Was rereading some of the above posts and I can verify that getting the right shoes is sooo important. I love the shoes I run in now, the plantar faciitis and sore knee are al gone and I really think the shoes were the cure. Now to find dirt...most of the trails here are through the forest and coyotes and bears are not my favorite running buddies, but they could help me increase my speed
Virtually all of my trail runs are in areas populated with coyotes, bears, and fishers (a big honkin' weasle with nasty teeth and claws). That said, in the several thousand trail miles I've run since 2009, I've seen zero coyotes, zero bears, and exactly one fisher, and while the animal could have done some serious damage to me had I provoked it, he (or she) was satisfied to stay put as we regarded each other before I continued on my merry way.
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Hi! My My name is Jaicey. My husband and I are doing the Warrior Dash 5k in May. I am really excited to start training for it, I ran in HS but that was 20 years ago...lol. I am looking forward to doing something for me. My oldest is starting college next year and my youngest is starting Kindergarten this year I am finished making babies...lol.... and looking forward to getting my pre baby body back...lol... or close
Wow, quite a story; congratulations on restarting your running!
The good news is that, with some work (you know, the running bit), you may very well be able to get close to your pre-baby body. Given that you're giving yourself plenty of time to train for the 5K, it sounds like you should be able gradually ramp up your running so as to not get hurt, and still be in good enough shape to easily run that race in May.
Keep us posted on your progress.
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Just finished the c25k this morning and feeling good, feeling brave enough to venture into the discussion boards. I see so many stories similar to mine and so many encouraging voices. So thanks, and may I say you are all looking fabulous today!
As for me - started c25k at 225, finished today at 211, been working on the diet as well. Running with my 7-year old daughter is a complete joy. To celebrate making our goal we are running the color run next weekend in San Diego, and super excited about continuing the training for 10k and beyond.
What tips do you have for staying motivated once you've achieved your goal? How do you keep it interesting?
I know what a fisher is and I honestly think I would rather see a bear...I have had coyotes runing parallel to me about 50 ft away twice but they lost interest and veered away, I have seen bear track and snakes and that is on my road...The critters really don't scare me, people usually scare me more, unless they are also running. This is the first day to run after my adventures in dentistry and it went OK....I probably won't run the whole 5K on Saturday but I will run walk and see how it goes.Wish me luck.
Good luck, be sure to keep us posted on how you make out.
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Nice work Shipo!. The only thing missing is the beer!
I must admit I'm kinda feeling excluded. I started back running seriously four years ago (I'm 41 now), and I dropped from 235 down to 195 lbs with PRs ranging from 17.02 for 5km and 2.59.41 for the marathon. Half thinking I need to add a few pounds to be a fully fledged member of the 200 lb club!!
I don't think being a 200+ Pound Club alumni is necessarily a bad thing.
Prior to my Reach the Beach - NH weekend (where the only priority for those of us on "ultra" teams was refueling and rehydrating) I had dropped down under the 200 pound threshold, however, in spite of the 35.9 miles I ran that weekend (32.8 for RTB plus the 5K the next day), I tipped the scale at 203 when all was said and done. Since then I've been pushing pretty hard and have managed to drop down to 192 as of last evening. The problem here is that I'm feeling a bit malnourished in spite of the 3,000+ calories I'm eating per day; maybe I should follow your lead and add back a few of those lost pounds.
Edit: After I posted the above comments it dawned on me that I have a perfect opportunity to add a few pounds on Sunday the 13th; I'll be running the Harpoon Octoberfest Race in Windsor, VT. Said race offers Kayem Bratwurst and 2 Harpoon beers (make mine their wonderful IPA) at the finish; 3 beers for members of the "Friends of Harpoon Program" (which I am). Oh yeah!
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Yes mate. It's amazing how much weight can fluctuate. I'm dialing in nutrition in the run-up to Chicago on 13 October and then NYC a few weeks later, then will probably let myself get back up around 200 lbs while I take some time off and get turned around to repeat Comrades in South Africa next year. And no joke, I usually have 6 - 8 beers a night, even before marathons!
Great to see such a vibrant group of 200 lbs + runners. There's not a lot of peer-reviewed literature on so-called Clydesdale/ Athena runners. A guy called Joe Law, started out with some interesting analysis back in the early 90s (sadly, he committed suicide), while Laura Chase out of Cal Poly has written a couple of papers. Happy to send what I have to anybody who is interested in reading.
This past weekend was the 5k that I had been working toward. Weather was perfect. Started at 9 AM and crossed the finish line just south of 50 minutes later. Not a great time, and not even one of my better times, but it was my first "official" 5k.
As it turns out, I did a number on my MCL, which is still quite painful six days later. You see, all of my training leading up to the 5k has been on the local high school track. The track is a rubberized surface and considerably more forgiving than the pavement of the 5k course. Not to mention the fact that the 5k course was through roads that were completely in shambles due to a thousand road construction projects all going on at the same time. Needless to say, the difference in running surface was a lot more of a factor than I anticipated.
So, since the weather has been pretty decent here in Western NY state, I have been riding the bike a lot, which imparts less impact on the knees while still providing a lot of cardio. My lung capacity is improving, which I dare say is the limiting factor in my running. I need to slow to a walk not because of lack of strength in my legs but rather a simple lack of lung capacity. Oh.. and the fact that I weigh 260 lbs might have something to do with it, too.
Hello all, I am a 41 y/o, 1+ Pack a Day smoker for 25 Years and weigh in at 280 Lbs. I just quit smoking 6 days ago, and started a C25K 3 Days ago, I just finished Week 1 Day 2 today. My C25K training is being done on a treadmill because I live in Florida, and the humidity here really blows! I am looking for anyone who has been through this and also looking for any advice that I can get.
I live in central Florida and agree the humidity here is oppressive. I started on a treadmill but eventually got bored and started running outside which I enjoy much more. I am sure you have read all the posts on the correct shoes and repeating weeks that seemed just too difficult. I don't feel qualified to give any advise other than that.
I just completed my 2nd 5K and my time was 7 minutes better than the last one. There were a lot of hills but even so I ran most of the race and felt much better about it than the last race. My daughter and I crossed the finish line together, she definitely held back to stay with Mom but it is be a great memory. Oh and GO NOLES...we won 63-0. ( i was hotter and more miserable during the game than the race, Who would have a football game at noon in Florida)
I'm 43 y.o. man. I quit tobacco last March, did a little working out last year before getting sidetracked and took it back up this year on Feb 25. Since that time, I have lost nearly 60 lbs (335 to 275) and went from running a St. Pats day 1 Mile race (Who knew those were really for little kids and grandparents) to running a half marathon in 2 weeks.
Whatever you do, just stick with it. 5Ks have become social races. There are a lot of us noncompetitive runners in them. Find one about 9 weeks from now and set your goal to run in it. Then pick another one about a month later (or a 10K) Having the races scheduled (and paid for) helps keep me honest with my workouts.
Hi All. 45 year old guy, former smoker, and newbie trail runner here. I'm hovering around 234 right now, down from about 247, trying to get back to around 225 or so.
Congrats to everyone in this thread who is or has quit tobacco. It's tough but it's worth it. I've been free of it for 10 years now. It does get easier, really it does.