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Hotspur1967 Rookie 1 posts since
Nov 17, 2009
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Dec 1, 2009 6:06 AM

New to running

I'm new to all this running lark, as a reformed couch potato, and thought I'd just say hi.


I'm 42, about 210 lbs and as of 6 weeks ago, smoked about 10 a day. Although I'd always enjoyed walking (I walk a lot - mainly long distance footpaths), I'd never really got about a brisk walk. So I thought I'd give the C25K program a go. Thought I'd give up smoking for about 4 weeks before going for my first run, which I managed. And I dont miss it anymore !


Anyway - up to week 3 on the program now, and something which I never really expected has happened. I'm enjoying it !! I look forward to my (albeit short) jog after work now - even in the foul weather we've been having in the UK lately. I also find I'm doing 4 sessions a week, not 3, as I enjoy it so much !!


Looking forward to cracking the 5K mark

  • Tom Slot Expert 43 posts since
    Sep 4, 2009
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    1. Dec 1, 2009 6:16 AM (in response to Hotspur1967)
    Re: New to running

    Welcome to the sport! Glad to hear that you are enjoying it. Congrats on starting up the C25K program and on stopping smoking. Best of luck to you as you continue on your running journey. Keep posting and let us know how the first 5K goes.

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  • PenAimie Amateur 20 posts since
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    2. Dec 1, 2009 7:24 AM (in response to Hotspur1967)
    Re: New to running

    Hi!  I'm new to running too.  I started exercising at home 7 months ago.  And decided just 3 weeks ago to give running a try.  And as usual, I jumped in with both feet.  I ran a 5k just 2 weeks after deciding to run (Thanksgiving Day).  I came in under 35 minutes, 6th out of 12 in my age group (45-54).


    I already signed up for anther 5k (a bridge run this coming Saturday).  I'm using the race registration to help me keep my commitment to my exercise program. livin' in Savannah, GA

  • Ericd3043 Legend 266 posts since
    Aug 2, 2009
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    3. Dec 1, 2009 8:23 AM (in response to PenAimie)
    Re: New to running

    Congratulations to the both of you.  I know people that have tried to quit smoking and know how tough it can be.  Keep it up and let us know how you are doing.


    Pen - congrats to your great time on the 5K.  Just one word of caution - take it easy and do not try to do more than your body is ready for.  I know from experience - I have spent most of this year dealing with shin splints because of a couple of reasons (1:  tried to do too much too quickly and 2: improper shoes)

    The fact that you have been working out at home is a plus because you have a great base to build upon.

    My race times (2012)

    Race Schedule for the year:

    May 6th Frederick Running Festival 1/2 Marathon

    May 28th Run through the Park, Ligonier 5k

    August Tentative - 5 miler in Chambersburg, PA

    October Baltimore Running Festival Marathon (also the 2nd part of the MD Double challenge)

    Personal Best :

    5K : 28:32 Run through the Park, Ligonier PA

    5mile : TBA- Marine Corp 5 Miler in August, Chambersburg PA

    10mile : 1:44:52 Cherry Blossum Festival Run, Washington DC

    Marathon : 5:01:22 Akron Marathon

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