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Couch to 5k and beyond

Yesterday, I finally stopped doubting myself.

Yesterday, I firmly believed myself when I said, "I'm a runner." It took a while to accept what I had become and believe that I could really do it, but I'm here.

I'm not fast and I'm not amazing, but I can do it.

It all started March 1, when I decided to take my fitness to a new level. Workouts in my living room weren't cutting it, and I didn't have a treadmill, so I forced myself out into the snow to start the Couch to 5k program.

About six weeks in, I finished my first 5k. Yesterday, after 12 weeks of preparation, I finally ran the RBS Memorial 5K in Edon. Yes, it's the same 5K that I've walked for several years, including in 2012 when I finished dead last amongst the walkers. It was definitely a turning point for me.

Now, I am by no means a running expert or a fitness professional. However, I'd like to offer my own tips and experiences as a rookie runner and a Couch to 5K graduate.

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