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  • jayjay0105 Amateur 24 posts since
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    180. Jun 26, 2011 5:56 AM (in response to jliller3)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Well I finished Week 8, but it certainly was not easy.  I don't know if it's because I haven't been in a routine because of everything that was going on this past week (father's day, etc.) or not eating well or something else, but every single run this week was a struggle from the beginning.  Maybe it's because I'm running on a treadmill and it's hard for me to "go somewhere else" mentally since the scenery never changes and there's a timer right in front of me.  I'm not sure.  One thing I will say, though, is that I didn't quit, I ran the full 28 minutes each time.  So maybe a little mental toughness has been a side effect of the program as well   (very little...lol)

  • j9blair2 Expert 40 posts since
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    182. Jun 26, 2011 7:31 AM (in response to jliller3)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    I am now officially a C25k graduate!  I know I should be proud that I finished, but it was a very disappointing expereince for me.  I hope that some of you that haven't run your first race yet will learn from my experience.

     

    First of all, I thought I was lining up towards the middle/back.  But apparently there were hundreds of people lined up off to the side that I couldn't see.  Because for the first half mile, I was passed by literally hundreds of people.  Not so good for my ego.  Plus I felt bad like I was in their way.  I tried not to let it get me down.  I just told myself that next time I would line up in the very back.  Because even if I had to pass the walkers, I'd be passing people instead of being passed (and looking at the race results there were not very many walkers in this race).

     

    The next thing I realized is that my Nike+ sensor was waaaay off, and has been lying to me during training.  For weeks 7-9,  I was running for distance instead of time.  So I THOUGHT I had been running 3.1 miles for my last 3 runs.  But when I got to mile 2 in the race and it said I had 1 km left, I knew it was wrong and I would have run for a lot longer than I trained for.  All of my motivation was just sucked out of me.  (In the end my Nike+ said I ran 6.3 km/3.9 miles - so it was that off).

     

    I tried to run faster at the end, but I ended up running for 7 minutes longer than my anticipated 35 minute finish so I just didn't have it in me.  I finished at 42:36 with a pace of 13:43.  I would have never had a problem with my finish time, had I not thought that according to my Nike+ that I could have done it in 35 minutes.  I guess the good news here is according to my Nike+, I finished "5k" in 34 minutes, meaning I was 1 minute faster than my training runs.

     

    Lessons learned - I'm going to line up in the very back next time.  And I'm going to re-calibrate my Nike+ as soon as I get a chance.

     

    As for what I'm doing after C25k graduation, I'm going to take the "Run Your Butt Off"  (book) approach.  They suggest running 30 minutes 3-4 times a week.  They also say to schedule 1 long run every other week and to only increase the time running 5 minutes longer than the last long run until you get to 60 minutes and not go any higher for about a year.  I had originally planned on training for a half, but after struggling with my first race, I thought it best to take it slow and get used to running and try and have fun instead of pushing myself while I'm doing it.

     

    Good luck everyone on your first races and future training!!





    Jeanine

    Started C25K: 4/28/11

    Proud to Run 5k: 6/25/11 ~42:36

    Chicago Women's Half Marathon: 6/24/12 ~2:49:59

    Chicago Fleet Feet Super Sprint Triathlon: 8/24/12 ~1:11:28

    Hot Chocolate 15k Chicago: 11/04/12 ~2:10:48

    Commitment Day Chicago: 1/1/13 ~not timed

    Soldier Field 10 Mile: 5/25/13 ~2:17:06


  • TriciaToronto Amateur 32 posts since
    Jun 5, 2011
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    183. Jun 26, 2011 10:34 AM (in response to j9blair2)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    j9blair2 - Sorry to hear about your first race experience. I can see how disappointing that would be! Here's a a positive experience with your next race. And good luck as you move into the new program you've chosen!

     

     

    I did W9D1 this morning. It felt pretty good. Glad that I ran 34 minutes on Friday. The 30 didn't seem so rough.

    2 more runs and I'm officially done the C25k. Amazing!





    "When you find yourself in the midst of hell, keep going" ~ Winston Churchill

    My Journey:

    July 2008 - Joined Weight Watchers (starting weight 285) - lost 50lbs by Feb 2009. Current weight 248

    Spring 2009 - Started running

    Fall 2009 - First 5k (Road2Hope, Burlington, ON) - Run/Walk - Time 42minutes

    Spring 2010 - 2nd 5k - Around the Bay - Hamilton, ON - Run/Walk - Time 44 minutes

    Spring 2011 - 3rd 5k - Around the Bay, Hamiton, ON - Run/Walk - Time 45 minutes

    May 2011 - Started Couch25k to get back to basics and increase endurance. Goal - to run a full 5k WITHOUT walking intervals.

    July 1, 2011 - Finished C25K

  • RunningDrea Amateur 9 posts since
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    184. Jun 26, 2011 12:08 PM (in response to j9blair2)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Jeanine - I'm sorry to hear about your experience in the race.  It always sucks to be a victim of equipment failure.  I'm glad that you've learnt a few things and I hope that you are still inclined to try another 5K sometime.  Then again, there's something to be said for just running for running's sake.  My husband, for instance, ran x-country competitively in high school, but has let me know he has no intention of entering a race anytime soon.  He loves to run but does not care one bit about racing.  Also, I think your post-C25K plan sounds quite sensible.  Initially I was going to push myself after graduation to reach greater and greater distances, but the closer I get, the more moderate my own post-C25K plans become.  I'm striving for a 10K about 14 weeks after C25K graduation, which gives me lots of time to build the distance graaaddduaaalllly.  I want to get in the habit of regular running, not sideline myself due to injury or lose the love of it because I'm doing too much too soon or setting up expectations I have no chance of reaching.

     

    W8D3 today.  This would normally be the start of a week for me, but after a busy busy weekend last weekend and the death march of last Thursday, some rest time seemed prudent.  The sun came out just as we left and broiled us the whole way.  I forced myself to go a lot slower than usual in deference to the heat and the residual soreness from last week.  Week 8 done, on to week 9.  I am contemplating a local 5K which is pretty flat for next Sunday morning for graduation.  I'll see how I feel mid-week, as I still have time to decide.

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    185. Jun 26, 2011 3:39 PM (in response to RunningDrea)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    JayJay, congratulations on finishing W8! You are almost there.

    Jeanine, sorry your race experience was disappointing. I will take your advice and stick to the back. Stress makes running so much harder for me. So, 60 min. would be about 6 miles or 10k? That sounds like a good goal in a year.

    Tricia, I am so impressed! After the 20 min. run last week, I can't imagine 30 min., let alone 34 min. I'm dreading the 25 min scheduled for this Thursday. You, Drea and JayJay will be done next week?'

    Drea, I am also re-thinking training after the C25k program. I was going to aim for a half marathon at the end of next summer but now I'm thinking that would be kinda tough on the old body and I'd hate to take the pleasure out of this. So 10k sounds more sensible. A race for graduation? Ambitious! Good luck and hope you let us know how it feels.





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • Snowy1978 Amateur 33 posts since
    Jun 7, 2011
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    186. Jun 27, 2011 5:00 AM (in response to mkayc)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Week 8 , Day 1 done.  Today's run was a challenge for sure but I managed.  The 2.75 miles took 29 minutes 44 seconds which is a bit longer than C25K says it should take but I am not very concerned.  My goal is to finish my first 5K running with no walk breaks.  I cannot believe I only have 8 more runs until my 5K!






  • Irish Mustang Expert 47 posts since
    May 24, 2011
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    187. Jun 27, 2011 8:58 AM (in response to j9blair2)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!
    Congratulations on finishing your race. Think of this past race as a learning experience for all races to come. In the past you were only Training to run a 5k now your ARE running a 5k. The issues of running will be different each race so just run for personal best times each race, ( adjust your training accordingly) remember the cause that the race is for, and always have fun. Please keep us posted.
  • DigitalRunner Amateur 18 posts since
    Jun 17, 2011
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    188. Jun 27, 2011 3:38 PM (in response to jliller3)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    I completed W5D3 today!  I felt so good in the last 5 minutes of the run I went an extra minute, clocking 21 straight minutes of running.  Time to celebrate!





    Started c25k on 5/30/11

    Finished c25k on 7/21/11

  • Snowy1978 Amateur 33 posts since
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    189. Jun 28, 2011 4:06 AM (in response to DigitalRunner)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Awesome job, DigitalRunner!  Week 5, day 3 was so nerve wracking for me but I absoutely celebrated when I completed it.  You are well on your way!






  • TriciaToronto Amateur 32 posts since
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    190. Jun 28, 2011 7:26 AM (in response to Snowy1978)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Congrats on everyone's successes this week!

     

    Just finished W8D2. One more run and I'm done :-)

     

    Started XTraining yesterday with swimming...today's run was tougher because of it.





    "When you find yourself in the midst of hell, keep going" ~ Winston Churchill

    My Journey:

    July 2008 - Joined Weight Watchers (starting weight 285) - lost 50lbs by Feb 2009. Current weight 248

    Spring 2009 - Started running

    Fall 2009 - First 5k (Road2Hope, Burlington, ON) - Run/Walk - Time 42minutes

    Spring 2010 - 2nd 5k - Around the Bay - Hamilton, ON - Run/Walk - Time 44 minutes

    Spring 2011 - 3rd 5k - Around the Bay, Hamiton, ON - Run/Walk - Time 45 minutes

    May 2011 - Started Couch25k to get back to basics and increase endurance. Goal - to run a full 5k WITHOUT walking intervals.

    July 1, 2011 - Finished C25K

  • Debm2011 Legend 361 posts since
    Jun 12, 2011
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    191. Jun 29, 2011 3:50 AM (in response to jliller3)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    This is great to read everyone's success and encouragement for W5D3.  I just finished W5D2.  I did.  It didn't kill me although I was feeling it. I'm hoping a nonstop run will feel good because sometimes I do think it's harder to start running again after the walking interval.  I know that the 2nd 8 min run was tough to start, ok in the middle, and then I had to push myself the last minute - and I definitely went at a slower pacer than I've been averaging.  Wish me luck on Friday for D3!

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    192. Jun 30, 2011 11:09 AM (in response to Debm2011)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Congratulations everyone and particularly you who are tackling W5D3! That 20 min run can be quite intimidating. Just know getting it done is all mental; you are physically prepared to do it. Keep your head down, don't look too far ahead. Don't check the time, it will pass. Do check your breathing and make sure you are breathing often and deep so your muscles don't hurt. Break it into small segments and push yourself through "just one more." I do it by songs. Others did it by 5 min. pieces. Good luck! Just finished the 25 min. from W6D3 and it was hard but much less scary. I've been having calf muscle pain this week, too. Who knew adding 5 min would make that much difference?

     

    Big praise to all you graduates. Hope you will check back with us. Your advice has been so helpful. I would love to hear what your training plans are since I am torn between B210k and pushing for a half marathon. Good luck with whatever you decide! 

     

    Happy trails

    Mary Kay





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • MichaelS75 Pro 168 posts since
    Apr 29, 2011
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    193. Jun 30, 2011 4:18 PM (in response to mkayc)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Haven't gone anywhere MK! I still check this thread daily and I still enjoy reading the success stories.  I'm currently doing B210K, not rushing it and actually mixing in a few 3 mile continuous runs because I don't care for the intervals all that much.  September 11th I start my half marathon training for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon.  Planning on using HH's plan for that.  Other than that, all's well down here in the South (except for the heat.)  All of you keep up the good work!  As long as you are getting out there, you're doing more than 90% of the American population.





    C25K Graduate 6/15/11

    Gibson Guitars 5k (6/11/11, first 5k, 34:58)

    Comcast Firecracker 5k (7/3/11, 31:13)

    Forrest Spence 5k (8/27/11, 28:15)

    Chick-Fil-A 5k (9/5/11, 29:26)

    Cooper Young Festival 4-Miler (9/16/11, 36:30)

    Camp Good Grief 5k (10/2/11, 28:45)

    LeBonheur Pumpkin Run 5k (10/8/11, 27:09)

    Home Run 5k (10/23/11, 27:55)

    Turkey Trot 4-Miler (11/24/11, 36:50)

    St. Jude Half Marathon (12/3/11, 2:22:33)

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    194. Jun 30, 2011 8:19 PM (in response to MichaelS75)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Michael, swore I'd just look and wouldn't sign in but couldn't resist. Love the pic with you and the boy. Great legs! Like your plan, easing into the half marathon. I've heard a lot of folks talking about the HH program. Hope I can find something here to do after September (in OH). Nice time on that race, too. Enjoy!!





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

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