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  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009

    I'm bummed. My husband is concerned about our boys participating in the race.  He's worried about the boys running without being supervised. Would you worry about boys almost 8 and 10 running of about 1200 people? Maybe I'm naive but I'm not worried.  I will admit the boys don't run at the same pace. The little one can't keep up with the big one. The older one starts out way ahead of me and after 15 minutes he runs out of gas.

    I asked my husband to sign up and walk the race but then he pointed out that he would have to walk from the finish line all the way back to the car somewhere. I thought that would be a great walk for him on a day of a lot of calories. But you know not everyone likes walking.

    My husband is the designated worrier in the family. If there's any worrying to be done he takes care of that. I am super bummed over his fear of the unknown. I'm thinking about getting up early and just leaving them all at home. But then that will be a bummer too. After all this work I would love to share the moment with them. KWIM? You're supposed to get in shape for your self though, not for others. Sigh.

    I was so excited about the race. Now I'm not.





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    Stephen- Its so awesome that you were able to achieve a new PR and not be too out of breath to enjoy it. If you have a race anytime soon, I bet you easily get near 28 mins!  Way to Go!!  Kendra- it is great that your asthma has improved and that you will be able to go out and enjoy skiing soon as a fit lady.

     

    All of you are doing so great as you approach your C25K graduation. Woo! Woo! I can't believe how many of you are posting 3mi times of 30-36 mins, or paces near 10-12mm. You are all runners now! Good luck on races this week and have fun in Week 9.  You have come SO FAR!





    Jo Ann C

    Started Walking 7/15/09 Weight = 265#; C25K Grad 11/6/09

    8/30/09 5K (62:42) 262# 10/2/10 5K (37:44) 206# 3/26/11 5K (36:42) PR 202#

    6/19/10 10K (83:47) 208# 3/6/11 UAH 10K (79:18) 200#

    6/27/10 IronGirl, Atlanta Tri S 1/3m/B 18m/R 3m (2:42:10) 207#; 5/15/11 - (2:34:08 200)#

    9/25/10 Women's HM, Nashville (3:27:10) 209#, 11/13/10 Huntsville HM (3:17:27) 203#

    2/13/11 Mercedes HM, B'ham (3:02:02) 203#; 3/19/11 Rocket 10mi (2:13:37) PR

    4/30/11 RnR HM Nashville (3:10:12); 5/15/11 5/30/11 Cotton Row 10K (84:36) ;

    6/11/11 Mt. Mania 15K (2:17:12); 7/16/11 Wet Dog Tri (98:56);

    8/13/11 Mtn Lakes Tri; (2:13:32); 8/28 Rocketman Oly Tri; 9/10 Frantic Frog Tri (1:52:35)

    9/24/11 Womens HM (2:54:28) 195# PR; 10/1 Toray 5K (35:35 PR);

    10/15/11 Liz Hurley 5K (36:24); 10/22 Book-it 10K (74:51 PR) 197#;
    11/12/11 Huntsville HM - Target 2:50

  • disneygal2 Legend 455 posts since
    Sep 30, 2009

    Jasmine,   Thank You for the great post about 5k's.  some excellent info offered!  You are inspiring how far you've come and how you continue to progress.

     

    Stephen.. Wow.. Great for you!  Doesn't it feel great to have "trained" your way up to this instead of adding too quickly!!    Now that I've been doing 3 mile runs for the last couple weeks I know what you mean about kind of being done with the C25k plan.  What a great plan it is though!  I would reccomend to anyone.    It does change the "graduation" day feel a bit.    WELL DONE!!!

     

    Karen.. I understand your dissapointment completely.   It is hard when our intentions are so good.. and then hubby is not on the same page.   I have tried to get my husband interested in walking (I'm in a hiking club) and he just isn't interested.  At least he is supportive of me going out and doing it.. but I do feel sad that we can't do it together.  Also I care about his health and would love to see him do something like this.    It could be risky having the boys do it alone.. just in case they twisted an ankle, took a wrong turn or other things that most likely would not happen.  You would probably end up being very nervous waiting for them at the finish.  It might get difficult for them to find you in that sea of people.  It doesn't sound like your hubby is crazy about coming and waiting for you at the finish with the boys?   I know my husband will be home comfortably in front of the tv while I'm out there working my tail off!  LOL.. at least I'll have someone home to watch the turkey cook!   I REALLY hope that you do this even if on your own.  You will still have the whole day with the family and set a great example.  I will be doing mine basically on my own.  My son and daughter will race the 10K that starts an hour before my race.  They are 20's so I don't have to worry about them.   I know the race I'm participating in has a smaller race for kids.. wonder if yours could do that?  Although it would require hubby to come along and watch.  Anyway keep you head up girlfriend..   hope you decide and find a way for you to still do this.  We are so proud of you doing this with your asthma and all.  You are doing fantastic.

     

    Drinkup, Aprillily, Wet Sneakers  congrats on your great job.  Your all making great progress.

     

    Pearson Flyer... Woooo Hoooo.. GREAT 5k with great time!

     

    Jess





    PRAISE GOD!!!

    Couch to 5 K Graduation Day November 26, 2009

    Dana Hills Turkey Trot  Thanksgiving Day 2009 5 K....  Time 32:22  MY FIRST 5k

    Jan 9 Irvine 5k Time 32:52

    Feb 7 Super Bowl 10k  1:08:31  MY FIRST 10K

    September 5 2010  DISNEYLAND HALF MARATHON:  2:41:00

  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009

    Jess, thanks for your support. My husband doesn't have any problem with waiting with the boys at the finish line with me. I'm the one with the problem. I've had this story in my head  that I've played over and over of the boys running the race with me. I think I need to give it up, run, and be content with that. My husband would rather them run when they are a little older. You gave me an idea. This race has not kiddie races but the race I have my eye on to run in January does have a fun run for kids. Perhaps they can do that one or some other one.

     

    I went for a 10  minute walk, did 10 minutes of kickboxing, 5 minutes of biceps and triceps curls,  5 minutes of dancing, prayed, sang an encouraging old Christian hymn, and my head is in a better place now.





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

  • LibbyColorado Expert 53 posts since
    Oct 1, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    409. Nov 24, 2009 1:29 PM (in response to Tika417)
    Re: Starting C25k tomorrow 9/29. Anyone want to Join?

    I was worried about myself...I didn't think I could get back on the road after Saturday's debacle.

     

    But I did today just to prove to myself I could. I decided to JUST run the 30 minutes for W9D1, and I was fine the whole way. I definitely have a harder time running during the day than I do at night -- I much prefer the cold to the sun.

     

    But I did it. And here are my goals for Thursday:

    1. Run for at least 30 minutes non-stop. (it would be my W9D2 anyway)

    2. Not get frustrated with myself, no matter how well/"poorly" I do. I noticed for the past few days how angry I was at myself -- angry that I couldn't do this or that, instead of being thankful and ecstatic that I can run for thirty+ minutes without stopping! That is an incredible accomplishment! I need to give myself a break.

    3. Finish strong. Even if I can only push for the last 15 yards, I'm going to push at the end.

     

    Hot tub tonight! It's our reward for 9 weeks of running.





    http://pinkandimperfect.blogspot.com

    We're crazy and in love. Can we do these 101 things?

  • k9178 Pro 92 posts since
    Oct 14, 2009

    Libby - great job on the 30minutes.  Don't worry about the 5K you will do great.  I think you have the right attitude.  Remember to pace yourself when you start.  When I did my 5K a few weeks ago, I started way too fast, and I burned out quickly.  You will rock it on Thursday.  You are right, remember how hard it was to run the first week.  Now you can run for 30 MINUTES!

     

    Karen - good luck on your 5K.  Just concentrate on you, and don't worry about your family.  You need to have this time all to yourself.  You kids will probably just be totally excited to be a great cheering section.

     

    Jess - Good luck this week.  You are going to really do well on the turkey trot.

     

    Jasmine - Thank you so much for all your posting on speed vs. distance.  I have been telling myself and others that for quite sometime.  It helps to hear it from someone else.  I am also painfully slow, but I am doing it.  It helps me to see that others may be running the time but not the distance just like me.  I was disappointed in my 2.5 miles in 32 minutes (walking for warmup & cooldown and running for 28), but instead I am so excited that I can run for 28 minutes straight.

     

    Aprillilly, Shell, and Drinkup - Awesome progress and great running.

     

    Pearsonflyer - good luck on your 8K. Take care of yourself and don't overdo.

     

    PeeWee - I hope you are fully recovered from your 45 minute walk

     

    Stephen - I am with you on Thursday, I am just running on my own, no race for me this week.  I want to finish out week 8 this week and move on to week 9.

     

    Kendra





    Started C25K 10/1/09 C25K Graduate 12/12/09

    I started out not being a runner, but now I can say I really enjoy it. I use the Jeff Galloway method.

    Miraclebabies.org 5K 11/15/09 43:17

    St. Patricks Day 10K 3/17/12 1:30:28

    http://beachbodycoach.com/kwilli9178

  • PeeWeeHerman Amateur 21 posts since
    Oct 7, 2009

    Another 45 minutes today.  I took 2 days off and today I was good to go.  It's now 6 hours later and I'm not yet hurting.  I'm thinking I just need to keep with it.  Just like those first minute runs, eh?  Hee Hee Hee. 

     

    I started looking into additional training schedules such as the Cool Running 5k Training program.  The suggestion is to be able to run 4-5 times a week at 2-3 miles each time.  And to be able to do that for 4-5 weeks before starting that program.  Has anyone taken a look at this one or any others?  If I don't get a chance to say Happy Thanksgiving to you all... I'll say it now

     

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my 'Cool' Running Buddies!

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    PeeWee- Because of the way I set up my training program (modified C25K, for distance-not time), I was already running 2-3 miles 4-5x per week.  I'm so slow that even the 3 mile runs take 48-52 mins.  Therefore, doing One Hour Runner would not benefit me.

     

    So after a week "off", I started Cool Running 5K last week. I've rearranged the days so that 3 miles on Saturdays coincides with 5K's that I have the next 2 weeks.  This week's been tough because I started having shin/knee sensitivities when I tried to do my 4 mi fartlek, so I backed off. I've got an "easy pace" 5 mile run that I'm going to try and attempt on Thursday.  Then I'll treat the 5K as my last 3 mile run of the week.

     

    So before you start CR5K, make your "own" program to transition from 3 miles 3x/wk to 5x/wk, for several weeks.  Maybe add 2mi runs and build them to 3 miles. Then do 5x/wk for a week or two until you are comfortable.  CR5K is a serious training schedule, designed to strenthen you,and really build endurance.  It is to help you do more than just "finish" a 5K, but do well. Plus it has built in training to let you finish a 10K, because the longest distance is 6 miles.





    Jo Ann C

    Started Walking 7/15/09 Weight = 265#; C25K Grad 11/6/09

    8/30/09 5K (62:42) 262# 10/2/10 5K (37:44) 206# 3/26/11 5K (36:42) PR 202#

    6/19/10 10K (83:47) 208# 3/6/11 UAH 10K (79:18) 200#

    6/27/10 IronGirl, Atlanta Tri S 1/3m/B 18m/R 3m (2:42:10) 207#; 5/15/11 - (2:34:08 200)#

    9/25/10 Women's HM, Nashville (3:27:10) 209#, 11/13/10 Huntsville HM (3:17:27) 203#

    2/13/11 Mercedes HM, B'ham (3:02:02) 203#; 3/19/11 Rocket 10mi (2:13:37) PR

    4/30/11 RnR HM Nashville (3:10:12); 5/15/11 5/30/11 Cotton Row 10K (84:36) ;

    6/11/11 Mt. Mania 15K (2:17:12); 7/16/11 Wet Dog Tri (98:56);

    8/13/11 Mtn Lakes Tri; (2:13:32); 8/28 Rocketman Oly Tri; 9/10 Frantic Frog Tri (1:52:35)

    9/24/11 Womens HM (2:54:28) 195# PR; 10/1 Toray 5K (35:35 PR);

    10/15/11 Liz Hurley 5K (36:24); 10/22 Book-it 10K (74:51 PR) 197#;
    11/12/11 Huntsville HM - Target 2:50

  • disneygal2 Legend 455 posts since
    Sep 30, 2009

    I think I may try Hal Higdons 10 k training program for novice.. because training for a 10 k and adding miles and time that way will automatically make your 5k speed increase. I am going to look for a 10 k to run in the proper number of weeks the program takes.  I'll do a couple more 5 k's in the meantime.    I think the "speed" workouts are what they recomend you stay away from your first 6 months.   They do say that adding time jogging and distance ran is a natural way to increase beginners pace. 

     

    Jess





    PRAISE GOD!!!

    Couch to 5 K Graduation Day November 26, 2009

    Dana Hills Turkey Trot  Thanksgiving Day 2009 5 K....  Time 32:22  MY FIRST 5k

    Jan 9 Irvine 5k Time 32:52

    Feb 7 Super Bowl 10k  1:08:31  MY FIRST 10K

    September 5 2010  DISNEYLAND HALF MARATHON:  2:41:00

  • WetSneakers Expert 40 posts since
    Oct 5, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    414. Nov 24, 2009 7:13 PM (in response to k9178)
    Re: Starting C25k tomorrow 9/29. Anyone want to Join?

    Hey Kenda,

     

    I try really hard to not compare myself negatively to other runners that can go faster or farther. InstIead I try to focus on my own progress and just be proud of that. If I start having downer thoughts while I'm running, I just start thinking of how I felt during that first run, gasping for air and convinced that my lungs were bleeding. I figure that every day I go out, every day I can knock off the program is a victory for me. The progress with your asthma is amazing. Go team stubborn!

     

    Shell

  • PearsonFlyer Amateur 23 posts since
    Sep 29, 2009

    The only thing I would say here is that from what I'm reading, if you don't work some speed intervals into your runs, you train your body to run at that speed, just with better endurance, and it becomes hard to decrease your time.

     

    Intervals of speed should always be part of your training.  Or hill climbs, or something that exerts you in a way that your normal "running speed" doesn't do.  Personally, when I'm running on the treadmill, I crank it up to 7.5 for 60 seconds every 10 minutes or so, to make sure I'm building some speed ability.  When I'm running around the neighborhood, I try to do some speed bursts as well, along with attempting to push off more on my stride so my feet are hitting the ground less often.

     

    Running at the same speed, but for longer distance, won't really help you improve your 5k speed that much - and if you try without working speed intervals into your training, that's where injuries will happen.

     

    I'm also going to move on to the 10k program (if I survive the upcoming 8k, that is - maybe I shouldn't be planning anything past this Thursday ), but definitely working speed intervals in to try to bring my 5k time down to my goal of 25 minutes or less.





    Started C25K on 9/29/09 in Buffalo NY

    Lindsay's Legacy 5k 11/14/09 - 34:10 (11:00/mi)

    Turkey Trot 8k 11/26/09 - 57:24 (11:33/mi)

    Reindeer Run 5k 12/5/09 - 32:10 (10:22/mi)

    Shamrock Run 8k 3/06/10 - 47:32 (9:29/mi)

    Bengal Run 5k 3/20/10 - 27:30 (8:52/mi)

    350.org Green Run 4.35mi 10/09/10 - 41:22 (9:31/mi)

    Sarkin Memorial 5k 10/16/10 - 27:02 (8:42/mi)

  • PearsonFlyer Amateur 23 posts since
    Sep 29, 2009

    Shell & Kendra, I can tell you from having run that 5K that it's not about speed or time.  It's really enjoyable just being able to finish and having been proud of yourself for getting to that line.

     

    Inevitably, there is going to be someone who's running at approximately your pace about 2/3 of the way through.  Try to pick out that person, and squeak in a "win" against them at the end to really build your spirits.  And when you hit that 3 mile marker, if you have anything left, use it.  You have 1/10th of a mile to go, and it's better to finish completely drained than know you left 10 or 20 seconds out there.

     

    Bring along some music, or a book on tape if music's not your thing, and just concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and maintaining good posture - it REALLY helps with the breathing.  If you're looking at the ground, you're slumping and breathing poorly.

     

    I'm really impressed at how everyone's coming along, and you guys are almost at the finish line, and ready to cross a real one if you haven't already.





    Started C25K on 9/29/09 in Buffalo NY

    Lindsay's Legacy 5k 11/14/09 - 34:10 (11:00/mi)

    Turkey Trot 8k 11/26/09 - 57:24 (11:33/mi)

    Reindeer Run 5k 12/5/09 - 32:10 (10:22/mi)

    Shamrock Run 8k 3/06/10 - 47:32 (9:29/mi)

    Bengal Run 5k 3/20/10 - 27:30 (8:52/mi)

    350.org Green Run 4.35mi 10/09/10 - 41:22 (9:31/mi)

    Sarkin Memorial 5k 10/16/10 - 27:02 (8:42/mi)

  • k9178 Pro 92 posts since
    Oct 14, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    417. Nov 24, 2009 9:40 PM (in response to PearsonFlyer)
    What is next?

    Thanks for all the encouraging words, everyone.  I am just so glad to actually be doing this.  One of my friends tonight said he was very impressed that I could run 28 minutes.  He is very fit, but does not run.  It was really exciting.

     

    I am not sure what I am doing next.  I plan to keep improving my time.  I am debating between a couple of programs.  I pikced up Running for Mortals a few weeks ago, and I highly recommend it.  In the back they have some good training programs.  I am debating between the 10K training program or the Weight Loss program Phase III.  I think I am leaning toward the weight loss program.  It has 30 and 45 minute runs with circuit and strength training.  I also has one day where you double up and run the morning/walk in the evening.  One of the days has intervals where I can work on my speed.  I think it may be a good way to build up my running skill without going beyond what I can do now.  I would like to get my speed up there so that eventually I can join a running club or something.  I think it would be fun to go running with people on a regular basis.  Maybe it would keep me motivated beyond any program.

     

    I thought about the Hal Higdon plan, but the plans in this book seem a bit more managable for someone who just started running 8 weeks ago.

     

    I just wanted to say to all of you how thankful I am for you guys!  It has been such an exciting and fun adventure with you these past weeks.

     

    Kendra





    Started C25K 10/1/09 C25K Graduate 12/12/09

    I started out not being a runner, but now I can say I really enjoy it. I use the Jeff Galloway method.

    Miraclebabies.org 5K 11/15/09 43:17

    St. Patricks Day 10K 3/17/12 1:30:28

    http://beachbodycoach.com/kwilli9178

  • SMARIETTA Legend 302 posts since
    Oct 3, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    418. Nov 25, 2009 4:17 AM (in response to k9178)
    Re: What is next?

    folks,

    may basic plan all along hasn't changed.

     

    I have reached the 5k distance- and I want to continue stretching that distance out to reach 10K

     

    I find that the C25K running 3 days a week agrees with me-and I want to continue that format. I usually run t.,th., sunday-and I lift on three of the off days. I have a physically demanding outdoor occupation-and I am counting that as "crosstraining". I own the small business I work in-and the 3 days a week of running allows me to mesh my running in with my most strenuous work days-planning ahead I have a lot of flexibility---M.,W., sat. or t.,th.,sunday etc.

     

    Basically I have a specific course I wAnt to run on thursday-and then my next running day is sunday.

    starting sunday- I am going to simply add 10% to my weekly milage.

     

    starting sunday I will add10% to all three of my weekly workouts

     

    the following week I will add the  next 10% to my sunday run-sunday will then become the LONG run..

    I will alternate back and forth like that- and before you know it- I will be running 4 plus miles t.,th.-and about 10K on sundays-and then we will see where I take it from there.

    I do sort of envy the folks who can go to a 4 day or more per week of running plan-but because  of my occupation and age- I don't think my body can handle it. I need that every other day of recuperation AND the 2 consecutive days off each week. If I screw up a knee- I don't have an office to limp into work the next day- I have a 32 FT.  ladder to climb, LOL-andkids in private schools depending on my ability to continue climbing those ladders.

     

      RE: weight loss-i WOULD like to lose some weight- and I am working on it-it would certainly make the running easier------ but frankly,-as long as I can physically do the tings that  MUST BE DONE- the weight is secondary. It's important- but secondary.

    interesting that I start running, partly to lose weight-and now I want to lose weight- because I want to run farther or faster-interesting role reversal.

     

    ALSO- I am not so much interested in running 5k road races-as I am in running trail races-and around here those start at about a 5 mile distance-so it is more important for me to slowly and sanely increase my milage- than it is to increase my 5k speed.

     

    Best wishes to you all tommorrow on your 5k runs- I am going to check back in tommorrow or friday to find out how you all did.

    I expect you all to be covered in glory-so don't let me down!

    best wishes,

    stephen

  • catsrcul Pro 111 posts since
    Sep 12, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    419. Nov 25, 2009 7:24 AM (in response to SMARIETTA)
    Re: What is next?

    It's Turkey Trot Eve and it has been raining cats and dogs here for hours and hours. I hope it's not raining like this tomorrow morning. I've never had to run in the rain. Hmmm.





    ~Karen~

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    5K 11/27/09          43:16  Pace 13:56

    5K  1/9/10             41:55   Pace 13:30
    5K  3/20/10           38:56  Pace 12:32

    Lost 16 lbs. since May 30, 2009. Don't want to ever find it again! Would like to lose 5 more pounds.

    Started Couch 25K 9/11/09 Repeated many weeks due to asthma symptoms

    Completed C25K 12/14/09

    http://bumpoffalog.blogspot.com

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