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So, earlier this year my daughter in law started talking about C25k....then a few months later she and my son did a Color Run. They are both looking great, and feeling better.... I figure if the kids can do it, then so can I...right?
I'm a big guy, 300+, with pretty bad arthritis in my hips, legs and back, so I know its going to be a slow journey for me. But I'm gonna try my best to make it. I'd like to do the Thanksgiving 5k in my town this year....that gives me a little over 4 months to get up to doing a 5k...
Did my first walk/jog yesterday....could only do it in 10 minute stretches, but I did finish it... about 1.5 miles in that 30 minutes (well....closer to an hour).... going to go for a walk today at lunch (we have some nice tree lined subdivisions by where I work, so it'll be out of the sun at least. Tomorrow its day 2, hopefully I can go for a little longer than 10 minute stretches, but we'll see.
Just wanted to get something out into the world, hopefully I can use this posting to keep me motivated.... Will update as I go further...
Foxpaws, well done for taking the bull by the horns and having a go. I am also around the 300 mark and have just completed d1w1; found it tough going, but like yourself pushed to completion.
Keep going and look to your long term goals.
I don't see any reason why you cannot work your way through the C25K program by mid to late September, and then continue training for a Turkey Day 5K.
FWIW, as of April 2013 (when I started running again) I was a pretty big guy as well (5' 8" and 250+), with arthritis in my right hip and in both ankles. Now, 15 months and lots and lots of miles later, I'm under 200 pounds and the arthritis has all but disappeared (as has the arthritis in my hands, oddly enough). I'm not bold enough to claim my arthritis is cured as I have no doubt it'll come storming back if I quit running, but it sure feels good to be pain free.
Keep us posted on your progress.
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Good For You!
In May, my 77 year old mother walked the March of Dimes 5K. About the same time, we attended her younger brothers funeral where all my Aunts and Uncles were gathered. I noticed that of all the siblings, my mother looked the best and was in the best health.
That is not a coincidence. My mother keeps active - she never ran races, but she never sat around either. I am glad that watching your children inspired you to get moving - you now have an activity that you can all enjoy together.
Here's to a long and healthy life!
Went for a 2 mile walk yesterday, need to remember to take water with me, was out to long! Took about 40 minutes, so still going at around 3mph, so not to shabby. Made it through day two of the C25K this morning, only 1 break this time, and fairly short, and I was able to Walk/Jog all 8 sets, so thats a plus this time!
I probably will end up doing week 1 a second time (or possibly even a third) just to make sure I am ready for week 2... Like you guys said, I've got plenty of time for the turkey trot to get ready. Trying to get my wife to join me, only one treadmill, so it'll be a timing deal. Once we both get a little better we'll switch to outside (and when it gets a little cooler...
Well done Mike!
It takes lots of determination to do what you're doing; keep us posted on your progress (and your wife's as well).
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Cool, you'll be very pleased with how easy Week 1 will be the second time around.
FWIW, my company announced last week that they're co-sponsoring a 5K next month to benefit the United Way, and you wouldn't believe how many of my co-workers have started the C25K program this week. Even though I'm a relatively new employee (one year anniversary last week), word has gotten out I've been co-captaining the company running team and doing lots of coaching; I've met more of my co-workers this week than I have since I got hired.
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I just found out one of my co-workers is also doing hte C25k, he's on week 6 now. and I had another co-worker who i'm facebook friends with come up and ask me about the program because she saw that both I and my DiL were doing it. Its nice that everyone else on my team are runners, so when I have questions or odd pains I can ask them about it, or for advice.
My boss, his boss, and his boss (lots of bosses...) have all been running for years, Mostly just for the fun of it, but everyonce in a while one or more of them will do a 1/2 marathon, or a 10k.
Fox, congrats on finishing week 1. If you feel doing W1 again is right for you then it is right for you - your body will tell you when it is right to progress. I've just completed W1 myself and although I found it tough going I feel confident in progressing to W2. Keep up the good work - we will get to the end of the programme one way or another!
No running the last couple of days, was visiting my parents on Sat/Sun, and then this morning I woke up around 3am feeling like crap and spent the rest of the night praying at the
porcelain altar.... Hopefully i'll feel up to it tomorrow.
I'm hardly a pro after doing w1d1 but I'm certainly excited for what this can do for me. I have never been a runner but after falling short on so many fitness goals, I am going to push myself a little harder and try to get out there. Signed up with friends and family for a Children's Cancer 5K 9/27/14 as inspiration. I walked a 5K in 2011 and it took me an hour so if I do anything better than that I will have moved forward. Turned 50 this year and had hoped to be in a better place than 236# but as long as I don't give up I'm still winning. We can all do this!!!
Walked a 5k yesterday, took me the entire lunch hour, but I did it. Went to do my Walk/Job for W1D3 today (again, still working on being able to do Week 1 without being dead afterwards)...and my ankles are killing me. My runners at work are telling me that I pushed to far, but if I stop now I'm going to just stop...I know me. So, I got about a mile in this morning, and I'll get at least another mile in today at lunch and I'll just walk for a few days to give the ankles time to get back in order. I'll keep you posted on how I'm doing, I'm still pushing for that 5k on 9/20, but I just might not be running the whole thing . I'm also signing up for another in late October, hopefully i'll be able to run that one. We'll see how the body does over the next couple of days.
I feel like I could probably move to week 2 now, I would be dead afterwards for sure, but I think I could do it....but I'll take it slow and just race myself for now.
Thanks for the encouragement everyone.
DId get my lunch walk in, a couple of the guys and I wandered out into a different section of town where they usually run and showed me a nice 1.5 mile track that is fairly shaded. I'll have to remember that.
In all, we got 2.2 miles in, and about 40 minutes of walking.... I felt bad that I slowed them down, but I was going as fast as I could without jogging...
Awesome and inspirational story so far, Mike!! Keep up the good work and just stay consistent and you'll be ready for that Thanksgiving 5K! It's great to have a support group to share this stuff with and I'm glad your family and co-workers are all on board, that makes it so much more worth the time and effort, and so much more rewarding too!!