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  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
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    210. Jul 17, 2011 10:07 AM (in response to jayjay0105)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Congratulations Pineyboy, JayJay and cmtpt!  What a milestone and you guys DID it! As for treadmill vs street vs trail, etc., here's my experience. I started on the local HS tracks thinking I needed the rubberized surface to minimize the pain in my knees. 1) It is boring and 2) it gets very steamy when wet. It has benefits: 1) it is gentler and 2) it's easy to keep track of distance; there are no obstructions to mess with your GPS and you can easily keep track of loops (embarrassing girlie term for once around track because blanking). Hit a wall trying to move from 3 to 5 min. so switched to running at work and found I could run along the river there. Infinitely the best! 1) reduces pollen; 2) constant change of scenery; 3) constant shade; 4) relatively flat and 5) ran when there were few or no folks. Beat that problem instantly and it put new life in my committment. Tried different inland paths on the weekend runs to add some incline and found the only problem was breathing (pollen and stress), even in the rain. Humidity and heat drove me indoors and I ran once on the treadmill at gym. It was a really spiffy model but I got bored really quickly despite having the tunes on and comfortable temp. After, my legs hurt in places I'd never felt before so I'm not sure the surface offered best absorption. So, my faves are, in this order: 1) outside, flat paved surface; 2) outside paved surface; 3) outside track; and 5) gym treadmill. If you can find a running buddy, time will go by much quicker. Only had one once on the track but it made a world of difference.

    @JayJay - so glad you pushed through. sorry about your back injury

    @Pineboy - look up at Tricia's post. Her weight is in her stats. She did it. You'll find a way. Your weight shouldn't be a problem to running outside because it works both ways making the uphills slower and the downhills faster; the friction is better.

     

    Finished W9D1 and I don't want to finish. So afraid I'll fall off routine without program. No faith! Also, there's no way I could run a 5k right now- I'm only running 2 mi. But, I'll be whooping when I finish,

     

    Happy runs to all this week!

     

    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!

  • runnermommy3 Pro 139 posts since
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    211. Jul 17, 2011 11:40 AM (in response to jayjay0105)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!
    Congrats to all that did their 20 minute run! I did mine the other night, and was so shocked I did it....lol! Before that 12 minues was the longest I had ever done. It's such a great feeling :).




    Carolyn, wife to Chad and mom to three boys

    Started WW and C25K on 1/10/11

    Starting Weight: 184.4 lbs

    Goal Weight: 130 lbs

    Current Weight: 131.4

    Rookie runner

    Race results for 2011:

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 4/10/11 - 1:10:26

    Bridge to Bridge 5K 5/7/11 - 39:59

    Graham's Sundae 5K 7/31/11 - 38:48

    Eagles Run 5K 8/6/11 - 38:28

    Run for the Athletes 5K 8/17/11 - 39.04

    Pumpkin Run 10K 10/30/11 - 1:12:24

    Hot Chocolate 5K 11/5/11 - 34:24 - PR!!!!

    Fox and the Turkey Trot 4 miler - 44:34

    Snowflake Shuffle 5K - 35:11 - last race of 2011

    Race results for 2012:

    Shamrock Shuffle 8K 3/25/12 - 56:42!!

  • jayjay0105 Amateur 24 posts since
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    212. Jul 17, 2011 2:43 PM (in response to mkayc)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    @Mary Kay--I'm right in the same boat as you...when I finished C25K, I was only running 2.3 miles in the 30 minutes.  I knew I wasn't going to sign up for a 5K until October (partly because my friend is doing a lung cancer 5k for her dad who died this year, and partly because I wanted no part in running my first 5K in St. Louis summer weather.)  I knew I wanted extra time to work on distance, too, so that's why I started B210K.  I was trying to decide between B210K (intervals) and One hour Runner (no intervals) and I decided that intervals worked for me up until this point, so why abandon them now. . I read somewhere that running 3 1-mile intervals with a break in between does more to increase your ability to run 3 miles at a constant speed than doing 3 mile runs for training (not sure why...maybe because at the end of the 3 mile run you start to slow down?)  Anyway, I will say that if I was just adding additional time to my 30 minute run, it would have taken me a while to be able to add a whole mile to my distance, but on the first day of B210K, I did 3.4 miles (compared to 2.3 miles just 2 days earlier) with 3 1-minute walk breaks (it's 4 10 minute intervals with 1 minute of walking in between).  To me, that really solidifies intervals as a way of being able to increase distance.  Keep up the good work everyone!

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
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    213. Jul 18, 2011 2:43 PM (in response to jayjay0105)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    jayjay, I agree with you completely but am worried about stress on my body. How did you feel that first week going from C25k to B210k? The first week is a big jump in running. Right now I am running 90 min. a week (30 x3) and the first week of B210k is running 120 min (40 x3). Did you notice any aches and pains? Other physical differences? How far along are you right now in the B210k program? I'd love to just transition into it b/c I do well with a planned program. '

     

    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!

  • jayjay0105 Amateur 24 posts since
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    214. Jul 18, 2011 3:35 PM (in response to mkayc)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    It has actually not been bad at all--I was completely shocked.  I've only done 2 days of B210K, but each time the last 10 minute interval started to get tough, but it was definitely doable.

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
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    215. Jul 21, 2011 3:45 PM (in response to jayjay0105)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    I'm Done! I'm Done! YAY! Now What? I just ran W9D3 on a treadmill. Heat advisory. Outside would have been a nice end. I enjoyed C25k but ... I only actually ran 2 miles today and almost didn't do that. I vowed not to leave the treadmill until it said 3.1 miles and I didn't. Unfortunately, it took me 48 min., 30 min of running and 18 min of walking. so, still don't feel like a runner, but doubt I'll stop trying to be one - she said, biting her nails.





    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!

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
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    216. Jul 23, 2011 5:44 AM (in response to mkayc)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Thanks, JayJay! I have the app but I think I'm going to try speed intervals for a couple of weeks to get to the point where I can actually run 3 miles before I transition. I'll be over on After C25k. Hope you'll keep us posted on how it goes.

     

    Mary K





    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!

  • scotth0911 Expert 42 posts since
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    217. Jul 28, 2011 12:01 PM (in response to jayjay0105)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    southwest missouri here as well and the battle with the mind is almost every time I tell the body it is time to pound some ground for awhile.

  • karibee Rookie 5 posts since
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    218. Jul 30, 2011 3:57 PM (in response to jliller3)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!
    I did it, too!!!!!  Whoa!!!!!!!!!!  I'm so excited.  I ran my first 5K last Saturday, and it was awesome.  Then I ran W9D3 last Wednesday, and was able to complete 3.1 miles all three runs of week 9.  Now I don't know what to do with myself.  I've had some pain in my arch, so maybe I'll take it easy for a few days....or maybe I'll get the b210k program?  I agree with those who posted that they need a program.  I'm the same way.  You are such a supportive bunch!  We rock!




    Started C25K-04/26/11

    Splash Mob 5K-07/23/11 (first one!)

  • Chickens2 Amateur 10 posts since
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    219. Jul 31, 2011 5:52 PM (in response to jliller3)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Wow, I'm so excited I finished W5D3!  Like many, I have never run 20 minutes straight in my life, and didn't think I could do it.  I'm amazed! I agree 20 minutes may be the mental hurdle to beat and then it's smooth sailing.  My first 5K is on September 3rd, and for the first time, I feel confident I can really do it!  But I have to say just hitting 20 minutes is a huge milestone in itself. 5K or not, I'm pretty happy tonight!

     

    I found this forum when I first found the Couch to 5K program, but was scared to post in case I didn't keep up with it.  I am so happy with the program that I finally got the courage to post   What a great group!

  • MichaelS75 Pro 168 posts since
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    220. Aug 1, 2011 6:19 PM (in response to Chickens2)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Congrats Chickens and thank you for sharing!





    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
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    221. Aug 2, 2011 9:33 AM (in response to Chickens2)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Great Going Chickens! It's a huge milestone, getting the first 20 min run and I hope you have smooth sailing. The next ones will be hard, also, but remember how you did this one and use that to get you through.

     

    Congrats to you, too Karibee and welcome Scott. Keep fighting that urge to stop. It will pay off.

    Good runs to all!

     

    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!

  • Kristy in NC Pro 134 posts since
    Feb 14, 2011
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    222. Aug 3, 2011 3:26 AM (in response to jayjay0105)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    jayjay - I'm surprised to hear about your experience with the B210K and distance, but excited.  I'm almost finished with B25K and have already downloaded B210K to continue the journey.  Some days I can get in 3 miles in 36 min, others I struggle to get much over 2.  It has all to do with my diet and how well I've hydrated as well as rest.  I'm beginning to learn what negatively affects my run and find myself avoiding those things.  Does this mean I'm becoming a real runner?





    Kristy in NC

    3/12/11 - St. Patricks Day 5K - First 5K - 43 min

    7/4/11 - Peachtree Road Race - 1hr 30 min

    9/2/11 - BB&T Sunset 5K - 40:48

    10/22/11 - Rocktoberfest 5K - 38:53

    11/5/11 - CommYOUnity 5K - 37:22

    11/24/11 - Butterball 5K - 37:03

    3/25/12 - Charlotte Motor Speedway 5K - 34:21

  • Chickens2 Amateur 10 posts since
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    223. Aug 3, 2011 5:25 AM (in response to Kristy in NC)
    Re: W5D3 - I did it!!!

    Thanks Mary Kay and Michael!

     

    After my 20 minute excitement Sunday, I was a mess yesterday doing W6D1.  I barely made it, but I think like Kristy, I learned some things from it: 1) don't run at 5pm when it is still bright and sunny (I usually go around 7:30pm), and 2) if I feel a little hungry before I go, I need to drink a little juice or something to keep my sugar up.  Between heat and low blood sugar, I felt terrible!  But I wouldn't quit...I don't know if that was smart or not.

     

    I don't know when you become a real runner, but it is interesting to notice what makes a difference!

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