Mike (MKKAYA) started running in 2008. Since joining SparkPeople, he has continued to work toward his weight-loss goals (losing nearly 100 pounds so far), completed three half marathons, and has his sights set on participating in a triathlon.
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I never considered myself a runner. I ran maybe once a week for 30 or 40 minutes, and then I wouldn’t feel like doing it again for a few days. Needless to say, I never really “get better” at running—I pretty much stayed the sa... Read more
Whether you are contemplating training for your first 5K race or are a seasoned runner looking to improve your performance, working with a running coach may help you reach your true potential.
The Benefits of Training with a Running Coach
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When Ann (AGILLASPIE60) was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July, 2010, she knew she had to change her lifestyle and get her health under control. A few months later, she was struggling with motivation when she found SparkPeople.com. Since then, An... Read more
We all know how important goal setting is to reaching our dreams. From walking four times a week to eating more fruits and veggies, declaring your healthy intentions is an awesome way to make positive changes in your life.
But if you’re lo... Read more
For those that have participated in these type of events, what kind of training do you suggest?
I can run a 5k no problem, I am currently working on my upper body strength. I have 9 weeks until my race which is 4 miles long with 17 obstacles in... Read more
A year ago I received a trophy for the virtual 5k challenge. I came back to see it, but it's gone. Wondering if those disappear or if there's a spot that it's been moved to that I'm not seeing? Anyone know?... Read more
Can I get some help on the best way to train for a 5k in 3 weeks? I am a constantly busy person but haven't had a lot of time for exercise but I really am trying to get into the habit. Now my 5k is only 3 weeks away and I am not ready. Please help me... Read more
I have joined a virtual race but I have a hard time getting to the spot to register and record, is there a short cut. I have to type virtual race into the search line on spark people then it sends me to multiple sites and I have to find the spark vir... Read more
Take time to review your medium- and short-range goals. Keep them fresh and exciting. If you're close to a goal weight, or you're tired of focusing on the scale, set an unusual or challenging fitness goal -- train for a 5K race, take up a new sport... Read more
Whenever I am running and think I can't possibly go another step I think about my friend who was in a motorcycle accident about four years ago. He has devoted himself to his recovery and finished a 5k race last summer. He walked over the finish lin... Read more
Perhaps you’ve considered training for a 5K, but the idea of running or walking a traditional race just isn’t motivating enough to get you off the couch and out the door. These days, there are a wide variety of races to participate... Read more
Fall is almost here, but Halloween candy and décor is already appearing. While everyone's favorite candy-and-costumes holiday can be a real deterrent for your diet, you can vow to stay on track—at least when it comes to your fitness&... Read more
Yesterday, my granddaughter (age 12) and I ran a 5k and we both beat our goal times. She had a goal of 31 minutes and crossed the finish line at 30:19. I had a goal of 34 minutes because I had been ill earlier in the week and did not run as part of m... Read more
So, some of my rowdy runner friends put pressure on me to sign us up for this Friday evening fun run. Yes, it was just an excuse for a bunch of people to run around Safety Harbor, Fl. at 7:30pm..in their nightwear!
Now, some of you know how I... Read more
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