Skip navigation
Community: Exchange advice in the forums and read running commentary Resources: Personal running log, calculators, links and other tools for runners News: Running news from around the world Training: Articles and advice about fitness, race training and injury prevention Races/Results: Find upcoming races and past results Home: The Cool Running homepage
Cool Running homepage  Search Cool Running Community

4712 Views 38 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2009 3:31 PM by Runninoob RSS 1 2 3 Previous Next
GoRunIrish Pro 110 posts since
Sep 8, 2009
Currently Being Moderated

Nov 30, 2009 5:21 AM

200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

Hey everyone!!! Woohoo, we made it to December! And we are gonna get through it one mile (and xmas cookie) at a time! This thread is a strong community of runners that are a tad bit (or maybe even alot!) overweight. So come join us wont you?

 

And now I would like to dabble in some plagiarism... Thanks Andrew!!

 

Most in this thread are following (or at least started with) the Couch to 5k Running Program from Coolrunning.com.  There's a set of podcasts that was recorded to let you listed to audible cues to guide you through the program.  If you have an mp3 player, it is easier than carrying a watch or watching a clock.  A lot of people download them to their iPods.  If you need them in actual mp3 format, you'll find a link at the top of the page.

 

We use these weekly threads to keep up with each other, and to encourage each other.  If you've been following these threads for a while, please chime in.

 

Happy Running!!!





Started C25K 09/07/09

Dinosaur Dash 5K 11/01/09 40:12

Turkey Trot 5K 11/26/09 44:02

Buffalo Run 02/27/10

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    1. Nov 30, 2009 10:28 AM (in response to GoRunIrish)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Just checking in.  I hope everyone has a great C25K 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

  • buldgingbride2be Amateur 37 posts since
    Oct 27, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    2. Nov 30, 2009 5:32 PM (in response to GoRunIrish)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Hey all!!  Just complted W1D2.  Started the program just two days ago.  Day one wasn't too bad.  It did definitely open up my eyes to how badly I need to quit smoking.  That has always been something difficult for me to do.  Hopefully now that I have chosen to begin exercising, it will make it easier for me to quit smoking along the way.  Couldn't believe though, how big of a difference I noticed between day 1 and day 2 - seemed easier already!!  Good luck everyone!!!





    "Your past does not have to dictate your future."

    10/28/09: Prior to starting C25K - 211#

    11/30/09: First week of C25K - 210#

    01/13/10: After W4D2 - 208#

    01/19/10:  After W4D3 - 206.6#

  • TransplantedPotato Expert 52 posts since
    Sep 6, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    3. Nov 30, 2009 7:14 PM (in response to GoRunIrish)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Hi all! It's been a while since I've checked in...I was at my parents' house in Idaho and they have vvvvveeeeerrrrrrrryyyy slow internet so no discussion boards for this Potato! Anyways, I had two fantastic runs over the holiday weekend...both were a solid 2.5 miles of running at about a 12:50 pace (pretty good for me). There were some pretty major hills, but I do love running at my parents' place. It was cold and crisp and quiet.

     

    Hope everyone's doing well and I'm looking forward to hearing everybody's progress!





    We are always running for the thrill of it thrill of it

    Always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it
    On and on and on we are calling out and out again
    Never looking down I’m just in awe of what’s in front of me

    -"Walking on a Dream", Empire of the Sun

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Graduated C25k: 10/28/09

    One Hour Runner: Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Courage, trust, and relentless forward motion.

  • suegy3 Rookie 5 posts since
    Nov 29, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    4. Nov 30, 2009 7:22 PM (in response to buldgingbride2be)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Hi All,

     

    I'm new to the forum and to the C25k program.  Yesterday was my first day and it went well.  I took my time, kept a steady pace and felt challenged but energized.  I was in good shape a few years ago but life got in the way and I didn't take care of myself.  I'm looking forward to being healthy again.

     

    A question for the group.  I'm a bit worried about running and putting too much stress on my joints since I'm overweight.  But I see the people running on the Biggest Loser so I figure that I can do it too.  Has anyone had any injuries and had to stop?

     

    GoRunIrish, thanks for pointing me in the direction of this thread.  I'll need encouragement as I continue on.

     

     

    buldgingbride2be, hi so we are starting together.  Cool!  I did weight work today, tomorrow will be a day off and day two will be on Wednesday.

  • SeeFluffyRun Legend 251 posts since
    Sep 2, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    5. Nov 30, 2009 9:53 PM (in response to suegy3)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    HI ya'll I am back!!!  I have been gone for some long!  But my ankle has healed and I am over one flu and a nasty cold.  My first real injury as a runner...sorta like an initiation.  No it was just me being dumb.   Never go from running 2 miles at a time to 6 miles... your body will get revenge!

     

    Hi newbies!  I am glad you found this thread.  You can run but you have to samminis do?e the same precautions all the skinny minis have to take.  Make sure you have good shoes...get fitted at a runnig store.  I wanna try running barefoot...but too scared at this point.  Make sure you keep it at a nice slow pace in the beginning.  Right now you are focusing on technique and endurance...not speed.  If you are female and well endowed...get a good bra..Moving Comfort makes great ones  Maia and Fiona are the best styles. You can get them at Academy or Movingcomfort.com. Some running stores have them.  I get mine at my local running store. they don't carry my size but they will order them for me.  As a woman, our hip to knee ratio is different than a man's so strength training on your rest days will help build muscles and take some pressure off your knees.

     

    Most importantly...have fun.  This should be fun.





    Graduated C25K 08/09/2009

    Restarted 04/01/2013


    Follow me on my journey: SEEFLUFFYRUN

    Twitter: @SeeFluffyRun

    Facebook: SeeFluffyRun

    Blog: seefluffyrun.blogspot.com

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    6. Dec 1, 2009 7:20 AM (in response to suegy3)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    suegy3- Just ease yourself into the program, and go at your own pace.  Most of us on this forum who are plus size, did not start running C25K at a 10 min/mile pace, and many who graduate still do not.  By going easy now, you will build endurance and allow your body to adjust to these new stresses.  I started C25K at about 259#, but because I take it (maybe too) easy, I'm not had a problem yet.

     

    Welcome back, Transplant & Fluffy.  It is always good to hear from you.  Transplant- glad that you were able to get in two excellent runs over the holiday.  I'm facing that challenge at Christmas, when we drive to MD from AL (a 14 hr dr each way).  I've got to be able to run while there, to overcome the days of just sitting in a car.  Fluffy- sorry to hear that you've been injured.  Take it easy coming back in.

     

    Welcome to all of the newbies!  You can do this!!





    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

  • Runninoob Amateur 20 posts since
    Nov 17, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    7. Dec 1, 2009 7:32 AM (in response to GoRunIrish)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    I ran 3 miles last night after running 3 on sunday. I am gearing up for my race Saturday. My endurance is there, but I found that different things hurt when running back to back days like that... I am averaging 12:30 miles, so I am happy, I just hope that translates on Saturday.





    Jeff H.

    12/2/2008 - 399 lbs.  - 11/2/2009 - 289 lbs.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    Just fur Fun 5K, College Station, TX  11/21/09 - 42:11

    Jingle Bell Fun Run 2 miles, College Station, TX  12/6/09 - 25:55

    New Year's Resolution 5K, College Station, TX 1/9/10 - 37:38

  • SeeFluffyRun Legend 251 posts since
    Sep 2, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    8. Dec 1, 2009 10:06 AM (in response to Runninoob)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    That is awesome Runninoob!  Well it is cold and rainy here so I won't be running the trails.  I don't know how you Northerners, Northners...ah Yankees do it.  It is 48 here and drizzling and there is no way I want to go outside and run.  I will have to use the dreadmill.  So my pacer, Reba..my dog..won't be running with me.  That is too bad.  She has packed on some pounds since last Halloween.  We bought her a costume last year and this year when I tried to put it on her, it was too tight.





    Graduated C25K 08/09/2009

    Restarted 04/01/2013


    Follow me on my journey: SEEFLUFFYRUN

    Twitter: @SeeFluffyRun

    Facebook: SeeFluffyRun

    Blog: seefluffyrun.blogspot.com

  • buldgingbride2be Amateur 37 posts since
    Oct 27, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    9. Dec 1, 2009 10:51 AM (in response to GoRunIrish)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Today is an "off" day for me and I actually am some what sad about this.  I have never been excited to exercise, but I really think I am going to enjoy this program.  I read a lot about it and many people advised not to try to go on too strong.  I run at 5.5 and walk about 3.3.  Right now, it seems to be perfect for me.  I don't want to try to push myself too hard, too fast otherwise I fear an injury or growing miserable.

     

    What kind of exercises does everyone do on the "off" days.  I hear a lot of people do strength training - what kind?  I feel like I need to be doing something on those days, may just walk a few miles on the off days.  Not sure yet.

     

    suegy- It is exciting we are starting together!  Is this your first time doing C25K?  Have you been a runner in the past?  Not me... I've been involved in some athletics in the past, but have never ran "for fun."    Good luck!  Hopefully we both make it through successful!!





    "Your past does not have to dictate your future."

    10/28/09: Prior to starting C25K - 211#

    11/30/09: First week of C25K - 210#

    01/13/10: After W4D2 - 208#

    01/19/10:  After W4D3 - 206.6#

  • 4mamasboys Pro 114 posts since
    Nov 16, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    10. Dec 1, 2009 10:57 AM (in response to buldgingbride2be)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Hi everyone,

     

    I'm also worried about my knees.  I didn't have any problems until I hit Week 3 and now my knees are hurting while running and sore between runs.  I know I need running shoes (I'm using my walking shoes) and I'll be picking some up tomorrow.  Hoping that makes the difference, but I guess I've always been really skeptical about running when I'm 60lbs overweight.  I'm running on a treadmill, taking it easy (my "runs" are 4.5mph).  I will be absolutely devastated if I end up with an injury that puts a stop to my newly found love of running!





    Rachael (Rae)-newly single mama to four wild and precious boys

    Running my ass off (literally!) one pound at a time.  53lbs to go...

  • DanceWalkRunPenguin Pro 84 posts since
    Oct 12, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    11. Dec 1, 2009 11:13 AM (in response to GoRunIrish)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Grrr. The board ate my post earlier.

     

     

     

    I did Week 6 Day 1 on Sunday. Got to the treadmill at the Y and the iPod wouldn't work. Called DH and had him look up the C25K and read to me W6D1's times. Then I entered them in a note on my phone and figured out when I'd be doing what on the treadmill timer. It was a bit of extra work after already downloading the Ullrey podcast and then TESTING THAT IT WORKED and then having the iPod flake out on me. I think I'm going to keep that MP3 player I bought when I started, before I found the iPod Shuffle and thought it would do the job.

     

    Debating treadmill vs outdoors and debating today vs tomorrow for my next run. I'm accustomed to doing a long treadmill walk during The Biggest Loser on Tuesdays nights. Tonight's doesn't start until 9 p.m., though. I closed down the Y last time. Do I want to do that again?





    ~~~~~Newbie Jogger~~~~~~~

    Regular Walker

    Never-before Runner

    On injured list. Switching to swimming until leg muscles are healed.

  • WetSneakers Expert 40 posts since
    Oct 5, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    12. Dec 1, 2009 6:20 PM (in response to GoRunIrish)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Just finished W9D2 with 30 minutes and 2.3 miles. The forward progress was thwarted by a particularly long traffic light for ferry traffic, lame. It was one of my best runs in the past three weeks. I didn't have to think about my breathing too much and my knees and calves stayed quiet. Woo Hoo. Tomorrow is graduation run and then I get on a plane to my sister's wedding. Not a bad way to conclude the program. I think my partner and I have decided to follow up with the one hour runner after this. I like the idea of sticking at 30 minutes for a few weeks to get nice and comfortable before building more time.

     

    Shell

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    13. Dec 1, 2009 6:59 PM (in response to WetSneakers)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    WetSneakers- I didn't realize that you were so far in the program.  You go, girl!! You are almost a graduate!!! YEAH!!  So hard to believe you've come this far, isn't it?

     

    Jeff- You are doing so great with your times!  I agree that it is hard to gage how much to train in the week prior to a race, especially when we are just basically starting out for our serious running.  I have a race on Saturday too.

     

    Fluffy- I agree about how miserable it is to run on a chilly or drippy 48 deg day.  Same conditions here this week too. A clear 42 deg day is so much better.

     

    Bride- I am lucky to have gym access, so on bad or off days there are multiple options, like all of the different equipment or fitness classes. Plus I also do swimming. Walking is a good way to add non-running mileage, and it may make it easier after you graduate to add more running days.  Just find a few things that you enjoy, that will work different muscles than running, so that you can improve your overall fitness without the stress of running.

     

    I went and got my Christmas present today - I got fitted for new running shoes to replace the walking shoes I use now.  Seems that I overpronate.  I won't start wearing them until after my race this weekend.





    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

  • k9178 Pro 92 posts since
    Oct 14, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    14. Dec 1, 2009 7:38 PM (in response to Jasmine1972)
    Re: 200 lbs+ C25K Nov 30th-Dec 6th

    Happy December everyone!  Isn't it great to celebrate a holiday season with some fitness?  I have had some pain in my hip/upper quad area since Thursday.  I ran twice since then, but I have taken a couple of days off.  I think that is helping me.  I am ready to get back running tomorrow.  If it still is causing some discomfort, I am going to walk instead.  I hate for this to slow me down.  I am glad to hear that others have had good recoveries from their injuries.  I guess it is all part of the struggle.

     

    Have a great week everyone!

    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

1 2 3 Previous Next

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...