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  • Zerorez Pro 154 posts since
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    10,485. Jun 10, 2012 7:20 PM (in response to VPSteve)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    @travis Welcome! a weight lifting friend once told me to run after lifting to run without your store of glycogen so you would burn more fat. Pretty fun stuff. I always did it the opposite way for convenience sake.

     

    @VPSteve

    that is awesome!!! I am still trying to do a 5k under 30 minutes. That is my goal. I of course want to just run carefree for hours a day, but as I listen to my body it kinda giggles at me and tells me when I go too far. Which is often. =) What is your max long run?

     

    @ everyone else

     

    Keep it up, if you keep going you will see progress. Slow and steady, consistant effort pays off big! Ok. finally have recovered from my 4 mile sandal run, time to do a 3. =) Oh, and the tiny rocks you get in there? just kinda shake your foot during the stride. They fly right back out.





    My first post here http://community.active.com/thread/81129?start=8910&tstart=0

    Age 40 Height 6'4'' Weight Start: 345 Current 230 Goal 199. First 30 pounds lost walking

    Couch to 5k Start: August 4th 2011 Graduate: 10/06/2011

    Using Endomondo!

    10/1/2011 First 5k!!! Hearts and Hands for Hope 46:10 pace min/mi 14.58

    9/21/2013 3.1 29.58 9:40 Frolic for Flippers 5k Fastest 5k

    10/6/2013 13.1 2:31:03 11:32 Smuttynose Half Marathon Fastest Half Marathon


  • Zerorez Pro 154 posts since
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    10,486. Jun 10, 2012 7:26 PM (in response to Kflie83)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    Kflie83 wrote:

     

    I have lost all motivation. I started C25k about 2 months ago. I got to week 4 and felt AMAZING!! I couldn't wait for each run. My knees didn't agree and I had to take a break for a couple of weeks to let them heal and to do some quad exersizes. I decided to start over at week one. Thank God I did. It was harder this time around than last time! Now I am about to start week 2 and have absolutely no motivation. I should have started 3 days ago. I was also using myfitnesspal.com and had lost 10lbs. In my 2 weeks of recovery, I gained 12 lbs and now I am not even using it. UGH!! I hate that I was injured. I feel like if my knees would have stayed with it, I would still be going strong! I cried the day I had to take a break from running. I had fallen in love with it! What is wrong with me now? I just want to sit on the couch and eat pizza all day. I am exhausted. I asked a friend if she'd be interested in starting c25k with me,so that I'd have a buddy to help keep me going. Hopefully that will work. I am just so... unmotivated.

    I am so sorry to hear that. I wish I had a magic answer. Running is fun, but it can be brutal at times. All I can say is that I do have a strategy to take care of various problems. I found that different shoes affect me differently. The motion control Brooks affect my inner knee. My minimus 00 Trail affect my outer knee. My sandals affect my calves. My vibrams affect the mid sole of my foot. So what do I do? I use them all. Now that I know what does what I simply use the shoe that has an area not in pain at the moment. I wish you luck and I will say a prayer for you.





    My first post here http://community.active.com/thread/81129?start=8910&tstart=0

    Age 40 Height 6'4'' Weight Start: 345 Current 230 Goal 199. First 30 pounds lost walking

    Couch to 5k Start: August 4th 2011 Graduate: 10/06/2011

    Using Endomondo!

    10/1/2011 First 5k!!! Hearts and Hands for Hope 46:10 pace min/mi 14.58

    9/21/2013 3.1 29.58 9:40 Frolic for Flippers 5k Fastest 5k

    10/6/2013 13.1 2:31:03 11:32 Smuttynose Half Marathon Fastest Half Marathon


  • VPSteve Rookie 6 posts since
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    10,487. Jun 11, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    200+ Pound Club!

    @Zerorex.  I have not run an officially timed race over 5k.  I have been concentrating on that distance for the past two years.  In daily runs, I have done 6 miles.  I generally vary my running with some days around 4-5 miles, some days doing "sprints" of 800 meters x 4 or 5 with 2 in rest in between, and occasionally some hill running.  I have never been a runner until age 56 so right now 5k seems like far enough to run.  In fact, the mental aspect is still strong, with my body telling me I should quit around 2.5 miles into a race, but I have know the feeling is coming and I have to just push through it.  I feel spent at the end of the race, so I can't imagine running any further.  I suppose I will eventually try a 10k and figure out how to pace myself.

     

    @Kflie83.  Yes, we have all been there.  When I first started running I had calf/knee/shin problems that occasionally sidelined me and made me question whether or not this was too much for me. You have to work through it.  Give yourself some time to adjust. These ideas have been repeated over and over in this thread, but for me, here are the most important things:

    1.  Learn to run with proper form.  Watch "Chi running" or "POSE running" videos and practice running with a mid-foot strike.  Most injuries to calf/knee/shin come from striking the heel first.  I had these problems in the beginning but once I learned the proper form, I no longer have them. 

    2. Get the right shoes.  Have them fitted by a running professional.  Start with a good basic running shoe that positions your foot properly.  I still use basic running shoes.  It did help me to try a minimalist shoe to learn proper form, but I do not like to run on asphalt with them.  I practiced on grass until I learned the form.  It took awhile and I am still working on it.

    3. DO NOT go on a diet. You only set yourself up for failure.  Instead, find a lifelong method of eating that works for your body.  For example, Zone or Atkins are popular.  I use the Paleo method (whole foods only, nothing processed, consisting of meat, vegetables, nuts and fruits only - no grains, dairy, sugar, or legumes/beans).  I eat this way all the time, and do not miss other foods at all.  There is a lot of information about the Paleo method online, and tons of delicious recipes.  For example how about paleo muffins made from almond flour, apples, walnuts and coconut oil and a little honey?

    4.  Don't stop.  If you can't run, walk.  If you can't walk, ride a stationary bike.  If you can't do that, swim.  If you can't swim, do stretching.  If your knees hurt, work out your upper body with pushups or dumbells.  Do situps.  Once you are up off the couch starting the c25k, don't sit back down again.  Stay up.

    5.  Set a goal.  I set a goal to run a 5k under 26 minutes six months ago.  Now I am re-setting my goal to under 25 minutes by Jan 2013.  Check around and find a 5k run somewhere near you in the near future.  Check at your local running store or online.  Commit to doing it.  It does not matter if you walk the whole thing. Just go do it.  In the race I just ran, people were still coming across the finish line in over 1 hour.  And people on the side were cheering for them as much as the winners - in fact I would say even more! After I finished I walked over to cheer for others because I was just like them not that long ago.   It does not matter what you weigh or what your time is - you are faster than the person still sitting on the couch. You may even meet someone you can run with at a local event.

     

    You've probably heard all this before and I don't know if any of this helps, but it's kept me going.

     

    Thanks to Wideguy for all you do here to encourage others!

    Steve

  • Fightingweight Rookie 2 posts since
    Jun 12, 2012
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    10,488. Jun 12, 2012 2:18 PM (in response to VPSteve)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Brand new and motivated.

    I've been over 225 for 10 years, and now that i'm 50 I'm sick and tired of being out of shape.

    I'm committing to running a 5K and have set some longer distances for each of my next birthdays.

    It is so encouraging to see that others not only have had the same experiences, but are succeeding at stretching their boundaries.

    Reading the comments in this forum are so helpful, the pain, the frustation, but most of all, the joy of success.

     

    I look forward to sharing success with all of you.

  • VPSteve Rookie 6 posts since
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    10,489. Jun 12, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to Wideguy)
    200+ Pound Club!

    I got to the Crossfit gym last night and what was the programmed workout? A 5K for time - lol.  Just ran a 5k race Saturday, so no rest for me.  Ran a 26:08.

  • CharlesAlberson Pro 152 posts since
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    10,490. Jun 12, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to Fightingweight)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Fightingweight wrote:

     

    Brand new and motivated.

    I've been over 225 for 10 years, and now that i'm 50 I'm sick and tired of being out of shape.

    I'm committing to running a 5K and have set some longer distances for each of my next birthdays.

    It is so encouraging to see that others not only have had the same experiences, but are succeeding at stretching their boundaries.

    Reading the comments in this forum are so helpful, the pain, the frustation, but most of all, the joy of success.

     

    I look forward to sharing success with all of you.


    Welcome to a Great Thread!!! This can be done and has been done and will continue to be done.. You have joined a great group here.

     

    I've changed up my running and started doing more weight training and crossfit. I'm still running 3 miles on some days depending on other workouts. I have been experiencing pain on the outside of my left knee that I thought was due to my change in running gait and that my shoes were causing it. I found out by running in some "old" shoes that it did not matter. That was disappointing to find out. It may be due to the amount of Squats and Lunges I've been doing ahahahaha.. Working on strengthening my knees so hopefully...... We will see. Knee is good up to 4 miles but after that the outside starts hurting. I'm worried about it because I've already signed up for my first Marathon in November and a Mud/Obstacle Course Run in Sept. Wanting to run another Marathon in Detroit in October but that may not happen. I really love running and have really started to enjoy crossfit workouts. They are brutal but fun. I can't believe how much is exerted in a short 15 minute workout. I'm with a Group of Folks that are just starting the Crossfit workouts and we have a great leader/friend that does Crossfit at lunch and then comes and takes us through another workout in the evening 2 days a week.

     

    It's great too see all the new folks on here and the continued support of the regulars!!!! You all ROCK!!! Keep at it. It really does pay off. Down 80 pounds from original starting weight and have gained muscle and lost a lot of fat.. still need to get the belly fat off but that will be the last to go.

     

    Happy Running Folks!!!





    Started C25K 6/26/2011 1 week out for injury recovery Repeated week 5 at higher altitude and week 6 because of traveling.

    GRADUATED C25K 9/17/2011

    Starting Weight 267 on 6/08/2011, 232#s on 8/4/2011, 226#s on 8/14/2011, 220#s on 9/3/2011, 216#s on 9/14/11, 214#s on 9/17/11, 210#s on 9/27/11, 207#s on 10/22/11, 203#s on 10/31/11, 195# 12/6/11, 189# 2/4/12, 185 2/14/12

    Current Weight 183 2/22/12 not by Exercise or Diet Alone! COMBINED BOTH

    Completed First Race Stephenville Lions Club Spooktacular 10K Oct 22 2011 1:04:09 10:21 pace 38/66 3rd place for over 50. PR

    Tarleton University Homecoming 5K (3.46miles) Oct 29 2011 31:05 9:07 pace 37/87 6th place for over 50.

    COWTOWN UNTHSC Half Marathon 2/26/2012 Over all 2767/6325 age group placement 182/350 2:11:02 PR

    Running on Faith 5K 3/31/12 24:15 8:05 pace, Race was .1 miles short. 4th place for over 50. PR

    http://athlinks.com/racer/114295812

    http://www.endomondo.com/profile/2227052

    http://runkeeper.com/user/charlesinarow/activity/46512892

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/charles.alberson

    http://charlesinarow.blogspot.com/

  • Dtothe2nd Amateur 13 posts since
    Jun 12, 2012
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    10,491. Jun 13, 2012 6:32 AM (in response to CharlesAlberson)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    New to the forum, figured I'd post up here.  I'm still in the club, but not for too much longer.  Last year I was 270, my all time high (I'm 6' tall).  For the last six months I've gotten my diet under control, eating high protein/low carb (bad carbs that is), lots of fruits/veggies and water (100-120oz/day).  Dropped about 40lbs just from fixing my diet before I started running in April and now I'm down 64lbs so far to 206.  Goal is 180s.  Anything is possible with time and determination, keep up the good work everyone!





    - Dave

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    2012 Races

    - OK5K - 25:45 - PR

    - CHKD 8K - 41:34 - PR

    Future Races

    - South Norfolk Jordan River Bridge Bash & River Run (5k) - 7/14

  • SnackerChris Pro 163 posts since
    Dec 8, 2010
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    10,492. Jun 13, 2012 8:49 AM (in response to Dtothe2nd)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    Great story Dave!  Been forever since I read this thread, but glad for your encouragement!  Way to go!





    FLIP THE SWITCH! If I can lose 130 pounds in a year without pills or surgeries or food programs, so can you!

    Snacks All The Weigh Down

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    Began 2010 @ 325lbs - Never even ran to dinner EVER before!

    Started C25K Sept/2010 (239 lbs) - Graduated Nov/2010 (216 lbs)

    First Official 5K - Frosty 5K 12/11/2010 - 25:57.8 (211 lbs)

    Living for Zachary Heart Run 5K - 10/22/2011 - 22:34 (202 lbs) PR

    Salute American Heroes 10K - 11/12/2011 - 47:48 (202 lbs) PR

    Dallas White Rock Half Marathon - 12/4/2011 - 1:57:39 (202 lbs)

    Leaping Leprechauns 15K - 3/10/2012 - 1:15:35 (210 lbs) PR

    Big D Half Martahon - 4/15/2012 - 1:57:51 (215 lbs - felt it) PR

    Cooper Summer Sprint Triathalon - 7/21/2012 - 25:18 on the 5K run piece (209 lbs)

  • SnackerChris Pro 163 posts since
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    10,493. Jun 13, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to CharlesAlberson)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    @charles outside of the knee may actually by ITB issue.  May sure you are doing hip adbuctor strengthening along with the crossfit stuff.  Also major stretching like pigeon pose and foam rolling of your entire leg.  I ran into this issue and still have my "crutch" of an ITB compression band to make me feel safer lol





    FLIP THE SWITCH! If I can lose 130 pounds in a year without pills or surgeries or food programs, so can you!

    Snacks All The Weigh Down

    ---

    Began 2010 @ 325lbs - Never even ran to dinner EVER before!

    Started C25K Sept/2010 (239 lbs) - Graduated Nov/2010 (216 lbs)

    First Official 5K - Frosty 5K 12/11/2010 - 25:57.8 (211 lbs)

    Living for Zachary Heart Run 5K - 10/22/2011 - 22:34 (202 lbs) PR

    Salute American Heroes 10K - 11/12/2011 - 47:48 (202 lbs) PR

    Dallas White Rock Half Marathon - 12/4/2011 - 1:57:39 (202 lbs)

    Leaping Leprechauns 15K - 3/10/2012 - 1:15:35 (210 lbs) PR

    Big D Half Martahon - 4/15/2012 - 1:57:51 (215 lbs - felt it) PR

    Cooper Summer Sprint Triathalon - 7/21/2012 - 25:18 on the 5K run piece (209 lbs)

  • emalcon1 Amateur 9 posts since
    Jun 13, 2012
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    10,494. Jun 13, 2012 9:00 AM (in response to Dtothe2nd)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Eating a ton of veggies won't just help you lose weight, they'll extend your life and reverse/slow down certain diseases. Google Ted Talks and the MS lady. Changed my diet completely.

  • caraincardiff Rookie 4 posts since
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    10,495. Jun 13, 2012 10:01 AM (in response to emalcon1)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Hi Everyone,

     

    I saw someone's post regarding Chi Walking/Running, but now I can't find it! Anyways, when I started walking/running, I knew I have had ankle problems in the past, and a friend recommended Chi Running. It really helped me with my posture and form, and so far no problems (big knock on wood!).

     

    I highly recommend the video since it helped me visualize the correct posture and form. For Christmas, my dad gave me a session with a Chi Running Coach. Best gift ever!

  • Dtothe2nd Amateur 13 posts since
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    10,496. Jun 14, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to SnackerChris)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Thanks Chris! Those are some amazing gains in your sig! (or should I say losses? lol) 

     

    It's one of those things that for the longest time has felt impossible, but now that I'm doing it, I can't help but wonder why I didn't do it sooner.  Everything is better, my energy, my sleep, my mental state (nothing stresses me out now). 

     

    Oh, down two more pounds this week, 204 as of this morning.





    - Dave

    -----------------

    2012 Races

    - OK5K - 25:45 - PR

    - CHKD 8K - 41:34 - PR

    Future Races

    - South Norfolk Jordan River Bridge Bash & River Run (5k) - 7/14

  • Fightingweight Rookie 2 posts since
    Jun 12, 2012
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    10,497. Jun 14, 2012 1:32 PM (in response to Fightingweight)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    First day out, first week, first run/walk. Never knew I could gasp for air like a fish.

    I found a small park 10 minutes walk from the office, good warm up distance. The park is almost perfect for the 60/90 seconds breaks when I run the sides and walk the ends.

    But....best of all...I completed the WO#1..

    then up 300 steps and walk back to work.

    I'll admit, I'm feeling the fatique as I type this, but I know it's a good feeling and there is even more determination to see this to a 5K in 9 weeks.

     

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  • Dtothe2nd Amateur 13 posts since
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    10,498. Jun 14, 2012 1:27 PM (in response to Fightingweight)
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    Nice work Fighting!  The mental game is the hardest part, if you can win that battle, your body will follow. 





    - Dave

    -----------------

    2012 Races

    - OK5K - 25:45 - PR

    - CHKD 8K - 41:34 - PR

    Future Races

    - South Norfolk Jordan River Bridge Bash & River Run (5k) - 7/14

  • rebrck Amateur 28 posts since
    Jan 28, 2011
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    10,499. Jun 14, 2012 6:21 PM (in response to Fightingweight)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Great job fighting!

     

    Hello all!  I am back and this time I am going to finish this thing!  I have never got past week 6 so Game on!

     

     

    Good luck all!





    rebrck

    Current weight - 250 lbs - April 13th 2012

    Goal weight - 140 lbs - Jan 1st 2013

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