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Hi all! I never liked running as a kid so always stayed away from it. Until now that I've seen a friend loss weight and become healthier I decided to try this program. I've dieted before and lost 50lbs then had my second child and gained every lb back plus more. I've lost 15lbs and have kept it off. So now I'm trying to run. I'm on week 3 and enjoying it but wondering about running in winter? I'm in western Massachusetts and live in very hilly terrain. I now drive to local parks to run on flat land and know that the parks don't normally plow their paths. Any ideas? Not wanting to run in snow but will not give up. Local school does not have a track and I live on a narrow, dirt road with lots of steep hills.

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I have a few suggestions. If money isn't an issue I would say buy a treadmill or get a gym membership. However if that is not feasible maybe you could drive to a Mall or Walmart and do laps. If you are like me you'll want to avoid the sweets aisle/ food court. If you are snowed in a mini trampoline or workout videos are great way to get exercise if you can't run outside. YouTube has a lot of great workout videos. Hope this helps some.

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I have a gym membership but I trip on treadmills and use an elliptical regularly. But the real world running vs the elliptical is totally different muscles that I'm afraid of losing the stamina of running. I can run on an elliptical for 25 mins but not run for a full 2 mins in real world.

I was wonder what northern runners do in the winter?

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I started in january two years ago in Missouri so no hills but tons of ice and snow. I ran outside as much as possible but when it becomes unsafe using an elliptical is still a great way to get a cardio workout. Yes its different but you have to be flexible and learn to shape your workouts to your life. Take runs on the days you can and when you cant dont worry you'll catch back up quickly as long as youre getting your cardio. I run stairs on the days I cant get out. Its a great workout too. Hope this helps

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