I've been on this site browsing for a long time but never posted. Some of your threads really helped keep me motivated and get myself out the door and on the path. So I thought I'd share my story.
Back in October I started the C25K program and completed it just after christmas. I never missed a run or even repeated a week.
I've been running by myself which can get a little boring so I know I need to find a partner. But other then that, I've been really enjoying it.
I asked my Dad, who is a BIG runner, to run my first 5k with me (like actually run next to me, not leave me in his dust) on New Years Day. He agreed and so we ran it. My time was 27:20! I could not have been happier! My goals were to run the whole thing and in under 33 mins. So I surpassed those goals.
I'm looking into registering for another 5k at the end of January. But it's a snowshoe event if there's snow. So that could be fun
A little info about me. I'm 22 male about 205 lbs. I was 220 lbs about 2 months ago. This isn't just from running though. I also work out at the gym several times a week and have been eating healthier. Not dieting... just avoiding junk. And I gave up soda cold turkey. I use to drink diet coke by the truck load. I don't feel like I look any different but hey... the scale is moving and im went from 36" jeans to 34" jeans. Thats gotta be a good sign.
Great job, Steve! Do you run outside? I am not bored when I run outside but running on a treadmill is boring to me. Best of luck with your snowshoe race, sounds fun. I am loving running in during the winter!
7/5/10 -Started C25K
9/4/10 -Finished C25K
First 5K: Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5K - 34:50
thanks for sharing steve! very inspirational for me since i just started this week and im hoping to lose about 30 lbs. i also work out at the gym on most rest days and ive been trying to be careful about what i eat. still havent kicked the diet mt dew habit lol but im workin on it! i really doubted that running a 5k was something that i could ever do but after reading so many stories like yours im defintely starting to feel like its possible!
"To get something you never had, you have to do something you've never done"
Run Like A Girl 5/7/11
Congratulations Steve!! Great job!
Welcome to the running world! Races are such a blast and it sounds like you have the right idea about positive training and good health!! Way to go and enjoy your next race!!
Quote from Bob Moawad " You can't make footprints in the sands of time if you are sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time"
2008 - Grandma's marathon - 4:51 2011 - Get in Gear 1/2 marathon - 1:46
2009 - Get in Gear 1/2 marathon - 1:49 2011 - Green Bay marathon - 3:51
2009 - Grandma's marathon - 4:13 2011 - Grandma's marathon - 3:45
2009 - Twin Cities marathon - 4:02 2011 - Minneapolis Pride 5k - 21:31
2010 - Grandma's marathon - 3:58 ya hoo!
2010 - Twin Cities marathhon - 3:55
Congrats Steve! I registered for my first 5k on January 22nd, and am pretty excited about it as well. Great job on beating your expected time as well!
I also gave up soda cold turkey, though my poison of choice was regular old, full of sugar, pepsi. I haven't had a soda in 8 months and will never drink one again. That, coupled with a 1200-1400 cal diet, and running allowed me to lose 96lbs in 8 months. I DEFINITELY look different, and went from size 42 pants to size 33.
Congrats on the race youngster . With a time like that in your first race at your age, you could easily be on the podium by the time you're my age . Keep it up . I wish I'd started twenty years ago . ,Marc
The Monster Dash 5k . Halloween day - 26:08
The Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8k . Thanksgiving day - 41:57
The Jolly Elf 5k Trail Run . Dec 11 - 26:09
The Tobacco Road Half Marathon . March 20, 2011- 1:53.13
The Triangle Orthopedic Sprint Triathlon . April 23, 2011- 1:21.53 / 5k- 25:48
The White Lake International Triathlon . Sept 10, 2011- 2:59.45 / 10k- 56:27
The Washington Half Iron Triathlon . Oct 29, 2011- 5:49.44 / 13.1mi- 2:09.23
The Tobacco Road Marathon . March 18, 2012- 4:37.56
Currently Training For -
Thanks everybody for the congrats. I'm really proud of my time and have certainly been braggin some to other people.
I started running outside but once it started getting really cold and dark afterwork I joined the local gym to run inside on a treadmill. After getting outside for a run last weekend now the treadmill is even more daunting then before. I've decided I'm going to comit to running at least one day per week outside regardless of the temp. Just to feel better about running.
And I'm thinking I'll ask my Dad to run outside with me every now and then at my pace so I have a running partner. He runs a couple marathons a year so he's a way better runner then I. But it was really cool that he ran with me for the 5k.
I'm looking forward to the next race! I'll keep posting updates on how I'm doing.