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In regards to stretching - I've felt the same way - I read all the things that say not to stretch until you're done running, but by that point - what's the use?
I've started doing some yoga on my off days, I don't consider myself to be a highly spiritual person, but the stretches feel really good- like they're doing something... I do Namaste yoga on the FitTV channel if you have that it's pretty good.
Katie, I'm running on a TM at the moment. I may borrow from lswife and repeat the program outdoors after I finish it, or I may transition outside when fall temps arrive. I am a real wimp when it comes to humidity.
Camplate, love the image of an unbalanced washing machine! That's me!
Since I'm doing the program first thing in the morning, I stretch between the warmup walk and C25K. I haven't really noticed if it helps any, though. On the "off" days I sometimes do a Winsor pilates video--it has some good stretches and "core" work.
I don't really have a problem with the earbuds falling out. I have seen comments from others indicating they loop the excess cord over the top of their ears to help keep the buds in.
OH MY GOD I DID IT!
I'm sorry I had to type that in caps and be lame.. I just did W4D1 and I never thought I was going to finish and I did. It started off horrible - the arches on my feet started to hurt right away, and I couldn't get into a breathing rhythm, but then all of the sudden I had Mr. Ullrey talking in my ear telling me I only had 1 more minute of running and I was done! AHH!!
Okay - so Friday's day 2. It gets easier every time!
I can't wait until I'm almost done and I look back on this post and say - jeez i was excited at only 16 total minutes of running!
I thought I would jump in here too! I did my first W3 run yesterday and it was a challenge but I got through it.
I did the entire C25K last year on a treadmill and it worked well. This year I have a dog and decided that we both need to get in shape so I am outside. The first thing I noticed is that what seems like a tiny hill in a car is HUGE when you are running on it!
Does anyone else run with a dog?
By the way, I use earbuds and the podcasts too! I love it because I don't have to think. Earbuds have not fallen out but I have caught my hand on the excess cord and pulled them out, so I learned to tuck the cord away.
Where did everybody go? I guess I will keep posting here and just see how it goes.
I did my second W3 run and it was OK. The hills are pretty bad but the downhill is a reward for doing the uphill. I ate a piece of toast with peanut butter before I went out and I felt that I had much more energy. Does anyone else eat before running?
In some ways W3 almost seems easier since we only have 4 runs. After the first two it was such a shock to realize I was already halfway done.
I got out at 6:45 this morning which is about 1/2 an hour later than I would like. All the school busses were already on the raod and the exhaust they spew was harsh. The thought of that will help me get my lazy butt out of bed next time!
How is everyone else doing?
Hi! Sorry! I didn't disappear - just waiting until I ran again (which I'm doing tonight!)
I don't eat before hand- i can't have any water or I get a horrible stitch... It's happening when i'm walking too so I'm thinking maybe i just irritated the muscle or my diaphram is just really out of shape! :P
I'm afraid to start outside because I really like the control of the treadmill - that's why I hope they have mile markers at races because then I'll be able to gauge how I'm doing - I tried to cover up the display but I still end up looking to see how much more running there is...!
I agree about it being easier with only four running segments!
I'm still here too. Did W4D2 this morning with only an extra 30 seconds of walking added in to the last 5-min. run. I surprised myself a little by getting up in time to run at all this morning, as I was up pretty late watching the Colts last night !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|border=0!
I plan to wrap week 4 up on Sunday and start 5 on Tuesday.
Happy running and a great weekend to everyone!
Done with W5D1. Cut the grass in the morning, sat in traffic and other time consuming activities all day, and now the run. Tomorrow is a work detail for my club: eight hours of hauling, shoveling, painting, cleaning, whatever. I will be more sore from that than anything.
I do have a question about my ankles. This isn't limited to one side. I have looked on the stretching and strengthening pages and have not seen this covered. It feels like my foot is going to fly off while walking, long after exercising. It does not hurt when I take a step, but when I lift my foot, it feels like my foot stays on the ground, the muscles going down the outside and inside of my ankle feel like they are being stretched...as if my foot was being pulled off. It goes down to the foot itself, below the ankle.
A long time ago I was seeing a chiropractor and he marveled at how weak my feet and ankles were. This was when I was still in high school and college, an athlete (haha). He would grab my foot and have me push it from side to side. Most of the time I couldn't even move it all, with no resistance. He gave me exercises to do but they did not help.
I did it!!!
It took me three tries to complete W4D1, but it's over and I feel 1000x better about this program. I was doing alright on W3, but then I had to take five days off to move apartments and getting back into it has been really tough.
It really helped to change the order of the intervals (just a thing in my head that I wanted to get the worst part over with) and of course I slowed waaayyy down. I had been jogging at 12 mins/mi (already slow), and slowed down to 12:30 or 13. Oh well !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
Keep up the good work everyone! That jump from week 3 to 4 is tough, but if I made it so can you!
Congrats! That's how I felt the other day - I'm on my way to go do W4D2 so we'll see how that goes!
I haven't heard of that - but I just started and I'm definitely not a doctor! But - I would say to take it easy and do the exercises on the offdays maybe? And if it starts to hurt I would definitely check with a doctor - maybe it's something silly like your stride or your shoes that they can tell you and fix?
I ran W4D1 today. I have been running for about 3 years (did my first 5k at age 55), but without a training program to help me. We are doing a family 5k at Thanksgiving this year (long story) and my children (college age and older) are using C25K to train. They are having great results so I decided to look into it. Since I am not starting from couch, I decided to jump into the middle of the program. I felt good about the first run today. I ran on the treadmill, but at an incline so tonight I am feeling it in my thighs. Looking forward to reading results and sharing progress. My goal is to run the 5k and not be embarrassed by my children.
That's an awesome goal Mamahuss!
I did W4D2 tonight - it's done! It was actually really good- for the first 5 minute segment I covered up the display and just said I would go for the entire commercial break and then watch part of the next show and I looked and I had done like 5:30! Woo-hoo!
Hey all, I had jumped on one of the other topics but I am right in page with all of you. One question, do you all run on specific days or stick to everyother day? I run on T/TH/SA (just finished w3d3 this morning). I have been trying to ride my bike 2 miles on the mornings off to help build my leg strength. I am excited about this work out and looking forward to my first run in Nov. when I am done with this training program.
I'm so glad I found this thread! I seem to be jumping in a bit late, as I did W4D1 yesterday, but I'm SO happy to see everyone feeling the way I do. I've been reading everything I can on the subject but it just seems to frustrate me because it's all so advanced.
Here's one I can't seem to find an answer to: Anyone else having numbness in their feet during a run?
Now I've got to find out about this podcast stuff... sounds great!
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