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GFVEGAN
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3/31/12 10:24 P

I also lifted weights, did some additional cardio on my off days and ate a sensible diet, but the running did help A LOT. Good luck!



HELLA_FINE
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3/29/12 11:38 P

Thank you for that push! Wow 50 pounds just from doing this? That gives me hope!



GFVEGAN
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3/29/12 11:31 P

Wow, that's great that you have lost so many inches and that you are able to get through the runs without feeling like you're dying :p I did the C25K program a few years ago and lost about 50 pounds..but gained it back when I went to college. I'm back on now and am going strong in the fifth week, so we're at about the same point in the program. You are so totally going to be able to cut your time down to the 18 minutes if you've come so far already and have until July 21st! Keep up the good work :)



HELLA_FINE
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3/29/12 11:12 P

Girl...let me tell you. That first week I thought it was impossible. I couldn't finish the first few workouts completely so I didn't know how I could possibly improve my time for the 1.5 mile. I am happy to say though that tonight I completed Week 4, Day 1 which required that I run 3 minutes, walk 2, run 4, walk 2, run 5, walk 2 and I ran every time I was supposed to! I even added a 4 minute run at the end so I could shave time off of my my 1.5. I am happy to report that I've come down from 24:53 to 21:18. This makes that goal of 18 minutes look that much more realistic. I have to shave off 3 more minutes by July 21st and I believe it's doable now since I've only been at this for 6 weeks. In addition, I've shaved off 3 inches in my waist, 3 inches in my hips, and 3 inches in each of my thighs.



SHRIS1
Posts: 84
3/29/12 9:03 P

I find your journal inspiring.

I did Week 1 Day 2 of C25k using a phone app today. I couldn't run during the last 60 second running section--the hills and heat kicked my butt today.

I had tried to do C25k last year, but I was using poor technique or the wrong shoes or something and my knees were dying after the second week and I had to stop. I am trying something different this time to see if I can avoid the knee thing.

Thank you for posting that you have repeated weeks. The schedule in the app implies that I ought to keep to the schedule, but I'm just not sure how that's going to work out. Permission to repeat will be a helpful fallback, I think.

Anyway, I think it's awesome that you are running, and that you kept running even though you 'hated' it. I hope I do as well as you, I can't run for four minutes straight yet.

shris



HELLA_FINE
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3/29/12 6:18 P

So I've always hated running. I have really hated any physical activity other than dancing...in a club...while tipsy...with a really cute guy. Maybe that's not fully true. I do love to do African dance also, but I was an adult before I made that realization.
Anyhow, as part of an African rites of passage organization I belong to, we now have to pass a physical assessment every 6 weeks. A woman in my age category should be able to complete a mile and a half of cross country running in 18 minutes, and do 12 push ups in 1 minute, and 25 sit ups in 1 minute.
When I did my first assessment in the fall, I had to complete a mile in 12 minutes. I completed it in 16 and thought fire was running through my lungs. I could not do more than 1 pushup, and I can't remember how many situps I did. Let's just say I didn't meet any of the goals. At the time, part of the assessment was squats. I did those easily. That's not saying much though because if your legs had to support a 300 lb. body, they'd probably be strong too.
I did not take my next assessment until January when they had changed the goals a bit. Squats (the one thing I excelled in) were out. The running had increased by half a mile. Did I already mention how much I hated running? I had hired a personal trainer in order to prepare myself for the upcoming assessments. I figured I wouldn't pass, but I'd at least get better. I was right...a little bit. I finished the 1.5 mile in 24 minutes and 53 seconds. I didn't beat myself up too bad about that because the first assessment was on a leveled track. This assessment included running up a hill we affectionately coined "The Beast" 3 times. I was able to do 7 pushups instead of 1. I was able to do 15 situps.
Then I was told that in order to move onto the next phase of this process, I must pass the assessment. PASS. As in, I must accomplish each of the three goals. There was no way that sporadically training with someone was going to get me there so long as I left my training sessions and drank 4 mocha frappucinos and ate chicken enchiladas from the taqueria across the street most nights.
So...I started the Couch to 5K program through different apps on my phone. Again...I hated running. Years of smoking, 290 lbs. and a generally sedentary lifestyle did not make running an easy task for me. I got winded walking to the bathroom.
But an interesting thing happened to me. I started the program (and I slowly died every time I ran that first week) struggling to make it through the initial 45 seconds of running before I took a walking break. That was 6 weeks ago. I've repeated some weeks just because I didn't feel like I was ready to move onto the next one and I didn't want to be discouraged by possible failure. I can now run at least 4 minutes straight! And guess what...I love it! I really love the alone time to just think about all the blessings in my life. It's amazing how your mind will talk you out of a thing just because it's difficult. I now have 3 different Couch to 5k apps on my phone and, because 3 days a week didn't feel like enough for me, I switch between them and run almost daily.
So I've decided to keep a journal about the process here. Come along and join me as I talk about my success along the way.



 
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