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  • earthmom11 Amateur 39 posts since
    Jun 22, 2010
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    2,400. Apr 10, 2011 11:30 AM (in response to theconster)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    YES!  Hooked is good!       Congratulations conster!





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    Aspiring Barefoot Penguin
    Completed Couch 2 5k 7/21/10

    First 5k! - Spring Runoff - 3/6/11

    "When you're going through hell, keep going" - Winston Churchill

  • MamaBear56 Pro 168 posts since
    Dec 16, 2010
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    2,401. Apr 10, 2011 6:21 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Congrats to everybody that had races this weekend!  I'm still running but since the HM have tapered off how long and far.  Having trouble getting motivated to do the longer distances now.  Been sticking to the 2-3 mile range, often followed by a walk of equal distance.  My husband and I have mapped out a 2 mile route (out and back from our house) that is at least 1/2 trail and contains on arse-kicking hill.  The hill isn't terribly long but is pretty steep (20%-35% grade).  Friday I ran that route and did the hill twice for good measure.  Not even close to being able to get to the top of the hill without rests.  But when I need them I take them and then jog some more so I am jogging the entire thing.  Ran the route Tuesday and Wednesday too.  Did a 3 mile hike on Saturday and ran 4-5 miles today on a paved, flat trail in town.  Not sure how long that trail is but I ran for 50 minutes.  IT felt great.  I think those few hills are really helping already.  My husband has run the 2 mile route with me twice now.  Has been almost 10 years since he has run but he is an avid walker.  He has a lot of trouble with one calf and achilles.  He still kicks my rear though and is close to a 10 minute mile already.  I'm jealous but it was fun having him out there with me.  I'm feeling the desire to get a few longer runs in so will work on that for the next few weekends and keep attaching that hill during the week.  Once I can jog all of it twice I have another one in mind to tackle. No races in my immediate future so I am watching the results on this site and living vicariously through all of you that have races.  Ice is almost off our little lake so I should be able to start kayaking soon.  That will be some fun cross-training and good for my flabby abs.  Keep putting those shoes on folks





    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


  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    2,402. Apr 10, 2011 8:03 PM (in response to texsurfmonkey)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Tex - That's a great 10K pace (being said by someone just a little slower than you). It feels like a great victory. On a 10 mi race last month, I had my own police escort. It is so much fun.  And... that's a perfect tip about the photographer, just look real intense, happy or crazy and SMILE!!  Congrats to everyone with their excellent race times!

     

    This weekend was time for a break.  I had other obligations that have kept me busy since Thursday, so no running on Friday and Saturday.  Today the "plan" was to do my long run, but I woke up exhausted, so I made an executive decision - this is my "down" week.  Starting next weekend, I have a potential race each week for the next 6 wks, including an HM in 3 wks & a sprint tri 2 weeks later.  The next 4-5 weeks will be the big build up, so I guess this "time-out" is wise.  I'll try for a medium to long run tomorrow.

     

    For some of you, the beautiful spring weather is just starting to arrive.  But throughout the southern portion of the U.S., summer-like days (i.e. too hot & or humid) are starting to arrive.  It is okay by me if the spring weather stays here for at least another month!  AM temps in the low 50's, high's in the 60's - these are perfect, especially on race days.





    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

  • aprillilly Expert 53 posts since
    Oct 30, 2009
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    2,403. Apr 10, 2011 8:10 PM (in response to Jasmine1972)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Jasmine,

    I have been following your progress.  Wow..you are doing great. I want to thank you so much for your encouragement last year when I ran my first 5K. You told me not to worry about my slow time..It will improve...and it has.

     

    After my first 5K I hurt my knee and did physical therapy for several months. In mid March I completed the C25K. Now I am running every other day and ran 4 miles last week. I hope to sign up for a 5k soon.  I recently had my  68th birthday. Before last year, I never ran..so this is very exciting for me. I am really liking it and look forward to my  running days. On my off days, I either do spinning,  stability  ball exercises, zumba or walking.

     

    Two years ago I lost about 35 pounds..Am trying to loose 10 more..but the weight is like glue..It won't come off.





    aprillilly
  • reddolp50 Legend 461 posts since
    Mar 17, 2011
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    2,404. Apr 10, 2011 8:24 PM (in response to aprillilly)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    WoW April!!  I am bowing to you - I hope I am moving like you are at 68!.  I can only plod at this point and trying to find a Yoga class, but spinning?, Zumba?  - you are an inspiration and kickin it.

     

    Ran a slow 5k complete with walking and plodding, but enjoyed the journey - need to lose some weight and push up the miles and maybe that 5k time will come down.  Up next week - race is a 5k and inner city fundraiser for kids - Run for Renewal - either way I am going to keep plodding/waggling/waddlin, onward with joy in the journey for the next week.  Have a GrrrrrEeeAaaat week everyone.....





    Penguins Rule, Penguin On, Penguin UP!

    Don't Put That Crap in Your Mouth There is no finish line.....Nike Advertisement

    10/29/11 5k Chocolate Beano 42.52

  • texsurfmonkey Pro 125 posts since
    Mar 22, 2011
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    2,405. Apr 11, 2011 5:59 AM (in response to Jasmine1972)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    @April - Way to go! Keep up the good work. I understand the weight. I have been doing weight watchers since June 2010 and I have about 33 I would like to cut loose with. I have lost 46 and am having a hard time moving the scale with the new program. I am going to get more serious this week. I have a hard time with the eat more when you work out thing, but am starting to wonder what other types of foods I can eat for the workout that I do instead of eating more, eat different.

     

    Jasmine, out times are so close, your progress is great. Keep it up.

     

    Waiting on the winds to decrease here, it makes for not so fun running. We have been battling fires here and the smoke and the soot are getting ridiculous.

     

    Have a great week everyone..





    9/11/2010 Habitat for Humanity 5K 41.18

    10/10/10 10-10-10 10K 1:27:12

    10/30/2010 Fit For Life 5K 37.07.50

    11/06/2010 Kick for Kenya 10K 1:17:12

    01/01/2011 New Years Day 5K 34.22

    01/08/2011 Monohans Sandhills 5K 34:38

    02/06/2011 Surf City USA 1/2 Marathon 3:00:39

    02/12/2011 Cupids Run 5K 34:13

    3/26/2011 Bloodgusher 5K 37.11

    4/9/2011 Run From The Cops 10K 1:18:21.80

    4/30/2011 South Padre Island Sand Crab 10K 1:20:24 Night run on the beach!!

    5/21/2011 Running Feet For Helping Hands 5 Mile (63.35)

    7/22/2011 San Antonio Chupacabra 10K (night run, trail run)

    7/30/2011 Tall City Triathlon 2:00:23.7 (swim 15:13.4) (bike 56.09)(5K 45:00.9)

    9/10/2011 Comanche Warrior Triathlon

    10/01/2011 Crossroads HM, Odessa, Texas (gonna shoot for a 2:35:00)

    02/05/2012 - Surf City HM 2:53:02

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penguins-Lambs-and-Bears-oh-my/152835968118339

  • MelissaGraham7 Legend 315 posts since
    Nov 2, 2010
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    2,406. Apr 11, 2011 6:09 AM (in response to texsurfmonkey)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Texsurfmonkey and April:  I too am on Weight Watchers and have really struggled with my last 20 pounds.  I lost 60 pretty quickly (well, over a year) but have barely lost 5 pounds since the new program.  I don't eat more with my running and am very conscious of that.  I do eat more protein now and have been switching up some things but otherwise remain in a dreaded plateau.  I'm trying calorie cycling this week as some WWers recommended.

     

    Still, overall, I am hooked on running and fitness and all the lifestyle changes so I"m not giving anything up but sure would love it if my body would let lose of that last 20 pounds.  LOL.  We'll just all have to hang in for the long term! 





    "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!

  • Lorena52 Pro 102 posts since
    Jan 16, 2011
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    2,407. Apr 11, 2011 9:44 AM (in response to aprillilly)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    You are my new hero!  I am so impressed that you started running in your late 60s and are so active!  You are an inspiration.





    Pear Blossom 5K 4/9/11 39:24

    Lake of the Woods 5K 6/4/11  36:41

    Blue Lake All Women's Sprint Tri 2:10:13

    Portland Half Marathon 10/9/11

    DFL > DNS (Dead last is better than did not start!)

  • Lorena52 Pro 102 posts since
    Jan 16, 2011
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    2,408. Apr 11, 2011 9:48 AM (in response to MelissaGraham7)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Maybe we can all hang together in WW!  I fell off the wagon about 2 weeks ago, and having gained 2 pounds instead of whittling down on the 20, I recommitted today.  Or I should be committed; I just started my beginner triathlon training today!





    Pear Blossom 5K 4/9/11 39:24

    Lake of the Woods 5K 6/4/11  36:41

    Blue Lake All Women's Sprint Tri 2:10:13

    Portland Half Marathon 10/9/11

    DFL > DNS (Dead last is better than did not start!)

  • earthmom11 Amateur 39 posts since
    Jun 22, 2010
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    2,409. Apr 11, 2011 9:58 AM (in response to MelissaGraham7)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Melissa you sound like me right now. I've never done WW but have been stuck at the same weight for years.  I lost 50 pounds originally and that's it.   It seems like my body says THIS IS IT and no more.  It defies logic. I'm running now (5 miles yesterday) regularly and eating the same amount of food.   Calories burned > calories in - just simple math says the weight has to burn off.   But mine sits there stubbornly and stays.

     

    I think we should patent our discovery and apply it to countries that are starving - just think if they could exist at the same body weight forever!  

     

    April - I am SO IMPRESSED with you!!!    High Five!  I just started running last year before I turned 50 and it is adding a whole new wonderful element to my life.   I aspire to still be running as long as possible!    You're amazing.  What do you friends think?    My family is very encouraging except for 2 people - and both of them are confirmed couch potatoes and are positive I am hurting myself by running.  They constantly admonish me to "take it easy"  and "take the day off" and "don't strain yourself"  





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    Aspiring Barefoot Penguin
    Completed Couch 2 5k 7/21/10

    First 5k! - Spring Runoff - 3/6/11

    "When you're going through hell, keep going" - Winston Churchill

  • earthmom11 Amateur 39 posts since
    Jun 22, 2010
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    2,410. Apr 11, 2011 10:06 AM (in response to earthmom11)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)
    http://www.mapmyrun.com/celebrity/4890966/landing

    Pace

    Live: 8.21 min/mi

    Average: 11.7min/mi

    Calories

    Live 3703 kCal

    Total: 294395 kCal

    Speed

    Current: 7.31 mi/hr

    Average: 5.13mi/h



    This is Dean Karnazes' Run Across America live feed.   I love seeing the Average: 5.13 - I think he qualifies as a penguin!  Of course, he runs FOOOORRREVVVERRRRRR! at that pace! 




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    Aspiring Barefoot Penguin
    Completed Couch 2 5k 7/21/10

    First 5k! - Spring Runoff - 3/6/11

    "When you're going through hell, keep going" - Winston Churchill

  • C Caldwell Rookie 3 posts since
    Mar 16, 2011
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    2,411. Apr 11, 2011 10:55 AM (in response to Wonderfun)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Wonderfun congrats on your successful run! For a good strength training program look at P90X With Tony Horton!

    Beachbody.com

    It rocks!

    It has a good variety and works!

    Good luck!

  • indigopet Pro 95 posts since
    Jan 23, 2011
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    2,412. Apr 11, 2011 10:58 AM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Congrats to everyone who ran or walked this weekend!

     

    I set a PR in the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k.  It was a bit warmer than I'd have liked this early in the season when I haven't had time to get used to the heat and humidity but I broke an hour!

     

    This was my email this AM:

     

    Congratulations on your finish at the 2011 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K! Your time was 59:49 and you placed 25,895th out of a record 32,427 finishers.





    PR: 5k - 31:45, 4 mile - 45:15, 8k - 53.52, 10k - 1:09:57, 10 mile - 1:54:07, 10NM - 2:19:11, HM - 2:39:17, Marathon - 6:04:12

    http://athlinks.com/racer/results/78782435

    .

  • MelissaGraham7 Legend 315 posts since
    Nov 2, 2010
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    2,413. Apr 11, 2011 11:02 AM (in response to Lorena52)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Well, there are 4 of us right here having trouble getting that weight to budge.  It is always good to know you are not alone in the struggle.  For me, I'm glad that after 70 weeks on the WW and fitness plans, I've become a fan of the lifestyle, so it isn't derailing me not to lose.  But it sure is mystifying.  I keep close track of my calories and points and am definitely spending more than consuming.   Oh well.  Still love running and being much more fit so it is all worth it.

     

    Stay committed, Lorena!   We're here with you.





    "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!

  • RunningItOff.com Expert 50 posts since
    Feb 6, 2010
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    2,414. Apr 11, 2011 11:21 AM (in response to MelissaGraham7)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    In response to the "Calories in/calories out" conversation, I too struggle with that.  I have kept track daily for over a year and would still hit crazy plateaus that would last for months despite having calorie deficits of 500-1000 calories per day and being hungry all the time.

     

    I recently read Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It  and it has completely changed my life. 

     

    The book is packed full of science (sometimes hard to follow) but he explains that calories in/ calories out doesn't work and what matters is what you eat.  He also makes a very compelling argument that carbs are what is making us fat. 

     

    Anyway, in the last 7 weeks I have lost 12 pounds which is a lot for me in that short amount of time.   I don't count calories and I am almost never hungry. 

     

    I highly recommend reading this book.  I honestly think that I will be at my goal weight by the end of summer, which is almost difficult for me to believe because I've done all the calories in/calories out math for so long and I should have reached my goal more than a year ago under that scenario but it just didn't work. 

     

    I really thought I was crazy, or horribly bad at math for not having reached my goal by now.  But, turns out I was just eating the wrong things.   If you have any interest, please read the book, it's like $15 on Amazon, because I am not doing it justice with just these few sentences.

     

    --Laura





    My running and weight loss adventure is chronicled at:

    http://www.RunningItOff.com

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