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  • SingleTraxRobb Rookie 3 posts since
    Oct 7, 2013
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    11,025. Oct 9, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to SpartanJD01)
    200+ Pound Club!

    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.

  • CynceRN Pro 66 posts since
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    11,026. Oct 10, 2013 5:09 AM (in response to SingleTraxRobb)
    200+ Pound Club!

    I never smoked but my parents did. They quit when I was in high school. They are now in their 80's and still say it was one of the hardest things they have ever done.

     

    The weather here today is gorgeous. 60's sunny and a light breeze and it is a rest day so I am not out running in it, but rest days are important too and tomorrow it will be beautiful again.

  • SpartanJD01 Amateur 30 posts since
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    11,027. Oct 10, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to SingleTraxRobb)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    I quit booze and drugs in 1990 when I was 20. Quiting and staying off tobacco is tough. I post daily on a website called quitsmokeless.org.   I doubt I would be able to stick with the other healthy changes without staying off tobacco. 

  • SeeFluffyRun Legend 251 posts since
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    11,028. Oct 10, 2013 4:27 PM (in response to SpartanJD01)
    200+ Pound Club!

    I have never been a smoker nor my parents.  My choice of drug...food. 

     

    However, my husband is a 2 pack a day smoker.  He doesn't do it in the house thank goodness.  A few weeks ago he joined our running group.  He ran faster and longer than all of us in the beginner group and when we were done with our long run....he stepped around the corner for a smoke.

     

    He calls himself a skinny fat man.  He gets bent out of shape if he hits 160.  He eats like crap and smokes.  But he is always complimented on his amazing calves.  If he was a girl, I would hate him out of pure jealousy LOL





    Graduated C25K 08/09/2009

    Restarted 04/01/2013


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  • CynceRN Pro 66 posts since
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    11,029. Oct 11, 2013 10:39 AM (in response to SeeFluffyRun)
    200+ Pound Club!

    My drug of choice would also be food, and not the green leafy kind. I have also been known to drink a glass or two of wine. My newest addiction however is running. I really miss it on my rest or sick days. Maybe i am developing a good addiction, wouldn't that be nice. Tomorrow is a 3 mile jog. I will start in the dark and watch the stars fade as the sun comes up....and it is finally cooling off......and maybe some day someone will notice my calves...:)

  • JKnow Expert 45 posts since
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    11,030. Oct 14, 2013 5:06 AM (in response to Heather Bentley)
    200+ Pound Club!

    @ Heather Bentley - Have a plan for the next goal BEFORE you finish the one you are on. I didn't and 3 years later I am starting out again... I should have had a 10k goal laid out before or as I finished the C25k. I took a week off that turned into 3 years of starts and stops and have struggled to get back to running again. After I finish C25k, I will do the 5k101, Fastest 5k and then a 10k program...

     

    W3D2 is tomorrow....

     

    Best of luck!





    C25k Completed on 10-NOV-10

    Veterans Day 5k 13-NOV-10 time 33:32

    Turkey Trot 5k 25-NOV-10 time 33:18

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  • SeeFluffyRun Legend 251 posts since
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    11,031. Oct 16, 2013 8:05 AM (in response to CynceRN)
    200+ Pound Club!

    My favorite runs are our Saturday morning runs. I love running the seawall and watching the sunrise over the water.  during the week, I run in the evening, trying to beat the moon coming out. 

     

    After C25K I encourage yall to try a running group.  Becoming part of a running group has changed my whole running world..heck my whole world.  I am surrounded by runners that understand, encourage and advise me all the time. There love of being active has encouraged me to try new things.  I want to take swim lessons so that I can do more than float...perhaps a triathlon down the road.

     

    You will be amazed at all the shapes, sizes, ages and paces that make up a running group.  Even I, slow as molasses self, found someone at my pace and we are best buds now. 





    Graduated C25K 08/09/2009

    Restarted 04/01/2013


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  • AmyClarke1 Rookie 2 posts since
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    11,032. Oct 16, 2013 9:05 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hi all. New here and working the Weight Watcher program with success. Unfortunately my body is not a capable as my current motivation would like it to be.

     

    Walking about 1.4-1.5 miles 3 times a week and slowly building to stave off aches and pains... like shins... I recently was diagnosed with sinus tarsi on both side and the hydrocortisone shots have helped things immensely... ok.. so my question is.

     

    I would like to start the C25K program... have a couple apps, but they all start with the 60  seconds of running... which is too much for me right now.

     

    Are there apps that let you shorten the time (say 15 seconds, 30 seconds running, 60 -90 seconds walk, etc), or are already preset to start more conservatively?

     

    I know with additional walking/training and more weight coming off, this will get easier... but right now there just seems to be too much gravitational pull in the mix

  • NoRegrets64 Rookie 1 posts since
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    11,033. Oct 16, 2013 10:13 AM (in response to AmyClarke1)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Hello everyone!

     

    I am a soon to be C25K graduate...I have w9d2 this afternoon.  And this past Saturday I swapped w8d3 for my very first 5K ever.  It was at a slow pace (43:42), but I survived and feel great.  I was at 250# when I started, and have been flirting with breaking into the 220s the past couple weeks.

     

    I look forward to sharing some of our future accomplishments.

     

    @AmyClarke1-I did most of my C25K on a treadmill.  It really help me with pacing and maintaining a speed as I increased times.  Do you have access to one?  One thought that came to mind was that you might start and repeat week 1 by just using different walking paces (fast for run times and slower for walk times).  Once you build up some stamina and speed doing the fast walks for 1 minute...the next week you will probably be able to do a slow 1 minute run.  Just a thought.

     

    @SeeFluffyRun-What can I say...you are such an inspiration!

     

    NR

  • SpartanJD01 Amateur 30 posts since
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    11,034. Oct 16, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to NoRegrets64)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Welcome Newbs.  Amy - just get moving and do the best you can.  If its easier, don't pay attention to time or distance, just do what you can, and then try to do a little better the next day. 

     

    I ran a 5K on Saturday and cut 3 minutes off my June time - 35:26 and ran 13 miles Monday at about 3:00 as my final training run before a half this Sunday.  All of this in 8 months. 

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    11,035. Oct 16, 2013 10:54 AM (in response to AmyClarke1)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    AmyClarke1 wrote:

     

    I would like to start the C25K program... have a couple apps, but they all start with the 60  seconds of running... which is too much for me right now.

     


    I'm thinking you might want to simply create "Week 0.5" and halve all of the running bits in Week 1.  Repeat this pre-week as necessary until you think you're ready to graduate to Week 1. 





    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • AmyClarke1 Rookie 2 posts since
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    11,036. Oct 16, 2013 12:22 PM (in response to NoRegrets64)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    Thank you! I have been doing "road" work due to limitations of schedule and proximity of gym... but you have convinced me that a treadmill at home is probably something to seriously consider... from both a training, endurance improvement, (and inclement weather)... and to manipulate the training schedule and wash, rince and repeat as needed!

     

    I appreciate your feedback! Good luck in your journey!!

  • SeeFluffyRun Legend 251 posts since
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    11,037. Oct 16, 2013 10:22 PM (in response to NoRegrets64)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Ahh shucks NR, thank you!  But this thread has inspired me for quite a while.  and SLOW??? don't even go look at my times if you think 43:42 is slow.  I had one 5K at that speed and sometimes I think I dreamt it because I haven't been able to repeat it.  But one day, one day I will see it again.  I have a Toughest 10K this weekend.  This time we are doing the Galveston Causeway (SE Texas is soooo flat we have to run bridges to get any hillwork and we name those runs the "Toughest" because they are the only ones that aren't completely flat.  LOL  It is suppose to rain and we will have our first cold front...yippeee!!

     

     

    @Spartan may you be light on your feet and the winds at your back for your 1/2 mary!  I am impressed you did 13 this week before your 1/2 this Sunday.

     

    @Amy I agree with Shipo repeat as often as necessary.  There are no C25K police.  The important thing is to stay injury free.  remember SLOW is the operative word here.  Do not sprint!! SLOW SLOW SLOW.  Long runs are always done at a slower pace and for C25Kers...all your runs are considered long runs...so go slow.  Did I mention go slow?





    Graduated C25K 08/09/2009

    Restarted 04/01/2013


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  • CynceRN Pro 66 posts since
    Sep 6, 2013
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    11,038. Oct 18, 2013 5:40 AM (in response to SeeFluffyRun)
    200+ Pound Club!

    I may be the slowest runner ever. People pass me walking. I am still looking for some trails to run and someone to run them with. I do not want to be on the news. "Runner found .....details at 11"

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
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    11,039. Oct 18, 2013 7:17 AM (in response to CynceRN)
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    CynceRN wrote:

     

    I may be the slowest runner ever. People pass me walking. I am still looking for some trails to run and someone to run them with. I do not want to be on the news. "Runner found .....details at 11"


    Too funny; this last Monday I figured I'd be the first person on this board who's lifeless body was going to be reported on the "News at Eleven".  I went for a trail run on a new (to me) trail behind the campus where I work; a few co-workers had told me the trail was a good one but rather hilly, so I didn't think twice about heading out for a quick six after work.

     

    Best laid plans of mice and men and all that...

     

    We've had a lot of torrential rain since my co-worker's had run the trail, and said rain had washed away a lot of the top soil, exposing rocks so diabolically placed they were a broken ankle looking for a place to happen, and as I've "Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt", twice now, I took it real easy, trusting that over the next hill things would get better.  The trail was a complete tease as sure enough, "over the next hill" things would indeed get better. and then worse, much-much worse.  Then I got lost.

     

    I incorrectly assumed that sooner or later the trail would come out to a road or something so I kept going; silly me.  Then it got dark.

     

    I blundered around a bit attempting to retrace my steps; didn't happen, too many cross trails and "forks in the road" (probably a few "Roads less traveled" among them).  Then I saw a sign which said something to the effect of, "No Tresspassing!  Heavy weapons in use!  State Division of Prisons."

     

    I turned my tired butt around and looked for another way out.  Eventually I started hearing some road noises and started working my way toward the noise; another fifteen our twenty minutes later I saw what looked like the cemetary next to our office through a break in the trees, turned that way and immediatly hit the brakes.  Then I saw the very large, white fluffy tail meandering through the underbrush; my brain screamed "SKUNK!"

     

    After backing up into the woods I let Monsieur LePew take his time moving on and finally managed to get back to the office about an hour after sun set.

     

    So much for my "Quick Six". 





    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13

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