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On Your Mark: May 5, 2011

More people than ever before are strapping on their running shoes and racing. Many of them are women and many of them are first time racers. Whether it's a marathon, walk-a-thon, 3k or 5k Americans are signing up for races at a record pace. The number of marathon participants has doubled since 1995. Making their mark...are women. Like Allie Scott. She says that she has done a 5k, it was a struggle but she did, her goal now is to run a half-marathon. Allie goes on to say that you just have to go very slow in the beginning, not a fast run a very small jog and Lee Memorial Health Systems Exercise Specialist, Heather Sines of the Wellness Center of Cape Coral agrees. She helps people get off the couch and into their running shoes. She says that if you have no physical conditioning first in your lungs, you have to start by walking, a brisk walk- five, 10, 15 min. Whatever you can do constantly pushing yourself.

Allie graduated to jogs and short runs. She says that you have to run several miles several days a week to see if you can do it and then you just go very slow in the beginning. Conditioning is one of the biggest obstacles for first-time runners, who should be able to keep moving without huffing and puffing.

Heather adds that once you hit your vo2 max then you can actually run and breathe at the same time. It does take a little while for your body to actually realize that you can run past this. As for Allie she can almost see the finish line. Allie says that she never was a runner before but says after you actually run little, short spurts you get that kind of clean heart feeling.