"Geeknerdwonk": Wow, your comment is so encouraging! Thank you so much!
"I've always tackled my toughest problems with community support (smoking, drinking) and realized I was really longing for community support as I teach myself how to run."
Good for you! That's amazing.... I know that for me, I'm a person who loves to stay indoors and spend hours--days--on my computer. I think--heck, I know--that if I stick to running, it will help me to get out more and get to know the world around me without my having to depend on a computer or the Internet to do so. Running will give me a life.
"Don't think of what you cannot do but what you CAN do" Yes! This is great advice and a lesson that I've learned to depend on over the past few years in other areas of my life. It's been invaluable for my self-esteem.
Thanks again for your comment, "Geeknerdwonk"! As a beginning runner myself, it felt really good to read your words....
Keep it up on your Couch to 5k! If you ever reach a setback, just know that you can always get back up and start again. To stop doesn't mean to quit! I wish you the best of luck on your running journey!
"Trudy10060": Yeah, this site has helped me a lot so far! (Another one that I've been scouring over the past few days is Reddit's running sub-reddit, http://www.reddit.com/r/running/. I know that running will help me to get away from the Internet, but the Internet sure has given me a lot of information about running so far! Haha.)
"concentrating on my breathing, not the distance this time." Good idea! (I know that I need to work on my running form. As far as I know, it needs a lot of work, ahaha. For the race, though, I'm just going to try and run it slowly without walking, but we'll see how that goes!)
"already have my massage scheduled." Oh, my God, I'm getting a massage, too! That'll be a real nice treat come Monday....
Good luck on your 5k...!
"DidntFinishLast": Yep, it's a Walk/Run! It's weird, but when I first got interested in this whole running thing () I thought that people had to run all the way through all races. I'm glad I'm getting exposed to the fact that that is a myth! It's very reassuring, although I do hope to run my first race completely, even if it's running at a snail's pace, heh.
Thank you for your advice!
I love your username by the way....
Interspace8 gives you some really good advice! (as did a lot of the other comments). It is so easy to start off too fast, so just slow down, get a rhythm going and enjoy the run! So what if you have to walk a little! I ended up walking a few intervals in my first few runs, and then one day when I felt really comfortable and confident, I just told myself to keep putting one foot in front of the other, no matter how slow the jog, keep my eyes up, and before I knew it, I ran the whole distance:) Enjoy!