I think it starts around 9am. I can't find anything that says rain date and I think it is going to rain.At least it will be cool.
I just got Caleb on Monday - he is a 1 year old Boxer and he did pretty good. His previous owner was a military guy so I think he must have ran before. I used a retractable leash so it gave me a few feet to go by and call him and he would catch up so I never really lost my pace until we saw another dog.
I don't expect to run the whole thing but I am excited to try. I just loaded some pumping pop music on my ipod so I hope that helps. I think the fever of the whole thing will help me go longer.
See you next week,
W7D1 complete and boy are my legs hurting.
Hey everybody! You guys are making me want a dog. Unfortunately my work schedule involves lots of long travel days, and I don't think it would be fair. However, we have several friends with well trained dogs so I may just have to borrow one for my runs sometime! When I was in college there was this big beefy guy that used to run with his rottweiler every single day. It was funny how similar their body types were. It always looked like they were having a blast!
I definitely want to hear from everyone how the races went. My 5k won't be until August 9. That gives a couple of extra weeks after I finish C25k to try to build up my speed. I ran another 25 minutes today. Had to do the treadmill and forgot to put on my headphones. Then, I didn't want to stop running b/c that seemed like cheating. I was okay for about 15 minutes and then I was bored, bored, bored. But, I did finish without any gasping and without any pain. I, too, am running about a 12 minute mile. So, I'm going to have to increase my time running or my speed to actually be able to complete a 5k. Or, I can always just take a walk break! I definitely am starting to feel like a bona fide runner. Never thought I'd say that!
Congrats on your W7D1 run, Jennifer! I hope your legs feel better soon.
Fooseberry, are iPods allowed for your race? My packet -- which I picked up at lunchtime today! -- didn't say anything, so I guess they're OK for mine. I'm not sure if I'll listen to the Week 7 podcast or just a Playlist I made with lots of upbeat songs. Who am I kidding? Since it will take me about an hour (I'm guessing) to go the 4 miles, I'm sure I'll have enough time to listen to both! Good luck tomorrow!!!
Jogger, you are definitely a bona fide runner now! But I know what you mean about the treadmill being boring.
I feel almost like a real runner, now that I have my first-ever race T-shirt. Haven't "earned" it yet, but it's cool to have. It didn't look like there were many registrants for the race, so I'm afraid my odds of a DLF (Dead Last Finish) are pretty high. But there's a motto: DLF > DNF >> DNS: Dead Last FInish is better than Did Not Finish, which greatly trumps Did Not Start. I may have to chant that to myself to keep going during those last 2 miles!
I just found this thread thanks to MagicKim redirecting me here. (thanks!) I checked the forum here for the first time today after completing the first 25 min run (the end of W6). I realized I was afraid of the next week of no walk breaks. I am glad you guys share your experience here it helps a ton! I was terrified of the 20 min run and stressed about it for almost 2 weeks until I hit the 15 min on my treadmill and knew than that I could make it. Today I think was easier but I paced myself mentally thinking I at least have to run 10 min than 15 min and than I kept thinking with every minute accomplished that 8 minute, 7 minute, 6 minute is a piece of cake and I can do it and it worked! I definitely have to keep my mind set otherwise I could be tired at 5 minutes. It is amazing that my body is ready and it is all about the mental focus. Either way to think that I was scared of switching from 90 sec to 3 minutes makes me smile. Way to go everybody! I will let you know how the first week of "no walk" goes.
Now that I am running 25 minutes straight, I have found that it is talking me 2 days in between each run to recover. Is anyone else feeling this, or could it be that I am just that out of shape?
Welcome Iamrunner now! These threads have definitely helped me stay motivated. There is another thread that is slightly ahead of us so I always sneak a peak to see what they're doing to know how easy the next week will be. I also pace myself similar to you by breaking the run into smaller chunks in my mind.
I was sending out happy thoughts to those of you racing! Hope it went really well for you. This morning, I went to a local park here in Flagstaff. There was a "just move it" event so there were lots of people. Just move it is a program put on by the Dine (Navajo) people to encourage exercise. They have several events each year all over northern Arizona. The Navajo also have a wonderful outlook on life and say that people should "walk in beauty". So, I was really thinking about that while I was running today and, you know, it really is a beautiful thing to feel connected to people in your community and just get out there and move it in whatever way seems right for you. I saw baby strollers, bikes, older people with walkers, dogs,etc. . It really was exciting. I ran 2 miles in my 25 minutes. I've got some work to do to be able to get up to the full 5k distance but that's okay. I was "jogging in beauty" today and that's what counts.
I'll be on vacation starting tomorrow so I'm not sure if I'll post. Everybody have a great week!
Hey all. I think I'm going to have to quit C25K and do a less intense 5K program. I completed W7D1, but I'm having a hard time recovering from the 25 minute runs. Jeff Galloway has a program on his site for 5K newbies that I think is more my speed. He has alot more room for walking even if it says to run that day, and I feel like I can do that one better since I am overweight and not getting in shape as quickly as I need to in order to do the C25K all the way through.
I will keep posting thoughts to this thread if that's ok with y'all. I really enjoy the support system we got here.
don't quit unless you absolutely have to! I started doing this program to mainly lose weight and get back in shape. I was not loosing fast enough with just running so I added walking alternating with walking uphill on the days I don't run. It helps with making my legs stronger and I am losing weight faster. I am keeping the C25K program to be a better breather and for the accomplishment feeling. I want to be able to keep running after I get to my targeted weight. I am down 35 pounds and 30 more to go. Try going back and repeat some of the previous weeks with the walking intervals to give your body more time to get in shape. I walked for almost 2 months before starting C25K to be even able to walk comfortably at 4.0 speed.
Jennifer don't quit just go at your own pace. The "weeks" are just guidlines. I have fallen behind most in this group as I have had to repeat weeks and days. I did week 4 twice and did w5d1 twice. I ran w5d2 yesterday and wasn't able to complete the last 8 minutes so I broke it down into 5 and 3. I'm not going to try the 20 minutes yet as I know it will be too much. I think I will move on to week six and continue with the intervals.
Welcome, Iamrunnernow! I'm so glad you've joined us here.
Jennifer, I'm having a tough time with recovery, too. I prefer to do a day and a half between runs if my schedule allows (i.e. run on Monday morning and then on Wednesday evening), and that makes a huge difference over going every other day. I'll echo what everyone else has said -- just take it at your own pace. What if you try 15- or 20-minute runs for a week and move up to the 25-minute runs when you find it's taking you less time to recover?
Jogger, sounds like you had a great time on Saturday! I love the idea of a city-wide fitness awareness program. The next town over from me launched a summer-long fitness initiative, but I don't know how successful it has been thus far. We are one of the more obese states in the nation, so I'm glad the town is taking action, but I don't know how many people will change their unhealthy habits as part of the program. There's always hope, though!
So now on to my first-ever race report! I had typed it up last night, but my internet connection died on me when I hit the "Post Message" button, and I just didn't have the energy to type it up again. Sorry to have kept you all hanging!
My husband, 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son got me to the starting line with plenty of time to spare. I was glad to not have to rush, but boy, was I antsy waiting for the start, especially after my family left me to go find a place to cheer from. There were 130 runners (not a bad turnout for what I learned was the inaugural race for the Big Brothers Big Sisters) and it was hard not to feel intimidated by the super-fit, super-trim elite in the pack. I headed to the back to get as far away from them as possible. The skies were threatening before the start and there was some thunder and lightning in the distance, but since the worst of it wasn't near us, we were able to start on time. We started off in a light drizzle, to the absolute dismay of the other first-time racer next to me who was wearing full makeup. (What was up with that?) I was just thankful that the heat and humidity weren't too bad -- I'd really been dreading those conditions.
I started up the Week 7 podcast and hit my Nike Plus a few seconds late -- too much was going on to remember to hit the button! I'd planned to walk the first 5 minutes, run for my mandated 25, and then walk the rest. But then I saw my family and wanted to run past them, so I broke into my run after only 3.5 minutes. My kids were the best "pit crew;" one handed me a Gatorade sippy bottle and the other waited a few yards behind to take the bottle back from me. Thank goodness for that, as it turns out I am HORRIBLE at drinking out of paper cups while on the move!
The course had a few rolling hills, which was new for this track-or-treadmill-at-zero-incline runner. I was really proud that I didn't slow down to walk the hills; quite a few people around me did, but I wanted to keep running until my 25-minute mark had passed. My family did another Gatorade relay for me just before the 2-mile mark and a third right at that magic 25-minute (really 26.5 minutes since I'd started early) point. I started walking immediately after the podcast said I could and it was a good thing I did. There was a long, gradual hill that would have wiped me out if I'd tried to keep running. The best part was that the course was mostly downhill from the third mile marker on. I tried to run from that point to the finish, but I was pretty tired by then. My family did one more Gatorade relay at the 3.5-mile mark, and I slowed to a walk when I saw them. I wanted to save just a bit for the finish and am proud to say I was able to run in and finish strong. My goal time had been 1 hour (you know how I obsess over 15-minute miles, right?) and I was thrilled to cross the finish line at 53:00. A personal record (by default, since it was the longest distance I've ever gone, but still a PR), I was not the dead last finisher, and I beat my target time = victory on all 3 fronts!
I didn't see where the actual finish line was and the volunteer in the chute had to tear my tag off for me and ended up taking my number as well, so it wasn't exactly a glamourous finish. Whoops. I finally remembered to turn off my Nike Plus about 6 minutes later -- it's amazing how distracted I was by the thrill of finishing. The after-party was great. Everyone wore glow necklaces, there were inflatables for the kids, and a terrific band was playing. It was so nice that there was something for my "pit crew" to enjoy and it made for a fun family night out. I can't wait to race again!
Fooseberry, how was your race? Were you bitten by the racing bug as well?
Congratulations Kim!!! You did fantastic!
So I am back and I survived a 5K. I was very nervous. I forgot my directions at home and was getting later by the minute. I finally found the place and had just enough time to get my stuff- T shirt and things to the car and stretch before they were calling people to the start.
I was also surrounded by "runners" sprinting across a parking lot to warm up, Spandex running clothes, etc. The first place winner 16:00- I mean come on a car drives that fast.
Anyway while I am waiting and people are gathering tighter a girl behind me say " Oh and Allen street is like this...." and hold her hand like vertical. Don't bother to run it just walk. It was like that- I did walk it as I could walk it in longer strides and walked faster than I had been running. All in all I walked Allen Street and another last bit of an uphill. I definately think if it had been flat I could have run the whole thing.
My time- 35:27 they listed it a 11:26 pace.
I am thrilled with that. I NEVER would have thought I could run a 5K!!!!!!
Well done both of you, just doing a race is a big achievment, I had a 5K lined up for September, but i'm now going on vacation that week so will have to wait until next year, i've got a race lined up for then too, just waiting for the entry online to start.
I did my W7D1 on Saturday, I always do that run at about 9pm but do the other 2 runs of the week at 6:30am, so whether that made a difference I don't know but my legs really struggled. About half way round, my muscles felt like they about to fall off and I felt that I didn't have any choice but to stop, but I ploughed on and did actually manage to run the whole way...somehow!
With only a few minutes left, 3 people and a dog were walking in front of me and I couldn't get past as there were walls down one side and cars down the other so I crossed the road, but as I wanted to go up the next street I had to pick my pace up to get in front of them and then cross back over, my legs actually felt a lot better when I was running quicker, but my heart rate and breathing start complaining then, but I managed to do about an extra minute at a fairly quick pace (<10:00min/mi) so that made up for the really slow pace for the rest of the run.
It was a bit annoying as W6D3 didn't feel that bad and I expected it to be easier than that, did anyone else find it harder?
There was something else that was probably a contributing factor, I had new trainers. I have been looking at finding the right trainers for the way I run and as I didn't want to go to a running shop I relied on information that said to look at how your old trainers were wearing out. The made me out to be a 'neutral runner'. I just hope these didn't hurt my legs because they were the wrong sort but because it was the first time I wore them running and my feet hadn't adjusted properly. My old Nike trainers don't seem to have any shape to the insole but the new ones do, so I hope that is the problem. I'll alternate between the 2 for the next few runs.
Between Saturday night and Tuesday morning I usualy use those days as rest days and don't do a lot really. This weekend I really wanted to get out on my old Mountain Bike just to see what it's like as i'm considering buying a new road bike to go along side the running. I only went 2.74 miles, a lot of that was up hill, and that really ached my legs but in my thighs rather than my calfs.
Fooseberry, congrats on a terrific 5K time. You blew my pace out of the water! Are you looking for another 5K any time soon?
I think racing is going to be addictive for me! Ihave my first 5K scheduled for 6/24 as part of the informal series being put on by the local running store. The next 2 in the series will be in July, and then I'm sure I'll start looking for a "real" 5K.
Congrats on your W7D1 run, Brad. I wonder if W6D3 felt easier because the run before it was an easier one? I think it's taking my body longer to recover between these long runs. Good luck with the new shoes. I hope you get used to them and that they are the right type for your feet. Good luck with the biking as well. Now all you need to do is start a swimming program, and we'll have a triathlete in our midst!