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5/21/09 4:15 P

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Thanks so much!

I'm going to listen to your advice and not push it to a mile and a half yet. I'm currently walking five minutes in between runs, I'll try dropping it to four next run and maybe go a block farther in my run... just add to it in small bits like that. :)

Last night I ran with my SO and we did our first mile in 9:50 and the second in 11. Heh. It was so hot and I had already biked three miles that day, so I excuse myself that way. ;)

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5/21/09 10:08 A

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Melissa-

Thank you so much for sharing your story!! You're doing incredible! I would kill to run a 10.5 or 10! I'm proud that I was down to a 12 min/mile! Keep up the outstanding work!!

You're definitely doing the right thing in not running more than 3 times a week and cross training. Its also great that you're not in a hurry to push yourself too far. Instead of extending your overall mileage, I would suggest cutting down your walking time inbetween. So keep doing your mile and mile, but only walk 8 minutes inbetween rather than 10 or something like that. After you can do the full 2 miles without stopping then look at adding to your distance. The rule of thumb is 10%. So you take 10% of what you can run and add that on. So after you can run the full two miles add 10% to make it 2.2. You could probably get away with adding a quarter mile, but don't jump to a half mile. That's too much.

Good luck and thanks for joining us and sharing!

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5/20/09 11:25 P

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Welcome to the team!


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5/20/09 10:48 P

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That is a wonderful story - I love hearing about people that discover the joys of running. Congrats on how well you have done so far, and I am looking forward to hearing how you progress:)

Cheers,
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5/20/09 9:41 P

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That's awesome! Welcome to the team!

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welcome. Glad things are going well!

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5/20/09 8:21 P

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That's a great newbie story! Welcome again to our team. Hope to swap more stories with you.

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5/20/09 8:13 P

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Hi Melissa and welcome to the team.

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5/20/09 7:00 P

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This is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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5/20/09 6:13 P

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Melissa,

WELCOME to the group and THANKS for sharing your story! You will do great...everyone here is like one big happy family. You couldn't ask for anything better!

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
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5/20/09 6:03 P

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Hi all.

I'm a bit nervous to be posting since I'm generally shy (even when behind a screen, apparently). I'm really happy to join this group. Also, I'm surprised to be here. No. Astounded is better. I've shocked the heck out of myself by sort of, kind of becoming a runner. Sort of. ;)

I never liked running. I actively disliked it, actually, to the point of hostility. Looking back, I think I was so hostile because I looked at running as something I could never ever do. That frustrated me so I just ranked the sport to the dogs and back to make it seem more like something I saw as "bad" or "silly" rather than admit that I felt weak in the face of such athleticism.

So, on a whim one night I started running on a friend's treadmill. It got to the point where I'd use the treadmill for 30 min. whenever my SO and I would visit these friends. I'd miss it when I couldn't use it. Easy solution for that, right? I moved outside after about four treadmill sessions. Quickly realized that outdoors was WAY more wicked than the treadmill and decided to bite the bullet, buy some fancy vegan running shoes (New Balance, ftw!) and then use them!

My first outdoor "run" I didn't even think I could jog for five minutes. I probably started too fast (used to being moved by the treadmill!) but I was also not fit enough. I only could do two five minute circuits of jogging sandwiched between equal walking time. 10 minutes of jogging that first week.

Next week, I went back out to try again (my new shoes had come in the mail! So exciting!) That time I did three running cycles of 5 minutes and they weren't as horribly painful.

Last week I ran my first mile all at once. In 10 minutes! I know that's not a crazy fast time, but I was impressed with myself. It felt GREAT. So I walked for five minutes and then ran another mile! 10.5 that time. Cooled down and went inside to jump rope feeling like an amazon. :)

This week I've done one run. Two miles split with a five minute walking interval in between. First mile I trimmed a half minute of my previous time... 9.5 min! Of course, I just ended up adding that time to my second mile. LOL. Still, I did it and I'm proud.

I'm going to start running 2-3x a week now, in addition to my usual biking and kbells, and am looking forward to my run tonight. :) Not sure if I should try a mile and a half or not tonight or just try to get stronger with my current intervals? I'm still really new to moving my body this way and have high hopes but maybe not the body to back it up!

Anyway, I'm happy to be here and am still shocked to say "I'm going to go for a run" ... and then DO it.

"Animal are my friends and I don't eat my friends" - George Bernard Shaw www.flickr.com/leonakitty


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