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Hey! My name is Elsa :) I'm a 22 year old self titled non exerciser. My friends have started this couch 2 5k challenge and I decided to join in. My end goal is to run in a Disney 5k! I hope I can stick with it. I need to get some running shoes as all I have are converse. Any recommendations? I also am wondering what kind of stretching I should do before each work out? Finding the motivation to exercise is hard, but I think I'm finally in a place where I want/need to get healthier. Also is there any other apps you guys recommend? Looking forward to this journey.

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Guest TrishE

Hello Elsa! Welcome :) the disney 5k sounds like so much fun what a great goal!

Im a huge fan of the Brooks running shoes but they run a little expensive. Asics is a good brand too.

If you want to get healthier diet is half the battle. You need to fuel the body of a budding runner so myfitnesspal, which is a food diary helps a lot, because it keeps you accountable for what you eat and drink. 

Good luck! We are all here for help and encouragement if need be. 

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Elsa, you're in the same boat I'm in.  This was something I was thinking about and the runDisney web pages provided me with all the more motivation.  I'll be signing up for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend in January - though I'm only signing up for the 5K and 10K.  I'm hoping to couple of smaller events once I 'graduate' the 5K and 10K apps but I have that weekend in January staring me in the face now.  I know, it's 8 months away, but still..  It's there.

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I use an app called Argus. It's great for tracking steps taken, weight, water intake and a lot more. I use it every day and check my heart rate while exercising.

I am using Argus by Azumio too.  But members here seem to favour Myfitnesspal.  I'm using a Samsung android, so the built-in S Health app is very similar to Argus.

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