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
This was seriously the worst thing that's ever happened to me. I'd rather give birth drug free to quadruplets, or bonk in every marathon. I had a panic attack on the course, I nearly fainted from lack of food and I especially hated everyone trying to... Read more
Having a moderate panic attack over the race on Sunday. I haven't strength trained like I want to, with the lack of heavy weights. The heaviest weight I have at home is only 35 pounds. And if you say, "just skip any obstacles you're not comfortable... Read more
What do you think is a better way to lose weight...and get fit?
3 miles four times a week on the treadmill?
OR some floor workouts (squats, planks, etc) twice a week and HIIT on treadmill thrice.
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Today was Week 1, Day 1... but I've noticed this problem before. Every time I run or jog my back (particularly lower back, tending a little bit towards the right side) feels like it is being put in a vice grip.
Is this something people should po... 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
Here's the results to date of the 3 Watermelon Sunrise 5Ks for my age group:
**** FEMALE AGE GROUP: 65 - 69 ****
Name Age Series Series#1 Series#2 Series#3 Series#4
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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
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