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  • quidna Amateur 16 posts since
    Jan 15, 2011
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    1,485. Jan 21, 2011 1:38 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    doing w7 of c25k and i dropped my speed even more...down to 6 or sometimes 6.2kph, although i dropped the speed i tried to increase my foot strikes, am afraid my legs just aren't built for speed i did however do the runs without stopping so i'm happy whatever the speed. I am hoping to slowly build the speed up again at .1kph per run

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    1,486. Jan 21, 2011 3:27 PM (in response to quidna)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi Everyone, I'm running my second race ever tomorrow morning and I hope to shave off some off of my last race. The weather says it will be 46 at race time...but it will feel like 36

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009
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    1,487. Jan 21, 2011 4:26 PM (in response to mimiisarunner)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    "Nobody cares if you're not a good dancer. Just get up and dance. The same holds true for racing, whether first or last, we all cross the same finish line. Just get out there and run"!

     

    This was a quote of the day from Runners World. by Dean Karnazes, Ultrarunner and Best Selling Author.

    Mimi.....sure wish active.com had a LIKE button for that quote!!

    Marie

     





    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


  • jusbecuz Amateur 32 posts since
    Jul 28, 2010
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    1,488. Jan 21, 2011 6:39 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    What a rough week, work, work, work!  I was going to run on Monday, didn't get back in town in time.  Tuesday had to work 13 hours, and got home to late to run.  Wednesday, had to be at work at 3am, another 12.5 hours, exhausted when I got home, no run.  Thursday, only 4 hours sleep the night before, exhausted once again and no run.  Today, was going to get up early to run, to tired and no run.  I set my running shoes on my bed so it was the first thing I would see when I got home today.  Good nights sleep, not a stressful day, 75 degrees out, so no excuses, but now I didn't feel like running. I began to feel guilty for not wanting to run; and it became I need to run. Out the door I went, and I haven't ran since last Thursday so I was really anticipating a miserable run; and I figured I deserved it for not following my training plan.  First mile, not too bad, kept a close eye on my pace, 2nd mile began, and starting to feel pretty good. Before I knew it, I had completed my short 3 mile run.  Now I feel great, am energized, and looking forward to my long run on Sunday. Then only 2 more 3 milers until my first 10k on Saturday.  Crazy thing this sport called running!  Prior to today, I always ran because I wanted to, today it was about needing to; and perhaps that was my transition from being a person who runs to being a person who is a runner.  It has become part of me and something that I now need even when I may not particularly want to.  Sorry for the  philosophical rant, today just seemed to be a very defining day for me, and I thought I would share it.





    RUNNING DOES NOT BUILD CHARACTER, RUNNING REVEALS IT

  • susanbarron Legend 390 posts since
    Oct 22, 2009
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    1,489. Jan 22, 2011 8:04 AM (in response to flamomof3)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Flamomof3- Saw your quick report of your race on another thread..WTG!!!!!!! Awesome time you really improved from your last race...hope you had fun!!!!





    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

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    1,490. Jan 22, 2011 8:27 AM (in response to susanbarron)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Thanks! I did have fun even though I was by myself.  I seen some people there I knew. This race was organized very well so I'm thinking of doing another 5K on February 5th.

  • HDown Rookie 3 posts since
    Jan 22, 2011
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    1,491. Jan 22, 2011 4:51 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hello, my name is Heather and I am a Penguin...

    Great post! Love it,

    Heather (The Moose Pyjama Chronicler)

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009
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    1,492. Jan 22, 2011 5:23 PM (in response to flamomof3)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Great race FlaMom Maria

    Welcome Heather.





    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


  • hpickett Rookie 1 posts since
    Jun 2, 2009
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    1,493. Jan 22, 2011 5:28 PM (in response to vcackerman)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    It's great to have a community ot Penguins.  I'm also a slow runner (10:45 per mile).  We have to give ourselves credit for getting out there and staying active.  I may never be fast but I have so much fun running charity races.  I'm gearing up for the Disney World Half Marathon in Feb.  This should be a great time.

     

    Keep Running .  Power and Peace to the Penguins!!

    Heidi

  • RICH48 Pro 106 posts since
    Oct 18, 2007
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    1,494. Jan 22, 2011 7:19 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    i didn't start runniong till I was older and I have always been slow.   It has always been more important to me, to finish.   My best 5k was 30:14, but usually more like 31+   I'll be doing my 1st 5k since hernia surgery on Super Bowl Sunday and I probably will be lucky if I do 35.   If you're a "Penguin" the most important thing is: we are out there "doing it" - having fun and keeping fit! 





       

  • MizT Amateur 22 posts since
    Jan 15, 2011
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    1,495. Jan 23, 2011 2:59 AM (in response to RICH48)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi, I'm new to the forum and think I will fit right in on this thread.  I have run 5K before at 45min and was put off as I was told by some that it was too slow.  Now I'm back currently on week 6 of the C25K and running on my treadmill at 6.7kmph.  I also do intervals of 5x3min at 7kmph.  My excuse is I'm 44 and only have we short legs. lol.

     

    Anyway who cares, I'm doing this for me, not to break any world records.

     

    Love'n all your posts.





    Small steps lead to great things.
    Walk before you jog, jog before you run, once you can run you are free.
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  • Slow Running Pro 66 posts since
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    1,496. Jan 23, 2011 5:06 AM (in response to jusbecuz)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Jusbecuz- I hear you on this.  I skipped running for three day because its hard to get out in the cold but the dreadmill in the corner was something I couldn't bring myself to get on.  by the fourth day I realised that I had to get out there so I grabbed my gear and put it on and out the door I went.  I expected that I would be done after the first mile but I felt so good I ran 3.5 before heading home.  Then I worked out at the gym that night and felt good.  so I was temped to go running the next day but new I should wait until yesterday for my long run.  I did 9 miles on my long run and felt really good so I must have needed the rest.  9 miles in this area is very hard as no one shovels and it gets really messy to run in.  So it took my two hours and ten minutes to do it.  Slow but steady!

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    1,497. Jan 23, 2011 8:45 AM (in response to SloMo2)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Mo- So much of what you said reflects my own experience and opinions.  I HAVE finished last, and still often finish in the last 5-20%.  I could attribute that to my still high weight (>200) but Biggest Loser contestants are proof that heavy people can run faster. I do try to train so that eventually I will be faster - I mean that is still my goal - but I know that I will never be a sub-8:00 miler, and will be lucky if I ever make a 10:00 mile ave for a HM. Heck, I'm still struggling to reach a 12mm in a 5K. When I'm "in-shape", I run 13-14mm real easy in training. But when I get off track - and have a "time out" due to interference from "work" or mental issues - my training times slow back down and range from14-16mm on 4-6 mile runs.

     

    Much of that is because I do not have an obsessive trait to be perfect - I just don't have the discipline.  I have triathlete friends who are up, almost every day, at 5AM to go running or do other cross-training, and they KEEP doing it.  I might try to stick with a "program" and do so for quite a while, but there is always something that comes up that knocks me off my training, and provides a short term set back to that slows me down again. Probably something in my personality that "allows" it.

     

    I have lots of excuses. But i guess the important thing is to just get back off of the couch and get back out there again, everytime we falter. I just had another "time-out", so I've got to get some intervals and tempo runs in, while still building back up to 10+ miles before my HM in 3 weeks.

     

    I am still trying to effectively manage electrolytes and nutrition on my long (2.5+ hours) runs.  I was not successful on my two HMs and bonked at 10 miles on both with calf cramps.  I don't know if it was hydration, electrolytes, nutrition or just poor training (probably all), but I've got to get this mastered if I'm going to beat a 3 hr. HM time.  I am just starting to use Clif Shot BLOKS (like square Gummy's) to see how they work, because I've only used Gu a few times (just to taste).

     

    There is a thread for slow triathletes, if you are interested: http://community.active.com/message/922598  Its kind of quiet now, cause folks are mostly into running, but it will pick up soon.  If there are any other Penguins who are interested in triathlons you might join us there too.

     

    Good luck with all of your training, and to all - ENJOY!





    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

  • Scrufffy Legend 252 posts since
    Dec 2, 2010
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    1,498. Jan 23, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to Slow Running)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Slow R  I am so impressed with your running.  "I expected that I would be done after the first mile but I felt so good  I ran 3.5 before heading home.  Then I worked out at the gym that night  and felt good.  so I was temped to go running the next day but new I  should wait until yesterday for my long run.  I did 9 miles on my long  run and felt really good so I must have needed the rest."

     

    I am 5 months into my runing restart and 9 miles is so far off for me. Yesterday I had my best run since my Nov 5k race. I did 5k in about 32 minutes. I'm finally finished with my recovery from a 1 Jan minor calf/achillies injury.  I want to increase my comfort distance, but the progress is so slow.  My personality is one that tends to over do things and I have been careful to keep a lid on my increasing distance or pace.  I really want to build a good distance base like yours but running is still pretty hard for me.  I tend to exceed my theoretical max heart rate on my runs, so  I know my conditioning still has a long way to go.

     

    I am learning dicipline and integrating a shift to natural/pose/chi running in minimalist shoes. So many changes at once sounds a bit stupid, but I am paying close atetion to my body to keep from over doing it.  So reading posts like yours are very encouraging and inspiring and a great help on my re-entry into the running community.

     

    Thanks for sharing and good running!

    Jack





    Spa5k, 11/04/10, 30:58 2nd place senior

    Peace and Love 5k 3/16/11 29:05 1st place senior

    Toad Suck Daze 5k 30 April 11, 28:29 1st place age group

    2011 Spa 5k 11/19/11 25:55 1st place senior Personal Best, 2nd career

    Looking for a 10 k to run and if that goes well, a HM next spring

    A body at rest tends to stay .... on the couch!

    Jack

  • Slow Running Pro 66 posts since
    Apr 18, 2010
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    1,499. Jan 23, 2011 12:09 PM (in response to Scrufffy)
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    Scrufffy-  Don't worry about pushing it.  You only add 10% a week to your distance andthen Drop your miles every fourth week to recover.  It takes time and with your injury you smart to be careful.  I've been pretty lucky having no injuries so far but I have bad knees so I listen to them when I run.  If they start bothering me I cut my run short and head home.  It's allowed me to finish 3 HM's for 2010.   I am not planning any HM's until the spring because the snow and ice really kills my knees.  I am hoping that I can run a FM this fall if my knees allow.  Just keep doing what your doing and you will get there.  The Chi running is a great methon.  One I use running in this winter weather.  It actually keeps me from slipping when I hit ice patches.  Jeff Galloway is a great methon also I started running with JG and then started reading averything I could get my hands on to learn form.  I keep all my books on running so I can refer back to them as I need to.

     

    On Yaktraks.  I have been wearing my new ones for about 4 weeks now and they are doing great so far.  I am wearing larges instead of smalls and I got the black rubber because its make to be stronger then the bright colored yaks.  I think the larger size is the key to making them last.

     

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    Don't sit on the couch watching the world go by, be the world going by!  A great quote.  One I have on my ID band so I can read it when I am struggling in my run!

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