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mngreeneyes Pro 72 posts since
Sep 25, 2009
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Nov 12, 2009 11:02 AM

Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

I noticed no one had started a new thread and we had dropped to the second page so here's a new weekly thread.

 

After much discussion in the Newbie Cafe, it has been determined that Penguins deserve love, too. So feel free to embrace your PenguinHood and speak your mind. Get some support. Ask for help. Whatever.

 

Have a great week,

pam





The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start!  John Bingham

   

  

Run when you can,

Walk when you have to,

Crawl if you must--

Just never give up....  Dean Karnazes

  • Swaph Amateur 22 posts since
    Nov 11, 2009
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    2. Nov 12, 2009 12:53 PM (in response to mngreeneyes)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Penguins?  I am new to running, so I guess I'm not hip to the lingo....what exactly makes a penguin?  I noticed something in the new, slow runner thread about this one so figured I might be in this classification of runner.

     

    Pam:  Hula hoop class?!?!  That sounds like fun; let us know how it goes!  Maybe something to introduce to my office, too.

     

    =o)





    Pain is temporary, PRIDE is forever.

  • classicallytrained Legend 375 posts since
    Jul 20, 2009
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    3. Nov 12, 2009 1:13 PM (in response to mngreeneyes)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Pam - WTG!! Nice to have recovery time and glad you are eager to trot.

    I got tickled at your Hula Hoop comment because it reminded me of a group of ladies that block off the side street beside my office

    to do their Hula Hoop routines. They try to get me involved, even "rope" me with their Hula Hoops. Believe me, it would not be pretty.

    It is a very popular activity. I think there is even a Wii application available. 

     

    SW - Welcome to the PSG.

     

    "Penquin" is a term coined by a writer at Runner's World (John Bingham) to describe himself and the gloriously numerous

    runners that were like him. He even got sued by Penquin Books and had to stop using the term.

    Anyway, we are "slow and proud" and we are known to get loud.

    We work hard and laugh harder.

     

    So welcome aboard...hope you can keep up.





  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    5. Nov 13, 2009 3:02 PM (in response to mngreeneyes)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Well, I finished C25K last week, but I'm still Penguin slow (~17mm).  I can run 3+ miles at that pace, because I transitioned during C25K from running for time to running for distance, knowing that it would take forever to do the distance non-stop.  I actually train 4-5 days per week plus cross-training, because I need to burn the calories for weight loss. One reason I'm a Penguin is because I'm overweight (240#), so I need to keep training. It's been tough in this post-grad period to figure out what to do next.

     

    After much consideration, I decided that next week, I'll start the Cool Runnings Easy 5K 12 wk program.  It assumes that you can run 4-5 days/wk for 12-15 miles/wk.  I need to build a foundation of mileage, so that it will become easier, and I believe that my times will gradually improve.  This training, though designed for a 5K, actually builds the weekly long run up to 6 miles, plus includes many 4 or 5 mile runs. I actually could use this training to prep for completing a 10K, if one came up. Do any other Penguins/C25K grads want to join me in this training? Here is the link: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/146.shtml

     

    I have a local 5K race in 2 wks, plus a 5K the following week in Memphis. I'm hoping to finish ~46-48 mins.  After mid-December, the local races are limited until mid-Feb so I'll just work on my training thru winter.

     

    Pam (greeneyes)- I am glad to see that you are ready to start C25K on Monday.  Just remember that when you run for 60 secs (or 90 or 180) that you are not trying to do it at a 10 min/mi pace!  If you start off running too fast, you will get shin splints or get too out of breath, and then feel like you can't do it.  Set your own pace, and just run for the time interval listed.  I've read on these threads about a lot of people who couldn't do the 90 sec run or 3 min run, because they were out of breath or hurt.  They would do a week over and over again.  But, when they slowed down and did it at their own pace, they were able to finish the workout, and go onto the next day or week.





    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

  • melissa 52795 Expert 50 posts since
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    6. Nov 13, 2009 5:06 PM (in response to mngreeneyes)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    I'm proud to be a Penguin and glad to have found this group.  I did the No Boundaries 5K program in March and ran my first 5K in June.  The cool running 5K plan sounds interesting!  Maybe I'll join. 

     

    Melissa age 48 and new penguin runner

  • classicallytrained Legend 375 posts since
    Jul 20, 2009
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    8. Nov 14, 2009 9:51 AM (in response to mngreeneyes)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Penpals,

     

    I had planned to get up at 5 am and have my long run done by 8 am. I noticed that the belt on my treadmill was off center.

    I tried to adjust the belt but my Allen wrenches were metric instead of standard. No stores were open so I had wait ontil they opened.

    I went to Lowes (7 am) and got the right tool. I finally got the the belt adjusted and lubricated by 8 am.

    Oh well, so much for the long run.

    I got in 2.7 miles. Not a very eventful run. After all the trouble with the machine, the run was anti-climatic.

     

    I hope everyone else has stress free experiences today!!!





  • Donna914 Legend 357 posts since
    Aug 2, 2009
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    9. Nov 14, 2009 10:53 AM (in response to Jasmine1972)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Hi everyone, sorry I have been AWOL; too many things to do.

    I did run today and it was great; I did 2.2 miles. I want to start doing 3 miles more regularly and then a longer run one time a week but I am still very slow 16.5 mm typically varies from 16 to 17.

     

    I would love to join you Jo Ann: I need a new goal. I did sign up for a Thanksgiving run; I couldn't find any 5Ks around her so I signed up for a 2 miler. It is better than nothing.





  • kimc921 Pro 108 posts since
    Apr 15, 2009
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    10. Nov 14, 2009 8:12 PM (in response to mngreeneyes)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Last night my daughters and I ran a 5k in a themepark in our area.  It's held at 10pm, after the park closes.  There must have been close to 2000 walkers/runners.  I went into this one with very few expectations and it was a good thing, that way I wasn't disappointed with myself!  LOL   I live in the Ozarks, so it was a very hilly course.  The route went through the parking lots for over halfway (hilly), then continued and finished within the park.  It was lovely, all decked out for the Christmas season.

     

    Anyway, I did NOT have a good run, none of us did. The first 8 minutes were all downhill, very pleasant and enjoyable.  Then I hit the first, LONG hill in the parking lot, and got a horrible stitch.  I can't remember the last time I had a stitch, but I do now!  To top it off, it was a cool night to begin with and I was HORRIBLY overdressed, with nowhere to leave my extra clothing, so I wore it.  Being so overheated didn't help at all.  Oh, and this shows either my sick sense of humor, or my state of mind at the time, but as we were winding back and forth through one of the parking lots, I looked out at that sea of hundreds of people, and it made me think of the scene in "Titanic" after it had sunk and the people were floating in the ocean, screaming and crying for help.  But I'm pretty sure they were talking and laughing instead.  

     

    Then, with about 1/4 mile to go, we hit the steepest hill of all.  Now, WHY would they make the finish like that?  Cruel! lol    Just as I had about 1/10th of a mile to go, the event shirt that I had tied around my waist started slipping, and I could just see it falling around my ankles and tripping me!  So I had to deal with trying to untie the shirt and several people got past me there at the end.  Good for them, I did not mind a bit!

     

    My time was 44:xx, which was over 6 minutes slower than my last 5k.  But, like I said, I had no expectations for this one!

     

    My daughter had kind of a funny story.  As she was trotting up that final steep hill, one of the volunteers was yelling, "You're about halfway there!  Keep it up!"  A man running next to Megan started yelling "We're only halfway done?!?  You've got to be kidding me!"  The poor guy thought the 5k was only halfway done.  Megan told him the lady meant that hill, so he calmed down and finished.  I guess he thought he'd accidentally gotten in a 10k there for a minute. haha

     

    My girls (22 and 18) said "We're never doing this again!"  And then a few minutes later they were talking about how they knew better how to dress next time.  So I don't think they're done yet.

     

    I'm still trying to talk them into the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, but it may be too soon.  Maybe next year.





    "Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started."

           -- Steve Prefontaine

    One more breath, one more step, one more mile, FINISH LINE!

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    11. Nov 14, 2009 9:02 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Donna- Missed you & wondered where you were.  It sounds like your training pace & mine are similar. Friday I did 3.4mi at 16.5mm pace for first time.

     

    Ever since I got back from CA, I've been bummed out and in no mood to train or do anything. Finally I tried a late workout at the gym today, and was just in no mood to run very far, so I did run/walking, elliptical & exercise bike all in short bursts, until a movie finished, and now I'm home.  I've got to get my MoJo back so I can get back on track.

     

    I'm going to start the CoolRunning5k on Sunday  The first week will be: 3mi/3mi/off/2mi/4mi/off/3mi.  I shifted the sequence so that a 3 mile run will coincide with 5K runs on Saturdays.  The long runs will be on Thursdays.





    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

  • kimc921 Pro 108 posts since
    Apr 15, 2009
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    14. Nov 16, 2009 4:48 PM (in response to mngreeneyes)
    Re: Penguin Support Group - November 10-17

    Pam, I have a very close friend that started c25k in September.  Back in July she did a 'boot camp' that was offered through her church.  The trainer treated them all as if it were a real boot camp, and unfortunately, her stubborness and pride caused her to push herself waaaay too hard and she suffered ankle problems for awhile.  So now she is following the c25k faithfully, not varying from it in the slightest.  She is about 60-80 lbs. overweight, but she is up to running for 30 minutes at a time now, with no problems.  She's very slow, about 3.5 mph, but she is doing it, and SO CAN YOU!  You are a very wise woman to be willing to take it so slow in order to avoid injury.  Good luck, and we're all rooting for you!





    "Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started."

           -- Steve Prefontaine

    One more breath, one more step, one more mile, FINISH LINE!

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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