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  • cbirchall1 Rookie 1 posts since
    Jul 14, 2011
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    11,175. Dec 30, 2013 7:35 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    Re: Ten pounds removed...

    I am a 205# runner.  Last year, I ran in my first pump & run race (bench + 5K).  The bench weight is determined on a % of your weight and age.  Then, you receive time off of your 5K run based on the # of reps completed.  Unfortunately, this format still favors lighter runners.  For example, a 25 y.o. weighing 250#s benches 100% of his body weight or 250#s while a runner of the same age but weighing only 125#s has to bench only 125#s.  Therefore, I have created the Pump & 5K Chase.  It is a fund raising event for Mentor High Football and Boys Track Team on April 6, 2014 in Mentor, OH.  We are still working out the details, but would like to hear your thoughts...

         

    Bench - Participant selects a weight between 45 lbs and 225 lbs and does 0 - 10 reps.  The total weight lifted (weight x reps) determines how much time is credited toward his/her 5K.  The maximum credit is 10 minutes. 

    Women - 1 minute credit for every 100 lbs lifted.

    Men - 1 minute credit for 1,350 lbs (135 lbs x 10 reps) and earns another minute for every additional 100 lbs lifted.  Maximum 10 minute credit is earned by lifting 2,250 lbs (225 lbs x 10 reps). 

     

    5K race - Runners with minute credits are released early.  The runners with 10 minute credits are first to start, then 9 minutes, and so on.  The runners with 0 credits or decided not to do the bench start the race like a regular 5K race.  This is when the clock starts.  Therefore, the runners with a 10 minute credit have a 10 minute head start. 

    Comment:  This format should favor the strongest (largest) runners and create an exciting finish!  If a 250 lb. football player can bench 225 lbs for 10 reps, he receives a 10 minute head start.  If he runs the 5K in 27 minutes (8:42 minute mile), he will cross the finish line at 17 minutes (5:29 minute mile).  If a 125 lb long distance runner skips the bench or is unable to lift 1,350 lbs and runs the 5K in 17 minutes, these two very different participants should cross the finish time at the same time.

     

    Questions - please feel free to email me with your answers at cbirchall@oh.rr.com

    1. Do you think the bench weights are too high, too low, or just right?   

    2. Do you think offering a maximum credit of 10 minutes to high, too low, or just right?

    3. Do you like the idea of a staggered start so everyone will know where they are during the race and their place at the finish line?

     

    Chuck

  • CynceRN Pro 66 posts since
    Sep 6, 2013
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    11,176. Dec 30, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to shipo)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Still 200+ but a tougher trimmer 200+ than 6 months (and about 30lbs down)...knees improving but still taking it slow. Did 3 miles mostly walking through an area called paines prarie, all gators, wild horses, pigs and wild bison and I'm sure snakes. Survived.

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    11,177. Dec 30, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to CynceRN)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Sounds like a wonderful area to walk and run; I love hanging out in areas with lots and lots of wild critters (the non-human kind). 

  • DeanerOH Amateur 18 posts since
    Dec 30, 2013
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    11,178. Dec 31, 2013 7:23 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Hello all!  I am a brand new runner and definitely fall into the 200+ club at 243# currently.  I have been an athlete in the past, but after some back injuries I was put on the bench and gained around 100#.  I am looking to prevent some serious health issues from beginning and want to get back in recognizable shape (blob isn't doing it for me).

     

    I am hoping to get to know some of you and get some support as I begin the C25K program today after work.

     

    Suggestions, warnings, encouragements, etc are all welcome.

     

    Thanks in advance,

     

    Deaner





    12/31/2013 - Started C25K - 243#

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    11,179. Dec 31, 2013 8:45 AM (in response to DeanerOH)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    First off, congratulations on starting the C25K program!

     

    Given that I was maybe a little worse off than you are just nine months ago, I can offer some relevant encouragment and advice.

     

    Advice:

    • Rule #1, stay with the program and don't add to it; more often than not, individuals who want to build Rome in a day by adding to the program end up getting hurt.
    • Rule #2, if "next week's" plan looks unreasonably difficult, repeat the current week as many times as needed before you advance to the next week.
    • Rule #3, do not stretch prior to working out; do so after your workout or, if you start feeling tight during a workout, ever-so-gently until you're completly warmed up.

     

    Encouragement:

    • By last April I was tipping the scales at somewhere north of 250 (I'll never know how far north because I was afraid to get on the scale); I hit a twelve year low on Saturday at 189.8, immediately after I completed a 16 mile run on a local snowmobile trail.
    • By forcing myself to stay with Long Slow Distance (LSD), something which is very much contrary to my nature, I've managed to stay injury free in spite of the 1,600+ miles I've run since I first laced up my running shoes again in April.
    • Running is pretty much like everything else in life, it's hard when you first start, and the longer you stay with it, the easier it gets.

     

    Suggestion:

    • Look at the racing calendar in your area and pick a 5K race in mid spring; that should give you enough time to work your way into some semblance of shape, and still avoid the hot and/or humid summer weather.
  • DeanerOH Amateur 18 posts since
    Dec 30, 2013
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    11,180. Dec 31, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to shipo)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    Thanks for the advice and encouragement!  The advice makes a lot of sense. Your story was definitely encouraging and congratulations on all of your progress.  There are several races in my area during that time so I'll see which one my fiancee would like to do with me.

     

    Tooting my own horn:  I just got back from my W1D1 workout and I was able to complete the entire thing.  I was worried I would have to quit partways due to my extremely bad shape, but I finished!  I'm sure I looked like an idiot beaming to myself at a roadside park, but it was well worth it.  I may stick with this one for a few more days to make sure I am ready to move on.

     

    Thanks again for the help!





    12/31/2013 - Started C25K - 243#

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    11,181. Dec 31, 2013 3:47 PM (in response to DeanerOH)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    Check back in from time to time and update us on your progress. 

  • DeanerOH Amateur 18 posts since
    Dec 30, 2013
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    11,182. Dec 31, 2013 4:38 PM (in response to shipo)
    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    Will do.  I'm using the app and it is great so far.  Very useful.





    12/31/2013 - Started C25K - 243#

  • CynceRN Pro 66 posts since
    Sep 6, 2013
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    11,183. Jan 2, 2014 6:14 AM (in response to DeanerOH)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Well I have been pain free for a few weeks now and am wondering the best way to really start running again. I am walking up to 3 miles without any difficulty. I am thinking just go back to the beginning and do week one but it seems so wimpy. Advice please.

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    11,184. Jan 2, 2014 6:52 AM (in response to CynceRN)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Wimpy (I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today?) is the name of the game if you want to stay injury free; ask me how I figured that out.   

  • CynceRN Pro 66 posts since
    Sep 6, 2013
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    11,185. Jan 3, 2014 6:18 AM (in response to shipo)
    200+ Pound Club!

    OK. Here I go. back to the beginning.

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    11,186. Jan 3, 2014 8:02 AM (in response to CynceRN)
    200+ Pound Club!

    Concentrate on going slow for at least the first several runs, and constantly run a full "systems check" to make sure all of your parts are feeling relatively normal. 

  • DavidSchultz1978 Rookie 1 posts since
    Apr 18, 2013
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    11,187. Jan 5, 2014 2:07 AM (in response to Wideguy)
    200+ Pound Club!

    About me...

     

    I am 39.  I weigh about 300lbs and I am a runner.  I struggle to keep at it.  I will go good for a week or 2 then stop for 6 weeks.  Heck, I did a 10K on Thanksgiving morning with no hassles except for the snow.  Also, I changed careers about a year ago.  I went from being up and active at work to sitting at a desk all the time.  I am starting to eat better and eat a little less.  I want to drop the weight.  I need the support group to help me keep going.  Maybe a running partner or running club.  I live in Fendale, MI.  Private Message me if you think you can help.

  • shipo Legend 340 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    DavidSchultz1978 wrote:

     

    About me...

     

    I am 39.  I weigh about 300lbs and I am a runner.  I struggle to keep at it.  I will go good for a week or 2 then stop for 6 weeks.  Heck, I did a 10K on Thanksgiving morning with no hassles except for the snow.  Also, I changed careers about a year ago.  I went from being up and active at work to sitting at a desk all the time.  I am starting to eat better and eat a little less.  I want to drop the weight.  I need the support group to help me keep going.  Maybe a running partner or running club.  I live in Fendale, MI.  Private Message me if you think you can help.

    Before I even saw your comment about living in Ferndale I thought, "Hmmm, I wonder if he lives in the Detroit area?"  Why would I think that?  Because of your other comment about the snowy 10K on Thanksgiving Day (I ran the "Fifth Third Turkey Trot" race the same day, and yeah, it was diabolically slippery).  Unfortunately I haven't been a resident of the Detroit area since the late 1970s, so I'm pretty out of touch with the running scene there and cannot offer up any suggestions on running clubs other than use the internet to search for one.

     

    While I never made it up to the 300 pound threshold, I was tipping the scales at over 250 as recently as April 2013, and like you, I had decided to A) lose weight through running, and B) had a difficult time maintaining a workout program due primarily to work related pressures.  In April I finally managed to coax myself into fairly regular running, first two days per week, then three, and finally up to six or seven by late June, and as I did, two things happened, 1) my ability to run more miles (not faster miles, I avoided that like the plague for fear of getting injured), and 2) my weight started falling off.

     

    Good luck in your quest for the new you, and keep us posted on how you make out. 

  • DeanerOH Amateur 18 posts since
    Dec 30, 2013
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    Re: 200+ Pound Club!

    I am also a 240lbs+ runner and just started so I will check back in on you too!  We need all the support we can get.





    12/31/2013 - Started C25K - 243#

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