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  • RobinfromMaine Pro 162 posts since
    Dec 6, 2008
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    30. Oct 11, 2009 9:50 AM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Hi, Donna

     

    What I have been told about the long slow run is once a week, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per mile slower than regular runs, and not to increase time or distance more than 10%  at a time from the previous LSR. My brother has one "track day" for intervals and speed work, and one long slow run each week, but he runs just about every day. I have also heard some runners will have a "recovery run", which is shorter than usual after a race or intense training run.

     

    Robin

  • itsmylife Amateur 10 posts since
    Oct 11, 2009
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    31. Oct 11, 2009 10:18 AM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Hi All,

     

    I've been lurking on this site since my daughter told me about it.  She convinced me I could run a 5K. I started training about 2 months ago. She would tell me how to run and how far. She was a runner in college so I value her opinion on this matter. I completed my training and ran my first 5K yesterday on my 50th birthday in 28:32 in 39 degree temp. I was on cloud nine. It was such a good feeling.

     

    I also downloaded some music from Podrunners Intervals that helped a lot. My daughter and her husband brought me a pair of Nike+ shoes with the shoe and ipod sensor that I used during the race. It was great.

     

    To those that are still training for this, it is doable. For me the fear was worse than the actual race. I've never been a runner. This is a first. I walked for years, but wanted more. Running just makes me feel good. I'm hooked now!

     

    Good luck to all.

  • itsmylife Amateur 10 posts since
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    33. Oct 11, 2009 11:07 AM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Thanks Jess!!!!!

     

    She told me was at the finish line jumping up and down in spirit. She lives in LA. That meant the world to me that all our hard work paid off. I really didn't want to disappoint my family, who gave me so much support.

  • markisun Rookie 2 posts since
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    34. Oct 11, 2009 11:13 AM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    If anyone needs any inspiration for being over 50, and starting running, do some research on actor/marathoner John Keston, who at age 55 started running from scratch, and went on to set numerous age group running records. Now he's in his 80's, and still runs.

     

    Myself, I'm 50, and have been running every other day, typically 6.5 miles. I started about 2.5 years ago, and at first I could barely do 3/4 mile on a treadmill. Now, I am at that point where I can do a long run of 15 to 20 miles, and I've got my first marathon scheduled.

     

    What worked for me is having backup routines, like cross training and bicycling, which I fell back on when I had aches and pains from running. I always try and keep those routines strenous by getting my heart rate up to target, or about 90 percent of max. Also what helped is joining a running club with recurring running events throughout the year. They have online databases of your times, as well as those of the people you want to beat. The future races, and my past times motivated me to keep going, and improve.

     

    It is so worthwhile though, just for the endorphines, higher self esteem and better moods. Good luck to all!

  • Donna914 Legend 357 posts since
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    35. Oct 11, 2009 11:32 AM (in response to itsmylife)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?
    Congratulations!! that is an amazing time!!  You are inspiring!




  • itsmylife Amateur 10 posts since
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    37. Oct 11, 2009 4:47 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Thanks Donna! I appreciate it. Keep at it.

     

    Godspeed.

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    38. Oct 11, 2009 6:58 PM (in response to DonnaES)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    DonnaES- Sounds like you have quite a lot of experience under your belt.  When and where did you do your IronGirl event, and what I was it.  I'm training for the IronGirl Sprint Tri in Atlanta next June.  I'm 55, and in week 6 of C25K, so I've got a long way to go, and a lot of weight to lose, to prep for that event. My first "real" 5K is this Satuday, but I don't expect to do decent and straight thru until a 5K on 12/5.

     

    Linda48170 - Are you trying to run your 60 second intervals at a 10 min per mile pace? The C25K program is set up so that you can run your intervals using either the time OR the distance, but not both if you are slower. Someone pointed this out to me when I started, because I am heavy and go much slower. If you are trying to run too fast, that could be why you are having problems getting past week 1. If you are a little slower, work on the interval times for now, and you can build your speed and distance later.  Glad to see your hubby is joining you.  In our 200+ group, there is a Mr. & Mrs who are running together too.

     

    itsmylife - Your time for your first 5K was fantastic! I even envy those of you who can run near the 10mm pace.





    Jo Ann C

    Started Walking 7/15/09 Weight = 265#; C25K Grad 11/6/09

    8/30/09 5K (62:42) 262# 10/2/10 5K (37:44) 206# 3/26/11 5K (36:42) PR 202#

    6/19/10 10K (83:47) 208# 3/6/11 UAH 10K (79:18) 200#

    6/27/10 IronGirl, Atlanta Tri S 1/3m/B 18m/R 3m (2:42:10) 207#; 5/15/11 - (2:34:08 200)#

    9/25/10 Women's HM, Nashville (3:27:10) 209#, 11/13/10 Huntsville HM (3:17:27) 203#

    2/13/11 Mercedes HM, B'ham (3:02:02) 203#; 3/19/11 Rocket 10mi (2:13:37) PR

    4/30/11 RnR HM Nashville (3:10:12); 5/15/11 5/30/11 Cotton Row 10K (84:36) ;

    6/11/11 Mt. Mania 15K (2:17:12); 7/16/11 Wet Dog Tri (98:56);

    8/13/11 Mtn Lakes Tri; (2:13:32); 8/28 Rocketman Oly Tri; 9/10 Frantic Frog Tri (1:52:35)

    9/24/11 Womens HM (2:54:28) 195# PR; 10/1 Toray 5K (35:35 PR);

    10/15/11 Liz Hurley 5K (36:24); 10/22 Book-it 10K (74:51 PR) 197#;
    11/12/11 Huntsville HM - Target 2:50

  • watercupcake Rookie 4 posts since
    Aug 17, 2009
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    39. Oct 11, 2009 7:56 PM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Hi-

     

    I will turn 60 in April and have decided to try my first 5K then.  It does take me longer to progress through this program.  I've been trying to do W6D3 for the past week.  Can't seem to get past 20 minutes, but I wont' give up.  I've got lots of time until April.  Plus running here in E Tenn is a bit of a challenge- too many hills!  I was diagnosed with diabetes last April and since then have taken off about 50 pounds and started this running program.  Still overweight, but it's coming off and the blood sugar is under control.  Wish I had tried this 10 years ago.  It does take a bit more time to recover the older one gets, but you do  recover.  So I'm taking my hubbies advice and just take it slow and don't overdo it.  He's one to talk though-  an obsessed marathoner.

  • Lotto50 Rookie 2 posts since
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    40. Oct 11, 2009 8:03 PM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Hi!

    Turned 50 this year and decided to stop this relatively unathletic life and get on with it!  I have 3 grown sons - all very accomplished athletes and a 16 yr old athletic daughter.  Have been active all my life - ran track through high school and college but NEVER the long distances...rather enjoyed nothing over a 400!  My husband is an avid hunter and never sits still...but over the past year I found myself busy but not active - if that makes sense.  I understand what many of you have said - have walked the dog for years - but strolled is a better descriptive word!  Always blamed the dog for that. This summer my husband and I bought good bikes and started utilizing the many bike trails around us. Also, my younger sisters and I decided to try the C25K starting in April and finished my first 5 K yesterday!  I redid many of the weeks - had a few little setbacks (shins and arch issues) but really am amazed at seeing the progress every week.  I really want to continue on the training - still have much to work on.  I would really like to LIKE running - can't say I have hit that runner's high they talk about.  Still struggle with enjoying the 30 min run...or even being able to do it.  I am about 35 pounds over my college running weight - so know that hinders things.  I realize everyone is so different in their running experience - and just want to encourage any of you to keep it up!  It was a wonderful feeling to cross that finish line and have people cheering you on...loved it.  Even though we were running in SNOW on Oct 10th and slippery conditions on the trail...it was exhilerating.  Have to figure out how to continue training in the cold months - no tread mill available here.

  • Donna914 Legend 357 posts since
    Aug 2, 2009
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    41. Oct 12, 2009 11:03 AM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Good afternoon!  Busy day for me; first day back to work after being one most of last week for business.

     

    I did manage a 3.1 mile run in 50 minutes which is good for me. I walked the first 5 minutes and then for another 3 min after 30 min of running. I am slowly improving and my heart rate is alot better.

     

    Have a good day!





  • DonnaES Rookie 4 posts since
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    42. Oct 12, 2009 12:47 PM (in response to Jasmine1972)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?
    Jasmine1972....I did the Iron Girl in Columbia, MD August 2008.  The swim is in the Centennial Lake 6/10 of a mile, bike is very, very hilly for 17.5 miles, and run is hilly for 3.5 miles.  Before I started training I didn't swim very well nor am I a natural swimmer.  I got a swim coach and read books and learned quite a bit from both.  I also trained with Team-in-training (Leukemia Lymphoma Society training group) and used paddles and fins to help my muscles to learn proper movement in the water.  My legs were so "stupid" in the water and I was (still am) a sloowww swimmer.  I also was afraid on the bike, but decided I wanted to have biking as well as swimming in my workout regime, so I pressed on to conquer my fears.  Also, I have arthiritis in my spine and knees since pre-teenage years which is why I keep active (I lift weights, do yoga, and kayak some also), therefore, I walk all of my races.  I have walked a 12 minute mile several times but my 5K's tend to be 42-45 minute 5K's.  So thru much training and persistence I managed to complete the Iron Girl and while I didn't break any time barriers I certainly feel more powerful!!  So just keep on training and you will do it!!




    Donna from Baltimore, MD

    Weight lift since 1976; endurance sports since 2003

    Motto:  You gotta try!!

    I am training for the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, FL and raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Visit my website to donate http://pages.teamintraining.org/md/StPeteHf09/devers-southard

  • jimog Amateur 13 posts since
    Oct 1, 2009
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    43. Oct 12, 2009 2:52 PM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    I completed C2 5K Today!! I will be 50 in less than a month so I hope you don't mind me posting early! lol.

    This is the first time I have ever really run in my life. I plan on doing a 5k on Nov. 7. I just hope it's not to cold. Even though I've lived in Mi. the past 15 Yrs. I don't like the cold!!





    M  50  Plymouth, Mi.

    C25K:  Completed 10/12/2009

    C25K: Repeat completed 4/10/2010

    My 1st 5k Martian Invasion of Races 4/10/2010  10th in my age group        36:44

    Race for your Memories 5/23/10 41 4th in my age group                            39:37

    Teh Spree Run 6/27/10   my PB                                                              32:29

  • Donna914 Legend 357 posts since
    Aug 2, 2009
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    44. Oct 12, 2009 3:03 PM (in response to jimog)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    That is awesome jimog!! I am only 49 too and won't be 50 until next September but I joined early. :)

    I grew up in Livonia, MI and know Plymouth well. I haven't lived there since 1982 but I visit all the time; my family still lives there in Livonia and Westland.

     

    Welcome!





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