So how is everyone doing on C25K? I haven't seen any recent posts and would love to know!
I'm doing well. I completed W2D2 last week and then did my first ever 5k today. I walked it, was completely exhausted afterwards & slept for 2 hours this afternoon but it was well worth it. My fiance' and I did it together and had a great time. I can't wait till the next one! I also can't wait to be able to run in one!
I've lost 17 lbs total as of 9/30. I'm starting to feel better physically and emotionally. I now look forward to eating well and having energy. I have a long way to go but every little bit gets me closer to my goal!
I hope everyone is doing well. Please reply back. I can't wait to hear how everyone is doing!
Stuff About Me:
5/2/11 RNY Gastric Bypass surgery (the day my life changed forever!)
9/18/11 Saratoga Palio (my first 5k)
10/2/11 The ROC 5k Run
10/22/11 The Great Pumpkin 5k
5/5/13 Twin Lights Half Marathon
I think one of the problems with no one posting lately is that the site upgrades are causing some issues with certain browsers. I had to load up IE just to get the "reply" button to load up. I've used Firefox with this site with no problem up until now, and if I have to continue to use IE to navigate it I'm afraid I'll end up leaving because, really, IE is just too clunky and slow for me to use on any consistent basis.
On to C25K!
I did Week 3 Day 1 yesterday. I had to drop my speed from 5MPH to 4.5MPH on the running sections because either I"m getting sick or I don't know what but even on W2D3 I was gasping for breath at the last two intervals whereas I was fine although exhausted on day 2 and iffy but still not gasping on day 1.
So when I was gasping for breath on the first 90-second interval for Week 3? Yep, time to take it down a notch. It might be purely psychological at this point (3 minute intervals = SCARY!), but that said, I got through the whole thing, two 90-second runs and two 3-minute runs.
I think for days 2 and 3 I will up the speed a bit incrementally because I'd like to keep on with the 5MPH speed, but if that doesn't work I'll just keep tortoising along at 4.5.
And Greg, LOL on the weight loss stuff! See, I just finally dipped below 150 this weekend. I think some of it could have to do with my age and current eating habits, though. I count calories like a maniac, so although I'll hit my top of my calorie range on days I'm running, I stop there and am still working at a caloric deficit for the day
Have a good one, folks!
Just checking in to say that today I started on Week 1 Day 1 AGAIN. I should be on Week 3 Day1. Yep. I guess I really was
a true couch potato. But it seems to me that I should be able to run 60 seconds comfortably before moving onto week 2,
which involves stepping up to running for 90 seconds at a time. Am I right about that?
So anyway...started over today with Week 1 Day 1 again. Actually did feel much better running the 60 seconds.
Husband also is still running with me. He is the one who asks soon after we get up in the morning if I've got my
running shoes on. Imagine that. In the past he has never wanted to walk with me or do any kind of exercise thing...even
walk the dog for long. I guess running is his thing.
Everyone, have a great day!
Re: being comfortable running 60 seconds at a time before moving up to 90 seconds at a time.. well, I guess it's maybe an individual thing?
Before I go on, I have to say that I hate running. I loathe it. I despise it with every fiber of my being. It makes me sweat. It's hard for me to breathe. And it's difficult to read or watch TV while doing it. So... no, not a fan of running here.
I'm doing this basically to see if I can, and to see if with repeated exposure I change my mind about running. The cardio benefits don't hurt either, for sure. It's good for me.
Like spinach. And peas.
Note: I'm thirty-nine years old and although I will occasionally choke down spinach, I still won't eat peas. You can't make me do it. I flatly refuse. That level of immaturity aside...
You might remember I had been doing 60-second intervals for awhile before starting C25K (probably 1 or 2x a week for a month), but I had 4 minutes in between them and was running a combined total of 5 minutes. So Week 1 wasn't too bad for me, especially by the end of Day 3. It wasn't what I'd describe as "comfortable", but it wasn't terrible. Week 2, on the other hand, was challenging all three days, and I truly wasn't sure if I was even ready for Week 3 because Week 2 actually got worse on Day 3!
I went ahead with Week 3 yesterday though, and even though I had to slow my running speed I made it through even the three-minute intervals, which were scaring the daylights out of me.
So my thought would be to go ahead and try Week 2, because well, nothing ventured nothing gained But you know your body better than anyone else here, so ultimately it's your call. What is working for me might be the totally wrong move for you.
Regardless, have a good one!
Did Day 2 of Week 1 this morning...repeating Week 1 for the 3rd time. Well...this morning a doubt crept into my mind. I thought...while huffing and puffing 45 seconds into the 60 seconds...am I really going to ever be able to run for 30 whole minutes? After all, I told myself, I am 62! Maybe that's older than I thought. I don't feel old, I don't look old, I don't act old...but maybe my body IS old...well at least older than I thought. Maybe people my age can't just go out and start a running program. Maybe I should stick to walking...
Well......that's what I was thinking THEN. Now I'm back to being determined to do it. I will run the 5K. I will do it and have a party to celebrate afterwards. Yep. That's the plan. Meanwhile, my husband, who is my age and has up to this point been a real couch potato, is running circles around me. Now, I find out, he used to run in college..
Anybody know of any good running books for older beginning runners????
Good luck everyone as you continue the C25K!
Today I did Week 1 day 3...this is my 3rd week One. Went pretty well today, actually it went great.
Before leaving the house I:
took an Aleve (hey I'm a grandma)
ate my Access Bar (fat coversion energy bar) and drank some water
put on my magnetic ankle wrap (ankle was broken several years ago..don't want to take chances...)
did some stretches
Then hit the street. This time, today, I slowed down and did not try to keep up in any way with my husband...and that very slow pace worked well for me. I did not feel like collapsing at the end of the 60 seonds. To anyone peeking out their window I probably looked kind of like a grandma running...lol...but I felt good for the entire time...even running up the big hill--well it's big to me, you can't see cars coming over it--I felt pretty good I also made it a point to run on the side of the road, on the grassy part most of the way and that helped too.
Anyway next week I'm moving on to Week 2, going for the 90 second running intervals.
I hope you are all having a wonderful day!
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