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  • RunningItOff.com Expert 50 posts since
    Feb 6, 2010
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    1,815. Feb 23, 2011 8:35 AM (in response to SheQuilts)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    SheQuilts,

    The only way I have found to make the treadmill more interesting is to do intervals instead of just running.  I do 30 seconds jogging, 30 seconds running, 45 seconds jogging, 45 seconds running...all the way up in 15 second intervals to 1.5 - 2 minutes depending on how much time I have, and then I go back down to 30 seconds.  It really makes the time go by fast, and it improves my speed a little bit.





    My running and weight loss adventure is chronicled at:

    http://www.RunningItOff.com

  • retiredgirl61 Pro 171 posts since
    Dec 3, 2010
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    1,816. Feb 23, 2011 9:00 AM (in response to SheQuilts)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I have a friend who downloads books on tape from the library to her ipod -- you can do it online.  I tried it and didn't care for it particularly.  Maybe it was just the book I chose.  I like to mix up my music lists -- I have a couple of swing lists that include swing music with a really fast tempo and then I also have different playlist with stuff from Queen or ZZTop or Grateful Dead and others.  I find that provides some novelty but I am continually adding to my music library.  I find that my body will match my speed to the tempo of the music -- probably something it learned doing aerobics back in the 80s.  But running outside is better -- I find I don't need/want the music then.





    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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    1,817. Feb 23, 2011 9:30 AM (in response to SheQuilts)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I have the Ipod and the TV on, I also speed the treadmill up for a couple of minutes and then slow it down back down for a couple of minute. Also  I will adjust the incline up for a couple of minutes  and back down for a couple of minutes. I would not recommend increasing your speed and incline at the same time

     

    Good Luck

    Art





    Getting Fit at Fifty

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

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,818. Feb 23, 2011 2:08 PM (in response to Art Davis)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I do the same as Art!

  • Sunrunner719 Amateur 35 posts since
    Nov 8, 2010
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    1,819. Feb 23, 2011 2:52 PM (in response to retiredgirl61)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I use books on my iPhone. I find that I eventually lose interest in the music, but a book I have to keep paying attention to. I DO like the idea of speeding up things on the tread mill tho. I think I will try that the next time I'm forced to use one.





    I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

    definition of running: To move swiftly on foot so that both feet leave the ground during each stride.

    9/18/10 Graduate C25k

    10/2/10 Run For Courage 5k time 47.18

    11/6/10 Run for Safe Haven 5k  time 45.00

    2/12/11 Valentine Run 2011 4 miles 58:10

  • runsinmiddleofnowhere Amateur 36 posts since
    Feb 15, 2009
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    1,820. Feb 23, 2011 4:49 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Had one of the best runs this afternoon since I've been back running!  It got to 50 here today (calm before the storm, there's a big snow storm coming in)...it was very clear and sunny and beautiful out.  I increased my distance a little from 2.4 to 2.8 which added a good hill, dirt was soft but dry and only a few patches of snow left from last week.  I settled into a good pace and increased my speed a little from my last run and ended up doing a 14:24 pace.  Next run I'll push to 3 mi. and then do my long run at 4.2 and then 5 once a week.

    RunningItOff:  I'm going to try your treadmill schedule, looks like it keeps it interesting and I'll definitely be doing some runs on the mill with our big storm coming in!  Your blog is great!

    Keep running Penguins!  Such a great source of motivation reading everybody's posts!





    Completed:

    Spring into Action 5k, 3-20-11, Sparks, NV

    Rock 'n River Marathon, 10k, 5-1-11, Reno, NV

    Paiute Meadows 8k Trail Run, 5-21-11, Susanville, CA

    Bizz Johnson 10k, 10-9-11, Susanville, CA

    Right now just run for the 'zen' of it.....


  • MamaBear56 Pro 168 posts since
    Dec 16, 2010
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    1,821. Feb 23, 2011 6:15 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi all!  Haven't posted for a while.  The Sno-Joke HM is this Saturday (2/26) in Seeley Lake, MT.  This is what I have been working towards since 12/1/2010 and now I am a nervous nelly!  What ever was I thinking?  I have two more 3 mile walks this week and then I have completed the entire 4 runs a week training program - except for one 3 mile and one 4 mile run that I missed during the entire 13 weeks program - so I feel pretty good about that.  I certainly don't expect to be able to jog all of the 13 miles, furthest I've gotten so far without walking is 8 miles but have gone 11 miles total.  My goals are (listed in order of priority): 1) Have fun and feel good enough to celebrate at the end; 2) Finish; and 3) Finish in less than 3 hours. I've consistently been getting 13 to 13.5 minute miles so we'll see.  That feels pretty good considering that in Dec. I couldn't even jog a full mile.  Some folks that were going to do it with me have dropped out or are thinking about it.  Two got hurt...one just this week....what a bummer after all that work.  The weather here isn't good so others are thinking of dropping out because of that.  Got over a foot of fresh snow this week and now is suppose to get below zero for a couple of days and be blowing.  Saturday is predicted to be -8 for a low and 20 for a high.  Race doesn't start until 11 a.m. so should be closer to the 20 than the -8 by then (I hope).  I am worried about road conditions though....for driving the 3 hours to the race and for running on.  Yak tracks are going with me as are are multiple pieces of under armor winter wear. One set of clothes for the race and another to change into immediately afterwards so I can try to thaw out.  Hopefully the wind isn't blowing to much.  I really want to do this but wind and cold might be my undoing.  I ordered a hydration belt with camel back feature this weekend so it should get here tomorrow.  Hopefully it doesn't freeze up during the run.  Because of cold there are only two aid stations and they are only staffed up to the 12 minute a mile pace and then shut down.  Anyway I'm nervous and excited.  I really am looking forward to adding my first race to my signature line.  Please send me your positive thoughts and energy on Saturday and I'll let you all know how it goes. 





    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


  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,822. Feb 23, 2011 6:48 PM (in response to MamaBear56)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK

  • MamaBear56 Pro 168 posts since
    Dec 16, 2010
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    1,823. Feb 23, 2011 7:04 PM (in response to flamomof3)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Flamomof3 - thanks for the good wishes....I need all of them I can get.  Sure hope I can sleep the next couple nights.  I'm getting pretty wound up about this





    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


  • runsinmiddleofnowhere Amateur 36 posts since
    Feb 15, 2009
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    1,824. Feb 23, 2011 7:35 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    MamaBear56:  I'll definitely be thinking about you this Saturday and sending good vibes your way!!!!!!!!!!!!  HAVE FUN and the adrenalin of just being there and participating will get you through!!!!  You'll do great!!!!!!!!!!!!  I think it's awesome that you are even THINKING about running in a possible -8 degrees!  You are awesome...





    Completed:

    Spring into Action 5k, 3-20-11, Sparks, NV

    Rock 'n River Marathon, 10k, 5-1-11, Reno, NV

    Paiute Meadows 8k Trail Run, 5-21-11, Susanville, CA

    Bizz Johnson 10k, 10-9-11, Susanville, CA

    Right now just run for the 'zen' of it.....


  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1,825. Feb 23, 2011 7:37 PM (in response to MamaBear56)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I wouldn't worry to much but I know it's hard since it's your first but remember to go out there and have Fun!

  • Frankierunner28 Rookie 5 posts since
    Oct 16, 2009
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    1,826. Feb 23, 2011 7:41 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hello Everyone:

    It is nice to see that I am not alone in the slow running department. I used to run a lot as a youngster and during my military career as an army infantry man (22 yrs old) I used to run my 2 miles for the test in 11:35m but age caught up with me and now I do about 10:30m a mile!!! but Im turning 45 next Monday, so I guess I am not doing so bad. I ran a half marathon back in november of last year and I posted 2:30:53 after suffering from cramps getting to my 9 mile. I didnt quit but kept going slowly after stretching some. The sad part is that at that point my time was 1:40 so I could've finish the race in 2:10, but my mom had a heart attack weeks prior and It affected my training. Anyhow, for those of you who would like to improve your time, do not let age become a factor in your minds. I am confident that If I train well especially getting my core stronger as well as my hips and glutes I could improve and I am striving to do so. I subscribed to runners world mag and have been faithfully following the advise of other runners in order to get stronger and faster and so far I have posted a mile in 9:45 !!! I know I got a long way to go, but PLEASE don't lose hope and keep running. Whether you walk, run, jog, crawl, the important thing is to KEEP MOVING and always ask yourself this question at the end of your run: Was that the best I could've done? If it was be happy with it and keep going, but if it wasn't then strive to get better one less second at a time. GOOD LUCK to all of you and Blessings!!!

  • theconster Expert 47 posts since
    Nov 30, 2010
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    1,827. Feb 23, 2011 10:46 PM (in response to SloMo2)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi ya'll...i'm a newbie penguin. Sorry, but this is the only way i've figured out how to jump in, was by a reply to a thread.

    I'm fairly new to running; actually haven't ever thought that I would ever start, but someone said "no, you can't, you shouldn't run", and the challenge began, although it took me 7 years to accept the challenge.

    I also started running to change things up a bit. I'm 41, and since last Jan-2010, I've lost 42 lbs by doing LOTS of Zumba, some Jillian Michaels dvd's, and walking, also trying to eat better, and cutting pop and drinking water. I'm still a faithful Zumba addict, and have now added running to my regimen.

     

    I'm an extremely slow runner, also doing a 17-18 min mile. While at times I don't care about that, I'm also thinking that I should be able to do better. I do have mass support from friends, which helps immensely.

     

    I'm toying with the possibilty of doing a couple 5k's this summer/fall. I just got up to 2 1/3 miles this week(have been @ the YMCA on the track), but i'm afraid of taking the next step, no pun intended, and trying an event for fear of being so slow everything will close up before i get across the finish line.

     

    Anyway, I'm theconster, and just wanted to introduce myself.





    Completed Races:

    RACE for GRACE-2m Fun Run-4/9/11 (35:03:49)-Grand Island, NE

    Richard H. Young Hospital's 5k or 10k walk or run for Mental Health-10k run 5/14/11 (1:47:00)-Kearney, NE

    Buffalo County Stampede-2011-Half Marathon 6/12/11 (4:04:00) - (Late Start)-Kearney, NE

    18th Annual Olympiad-5k 6/25/11 (49:44)-Kearney, NE

    Shelton Stampede-2011-5k 7/4/11 (49:26 pr)-Shelton, NE

    Lizzie's Run 5k- 8/13/11 (48:44 pr)-Kearney, NE

    Kilometers for C.O.P.S. 5k *inaugural*-8/28/11 (51:52:88 chip), (52:05:59 end) - (First altitude 5k)-Golden, CO

    Running To Cure Breast Cancer 10k-9/5/11 (1:43:43 official-pr)-North Platte, NE

    Pending Races:

    Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5k-Oct 2

    Rebecca Adams Green Foundation Cow-Pie 5k/Half marathon Oct.15

  • MelissaGraham7 Legend 315 posts since
    Nov 2, 2010
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    1,828. Feb 24, 2011 2:51 AM (in response to theconster)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Welcome, Theconster!   Congratulations on your weight loss and getting started running.   I wouldn't worry about the speed as I have found it just naturally increases the more you run without even making a concerted effort.   And, as you get totally addicted to running, you start adding speed intervals and the time continues to come down.   Also, don't let fear keep you from entering a 5K.   My first one is coming up next month.  When I signed up for mine, I was at about the same speed as you, but now I"m doing 12-13 minute miles.  Still not fast compared to many, but it will get me across the line.  I decided not to worry about being the slowest as I've read blogs from many who were.  It isn't the worst thing in the world, even if it happened.  And hey - it is still faster than being on the couch!   Remember the famous words of John Bingham (the original Penguin who wrote the book "The Courage to Start")  "The miracle isn't that I finished, the miracle is that I started at all!"

     

    Waddle on, Friend!





    "Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up!" Dean Karnazes

    Equinoxalizer 5K 3/19/2011: Time 37:13; 2nd place in age group!

    Dogwood 5K April 29, 2011: Time 36:15

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/18/2011: Time: 61 minutes 15 seconds

    Mebane on the Move 10K 09/10/2011: Time 75 minutes 16 seconds; 1st in age group (oldest woman running!)

    Valentine's Massacre Marathon Relay 2/12/2012: Team distance 26.2 my pace 12:02 my distance 8 miles

    Fleet Feet 4-mile in Chapel Hill 4/22/2012: PR for 11:53 pace!! WOOOHOOO!

    Run for the Haw 5K on 5/26/2012: PR for 11:50 pace and First in Age Group! First race in Skele-Toes (minimalist shoes)

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/02/2012:

    Yellow Brick Road 5-Miler 07/14/2012:

    Keep on running!

  • susanbarron Legend 390 posts since
    Oct 22, 2009
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    1,829. Feb 24, 2011 6:50 AM (in response to MelissaGraham7)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Welcome theconster just keep putting one foot in front of the other and all the rest will work itself out!!

     

    MAMABEAR- Good luck this weekend we will all be cheering you on!! Remember to have fun...you never get another First Half!!





    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

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