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  • CynceRN Pro 66 posts since
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    11,310. Mar 10, 2014 1:28 PM (in response to bbee42)
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    Go Bbee: I actually love running in the rain. not freezing rain or a deluge but anywhere from a drizzle to a steady rain. It seems to clean the air. Congrats on your 1st 10K and many many more.

  • bbee42 Pro 78 posts since
    Aug 8, 2011
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    11,311. Mar 12, 2014 8:45 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    It's so quiet in here.... where is everyone?





    2011 - C25K Graduate!!! (9/17/2011)

    2011 - BridgeTo10K - W3 Slacker!

    2012 - Started over but didn't finish the C25K program (MAJOR SLACKER!)

    2013 - C25K Graduate Again!!! (NEVER GIVE UP!)

    2013/9/20 - REV3 Glow Run Branson - Wasn't chip timed but finished in roughly 38 min.

    2013 - December 4th - Began 1/2 Marathon Training

    2014/3/10 - Kiss Me, I'm Irish 10K - 1:23:32.9 (PR! It counts even if it's my only 10K)

    Future Races (Registered):

    2014/4/5 - Bentonville Half Marathon!!!!

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    My running logs: http://www.endomondo.com/profile/506692

    My Blog: http://goneafk.tumblr.com

    Independent Rep for Isagenix Diet and Healthcare Products: http://bbee42.isagenix.com

  • MichelleJB1966 Rookie 2 posts since
    Oct 30, 2011
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    11,312. Mar 12, 2014 9:08 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hey everyone,

    New to Active.com so forgive me if I'm not in the right place. I consider myelf a new runner even though I've been doing it for a year or so. I'm just not very consistent. I lost 49 lbs. about 2 years ago and have kept most of it off. Started running to try to lose more but it's very hard. I know the extra weight doesn't help. Still can't run more than 1/4 mile at a time. Does it get easier as the weight comes off? I feel like hippo with legs of lead sometimes ...

  • bbee42 Pro 78 posts since
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    11,313. Mar 12, 2014 9:58 AM (in response to MichelleJB1966)
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    Welcome Michelle!

     

    Welcome to the group!  I would highly suggest using the couch to 5k program.  It is a weekly program that will push you to gradually increase your distance, but at the same time, give you freedom to repeat weeks as you need to.  It will help you increase that 1/2 mile distance into more.  Also, I personally like the program because there are apps for smartphones and other devices that you can use to queue you when to run, and when to walk.  It makes the program very easy to follow.

     

    Dropping weight does help, but the biggest help comes from consistency.  Try to hit a run at least 3 days a week.  If you maintain that, over time, your distance will definitely increase.

     

    Also make sure you are getting good stretches after your run (at least).  That will help with the "legs of lead".  There are lots of opinions about whether stretching before the run is good.  But just about everyone agrees on the after run stretching. 

     

    One last thing, there is a method of running that is very popular around here called "Chi Running".  It shifts some of the stress of running off of your legs, and can make it a lot more comfortable.  You might check that out as well.





    2011 - C25K Graduate!!! (9/17/2011)

    2011 - BridgeTo10K - W3 Slacker!

    2012 - Started over but didn't finish the C25K program (MAJOR SLACKER!)

    2013 - C25K Graduate Again!!! (NEVER GIVE UP!)

    2013/9/20 - REV3 Glow Run Branson - Wasn't chip timed but finished in roughly 38 min.

    2013 - December 4th - Began 1/2 Marathon Training

    2014/3/10 - Kiss Me, I'm Irish 10K - 1:23:32.9 (PR! It counts even if it's my only 10K)

    Future Races (Registered):

    2014/4/5 - Bentonville Half Marathon!!!!

    ==========================================================

    My running logs: http://www.endomondo.com/profile/506692

    My Blog: http://goneafk.tumblr.com

    Independent Rep for Isagenix Diet and Healthcare Products: http://bbee42.isagenix.com

  • MichelleJB1966 Rookie 2 posts since
    Oct 30, 2011
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    11,314. Mar 12, 2014 12:20 PM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Thanks bbee42 for the welcome! I started C25K a year or so ago but never finished. I got to a point where I couldn't keep up and just started doing my own thing. Guess in retrospect I should have kept at it as I haven't seen much improvement for some time. It's also a matter of consistency. I agree it needs to be at least 3x a week. I am currently doing CrossFit 3x a week and even that's hard to fit into my schedule. Plus this cold weather we've had (not used to it here in the South!) didn't help either. Just call me a fair-weather runner! But I am recommitting!

     

    I did a 5k last fall (combination of walking/running) but really want to be able to run the whole way! Some co-workers and I have signed up for a 5k this July  -- Lord help me I know it's going to be 100 degrees. There's that fair-weather runner again! (Hey, I love to run when it's 60-70 degrees! ) That should give me PLENTY of time to be up and RUNNING!

  • leobourgeois Rookie 2 posts since
    Nov 11, 2011
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    11,315. Mar 12, 2014 3:05 PM (in response to Lisa R Johnson)
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    I feel pain in in my knee the next day however it appears that the more I move the better it feels.  Cycling helps quite a bit.

  • Fausttt Rookie 1 posts since
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    11,316. Mar 13, 2014 4:54 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hello,

    I have been on the site a while but I have never looked in the forums.  I have been running off and on for a few years.  I am 6' and, when I began, I was about 330 lbs.  I have always been active and have always done a lot of weights but had never gotten into running.  I started the C25K program to help lose weight.  I could never get past week 5.  I would go strong for a while then have knee or foot problems and stop running for a few months.  I had my gait analyzed, got new shoes, and started again. Again, I would make it to about week 5 (taking about 7 weeks to get there) and get injured and stop.  I signed up for a mud run (a zombie run to be precise) in Oct 2012.  I was determined to get back into running.  Now because I had paid for a race, I felt like I HAD to keep training.  I still never made it through the whole C25K program but since it was a zombie run, it was not a constant 5k run.  It was small sections of running and sprinting between obstacles. I completed the run and became hooked!  It was so much fun!

     

    I was motivated to train more! However, I still had knee and feet problems.  A friend of mine was a barefoot runner and explained to me how, with normal shoes, you tend to heel strike whereas with barefoot you hit the ball of your foot and alleviate some of that impact on your heel and knee.  So I tried it.  I know there is debate and arguments in both camps, barefoot vs normal shoes, but I know it worked for me.  My knee pains and shin splints practically vanished.  My feet pain increased a little but with stretching and feet exercises, I could manage it. After an adjustment period, I was ready to continue my training. I had never completed the C25K program (i still highly recommend it, though) but I used Zombie! Run or just ran on running days and lifted weights on normal days.

     

    Between Oct 2012 and the end of 2013 I did ten races.  All but two were Mud/Zombie runs and all but one were 5ks (one was a 4 mile).  Since I never had to run more than 1/4 mile at a time at those races, I worked on cross training; climbing walls, crawling on my belly, light running, etc. I still couldn't run more than a mile non-stop but I didn't need to.  I was getting a heck of a workout cross training and the mud runs were far more fun than straight running (to me). So for 2014 I decided to challenge myself and sign up for a Tough Mudder.  The 12 mile distance was daunting.  So in Oct 2013 I decided to start running more than a mile at a time.  I started upping my game.  I didn't use any apps (except runkeeper and mapmyrun).  I also signed up for a half-marathon and followed the half marathon training guide.  It sucked royally at first.  My breathing would bother me, my legs would hurt, my feet would get sore.  I would take a rest day, ice up, then do it again.  I began to learn the difference between actual pain and "work-through" pain.  I began listening to my body and resting when needed, and pushing through when I could.  The mileage started adding up.

     

    I did a 14K in feb as a progress check.  While it wasn't the best run (i got a cold the day before) my training up to that point was progressing nicely.  I actually got to where I enjoyed running!  Through this process, I have lost 85 lbs and, as of my last long run, gotten to where I can run 10 miles non-stop!  It is only an 11minute pace, but it is far faster than I used to be able to run.  My half marathon is this weekend.  I nearly broke my toe a couple of weeks back so it still hurts, and my hamstring is a bit tight, so I am going through pre-marathon panic-mode, but I know I will be fine and look forward to the beer afterwards!  I am currently signed up for 8 more runs so far this year.  Mostly mud runs (they are still my favorite) but range from 5k's to 13 miles.

     

    some things I learned:

         - take it SLOOW.  I think many of my injuries were from going to fast or working too hard. 

         - take rest days

         - find the shoes that work for you, they make a huge difference

         - use apps! c25k, zombies! run, even runkeeper or map my run. they are just fun and every bit of motivation helps!

         - sign up for a race.  ANY race! just put it a few months out.  I found if i paid for a race, I always felt motivated to train for it.

         - ignore the first mile.  EVERYTHING complains the first mile (or two for me). Your lungs, legs, feet, and even your head may hurt and tell you that you shouldn't be running.  After the first mile or two, they shut up

         - run away from your house.  If i ran around my block, close to my house, i was more inclined to stop running when i was only a little tired.  By running a few miles away, if i got a little tired I was still a couple miles away from home so had at least that much further to run.

         - run even when you don't feel like it.  Some days i felt "blah" but still forced myself to run at least a mile or two.  I felt SO much better afterwards.  Often they ended up becoming 3-5 mile runs!

         - do what is fun! If straight running isn't your thing, do mud runs.  If theme races make them more interesting to you (costume races, theme raced, etc) do those! whatever makes it more fun for you!

     

    I'm sure there are more but this was off the top of my head!

  • michiigrrl Rookie 2 posts since
    Mar 14, 2014
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    11,317. Mar 18, 2014 10:59 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hello All!!! I am new here and new to running altogether! I started the C25K 4 weeks ago (Tomorrow will be my Week 4 Day 2 run). Just wanted some advice regarding injuries for those of us who are over 200 lbs. I was at 230 lbs when I started week one. I honestly have NO idea how much I weigh today because scales are evil . I have not weighed myself since I started but my clothes aren't fitting anymore so I'm sure I have made some big changes weight-wise. It's interesting because i have been struggling with both shin splints and runners knee (BOTH LEGS and BOTH KNEES). I have some wonderful friends and co-workers that are experienced runners and even track coaches and I have recieved a LOT of advice about proper shoes and running surfaces. I am still trying to find out what is right for me. I'm just a little worried that being overweight and running long distances is putting extra pressure on my joints and bones. Does that make sense? Just worried that I am doing damage to my body or that I'm on the verge of a worse injury!

     

    Any advice is much appreciated!!

    M

  • JohnBradley3 Rookie 1 posts since
    Oct 2, 2012
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    11,318. Mar 19, 2014 7:44 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hello Everyone,

     

    I remember reading this thread in September of 2012 when starting the C25K at 42 years of age and 344 pounds.  I complete the C25K in November of that year, and ran the Feaster Five on Thanksgiving Day (well, half-run, half-walk) in over 46 minutes, and my weight was around 320 pounds on race day.

     

    Over 18 months later, I am now 250 pounds, and ran a 5K this past Sunday in 30:22.  Two days later, I was able to do a five mile morning run in 55 minutes.  I've pushed myself as far as 10+ miles on a couple of occasions.

     

    My goal is to get to 225 pounds, and run sub-28 5K and sub-50 5 mile races.  I learned two important things during this time.  The first is to be patient with results.  For me, there was no quick fix, and I had to come to terms with that reality.  The second is that I went from saying the usual, "I need to do this for my family, etc", to the selfish reason of, "I really want to live longer - live long enough to see my child marry, and enjoy life as long as possible."

     

    I just wanted to post this to possibly have someone read it, like I did when I first started running, and realize that it is "do-able" - as well as thank you for the motivation.

     

    JB

  • jgilrdz27 Amateur 20 posts since
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    11,319. Mar 19, 2014 7:52 AM (in response to JohnBradley3)
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    Congratulations John B.... Great work!!

  • JillianSholl Rookie 3 posts since
    Jan 5, 2014
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    11,320. Mar 19, 2014 6:13 PM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hi Everyone. I am new here. I started running in January. I started couch to 5 k then but due to freezing tempatures and lots of snow and having a hard time getting to a treadmill. I had also been sick a few times so until a month ago I was running once to twice a week but now I am going 3 times. I am on week 7 of the program.  I still walk quite a bit but have noticed that my walking pace has increased. I have my first 5k March 29th. I am glad I have found this forum. I wanted to start running years ago but was always afraid to tell anyone. Now I tell everyone(even people I don't know) and everyone has been supportive. I get to do the 5k with 2 of my sisters who run. They are doing this race because I asked them too! I'm very excited about all of this.

  • jgilrdz27 Amateur 20 posts since
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    11,321. Mar 20, 2014 6:38 AM (in response to JillianSholl)
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    Congrats on your progress Jillian Sholl!!! Please keep us posted on your 5K on the 29th.....

     

     

    J. Gilberto Rodriguez

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  • MaryEllenCassady Rookie 1 posts since
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    11,322. Mar 20, 2014 7:01 AM (in response to Wideguy)
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    Hi!  My name is Mary Ellen and I am just getting started.  I think it is fair to say that I will have to walk-run-walk at first, but I hope to build up to running.  Does anyone have work outs that they can suggest for beginning runners?  I have never been a runner, even when I was young.  Any advise would be greatly appreciated!!

     

    Thanks!

  • JillianSholl Rookie 3 posts since
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    11,323. Mar 20, 2014 7:34 AM (in response to jgilrdz27)
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    Jgilrdz27 I will let you know how I do!

     

    Mary Ellen. I have been using couch to 5k. I have the app on my phone. It starts off where you jog for a minute and walk for a minute and a half. Each week it increases. I'm on week 7 and it says to jog 25 minutes. Now I still have to walk some but each time I try to go longer and longer before walking for a few. On Tuesday I went 10 minutes and today I went 16!! After that I just alternate walking and jogging. Once I start walking I have a hard time jogging for very long.

  • mattbert777 Rookie 1 posts since
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    11,324. Mar 20, 2014 8:28 AM (in response to michiigrrl)
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    Hi there-

     

    I'm a 210 lb runner, and started running in April 2011 weighing 228 at age 42.   I dropped as low as 192 lbs, but, built up muscle in my legs, and, am now at 210 but look much better.  I'd love to lose 15-20 lbs in my midsection, but, I think that will require some more precise/careful dieting, which I'd probably attempt to do by decreasing carbs (but maintaining the right kind for energy while running, and increasing protein.) Being middle-age, I think I have to give myself a bit of grace in this department!

     

    What I noticed when I started running was more knee pain, some hip flexor/IT band issues, and even wore a bit of a brace on one of my knees for a while.   For myself, I did overcome a lot of these aches and pains by continuing to run.   That being said, you also need to play it safe, and you will come to know your body better the more running you do, so, you will know whether the pain is a "don't run on me" type pain versus something you can run through.

     

    Many people recommend maintaining a shorter stride length, which is what many people do in ultra running - so, it almost resembles more of a fast walk.   That will keep your calories burning so you're losing weight, but, will reduce the impact on your joints until you get lighter.   Like many other people emphasize, look at your shoes, it will make a huge difference.   I've been replacing mine at about 300-350 miles on average, and have settled into a pair of Saucony Stabil's, which have a pretty large sole on them, but, has all but removed any joint pain.    There is also a newer brand that ultrarunners have liked quite a bit, called Hoka One One's.   I'm not sure if there is a local store to me that has them, but, I know they're available online.   I should be fine with my present shoes until my birthday in July, and, I might give a pair of those a shot.   I understand they're not cheap, but, to keep you comfortable, help you stay in shape, and improve your times, I don't see a downside.

     

    For myself, a lot of it has been sticking to a plan (any plan), and being consistent. This has been a brutal winter, and, even going to the gym to work out on a treadmill has been tough.   That, coupled with colds, has made for a nasty combination.

     

    Since April 2011 when I started running, I've been averaging about 800-900 miles a year, which, for me, isn't bad.   I've been blessed to run 4 5K's and a 10K in 2011, 5 half marathons and 2 marathons in 2012, and a 10K, half marathon, and 3 marathons last year.   This year, I did an indoor marathon in January, which was tough because of the dry air.  I signed up for a half in June, and a marathon in October.   If I can drop some pounds, and the race is open, I'd maybe give a 50K a try in August.

     

    I just do it because I can at this point.  I'm not a fast running -- my PR on a marathon was 4:57, with most of my other times being 5:30.  So, I'm going it because it motivates me to keep running.

     

    All I can say is to keep at it, and, if you're concerned, get a blessing from your doctor on a particular issue you might be having.

     

    Just my opinions -- not medical advice -- best wishes to you,

     

    Mattbert

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