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  • donna0325 Expert 53 posts since
    Jul 12, 2010

    Jasmine - Congrats on your PR!!  Can't wait to hear from everyone else who is racing this weekend.


    For all you heat wimps that are the jealous type, you may want to skip over the rest of my post . . .   I completed my 6 mile run @ 9:30 this morning with clear, sunny & 63 degree weather!  Since I turned off my alarm this morning, rolled over, and slept for another hour, I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped outside and it was in the high 50's.  I'm starting to taper for my half marathon next Sunday.  I'm doing 4 miles tomorrow, and then a couple easy 2 mile runs during the week.  Something's going on with the left side of my back, so I did a little swimming & sat in the whirpool after my run.


    I have to chuckle a little at the 'hill' discussions.  I live outside of Boulder, CO, so the only way I wouldn't have hills throughout my workout is to go to a track.  I can say that I no longer do the runners shuffle (or whatever you call the bouncy thing where you could really walk faster than your running pace, but mentally you want to be able to say that you ran the whole distance) going up the hills on my routes.  Tonight, I'm going to fiddle with my iPod 'Half Marathon' playlist so that the faster songs play during the big uphill sections.


    Happy running everyone!

    Half Marathon:

    Heart & Sole, Boulder, CO - 8/22/10 - 2:09:51

    Denver Rock N Roll, Denver, CO - 10/17/10 - 2:11:01

    Platte River, Littleton, CO - 4/10/11 - 2:01:31


    Bolder Boulder, Boulder, CO - 5/30/11 - 58:00:00


    Quicker Quaker, Lafayette, CO - 1/8/11 - 26:57

  • Laurelink Pro 70 posts since
    Jul 22, 2010

    Checking in with my first race results:  I placed 131 out of 226 runners. My time was 32.52.  I was the only one running in the age 61 category. There was one woman older (61) who was faster.  I was very disappointed with my time as I ran slower than usual and took several more walk breaks.  It was extremely hot (90's) and humid (somewhere in the 80's to 90's) and I've never run in that kind of heat/humidity.  Whenever I saw someone else walking, I took that as permission for me to take a break too.    It was brutally hot and the last half I ran in the shade and walked through the sunny spots.  It was downhill on the way out and uphill on the way back. My kids were at the finish and very proud and that made it all worthwhile. When I got home afterwards, I registered for a Special Olympics 5k in September!  Hopefully it will be cooler.  Now I have something new to work towards.  

  • DiDi55 Pro 120 posts since
    Jun 10, 2010


                              Your first race; you must be very proud & excited!!  All of us can relate to this heat and humidity; with that said; doing what you did is just the begining; your on your way!!

    Started Running August 2008

    5 mile race/May 2010 59:00

    5 mile race/July 2010 62:00

    Half Marathon/September 2010 2:45

    5 mile race/May 2011 63:00

    Half Marathon 09/24/2011 2:53

    5k 03/31/2012 43:00

    5k 06/09/2012 41:39.5

    If your tired of starting over; stop giving up!

  • Donna914 Legend 357 posts since
    Aug 2, 2009

    Awesome time! and it is fun!


    I did a 3.3 mile run today. I backed off from my 4 miles Friday and next weekend will do 4.5 hopefully. Trying to find a training program that works for me.

  • susanbarron Legend 390 posts since
    Oct 22, 2009

    I haven't been posting much but I've been reading your posts daily for my morning inspiration before running!


    Jo Ann- Congratulations on your race!! You continue to be an inspiration to me! I still hope to follow your footsteps into the sprint tri's!


    Lauralink- way to go on your first's an awful lot of fun isn't it!!


    I have a 5k next weekend mostly because it benefits our retired k9 officers and I will pretty much run anything for dogs or children's charities!! I needed something to keep my inspiration up...I don't really have another training program out there until I return from vacation next month...then I think I will try another half marathon training that I believe Donna is working that it goes beyond the 10 miles most programs do.


    Good luck everyone and keep the inspirations coming!!



    October 2009- Started Couch to 5k

    November 2009- Folsom Turkey Trot 5k (W5D3 C25k)

    December 28,2009- finished Couch to 5k

    January 2010- Run for you Health 5k

    April 2010- Zoo Zoom 10k

    June 2010- San Diego Rock n Roll half Marathon

    November 2010- Folsom Turkey Trot 5k

    April 2011- 4 mile Legal Aide Society Run

    upcoming: September 17th 5k Run to Break the Silence

  • PJ Freeman Pro 115 posts since
    Feb 17, 2009

    I finished the AFC 5k at 37:32 which is my new PR.  It's a little over a minute faster than I ran it last year.  I'm thrilled about that, but a little disappointed because I was running under a 12 minute pace and sometimes at under 11 until about mile 2 when there's a hill (it's not even terribly steep) for about half a mile and I slowed way down to almost a 14 and couldn't push any harder.  I didn't recover to my pre-hill pace before the end.  It's obvious I need to add some hill work into my training so I have more endurance on them.  I have 2 small hills that I have to run up to get home in my regular training route and they always whip my butt so I guess I'll be hitting them harder.


    The weather was perfect...about mid 50's and overcast.  The last 2 tenths of a mile a girl ran up to me and thanked me because it was her first race and she had been pacing me the whole race.  It was very encouraging and pumped me up for the finish.  Now for some rest.  Between yoga on Friday and 2 hard running days yesterday and today, I am very sore and tired.  No running or anything tomorrow!


    Laurelink - I understand your disappointment, but you did awesome!!! You beat my time even with your walking breaks and you had the heat to contend with.  Now you have a time to try to beat next time.  Great job!

    2010 Coronado Independence Day 5K - 40:12

    2010 AFC 5K - August 15 - 37:32

    2010 End of Summer Fire Run 4mi- August 29 - 49:55

    2010 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay - October 2 - 57:12

    2010 Shelter Island 5K - November 7 - 36:20 PR

    2010 Silver Strand Half Marathon - November 14 - 3:14:05

    2010 Las Vegas Rock & Roll Half Marathon - December 5 - 2:58:35

    2010 Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis - December 11 - 37:28

    2011 Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 10K - February 13 - 1:25:46

    2011 Lost Dutchman 10K - February 20 - 1:19:11

    2011 Saint Patrick's Day 10K - March 12 - 1:13:48 PR

    2011 Carlsbad 5000 - April 3 - 34:30 PR

    2011 Rock & Roll San Diego HM - June 5 - 2:51:54 PR

    2011 Coronado Independence Day 5K - July 4 - 35:34

    2011 America's Finest City 5 K- August 21 - 34:40


    2011 Rock & Roll Los Angeles - October 30

    2012 Disneyland Tinkerbell Half - January 29

  • skirun50 Pro 80 posts since
    Jun 15, 2010

    Congratulations to Jasmine and P.J. for their new personal records!!


    Laurelink, Don't be disappointed in your results. I hope the race was a good experience for you. Now you know what to expect and how to pace yourself in race conditions. It is a lot different than running on your own. Congratulations on finishing your first race!


    D.J. Hope you had a good race today


    I ran 8 miles this morning. That is 2 miles farther than I have ever run before. I ran very slowly but, I am proud of myslef for going the distance.

    4/24/10: 5K Run for the Red Cross 44.9

    6/26/10: 5K Runners North 36.00

    * Broke 8 mile mark 8/15/10

    9/11//10: 5K Apple Days 31:49

    9/18/10: 5K Top of Utah 30.37

    10/2/10: 5K Pumpkin Run 30.02 PR

    10/9/10: Wasatch Woman 6K, 39.07

    10/23/10: Run for the Ringers 5K, 30.02

    Upcoming Goals:

    TOU Half marathon 8/27/11

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 923 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    Laurel - Congrats, that is fantastic result for the weather conditions!  I am a wuss - I would never even have tried.  It can only get better for you from now on.  Donna0325 - I can only dream of temps in the 50's and 60's right now. I swear I feel like flying somewhere, just to run cool. Enjoy your tapering now and good luck with your HM next weekend.  Susan - With a HM at the end of Sept, I think I should be able to get up to 11 or 12 miles before then - if it cools down a little once in a while.


    Donna914- Being in the Louisville area, think you can build up to a HM by the end of April and meet me in Nashville??  Anyone else here within a 3 hr drive of Nashville??


    PJ- According to my "pace improvement/predictor strategy" (HA!), during my race yesterday I should have finished in 37:30, about your finish time. But the temps didn't let me push harder to do that, so I have to settle for the same time I did in May-three mins behind "schedule". Hurrmph! Probably more reasons than the heat 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

  • DisposableSuperHero Rookie 5 posts since
    Apr 12, 2010

    I gave myself 6 weeks after my successful (well, I ran all the whole distance) 5K in July, to be able to tackle a 5K hill run. But this was the 4th week and I'm still not able to take on a mile and a half of hard hills. I started taking Tai Chi, and I think that has helped my form some, but I think I'm just not strong enough. I end up running hunched over, collapsed, mentally yelling at myself to straighten up and get back in form, then slumping down again. Of course running downhill doesn't present the same problems, I just focus on not hurting my knees on the downhill.I think I just didn't train right for the hills.

  • Laurelink Pro 70 posts since
    Jul 22, 2010

    Thanks to everyone for your support.  It really does help!  I look forward to your posts and now I'm looking forward to my next race. (I almost signed up for one this a.m. since the heat finally broke.)  Now I know I need to do more to get in better shape.  I'm just not sure what I should do.  Any advice for cross training???

  • lindakay228 Legend 201 posts since
    Apr 11, 2010

    Glad to read about so many successes this weekend, even if it's not what you really wanted.  Laura I definitely couldn't tackle it in that heat.  I pushed myself to go out and walk 2 miles this afternoon in a hill area on some trails but it was 90 and humid and kicked my butt.  I'll be so glad when the weather cools down because I do so lousy in the heat.  I did go to the gym earlier and tried to run but only got half a mile in.  Did almost 4 miles with the reast of it at about 15 mile pace with a slight incline.  It's really p***ing me off (sorry) that I can't do what I was doing before the weather turned hot but I'm counting on my body getting going again as it cools.  I've tried b-complex vitamins and RIbose-D, which helped me a little before with fatigue last year, and I've had blood work to make sure my thyroid is okay, my potassium, which I've had drop before was okay, I'm well hydrated, cortisol was good, and everything else came out okay.  So, it just must be my body reacting to this weather and I'm going to keep pushing my best till I break through.  I did the 2 mile walk this afternoon after the other workout because I was angry at this situation and I just wanted to go out and push myself a little.  Not to the point of making myself sick though.  The two miles were at an average of about 17.5 minute miles which on the hills and in the heat wasn't too bad for the hiking but I want so badly to do what I hear everyone else doing.  And yet, I also have to look at how far I've come in the last year.  A year ago the end of July I started trying to work on myself.  I was 225lb and a total couch potatoe.  Walking for 20 minutes was a big deal for me and shopping for groceries was exhausting and made my back hurt.  I had to rest before I could put things away.  Now I'm 160 and can do so much more, even if the summer slows me down and I can't do the half marathon I walked on May 1st at this time but I will be able too again.  There is a 5k that I plan to do the end of September, and I hope to be able to run it all by then but if not I'll walk and run it.  I'm going to do it.

    My hip is still hurting me too but the funny thing is once I get moving it doesn't hurt anymore until I stop.  SItting really aggravates it.  For the past 2 weeks I had done mostly water exercises and today was the first time I pushed the walking or tried to run because I've been babying it but it isn't making much difference.  So I decided if it doesn't make it worse, and it actually helps it while I'm doing it, I'm going to go back to walking and trying to run.  I'll still do my water exercises too for cross training, which I love.  And I do some stretching every day.  Now if I could just find time and energy to go work on riding the bike I bought last fall and have only ridden 3 times . . . . .   I guess I can't do it all.  I'll rotate around to the bike riding eventually as I like to change routines periodically.


    Congratulations to those who set a PR this weekend.  And to the others, you're still moving so much faster than those watching from the sidelines or sitting at home on their couches.  That's what I always try to keep in mind.


    Onward and Forward!!

    Whole Enchilada 5k, Las Cruces NM 9-26-10 43:32

    All Souls Trail Race, Silver City NM 10-30-10 45:55

    Global Health 5k Run/Walk, Albuquerque NM 11-6-10 40:11

    Ultimate Fitness 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5k, Deming NM 11-25-10 38:35

    New Beginnings 5k Jan 23, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 40:20

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 12, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 39:54

    Bataan Death March Memorial 15 miles March 27, 2011 White Sands Missil Range, NM 4hrs, 48 min 45 sec

    Fort Bayard Wilderness 5k Trail Race May 28, 2011 40:52

    Ultimate Fitness 9th Annual Turkey Trot, Deming NM 11-24-11 35:14

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 11, 2012 Las Cruces NM 38:29

  • calbiker Pro 159 posts since
    Mar 21, 2010

    Congratulations to all who raced, ran, and broke their personal best.


    To those struggling, stay at it we are all here for you!

    Onward and Forward !

  • DJTucker Amateur 26 posts since
    Sep 26, 2009

    Congratulations to all!   And some of the miles that are being logged in!!  I'm going to start training for the St. Jude Half the second week of September.  Surely it will be cooler by then. I can't even think about distance right now.    It was hot as a firecracker in Memphis on Saturday.  I just tried not to freak out about it.  There were so many people that it took me about a half mile to get through the crowd.  Ran the first mile in just under 9 minutes - Garmin died!  Of all things to not check to make sure it was charged!!!!!  Decided I wasn't going to freak out about that either.  Was kinda disappointed in myself because i walked 3 different times between mile 2 & 3. Each time, counted to 60 and took off again but I was probably within 3/4 & 1/2 mile from the finish!  Still made it in 30:28 and I was pretty happy about that.  It could have been so much worse.


    Jasmine - If nothing happens, I'll be in Nashville the end of April - would love to meet!

  • BowieLinda Pro 136 posts since
    Jul 8, 2010



    Hooray!!  For "our" event runners this past weekend!!  And bravo to our gang that worked out, whether facing injury, weather conditions, track conditions, whatever!


    It is awesome what you accomplish; and it does make some of us (me too!) feel a bit competitive about trying to equal your achievements, cut our time or increase our distance!


    Thanks for all the race reports, it's so motivating to read them, and also helps us feel like "we are there!"



    C25K Training begun (Treadmill) 6/1/10); restarted 7/11/12

    First run OUTDOORS - Club Fun Run 1.75 mile circuit time 26:06:72 on 7/29/10

    Proud C25K Grad, 8/7/10

    College Park Cares 5K Sponsored by Vecna Technologies, Inc. 9/25/10 44:04.4

    Fell off of the regular running routine, experienced the DC Derecho Disaster, and now aiming to get back on track!


    Jug Bay Run for Wildlife 5K 11/3/12

  • MillieR Amateur 6 posts since
    Sep 29, 2008

    I'm happy to find this discussion thread of other people like me, 50+ and fairly new to running. I'm 53 and started running 3 years ago as part of a weight lost program.  I'm now totally hooked on running.  Everyone else I know either hates exercise or are young people in terrific shape and running marathons. I have done several local 5k runs and my best time was 27:17.  My new chanllenge is to run a 10k next October. So far my longest distance is 5 miles.    

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