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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'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!
  • 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.
  • This was so much fun to read. Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us aspiring runners.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • OK, this was inspiring. It's all in my head. I just have to do it... slow and steady!
  • LOVE this article!
    Running is great and it makes me happy and healthy.
  • One of my goals has always been to become a runner, and this article totally gave me the faith that one day I will be able to exceed my own expectations and call myself a runner one day.
  • Running is the best! Good luck with your 5k, races are addicting so expect more in your future!
    Running -- the best addiction to have.
  • Good for you! I so, so wish I could still run. I had a hip replacement four years ago, and the surgeon told me in no uncertain terms I was never, ever to run again. So, I have to make up for it with lots of walking, swimming and biking, but I do still miss running! :-)

  • I never thought I'd ever run other than for reasons you describe in the beginning of your article. I was SPARKed to give C25K a whirl which I completed over the summer. Yesterday, I ran my first ever 5K (see blog by same name). What a fulfilling feeling to do what I thought was impossible!
  • Yay!!! It is fun, once you get the hang of it, especially on pretty days!

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