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Posted: 12 Sep 2008, 10:19
Does anyone else in this group enjoy running???

Well, for the first time this year, I decided the other day to get out and take a "walk" outdoors. Since my surgery, I have always been a little hesitant to run outdoors because quite frankly, I am a pavement runner and not a trail runner. (Something about tripping over a rock and spraining my ankle doesn't appeal to me...)

Being a pavement runner, even though you can wear the best runners on the market, you can still give your thighs and butt a kicking because the pavement is hard on them.

Well, my "walk" turned into a "maybe I can just try running for a little bit...."

Well, I ran 8 kilometers!!! I ran and ran and ran and my body didn't hurt not once! I was so motivated each time I would pass a spot where I vowed to stop, I would carry on and go forward some more! I don't really know what got into me, but I just felt I could do it, and I did!

Hey, before you shoot me down for blowing my own horn, hear me out first:

I was the girl who, at 250 pounds 18 months ago, would ache in the knees and the back just because I was "sitting" too long on them!! Yes! Can you imagine!!!

I have come a long way since then too. I was the girl who would only start out walking three times a week for 20 minutes at a time too. It was tough for me. I really struggled through the first year of my dieting.

And then one day, when powerwalking, something told me to run, and I did.

Some of you have heard this story, because I have discussed it in other groups, but I am truly amazed each time I think back of how hard and difficult it used to be and how, just two days ago, I breezed through an 8 kilometer run!

Perhaps I WILL be able to enter into those 20km marathons next year after all! I just have to keep up the momentum!

How about you guys? What sport/activity motivates you? What makes you feel on top of the world? There's got to be something....

Joined: Sep 08
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Posted: 14 Sep 2008, 20:52
Strawberry you are my new inspiration! I just joined FS today and then joined the challenge group "Couch to 5K". I am a true couch sitter lately! I wouldn't say I enjoy running because honestly I haven't done it since I was in high school when I was required to to play on the soccer team. I have wanted to run a marathon for several years, but can never get enough motivation to get off the couch and see it through. This new 5K challenge gives me a short term step toward that goal - and I will see where it takes me from there!

Joined: Feb 08
Posts: 47

Posted: 16 Sep 2008, 01:34
Why thank you!

I am glad I can be even an inspiration to one personSmile If I can help one person just by my words and my experiences, then I know I have done something right for someoneSmile

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Posts: 44

Posted: 17 Sep 2008, 06:40
I just started jogging this month and I love it! I never used to run outside because I preferred to do it on the treadmill at my parent's house in high school but now I don't have access to a treadmill and I walk every day already so I get bored of walking,
so I wanted to start running.

It's awesome!

And congratulations on making it so far! Smile
Hw: 149.
Lw: 109.
Gw: 115.

Joined: Feb 08
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Posted: 17 Sep 2008, 11:47
Thank you again for the congratulations!

I am working hard at getting my weight down to my goal and running has certainly helped.

Recently, I split from my boyfriend. He and I were perfect for eachother in every way except he decided that he needed to be more avialable to his children who are only 11, 13 and 14 years old. I am going through a pretty tough time with it however, I do understand his reasoning.

With this in mind, my goal weight is only 16.8 pounds away! I am so close now I can almost taste it!!!!

That is the one thing I can focus on now is this....and getting healthy.

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