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  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009

    Mike, I was very encouraged by your story and your progress. Keep up the good work! I love reading all of the posts about everyone's progress.

     

    I completed Week Eight today. There had been a light rain. I thought it would be an easy run! Wrong! It was quite humid and warm, even though the sun was hidden behind the clouds.

     

    It didn't help matters that one of my married male supervisors sent me a romantic text mistakenly at 3:30 AM! He had texted me the evening before asking me if I could come in to work to cover someone who called in sick.  He is a Don Juan and is having an affair with someone.  I guess he forgot to un-select me and forgot to select his lover. He then texted me again, explaining that though he thought the world of me, the message was not meant for me. I texted him back saying that I thought not! And I asked him if he was a ghost writer for Harlequin. Ha ha. Well, I have ammunition if he ever tries to write me up for any reason. LOL. Next time I see him I'm going to call him Tiger Woods. I was unable to go back to sleep for about an hour after that silliness and that probably made the run in the humidity a little more tough. But I made it through and did some striders towards the end.

     

    I found out what the tingling on the left side of my face and my loss of balance are related to. My friend reminded me that I had a seasonal flu shot before all the drama started. I will never get a flu shot again as long as I live. I will just take my chances. I talked to the nurse in charge of flu shots at my job. She called the company that made the vaccine and they confirmed that my symptoms are r/t the vaccine. The company advised that I fill out a Vaccine Injury Compensation form. I am having to take two hour naps every day or else I am very fatigued, especially on my running days. I'm very fortunate, me thinks, that I can still run. I wish I had never taken that shot. It's only the second one I've ever had. I had one six years ago without a problem. Lesson learned! According to the CDC website, neurological symptoms can take about six weeks to disappear. I'm reaching four weeks. I have to plan out all of my errands like an old old lady. I have to plan out what day I will do certain errands or else the tingling of the face and the loss of balance worsen.

     

    My employer was forcing folks to take the shot. Never again!

     

    ~Karen~





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009

    Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions, decisions... I don't know if I should do the One hour runner program or the Jeff Galloway program. I see that Galloway has you running for distance on the third day.

    My problem is that I can't run on a Saturday or a Sunday. I don't know if I could run for distance on Friday after running on Monday and Wednesday.

    Nevertheless, I don't have any way right now of measuring my distance anyhow. I'll have to stick with the One Hour runner until I can measure my distance. I think I will buy one of those Ipod Sport Kits.

    What say ye?





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    Karen- It looks like your weight loss is doing fine!  There are several tools to use to determine mileage of different routes that you want to run.  One is mapmyrun.com.  Active.com has this feature also- after you log in, go to "My profile", then "Manage my training" and the is a Map route feature available.

     

    I use the Nike+ kit, and it is a pretty good tool to use to determine distance and pace.  But first thing after you get it, try to calibrate it on a treadmill if you can for a .25 mile distance.  Otherwise it assumes a pre-determined (faster) pace, which really throws off your "Best Time" calculations for quite a while.

     

    Just completed the aptly name Frosty Freeze 5K Run.  It was 34 with a wind chill of 25, after snowing early this morning. Most dangerous part of the race was driving here, because no one (in AL) remembers about ICE!  I had my full cold weather (long) gear on, but took off the windbreaker and gloves about .3 mile into the race.  I set up a nice steady pace - but I had people behind me somewhat, the whole time, and even passed 2 (LOL)!!

     

    I ran the whole way & did the same splits as last week- 1mi=14:30, 2mi=30:03, so I was real happy.  I finished 3 sec faster than last week - 46:33, or a 15:01 pace, though the course was a little more challenging.  This was the same course as the first race that I did (walk/jog) in August, at > 62 mins. Such dramatic improvements won't be as easy in the future. I got 2nd (of 3) in my age group, with about a dozen behind me.

     

    Funny thing is, they give gift certificates to the local running store as age group awards, and I'm almost breaking even with entry fees, because there are so few women in my age bracket, and I get a medal and certificate (HA HA!).

     

    There is another race in 2 wks but I haven't decided to do it yet.  In the meantime, I can open my new running shoes and start breaking them in.





    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

  • PearsonFlyer Amateur 23 posts since
    Sep 29, 2009

    Awesome job, Jo Ann!  Your time is improving greatly, and that's gotta feel good.

     

    I also was out in the chilly Buffalo morning, running the Reindeer Run 5k.  It was about 28 degrees, with a wind chill below that.  I ran it in 32:10, which is exactly 2 minutes faster than my first 5k.  I was hoping for under 30 minutes, but with the weather and the last half-mile being almost all uphill, there was no way I could do it.  I ran the first mile in 8:25, so I thought I was on track, but I think I went too fast, and I really just lost it out there.  Next time, pacing is my keyword.

     

    The Reindeer Run is interesting, because it's almost entirely through a huge and historic cemetery - one I'd never managed to go visit during my previous 2 years in the Buffalo area.  So it was cool to see all of the mausoleums and stuff.





    Started C25K on 9/29/09 in Buffalo NY

    Lindsay's Legacy 5k 11/14/09 - 34:10 (11:00/mi)

    Turkey Trot 8k 11/26/09 - 57:24 (11:33/mi)

    Reindeer Run 5k 12/5/09 - 32:10 (10:22/mi)

    Shamrock Run 8k 3/06/10 - 47:32 (9:29/mi)

    Bengal Run 5k 3/20/10 - 27:30 (8:52/mi)

    350.org Green Run 4.35mi 10/09/10 - 41:22 (9:31/mi)

    Sarkin Memorial 5k 10/16/10 - 27:02 (8:42/mi)

  • k9178 Pro 92 posts since
    Oct 14, 2009

    Congratulations, JoAnn and Pearson Flyer!  Great runs and great time.  I am especially impressed that you are out there in the cold and ice.  That is incredible!

     

    I am still nursing my sore hip.  I worked out with my trainer today and we did lots of stretching so it feels better. I think it is just a muscle problem, but I don't want more injury.  I  still need to finish week 9 and graduate C25K.  I will probably try the treadmill tomorrow and see how it goes, if it is an issue, I may just finish the program on the elliptical.  I don't want to lose my fitness.

     

    Karen,  I am not sure what I am doing next either.  I may just try to run the mileage on the last few weeks of c25K to make sure I am doing it, then start adding mileage.  I am still thinking about the running for weight loss program in running for mortals phase III.

     

    Here is week 1:

    Mon - run 30min

    Tues - 45 minute circuit workout strength training - 1 set 8012 reps

    Wed - run/pickups - run 8 min/walk 1 min repeat 5 times for 45 minutes

    Thurs - Strength train 40 minute 2-3 sets 8-12 reps

    Fri - run 30 min am, walk 30min pm

    Sat - run 35 min

    Sun - rest

     

    Aprillily - keep up the good work.  I am with you.

     

    Shell - congrats! Go team subborn!

     

    Libby and Mike - Keep us updated on your runs.

     

    Kendra





    Started C25K 10/1/09 C25K Graduate 12/12/09

    I started out not being a runner, but now I can say I really enjoy it. I use the Jeff Galloway method.

    Miraclebabies.org 5K 11/15/09 43:17

    St. Patricks Day 10K 3/17/12 1:30:28

    http://beachbodycoach.com/kwilli9178

  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    485. Dec 5, 2009 2:35 PM (in response to k9178)
    Re: Starting C25k tomorrow 9/29. Anyone want to Join?

    I have a friend who has been training for a half marathon. She gave me this helpful advice post graduating from C25K:

     

    <<M and W: stay with the same route and try to stay at the same pace.   It will eventually be easier to run at this pace, but stay slow so you are  rested for the long run on F.


    F: run longer.  or go slower and further.   whatever.  work up to an hour (either intervals or not), and you'll be going  between 4-5 miles, even at your "slow" pace.  this will be easier than you  think, especially if you take walk breaks.  btw, walk breaks help a lot with  speed, because at this point it is your lungs rather than your legs that need  the breaks.


    eventually you can try to make your monday run a little  faster.  try to complete it in 27:30, etc. 


    3-4x a year:  find a route  that is pretty close to 1 mile and time yourself running it.  my running partner  and I trimmed over 3 minutes off our mile time from July to November by training  for a half marathon and not doing speedwork.  As your body becomes accustomed to  running, you'll naturally get faster. 


    What is your goal?  do what helps  you reach your goal, whether it is the popular thing to do or not. 


    Hope  that helps.>>





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • k9178 Pro 92 posts since
    Oct 14, 2009

    Karen,

     

    I really like what yoru friend suggested.  It seems very simple and doable, plus it helps you work up to getting better.  I think that is my biggest concern.  How do you progress?  I am not necessarily trying hard for races, but I want overall fitness.  I would like to join a running group eventually as well.  In order to do that, I need to get faster and grow in my ability to run.  I don't want to go crazy and hurt myself.  Slow and steady, that is my motto.

     

    Do you think you are going to do this program?

     

    Oh, by the way, the running store steered me away from the Nike Plus because it wasn't that accurate.  I bough a Garmin instead so I would have a heart rate monitor.  I didn't get the GPS (expensive), but I did get the one with the accelerometer.  It works really well, and it ties to the computer so I can track my runs.  I have enjoyed having the HRM.  It helps me to see how hard I am working and to pace myself better.

     

    Kendra





    Started C25K 10/1/09 C25K Graduate 12/12/09

    I started out not being a runner, but now I can say I really enjoy it. I use the Jeff Galloway method.

    Miraclebabies.org 5K 11/15/09 43:17

    St. Patricks Day 10K 3/17/12 1:30:28

    http://beachbodycoach.com/kwilli9178

  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    487. Dec 5, 2009 3:11 PM (in response to k9178)
    Re: Starting C25k tomorrow 9/29. Anyone want to Join?

    Yep. I'm going to do as she suggested. I will incorporate her tips and use the One Hour Program or Galloway's program.

     

    Thanks for letting me know the running store steered you away from Nike Plus. I think I'll go ahead and buy it from Apple. If I don't like it. I will return it. Some other runners have told me they like it. Apple is such a cool company. I know they'll give me my money back if there's a problem. If that doesn't work out I will go to the Garmin. I'm trying to keep things cheap though. Nike Plus is only $29.





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • PearsonFlyer Amateur 23 posts since
    Sep 29, 2009

    The Nike+ is accurate if you calibrate it to a known distance first - and keep in mind that once it's calibrated to either running or walking, it's going to be out of sync with the other one.  If you're a run/walker, it's going to be darn near impossible to get any kind of accuracy, because your gait is so much different.





    Started C25K on 9/29/09 in Buffalo NY

    Lindsay's Legacy 5k 11/14/09 - 34:10 (11:00/mi)

    Turkey Trot 8k 11/26/09 - 57:24 (11:33/mi)

    Reindeer Run 5k 12/5/09 - 32:10 (10:22/mi)

    Shamrock Run 8k 3/06/10 - 47:32 (9:29/mi)

    Bengal Run 5k 3/20/10 - 27:30 (8:52/mi)

    350.org Green Run 4.35mi 10/09/10 - 41:22 (9:31/mi)

    Sarkin Memorial 5k 10/16/10 - 27:02 (8:42/mi)

  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009

    Thanks Pearson Flyer for your input on the Nike Sports Kit. I've been running and not walk/running.

     

    How's everybody doing? I wasn't able to do my Monday run due to fatigue from working an extra shift. So I will complete C25K this coming Monday. Had an awesome run this morning. Was a little bummed because I ran alone but I was able to pick up my pace without them. Two children are sick and the other one was too sleepy due to being up late visiting with an out of town relative.

     

    Where are you in the program? "DON'T BE A QUITTER! GET OUTSIDE AND RUN! GET BACK ON THAT TREADMILL. NO EXCUSES! I DON'T WANT TO HEAR THAT STORY YOU'VE GOT GOING ON IN YOUR HEAD!" That's my Jillian Michael impersonation.





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • disneygal2 Legend 455 posts since
    Sep 30, 2009

    Kendra,   Great to hear an update.  I was thinking about this thread yesterday and that we hadn't heard any reports lately from our group!

     

    Yesterday I got out for my 3 mile run.   I was so tempted to stay on the couch.   I'll add to Jillians words,

     

    "PEOPLE THIS PROGRAM IS NOT COUCH TO 5 K and THEN BACK TO THE COUCH!  DON"T YOU DARE GET BACK ON THAT COUCH!!!"

     

    I know this is a busy time of year and the weather outside is frightful for many, but the sacrifice is worth it.  MERRY MERRY and HAPPY HAPPY to all of you!

     

    Jess





    PRAISE GOD!!!

    Couch to 5 K Graduation Day November 26, 2009

    Dana Hills Turkey Trot  Thanksgiving Day 2009 5 K....  Time 32:22  MY FIRST 5k

    Jan 9 Irvine 5k Time 32:52

    Feb 7 Super Bowl 10k  1:08:31  MY FIRST 10K

    September 5 2010  DISNEYLAND HALF MARATHON:  2:41:00

  • aprillilly Expert 53 posts since
    Oct 30, 2009

    Hi to everyone.

    I have not been able to run..Made it to W8 D2. My knee was hurting so much..went to DR..She gave me Naproxen..She said its ok to use the bike but rest the knee. It feels so much better..almost better..I have listened to the doctor and biked about 9 miles today.. I do not want to loose any gains that I made running. (A month seems like a long time to wait to run)..but I do not want to go back to the couch..so I will continue to do strength training and bike.

     

    ..My mother always said "Where there is a will, there is a way"  So even though it is a very busy time of year, if you really want to make time for smething, you will.

     

    Best of luck in keeping up all the great gains made by everyone.

    Karen, Kendra, Jess and everyone, thanks for all the comments.

    Look forward to more comments.





    aprillilly
  • k9178 Pro 92 posts since
    Oct 14, 2009

    Well I finally finished C25K with an asterisk.  I had to finish the last 3 days on the elliptical because of the pain in my hips.  I still did the time, and I will continue with running as soon as my hips feel better. I think the pain is stemming from tightness in my IT band.  A friend recommended that I get a foam roller, and I rolled out my IT band, and it already feels much better.

     

    Aprillily, I completely understand what you are going through.  Don't get discouraged.  This is a long term program, not just a short term one.  This is for life!  A little set back from pain is just that a little set back.  I hope your knee feels better soon.

     

    I am glad we are all still hanging in there and moving on our next adventure.

     

    Kendra





    Started C25K 10/1/09 C25K Graduate 12/12/09

    I started out not being a runner, but now I can say I really enjoy it. I use the Jeff Galloway method.

    Miraclebabies.org 5K 11/15/09 43:17

    St. Patricks Day 10K 3/17/12 1:30:28

    http://beachbodycoach.com/kwilli9178

  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    493. Dec 16, 2009 6:15 AM (in response to k9178)
    Re: Starting C25k tomorrow 9/29. Anyone want to Join?

    Aprillilly & Kendra I wish you speedy recoveries.

     

    I graduated from C25K this past Monday. 

     

    I have been feeling very fatigued. I know some call it a letdown from accomplishing a goal such as finishing C25K but I think I am overtrained.

     

    I just finished Galloway's Book on Running, 2nd edition and I feel the way he describes an overtrained person. He ran in college in FL and he has a lot of helpful suggestions for people running in hot climates. He suggests dousing your clothing and head in water if you are running in weather over 55 degrees! We're in the 80s here.

     

    First of all, I don't think I've been drinking enough water in this heat I live in. Also, I love C25K but I can think of one downfall of the program. It should be amended for older runners or people with a history of inactivity or chronic illnesses. In hindsight I should have read Galloway's book before I started C25K. I would have drank a lot more water, continued with walk breaks all throughout C25K. I think that interval running would have helped me to progress more with my history of asthma and living in a hot climate and my history of inactivity for 42 years.

     

    That being said, I'm going to decrease my running this week by 30%. Next week I plan to do three 30 minute runs but I will run from 5-8 minutes and walk for one minute. He gives a few examples of people running that way who are from ages 40 to 60 and they run marathons in 4 hrs or less that way. The week after next I'm going to decrease my running by 50% and then do a regular week with intervals the next week. I'm going to keep following that schedule and sign up for another race next month. I think I will do a lot better.

     

    Yesterday I was  fatigued and a little depressed. I spent most of yesterday in bed. Yuck. I feel better today but still feel a little down. I think the past few weeks of C25K wore on me.

     

    I better go. It's getting warmer and warmer outside. Gotta run! Ha ha.

     

    I'm going to putting some water on my head and clothing.





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • disneygal2 Legend 455 posts since
    Sep 30, 2009

    Karen,   I think Galloway's method is excellent.  By taking planned walking breaks people can actually get faster times and they say it is much easier on your body.  Sounds like a good plan!  I remember doing a 5k years ago and there was someone doing that.   On his walks I would pass him.. then when his running came up he'd pass me.   He ended up finishing way ahead of me!  I  "ran"  a very slow run the whole time!   The whole key is planning these breaks into your routine so you get the maximum benefits of the rest time.   I also have  a couple of friends who did the Disney half marathon running 5 minutes  and then walking one.  They did that for the whole 13.1 miles and did an excellant job.  They just love his method.  Also the walking part lets certain muscles recover and is supposed to minimize overuse injuries.   Congrats on finishing C25k.  You are a smart lady and knows when your body needs a break.  Glad to hear your listening.  We have come so far.  We can enjoy where we are at right now and not feel the need to push push and push!!

     

    Jess





    PRAISE GOD!!!

    Couch to 5 K Graduation Day November 26, 2009

    Dana Hills Turkey Trot  Thanksgiving Day 2009 5 K....  Time 32:22  MY FIRST 5k

    Jan 9 Irvine 5k Time 32:52

    Feb 7 Super Bowl 10k  1:08:31  MY FIRST 10K

    September 5 2010  DISNEYLAND HALF MARATHON:  2:41:00

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