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Julie! I don't even know you but I want to give you a hug!
We're in this together. I can go about 2-3 minutes running before I need to slow down, too.
It's ok!

I do know how you feel. Last year, I "ran" a 5k in my town. My husband and kids were waiting at the finish line. My husband said, (teasing me) "I saw an elderly man come through the finish line 35 minutes into the race and I thought, 'either she's fainted or she's lost!' I did end up doing it in 50 minutes.

But I realized for me it would never be about speed, or I'll injure myself. I'm trying to build up my endurance. I do kickboxing dvds to develop my cardio conditioning. It helps when I run.

You can do it, Julie! We can do it!

Don't give up. Throw that shame out the window. No place for it here!

Hugs,

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2/17/11 8:33 A

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Ditto everyone else...my "run" is quite slow right now. I barely hung on last week (felt good afterwards but during...ugh) and had really sore calves after each workout. So, please don't feel like you're not keeping up! I would think that all of us will struggle with some aspect of this program. Just go at your own pace.

Today I'm doing my first week 2 workout, and I am nerrrvous and hoping I can do it according to plan. But even if I can't I won't beat myself up, I will just do my best. :)

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That's great!

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FATGAL78 Posts: 110
2/16/11 5:21 P

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Went for a nice run/walk with my kids and the dog. emoticon
I didn't time myself and just tried to do what I could and tried to push myself a little bit more each time. I FEEL GREAT! Shins hurt but feeling good.

Thanks everyone!

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You can do it, it's all about baby steps! One idea, do what you can for now and repeat this week if you need to until you're able to do it for a week, then move on to the next week's plan. No need to feel embarassed, you're actually DOING something about it and you're actually out working toward increasing your endurance, etc. That's A LOT more than most American's can say!

I would LOVE to run a marathon some day, but I'm no where close. However, I keep reminding myself I can run (and occasionally walk) for over 5K now, that's more than most people I know can do, and most don't even TRY... so you're already a step ahead, you ARE trying, and you CAN do it, just allow yourself time. And definitely give yourself a break if you've been sick recently, even a minor cold can make a huge difference!

Don't give up!!!

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Girl, you gonna get this! When I very first started running, I was in tears waiting for that 30 seconds of "running" to be up. I'm SLOWLY and steadily making progress though. I am by no means even close to a runner now, but I can run for .88 miles....okay, I won't be signing up for a marathon quite yet, but it does get easier. I promise. Hang in there!! :)

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FATGAL78 Posts: 110
2/16/11 7:31 A

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Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement!!

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It's hard to be patient, but I encourage you to slow down and be patient with your body. It's amazing how after a time it will usually catch up to what you want it to do! emoticon



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2/15/11 11:31 P

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Definitely slow down! Right now, all you are looking to do is build your endurance. In the program I used, I couldn't even do the recommended time for week 1 so I lessened the times and did that the first week. The following week, I started week 1 and did week 1 for 2 weeks.

There is no reason whatsoever to be ashamed! It takes time.

Build up your endurance first, run slow.

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I'll chime in with another "slow down" Even when I was running consistently, I wasn't running "speedily" Also try taking shorter steps and not lifting your feet too high...as someone else said, a shuffle.
Plus if your starting point is 30 seconds, 30 seconds might be a good point to start. Some programs, including one a friend of mine used because of bad knees involved running only 30 seconds at a time and seemed to have an excruciatingly slow increase in running time...but it worked for her.
So you can do this, just figure out how to make the program work for you!

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2/15/11 6:59 P

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Julie, keep in mind that running doesn't *have* to be fast. If it feels like you're struggling, slow your pace more. Maybe even spend 2 weeks on week 1 until you're comfortable. But you can do this! I remember my first day of Couch to 5k class... when they said, first thing, "ok, now we're going to run for a minute"... I thought, "Wait, what? Can't we just walk for the first whole week?" emoticon

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::Seconding the jog slow idea:: I jog S L O W. My son calls it a shuffle. ::eyeroll:: I'm not actually running. And you should hear me wheeze when I finish a "running" session. But I'm just starting out. We're not supposed to be able to go all out at this stage, right? emoticon

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Please don't be ashamed or embarrassed! When you do the next workout, maybe try starting off your run interval slower than you did this time so that you can maintain that run/jog the entire interval. It is okay to be slow. We all have to start somewhere and we progress and improve from where we're at when start. You can do this!

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FATGAL78 Posts: 110
2/15/11 2:35 P

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So I tried week1 day1 last night. I couldn't do it. Walking is fine, even at a quick pace but when I start jogging I can only go about 30 seconds before I have to slow down. Now I know I have to build myself up and if it takes me a little longer to do this, then okay, BUT I feel ashamed, embarrassed, angry!
I am blaming it on my cold. HA HA I thought I was getting better, but after my attempt last night I started feeling really blah again.

I have a feeling that this is going to take me a lot longer than everyone else. Please don't leave me in your dust. emoticon

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