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Hi, folks! I've just recently taken up running and, combined with Turksfan's post race strategy.... I thought I'd introduce myself since I thought I'd start hanging around here to learn and share experiences.

I'm 59, recently retired (2010)... and fat. After my 2011 kidney cancer surgery and talking to my doctor, I took up walking to lose weight. Then, after watching my son-in-law at the Marine Corps Marathon and my daughter at the Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon..... inspiration hit and I signed up for doing the half marathon at the 2012 Flying Pig.... with a plan to just walk it.

It was a success! Finished in a "reasonable" walking time (~15:15/mile) .... felt more energy and I made some progress on losing weight.

It seemed that the next phase would be to return to Cincinnati in 2013 and run that half marathon, so I started up with the Couch to 5K. After a long build-up (stretched out by pushing too hard and hurting my knee this summer LOL), I finally ran a full 5K in training on Saturday. I'm slow... real slow by the standards of a bunch of you on this board, but I ran the whole way. :)

Now, I'm starting the Hal Higdon plan to work up to running that half marathon distance.

Additional background for anticipated comments:

* My doctor thinks this is great and is encouraging me to keep it up.
* My daughter is a nurse and is my coach (with input from my son-in-law, who is a pretty darn good runner).

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