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    10k Run...
    Now, I am getting on a bit (33) and am starting to feel the pinch of sitting in front of a computer screen all week.

    Although I do some bits at the gym, I have now decided to step up and do a 10k charity run in late April.

    Now, running isn't my greatest skill, and after an initial trial I managed 1.5k before a near heart attack

    So, I have approximately 7 weeks to get fit enough to do 10k (and I don't want to have to stop!).

    So, the question is... is this possible within a busy lifestyle and what would be the best way to achieve this???

    Thanks.

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    Dave,

    First off, congrats on stepping up to the challenge!

    If your goal was to do the 10K in under 40 minutes and you were starting now, I'd say you'll probably get yourself nothing more than a cardiac arrest.

    However, since your goal is to complete a 10K run for charity and finish successfully, I'd say NO PROBLEM BUDDY.

    Look, I'm sure most of here live busy lifestyles. I'm actually training for my second marathon, and I manage to find the time. The key is to schedule it in and make it a must to follow through with it. I suggest you allocate 40 minutes in the morning, 3 times/week for the first 3 weeks. Start off by running for 2.5-3K a at a comfortable pace. Push yourself harder and harder each day and add on a little more distance each time. After 3-4 weeks, trying finishing 10K no matter how long it takes, just to get a feel for the distance. You'll find it gets easier and easier if you stay at it and don't give up. I find the first 15-20 minutes to be the hardest, then your body tends to accept the fact its gonna do this! Remember, its just as much of a mental game, as it is a physical one.

    I suggest you set a goal a goal for race day. Make it something you have to really reach for.

    Make sure you stretch well before and after. I find running with music helps alot! If you are training on a treadmill, you can you easily monitor your pace, distance, heart rate and time. I suggest you also get outside at least once a week, because its more realistic of the conditions you'll encounter on the course (hills, terrain, surface, weather etc.).

    Some people think getting a running partner helps, but of course you have to coordinate 2 peoples schedules instead of one.

    Hope this helps and good luck!!!
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    Dave-

    I have to echo the congrats and wish you the best of luck. I just completed my first 1/2 marathon two weeks ago and I am starting to train for my first marathon.

    I just started running about a year ago. And I started with 5K's and then skipped over the 10K... heading straight to a 1/2 marathon. If you google Hal Higdon you'll find an online training schedule that I follow. I usually run 4 days a week.

    Monday - rest
    Tuesday- run
    Wednesday- run
    Thursday- run
    Friday- rest
    Saturday-long run
    Sunday-cross train

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    You shoudl definitely be able to do it as well. If your worried about keeping up on cardio. I had started eliptical 15 min and in 4 weeks went to 1 hour+, then begin adding in aerobics classes which really strengthen your running muyscles liek step.

    Do that with eliptical 6 days a week progressing up every three or four days, and begin in aerobics and running.

    I'm definitely not a personal trainer and my advice is probably not very good for everyone on this, but it has helped me do it and drop a bunch of weight since aff summit and I can run a few miles pretty easy now.
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    BTW where is the run you are going to do? It would be great to try and get a couple people from here to cheer you on lol.
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    I have been doing this schedule as I am running a 5K in April. My 10 k isn't until September but need the time to prepare, ha ha!

    You could probably customize this one, by increasing the run times, or find a similar one online for the 10K
    http://cvhpinstitute.org/chic/RUN5K/..._schedule.html

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    OMG! Congrats to you all! Just reading about all that activity made me tired. I applaud people with that much drive and energy !

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurapconnors
    If you google Hal Higdon you'll find an online training schedule that I follow.
    Yep, I follow that one too Training for an 8k at the end of March currently, and taunting myself with the idea of doing a marathon. I figure, we only live once, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn - ShareASale
    taunting myself with the idea of doing a marathon. I figure, we only live once, right?
    There you go CT!! Yes, Once! and if you do a full marathon you will wish that once could be at about 13 - 15 miles!!

    I'm proud of you guys for working toward your best distance ever. Chu can dew it!! Stay at it guys and make it a memory you'll always enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeachBDM
    OMG! Congrats to you all! Just reading about all that activity made me tired. I applaud people with that much drive and energy !
    Ditto! Although I'm more inclined to look at them like they're all nuts

    The only way I could see running like that is if there was someone with a legit $10k-limit credit card wanting to order, 10km away with no internet connection on a road cars can't get down...with competitors racing to get to him/her.

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    I used to participate in all the 10K runs that were organized in my area. My personal record, which I am extremely proud of (but really nothing to shout about) is 61 minutes. My limit is 10K and never more than that.

    Geoffmarcy, Kudos! I really wish I could complete a marathon at least ONCE in my lifetime. It would have been a great personal achievement, although you likely do it in your sleep!

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    Good luck!

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    Well, thank you for all the advice and encouragement, and I echo all of you who have congratulated Geoff on the marathon run. I am a million miles from that (or at least 26)!

    I have progressed slightly this week... last night I ran 2k (without stopping ) and didn't feel TOO bad afterwards unlike the first time.

    I am going to try again later where I am looking to do 2.3k.

    Not sure if I may still be a bit tired from last nights attempt but no pain, no gain etc.

    Thank you all again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave@Profitistic
    Well, thank you for all the advice and encouragement, and I echo all of you who have congratulated Geoff on the marathon run. I am a million miles from that (or at least 26)!

    I have progressed slightly this week... last night I ran 2k (without stopping ) and didn't feel TOO bad afterwards unlike the first time.

    I am going to try again later where I am looking to do 2.3k.

    Not sure if I may still be a bit tired from last nights attempt but no pain, no gain etc.

    Thank you all again!
    That is very good. I have been 'training' for two months and I am just up to 2.2K, LOL! you must be in way better shape than I am. But then again, who isn't? hehe!

    Good job!

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    Go Dave!!!

    Go Anne!!!

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    I wonder if i could hire my very own personal cheerleader to come with me on the 10K..

    Is that an offer Carolyn?
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    Sure, I'll cheer you on from the comfort of my office chair, in front of my computer. Truly, I have no doubt you will be ready to shred that finish line by late April. And I truly am right there training next to ya.

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    WOW way to go runners! Anne - you didn't tell me you were training for this!!! You guys are an inspiration, honestly.

    If it counts for anything I have always been a marathon runner in my mind.... LOL

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    Its been decades since I had competed in a marathon and i dont i am up to the task now. I tried to run in a block and like you i thought i am going to have a heart attack!
    Need more conditioning i suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-Gazer
    WOW way to go runners! Anne - you didn't tell me you were training for this!!! You guys are an inspiration, honestly.

    If it counts for anything I have always been a marathon runner in my mind.... LOL
    Nah, i was too busy trying to get to the bathroom, ha ha!!

    I am amazed at how much my cardio health has improved, i started running shortly after Christmas. And for those of you who think it will kill you, I was dying at 30 seconds and can now run 35 minutes straight. You can do it if you set your mind to it!

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