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''I Can Finally Call Myself a Runner''

My First Mile Wasn't as Bad as I Expected

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  • I would love to run again but I don't think that I can now. I love it and I loved your message. - 9/16/2016 8:10:39 AM
  • i'm in awe of the gal who WALKED a half-marathon in 3 hours! i RUN mine and they still take me 3 hours and 15 minutes!
    but i don't understand people who say they 'cant' run. i'm old and fat, and i run. i run very, very slowly. i've run a marathon and several half marathons. haven't lost a pound yet, because slow running builds endurance, it doesn't burn much in the way of fat.
    but it's better than nothing. and despite being old and fat, i can myself a runner AND a marathoner.
    i think some of y'all just try to run too fast. if you start to gasp, slow down! walk when you need to. when you get your breath back, start running again. slowly. you can boost your cardio by pushing it in short bursts if you want to.
    (i'd rather be slim and NOT a marathoner, but i haven't yet figured out the eating side of the equation. so being fat and fit is better than nothing.) - 12/21/2015 8:41:58 AM
  • Quoting myself from earlier on this article... "Decidedly not my story! If you sense some jealousy here, you would be right. I have walked two half marathons in just over 3 hours and recently decided the only way to do a sub half marathon for me was to add in some running. Oh, my gosh! Running is so freaking hard. So far I am up to 3 minutes 15 seconds running with 2 minutes walking and I have been working on this since my last half marathon, December 1st. Doubt I will ever be able to run a complete 5K. Yes, I have exercise enduced asthma and do take my inhaler before I run, but it is still so dang hard. Keep considering giving up, or at least wanting to whine about how hard it is. - 5/25/2014 4:35:24 PM"

    Interesting to read my previous comment. It is just over a year later, and I can run for 19 minutes not stop, or about 2 miles. But my longer distances, I run for 8.5 minutes and walk 3. I think I am just now beginning to believe that someday I may be able to run a 5k. - 8/17/2015 12:04:50 AM
  • Great article. I used to be a runner. I loved running more than anything. I now have super bad knees and a total knee too. I was told not to jog, run or jump if I wanted my knee to last. That just stinks. But I love reading other's stories of how they got started and you are definitely on your way!

    Good Luck in your 5K. :D

    Hugs,

    Nola - 6/15/2015 12:33:39 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    Good story, still don't want to run though, waste of time and energy, too many other things to do in life. Maybe if I lived in a rural area and alone though. - 4/28/2015 8:11:38 AM
  • Love it! Good job! I'd like to be able to run some day, but for now I will continue to train (on my elliptical) for that day. Thanks for the inspiration. :) - 11/6/2014 3:36:11 PM
  • Decidedly not my story! If you sense some jealousy here, you would be right. I have walked two half marathons in just over 3 hours and recently decided the only way to do a sub half marathon for me was to add in some running. Oh, my gosh! Running is so freaking hard. So far I am up to 3 minutes 15 seconds running with 2 minutes walking and I have been working on this since my last half marathon, December 1st. Doubt I will ever be able to run a complete 5K. Yes, I have exercise enduced asthma and do take my inhaler before I run, but it is still so dang hard. Keep considering giving up, or at least wanting to whine about how hard it is. - 5/25/2014 4:35:24 PM
  • LCRUMLEY81
    Great Story thanks for sharing - 5/25/2014 1:05:09 PM
  • Great story. I've never been a runner and don't have an inclination to run. I prefer to walk and at 70 don't think I'll take up running. - 5/25/2014 6:29:31 AM
  • DIMPELS9
    I loved this article. I recently started a run/walk routine I like to refer to as "jogging" :D. My husband has been patient and supportive by running alongside me, even though he could easily outrun me. Running is a great exercise, and I agree that as long as the effort is there, you're doing a great job. I too do not see myself training for a marathon either, but I am excited to run my first 5k in January! Wish me luck! - 11/14/2013 12:18:31 PM
  • This article made me feel so much better, and definitely provided motivation!! Thank you!! - 10/28/2013 10:41:11 AM
  • Your excuses for running (or rather, NOT running) were the same as mine! I could actually hear my voice saying those same things! LOL! Well, you have almost convinced me that I may actually run someday. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. - 6/20/2013 4:42:42 PM
  • I was the same way. You run that first time and smile because you didn't think you could do it! That motivates you and pretty soon you're running when, in fact, you once despised running! - 2/5/2013 11:30:47 AM
  • PAUL2274
    Fantastic! That is how it kinda started for me... thought I couldn't do it then I started and I could run further than I thought. - 2/5/2013 9:32:59 AM
  • That's great! My son is a sprinter, not a runner, but he wanted Doritos from the corner store during the Super Bowl half time so I told him I'd get them only if he jogged to the store with me. It's about 3/4 mile round trip and we had fun. Now he knows he can do almost a mile. LOL - 2/5/2013 8:06:23 AM

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