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I can't remember where I read this...."no matter how slow you go, you will always lap the people on the couch"....I just finished week two....some days were great, some not so great, but I finished! Keep up the great work crew!
It is a fabulous program. I just finished it 3 weeks ago. I had never run more than the manditory mile in school. So it had been forever. Yesterday I ran 4.5 miles easily and I love running now. I do my first 5k in a few days and am super excited. A few tips, don't do it with someone else. I tried to have friends do.it with me twice and all quit, first time I did too. You can look ahead all you want but take it with a grain of salt, it looks discouraging but you can do it. I saw someone else say it but definitely remember "No matter how slow you run you will always be lapping anyone sitting on the couch". Just keep running! If you can, go get fitted for good running shoes. I waited till week 5 to do it and it helped me so much. If you live in GA there is a great place in Athens called Athens Running Company. If you have problems go back a week or 2 but don't give up. I had leg pain in week 7 so I started over at week 5 which I only had to do for a few days. It only put me back a few days but if I wouldn't have I may never have finished. Good luck and just keep running! It's so worth it in the end to know you finished.
I'm very slow at this point too! The Alzheimer's benefit I signed up for is also a walk, so I will be able to jog as much as I can then walk the rest, or however I feel like doing it. I'm sure for the 10k I want to sign up for in November, they will have a minimum speed requirement... So, I will have to make sure I will be able to keep the pace before I sign up!
I will look into the Hot Mama in Edmond! I actually live in Bartlesville and work in Tulsa, but Edmond isn't too far to travel, in fact I'm going there on Thursday!
I'm taking it slow too! In fact, the app I'm using is a 8 week app, but I'm repeating enough days to stretch it out to at least 12 weeks. Today was my second time to do W3D2. I'm doing all of weeks 3, 4, 5, and 6 two times.
That should help build up cardio endurance as well as my muscles!
"but for just starting out, the runs should be a pace where you feel you can't comfortably run any slower. "
That is wonderful advice! I'm repeating W4 for the third time and didn't think I'd ever get past it until I slowed down my pace. I have to keep reminding myself that this is for endurance, not speed. For those who think they can't do it, I'm a 62 year old lifelong couch potato and I'm having the most fun of my life! Yesterday was a non run day and I couldn't stand it, so I got out and walked a 5k! I never would have done that before - at least not willingly!!
I completed W3 (repeated the week) I will be starting W4D1 tomorrow. It should be today but this heat wave is a killer. The app I'm using is 8 weeks which I know I will be repeating weeks 4 and on. I have no problem repeating the weeks either. To me as long as I keep moving then I am succeeding. I get this high when I know I am going to jog. On my off days I think about the next jog session. It is an amazing feeling when you complete each day. I have notice changes in my leg mucsles and its an awesome feeling. When I repeated W3 I noticed the second time around I my speed picked up a little. Starting out I was slow and I was comfortable with that. Lets see if that is what happens with W4. Keep up the good work everyone.
I just started recently, too. You're right, the app really does help. I think my biggest advice is to not push too hard and to not get overwhelmed with it all. Running really does feel great, and I'm so glad I started running. I'm only on day 2 right now, ha. But I don't have any intention of stopping. (:
Hi all. W4D1 completed and I have to say it wasn't as bad as I had though it would be. I know as I go further into the program it will get tougher, but I know I will do it. You are right Angel, the key is not pushing yourself too hard. You should push yourself but not further than your body will allow. I for a couple of years I had said I wanted to try running but never did anything about it. I am so glad I have. Keep up the good work everyone.
Still here trudging along. Just did week 6 day 1 and I'm excited that soon I will be done with walking in the middle of my jogs. At least scheduled walking. LOL Still a little slow. Allright, allright, very slow. I'm going to make a T-shirt with a penguin and a turtle passing me. Maybe a skinny me.
Just wanted to check in and say good work everyone.
Get up and try again! I think I must be setting a record for how many times I've been sidelined in my quest to actually run an entire 5K. Back injury, bronchitis, knee injury, bad cold, broken toe, biopsy. I am determined to make it.
2013 - Gritty Goddess Mud Run (Run/Walk)
2013 - Firefly Run (Run/Walk)
2014 - ??
My 6 year old ran in the Gritty Kids Mud Run and I couldn't keep up. LOL
I'm on Week 4 Day 2....and I am having som much fun doing it!
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Hi all. I completed W4D3 yesterday. Maybe it was the heat but it was a tough one. There were a couple of time when I thought I wouldn't be able to finish but each time I thought about stopping I told myself that I couldn't give up. In the jogging periods I almost had to walk a bit but I kept focusing on the music. I told myself there is only 2 1/2 min left...now only 1 min and you can't stop with 1 minute left. It was really humid out but I completed it. I will repeat this week as I know I will do with the remainder weeks and I am cool with that. I want to make sure I can handle the next week and the next without reinjuring my knee. Keep up the good work everyone. Geo, T-shirt idea is cute. I consider myself a penguin too.