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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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  • JENNIW77
    I think this is a great article and very inspiring. It is very similar to my own story of how I recently began my running journey. I had always tried to run and got out of breath, and my legs would hurt. Don't get me wrong, walking is fantastic for you, and for many, is the best form of cardio. After reading some comments, I realized that many people think that this girl just suddenly decided to start running one day, with little cardio training. In the article, she said she does spinning. For those who have never tried this, you are missing out! This, next to running, is the best intense cardio workout I have ever done. After around 9 months of spinning classes 5 days a week, I too decided one day, to try running again. I amazed myself that I could run for 20 min without stopping! This was because of my cardio and muscle endurance improvement from my spinning classes. I just didn't realize how much it had improved my endurance. Even my legs didn't hurt like before.
    So running isn't for everyone, I do understand, but for those who want an extra boost in cardio, where there body, both heart and joints will allow them without injury, is really worth giving a try. You just have to work up to it :) - 10/27/2012 2:08:53 PM
  • What an inspiring story. I need to get some faith to think I can run a marathon but want to do while I can as knees go out later. I hope to get where you are and run my first marathon someday soon. I was always an athlete when younger but after 40 it's hard to get that thing off the couch after a long day of work. - 9/4/2012 9:28:56 PM
  • It's nice that you were in such great shape that you could just start running without any kind of work up into it.
    I used to run, those days are over. Two knee replacements, no running. But some brisk walking, a little easy jogging is good for those who can't run or don't want to.
    So run on runners, just watch those knees. They take a pounding and sometime in the future they might give out. - 8/3/2012 8:13:02 PM
  • NAOLEE
    I was a runner when I was in school; but now I won't see that again. Well, maybe with somebody pushing my wheelchair. I can't push it. - 8/3/2012 11:00:10 AM
  • GREAT article and I feel like you've written MY story!! - 8/2/2012 6:46:06 AM
  • Awesome article! I am also a new runner. Completed multiple 5K runs my first year and shortly after first year completed a half marathon. currently training to run a full marathon this December. Good luck!!! - 5/3/2012 11:40:42 AM
  • J21883
    Great story! I used to always hate running, about 6the months ago i thought id give it a try since i was getting bored with the gym machines. I am addicted, just finished my fist 5k 2at weekends ago and came in 3rd in my age group. Cannot wait for the mud run i signed up for in July! - 4/17/2012 10:14:46 AM
  • I've never been a runner and will never BE a runner. With a replaced right knee, I can't even jump rope. Impacting exercises and those that require kneeling are simply not for me. I'll take a brisk walk any day! - 4/13/2012 12:27:00 PM
  • Great story! Don't be surprised if you do find yourself training for a half marathon. My experience was much the same. Last fall I tried the SP Rookie Running Program after a thirty+ year hiatus from running. During the Christmas holidays I had that "Hey, I'm a runner!" moment when I ran for a mile and a half without stopping and without feeling uncomfortable. I completed my first chip timed 5K and have run several half marathon distances since then I am registered for the Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon, which will be held May sixth. I am really looking forward to it. - 4/12/2012 8:48:33 AM
  • This was so much fun to read. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us aspiring runners. - 4/2/2012 3:35:15 PM
  • Not all of us can be runners. At the age of 76, I thought I was doing well getting in a lot of walking and water aerobics.
    This article makes walking sound as though it is not important, yet I have read of many who have lost a lot of weight and attribute their success to WALKING!!! - 3/6/2012 9:43:16 PM
  • I really didn't like this article. Its discouraging to people actually trying to learn to run/jog. The writer makes it seem like anyone can go from moderate amount of exercise to running a mile straight the first time out the gate. Don't buy it. Running can be fun but it definitely takes pacing yourself, decent shape, and proper breathing. - 3/5/2012 3:00:11 PM
  • This was extremely inspiring. I too am thinking about running. Walking briskly isn't quite cutting it for me and I admit I am a little scared to really run. I know I can run for short periods now but I definitely should push myself to see how much longer I can run! - 3/3/2012 12:29:22 PM
  • OK, this was inspiring. It's all in my head. I just have to do it... slow and steady! - 11/29/2011 10:53:28 AM
  • LOVE this article! - 10/26/2011 12:13:35 PM

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