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I did it. Yesterday evening I actually got off the couch, laced up my sneakers, dug out my sports bra and workout clothes and went out for my first Couch to 5K run. Oh.My.God. I was in a bit of distress by the time I got home. My face was beet red, sweat was pouring off my back, my breathing sounded like I either had really bad asthma, or had just smoked a pack of Camels..but I did it.<br><br>
Okay, so I may have walked a little more than you were supposed to..I admit it. And okay, so I may have only done fifteen minutes out of the twenty you're supposed to. But I feel really proud and eager to keep it up! I'm starting a blog about my runningness adventure..take a look when you can <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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way to go!!!!!!!!! You got to start somewhere.<br><br>
Many years ago i decided to join a marathon training group to meet people after we moved. I signed up and the next day i went outside and tried to run. I made it about 1/4 mile. Every day i went back out and ran a little farther. It sucked for the first couple of months, but 6 months after that first 1/4 mile run i ran the marathon and lived to tell about it <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Anything is possible. (though i do not recommend what i did, it was pretty brutal, but i was younger, so i think my body accepted it ok)<br><br>
Just keep trying, follow your C25K schedule and you will do fine. there will be days when it sucks, but days when it does not.
 

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Right on!<br><br>
I still remember the first time I ran for just <i>five</i> minutes. I wanted to die. But it got better.<br><br>
Keep on truckin.'
 

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Great to get started. Although I have been running for many years, I have recently had to re-start, so know the difficulties as you start - Beauty of running is what will happen in a few short weeks as you develop - Believe me, today's anguish is worth the joy you will feel when you reach your goal.<br><br>
We'll be with you all the way <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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THe 1st step of the journey is often the hardest - keep at it - consistency will make you successful - no need to work so hard you drive yourself into the ground - just consistent moderate effort and you muscles will start to come around after a few weeks.
 

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You have made the first and most important step in the direction of a more healthy and physically fit life.<br><br>
Much as I did in 1998. And I have run 15 marathons and many, many other races since.<br><br>
Congratulations!
 

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Right on! Please keep us updated.
 

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Nice! I remember feeling like that as though it were yesterday! Oh, wait, it <i>was</i> yesterday! It gets better really and you're getting out there. Keep up the good work.
 

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wonderful post!<br><br>
your distress symptoms sound like me at the salad bar<br><br>
keep it up, and I will be sure to check out your blog when you publish it<br><br>
happy running
 

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<i>6/5/2005, driveway to log rd, 2 miles, 22 min 0 sec, 11.00m/m pace, winded going up hill at start, walked about 4 min, shit eating grin at the end</i><br><br>
The 3rd entry in my running log.<br><br>
Great job and keep at it!!!!! If I can do it anyone can!!!<br><br><img alt="headbang.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif">
 

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I'm really humbled that you'd all take the time to be so welcoming to such a newbie runner. I've begun my running blog so I hope you all take a peek when you get a minute. It's a lot of rambling, but I think it will help me stay accountable to myself. And away we go...!
 

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Coyote, great start! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I took a quick look at your blog and saw you had some questions about running clothes so you might want to check our the <b>Race Expo -Running Gear</b> forum here, particularly this thread :<br><br><a href="http://kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2352" target="_blank">http://kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2352</a>
 

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Thanks Altoids! I'll definitely shop around <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hi Coyote-<br>
If the boobs are giving you trouble, you may not want to spend the money, but it is very worth it-- Title 9. They have a website and a catalogue and some stores in CO and CA. The Frog Bra is the smasher bra, it is not wicking though. i have worn it quite a bit, but moved to the trilogy bra they sell. Go by their ratings and see what works for you. Also, the three reasons bra is very smooshing, but i had some chaffing issues that others here did not have.<br><br>
Also, we have a Weight Watchers/ Fitday thread in the water stop you can join as well <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
target has a good selection of workout clothes. If shorts are not your thing, maybe capris?
 

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Merigayle...I'll try Target this weekend..see what they have..as for the capris, I've got a million pairs! They are the only thing I wear during the summer besides summer dresses. I guess I just wish I felt comfortable enough to wear shorts when I'm attempting to run. It's suddenly 90 degrees out today and it's HOT! Thanks for the advice though, I think I just need to realize that people aren't going to be staring at me, and even if they do, I don't have to worry about it.<br><br>
Hairy Trotter-Thanks for the encouragement!
 

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I am self conscious in shorts. I think most women are, no matter their size and shape.
 
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