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Hi Everyone....I too have all the excuses not to exercise, my treadmill is covered in clothes that need to be hung up, and the couch calls my name each night after dinner! But today is different, today is the day I am officially becomming a runner! I am 37 years old, have a full time job, and have a wonderful 8 year old son, and have NEVER run (not even to the mailbox) before. I hope to stay committed and finish the journey with everyone!
Day 1 is offically done!! I would be lying if I said that it was a walk in the park (it was actually a walk/ run in my basement). I was wondering if people are doing the C25K for weight loss or just want to get out there and run. If you are doing it for weight loss, I would highly recommend using the Myfitnesspal.com website. It helps track your calories and exercise. The support there is amazing as well! I look forward to the next 9 weeks, and I hope I can encourage you and learn from you guys as well!
GymGrace24-Welcome! I can relate with the pushing yourself to hard! Here's to going at a slower pace this time.
Jaime-Aww I bet your little one misses his buddy. Especially if he doesn't remember it really hurting.
Trina-Enjoy your run! I did need major motivation. But if I don't get up, I don't get anything accomplished before the 10 month old keeps me running all day! I had to sleep with my cellphone in my pillowcase with the alarm on vibrate so I didn't wake anyone up LOL
AmyMB70-I have looked at the Warrior Race as well. I am going to shoot for the Merrell Down and Dirty which also looks fun. What are you doing to train for the obsticles? I have been wondering what I should add to plan for those.
MissyVal-We have several military wives in this group! Thanks for your husband's service! Welcome to the group. Another MyFitnessPal fan. I must check this out!
*Oh yea and if I haven't thanked the other ladies with military husbands-Thanks for their service as well!*
Poisonivey-Ahhhhh *drool*...I would love to live in Colorado! I would love to do the C25K on a treadmill, but do not have one. I might sign up for a YMCA membership and will then run on the treadmill there. Congrats on tonights run!!!
TrailBlazer-Thanks for the encouragement!
Nyla100-Welcome! I love yoga, but have fallen off that wagon more times than I care to admit! Here's to making it through the program this time!
Courtney-Welcome! I had a treadmill and it was old and getting run down and became a clothes hanger, so I got rid of it. I kind of wish that I had it back now LOL Welcome
Well here it is almost midnight but I did my run..and it felt great! Running around my living room isn't at all ideal but I'm hoping a gym membership might help that at some point. I wasn't winded like I thought I might be but it was hard to pace myself. I have a habit of sprinting and so I have to remind myself that I'm going for distance and not speed. Forgive me if I don't write a personal message to each of you..it's not personal I'm just scatter-brained. I can't tell you how great it is to see all of you here! It doesn't matter why you run or where..it's just that today at this very moment you made a commitment to yourself to be better..better then you were two seconds before you said "I can!" and from that moment on you'll strive to be better than the day before. There will be days you're sore, tired and want to give up..but when you do rememver why you started this venture. Some part of you believed that you can do this and it's right..and that's the part you need to tap into on your worst day to turn it into your best.
Congrats to everyone who have completed run/walk #1 of a few more to come!
I'm probably going to alternate between treadmill and jogging outside depending on the time of day and weather. I always wonder if I'm going fast enough on the treadmill. Would anyone know what a good speed to start out would be? I know that speed isn't the most important at this point, but just curious to see if I'm in a good ball-park or not.
Also for the most part, were people thinking about doing the jog/walk 3 times a week or every second day?
Thanks for the input! Hope everyone had a great Monday (although I wish it were Friday)!
I run on Mon.,Wed, and Fri with strength training on Tues., Thurs., and Sat and rest on Sunday with just stretching. I guess your speed on the treadmil would depend on the pace you're trying to get to. If you want an 8 minutes mile that's much different from a 12 minutes one speed wise.
Count me in. I'm going to need the extra support! I'm a 27y/o grad student, married, no kids yet. I have to split my time between states for school, so right now I'm in TX with my husband/"coach" (haha!) but in a few weeks I have to leave for another semester (right at the beginning of Week 5). I've never done this before and I'm worried about having to go the rest of the program myself.. hope I can give and get some encouragement here.
Hi all! I am so glad to see that there are so many who will be doing this with me! I started a running program a while back but it lasted only a couple weeks before I became discouraged because I wasn't making the mileage in the time it said I should. Although it claimed to be a beginner plan for a half marathon in 10 weeks, I think I was a little over ambitious taking on such a big run having not run at all in 3 years. The C25K seems much more manageable and the support of everyone here will keep me moving (I hope!). Plus, I just started a new job working in the running division for a major charity and seeing all of the people committing to run for such a great cause inspired me to really get back into running so that I can run a race for the cause, too!
I intended to start last night but things did not go as planned (I'm sure you can all relate to life getting in the way). Anyhow, I am definetely starting tonight, I am making the time, and now I have all of you to hold me to it! Ideally, I would like to run Mon, Wed, and Fri in addition to my usual workout routine following BodyRock.tv (I'm addicted!) Combining the two I should definetely lose the last 10 lbs I have been working at!
I can't wait to be a 5K finisher with you all!
Hey Everyone!! Last night (July 11) was my first night of running and I must say...it took all I could do to complete it. I was really just proud of myself for sticking to it and not giving up. I am 27 years old and a stay at home mom to a VERY active 4 year old little boy! If I had half of the energy that he had I think this running would be a breeze! My husband and I are actually trying to do this together, so it is great having someone to encourage me and keep me from giving up! Anyhow, I wish each and every one of you tons of luck! LET'S DO THIS!
So I'm starting week 4 tonight and I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little nervous about getting through it. I remember it from last year and this is a hard week. Plus, to add to the run I'm trying really hard to work on my posture and technique when I run. When I'm running with the correct form it slows me down but I can tell I'm not breathing as hard and feel like I'm getting a better workout in my core. Of course, my husband runs faster than me so he kind of leaves me in the dust but that's ok b/c I don't want him to mess up his pace just to stay back with me. Wish me luck tonight!! I'll let you know how it goes.
Jaime (Thinbound)-Congrats on your run last night! I am ready to start running tomorrow.
Trina-Not sure on speed. I try to go fast enough where it is actually a jog but not too fast where I cannot breathe deeply through my nose. I am not sure if that is right or not!
HarleyGlynn-Thanks for mentioning bodyrock.tv. I have never seen it before and have now spent all day on it. I ordered most of the equipment to start working out with this program! In fact I was so inspired, that I created an Incentive blog post complete with pictures. If you want to check it out go to http://upyourawesome.com
Sheri-Congrats on the run!
Trailblazer68- I am sure you can do it!
Can I join in?
I started the C25K on Sunday and did my second run today. I am 38 years old, have two children, and I work at home part time. I'm determined to hit my 40s in the best shape of my life, and I'm really starting from scratch. I have not worked out consistently in a very long time and now that my kids are getting a little older, I'm carving out time to take care of myself.
I'm doing the program with a like-minded friend and it's really great to have the company. Here in NJ, it was 80 degrees and humid by the time I left the house. The air felt thick. If I did not have a friend depending on me to show up and stick to my end of the agreement, I am certain I would have skipped today. We were so proud. It really is 80% mental.
For the first time in my life, I feel determined and confident that I can become a runner and become FIT.
I walk/ran day 1 of week 1 today. After finishing it, I thought that it would be so nice to have a group of friends who were doing the same thing, that I could really benefit from an encouraging support system. So, when I came across this thread, I was so excited.
I am a 40 year-old mother of three boys and I need to lose weight. I have walked in 2 mini marathons, unfortunately fell off the fitness wagon. So, I decided to set my goal on being able to run a 5k, in hopes that I will find something that I enjoy and will keep doing it, even after the races. I do really well when I have a definate goal (or deadline date a.k.a. race day), but I need to be able to keep going after that and not just be happy with reaching that minor goal, when my ultimate goal is to be a leaner, healthier and sexier momma.
Well although I know that it is recommended to take a day off to let your body recoop, my husband and decided to do the second day of week one today after starting on yesterday. I have to say that I could tell a HUGE difference. Yesterday I honestly thought I was going to die, but today it was as if I had more endurance and could just push it a little harder! For those of you out there who are just starting like me...hang in there! We can and will do this and will feel so much better in the long run!
I'm going to jump on the bandwagon too. I started running back in 2007, did a marathon in 2008, took a week off for recovery, and haven't been able to get (and stay) back in the groove since. I've been doing some loose running - not paying attention to time, distance or pace - but now it's time to slowly add some structure with the end goal of a marathon in 2012.
BTW it took me awhile (ok, a pathetically long time) but I figured out how to upload a new avatar. I copied a bunch of 75x75 avatars from Photobucket to my computer, de-selected the Purple Profile avatar in my Profile (just by clicking on it, basically), browsed and picked the avatar I wanted, and then clicked to upload.