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  • Debm2011 Legend 361 posts since
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    810. Feb 19, 2012 4:49 PM (in response to mkayc)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Congrats MaryKay!  that is awesome! 

     

    Julie - good luck on your half!  Let us know how it goes.

     

    It was a beautiful morning for a run - 28 degrees and sunny.  I started off cold but was peeling layers as I went (don't worry, I knew when to stop )  I went to the pond, around the pond,and then back home.  Endomondo told me it was 5.80 miles,mapmyrun said 5.96.  Either way I'll take it.  I did walk a little here and there but that's ok by me.  I'm feeling like my 10K in March is really doable. 

     

    Happy running!

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
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    811. Feb 19, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to Debm2011)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    You go, Julie! Savor every moment and report!

    Deb, 10k? You are soooo ready!!! Worry not, just enjoy your runs. You've got this.





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • CharlesAlberson Pro 152 posts since
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    812. Feb 20, 2012 12:46 PM (in response to Debm2011)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Deb. Your 10k, is very doable!  You are ready now.  Keep increasing your runs little by little.  You'll be there before you know it. 





    Started C25K 6/26/2011 1 week out for injury recovery Repeated week 5 at higher altitude and week 6 because of traveling.

    GRADUATED C25K 9/17/2011

    Starting Weight 267 on 6/08/2011, 232#s on 8/4/2011, 226#s on 8/14/2011, 220#s on 9/3/2011, 216#s on 9/14/11, 214#s on 9/17/11, 210#s on 9/27/11, 207#s on 10/22/11, 203#s on 10/31/11, 195# 12/6/11, 189# 2/4/12, 185 2/14/12

    Current Weight 183 2/22/12 not by Exercise or Diet Alone! COMBINED BOTH

    Completed First Race Stephenville Lions Club Spooktacular 10K Oct 22 2011 1:04:09 10:21 pace 38/66 3rd place for over 50. PR

    Tarleton University Homecoming 5K (3.46miles) Oct 29 2011 31:05 9:07 pace 37/87 6th place for over 50.

    COWTOWN UNTHSC Half Marathon 2/26/2012 Over all 2767/6325 age group placement 182/350 2:11:02 PR

    Running on Faith 5K 3/31/12 24:15 8:05 pace, Race was .1 miles short. 4th place for over 50. PR

    http://athlinks.com/racer/114295812

    http://www.endomondo.com/profile/2227052

    http://runkeeper.com/user/charlesinarow/activity/46512892

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/charles.alberson

    http://charlesinarow.blogspot.com/

  • _Miles Pro 147 posts since
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    813. Feb 20, 2012 5:01 PM (in response to Guayquilwriter)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Really love everyone's updates!

     

    Virginia Breeze & MaryKay - thanks for the encouragement on my slow pace. It really does help to hear that it's normal both to be slow and to have the frustrations about it.

     

    Kathy - I use a Garmin Forerunner 305 back when they were on sale at Amazon for about $150. I'm soo slow and such a beginner runner but I still really love having all the stats. So don't let your running level talk you out of getting something! I mean your personal budget is a whole 'nother thing of course. Though I don't use mine too much for instantaneous pace, but doing different distances has helped me figure out kind of a "level of effort" and that's what I use to determine effort for my runs.

     

    Mary Kay- Way to go on the 7 miles! Knew you could do it! Yes I always give myself more mental credit for the longer distances, when it takes me about an hour to do 4 miles and a faster person maybe 35-40 minutes Might take me longer, but hey I am out there.

     

    Julie- Okay I'm waiting impatiently to hear your race reports from your half! And maybe a photo or two? Love the Disney runs, maybe some day I will get to do one.

     

    Deb- Way to go! You definitely have this, 5 and 6 miles already under your belt.

     

    I have bumped it up to 4 runs a week now for a couple weeks in a row, or about 15 miles a week. Still lower than what my max was last year but I am comfortable with this for now. I even added in a fifth day this last week. I did some speed work for the FIRST time. Used the McMillan calculator for quarter mile repeats, told me I was supposed to be at about 2:45 or an 11 minute mile. Did four of those but of course I am terrible at estimating pace so ended up averaging under a 10 minute mile. Then went out the next day and ran 4 miles at a 13:07 average, much faster than I have been running! Could it be the speedwork? Will have to give it some more time to see. Happy running everyone!

     

    -Miles





    C25k Completed 08/19/11

    OHR Completed 10/23/11

    5k 09/24/11: 39:10

    2011: 280 miles, ~14:00 mm avg

    2012: 321.2 miles (so far)

  • VirginiaBreeze Pro 104 posts since
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    814. Feb 20, 2012 11:08 PM (in response to mkayc)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    mkayc wrote:

     

    By the way, I did it, I did it, I did it. I covered 7 miles today and very slowly. I could be wrong but doesn't a slow runner have to work harder to cover 7 miles than a faster one? They definitely take more steps and that means more pounding.

     

    Nice job on the run.  I totally think slow runners work harder, certainly relative to their fitness.  The biggest factor is that they are out there a lot longer.  On Saturday, I ran with my lovely wife, who is much slower than I am, but since I talked her into trying the half-marathon with me, I feel obligated to give her encouragement on her longer runs.  So we did 11 miles together and it took about 40 minutes longer than it would have taken me to do it along.  I really felt like I was more tired than I would have been at my pace.





    ....mike

    Started C25K 4/14/11, finished 6/23/11

    Allen Stone 5k 7/16/11 (32:59)

    Started B210k 7/20/11, finished 8/31/11

    McDonald's Richmond Half-Marathon 11/12/11 (2:05:29)

    Shamrock Half-Marathon 3/18/12 (2:09:43)

    Monument Ave 10k 3/31/12 (no goal -- just hoping I'm still walking after the half)

  • VirginiaBreeze Pro 104 posts since
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    815. Feb 20, 2012 11:16 PM (in response to Guayquilwriter)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Deb, I have no doubt at all that you'll sail through the 10k!

     

    Kathy, I'm a terrible person to vote on your technology purchase because I'm one of those lunatics that has to have every possible gadget as soon as it comes out.  I don't even know how to use half the features on my Garmin.  I do know that Amazon seems to put them on sale pretty often, so you might keep your eye peeled.

     

    Miles, congrats on the speedwork.  I don't know it has made you immediately faster, but I'm confident it will pay dividends in your next race.  Another thing you might consider is putting varience in your schedule if you do try to add distance.  My half plan asks me to increase my miles by a couple of miles each week, but every third week it drops back down 3 or 4 miles.  Those "drop back" weeks really seem to help me get stronger somehow.  Also, its good psychology -- I can tell myself to make another mile this time because next week I get to cut back.  I find that I have to play these sort of games with myself sometimes.  Some days I make bargains the whole way, so my internal dialog is like "You can't quit before one mile, that's crazy.  Well, at least two miles, because you aren't even warmed up yet.  Well, you've got to make it 3 miles -- that was the original couch to 5k distance.  Well, how about you just run one more song?  That's a great song, how about we repeat it one time?  Look, now you are only 2 miles away from your plan, how can you quit now?"  Then I'm counting it down, half mile by quarter mile, by tenth of a mile.





    ....mike

    Started C25K 4/14/11, finished 6/23/11

    Allen Stone 5k 7/16/11 (32:59)

    Started B210k 7/20/11, finished 8/31/11

    McDonald's Richmond Half-Marathon 11/12/11 (2:05:29)

    Shamrock Half-Marathon 3/18/12 (2:09:43)

    Monument Ave 10k 3/31/12 (no goal -- just hoping I'm still walking after the half)

  • _Miles Pro 147 posts since
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    816. Feb 21, 2012 9:13 AM (in response to VirginiaBreeze)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    VirginiaBreeze- Love those mind games, I play them myself! Sometimes I have my podcast/music on AND I am counting backwards to the next increment. Maybe counting off how long I think it will take me to do the next half mile or quarter mile or whatever. Anything to keep myself distracted! Or there is the beginning of the run where I am bargaining with myself not to start counting quite yet, since I only just started!

     

    Thanks for the advice on cutting back every few weeks I think that is a great idea and could explain why I was burning out easier in November and December, and something for me to keep in mind as I am adding the miles now. I agree it's too early to tell if the speedwork is helping, could just as well be a fluke, but at least it keeps things interesting for me and gives me something new to look forward to in my runs every 1 or 2 weeks now. What are you training for now, a half marathon? What training plan you using?

     

    -Miles





    C25k Completed 08/19/11

    OHR Completed 10/23/11

    5k 09/24/11: 39:10

    2011: 280 miles, ~14:00 mm avg

    2012: 321.2 miles (so far)

  • kathruns Pro 79 posts since
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    817. Feb 21, 2012 4:44 PM (in response to _Miles)
    Re: After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Miles, I think I would get a Garmen Foreruuner 305 if I could for $150.

     

    I'm finding I'm getting slower again with my runs since last week.  This is why I want something to tell me my pace.

     

    Does anyone find that they are slower in the afternoon or evenings?  I just ran 3 miles this evening and completed at 30:11 and I didn't feel I could push much more.  In the mornings, I can do 3 miles at about 28:35 - 28:40. I tried running on Sunday afternoon and it was way too hot here and I shouldn't have tried it.  I actually had to walk some.  I don't know what I'm going to do come another month here and the summer months!  I can't handle the heat and running.

     

    Happy running everyone





    - Kathy

    Harvest Hustle 5K - 27:28 11/17/12 PR

    Run to Live 5K - 30:25 9/29/12

    Started C25K on 10/20/11

    Graduated C25K on 12/17/11

  • Debm2011 Legend 361 posts since
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    818. Feb 21, 2012 4:55 PM (in response to kathruns)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Thanks Virginia Breeze!

     

    Kathy - I was just wondering that myself.  With school vacation week I am running after work instead of before (less evening juggling with no homework and I get to "sleep in"  to 6:30 instead of 4:30 LOL).  Tonight I stopped at 2.5 miles - and I even walked a couple of times.  My calves were tight and my stomach was "off".   I plan to try again tomorrow or Thursday night and see if it was just tonight or what.  Although last Fri I managed 4.3 miles after work without incident so perhaps I was just having an off day.   But I'm curious what "way too hot" was on Sunday - I can't wait until I can say that!

     

    Happy running!

     

     


  • kathruns Pro 79 posts since
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    819. Feb 21, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to Debm2011)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Deb, my "way too hot" Sunday was only in the upper 70's but the sun was out and I felt like it was 90+ by the time I finished!   I think I've finally learned not to run at 3:00 in the afternoons here when it's over 60 and the sun is out.  It just doesn't work for me.   This is why the summer is worrying me.  I don't know if I can handle the morning humidity+heat or otherwise I'd have to run after 8:30 at night to stay out of the heat.  Even then, it will be warm, but at least the sun won't be beating on me. 





    - Kathy

    Harvest Hustle 5K - 27:28 11/17/12 PR

    Run to Live 5K - 30:25 9/29/12

    Started C25K on 10/20/11

    Graduated C25K on 12/17/11

  • VirginiaBreeze Pro 104 posts since
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    820. Feb 22, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to kathruns)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Miles, Yes, I'm training for a half-marathon in 23 days.  My plan is somewhat haphazard -- its based loosely on the training plan a local sports club put together for a training team that I joined for my first half-marathon last November.  I've changed it slightly by adding some more specific speedwork that I stole from the Ryan Hall Half-marathon plan.  Its also a bit screwed up because I persuaded my wife to try running her first half in that race too.  So, I sometimes run her long run with her as moral support.  She's slower than me and doesn't do quite as many miles, so I have to adjust my plan to work a little harder on the days I don't run with her and to run a few more miles on those days.  So, in summary, my plan is pretty much a mess! 

     

    Kathy, I think I'm slower in the afternoon than I am in the morning, but I like running in the afternoon better.  I'm not a morning person and I'm often so focused on work in the morning that I just can't manage to run.  Its especially difficult in the winter when mornings are so much colder.  But I always seem to run better times and struggle less in the morning.  In the mid-summer, I will probably run more often in the morning because it gets light so much earlier and it gets so terribly hot during the day.  I actually saw a formula once for how heat slows you down -- I'm pretty sure they added a certain number of seconds per minute once the temps got above 60 or something.





    ....mike

    Started C25K 4/14/11, finished 6/23/11

    Allen Stone 5k 7/16/11 (32:59)

    Started B210k 7/20/11, finished 8/31/11

    McDonald's Richmond Half-Marathon 11/12/11 (2:05:29)

    Shamrock Half-Marathon 3/18/12 (2:09:43)

    Monument Ave 10k 3/31/12 (no goal -- just hoping I'm still walking after the half)

  • _Miles Pro 147 posts since
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    821. Feb 27, 2012 2:00 PM (in response to Guayquilwriter)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Mike- How exciting. And having a plan is better than not having one, forget sticking to it... It's funny you mention added time for 60 degrees and more, I'm not sure I've had more than two to three runs total in less than maybe 55 degree weather! I'm not a morning person, at all. In the summers with long daylight I jog after work. Getting used to jogging around noon during the winter (due to sunlight) has been a struggle. Also anything under 60 degrees freaks me out. I think I am a little faster in the cold, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

     

    Had a good week here last week. Bumped my long run up to 6 miles. But also brought it back to only 3 runs for that week so was a lower mileage week. I think that was a good balance. I had taken two rest days prior to the 6 and felt really good and really strong. Hoping varying my weekly mileage a little helps me build back up again without excessive injury or fatigue. Hope everyone's running well!

     

    -Miles





    C25k Completed 08/19/11

    OHR Completed 10/23/11

    5k 09/24/11: 39:10

    2011: 280 miles, ~14:00 mm avg

    2012: 321.2 miles (so far)

  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
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    822. Feb 27, 2012 2:36 PM (in response to kathruns)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Kathy, I do not do mornings. That said, I run better in the early morning. I know this from racing but I'd rather poke myself in the eye with a rusty nail than get out of bed before I'm ready to.

    Mike, you are running with your wife? There is just no replacement for that kind of effort. There's a special place in Dear Husband Heaven for stuff like that but I'm guessing you'll make up for it. j/k. Thanks for the explanation about slower. Now, I'm really committing to speed work for this summer as soon as the HM is out of the way. Much as I love running, there is a limit to how much time I want to spend doing it. 

    Deb, I wonder if you won't be feeling a burst of energy once it starts to warm a little. It's kinda hard to keep running outside in the cold.

     

    Ran 8.5 yesterday!! Loved my run!!! It was warm in the sun with a slight breeze and the puddles in the shade were iced over. It was my first fuel run and I ate some gel every two miles. Though I could tell I was getting tired around mile six, because my brain was ruminating on bad things, I felt NO pain and had enough energy to be able to realize my thoughts were just a reaction to fatigue and push them away. That was a really neat experience, being there and not being there. But the lack of muscle pain was the best. I didn't even have cramps later at home. Have them now, though, of course but that's fine. At 8 miles I started crying (happy) and then I realized one of the reasons I was so scared of the distance.  Fifteen years ago my daughter and I did an AIDS walk that was 8 miles and it was the most painful thing I had ever done physically. It wiped me out for three days. I had blisters on my legs from chafing for months (I was 30 lb. heavier). We had to stop and rest and were miserable for the entire second half. Everything I've done since has been measured against that;  if it was less than 8 mi., I would consider doing it but wouldn't even try to do anything that came close. Eight miles of walking was my touchstone for misery. Yesterday I RAN more than 8 miles.  It was Huge.  So I think I'm done moaning about the next milestone - 9 mi.  Walked my 8 in 2:11. That should make your wife's slow 10 mi. seem like a walk in the park, Mike.

     

    Stay warm and well, all. Find your happy place!   





    Mary Kay

    Running: Started 5/6/2011; Graduated C25k - 7/21/11; Graduated B210k - 11/24/11;

    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

  • VirginiaBreeze Pro 104 posts since
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    823. Feb 27, 2012 4:30 PM (in response to mkayc)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    Miles, I'm actually with you on not liking it when its really cold.  Saturday we ran in 40 degrees and 20-30mph winds and it was pretty miserable.  Congrats on the strong 6 mile run.

     

    Mary Kay, I'm fairly sure my downsides as a husband make up for the things I do right, so I'm sure its no picnic for her.  I know what you mean about the time considerations, that is the main reason I'm not sure I want to run a marathon.  I'm very happy for you completing the 8 mile run, especially given the psychological significance of the distance for you.





    ....mike

    Started C25K 4/14/11, finished 6/23/11

    Allen Stone 5k 7/16/11 (32:59)

    Started B210k 7/20/11, finished 8/31/11

    McDonald's Richmond Half-Marathon 11/12/11 (2:05:29)

    Shamrock Half-Marathon 3/18/12 (2:09:43)

    Monument Ave 10k 3/31/12 (no goal -- just hoping I'm still walking after the half)

  • kathruns Pro 79 posts since
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    824. Feb 29, 2012 6:24 AM (in response to Guayquilwriter)
    After the C25K - Continuing the Journey

    It's interesting how many of you run faster in the morning, but prefer to run at a different time.  I'm back to my morning runs and love it! It's more of a struggle to run later in the day for me.  It honestly feels that my legs do not want to move.  Also, it seems that more is on my mind then and there are more people out and about in my neighborhood. I prefer the solitude of the early morning.  It's been really humid this week, so I can imagine how it's going to be in another month or so when we start getting our real heat.  The only downside for me with morning runs is that I can't increase my mileage at all.  I have to stick with 3 miles and get on to work.  I'm inspired by how many miles you all are able to run!





    - Kathy

    Harvest Hustle 5K - 27:28 11/17/12 PR

    Run to Live 5K - 30:25 9/29/12

    Started C25K on 10/20/11

    Graduated C25K on 12/17/11

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