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So, I've decided that in order to "kick"start my healthy way of living, I'm going to try the Couch to 5K program, today. I'm very nervous because this is the first time I'd be actually running/jogging. I've always been interested but have never really gotten up the nerve to do it. So, here I go. Wish me luck on my journey, and I'll send good thoughts to all of you too!
 

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Great way to start! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Keep us posted on your journey!
 

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A lot of us started that way...it's a great beginner's program. Just don't get discouraged on week I think it's 4 or 5, where the time jumps up a lot. That was one of the toughest weeks, as I recall. You can do it!!
 

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Congratulations on your decision, Coyote, and good luck on the journey!<br><br>
Please feel free to ask us any questions that you come up with!
 

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Thanks everyone! I was about to leave my house to go for Week 1, Day 1 when my kids came out and asked me where I was going. I said I was going out for a run. Well, of course they didn't want me to leave so I brought them with me (but my DS and DD are young and I had to just keep it to a brisk, and sometimes turtle like, pace). Still got in a half hour walk though, so it's a definite start!
 

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Great job, CU....just enjoy it for a while, you have tons of time to start worrying about performance. Don't make that mistake or you'll ruin it for yourself like I did right from the start. Do what you can do and the growth will come. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Good luck. You'll do it, just follow the plan as much as you can, and if you need to change some of the days up, do so. Just don't try to do too much. The rest days are there for a reason. I'll look forward to your reports in The Finish Line as well.
 

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Oh CU, of course you're nervous. It's all new and all wrapped up with how you see yourself and how you want to be seen. There are fears about your ability to do it, and then whether you can do it well.<br><br>
The human being was made to run, did you know that? Recent studies of primitive people have shown that we are actually engineered to be endurance runners, to be able to outlast our prey. They might be faster over short distances, but we can outlast them. How? Well, our physiology, obviously, but the most important muscle is the one between our ears.<br><br>
The trouble in starting out is that we listen too much to our muscles and they keep telling us to stop. And then the one between the ears won't let up either.<br><br>
Take it slow, take it easy. Let your body get used to the idea, let your mind get used to the idea. Don't push anything. The "Plan" isn't the Bible, it's a guideline. Use it as such.<br><br>
As with learning anything, the key is learning HOW to learn. You have to learn the "vocabulary" of running and how you apply it to the every day.<br><br>
The one thing you need right from the start (besides good shoes) is the attitude that you have.<br><br>
I have no doubt that you'll succeed. If you have any questions, there are a great many people to whom you can turn for advice.<br><br>
Enjoy.
 

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May I suggest keeping a running journal? A couple of days ago, I read through mine--the first six months after completing a Cto5k type program. It was cool to see what I was thinking about, and how I felt about my progress. I discovered I was actually alot more consistent than I thought at the time. It was quite inspiring.
 

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You all have been so helpful! I haven't gotten out there yet..besides my walk with the kids the other day...one, then the other has been sick this week. Rats. So, once they are both healthy, I'm planning on making a schedule and sticking to it. And you're right about keeping a journal. I have a blog right now that I have been writing on but not about running. I may try and start one tonight! Thanks everyone, you've calmed my nerves a lot <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Again, thanks everyone!<br><br>
Amethyst-Thanks for the inspiration! I can't wait to graduate, although at this rate it may take me nine months instead of weeks <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Don't worry about how long it takes, just do what you can. It will all fall into place, honest!<br><br>
"put one foot in front of the other......." anyone seeing Heat Miser now?
 

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Keep it up, it is hard when "life" gets in the way of a run, but soon you will feel that life is better because you run!
 

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Any update from CU ?<br><br>
Liam
 

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Coyote, I applaud your efforts and your decision. Most of us started out as non-runners who had to start somewhere. Go slow, ease yourself into it. It is such an amazing feel to go out and run. Give yourself time, though, you don't want to be injured. Before you know if you are going to be telling us about races you've signed up for. Good luck with everything! And keep us posted on your progress.
 
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