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So, I’ve “run” in the past (very slowly) and have started and stopped so many times before it’s daunting at start... again.

I did a full marathon In 2005 doing a run walk (12 minute pace), didn’t keep up with it.
Now 15 years later and 20 pounds heavier I’m at it again.  I did a half marathon last November doing a run/walk and it took me 3 hours. I did it with a bunch of old friends and we did a LOT of walking.  Even “training” With a run/walk app for 9 months before the marathon I couldn’t run a couple of miles without walking. And once again, I didn’t keep up with it. 

I have friends my age who breeze through a quick 6 miles even if they haven’t run in 6 months and don’t run for 3 months after that.  When does it get easier? 
Feeling defeated even before I get started.  On week 2 day 2.

so now, at 55 I’m starting again.....

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I’m 42 and hadn’t done anything exercise wise since stopping playing football at 35. I put on around 10kg in that time and decided it was time to get back on the horse.

I have completed my second run of 25 minutes gradually building up through several phases. Everyone is different but some things I do that I think has help and sorry if telling you to suck lemons...

Start at the very beginning and complete per instruction working through each phase. 

I take at least 1 day to recover but no more than 3 days.

The 1st of 3 runs I go slow because completing them and progressing is my aim, not the time I do it in. 

I listen to music and choose with a rhythm that matches my pace. 

Breath consistent throughout. I breath in = 4 steps and breath out = 4 steps.

Minimal body movement / bounce.l because it uses energy.

Hope some of this is of some help. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

I’m making another start at running. Tried starting this spring and one knee decided it would have none of it. Knee is finally back to feeling ok so trying again. I wanted to do a 5k this summer but would settle with making it through a C25K cycle. I’m 52 and overall in ok shape. Most of my exercise has been lifting. Never really cared for running. I did it in the military because I had to but have been retired for 14 years. Really want to embrace running and make it a habit. Wish me luck.

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Hi Friends

I am 55 years old and about the same overweight, haha!!

I love gardening, dogs, and reading. I too was once a runner, but many years have gone by where I let my body go. 
I have completed up to week 4, but I’m struggling on week 5. Do you think my weight is the problem?  My legs hurt. I don’t know if I pulled a muscle from weeding my garden, but the muscle below my butt on the left leg hurts only when I run. Any stretches or advice would be greatly appreciated. 

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