A brief bio: as you can see from my avatar, I just had a baby, which makes baby #4...my kids are 5 1/2, 3 1/2, 2 and almost 4 months. Knowing we wanted another baby, I started running/dieting back in January 2010, working desperately to lose 20+ pounds before getting pregnant again. Thanks to C25k, I was able to go from barely making it one block, to running two 5k's and one 10k by September 2010 AND saying adios to 30 pounds (Weight Watchers was a great companion to the running). I had hoped to keep running during the pregnancy, but a complication made my doc give me "cease and desist" orders. So, here I am, almost exactly one year later, and I'm hitting the pavement again, hoping to get myself back to running 3 miles, and who knows, maybe another 10k!
Hope some of you would like to join me. One of the things that helped the most back when I did this program the first time was the thread I joined on active.com. Those folks kept me accountable, helped me with my million and a half questions, and were awesome encouragement!
Thanks, and happy running!
Jenn / BradenMommyto4
Jenn / BradenMommyof5
Hi Jenn! Congrats on the baby - and may I say - WOW - 4 kids. You are amazing!
I did not just have a baby - my kids are 2 and 5 - but I just signed up for 3 races (the longest run being 4.4 miles as a part of a marathon relay team) and I am looking for motivation to keep on track.
I played basketball in college, and have always been athletic, so I know I can do this. I just never RAN for the sake of RUNNING before, so I may have some questions along the way...
I've been up and down with weight since my 1st was born in 2006 - and especially after my 2nd (a 10-lb gorgeous chunk of a baby girl) - I have really lost my figure. I am desperate to get it back. DESPERATE! So any healthy eating tips are appreciated too!
Thanks for the support in advance! My race dates are:
Dirty Dog Dash: Sept. 17th
5k: October 3rd
Marathon Relay: October 16th
We sound pretty similar. I was atheltic in highschool too (which was *gulp* 12 years ago) and NEVER ran for the sake of running. The cross country coach was constantly trying to recruit me, and looking back, I really wish I would've done it. I'd tried running off and on over the years but never very consistently. Last January was the first time I managed to stay committed longer than a month.
Not sure if you're into dieting, but I did a combination of running and Weight Watchers in 2010 and lost 30 pounds in 6 months, and I wasn't overly strict on my diet. WW, as you probably know, is a points system that gives you an allotment of points per day, plus extra point to burn throughout the week. I always used my daily points and practically always used my extra points AND had at least 1 day a week where I cheated to the point of not keeping track. Yet despite all that, the weight came off! Once you get to where you can run 3 miles 3 times per week or more, you can practically eat whatever you want. I also did NOT join a WW group or do it online. I bought a starter kit online (ebay) and did it on my own-it was very doable. I'm sure there's a lot of benefit to be gained by going to the meetings and all that, I just couldn't afford it. Our money has to go to things like, I don't know...DIAPERS!! ha ha That's what I LOVE LOVE LOVE about running...no fees, no gym memberships, no equipment to buy....just a good pair of shoes and the open road. Plus, you get a pretty decent tan-something else that goes by the wayside when you're a busy mom.
I don't have any race dates set as of yet. My 9 weeks will put me towards the end of October, and it starts getting cold here-making the outdoor events decline dramatically. There IS a 10k next summer that my uncle wants me to do with him, and I might just prep for that. It's a "mountain" race that starts at 7,000 feet elev. and goes up to 10,000...or something crazy like that. Not sure if that will happen, but I guess I've got a year.
Well, have a good week. Happy running. Hopefully we can get some more running buddies on our thread.
p.s. So you are doing the c25k, correct? Have you started already or are you starting it this week?
Jenn / BradenMommyof5
Hi! I'd love to join your group... maybe get a little motivation! I have 4 boys - 7, almost 3, and 2- 3 month olds. I decided to try C25K becaues a friend of mine started it last year and thought it was a great program and she is still running. The plan was to start this AM. Get my first walk/run in before my husband left for work..... buuut, the babies decided to take shifts and keep me up until 5am, so I only got a couple hours of sleep last night. I couldn't bring myself to wake up earlier than I absolutely had to. I did go for my first walk/run tonight, but only completed a little over half of the workout. It was very dissapointing. I'm so incredibly out of shape after a difficult pregnancy with lots of restrictions and modified bed rest. I've been taking lots of walks with the kids, but they're very leisurely walks. The brisk walking alternated with running left me pooped and dealing with shin splints . Wondering if maybe I should do some serious dieting and try to take off a few pounds before starting on this endevor. Maybe it would make the running easier? I dunno. Thanks for listening to my ramblings! Any input is welcome
If you have time, do some research on proper running form! Shin splints are sometimes caused by poor running form (pushing off your toes too much) and sometimes can be corrected simply by changing how you run.
about.com - search "proper running form" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3hjpDs_Fq8 )
youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3hjpDs_Fq8 or do a general search for "proper running form"
See what you can figure out about HOW you're feet are hitting the ground. Ideally, you want your foot to land directly under your center of gravity, not behind, not ahead. When you land, picture your foot as one of those Shaper Shoes, with the rounded soles. Roll off the ball of your foot (right below your toes), rather than push off your toes, and let your feet sort of "float" up behind you. It sounds weird, but it's just a tiny amount of tweaking and I'll bet you'll some some pretty good results.
Most of us girls aren't natural runners, and we tend to bounce up and down a lot when we run, have a weird stride and swing our arms WAY to much. And, for those of us just starting out, we tend to overstride in our attempts to run quicker. Overstriding makes your foot land out in front of you, and essentially you end up dragging your body weight across the ground as you stride. Now figure in that when you run, the stress placed on your body is 5 times your body weight....you can see where the aches and pains come from.
When you let gravity work for you, your body has to work way less but accomplishes the same goal. Run so that your foot hits the ground when it's directly under your center of gravity, think about rolling throught the stride and rolling off the ball of your feet and letting the momentum bring your feet back up (instead of your muscles).
Hope that helps. If you research and try fixing things and don't have much success, check out the Chi Running method (chirunning.com). You can buy the book for a decent price on Amazon.com. Chi Running teaches a way to run that, if you can master it, claims to allow you to run pain free and injury free. I actually bought the book and it helped me a LOT. It's a little different than what you'd find online about generic "proper running form" and it goes more in depth about using gravity to aid you in running, using your core...all that good stuff.
Lastly, if ithelps, I was over 200 pounds when I started running in 2010. I had about 3-4 weeks of really just feeling like crap. My knees ached constantly and I was Ibuprophren for a couple weeks, my joints hurt, ankles were tired, but I pushed through, did some research and fixed a few things in my form, and found that my body finally "caught up" with itself and things started to get easier.
Sorry if that got long winded-I tend to do that! ha ha Hope you find a solution...shin splints suck but I'll bet you can tweak things a little and catch them before things get bad.
Jenn / BradenMommyof5
And, I hope your babies cooperate, I know that's a tough one. I'm trying to do the same thing-squeeze in a run before hubby leaves for work in the morning. My 3 month old sleeps wonderfully but my two year old randomly wakes up in the middle of the night at least twice a week, or, he'll wake up at 5am and be ready to play and start his day. Ugh.
Good luck, and do what you can. Don't stress if you have to skip a workout, just move on and do it the next time. If you let yourself get overwhelmed by looking at what you haven't done, I can guarentee you won't want to keep going.
(Funny-with the exception of the oldest, our family's are about mirror images, with ages any way. I have 3 girls and a boy, the boy being my two year old-poor kid. LOL)
OOPS! I just re-read your post and you said you have two 3 months olds? As in twins?!? Wow, you are busy!
Jenn / BradenMommyof5
Glad to hear your second workout went well!
I did a second workout Wednesday evening and it went slightly better. I only ran 4 of the 60 second intervals and then just walked the rest of the time. It's weird, I actually get the shin splints when I'm walking (warming up) and they don't seem to be as bad when I run, but then get worse when I walk. I can't quite figure out what this means?! I did look into some of the things you suggested and also ordered the Chi Running book via interlibrary loan, so hopefully it gets here soon.
And for clarification, yes, I have TWO 3 month old babies. They're lots of work, but good babies and such a delight. I had never imagined I'd have twins, so sometimes I still look at them and feel a bit in shock that I have not one, but two babies. I was on modified bedrest through most of the pregnancy, so despite being active and in good shape and a pretty good weight before pregnancy... I'm not ANY of those things now. I take fairly leisurely walks with my kids around the neighborhood, but the first week of this C25K program is kickin' my butt. I guess I'll just stick with week 1 until I can at least complete 3 full workouts of it!
I'm right around 200 pounds and I had read on a couple of websites that people that are this overweight shhouldn't run because it's too stressful on the body and that I would get more benefit from just walking until I dropped 40 or so pounds. Any thoughts on this?!
Sounds like we're right on the same schedule.
You know, I actually notice more shin pain, especially the first time around, when I walked. Once I did some research on running form I realized I was walking wrong too! ha ha I was trying to keep up a "brisk walk" and in doing so, was really pushing off my toes. Once I relaxed my walking, focused on keep my ankels loose and NOT pushing off my toes, I saw an immediate difference.
The Chi book is really helpful. Personally, I'm not into Tai Chi, or some of the other more "spiritual" aspects of their method, but the mechanics are excellent. Don't get overwhelmed, if you read the book and learn the form in the order they suggest, it should come easily.
I'm 5'9" and was a hair over 200 when I started running in 2010. Honestly, it was hard, but not unbearable. I read once that the stress on your body (when running) when your foot hits the ground is 5 times your body weight. If you have poor form that could cause some serious trouble. If you are running properly and efficiently, I personally think it'll be okay. Just be careful, listen to your body and it something feels injured (as opposed to sore) take a break or fix what needs to be fixed. Bottom line: running burns more calories, and doing high intesity/low intensity is supposedly REALLY good for burning up fat. If I were in your shoes, I'd stick with running. In 2010 I started running in January, started Weight Watchers in April, added 2 days a week of strength training (usually a 1/2 hour workout video) and I lost 30 pounds without really stressing too much. I'm convinced it the best way to lose weight and get healthy, but everyone is different.
BLESSINGS to you on those sweet babies! Even with four kids, I still think it would be a blast to have twins. You ARE a supermom!!!! My youngest baby is 3 months also, but there is just one of her.
Have a great weekend! Good luck on your running.
Jenn / BradenMommyof5
I was wondering if I could join your thread?
I am starting couch to 5k today, I've done the program before, but this time I am going to run outside instead of on the treadmill at the gym. I stopped running on the treadmill about 9-10 months ago because I couldn't stand watching the clock, watching the tv and worrying about how slow I was going compared to all the other people! Since then, I haven't done much at the gym, just weights classes and yoga, so my cardiac endurance is definitely low! Having the support of others is definitely helpful on the hard days, or when you just don't want to get out and run!
I just completed my first outdoor run, I started the program on week 2. It was tough, but more enjoyable to be outside than in the gym! I do have asthma and I could tell that my lungs need some time to get used to running again. My legs were tired by the end, thankfully no shin splints yet - I've struggled with those in the past!
Brief info: I'm not a Mom yet - but I am hoping to become pregnant in the next year. I have struggled with my weight my entire life, I maintained my weight in college and then gained 40lbs in the last 5 years (while my husband lost 40lbs, how does that happen?). I want to get back to a healthy weight before I get pregnant, and I think running would be a good activity for me - something that can be done in the future with a jogging stroller and won't be too expensive! Many of my friends run, and I would love to be able to join them in a 5k or 10k sometime in the future. I just need to keep up with the program and not let myself stop running because it's hard! I'm 28, and I know if I don't get myself into a healthier lifestyle now, it will never happen. I am a nurse, so I need to practice what I preach to my patients!
Jenn, THanks for the pointers! As a total newbie I really appreciate it. I finished my 3rd workout today and finally completed the week 1 workout. I am going to stick with the week 1 workout until I complete 2 more days of it. I have been researching proper running form online and am trying to pay attention to my form, but it's hard to know whether or not Im doing things right. I must really be doing something wrong when I walk because my shin splints are a LOT worse when I walk. During the last few minutes of my cool down tonight I was pretty much limping, they were so bad in my left leg. It's so weird because the running part of the workout really wasn't any big deal, but I sure did dread the walking!
Hi Christina- Wanted to say welcome. Sounds like you have a good plan. I have a good bit of weight to lose too... probably about 45 pounds. Keep us posted on your progress, sounds like you're doing great!
Sorry I have been MIA. I have been trying to reply to posts, and couldn't figure out why it wasn't letting me. Turns out, I wasn't signed in. Go figure!
So needless to say, I have been keeping up on all of the posts. GREAT advice, and I am so happy we have this forum to bounce ideas off of each other and reach out. Very cool.
Me? I started the Hal Higdon last week. (Note: for 5 weeks prior, I had been running anywhere from 3 to 5 days per week. I was getting pretty bored with it, and I noticed I was less and less motivated everyday, so I knew if I was going to stick with it, I had to change it up). I am on his 8-week training program for a 10K. Last week was great - and I must say, a TON of fun. The combination of running, strength training and cross training really keeps my body guessing and keeps my mind motivated.
I have 10 days until the Dirty Dog Dash (3 miles of running and obstacles), then the 5k on October 2nd (2 days before my 33rd birthday - great present for me!) and finally the marathon relay on October 16th (4.4 miles). I'm getting there, and I am actually training my mind in the process - "You can do it, you can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!!" This is 90% mental for me - the body follows the mind. So as long as I can keep the ol' hat rack in check, then I should be fine...
There's my update! SO GLAD I can finally post!! Toodles!
Well, I am still here, sorry! My hubby was out of town for 5 days at a conference and WOW things were crazy! I didn't have sitter to watch my kids while I ran, but even if I did, I didn't have time!
I'm hoping to jump back into things and start Week 2 tomorrow.
How is everyone else doing? Did you all get your running in this week?
Hope the rest of your weekend is good.
Jenn / BradenMommyof5
Welcome to our little group, Christina!
Jenn / BradenMommyof5