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  • mugumbee Rookie 4 posts since
    Mar 8, 2011
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    2,025. Mar 15, 2011 6:49 AM (in response to aprillilly)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi Aprillily,


    Good for you doing the C25K.  I'm not doing that exact program but something similar with Jiwok - Finish a 5k run (2 sessions per week over 8 weeks).



    I would like to run a 6.5km race called La Parisienne in September (in Paris!), so am starting with this program, then will try a 'Run Faster' program for intermediate level.  Then I hope I can go for a 10k!


    What about you?  Any plans for a 10k one day?


    P.S. Finally got out running this weekend, thank goodness my daughter is better!


    Happy running :-)

  • MelissaGraham7 Legend 315 posts since
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    2,026. Mar 15, 2011 6:52 AM (in response to TX248)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I confess that I usually have to have my son set watches, stop watches, DVRs, etc.     So, the Garmin 305 is delightfully easy to use.  You just press start and go.   YOu can set intervals and alarms with relative ease if you want to use those features.  Mostly I just use mine for heart rate and pace, which doesn't involve any thinking whatsoever.  My kind of stuff.      Even I can do it!! 

    "Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up!" Dean Karnazes

    Equinoxalizer 5K 3/19/2011: Time 37:13; 2nd place in age group!

    Dogwood 5K April 29, 2011: Time 36:15

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/18/2011: Time: 61 minutes 15 seconds

    Mebane on the Move 10K 09/10/2011: Time 75 minutes 16 seconds; 1st in age group (oldest woman running!)

    Valentine's Massacre Marathon Relay 2/12/2012: Team distance 26.2 my pace 12:02 my distance 8 miles

    Fleet Feet 4-mile in Chapel Hill 4/22/2012: PR for 11:53 pace!! WOOOHOOO!

    Run for the Haw 5K on 5/26/2012: PR for 11:50 pace and First in Age Group! First race in Skele-Toes (minimalist shoes)

    Running of the Bulls 8K 6/02/2012:

    Yellow Brick Road 5-Miler 07/14/2012:

    Keep on running!

  • TX248 Amateur 25 posts since
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    2,027. Mar 15, 2011 7:14 AM (in response to MelissaGraham7)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    LOL! That's what I wanted to know. Thanks for the feedback. I just want to press Go and not think about it again.

  • froglegjack Amateur 25 posts since
    Feb 17, 2011
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    2,028. Mar 15, 2011 7:24 AM (in response to TX248)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    hey TX congratulations on finishing your race!! what an accomplishment

    way to go!!



  • TX248 Amateur 25 posts since
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    2,029. Mar 15, 2011 7:26 AM (in response to froglegjack)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Thanks. I was super slow, but I did finish. That's what it's about right?

  • froglegjack Amateur 25 posts since
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    2,030. Mar 15, 2011 7:37 AM (in response to TX248)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    That is exactly what it is about. I am hoping to say that one day too!

    Resting today I actually did too much over the past week and weekend and think I found out what it means to overtrain. I can't perform at all now LOL giving myself two days off and back to it.


  • MakeupGirl Rookie 1 posts since
    Mar 15, 2011
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    2,031. Mar 15, 2011 7:42 AM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi all!  This is my first post and I'm glad to see there's some lively discussion going on.  I've loved doing C25K so far, but I hit week 5 and felt like I was starting to fear the workouts.  I'm overweight (5'5" and 198lbs) and have lost around 17 lbs on my weight loss journey (since Feb 1, 2011) and wondered if I was too heavy to be pushing like this.  I'm slow (my running speed on my treadmill is 5 mph, walking 3 mph) and I only run indoors on the ol' mill.  I'm not brave enough to venture out yet ha ha.  Is it typical of a non-runner, getting-back-into-shaper to feel sluggish and almost like it's impossible to run 8 mins much less 20??  I'm also getting a twingey pain in my right upper thigh and I worry sometimes if I'm overdoing it.


    Any thoughts on endurance and encouragement would be lovely!


    Thanks so much, guys!

    There is no try.  Only do.

  • TX248 Amateur 25 posts since
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    2,032. Mar 15, 2011 7:45 AM (in response to MakeupGirl)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    MakeupGirl -


    Check out this blog. If you start at the beginning of his story, you'll see where he started and how far he's come. it's given me a lot of encouragement to get going. It doesn't matter what size you are. You simply have to start. Best wishes on your journey - sounds like you have a great head start. Just remember each day is the start of the new you!



  • Jasmine1972 Legend 923 posts since
    Sep 24, 2009
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    2,033. Mar 15, 2011 10:00 AM (in response to MakeupGirl)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Welcome to the thread.  I started it almost 2 years ago when I was over 60 lbs more than you are now (though I'm almost down to your current weight).  5mph is my fastest speed - I'm usually averaging 4.5 mph, but w no walking.  You are NOT overdoing it, you are doing fine.  There are other threads on Active that are specifically dedicated to C25K participants - and you will see many that face week 5 with the same trepedation.  However - almost everyone survives - or at least gets thru it eventually, so you will too!  Good luck on the rest of C25K.

    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

  • KathysNewLife Rookie 2 posts since
    Feb 18, 2011
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    2,034. Mar 15, 2011 11:01 AM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Any advice for a new penguin.  Just started running last fall, never done much  in the way of exercise before.  I have a peripheral neuropathy so my legs start to feel heavy and/or numb after just a few blocks.  I know I have improved since last fall, but there really was nowhere to go but up.  Did a 5k last Sunday with a 13.07pace but seem to spend almost as much time walking as running.  Anybody else out there with this issue? Not sure if there will be much improvement from here.

  • Expert 50 posts since
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    2,035. Mar 15, 2011 11:05 AM (in response to TX248)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    The Garmin 305 is wonderfully easy to use.  The only special thing I did with mine to set it up is to have it default to 1 mile as a lap.  That way it tells me after each mile how fast I ran it, which I really like knowing.  Other than that inital set up, it's just a matter of turning it on, waiting a moment for it to find the satellite and then hitting start.

    My running and weight loss adventure is chronicled at:

  • willwrite4chocolate Pro 124 posts since
    Aug 1, 2010
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    2,036. Mar 15, 2011 11:22 AM (in response to KathysNewLife)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Welcome KathysNewLife! We're a pretty friendly bunch here. As far as improving, take it slow to avoid injury, but keep moving. I've used different training programs and while I follow them, I change them a little bit so that I'm working with a 10 day window instead of the typical 7 days. I'm a bit older though and so I need plenty of rest days between runs. The biggest thing for me is to keep the fun in running. I don't want it to become one of those things I quit soon because I've pushed myself too hard and hate it. It's a balance of improvement and pleasure. I always include one run during my 10 day schedule that's just for fun.


    Have you searched the community for peripheral neuropathy? Chances are someone else in the community is dealing with it if none of the penguins are.


    Good luck and keep running!

    ~ Nita

  • susanbarron Legend 390 posts since
    Oct 22, 2009
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    2,037. Mar 15, 2011 11:57 AM (in response to willwrite4chocolate)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Wow lots of posts to catch up on!! Welcome to all the new penguins, it's nice to see such an active thread! I also have the Garmin 305 and so far loving it..I set my lap to a mile also and love being able to monitor my heart rate which I'm happy to say is not maxing out like it used to!!

    I have been packing our house up, we unexpectadly sold everything including cars in a week! It put running on the back burner for a couple of weeks. happy to say though that taking that time seems to be a good thing...met some of our fellow penguins for our Sunday morning run and we did just over 5 miles and it was WONDERFUL!! I ran without my usual ipod and garmin and just enjoyed the experience. I am amazed at how running is my "go to" stress relief!

    Good luck to everyone running races soon, I am staying with my mom till we leave so there's no internet access, I will catch up with all your posts as I can, I really miss reading everyone's posts every morning!!


    Happy running all!

    October 2009- Started Couch to 5k

    November 2009- Folsom Turkey Trot 5k (W5D3 C25k)

    December 28,2009- finished Couch to 5k

    January 2010- Run for you Health 5k

    April 2010- Zoo Zoom 10k

    June 2010- San Diego Rock n Roll half Marathon

    November 2010- Folsom Turkey Trot 5k

    April 2011- 4 mile Legal Aide Society Run

    upcoming: September 17th 5k Run to Break the Silence

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    2,038. Mar 15, 2011 2:26 PM (in response to MakeupGirl)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    I started the c25k last August at 195 and I'm 43. I'm down 30lbs  I followed the plan exactly so I wouldn't have any injuries. I currently run 4 days a week.

  • runsinmiddleofnowhere Amateur 36 posts since
    Feb 15, 2009
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    2,039. Mar 15, 2011 3:15 PM (in response to Donna914)
    Re: Calling all Penguins (slow runners)

    Hi Penguins!!  Enjoying everyone's posts and have my heart set on a Garmin 305, they sound wonderful.  So today I was the Queen of Procrastination and by the time I got my running clothes on..and then sat and read for an hour...and then looked out the window and back at the treadmill...and then back out the window...and back at the treadmill it had gotten black, cloudy and very windy outside...silly me.  So when I finally got my butt out the door the wind was horrendous, so loud I couldn't even hear my music!  I got my 3.0 miles in tho and it was a lot quicker coming home with the wind pushing me! Glad I did it and it's so easy to give in to the temptation of not going for a run...glad my procrastination didn't win...I'm so happy to be back running that it's starting to be something that I need to do and not have to do...I love the stress relief it gives.  I have the OneMoreMile shirt "Running is cheaper than therapy..." Have my first 5k this Sunday, first fun run in 7 years so I'm excited and nervous but looking forward to it. Kudos to everybody who is doing their first fun runs...I plan to do many more!

    Flamomof3, I lost 30 lbs. last year and running is such a great way to keep it off!  Congrats on your loss so far!


    Spring into Action 5k, 3-20-11, Sparks, NV

    Rock 'n River Marathon, 10k, 5-1-11, Reno, NV

    Paiute Meadows 8k Trail Run, 5-21-11, Susanville, CA

    Bizz Johnson 10k, 10-9-11, Susanville, CA

    Right now just run for the 'zen' of it.....


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