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  • PJ Freeman Pro 115 posts since
    Feb 17, 2009

    Donna - Thanks so much for the info on the procedure for sciatica.  If mine doesn't improve soon I will definitely check it out.

     

    Skirun - Congrats on finishing 1st in your age group.  I can imagine how frustrating it must be to be so close to under 30.  I for one am green with envy as Mangoluvr says.  I would have to shave 7.5 minutes off my best 5k time to get there!

     

    Coolbikermom - awesome time on your 10K and finishing 5th in your age group!  I'm moving over to the race reports next.

     

    I did my 9 mile run this morning.  I made it to 5 miles before my leg started being bothered by the sciatic nerve thing.  It's so funny how people who have been running a long time forget how hilly a course is.  Everyone last week said, "oh it's not hilly at all.  Only one hill just before you go down into the neighborhoods".  They have very poor memories.  Even my husband thought it was hilly.  I took 3 short walk breaks to get up some hills on the way back.  The really cool thing was that for the most part I manages the hills pretty well.  It wasn't until the way back when I was tired and my leg was hurting that I started slowing down on them.  The worst thing I did was look up ahead too far on the first hill I walked.  As soon as I saw the steeper incline toward the end I mentally balked and stopped to walk.  Next time I won't look so far ahead.  The run was mostly along Highway 101 on the coast a little north of San Diego.  As I was struggling on the way back I made myself take in the scenery (I have a hard time looking around while I'm running) and just thought how blessed I was to be running in such a beautiful place!

     

    My husband had 18 miles to go today (he's training for a full marathon) so by the time we got home we had 10 minutes to shower and change for the Great Urban Race (urban scavenger hunt).  It seemed like a good idea when I signed us up!  I mapped our course when we got home and we ran/walked about 9 miles on top of what we did this morning.  Both of our legs and feet are a little unhappy!  We did finish the adventure in 3.5 hours which was about an hour faster than the last one we did in Los Angeles.  It was a very fun adventure, but I hope I don't regret it tomorrow when I can't walk!





    2010 Coronado Independence Day 5K - 40:12

    2010 AFC 5K - August 15 - 37:32

    2010 End of Summer Fire Run 4mi- August 29 - 49:55

    2010 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay - October 2 - 57:12

    2010 Shelter Island 5K - November 7 - 36:20 PR

    2010 Silver Strand Half Marathon - November 14 - 3:14:05

    2010 Las Vegas Rock & Roll Half Marathon - December 5 - 2:58:35

    2010 Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis - December 11 - 37:28

    2011 Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 10K - February 13 - 1:25:46

    2011 Lost Dutchman 10K - February 20 - 1:19:11

    2011 Saint Patrick's Day 10K - March 12 - 1:13:48 PR

    2011 Carlsbad 5000 - April 3 - 34:30 PR

    2011 Rock & Roll San Diego HM - June 5 - 2:51:54 PR

    2011 Coronado Independence Day 5K - July 4 - 35:34

    2011 America's Finest City 5 K- August 21 - 34:40

    UPCOMING

    2011 Rock & Roll Los Angeles - October 30

    2012 Disneyland Tinkerbell Half - January 29

  • jilbert523 Rookie 4 posts since
    Jul 14, 2010

    Hi,

    I just found this thread and am looking for a little help. I'm 55 and did the C25K over the summer with my 19 year old son. It was great - no problems making the goals every week, no pain or discomfort of any kind. The 10th week (last week of August), I started noticing discomfort the front of my left hip (I'm guessing hip flexor), but after running with it a few times, it really started to hurt. Have not seen a dr., but I stopped running except for 4 or 5 minute-long jogs with my in dog agility classes. Those even bothered me, so I stopped going to agility about a month ago and have done no exercise besides walking and weights at the gym. It's feeling pretty good again, so I'm planning to try running again in the next couple of weeks. Obviously I want to start slowly, but not sure how. Should I just start over from week 1?  I'd appreciate any advice.

  • lindakay228 Legend 201 posts since
    Apr 11, 2010

    Skirun50 - As a beginning runner I look so forward to when I can do that time.  But hopefully you'll be able to break it next time if that's what's important to you.  But remember that in the grand scheme of things you're doing awesome!  Congratulations with the first place for your age group!





    Whole Enchilada 5k, Las Cruces NM 9-26-10 43:32

    All Souls Trail Race, Silver City NM 10-30-10 45:55

    Global Health 5k Run/Walk, Albuquerque NM 11-6-10 40:11

    Ultimate Fitness 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5k, Deming NM 11-25-10 38:35

    New Beginnings 5k Jan 23, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 40:20

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 12, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 39:54

    Bataan Death March Memorial 15 miles March 27, 2011 White Sands Missil Range, NM 4hrs, 48 min 45 sec

    Fort Bayard Wilderness 5k Trail Race May 28, 2011 40:52

    Ultimate Fitness 9th Annual Turkey Trot, Deming NM 11-24-11 35:14

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 11, 2012 Las Cruces NM 38:29

  • lindakay228 Legend 201 posts since
    Apr 11, 2010

    Mango - I'm so sorry about the possible shingles.  Here's hoping that you make a quick recovery and can get back to running really soon.  Sorry you might have to miss the graveyard run.  That sounded like so much fun.

     

    jilbert523 - welcome to our group!  So glad you've joined us.  I did the c25k last spring too, and was doing well at it and was up to week 9 when the heat that suddenly hit the end of May slowed me dow somewhat, even in the gym.  I have fibromyalgia and heat drains me.  Now that it's cooling off a lot I'm feeling much better that way.  But in late July I developed severe sciatica that really disabled me for a little while.  I also went to the chiro who said my pelvis was twisted.  For about a month I could hardly walk across the room.  Gradually I got to where I could start walking again.  Sciatica was still bad though but walking was the one thing that actually helped it.  When I sit though, I also get severe pain in the front area in the hip flexor area.  Anyway, I'm on a short term dose of prednisone and going to physical therapy.  I put off going to the doctor for a long time, and I would highly recommend that if it comes back you see a dr.  As for the question of starting over with c25k, that's up to you.  I did start the whole thing over but with a different focus.  The first time I ran mostly on the treadmill or the high school track or flat places.  I worked on getting through each week in the 3 days.  This time I'm not worrying about getting through them in that time.  I'm running in my neighborhood where there are a lot of small hills (they don't seem small when I'm running up them!) and if the time to run falls on a hill I'm doing the hill.  I want to be able to run on courses that may have that in them.  Sometimes I go out and do it on some trails on some state land near me that have slow steady inclines.  I'm working on focusing on form and keeping my pelvis in and my body in a straight line and my shoulders back slightly  so my lungs are expanded.  I'm not worried about speed but about building a really solid foundation.  I did I think 4 or 5 days of week one I'm not sure.  Yesterday I did my 3rd day of week 2.  I'm debating on moving on to week 3 or staying on week 2 but doing a repeat of the intervals so that instead of doing just the 6 that is in the program for week 2 maybe doing 8 or 9 intervals.  The thing about the c25k is that you take it and tailor it to what works for you.  If you want try week one or two or three and see how it goes.  Because of the pain issue, you might want to start at week 1 or 2 and see how your body tolerates it.  I'm rooting for you whatever you choose to do!  And I hope you are able to be pain-free.

     

    To everyone else - I hope you have a great Sunday today!!!





    Whole Enchilada 5k, Las Cruces NM 9-26-10 43:32

    All Souls Trail Race, Silver City NM 10-30-10 45:55

    Global Health 5k Run/Walk, Albuquerque NM 11-6-10 40:11

    Ultimate Fitness 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5k, Deming NM 11-25-10 38:35

    New Beginnings 5k Jan 23, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 40:20

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 12, 2011 Las Cruces, NM 39:54

    Bataan Death March Memorial 15 miles March 27, 2011 White Sands Missil Range, NM 4hrs, 48 min 45 sec

    Fort Bayard Wilderness 5k Trail Race May 28, 2011 40:52

    Ultimate Fitness 9th Annual Turkey Trot, Deming NM 11-24-11 35:14

    Cupid's Chase 5k Feb 11, 2012 Las Cruces NM 38:29

  • Jasmine1972 Legend 927 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009

    PJ- Sounds like you put in a lot of miles yesterday.  I hope you feel okay today too.  Me, I came home and crashed with a long nap and rest all day.  Today, though I feel okay, I've got "other" things to catch up on, so I may just walk the dog.  She needs it, and it is better than doing nothing.

     

    For me, hills are NOT my friend.  I am working on including more up-grades into my runs, with a few moderate hills added in, but I am nowhere near being able to run up steeper hills yet. If I have the energy and the knees left, I just try to power-walk up them as long as I can.  When I face a moderate upgrade or hill, after viewing it, I try not to look up at it much at all.  I focus on the ground and start counting alt strides to 100.  If I look up, its just a reminder of how far is left to go, & sometimes that makes me start walking.

     

    Of course each hill you face is different, and your abilities to attack it are based on your fitness and training, how long and hard you've run so far that day, and obviously the grade and length of the hill.  Just like the other challenges in life, we just have to face each hill, one at a time, and do the best that we can.





    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

  • SteveBikeRun Legend 455 posts since
    Aug 3, 2010

    Thanks to all for the kind words about the picture I posted of my son and daughter-in-law.  The medal ribbons are different colors because he did the full and she and I did the half.  I'm very glad that they are so active.  They're also into biking and did an MS 150 ride during the summer, 75 miles each for two days.

     

    coolbikermom:  Congrats on your 10K and thank you for your race report.  That's an excellent time and you should be proud of yourself.

     

    MangoLuvr:  I hope you don't have shingles or, if you do, that you can find a non-drug remedy.  To answer your question, they weren't happy with their times.  He was on pace for his four-hour goal time until his hip and knee started hurting in the second half.  She had knee problems and had to walk most of the last six miles.

     

    JoAnn:  Good for you for organizing your fitness events; we need more like you.  Also, good long run.  I don't do more than one run of that distance a week and I always take off the days before and after.

     

    lindakay and PJ:  I hope you can beat your sciatica.  It's so frustrating when an injury or ailment keeps you from doing something that is a big part of your lives.  I don't advocate surgery unless there's no other choice, but that device might be worth checking out.  Medtronic makes pacemakers (including mine) and lots of other devices.

     

    skirun:  Congratulations on your 1st AG finish!  Keep it up and you will break 30 minutes.  Then you'll want to break 29:30 and so on.





    --Steve

    Completed in 2012:

    The Qualifier HM, Midland MI, May 2012, 2:58, 80+ degrees

    Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA, June 2012, 2:17, PR for this race

    Garry Bjorklund HM, Duluth, MN, June 2012, 2:20

    Fox Valley HM, St. Charles, IL, 9/16/12, 2:23

    Des Moines HM, 10/21/12, 2:19

    Tentative plans for 2013:

    Wisconsin (Half) Marathon, Kenosha, WI 5/4/2013 (registered)

    Dam To Dam 20K, Des Moines, 6/2/2013 (registration opens March 20th)

    Grandma's (Half) Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/22/2013 (if I get picked again in the lottery)

    Des Moines HM, 10/20/2013 (registered)

  • PJ Freeman Pro 115 posts since
    Feb 17, 2009

    I have a dilema...I found out about a smaller race called "Santa to the Sea" in Oxnard CA.  It looks very fun.  You can do a half marathon or 5K.  I was going to register for the HM and then I started looking at the race results from last year and I think I could come close with even my slow 5k time to at least winning my age division for the 5K.  I can't decide if I want to miss a good portion of the course and go for the 5K and a chance to actually win because all of the races around San Diego are really large and I have no chance of ever winning anything or doing the HM and probably coming in at the bottom of the pack.  It seems so shallow to even be making a decision based on whether or not I could win!





    2010 Coronado Independence Day 5K - 40:12

    2010 AFC 5K - August 15 - 37:32

    2010 End of Summer Fire Run 4mi- August 29 - 49:55

    2010 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay - October 2 - 57:12

    2010 Shelter Island 5K - November 7 - 36:20 PR

    2010 Silver Strand Half Marathon - November 14 - 3:14:05

    2010 Las Vegas Rock & Roll Half Marathon - December 5 - 2:58:35

    2010 Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis - December 11 - 37:28

    2011 Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker 10K - February 13 - 1:25:46

    2011 Lost Dutchman 10K - February 20 - 1:19:11

    2011 Saint Patrick's Day 10K - March 12 - 1:13:48 PR

    2011 Carlsbad 5000 - April 3 - 34:30 PR

    2011 Rock & Roll San Diego HM - June 5 - 2:51:54 PR

    2011 Coronado Independence Day 5K - July 4 - 35:34

    2011 America's Finest City 5 K- August 21 - 34:40

    UPCOMING

    2011 Rock & Roll Los Angeles - October 30

    2012 Disneyland Tinkerbell Half - January 29

  • DARNMIKE Amateur 32 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010

    winning is good..lol     go for it..  great for the ego ya stilll have to do it..  to even think about winning   good luck!!!!!





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    10/23/10 anual lung health 5K Lake Land Fl  31.12 

    11/13/10 Winter Haven Fl. 5K  30.19


    11/20/10  Turkey Chase Bartow Fl. 5K 29.18

    12/11/10  Leesburg Fl Mistletoe Trot 5K 29.34

    1/8/11 LEESBURG  MLK   RUN     5K 29.23

    1/22/11 - CITRUS CLASSIC, Winterhaven Hosp.  5K  28.28

    2/19/11 - junior achievment   5K Bartow Fl.    28.13

    3/5/11- POLK ART alliance5K  Bartow Fl.   28.20

    3/19/11 LIGHTHOUSE 5K ST. AUGUSTINE FL.     30.19

    4/9/11 Run For The Cure   10K   LakeLand Fl.   1.01.19

    4/30/11 KIWANIS 5K     BARTOW FL      ( 27.34)  P.R.
  • para414 Amateur 9 posts since
    Oct 21, 2010

    Good Monday Morning all!

     

    I ran the my first 5k. Had a blast. I was kinda nervous, but that all went away! Talked with some of the other runners and got some good stretching/warm up ideas.

     

    The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.

     

    36:30 270 out of 349

     

    Next race: The Wounded Warrior Run Camillus N.Y. 11/07/2010

  • witkola Rookie 3 posts since
    Oct 9, 2010

       I run five miles m-w-f, a little after 5am, and this morning I got about 10-15 strides when I felt the distinct pain of shin splints in my lower right leg with a similar pain in both inner ankles, just above the joint.  It felt like tendon problems, rather than bone, so I'm relieved. But I quit immediately.  I'll take otc a-i for a while and ice the areas.
       I hadn't noticed the problem until I actually began to run, so I think that I may have detected the injuries before I aggravated them.  These weren't problems at all, casually walking around over the weekend (I last ran friday).
       I'm curious as to how long others in this group with similar injuries have had to wait until it heals well enough to get back into running.
       Also, is it better to "test" the condition on a treadmill (or, excluding swimming, are there other methods?) before actually running?

  • donna0325 Expert 53 posts since
    Jul 12, 2010

    Coolbikermom - Congratulations on your 10K - - - great time!

     

    I ran with my local running club Saturday morning @ 8 am (2nd time with the club).  It was 47 degrees, overcast & dreary, so there's probably no way I would have run outside if I wasn't meeting up with a group.  I bought some running tights Friday, so I was OK.  Once I got going, it was actually quite pleasant.  I discovered that there's 2 women in the group that run @ 5:30 a couple mornings before work (live a couple blocks from my house), and I'm debating whether or not to run with them once a week.  I'm a real wimp running in the cold and/or the dark.  I've never run through the winter since I've been in Colorado (11 years).   On Sunday, it was extremely windy, so I did go to the gym and run 3 miles on the treadmill.  I typically have a tough time running more than 2 miles on the treadmill (mainly due to boredom), but after a mile or so I finally felt the kink work out of my left hamstring still from my HM the week before, so I kept going.

     

    I'm going to use this thread, and my running club to help me stay motiviated throughout the winter.  Since I don't have a race planned until Memorial Day (the Bolder Boulder 10K), I need some other form of motivation besides a race goal.  So, I'm looking for some recommendations for good motivational running books (not necessarily training plans or running techniques, but inspirational stories).  I know I've seen some suggestions in past posts, but I can't seem to find them.

     

    Please share your favorite running books.

     

    Thanks, Donna





    Half Marathon:

    Heart & Sole, Boulder, CO - 8/22/10 - 2:09:51

    Denver Rock N Roll, Denver, CO - 10/17/10 - 2:11:01

    Platte River, Littleton, CO - 4/10/11 - 2:01:31

    10K:

    Bolder Boulder, Boulder, CO - 5/30/11 - 58:00:00

    5K:

    Quicker Quaker, Lafayette, CO - 1/8/11 - 26:57

  • MysticRunner Amateur 34 posts since
    Oct 25, 2010

    Greetings all! I found your forum for us old folks and thought I would join. I run about 30 miles a week and enjoy 10-12K distances. I shoot for about a 7:15-7:30 pace, but would eventually like to get down under 7:00. My best 5K time is 20:13, but I am hoping to bust below 20 minutes by next spring. I sometimes try to push this ol nearly 55 year old body too hard, but no pain, no gain is the way I look at things! Hope to contribute to this forum!

  • donnamacd Pro 120 posts since
    Nov 4, 2007

    Hi, Mystic Runner!  Does your name describe you or where you live?  I laughed when I saw your name, since I live i a town called Mystic!  Glad to have you on board here - this is a great group!

     

    Donna





    "You can't plow a field by turning it over in your mind." ...and you can't train for a race by thinking about it - you have to put in the miles.


  • DiDi55 Pro 120 posts since
    Jun 10, 2010

    Your energy level amazes me!  Just reading your entry makes me tired!  Ever since my half-marathon late September; I have really cut back on my cross training!  I am managing to get my runs in; but it has been a struggle!  Keep up your good work!





    Started Running August 2008

    5 mile race/May 2010 59:00

    5 mile race/July 2010 62:00

    Half Marathon/September 2010 2:45

    5 mile race/May 2011 63:00

    Half Marathon 09/24/2011 2:53

    5k 03/31/2012 43:00

    5k 06/09/2012 41:39.5

    If your tired of starting over; stop giving up!

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