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    You're right, SP is a very supportive community. I just sometimes don't feel right being here if I'm not actually making in changes in eating or in my weight. I also get jealous when other people post their weight loss and just knowing that I'm not in a position in my where I can lose the weight.

    Anyways, I hope you are doing good.
    3690 days ago
  • v no profile image AMACUBA
    (sorry for not sending this as an email..for some reason sparkpeople isn't letting me!)

    Well, since you're a complete running newbie, I'd say start slow.

    You're a bit tight on time, so what I would do (this is just personal advice, mind), is do the run/walk plan. Runners World has a great article that I highly recommend that you read:,7120,

    There are some runners out there who are purist--the "If you can't run the whole time then there's no point in running at all" people. Personally, I don't get their attitude, but whatever.

    Anyway, I thought it would be better than starting with a learn to run 5k then 10k etc plan, since you are doing your half marathon in October. It's a good way to build up your endurance.

    The article talks about running for a mile (or 9 minutes) then walking for a minute to get some hydration and take a wee break. Since you're just starting out, I think your running minutes per session should be less--as short as feels doable to you. As time goes on, you can add more minutes, and more sessions.

    Just remember--this isn't a race...your body is not only learning to run, but is building up muscle strength and bone strength, so go slow. If you feel like you're going to die, go slower. Speed is for when your endurance and strength is better!

    Also, don't run two days in a row, run every other day. Your days off from it are when your muscles and bones heal. You'll be doing yourself no favours running every day, especially now at the beginning.

    On your days off from running, do strength and other kinds of non-impact kinds of cardio, like speed walking, biking, swimming, zumba, whatever.

    One last thing--doing a bit of flexibility training will also go a long way to not only keeping you feeling good, especially after running, but will help you to avoid injury. Always do a 5 minute walking warm-up before running, and stretch, and then also stretch afterward. Your body will thank you, trust me! :)

    If you have any other questions, or whatever, let me know!
    3692 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/2/2010 1:14:52 PM
    I miss you too!! I miss being on Sp but I think it's best that I stay off for a while longer. I still haven't lost any weight. I haven't made any attempts to do so. It doesn't feel right for me to be on SP when I'm not losing any weight or doing anything to lose it.

    I just hope to be back as soon as I find a job and can afford to eat better.
    3694 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/30/2010 10:26:45 PM
  • v no profile image AMACUBA

    My half-marathon is in October too--October of 2011!! lol

    When I do run it, I don't want to be dead tired. I could start my 18-week training in June next year, but I would rather build up, so my goal is to "comfortably" run/walk 10K before I start. Actually, I hope to be at that point by this autumn (Sept. 22 specifically), and build over the winter.

    Are you a complete newbie runner, or newbie to long distances?
    3694 days ago
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