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  • BelieveInU Rookie 8 posts since
    Jun 20, 2011
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    Hello everyone!!!!  I know that I have been gone for sometime, but I am back.  While gone though I have run 3 5K's!!! This running thing can get addictive.  I never thought I would say that.  Don't get me wrong, I do not always like to run, but I love the way I feel after I have run.  Coming from a plus size woman,
    YOU CAN DO IT!!!  Keep it up guys!

  • okjoan Amateur 9 posts since
    Jul 9, 2012
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    10,576. Jul 25, 2012 6:30 AM (in response to seasicksquid)
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    Keep going seasick! I ran outside today for the first time and that dang negative voice in my head kept trying to beat me up. But I reminded myself I was lapping everyone on the couch. I too have been cheating on the diet, but today is another day to begin. There are no quick fixes, I remind myself, this is a new life and I will not get all the good stuff all at once.

  • seasicksquid Rookie 4 posts since
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    10,577. Jul 25, 2012 7:23 AM (in response to SnackerChris)
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    Thanks to everyone for the encouragement. I'm just at a point of frustration. Despite keeping my calories at 1600 or lower, I haven't lost for 3 weeks. I'm struggling in the C25k, though still moving forward. It's getting to the point in the summer down here in Louisiana where I want to begin hibernating in the air conditioning, too. I never stopped to think about the heat until someone asked me how I managed in the heat last week. Now it's all I think about when I run, besides "Is this interval over yet?"


    I'm going to keep going, because I don't give up, especially when so many people are looking to me to be strong and prove that it is possible. I AM going to prove to the doubters that I can do it, come hell or high water - and we get both of those things in New Orleans!

  • greenie78 Rookie 1 posts since
    Jul 25, 2012
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    10,578. Jul 25, 2012 8:20 AM (in response to Zyndyna)
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    Hi everyone! I'm new to the group and have started the C25k program a couple weeks ago. I have been doing the w1d1-3 for a couple weeks, and now have been able to run the whole thing with out wanting to die!! lol I'm now onto wk2d1-3 and seem to be struggling with it, although it doesn't help that the weather is really hot here! There are 6 reps and I can only get through 4, so I will continue to work on it! I have decided to set a date for my first 5k so I can have something to focus on and not feel like giving up! The problem now is I'm a little nervous I won't be ready in time for the race, although it is 2mo away! Did any of you have the same worries when you trained for your first 5k??


    I've always wanted to run and my goal has been to lose my weight and be able to run a 5k, I so far have dropped 90lbs and so I felt it was time to start on that goal of running a 5k! I still have a ways to go weight wise, but I'm happy with where I'm at! It's inspiring to see others like me being able to reach the same goal I am aiming for!! 


    I noticed that a few were asking questions about an app for androids, the one I use is called rundouble; it is free or you can pay $1.20 for the extras that it offers. It sticks to c25k program; I really like the app and it seems to be working for me. What I really like about it is I can have my own music playing while the program is running and when it tells you to switch it just lowers the music so you can hear her. It also reads your pace time and distance to you.



  • chipy13 Amateur 14 posts since
    Jul 2, 2012
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    10,579. Jul 25, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    To seasicksquid, you CAN do it!! I know I still roll out of bed on run days and I just want to keep hitting the snooze button! But you just have to keep repeating in your mind "I can do this. I can do this". Eventually your body will believe it too. Trust me, I had little faith in myself at the beginning (and every time I start a new week!) and I am still surprised when I make it through a run, but I am definitely starting to really believe I can finish this! You can too!


    To greenie78, don't worry about repeating weeks. It's better to repeat them then to try what you're not ready for and get discouraged. It will get easier, you just have to have faith in yourself that you can do this no matter how long it takes. And no matter what, it's a lot better than sitting on the couch! As for the 5k training, I am still debating when to sign up for a 5k. I do think if I sign up for one it'll be another motivator for me to stick with this so I probably should. And even if you can't run the whole thing, just walk part of it. Eventually you will be able to run it all. Good luck!!

  • Trishinator Legend 234 posts since
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    10,580. Jul 25, 2012 10:02 AM (in response to seasicksquid)
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    Hey Seasick -


    Just wanted to post something for you to think about.  1600 calories may not be enough for you and you may be putting your body into starvation mode.  I don't remember how much you said that you weigh, but I will tell you about my personal experience.  I currently weigh in at 269lbs.  2 years ago, I started the C25k program for the first time.  I took the opportunity to have metabolic testing done through my gym and got an assessment.  I think I weighed about 10lbs more then than I do today.  My base metabolic rate (BMR) turned out to be 2900 calories per day.  That's what it takes for me to maintain my current weight.  At the time, I was trying to keep to 1600 calories per day based on the idea that if 2000 calories is right for a normal weight person, then cutting to 1600 would be an achievable weight loss.  So essentially, I was cutting my calories by almost 50% every day and I wasn't losing any weight.  I bumped my calories to 2200 per day and started seeing results.  As far as BMR calculators go, I found the one at the Livestrong site to come the closest to what the metabolic testing showed - it was only off by about 100 calories.


    The other thing to keep in mind is that whatever you set your calorie target as, you need to make that your net calories.  If you set your target at 1600 calories and then you burn 500 calories running, your net calorie intake is only 1100 calories - again, putting you in starvation mode.


    I know it seems odd to think that if you eat more, you will start to lose weight, but it can happen if you have cut your calories down too far.


    Best of luck!

    C25K Graduate - 5/22/10, Started over 1/3/12

    One Hour Runner Graduate - 7/30/10

    Nike + id: tjkness


    9/26/10 - 5K at the Lake Tahoe Marathon - 47:47

  • CapnDonkey Amateur 22 posts since
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    10,581. Jul 25, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to Trishinator)
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    Just replying to agree with everything Trishinator wrote.  I've struggled with being over 300lbs for years since I quit smoking, and I thought hard diets were the way to go.  That is, until I learned about MBR calculations.  Evidently, I'm supposed to eat almost 3600 calories a day to maintain my weight, and 3100 to lose weight.  Once I spread that massive caloric intake out through 5 meals, and started a healthy cardio AND weightlifting program, I started to see results.  I started at 365, and now I'm down to 325, but it's a LEANER 325.  The weight doesn't melt off, it creeps off very very slowly.  But I can see pictures from 6 months ago where my shoulders and arms aren't nearly as big as they are now, and my calves and forearms show off the hard work I've put in, even if my midsection still bulges.  But I'm never going to have a six-pack.  I'm not built that way.  I doubt I'll ever see the south side of 200, considering I'm 6'2" with 8.5" wrists. (they use wrist circumference on the BMR calculator to gauge your frame)  Just like I'm never going to be a marathoner.  But I've already run 6 5ks in 3 years, and even though I'm slow, I'm faster than everyone standing still, and everyone still cheers me on as I lumber across the finish line. 


    If you find yourself in a running rut, try mixing up weights with your cardio.  A strong, healthy core is just as important as lung and heart function to runners.  


    This has been a long post from someone who mostly lurks, so I'll leave y'all with three truths I've finally learned after years of struggling with weight:


    1. Food is fuel.  You get out what you put in, and that's no joke.  "Garbage in, Garbage out" is not just a clever phrase.

    2. You can't burn fat without muscle.  A simple weight routine, even just situps and pushups if you don't have weights, is essential to keep your body burning fat efficiently

    3. If it doesn't CHALLENGE you, it doesn't CHANGE you.  If I'm not gasping for breath after that last mile, or exhausted from that final rep of my last workout set, then I didn't give it my all, and I'm only cheating myself.


    Good Luck, and DON'T QUIT.  Even if they're not right beside you, know that when you're out there on the trail/path/treadmill/gym, that you've got people rooting for you!

    Started training 8/27/10 - 357.5 lbs

    Lowest weight in 2011 - 308.1 lbs

    Post Injury weight on 12/15/11 - 351.4 lbs

    Current weight 5/31/12 - 330 lbs

    Goal Weight - 12/25/12 - 250.00 lbs

    Major Setbacks - Willpower, muscle retention.

  • SnackerChris Pro 163 posts since
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    10,582. Jul 25, 2012 3:25 PM (in response to Trishinator)
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    @seasick I was slow to the punch but I agree with everyone else talking about too little calories.   I personally tried to eat at the net calorie level I WOULD need to maintain the weight I target.   Net meaning after subtracting any major exercise (aka a run).  If you make your goal too low at first then you will eat too little and your body will hold on for dear life.   That was my experience anyway.

    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)

  • mitchm1557 Amateur 19 posts since
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    10,583. Jul 25, 2012 9:30 PM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Well folks I am back. Nothing like starting over from scratch. After running my way to a 10k in October last year I had a slight accident where I managed to fall about 20 feet and landed on my hip and head. Needless to say I was out of the runing scene for some time. A friend talked me into training on a bicycle for the Seattle to Protland ride, yes 204 miles on a bicycle seat is a long long ways to go in 2 days. I decided that today was the day to go give my running shoes a workout. I managed two slow miles in the 85 degree heat. But man did it feel good anyways  enough with the rambling. Just thought I would stop in and say hi and will hopefully be back soon.

    4-2-2011 Run like a fool 5k Olympia, Wa finished 35.22 (1st ever)

    07/16/2011 Lakefair 8K Olympia, Wa  Finished 50.21

  • LadyTaty Rookie 1 posts since
    Jul 26, 2012
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    10,584. Jul 26, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hi there, I'm relatively new to this, but I've heard about the C25K program from friends on facebook. I've been a walker almost all my life, and I don't get very winded on stairs, unless it's more than 4-5 flights. But I have always felt like I could be more fit. This past month I have been walking 3miles a day 5-6 days a week, and I have seen some differences in the way my clothes fit. Before I got here I weighed in at 239. I've never been more than 239 and never been less than 220. I have yet to weigh myself since. At 25yrs old and 5'4 I'm getting pretty fed up that the person inside is not who I see on the outside. I was thinking of starting the plan, but I have a few concerns. Joints are one of my family's trouble areas, and I have always heard that running is pretty bad on your joints. After reading, I like the fact that the program starts you out pretty easy and you work your way up. I'm thinking August 1st is going to be my day 1 week 1 when I get back home to a familiar "stomping ground". Any tips for a newb and suggestions about joints would be greatly appreciated.

  • Ogr44 Legend 316 posts since
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    10,585. Jul 26, 2012 7:49 PM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hope everyone is doing well and keeping cool.  been off the site for a bit.  just never get around to updating...getting back into running shape after spring knee injury.  did 5k on 4th, been out for couple longer 10K+ waddles, then quick visit to Indy for Fathers 75th birthday - hard to waddle while driving 12 hrs each way.  Looking to add a 10K for august and a 1/2 marathon this fall.  vacation and travel plans are in the air so I have no idea which 1/2 I will do this year. 


    weights been steady - dipped below 225 rose up to around 230....I am used to bouncing a little don't worry it too much. I am happy to stay flat when I am traveling. 


    I just go new pair of nike free run3's  only been out in them once - 5k on the 4th.  loved them.  just decided to completely kill the old pair first.  I will switch over circa sept if my plans hold for waddling between 10-20 miles a week.  I just could not resist the color - bright yellow....


    welcome to all who are new - I hope to be a little more active as ausust rolls around and son returns to college....

    races in 2013 - Always trying to keep moving

    31 Dec 2012: Fairfax 4 miler: 49:34

    10 Feb 2013 Run your heart 2013 35:30

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  • nerudathedog Amateur 13 posts since
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    10,586. Aug 1, 2012 10:35 AM (in response to LadyTaty)
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    LadyTaty, I meant to answer this sooner--I hope you're still on track to start C25K today! I was worried about my joints when I started (I was well over 250 and had never successfully run in my life). I started with walking, and walked for a couple of months before I started the program. I also read somewhere that if I was able to run slower, it meant I was running too fast! That surprised the heck out of me, but I took it to heart, and made my "runs" as slow as I could. I built muscle and endurance, and yesterday, I ran 3.5 miles--and I could have gone farther! It is astonishing to me that at the end of May I was trying to figure out how to handle those 60- and 90-second intervals, and now I can just lace up and go. But I am convinced that the reason I'm here--and here without so much as a shin splint--is that I put staying uninjured at the top of my list. I knew (and still know) that if I got injured badly enough that I got off-track for more than a day or two, I risked never getting back on track again. Patience is not my strong suit, but I've been trying to build that slowly, along with my muscles.


    I didn't have to repeat any days or weeks, but I know plenty of people who have, and who don't regret it at all. Listen to your body, and push yourself a bit (but not too much!) in the early days, and it will start paying off for you before you know it.


    If I can do it, anyone can do it. Good luck to you, and to everyone else who's just getting started.

  • dmtol34 Rookie 2 posts since
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    10,587. Aug 1, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to nerudathedog)
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    Hi everyone, 


    I am new to the site and just started week 4 of c25k.  I had a tough time with day one and thinking about going back to week 3.  My shins are in a lot of pain.  I've tried stretching but think I may need new running shoes.  Using an old pair that I have had for awhile.  Any suggestions for shin splints?


    I don't want to stop but the pain is getting so bad that I am afraid of injury.  I have always had issues with shin splints. 



  • Ogr44 Legend 316 posts since
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    10,588. Aug 5, 2012 6:56 PM (in response to dmtol34)
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    based on my limited experience - when my shoes wear out, I would get pain.  I switched over to the nike free run's and have problems figuring out when they wear out.  I no longer get the ankle/knee pain I would get when regular running shoes wear out.  If you replace shoes and pain goes away you know it was most likely the shoes....If it doesn't go away then its another issue.


    I've been fighting with bum knee since march.  its cut down my running this year...I'm just working back to actually running vice walking fast....tonight for example I did 8.4Km in 1:08 but the last 4Km were faster than first 4Km.  I also worked in running between 200m and 500m per Km for the most I've run in a while.  I'll see how it feels tomorrow but so far indications are good....

    races in 2013 - Always trying to keep moving

    31 Dec 2012: Fairfax 4 miler: 49:34

    10 Feb 2013 Run your heart 2013 35:30

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  • Zerorez Pro 154 posts since
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    10,589. Aug 8, 2012 8:02 AM (in response to Ogr44)
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    1 year of non stop running (barring about 3 different weeks of illness) was accomplished this week. I would like to outline my progress. My Aug 4th 2011 speed was about a 15 minute mile. I could accomplish about a half a mile. My August 4th 2012 speed was about an 11:30 minute mile in midday heat. My weight has gone down about 50 pounds and I can now run about 6 miles without stopping without any real issue. I am doing weekly mileage of 10-15 miles a week and am on track to complete 500 miles this year. =)


    Hope you are all doing well!

    My first post here

    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


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