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KAMPERKID Posts: 107
7/18/20 9:40 P

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There are some good podcasts out there using the Couch to 5K that work great. I used them a few years back & went from not being able to walk more than 1/3 mile to a 5K. One is by a Carli. You listen to music & she guides you when to run & when to walk. I think it is a 9 week program, but I I took longer & repeated a few weeks.


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10/31/10 2:29 A

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Good for you for getting healthier. emoticon to the team. Just listen to your body and do as much as you can. There's really no time frame and you can walk when you need to.

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10/30/10 11:02 P

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You can walk 6 miles so you have improved you fitness. Take C25k slow and steady. Build what was lost and the cement legs will begin to crumble away. There is no shame in walking when you have to. This program works for a lot of people. Keep up the fight.






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10/30/10 2:30 P

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This is a great goal! Take it slow at your own pace. Just the sense of accomplishment that you did it will be wonderful! Good for you for taking this on and your past weight loss!!

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10/30/10 8:31 A

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Good luck and remember to take it at your own pace. You certainly don't have to get through the program in 9 weeks, many people do not.

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10/30/10 1:43 A

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June 23rd of this year I set foot in the gym for the 1st time in my life. For the past 10 years at least I have been too sick to do much of anything. One year ago my doctors told me my heart function was so bad I was at risk for sudden death. I was scared & did even less. All last winter I barely left the house. I added close to 30 pounds to an already overweight body.
In June it hit me. If something didn't change, I was going to die while sitting around. My parents both died in their 60's from heart & health problems. I am in my 50's. I wanted to be around for my family & hopefully grandchildren.

The 1st day I went to the gym I walked only 3/10 of a mile & was extremely short of breath from that. (I have used oxygen off & on for years)

I kept going back to the gym & slowly improving time & distance.. I walked my furthest walk outside this week. Almost 6 miles. I usually walk about 3 miles a day but do other things too, like weight training or biking or a fitness class.

Some friends of mine have lost weight over the past year & they ran their 1st 5K's this summer. My goal is to run a 5 K with them by spring. So far I have dropped 44 pounds, & want to drop another 30-35.

I can't seem to make these old legs run. I walk fast & have tried a slight "jog" but my legs still feel like cement appendages. I actually did an outside "test" 5K run today, just so I had a starting time & could see improvements.

It is hard to push too much for fear of my heart. My doctor wouldn't exactly give me full clearance for any of this. She said, do what you can tolerate. I like to think I have improved in spite of them. ( Long boring doctor stories)

I am thinking I might be ready to try the C25K program as a way to keep improving. I may have to extend the time on it but I figured I have a lot longer than 9 weeks to get ready. Just have to get these muscles to do things they have not done in many many years.I really think they have forgotten how to run.

Sorry so long winded.

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