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This past weekend I ran in my second 5K of the season. It was a local race so my family (wife and two kids) came to watch me and a couple of friends run. Pre-race I felt pretty good. I scheduled this race as part of my “pre-season” before I begin my half-marathon training this spring. However, my finish ended up as a disappointment. Here is what happened.



 
I get excited when people interested in running come to me with questions. Listening to new runners ask questions brings me back to when I was starting to run. Funny three questions seem to be commonly asked amongst my new running friends. They are…

 
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When we were young, each of us had to learn to crawl before we walked and then walk before we ran. Now hopefully crawling isn’t part of your running program, but the idea of walking during your runs should be. Here’s why…



 
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Do I skip my running workout or do I run on a treadmill? For some (including me), this question comes up each time the weather is bad or my workouts can’t be completed outside. How do we overcome our hatred for the treadmill?

The first thing to remember is that missing a workout is much worse than having to spend time on the treadmill. Even a less than expected workout is better than no workout at all.




 
 
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A few short years ago I went to a fourth of July party after running a 10K (6.2 miles) in the scorching summer heat. One of my long time friends at the party told me how crazy I was to run and wondering why I would even want to run that far. To him, there was no reason to be running, especially that far and in that heat. He couldn’t understand.

How do you handle people who don’t understand your running?



 
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With the start of the New Year, many of us have made resolutions; to lose weight, to start running or to reach certain time or distance goals with our running program. The plan is to stick to your resolution or goals as I prefer to call them, and reach them sometime during the year. But what if you have not made any goals or are having difficulty putting some goals together? Here are some suggestions on making and reaching your goals.


 
What better way to ring in the New Year than to join some friends for a first of the year run. Yesterday, a bunch of us joined almost 2,000 other runners at the 1st Run 5K/10K in Lowell, Massachusetts. Even though it was the morning after New Years Eve, there was a lot of excitement, laughter and fun before and after the races.

 
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In the summer of 2010, John Jankowski decided he was going to take up running to lose weight. With a starting weight of 252 lbs., John hadn’t run since high school when he had to run 1 ½ miles every year for gym class. Choosing to follow the Couch to 5K program, John ran for the first time on July 5, 2010 and completed his first 5K race in September of 2010. His weight at race time was 205 lbs. and his finishing time was 30:20.


 
Some of you have already started a running program and are making progress. You may have reached some first milestones finishing your first mile without walking, running for 20 minutes or even completed a race or more.

Some of you may also have been experiencing some difficulties Maybe you have been running regularly but not seeing many improvements; tough getting past that first mile or still walking to finish my workouts.

Even though we may not be “elite runners” it is easy to forget about some of the basics once you start getting into a program. We are here with some helpful reminders.