I'm in the Boston area as well (southern New Hampshire) and worked in Boston until April of this year. Where will you be doing most of your running?
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Hi... I am new here 41 & 226 pounds. participated in my first 5K this March. I'm still in the Walk/run phase of my journey. I've lost 100 by eating well (Weight Watchers) & moving more Still have about 50 to 75 to go. Never ever had the esire to run till al fellow WW friend started doing races. Hubby & I were really kicking it! Join a running social group in N. Dallas, then my planterfacia acted up... Could not walk, much less run. Took off 2 months to get it back under control. Now trying to get back in the habit.
Shoes.. Pro/Grid Guide 5 by saconey. I have a long history of spraining my ankles... these shoes have been great. Stability has been fantastic.
Beginning a Focused November... Track food, Hit my set activity goal daily, and "Sweat" 3 times a week.
Fall is super busy,season ticket to Aggie games, fundraising for A&M Club, and my commute trippeled. Focused on setting an acheivable November goal! Good Luck to all!
Hi All- I'm not much of a public sharer... This might be my 2nd post response ever in life.
But I need to share after reading these amazing posts: the 1st timers, 101st timers, the stops and starts, set backs and victories.
I've been struggling for a decade with my weight. I'm eager to share that I will be running my first half marathon on Sunday.
I am a 5'10 woman- I began this year at 252 lbs and am down to 208. I began this year out of breath walking up a flight of stairs.
I completed couch-to-5k in March and ran my first 5k. It took me almost 45 minutes. The 15 minute miles that were painful and felt like hell.
I am now running anywhere from 10.30 to 12 min miles. There have been plenty of setbacks- pains, frustration, feeling like progress would never come, that I had to be under this 200 lb mark in order to be "worthy" of running this 1/2 marathon.
I've had to throw almost every ugly belief I've created along the way to get to this point.
As I type I am terrified of the what ifs.... what if I don't make it (though I've been training for months), what if I come in last, what if injure myself.... and on and on.
But I'm also keenly aware that this journey, this road has been the mental, physical, and emotional ride of my life in the very best way possible. The epsom salt baths after a long run are heaven--- the extra calories I get to eat due to running 5-10 hours per week are a party and a half. I have finally claimed moments that are for me-- that give me victories each day that I put on those shoes and get out that door. I've not said this until today, but guess what.... I am a runner!
Congratulations on all of the progress you've made in your running journey; there's still more to come.
Regarding your plantar fasciitis, one of the things I did both to rid myself of the pain and then as a prophylactic measure to keep it away was to buy a night splint and wear it religiously every night for six solid months. Since then I haven't even had a glimmer of plantar facia pain.
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Great story JuicyKah, I'm pulling for you; make sure you post next Sunday or Monday and let us know how you did.
Regarding your "What ifs";
Once again, keep us posted.
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I'm 6'1" and go about 210 right now (down from 290ish)...I ran my first, last, and only marathon in September. I love the Asics Gel-Kayano 19's...supportive and cushioned. They seem to last me about 350-400 miles so I would give them a thumbs-up for durability as well. I think I might have the ones I ran the marathon in bronzed...hahaha
It started with my doctor telling me I needed to be on cholesterol medicine. Told him give me three months and if no change I'll get on meds. 283 pounds and loved eating. Started with an app Learn to Run and decide I would train for a 5k. Talked my son into doing it with me so we signed up for a 5k. Started reading bought us both running shoes and stuck to the training. My son on the other hand struggled with pains in his right leg. Went back to doctor and cholesterol had dropped back to normal and I had lost 30 lbs. This encouraged me even more. Race day came my son and I ran the first mile in less than 8 minutes. We walked some and I recovered quickly. He on the other hand experienced leg cramps. Told him we started together and would finish together. We crossed the finished line together at 37:14. It was a great father and son moment. This was in January 2013.
From that I now had a new goal, break 30 min. My second 5k in April I finished with a 30:17, felt good about my improvement but wanted to break 30 even more. Living in Louisiana it gets very hot and humid which I learned very quickly slows you down. In May my 3rd 5k and I felt pumped, that today was the day. I knew the pace I needed and intended to keep it. At mile 2 people seemed to really start to slow down but I was still okay but breathing harder. Then at mile 2.5 I had nothing left but kept pushing on. I crossed the finish line at 30:07. Seven seconds, but I had nothing left to give. I did come in third overall in my weight class. I encourage everyone to enter a Fatboy 5k, they are fun
I decided I would keep running but not run another 5k until it cooled down. Did a couple of Color Runs but nothing serious.
Here it is October and I'm running a 10 k this weekend. Training for a half marathon in January. I love to run, shame I waited until I was 52. I'll always be a 200+ member and that is okay. Down to 230 and oh yes in two weeks will run in a 5k, it will be my first sub 30.
Read so many of your stories which inspire me and wanted to share mine. Keep running and most of all enjoy the moment.
Hi Dale, I live on the South Shore. So far, have been just running near the beach in my neighborhood....today I did W1D2. Was a little tough because I was running into very strong wind half of the time. Maybe when (if) I get up to doing an actual 5k, I will see you on the course.
BTW- thanks again for the advice on stretching. I had terrible leg cramps after my first day out because I barely stretched. Much better today
Woke up Saturday and it was pouring down rain. not a nicve steady rain but a deluge.I got dressed and headed for the trail anyway and it cleared to a light drizzle so i headed out for my 5 mile trail run as planned. It went GREAT...a nice easy 5 mile run through the forest in the rain. Most of the footing was good. There was a
section about 100 yards yards long with a lot of roots and rocks so I slowed down and picked my way along without any problem. I took a wrong turn once but caught it quickly as the trail markers changed colors. All in all it was a great experience and when I arrived back at the trailhead I felt very much like a real runner. Go Me.
Oh my, looks like the world has a new TRAIL runner!
CynceRN, congratulations on what might be a life changing run; out on a trail after a good rain, awesome.
As strange as this may sound to you, pretty soon you're going to be looking forward to a good long trail run in the rain, and you won't mind in the least that when you're finished you're wearing an entire mud-puddle.
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Update- I am officially a half marathon runner!
Raleigh has been run. I didn't have to walk and the Achilles held up.
I had an amazing group of friends come out to support in person and virtually.
The physical nature of the challenge was nothing compared to the mental/emotional component.
I broke out the Sharpie and wrote "TRUST" on one hand and "FINISH" on the other.
I feel strong, happy, accomplished, sore, tired, and so ready for the next challenge.
I'm already signed up for a 12k this weekend and have decided to do another half in March.
Congratulations on your run! Funny thing, I've been running off and on for over four decades (more off than on), and I've yet to run a half marathon; maybe next year.
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