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  • marybcarl Rookie 2 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,740. Feb 17, 2011 8:00 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hello fellow penguins!  I had no idea there were so many others out there and I'm very glad that I'm not the only SLOW runner on the road.  I'm trying to lose weight, get in shape and just get healthy at 47.  It's long overdue and I really like running...or waddling...or plodding, whatever you call it.  I am hoping to build my distance, lower my time and lose weight all at the same time, but it's been a month and I'm getting a little discouraged.  But...I'll keep going as long as you all do!  Take care and happy trails.  Mary Beth

  • MamaBear56 Pro 168 posts since
    Dec 16, 2010
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    1,741. Feb 17, 2011 9:44 PM (in response to marybcarl)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Mary Beth be kind and patient with yourself.  A month is a very short period of time.  Relax and enjoy.  The other stuff will come.  If you haven't already you might want to check out John Bingham's book "Courage to Start" and "No Need for Speed".  I've been at this since first of December and am certainly seeing some benefits now but still have a long ways to go.  But mostly like you I just really love it.  Happy waddling/plodding/joggling!





    Betty a.k.a. MamaBear56

    Started running/walking program December 1, 2010

    2/26/2011 Snow Joke HM 3:30:14

    3/26/2011 Missoula Make A Wish Foundation 5k 38:00

    4/17/2011 Rocky Mountain Bank Summit Classic 10K 1:22:41

    5/21/11 - West Valley School 5K 46:00??? (I know I can do better)

    5/22/11 - Weight Watchers 5K Walk (Completed with some jogging, untimed)

    8/6/11 - Roodell Run 10K 1:18:49

    10/2/11 - Fernie, BC HM 3:25:06

    "Whether you think can or think you can't...you are correct." Henry Ford

    "If you limit what you are willing to do, you limit what you can do." Anonymous


  • SloMo2 Expert 54 posts since
    Nov 28, 2010

    Rocky - I am SO GLAD you decided to join this message board.  Finally there is someone who is near my speed.  Most of the people who post on here are a lot faster than me, and some of them I don't even consider to be Penguins, although that is only my opinion.  Although I have gone faster in a few rare moments, my running (or jogging) speed is usually anywhere from a 16-18 or 19 minute mile, and yes, I am not kidding either.   I have done some jogging in the 12-15 minute mile range, but I can't seem to sustain it for very long.  In the official longer runs that I have done, it seems to average out at around 17-18 or so, when they post the final results.  I have been told by others who have seen me jog that it appears as if I am walking, but I don't care about those remarks. I generally don't like to run or walk with others due to my (lack of) speed, but if you were in my area, it would be great to walk or run with you.  What area do you live in?

     

    Today was a nice day weather-wise (it was in the upper 60s or it possibly may have even hit 70), so I went out and walked 8 miles.  I was going to do more, but my feet began to hurt, and I have learned from past experience to listen to my body when it is telling me that I have done enough for the day.  My friend pointed out that I need to get out of the walking phase of my training for the half marathon fairly quickly, since it is coming up soon.  So I will only do it a few more weeks before I start the walking/jogging phase.  When I begin alternating walking and jogging, I was thinking of doing the following - jog one mile, walk one mile, and so on.  What does everyone think of that plan?  Or should I switch it up every half mile instead?  I don't want to alternate every minute, because I need at least a few minutes of jogging to build up my momentum, and a few minutes of walking to recover.  Hope everyone has been having the nice weather that we have.

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,743. Feb 18, 2011 8:31 AM (in response to MamaBear56)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I ran and walked 4 miles today, saturday I will walk and lift weights. Sunday I hope run 7 miles.

  • susanbarron Legend 390 posts since
    Oct 22, 2009
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    1,744. Feb 18, 2011 9:09 AM (in response to flamomof3)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Thanks Art,Scruffy and Mimi on the garmin advice...I think the 305 will be a good fit. Just curious Mimi how has it helped improve your times?

     

    I have taken a much needed "mental health" week...no running since the race last weekend..just slept,worked and got caught up from our trip. Now I am ready to hit the road tomorrow for an easy three miler and meet the girls for our Sunday morning run along the river! I feel completely re-energized!!

     

    Happy running all!





    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

  • retiredgirl61 Pro 171 posts since
    Dec 3, 2010
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    1,745. Feb 18, 2011 9:59 AM (in response to marybcarl)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi, MB -- have you looked at the C25K (couch to 5K) training plan on this website?  Lots of the people in this thread have followed it very successfully and it might help you.

     

    I sympathsize with your weight loss efforts -- it isn't easy.  I'm 61 and I've noticed that it is more difficult to lose weight as I get older -- and easier to put it on, too.  I'm working with a trainer/nutritionist and he set me up with a weekly workout plan and nutrition targets to help me lose weight.  Basically, I work out at least an hour a day, six days per week.  I consume 1500 cal/day in 6 small meals thoughout the day (I track it carefully) in the recommended percentages of carbs, fat, and protein so it is kind of a juggling act every day.  I've been pretty vigilant on what I eat and when -- all high nutrient low fat food.  I take one day a week "off" when I don't track my food and I don't exercise.  Now that I've gotten used to eating "clean", I've found that I don't really want much more food or most of the "treats" I used to love.  I lose about 1 or 2 lbs per week that way.  It seems slow at the time, but since October I've lost 35 lb even while gaining muscle.  I've dropped from size 18W to size 12.

     

    You'll be surprised, if you keep on moving and cut back a little on what you eat and maintain your focus on getting stronger -- it will work.  Your body will love it after its initial bout of surprise and protests at what you are asking it to do.  It will get stronger very quickly.

     

    Good luck -- we're all rooting for you.





    Retired, but not watching TV much

    Started walking/running 9/2010

    Folsom Turkey Trot 5 K 2010 (walked)

    Valentines Day 4 mile run, 2/12/11 1:00:30

    Starting triathalon training w/coach 3/1/11

    Komen Sacramento Race for the Cure 5K 5/7/11 (walk with friends)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 6/4/11 (2:55)

    Crew for Bike Team, Race Across America 6/16-26/11 (6 days, 16 hr, 7 min)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 7/9/11 (2:46)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 8/7/11 (2:31)

    Luna Bar Women's Tri 9/11/11 (3:17)

    Golden State Sprint Tri 10/9/11 (DNF)

  • Art Davis Pro 112 posts since
    Jan 30, 2008
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    1,746. Feb 18, 2011 10:26 AM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Today is a day off from running, tomorrow I am running 20 miles training for the Southern Indiana Classic in April.

    I took it a little easy this week running so far I have ran 14.1 miles and then I hope to cover 20 miles tomorrow.

    My goal for is to run the entire marathon without stopping and walking.

     

    Art





    Getting Fit at Fifty

    http://fitatfifty-art.blogspot.com/

  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
    Dec 12, 2009
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    1,747. Feb 18, 2011 10:48 AM (in response to Art Davis)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Welcome Rocy & MaryBeth to our group. MB, Retiredgirl gave you some good "food for thought". While running & or walking, or any exercise is the catalyst to help burn that fat, we must be aware of what we consume. I've found too that w/ daily exercise, I want to chose healthier foods. But most of all, be patient w/ yourself. One or two pounds a week adds up quickly.

    Speaking of..... Retiredgirl, you just gave me the push that I needed to start tracking my own intake and get this extra 15 pounds off. Thanks! my problem has been those cookies that my dh always has laying around. Two of them just negated the 3 mile walk.....dumb me.

    Tomorrow is Day 50 in John Bingham's 100 Days Challenge (see other thread on this site) and I vow to make getting a few pounds off my goal for the next 50 days. I've done well on the exercise part.

    Slomo....you are doing great. It isn't the speed that is impt. Slow go is much better than no go! Hold your head high and keep on moving. 8 miles WOW!

    Art, good luck on your long training run.

    My daugher & I will shoot for a 5 miler tomorrow. I walked and did yoga today.

     

    If anyone is running a race this weekend.....best of luck. May the wind be at your back!

     

    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


  • Dini A Amateur 18 posts since
    Apr 26, 2009
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    1,748. Feb 18, 2011 11:13 AM (in response to SloMo2)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi, If its easier for you and you have a Garmin why don't you do run/walk intervals. start with 3min run and 3 mins walk and as it gets easier extend the time to a 5R/3w and then 6R/3w and then slowly cut the walk time down to a 1 min walk and longer run...you can set your Garmin to do the timing for you..

     

    I started that way and loved it..no guilt and it seemed like I picked up pace as I warmed up..Also I tend to get into the "Zone" and stay there for a while..another thing.. there is a book out there called Chi Running..I loved it. Read it about 4 times..sometimes I will pick it up and re read pages..and try and incorporate the essence into my runs..well worth the expense its written by Danny Dreyer comes with a DVD so that you know what he is talking about..rent it from your library and if you like it get you own copy you'll end up highlighting passages and using it without realising..Sorry to go on about this 

     

    But the bottom line is.. keep at it..you are getting healthy and fit and speed does not matter Its TIME ON FEET!!!

  • marybcarl Rookie 2 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,749. Feb 18, 2011 3:08 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Thanks, everybody, for the great support.  I ran 2 miles last night - slowly, but I took a stopwatch and it was my best time since I started.  I left the dog home, so I think that had something to do with the improved time. You've given me fabulous advice and I'll take it to heart.  I don't think there's another community out there with the kind of support that there is in the running/triathlon community.  It's incredible.  There's a book my sister sent me called, "Slow, Fat Triathlete" and it's very good.  I have been running at night to avoid being embarassed and I will keep on doing that for a little bit.  However it's getting lighter earlier and earlier.  LOL  I guess nutrition is the biggest key to making this work well.  Food consumption in terms of both quantity and quality was no problem in my 20's or 30's, but now at 47, it matters.  So...time to change some habits.  I know I'm not the only one struggling with better nutrition, and I REALLY appreciate the feedback from everyone.  Thanks and happy trails!  MB

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  • retiredgirl61 Pro 171 posts since
    Dec 3, 2010
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    1,750. Feb 18, 2011 5:37 PM (in response to marybcarl)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Ha ha -- thanks for the tip on the book, MB.  "Slow, fat triathlete" pretty much sums me up -- I'm definitely slow, still fat, and I'm trying to be a triathlete.  I'll have to go seek out that book -- thanks for the tip.  By the way, I waddle along (run/walk) in broad daylight -- I'm proud of myself for getting and going out.  At least I'm doing something!





    Retired, but not watching TV much

    Started walking/running 9/2010

    Folsom Turkey Trot 5 K 2010 (walked)

    Valentines Day 4 mile run, 2/12/11 1:00:30

    Starting triathalon training w/coach 3/1/11

    Komen Sacramento Race for the Cure 5K 5/7/11 (walk with friends)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 6/4/11 (2:55)

    Crew for Bike Team, Race Across America 6/16-26/11 (6 days, 16 hr, 7 min)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 7/9/11 (2:46)

    Tri for Fun Sprint 8/7/11 (2:31)

    Luna Bar Women's Tri 9/11/11 (3:17)

    Golden State Sprint Tri 10/9/11 (DNF)

  • ManuelRun Amateur 12 posts since
    Feb 7, 2011
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    1,751. Feb 18, 2011 6:30 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I think this is my first post and this thread is appropriate for me.

     

    I'm 33, and weigh over 240 lbs presently.  I started the C25K the last week of december.  I've repeated some weeks, however, I just finished week 6.  I ran the full 25 minutes and covered 1.66 miles putting me right at 15 minutes/mile, a pace that some could walk.  In any case, I'm enjoying running for the most part and been lucky not to run into any injuries.  I tried to increase my speed on one run 2 or 3 weeks ago, but quickly found out that wasn't going to work, and based on reading other threads and articles here, I realized I should just keep a nice comfortable pace for now.  Speed may come much later after I've built up some endurance and lost some weight.

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,752. Feb 18, 2011 6:58 PM (in response to ManuelRun)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hello and Welcome! Congrats for starting the c25k and WOW your on week 6!, doing great... just a few more weeks and you will have graduated!

  • SloMo2 Expert 54 posts since
    Nov 28, 2010
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    1,753. Feb 19, 2011 12:01 AM (in response to marybcarl)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I actually already have the book "Slow, Fat Triathlete," and although it is a good book, I don't agree with a lot of what is in there.  That reminds me that I lent that book to a friend of mine a long time ago.  I need to get it back, re-read it, and see which parts I agree with, and which parts I don't.  After I have read it again, I will report back to everyone with my comments.

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    1,754. Feb 19, 2011 1:38 PM (in response to ManuelRun)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Congrats on starting C25K... You are making great progress. 15mm ave is the speed I settled into for quite a while and it did me fine.  It's taken me a long time and a lot of miles, to finally move past that.  Having said that.....

     

    Today is the first "fast" race I've run since October.  All of the other 5K's have been either recover runs from longer events, or I've just not been in top shape.  It was a very flat course today, near 60deg.  Finished with a new PR of 37:02, and finally beat 12mm pace.  Yaa-hoo!  Speed intervals on the TM were a great tool to help me maintain a near steady pace.

     

    I'm race director for a new 5K next weekend to support our library.  I look forward to "micro-managing" every detail on race day. Still hoping for good weather.





    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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