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19100 Views 84 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2010 2:52 PM by Jasmine1972 RSS Go to original post 1 2 3 4 5 6 Previous Next
  • SMARIETTA Legend 302 posts since
    Oct 3, 2009

    Little bit of good news------

    my wife actually di W1D1 of the c25k  plan yesterday!- I am really happy about this- because it was actually her idea

     

    she recently went to her 30th  highschool reunion-and she was talking to the wife of a class mate- who mentioned that  she was running as part of a relay in a local marathon which passes our house this past saturday

    her new aquainteance told her- that a group of friends from work decided they were gonna walk it- and started walking in March of this year-and after a few weeks of THAT- they decided they would  switch to running it-

    so  in 6 months they went from nothing- to running a relay

     

    Saturday- I got up and ran my last long run before my half on  oct. 10-and my wife watched the marathon ouside our door-and noticed a lot of the  people were really just shufflers- " I can do THAT!" she told me-
    I just want to run  a  5k leg- if you take me out and  help me buy shoes- I can get started on that( it's always about buying shoes with you ladies isn't it?)

     

    so I got out my old printouts from when I started C25k back in oct. of 2009- and I showed her W1D1- ---" see- you just haver to be able to jog 60 seconds- then you can walk 90 seconds!- you already know you can jog longer than 60 seconds-- if you just do EACH of these workouts- step by step- in less than 9 weeks you will be able to  run 5k- you can absolutely do this!!!!!

    " Great "she says- let's go buy shoes!

     

    so after lunch-we bought her new shoes- and by 2:00- she had done w1d1

     

    this was HER idea, not mine- but i figure my job is to be sort of low key enthusiastic and supportive- without being over the top gushing and patronizing.

    she wants to sign up for a new years eve 5k that I ran last year- so I guess I will be running that as well.

     

    Stephen

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    Stephen, YEAH for your wife in starting C25K and YEAH x2 for you being supportive in the right way.





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • Turtle Who Runs Pro 110 posts since
    Sep 29, 2009

    Stephen-that's so cool that your wife started the C25K; it's just one more thing you guys can do together, and it's a healthy thing to do together.  And you can give her some advice since you've been there (of course only when she asks for it or is open to receiving it!).  Congrats to you both.

     

    -Kelly





    -I may be slow, but at least I'm moving forward. 
  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    Just wanted to report in, one week after my HM.  That race was very hilly, so now I am definitely going to add more hills to my training regime.  Did one such 4 mile run this week.  Its amazing that after doing Nashville, all my previous "inclines" now look tame and just "bumps in the road".

     

    Today I added a 5K at the last minute, because it was flat & I haven't done a 5K since May.  It was a beautiful morning (53deg) & a new, small race so it was perfect.  Started off at <10mm pace, then after 1st 1/4 mi settled into a 11.5-12mm pace, near the back of the pack, that I was able to sustain fairly easily.  I backed off a couple of times, because I knew I was going to PR, but I gradually began passing a few people who were doing run/walk intervals.  I sped up at 3.0 miles, and then went all out the last 100 feet, to beat someone who was trying to pass me. HA! Finished in 37:44, slicing 2.5 mins off my PR!!! Yippee!!  Finished 95/114, and 1st (but not last!) in my AG (55-59).  Next 5K's won't be so flat and "easy", so it was nice to set this new PR.

     

    I hope everyone is enjoying this fall weather, though I imagine some of you are drowning from all of that rain on the east coast.





    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

  • SMARIETTA Legend 302 posts since
    Oct 3, 2009

    one week to my race---

    I had a thoroughly miserable run this morning- temp. in the lower 40's- wind, light rain, everything soggy.- did a few walking warm up laps in the parking lot before heading out on the trail.

    As I was walking I was thinking" it's never been this cold before in the history of the world- people could die in this!"

     

    so- instead Of stripping down to my tshirt- I went out on the run in my hoodie and gloves- which was the wrong choice- I ended up being both overheated-AND cold and stiff. Really didn't get my pace,stride  right untill the last 800 yards or so  of what was supposed to be an easy 3 mile jog. Planning to take it easy this week- I haven't scheduled any roofing/carpentry projects this week other than a 1 hour slate repair on a barn I will do monday- mostly this week I will tajke it easy----- go on an easy,slow bike ride Tuesday-and maybe do a slow jog on thursday and rest up for next sundays' race- I am still a little banged up from last weeks 12 mile run on sunday-and then a fair sized tile roof project  this past week with a LOT of ladder climbing

     

    good news is- my wife completed W1 of the C25k on Friday eve.- and did W2D1 this morning

     

    I will do the race next sunday-and then I have 18-20 days of production work to get done by thanksgiving-and then AFTER that- I can enjoy 3-4 months of winter downtime

    stephen

  • SMARIETTA Legend 302 posts since
    Oct 3, 2009

    well folks- here are my results from yesterdays half marathon

     

    woke up  before 3:00 AM- and stared at the ceiling untill 5:45AM

    got to the race in plenty of time

     

    i have been nursing my knees and one shin the last 3 weeks or so-icem braces, nuking with meds etc.

     

    after much consideration-decided to run the race with  both knees in braces- excellent idea- I didn't hear a peep out of either knee- including the one that was operated on years ago!

     

    wish I could say the same for my shin- started out fine- but the first 3.3 miles are on pavement-and the first mile is mostly down hill-and I don't run on pavement usually

     

    so by the end of only mile one- I knew i was in for a long day- the shin was just killing me

     

    I smarter guy-would have just dropped out there- but smart is not my strength-so I figured  i spent a year to get to this point- and 4 months of pretty specific training- so ?i would just try to see it through- I figured I would be well over  3 hours-which was depressing because 4 months ago I was hoping to be in the 2:15 to 2:30 range

     

    wife says when i passes her ( she was a spectator)-at mile 3.3 i was visibly  limping pretty bad and that  she wanted  me to drop out there- but she didn't say anything there

     

    at that point- I got onto the trail- my usual surface-and things were a bit better for the next few miles. since i was moving so slow- the whole day I had no cardio respiratory issues

    also- the people at the water stations with the cowbells?- really annoying-AND- i know they mean well- but if i want fluid i will take fluid- but I don't appreciate having to swerve AWAY from people trying to  FORCE fluid at me- i am carrying my own1

    anyway- I digress

     

    first HALF runner passes us on the way back- he is cruising along a minute or so ahead of his next competitor- visibly  he looked effortless- the people behind him- grunting,gasping weezing- the difference was quite striking

     

    Later, of course- the first FULL marathoner passes us- and this still bowls me over- he is running so visibly effortlessly and he says to US- good job, good job!

    i mean WOW- I am totallty in awe of these guys- and he is supporting US???? remarkable

     

    in fact- that's the biggest thing( other than the pain , LOL)- that stands out in my mind

     

    By the time i am to mile 10-11-we come into the bulk of the full marathoners heading the other way.

    keep in mind I am only 2-3 miles from the finish-  THOSE folks have to run another 8-9 miles- and yet- there is a constant streeam of " good job.good job, looking strong, doing well, keep it up" etc.

    I would say about 20% of the marathoners -were offering encouragement to  US.- I am still rocked by that- what generosity of spirit!- i mean- We only have 2 miles to go- they have 8-9 miles- and THEY are encouraging US?

    i am just totally impressed by that

     

    triying to explain this to my wife-who is in W3 of the C25K plan- i think anybody with some motivation- in 8-9 weeks you can go from zero running- to being able to tough out a 5k-pretty cool- another few weeks of progress- and you can run 4 miles or more-at that point you think" can I work up to a 10K- it's only 2 more miles-and a few months later  you CAN-shortly after that you are doing  say 7 miles as  your "long" weekend run-and the idea strikes you " I could add LESS than 10% to  my mileage a week and I could do a Half in a few months------( that's the point i was at late spring/early summer)

    AND YOU DO IT

     

    But those people who can do a FULL marathon- I am totally awe struck, because I just don't see going from a half to a full marathon as being remotely proportional to jumping from a  10K to a half- i am just staggered by those that can do it. totally,seriously awe struck

     

    anyhow- finished my half 2:54- so  NOT over 3 hours-and limping pretty bad. small moral victory I suppose- but disappointing none the less- because  a couple months  ago I was thinking 2:15-and a few weeks ago I figured 2:30-2:45 was a lock

     

    What I Learned:

    If I could go back in time 4 months when I started training for this- I would have followed a plan where I NEVER went over 10 miles in training. a month ago I tweaked the shin doing a 11 mile  run-nursed it along then 2 weeks later I tweaked it more doing a 12 mile run- and probably really fubared it yesterday during the half.

    I truly believe- if
    I had never gone over 10 miles in training-YES  I would have maybe tweaked it a bit yesterday- but not like THIS-and I think my time would have been about 20 minutes faster- I am totally convinced of this

     

    20/20 hindsight- i should have  spent about a year running with my long runs in the 6-7-8 mile range and concentrated on building up that lower leg/shin area-and  THEN done the Half

     

      My long range plans?- my next half I think will be the OBX in late fall of 2011

    i want to rest up this leg and heal over the next few weeks, while i finish out this roofing season- then around thanksgiving go into training again. Next half I do i  WILL be 30 lbs. lighter-and 30 minutes faster- that's my motto for the next year. I want to do 4-5 10k's through next spring/early summer-stay at maybe 7-8 miles as long runs untill late summer

    THEN-as i start doing heavier mileage in training for the HALF- it will be cooler fall temps- but I want to concentrate specifically at being rock solid at 10 miles- because this time once i got past  9 miles in training- i was reall shaky in training from 9-10-11-12 miles

     

    30 lbs. and 30 minutes faster folks

     

    best wishes all,

    stephen

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009

    Stephen, CONGRATULATION !!!  You did incredibly awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience and what you learned. I have no doubt you will achieve your 30/30





    Marie from Tennessee

    Training for Disney 2013 Goofy Challenge.....Yes, I'm certifiably CRAZY!

    61 year olds must be out of their minds to run a half marathon followed by a full the next day!

    Disney Half Marathon 1/7/2012 2:37:59

    Bear Hunt 5K 9/24/11 28:28 pb

    Trojan Trek Trail 5K 8/6/11 31:45

    Expo 10K 5/28/11 1:01:28,

    Expo 10K 5/26/12 1:05:39

    Eastman 10K 9/8/2012 1:01:11 pb

    "Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1


  • SMARIETTA Legend 302 posts since
    Oct 3, 2009

    I  am curious about your screen name- are you an artist------------- oops- yep- I see that you are

     

    reason I check- my dad was a professional artist- i spent most  of my summers as a kid- traveling the country while he painted on location- Maine, wyoming, Colorado, Cades Cove Tennesee,  Outer banks of north carolina etc.

    Back home-weekends were setting up at art shows etc.

     

    Fact is- yesterdays race went right past the front door of a location of  one of the  Art shows he helped start

     

    anyhow- good for YOU!!!!- it's a different life ain't it??????

    stephen

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    My next HM is this weekend. Two weeks ago, I ran the last 10 miles of the course and determined it was very doable. Then I went astray.  We traveled on Thurs, and first thing Friday morning, I did 4 miles near our hotel in Maryland.  Then the family took the Metro into D.C. and I did a lot of walking around.  The next day was the "Sanity Rally" back on the D.C. Mall, so we did a lot of walking and standing around all day, and I didn't get in any run.  Sunday we took it easy and Monday we drove home.  Both days no running.

     

    When we got home I did not run until Weds and then it was 10 miles again.  The rest of the week, I had "stuff" to do, and had other excuses, so I didn't run again until Monday.  I blew an entire week of pre-race training time, and now it's almost time to taper!!  I was afraid I was starting to lose muscle tone.

     

    So Monday I did my last long run: 8 miles at a 14:22 mm pace.  Yesterday, I did 2 miles of speed intervals on the TM, plus 1 mi warmup/cooldown. Today, to finish off my plan of  >13 mi accumulated fatigue, I planned to do my 4 mi hill course nice and easy.  But to my surprise, I was able to run each of the hills and in between at >1min/mi faster than previously.  So, to my surprise, today turned into a 4.44 mi "tempo" run, averaging 13:32 pace, even with the hills. Hurray! Now 2 days of no running and lite cross-training and I think I'm ready!!

     

    I am a chronic iPod user during training, as it is my best tool to maintain tempo and to pass the time.  However, this HM doesn't allow headphones!  So today I picked up a NikeFIT Hatphone.  It is a knit cap with built-in speakers and a pocket for the iPod.  Now I can run & listen, and not have my ears covered!!  I only worry about my head getting too warm, since I'll be running 3+ hrs.





    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

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