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  • samomonkey Rookie 1 posts since
    Sep 17, 2009
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    45. Dec 28, 2009 2:41 PM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    NICURN - first of should be pretty darn proud of accomplishing the start of this amazing journey. My story is this: I was once a competitive powerlifter and lost nearly 50lbs....only now years later gained it all back and then some. This past November I did something really crazy and ran the Mud Run in Ft Worth. This was a beast of an adventure race - a 10k with military style obstacle course thrown in and of course a ton of mud. I had NEVER done a race like this before - just a 5k years ago. I was no where near as fit as my friend who joined me in this madness, nor as fit as the military service people who were also running (I weigh just under 200 - or so the scale reads). But I did it. I finished the race in 2hrs, just 7 minutes behind my very fit friend. HA!  And successfully completed all but 3 obstacles. The only thing I did to prepare was the Insanity workout from BeachBody. And I too worried about my heart. What helped me get over the fear was to ground myself and my emotions.

    Now I am registered for the Warrior Dash - a 5k obstacle course. I am still doing my Insanity workouts but now alternating running and weight training. My hope is to do the Mud Run again next fall and finish with a little better time.


    You can do fact you are doing it now aren't you?

  • DaveReyne Amateur 31 posts since
    Sep 19, 2008
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    46. Dec 28, 2009 2:46 PM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Hi PS (Plus sized)


    There is a new program for c25k that may be of interest.

    On the run2rhythm website at they have a special program for c25k that is based on using their music to help you complete the training.

    The training program was written by an olympic coach.

    I don't need it myself so I can't comment on it's competance but it might be a way of doing the c25k.



  • orange runner Rookie 2 posts since
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    47. Dec 28, 2009 3:26 PM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    First off, congratulations to everyone that actually gets off the couch and begins running, as thinking about it is only half the battle.  When I struggle to keep going, I try to remember that the hardest part of running (or any exercise) is getting out the door, the actual run is the easy part.  Just a few years ago, I was at 190+ lbs and approaching 50 years old.  Reality finally hit and I set a goal to lose 50 lbs by the time I turned 50.  Now, I sit at 52, lost the 50 lbs and even the hardest part, have kept it off.  When I started running, my goal was to add a light pole to each run, and I only started with two poles!  Each day, bit by bit I increased the run, more than the walking.  I also joined Weight Watchers to help with the weight loss and nutrition.  I silently ran, afraid to tell anyone that I was becoming a runner so that if I stopped, I wouldn't have to explain anything.  I also did not worry what I looked like running, though I'm sure there were plenty of snickers from people driving by.  After a year and running what I thought was a comfortable 2 miles, I signed up for a local training program that encourages women to run 4 miles for a charity.  For me, this was the turning point, as now I was with hundreds of women each Saturday morning that were all ages and weights and all learning to get off the couch, just like me.  Well, needless to say, I have now found out what the "runners high" is about.  I've run several 5k's, a few 10k's, 2 4milers and a 6k.  Now, I'm training for a 10 miler in April.  Yesterday, I reached the 8 mile mark, the most I've ever run and loved every minute of it.  I'm already making plans to run a half marathon in November and become a volunteer for the womans training program next summer, just like those that helped me.


    What I have to say though to everyone is - just do it!  Thinking about it or planning to start on Monday, or next week is a delay tactic.  I know, I did that also.  Don't worry what you look like, or how slow you are running.  I'll never win my age group for a race, but at 52, many in my age group are sitting on the couch!  A 5k is a great starting point - 3 miles is really not that far.  Find one that attracts a large group of runners, one with a party atmosphere and lots of people to cheer you on.  Before long, you'll find how much fun they are and better yet, how good you'll feel.  Don't let anyone around you pull you away from your goal which means you'll need to surround yourself with others that encourage you, whether it is with others as you run, or in a forum like this.  And also, don't beat yourself up for not being able to run for as long or far as the program says, or for missing a day; sometimes, it's your body telling you it needs more time.  Before long, you'll also find the "runners high" also, and good luck to everyone!!


    Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.

    Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.

    Sarah Condor


    2009 races:

    Martha Jefferson 8k 56:16

    Charlottesville Womens 4 miler 43:57

    Rapidan Run 10 K 69:09

    Real Girls Run 6K 43:08

    Shelter Help & Emergency 5K  33:57

    2010 races:

    Matha Jefferson 8k

    Charlottesville 10 miler

    Charlottesville Womens 4 miler

    Richmond Half Marathon

  • TinaMN Amateur 11 posts since
    Aug 18, 2008



    I checked out the run2r site and the couch 2 5K they have isn't the one most of us are doing I don't think.  They start with 5 min walking and then 10 min running on week 1.  I don't think I'm there yet.  I think I'll stick with my one I downloaded off the coolrunnings web site.  I look forward to the time I'm at the 10 min jog!  Have a great day!

  • Aquapixie Rookie 2 posts since
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    49. Dec 29, 2009 5:47 AM (in response to TinaMN)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Hi Tina,


    Here is the plan I'm going to follow.


    The first day says run 10-15, but I think it means to do a jog / walk cycle for 10 or 15 min.

    So 1-2 minutes of jogging then 2-3 minutes of walking for 10 or 15 minutes.  At least that

    is how I read it.  I'm hopeful I can manage it, but I think just starting is going ot be the key.

    Even if we just mangage 5 minutes, if we do that every day or every other day, it will

    soon happen.

  • TinaMN Amateur 11 posts since
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    50. Dec 29, 2009 6:22 AM (in response to Aquapixie)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Ok thanks, I'm doing the c25k at coolrunnings.  Good luck and keep up the good work

  • msnwoods Amateur 31 posts since
    Apr 18, 2009
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    51. Dec 29, 2009 6:46 AM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Today, I went to the gym and did 30 mins on the elliptical, well 20 mins, then upper body light weights and then 10mins on the elliptical again, and then off to the showers.....tomorrow is my W1-D2.....yikes.

    I'm also doing the Cool Runnings C25K, I don't have any kind of a running base, and I can't at this point see starting off with anything else, at least for me. I am becomming more resolved with it taking as long as it takes, even if I have to do some 5K's totally walking to get back in the swing of things, that's just where I'll be at, or at least that's what I'm trying to convince myself of, just so long as I don't quit. That's what I don't want to do "again".....I just don't want to quit. I've done that waaaayyyyy too many times, that's why I'm where I am - now.

    So for today just hanging in there.....

    Someone is always doing, what someone else said couldn't be done. 
  • MegMc528 Amateur 27 posts since
    Nov 30, 2009
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    52. Dec 29, 2009 7:26 AM (in response to msnwoods)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Good morning all! Last night was the first day of WK 4 in C25K - didn't think I would make it. Gave myself permission to drop back to WK3 is needed but managed - guess I"m more stubborn than I thought!

    Does anyone have plans for a 5K yet? I had planned on one the day after my 39th b-day in May but just found out it's 5 miles - don't think I'll be up to that. Then again - who knows?

    Avon Day 5K 6/5/10- 41:12

    Asbury Boardwalk 5K - 9/25/10

    This is just the beginning....

    My slowest run time is still better than my best sit-on-the-couch time!


    "Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

  • MaryAnnOD Rookie 2 posts since
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    53. Dec 29, 2009 5:33 PM (in response to MegMc528)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Hi, I haven't posted in a long time, but I'd like to join in. I am 57/female and my weight has gone up to 180 lbs. I had been running on the treadmill and around town, but developed Plantar faciits. I've been dealing with this for over 2 years now.  So far over the years, I have had 5 cortizone shots. I buy my shoes at the Inside Track where they fit me for the shoe I need and I wear orthodics. It has to be old age. I want to begin running again and would like to join your thread. It was bitter cold today, but I plan to start tomorrow if the wind dies down. It is freezing here in Pa. I started the C25K and made it to week 3, this time I'd like to finish. Your thread jumped out at me because as a beginner, I too am embarrassed about running (or my lack of it). My goal is to one day join the running club in Harrisburg.


    NICURN09 I just realized what your name meant. I want to be the first to say thank you for all you do. My grandson was born 3 months early and weighed in at 1 lb. 8 oz. he was 12" long. Without the nurses and Drs. who cared for him, he would not be here today (8 months later) and he's in perfect health.


    Mary Ann

  • amurp230 Rookie 1 posts since
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    54. Dec 29, 2009 7:10 PM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    You can definitely get started at 280. The most important thing to prevent injury though are shoes that are fitted well to your feet, Stretching afterwards is important as well. If you can't run at first, stick with it. Do intervals of walking and speedwalking or walking and running.   I went to an actual store that specializes in Running and the staff there helped me purchase shoes that would provide good support for my feet, and weight. They watched me jog for a few moments on the treadmill to determine if the shoes were providing the best support. I just completed the Las Vegas Half Marathon in early December and can tell you that if you stick with your program, and make small goals that are achievable you will see success. Congratulations on getting off the couch! For the weight loss part of it, limit calories to 1500 a day and eat organic, healthy foods. My dietician reccomended 60% carbs( from whole grains, fruits, vegetables) , 20%protein and 20% fat.  Runners need carbs so they have energy to run.

  • lucybrook Expert 52 posts since
    Dec 18, 2009
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    55. Dec 30, 2009 4:34 AM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    First off, I'm so glad to have found this thread. I haven't completed reading everything yet, but had to respond to this one. (about music & when to walk/run)

    I'm also over 200# and just signed up in another thread to start the C25K Jan 4, but I have been walking and sort of testing the 5k waters. About the music and knowing when to run or walk; I have a geek friend of mine who showed me how to use the video maker that comes with microsoft, make a narrative for myself. I made the audio part of the movie cutting songs down to the appropriate times, then inserted the narrative parts telling me to walk now, or run now; and even a little 'you can do it' reassurances in there. I found however that when I thought I was doing an overlay, it really wasn't but it was inserting it. So I had to listen to myself blab longer than I wanted to. But, I'll do better with week 2's audio.

    I am in a fairly rural part of Northern Michigan, we have lots of snow...LOL. But I have 'spikey things' I bought last year to be able to do this outside...I'm getting SO much insipiration from these threads. I went for a walk yesterday, I'll go for one today too. I've been off work for the holidays so it's really going to take some commitment to keep with this starting next week. I'm back at it on Monday...

    I look at these 'pre' walks as something to take my excuses away. I know the roads, I know I need my spikes...I'm trying to walk away all the excuses before I start the C25K.

    We all can do this! I'm so excited!



    Are any of you trail runners, or mostly road-runners?


  • Nancy Clark RD CSSD Community Moderator 62 posts since
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    56. Dec 30, 2009 4:42 AM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Congratulations on your desire to improve your quality of life!!!!


    If you are looking for food-help so you can lose weight and still have energy to enjoy exercise, I recommend you meet with a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. You can find a referral network at


    If you prefer to read a book, I suggest my Food Guide for New Runners: Getting It Right From the Start. Yes, I know recommending my own book sounds self-serving, but I just want you to know this resource was written for people just like you, to help you reach your goal. I counsel too many new runners who starve themselves, run out of energy, eat the wrong foods at the wrong times, and give up on exercise because it is "no fun." T teach them how to eat adequately, fuel their bodies with the right foods at the right times, and enjoy high energy.


    With best regards,

    Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

    Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

    Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD

    Sports nutrition counselor and food/weight coach

    Author, Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook

  • Bair5 Rookie 1 posts since
    Dec 30, 2009
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    57. Dec 30, 2009 7:05 AM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that I am so proud of you for taking the first step.  I am an active duty Army Soldier and I AM IN LOVE WITH WORKING OUT!  I hit the gym 5 days a week, but workout 7 days.  I love to run, so I put in an average og 35-45 miles a week.  I have 3 other ladies that workout with me, they think I am INSANE, but they always follow along with anything I throw at them.  I try to run as many 5K and 10K as I can catch.  The key to running for me is taking new routes.  I run on post, I run around town or simple run on the treadmill(boring).  My husband and my daughters are very supportive of me, they know working out is high on my list of "MUST DO" things.  Being the mother of 3 daughters, I want to be a good role model for them, physically and mentally.


    Just know, you have to want it bad enough and you have to stay dedicated to it.  On those days you don't feel like doing it, PLEASE get up and do it and you will be so proud of yourself when you are finished.




  • auntcc126 Amateur 9 posts since
    Dec 30, 2009
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    58. Dec 30, 2009 8:24 AM (in response to lucybrook)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time

    Hey Lucy,


    I am new to the running thing, but am going to start it.  I am also over 200 and am wanting to do it for my health and well being.  I am doing weight watchers at work (a bunch of us are) and am now wanting to throw in doing some jogging/running and start doing 5ks.


    Is there a site to get to download on to my ipod as far as music to tell me when to start running v. walking ?




  • Nickie1425 Rookie 5 posts since
    Oct 1, 2009
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    59. Dec 30, 2009 9:12 AM (in response to NICURN09)
    Re: Plus sized and starting C25K for the first time



    If you have an ipod touch or an iphone, you can download the c25k app (the app image for it is a brown square with '5K' in white).  I want to say it is $2.99--but very worth it!  It tells you when to warm up, walk, run, halfway point and cool down.  It works with your ipod, so you can begin playing your music, then open the c25K app and listen to your own playlists while you do the program.  I haven't had a problem hearing the voice commands (the music gets lower when the commands are given).  I've also heard that there is a podcasts series you can download for the ipod that has music with the commands...but I'm not sure where to find these.

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