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  • texsurfmonkey Pro 125 posts since
    Mar 22, 2011
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    4,275. Jan 17, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to MouseRN)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Good luck in Anaheim. I will be in Huntington Beach on the 5th to do my second Surf City Marathon/HM. Had my shoulder operated on 11/7, cannot say I am OK'd to do this but have been running and cycling and as long as I finish, my finish time is ot as important. I know I can do it in 3, I am going for 2.40.00. Good luck to all running in the next few weeks. Kind of crazy that we all started getting e mails again, see y'all on facebook. Hopefully the trolls have been removed from this place.. Run On PENGUINS!!





    9/11/2010 Habitat for Humanity 5K 41.18

    10/10/10 10-10-10 10K 1:27:12

    10/30/2010 Fit For Life 5K 37.07.50

    11/06/2010 Kick for Kenya 10K 1:17:12

    01/01/2011 New Years Day 5K 34.22

    01/08/2011 Monohans Sandhills 5K 34:38

    02/06/2011 Surf City USA 1/2 Marathon 3:00:39

    02/12/2011 Cupids Run 5K 34:13

    3/26/2011 Bloodgusher 5K 37.11

    4/9/2011 Run From The Cops 10K 1:18:21.80

    4/30/2011 South Padre Island Sand Crab 10K 1:20:24 Night run on the beach!!

    5/21/2011 Running Feet For Helping Hands 5 Mile (63.35)

    7/22/2011 San Antonio Chupacabra 10K (night run, trail run)

    7/30/2011 Tall City Triathlon 2:00:23.7 (swim 15:13.4) (bike 56.09)(5K 45:00.9)

    9/10/2011 Comanche Warrior Triathlon

    10/01/2011 Crossroads HM, Odessa, Texas (gonna shoot for a 2:35:00)

    02/05/2012 - Surf City HM 2:53:02

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penguins-Lambs-and-Bears-oh-my/152835968118339

  • Mikala_SF Pro 87 posts since
    Apr 14, 2008
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    4,276. Jan 17, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to TMFRob)
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    TMFRob - Yes, we all start somewhere!  When I tried to start Couch to 5k I couldn't even do a 5 minute brisk walk for the warmup.  I had to work up to Week 1.  And I was really overweight too.  Now just a litlte overweight and working on losing the rest. And I'm training for running my first 1/2 marathon.  Longest run so far was 10 miles and I'm loving it!

     

    Michelle

    TMFRob wrote:

     

    Hi, folks!  This is my first post to this community, so let me supply a bit of background:

     

    I'm 58, retired a bit more than a year ago from Ford Motor here in Michigan and was inspired to start running after attending marathons this last Fall in Washington DC and Savannah in support of my daughter and son-in-law.  I signed up for this Spring's Flying Pig marathon (the 1/2) and started running without a proper training plan.  I quickly "ran" into knee problems (I'm definitely very overweight but making progress) and am just getting into it again after weeks of limping.  I've been increasing my walking (about 24 miles last week) and plan for Saturdays to gradually ramp up to an occasional 13.1 miles (LOL).....I'll finish the Pig even if I have to walk!  Right now, I'm slowly working in short jogs into my week-day 4-5 mile walks.  So far, no problems with the knees.

     

    I can see that I'm way behind all you guys, who are far more experienced penguins....but we all start somewhere.    ....and at least I've started!  (Yea!)





    My weight loss blog, pictures, etc (started in 2007):

    http://diaryofanaspiringloser.blogspot.com

  • lindakay228 Legend 201 posts since
    Apr 11, 2010
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    4,277. Jan 18, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to Mikala_SF)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    TMFRob it does take some time to work up to it, especially as we aren't as young as we used to be ha ha.  I started almost 2 years ago and have had a few times when I've had to stop and then start over again because of one thing or another.  A year ago this fall it was a bad case of sciatica that had me barely walking for a about a month and then it was another month before I could start trying to run again.  But slowly and surely if we keep working on it we get there. 

     

    MouseRN love the color!  Great idea.  Good luck at Disney.  It's on my list of places I want to do someday.  Living in Silver City, I have to travel if I want to race at all too.  Las Cruces is 2 hours from me and that's the closest place usually.  Deming, an hour from me, does have an annual Turkey trot and I've done that for 3 years now (the first year I only walked the 2 mile course.  That was what made me want to start running.  Wearing a bib and being timed was a brand new experience for me and triggered something inside that I never knew was there).  Albuquerque is 4 1/2 hours.  There are usually 2 really small races here in my area  year.  One for Memorial Day Weekend and one for Halloween.  I mean about 40 or so people total in these races.  I wanted to train for the Las Cruces Marathon this past December but things came up and then I was going to have to be in Albuquerque for work on Friday, drive back home on Saturday, and go to Las Cruces on Sunday and decided it was just more than I wanted to do at that time so never registered.  Then there was a snowstorm the day before so I was glad I didn't.  But I want to prepare for it for next year.  2 years ago I walked the Shiprock marathon the beginning of May and have wanted to go back to do that one again but run it this time.  I can't don't have as much money to travel to a lot of races right now as I'd like to so I have to pick a few that require staying a day or two etc and then do what's available in Las Cruces because it's only 2 hours away and I can leave early in the morning.  I have a daughter who has been sick and unable to work for about a year that I'm supporting with her 3 kids. 

     

    I was on another board for along time for newbies over 50 and I stopped getting notifications for a long long time and then all of a sudden yesterday they started showing up again.  This morning there were about 10 or 12 e-mail notifications between these two boards. 

     

    Happy running today.





    Whole Enchilada 5k, Las Cruces NM 9-26-10 43:32

    All Souls Trail Race, Silver City NM 10-30-10 45:55

    Global Health 5k Run/Walk, Albuquerque NM 11-6-10 40:11

    Ultimate Fitness 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5k, Deming NM 11-25-10 38:35

    New Beginnings 5k Jan 23, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 40:20

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 12, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 39:54

    Bataan Death March Memorial 15 miles March 27, 2011 White Sands Missil Range, NM 4hrs, 48 min 45 sec

    Fort Bayard Wilderness 5k Trail Race May 28, 2011 40:52

    Ultimate Fitness 9th Annual Turkey Trot, Deming NM 11-24-11 35:14

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 11, 2012 Las Cruces NM 38:29

  • Wayna72 Pro 113 posts since
    Aug 27, 2009
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    4,278. Jan 18, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to lindakay228)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    good luck to the old slow peguins (the ones that have been a peguins for a long time not age) starting there half -full marthon training. I am looking at my second and a full in the fall. I do like the set up of the new pages. and miss all of you and hearing the stories.





    Wayna

    Will Run 4 Food 5k-56mins (first 5k) 6/5/10
    Walk for Life/Run for Adoptions 9/18/10 51:56
    John 3:16 run 5k 52:57 mins chip time. (all hills) 10/23/10
    Steps for sucess on Route 66 11/22/10 51:09
    Poker Run 2/11 no time
    St Patrick 5K 52mins 3/12/11
    YWCA Race againest Racism 48 min 4/30/11
    Run to the Sun 45:32 9/5/2011
    Route 66 1/2 marathon 11/11 3:43
    Aquarium Run 4/12 3:33
    Tulsa Run 15k 2:22
    Route 66 Marathon. 11/18

  • crimsoncomet Rookie 4 posts since
    Sep 11, 2009
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    4,279. Jan 18, 2012 8:30 AM (in response to Mikala_SF)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    To Mikala and TMFRob and other fellow penguins -- Consider a marathon team relay, where each of the 4 team members runs between 6 and 7 miles. I just did my first team relay in the Baltimore Marathon, and it was a terrific experience. A great step up from a 5K and/or 8K. My team consisted of 3 penguins and an elite runner, who graciously did not mind how long it took the rest of us. For him, it was a training run for a full marathon he was doing a month later.

     

    I will be trying to arrange a few "penguin" relay teams for the next Baltimore Marathon in October. The University of Maryland Children's Heart Program is an official charity in the race, and if a runner signs up to raise money for the program (easy to do through website), his or her registration fee will be nominal, compared to well over $100 otherwise. Please let me know if you're interested. We'll firm up teams in June.   

  • indigopet Pro 95 posts since
    Jan 23, 2011
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    4,280. Jan 18, 2012 6:14 PM (in response to crimsoncomet)
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    Hi everyone!  Imagine my surprise when the emails started popping in again!  A small group of us kept going on facebook at

     

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penguins-Lambs-and-Bears-oh-my/152835968118339

     

    if anyone wants to join us there   I've found a lot of support and some of the best friends I've never met there!

     

    I've run one 5k so far this year on New Year's Day and now am ramping up my training for the RnR USA half marathon in DC in March. Here's the end of year note I put on facebook for my second full year of running:

     

    As I finished the race today I realized I started and ended my 2011 racing season within 20 feet of each other.  I started at the St Paddy's 5k with Gina and Koren and ended at the Rudolph Ramble with John and Angela.

    .

    It was a fantastic season. I ran 26 races - fourteen 5ks, one 4 mile, three 8ks, two 10ks, one 10 mile, one 10NM, three half marathons and ONE MARATHON.

    .

    I PR'd in every distance except the 10k.  Ok, so some distances were run for the first time but I still PR'd.  I got faster though marathon training slowed me down as I had to learn to do a long, slow training run.

    .

    I ran in 4 states. I had elephants, flamingos and camels  watch me run at 3 different races, ran over the bricks at Indy, fell in love with old Polish babas in Chicago and had one of the best years of my life.

    .

    I ran with Angela, Brianna, Claudia, Duane, Gina, John, Kalyn, Kibet, Kristin, Liz, Maggie, Mark S, Mark W,  Mary Jo, Naty, Robyn, Sarah, Tim, Vikki and  Koren & Gabi and on National Running Day I put Lucy into a jogging stroller and we took a spin.  Various others in the circles of all of these people joined us as we ran.

    .

    I've had support and encouragement from all of these people and oh so many more.  I've been inspired and I've inspired.

    .

    I had several of the best experiences of my life and I survived Vegas crossing the finish line with David which made everything ok. 

    .

    I am a runner.  I can't wait for 2012!





    PR: 5k - 31:45, 4 mile - 45:15, 8k - 53.52, 10k - 1:09:57, 10 mile - 1:54:07, 10NM - 2:19:11, HM - 2:39:17, Marathon - 6:04:12

    http://athlinks.com/racer/results/78782435

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  • runnermommy3 Pro 139 posts since
    Feb 6, 2011
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    4,281. Jan 18, 2012 8:12 PM (in response to indigopet)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hey, it's nice to get the emails again! I've been absent for awhile, but I'm still continuing to run. The last official race I did was the first weekend in December, the Snowflake Shuffle 5K. There was one I planned to do in New Year's Day, but it was about 15 degrees with 40 mph winds, so I settled for running 5K on my treadmill.

     

    I just hit my one-year "runniversary" on 1/14/12, and can't believe how far I've come in a year. Tonight I signed up for my first-ever Half Marathon. If someone had told me a year ago that I'd be doing this, I would have laughed in their faces . I just can't wait for the weather to warm back up since I've learned I really hate to run on the treadmill.





    Carolyn, wife to Chad and mom to three boys

    Started WW and C25K on 1/10/11

    Starting Weight: 184.4 lbs

    Goal Weight: 130 lbs

    Current Weight: 131.4

    Rookie runner

    Race results for 2011:

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 4/10/11 - 1:10:26

    Bridge to Bridge 5K 5/7/11 - 39:59

    Graham's Sundae 5K 7/31/11 - 38:48

    Eagles Run 5K 8/6/11 - 38:28

    Run for the Athletes 5K 8/17/11 - 39.04

    Pumpkin Run 10K 10/30/11 - 1:12:24

    Hot Chocolate 5K 11/5/11 - 34:24 - PR!!!!

    Fox and the Turkey Trot 4 miler - 44:34

    Snowflake Shuffle 5K - 35:11 - last race of 2011

    Race results for 2012:

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 3/25/12 - 56:42!!

  • lindakay228 Legend 201 posts since
    Apr 11, 2010
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    4,282. Jan 19, 2012 6:26 AM (in response to runnermommy3)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    runnermommy3 I know what you mean about doing things we never thought we'd do.  If anyone had told me even a little over 2 years ago that I would even be trying to run I would have laughed myself silly over that one.  It's been a little over a year and a half now for me with ups and downs but keep coming back to it.  2 years ago Thanksgiving I had was about 6 months in to losing some weight and walking a lot.  I heard about a Turkey Trot an hour from my home (I live in a rural area and the only thing that really goes on here is mountain bike racing which is big).  There was a 5k run and a 2 mile walk.  I thought it might be fun to do the walk to get in some exercise before the food.  That was the first time ever in my life that I wore a bib and was timed (except in school for those President's fitness tests I absolutely hated) and it made me feel great and kind of like an athlete.  I wanted to do more.  I was almost 55 at the time.  It was a couple more months before I started thinking about trying to run very seriously but that Turkey Trot and the feeling of wearing a bib and being timed and with other people was what started the whole thing going for me.  I was a fat kid and a fat adult and running was way way down the list of things I would ever consider doing.  Right about the same level as climbing Mt. Everest.  It's amazing how much our worlds can change and we find ourselves doing things we never dreamed of.  Mt Everest hasn't moved up on my list at all though LOL!  Too cold for me definitely ha ha.  So congratulations on how far you've come and the goals you're reaching for now.  I also want to run a half marathon.  I've walked 3 but want to be able to run eventually.

     

     

    Ingidigopet - thanks for the link to the FB page.  I am checking it out. 

     

    Have a great day everyone!





    Whole Enchilada 5k, Las Cruces NM 9-26-10 43:32

    All Souls Trail Race, Silver City NM 10-30-10 45:55

    Global Health 5k Run/Walk, Albuquerque NM 11-6-10 40:11

    Ultimate Fitness 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5k, Deming NM 11-25-10 38:35

    New Beginnings 5k Jan 23, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 40:20

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 12, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 39:54

    Bataan Death March Memorial 15 miles March 27, 2011 White Sands Missil Range, NM 4hrs, 48 min 45 sec

    Fort Bayard Wilderness 5k Trail Race May 28, 2011 40:52

    Ultimate Fitness 9th Annual Turkey Trot, Deming NM 11-24-11 35:14

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 11, 2012 Las Cruces NM 38:29

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    4,283. Jan 19, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to indigopet)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Glad to see so many of my "old friends" here on Penguins.  I'm in the middle of a lazy streak of non-activity, but I've got to get off my butt and get running again.  After much progress, followed by backsliding, I ended 2011 at the same weight that I started it.  BOO!!

    Kathy, inspired by your 2011 snopsys, I added up all of my events too, and though I didn't run as much as you, I guess I did. 

    In 2011, I completed 19 runs: 8 5Ks, 1 4mi, 1 8K, 4 10K's, 1 15K, 1 10 mi, and 3 HM's, plus 5 triathons: 4 sprints & 1 Olympic distance.

    I hope everyone has a great, inspiring year!





    Jo Ann C

    Started Walking 7/15/09 Weight = 265#; C25K Grad 11/6/09

    8/30/09 5K (62:42) 262# 10/2/10 5K (37:44) 206# 3/26/11 5K (36:42) PR 202#

    6/19/10 10K (83:47) 208# 3/6/11 UAH 10K (79:18) 200#

    6/27/10 IronGirl, Atlanta Tri S 1/3m/B 18m/R 3m (2:42:10) 207#; 5/15/11 - (2:34:08 200)#

    9/25/10 Women's HM, Nashville (3:27:10) 209#, 11/13/10 Huntsville HM (3:17:27) 203#

    2/13/11 Mercedes HM, B'ham (3:02:02) 203#; 3/19/11 Rocket 10mi (2:13:37) PR

    4/30/11 RnR HM Nashville (3:10:12); 5/15/11 5/30/11 Cotton Row 10K (84:36) ;

    6/11/11 Mt. Mania 15K (2:17:12); 7/16/11 Wet Dog Tri (98:56);

    8/13/11 Mtn Lakes Tri; (2:13:32); 8/28 Rocketman Oly Tri; 9/10 Frantic Frog Tri (1:52:35)

    9/24/11 Womens HM (2:54:28) 195# PR; 10/1 Toray 5K (35:35 PR);

    10/15/11 Liz Hurley 5K (36:24); 10/22 Book-it 10K (74:51 PR) 197#;
    11/12/11 Huntsville HM - Target 2:50

  • Mikala_SF Pro 87 posts since
    Apr 14, 2008
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    4,284. Jan 19, 2012 9:17 AM (in response to Jasmine1972)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi All,

     

    Any tips for running in the rain?  I have an 11 mile run this weekend, training for my first 1/2 marathon on 2/5/12 and am too scared to skip the long runs.  It's supposed to rain, has anybody done a long run in the rain?  What did you wear? 

     

    Off to check out the FB group.





    My weight loss blog, pictures, etc (started in 2007):

    http://diaryofanaspiringloser.blogspot.com

  • MouseRN Pro 135 posts since
    Feb 15, 2009
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    4,285. Jan 19, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to Mikala_SF)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Mikala - I haven't run in the rain but I have run nearly 7 miles in a wet snowfall and actually enjoyed it (go figure...native NorCal gal enjoying running in the snow...what's up with that?). If you have trail shoes those might be best to give you some extra traction but not necessary. Wear tech socks...you'll need the wicking to keep your feet as dry/warm as possible. I tried to avoid as many slushy puddles as possible but since I was also running on narrow town streets I did get splashed by cars on occassion...try to run on the sidewalk when possible (as far left from the gutters as possible). I would say you could probably get away with what you normally wear in the same temps, but you might want to consider at least a water resistant tech jacket to help maintain you core temp in you torso region. I don't like my head to be cold so I wore a beanie but it was also in 20° temperatures. You may want a very light pair of gloves if it's cold (again tech material for warmth/dryness)...just something like liners or whatnot just saying that because my hands are always cold. Oh, and if you wear glasses...try to wear contacts if you have them, makes life easier. Oh! And make yourself as visible as possible, bright colors, reflective clothing/belts/etc. Visibility does go down in the rain for drivers and pedestrians alike.

     

    Run safe, run smart, run happy!

  • indigopet Pro 95 posts since
    Jan 23, 2011
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    4,286. Jan 19, 2012 9:44 AM (in response to Mikala_SF)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Wear all tech stuff if you can in the rain - you don't want any fabric getting heavy and holding water.  A hat with a brim is a must. I have a tech baseball cap.  Not sure where you are so not sure what to tell you for temp related clothes...





    PR: 5k - 31:45, 4 mile - 45:15, 8k - 53.52, 10k - 1:09:57, 10 mile - 1:54:07, 10NM - 2:19:11, HM - 2:39:17, Marathon - 6:04:12

    http://athlinks.com/racer/results/78782435

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  • kb3cpq Rookie 2 posts since
    Jul 7, 2009
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    4,287. Jan 20, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to indigopet)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Ok. Im a proud penguin who has been very slowly for a while. Ive done a few 5 K's and and a few 5 milers. My average time is about 12 min mile. However, everytime I start training consistantly, my sciatica kicks in. You know, the whole numbness and pain in the leg when sitting and standing. It turns out, I have a few heniated disks and a previously fractured vertabrae according to my last MRI. So.,....I can walk all day long and not have a problam at all. Question is, do I work throught the pain and deal with it an perhaps increase the herniation of the disks just so I can run or do I just power walk and a nice clip and not run at all. I just get so discouraged each time I make progress only to be sidelined again with sciatica. I read a lot of material about working through it and running makes it feel better. But what if running is actually causing the problem by the constant impact? Honsestly Im leaning towards the walking briskily every day thing and just work with what I have.

     

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

  • Kevorkazito Amateur 7 posts since
    Jan 6, 2012
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    4,288. Jan 20, 2012 1:28 PM (in response to kb3cpq)
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    Hi kb3cpq

     

    Walk is not a four-letter when it comes to great exercise. It's still a weight-bearing exercise and, you can do it your whole life.

     

    Do whatever you can handle. Check out the book by John Stanton, 'Walking: A Complete Guide to Walking for Fitness, Health and Weight Loss. I lost over 120lbs. walking mostly (and, eating air LOL).

  • MouseRN Pro 135 posts since
    Feb 15, 2009
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    4,289. Jan 20, 2012 1:39 PM (in response to kb3cpq)
    Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    OK, kb3cpq, I'm going to put on two different hats here...

     

    First, my nurse hat: When was the last time you had a check up with your doc? Did you mention your concerns at that time? Are you under any kind of treatment for the existing injuries? Physical therapy may be an option to treat the sciatica and learn different treatments/exercises that you can do yourself to help alleviate the discomfort. PT can also evaluate if a type of brace might be able to help alleviate some of the discomfort (I run with an sacroiliac belt for my pelvic misalignment issues). You didn't mention yoru age, current health status (other than above), weight range, etc. all of which could have some factors in your pain. If it's been awhile since you were followed up now may be a good time to have things checked out again before entering into any regular training plan. Pain is really the only way our bodies can tell us that something is wrong...it's a good thing to listen to it. If the problem aggravates the issues with your herniations...what kind of pain might you be looking at in the future?? If a sports med specialist is an option I'd go for it.

     

    Now my athlete hat: We, as athletes, have a tendency to buy into the whole "no pain, no gain" ideology. That's not always a good thing. There's nothing wrong with race walking or even doing a run/walk/run method (which is what I do). I speak from experience of having ended up with stress fractures the first time I tried to start running to my current issues with ITBS/hip pain that I spent 8+ weeks in PT for. Aside from what I stated above, have you had a gait analysis and proper fitting of running shoes from a specialty store? Improper footwear could be an issue. Fairly regular massage and really good stretching (dynamic pre/early run and static post run) can be beneficial. You'll find that some people with sciatica do continue to run and find that things improve but may not ever see that specific distance that they dream of. Some will even say that by continuing to run the sciatica actually decreases. It's all an idividual thing...some things will work for some but not others. Because of my own experiences with run associated pain, I've come to be a firm believer in listening to what my body has to say, but it's your choice. I'm saying keep active. Do what you can, but get things checked out and see what treatment options you have. Don't push yourself to the breaking point where you eventually may break for good. Just my 2 cents worth.

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