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3326 Views 16 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2011 6:31 PM by Dobrobuck 1 2 Previous Next
Dobrobuck Pro 151 posts since
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Apr 22, 2011 5:02 PM

57 and ready for my first 10k

Just found this site and and wanted to post. Will be 58 this July and running in my fisrt 10K on 4-30-2011. I ran cross country as a 17 yr old and although that was a looooonngg time ago I have regained that feeling of acomplishment. Last June I weighed 285 lbs and the doc said you have diabetes and high blood pres. Today the diabetes is under control and the bp is where the doc wants it. Have lost 63lbs to date and some peeps dont hardly recognize me now. Currently running 10 1/2 min miles and training for a 1/2 later this summer and a full sometime next year. My hope in posting this is that someone else will see themself in my story and not to expect praise but to encourage others that they can accomplish goals even if your older and overweight. Good luck to all an keep up the good work. Phil 4:13, D.





4/30/11 IL Marathon 10K 57:43

5/14/11 Kirby Derby 10K 57:49 3rd place in div

7/4/11 Freedom 5K 28:59

Lost 80lbs since 6/17/10 starting wt 280lbs

Joined Second Wind Running Club 9/2011

8/27/11 13.38mi 2:32

9/17/11 13.45mi 2:27

Habitat for Humanity 5K 12/31/11 26:42 PR

4/28/12 IL Marathon 1st 1/2 2:10:38

Cycled 1600 mi summer of 2012

Cycled Hilly Hundred 10/25/12

Upcoming races

April 2013 1st full marathon..

  • LPARafael Pro 166 posts since
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    1. Apr 24, 2011 9:35 PM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    I just wanted to say congratulations on your accomplishments so far.  The weight loss and controlling the diabetes and bp are incredible.  I lost a bit of weight myself, losing 45 pounds last year and have maintained it for over 8 months now.  I never really ran until I had lost all of that weight but I had started a walking program during my weight loss.  I was challenged to participate in a 5K and was able to walk the entire distance in under 42 minutes, but it was at the edge of my ability to walk that fast.  It was such a good feeling to complete the 5K that i wanted to do more.  So I started to run a little at first and walk a lot, but progressed to running a little more.  I was able to complete 4 more 5Ks the end of 2010, improving my time each race all the way to under 29 minutes.  All of this gave me the confidence to enter a half marathon in January and I really surprised myself with my time there.  I will continue to run for my health as well as for the fun of the sport.  I have joined a running club this year and have met many wonderful people, all of whom are surprised when I tell them that I once weighed as much as I did - I show them pictures.  I try to encourage others to be more active, even if it just means walking and have offered a couple to walk 5Ks with them.  I wish you much success in your goals, especially in your upcoming 10K, and I hope you can encourage many people to accomplish their goals.  Philippians 4:13 is also a favorite Scripture passage of mine.





    To paraphrase Newton, "A body in motion tends to stay in motion", so keep those feet moving ....


    2012 Races

    Year 2 Year 5K - 12/31 - 1/1

    Tinkerbell Half Marathon - 1/29

    Rock n Roll Pasadena Half marathon - 2/19

    Old Agoura 10K - 3/24

    O2O Half Marathon - 6/3

    City Impact Half Marathon - 6/16

    Channel Islands 10K - 7/4

    Disneyland Half - 9/2

    Marine Corps Marathon - 10/28

  • bichofeo Amateur 8 posts since
    Apr 24, 2011
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    2. Apr 24, 2011 10:44 PM (in response to LPARafael)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    guys - i am 51 & started running at 50. worked out in a gym for 6 or 7 years before trying running, which had previously resulted in knee pain & shin splints. tried minimal footwear and lo & behold - i could run more or less pain free. so it's been GREAT. congrats to both of you & your renewed  / re-invigorated health. my hat's off to you!

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    4. Apr 25, 2011 4:52 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    Great job, life time goals not just short ones!

  • Labsrus2 Expert 51 posts since
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    5. Apr 25, 2011 4:57 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    That is great to hear.

     

    I will turn 52 next month and used to run in High school and College.

     

    My youngest son is a track and cross country athelete and he runs in a few 5Ks and a 10 k as part of the high school team.  I was motivated by a co worker who started to run last year and entered the local corporate challenge and was able to finish it. She entered in a 1/2 marathon this year and has been training for it.

     

    So I set a goal of also participating in the corporate challenge and started the C25K program last month.  So far it has been a lot of fun.  My son and myself have picked out a 5k to run in each month this summer.  He goes away to college this fall and we have agreed to to do the local turkey trot on Thanksgiving which is a 10K.

     

    So far my weight loss has been moderate, around 10 pounds, but the way I feel has been tremendous.  As a matter of fact my wife has noticed that my gut has been getting smaller and my pants are a little baggy.

     

    Thanks

     

    Jay





    I like my Lab Black just like my coffee

    Corporate Challenge 5K May 22, 37 minutes 11 seconds

    Fathers Day 5K, 31 minutes 55 seconds

    Seneca Zoo 5K Cross Country Race, 31 minutes 25 seconds

    Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 2.5 mile, 22 minutes 20 seconds

    Spring Forward 2.5 Mile, 28 minutes 8 seconds

    Rochester 5k 30 minutes 20 seconds

    Lilac 10 k 1 hour 8 minutes

    Corporate Challange 3.5 mile, 34 minutes 10 seconds

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
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    7. Apr 25, 2011 9:47 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    Congrats to you  for running again Good Luck with your 10K cant wait to read your report!

  • SteveBikeRun Legend 455 posts since
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    9. May 4, 2011 7:08 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    D:  Excellent time in your 10K last weekend.  The more races you do, the more you learn.  I'm in Illinois too, NW of Chicago, and I think you had great weather for your race.  There are lots of HMs later in the year, so you can certainly find one in your area.





    --Steve

    Completed in 2012:

    The Qualifier HM, Midland MI, May 2012, 2:58, 80+ degrees

    Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA, June 2012, 2:17, PR for this race

    Garry Bjorklund HM, Duluth, MN, June 2012, 2:20

    Fox Valley HM, St. Charles, IL, 9/16/12, 2:23

    Des Moines HM, 10/21/12, 2:19

    Tentative plans for 2013:

    Wisconsin (Half) Marathon, Kenosha, WI 5/4/2013 (registered)

    Dam To Dam 20K, Des Moines, 6/2/2013 (registration opens March 20th)

    Grandma's (Half) Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/22/2013 (if I get picked again in the lottery)

    Des Moines HM, 10/20/2013 (registered)

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,927 posts since
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    10. May 4, 2011 7:50 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    Congrats on your race and your time!

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    11. May 4, 2011 7:56 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    Great job!

  • BradW44 Pro 119 posts since
    Jun 15, 2010
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    13. May 16, 2011 10:18 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    You are making great progress, congrats!!!  To start out with, try doing a little bit of fartlek.  In case you dont know what that is, think of it as random accelerations while you are on a run.  Run your regular workout but try picking up your pace for a block or 2 every once in a while.  Its a great way to get started towards faster running.  I hope you will continue to keep us all posted, you are a fun success story to read about.  And dont worry about your slower time, it happens to all of us!





    Brad

    www.RunnersPlan.com

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    14. May 16, 2011 10:32 AM (in response to Dobrobuck)
    Re: 57 and ready for my first 10k

    When you sign on to the active.com board they have a good article on tempo runs.  Adding one tempo run a week will help you get the speed you are looking for.

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