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  • Donna914 Legend 357 posts since
    Aug 2, 2009
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    46. Oct 13, 2009 7:35 AM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: another michigander!!
    I remember those back yard skating rinks!! How fun they were.

  • jimog Amateur 13 posts since
    Oct 1, 2009
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    47. Oct 13, 2009 7:51 AM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: another michigander!!

    Jess and Donna I started out in Ca. and then Fl. and moved to Mi. from Las Vegas(Long Story). This is the first Cold Climate I ever lived in and while I like Mi. I don't like this cold weather. It was 38 this morning and it really makes it hard for me to get out and run, if I don't do it first thing then I end up not doing it at all.

    If you guys every get back this way give me a shout.

    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

  • Linda48170 Amateur 30 posts since
    Apr 13, 2009
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    48. Oct 13, 2009 7:52 AM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Hi everyone,


    The weather here in NC is beautiful today...I hope it's nice where you are too.


    Yesterday my husband and I started week 2 day 1 of the Couch to 5K..after being on Week 1 for three weeks.  It went great for me because I took some of the advice I read here and slowed down--not that I was going that fast to begin with--but I did slow down and I relaxed, pictured myself running great...and sure enough I could run the 90 second intervals fairly easily.  I jumped out of bed, into my running clothes and shoes, ate my Access Bar, did some stretches and got right out there. Very fun for me. 


    I enjoy reading the experiences of you all here.



  • SMARIETTA Legend 302 posts since
    Oct 3, 2009
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    49. Oct 13, 2009 8:12 AM (in response to Linda48170)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    hey Linda-- congrats!-- isn't it fantastic and amazing that making a little adjustment to the pace can have such a big effect in the "do-ability" of the workout?


    I experimented with pace today myself( plodding a little faster-)

    --- and I am also working on visualizing myself as a runner--instead of the "waddler" an innocent bystander might likely see!


    Very best wishes to you,


  • movn2day Rookie 7 posts since
    Sep 17, 2009
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    50. Oct 14, 2009 4:58 PM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    So I'm just finishing week 6 but will be doing my first 5K this weekend. I tried out the course last weekend and was bummed by how much harder it is to run out there in the world vs treadmill. One difference I think is that my treadmill does all my pacing work for me... I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Out on the streets I have to keep adjusting pace. Anyone have any tips/tricks. I have downloaded a podrunner at appropriate pace but haven't tried it yet. I have another 5K planned for Thanksgiving so this first one is just for the experience and given the challenge of outside vs treadmill I've adjusted my hopes and will add an outside run per week.  Any other suggestions?

    You all are a great encouragement... Thanks for sharing.

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 923 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    52. Oct 14, 2009 5:59 PM (in response to movn2day)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?
    Martha:  I'm in the same boat as you.  I'm in Week 6, and I have a 5K this Saturday too.  I'm using it for W6D3.  I also have a race planned around Thanksgiving too.  Let's see how we both do.  I drove the race route this week - full of ups & downs, but I think I can handle it.  No iPods allowed though.

    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

  • movn2day Rookie 7 posts since
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    53. Oct 14, 2009 7:07 PM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?
    Thanks Jasmine and Jess... I like thinking that this WILL be my personal best!!!  Best to both of you and everyone else that's out there doing their best.
  • itsmylife Amateur 10 posts since
    Oct 11, 2009
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    54. Oct 14, 2009 8:07 PM (in response to movn2day)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    Good luck to everyone running their first race!


    I ran mine last weekend on my birthday and it was awesome. I loved it so much I signed up for another this weekend...It's a Boston Marathon qualifier so there will be a lot of people there. I'm only running the 5k portion. Don't want to get full of myself. I just want to be a part of the action .  I'm only training one day this week (tomorrow) cause I don't want to overdo it. I think everything will be ok. There will be a minimum of 12,000 people since this is a 5k, 1/2 marathon, marathon, and marathon relay all together.


    I think this race should be a faster pace. I checked with my daughter and she said "Go for it Mom!" I'm too excited.


    Wish me luck.

  • oldfatdude Rookie 3 posts since
    Oct 15, 2009
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    55. Oct 15, 2009 2:47 PM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?

    I'm 56 years old, 57 in January. 255 lbs (5'8" tall) when I started C25K. Last night I finished week 6 run 1. I can actually RUN 2 miles without stopping! I began this adventure only able to run 60 seconds at a time C25KW1R1 and I thought my heart would explode! This Friday my run will be 2 1/4 miles and I know that I can do it. If an "Old fat guy" can do this anyone can! And I can! I'm planning to run a 5K on thanksgiving day, I am so excited that I just about can't stand it! I was beginning to think that I'd be fat and couch ridden the rest of my life, now I'm sure that I will be a runner, slow but a runner ..... I am a runner :-)

                         Old fat guy

  • Tony713 Amateur 39 posts since
    Jul 30, 2009
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    57. Oct 15, 2009 6:26 PM (in response to oldfatdude)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?
         Congrats John,  I finished C25K last week...but my running journey is...I hope...just beginning.  I'm on vacation with my family this week but will get in 3 days of running.  I know that you can complete the C25K program.....if I can anyone can.  I had gastric bypass surgery over a year ago and quickly got rid of numerous medical conditions which would have greatly affected my health in years to come (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apena, acid reflux) but realized that I also needed a structured exercise program to get to better am striving to become a runner.  The program was very challenging...especially in the first few weeks...but I now miss the days that I don't run.  I try to cross train (bicycle) a day or two each week.  You may have "been" an old fat guy...but you're not him anymore.  We become something or someone else when we convince ourselves that we are...our bodies will follow our minds....when our minds become convinced.  Congrats again!!
  • mccouma1 Rookie 1 posts since
    Oct 15, 2009
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    58. Oct 15, 2009 8:26 PM (in response to disneygal2)
    Re: Are you over fifty and doing the C25k?
    How inspiring you all are.  I am 56 and will be running in my first 1/2 marathon in February.  I have been doing the Galloway method, but a little on the slower side and my longest milage so far is 6 miles. You all have really jazzed me up for the next few months.  I have three 50+ friends who are training with me, but we all run on our own schedule. I spent 10 years as an Army Nurse and ran quite a bit in my 30's, but was never inspired to run any races.  Thanks for sharing all your stories.  I can only hope that I can make that 13th mile in February.  Keep your fingers crossed, Mary
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