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October 600 Challenge

Monday, October 01, 2012

Last month's challenge was a great success. So when things are going well, push a little harder!

This month's goal is 600 fitness minutes and 600 cardio calories burned per week.

Let's do this!

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MPLSKEN 10/2/2012 2:38PM

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/2/2012 11:50AM

    You can do it, no problem!

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RUNNER12COM 10/2/2012 11:47AM

    600 fitness minutes? You can totally do this!

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K-GETTING-FIT 10/2/2012 7:57AM

    Woohoo! You got this:) Go get them minutes!!!

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My September 500 Challenge

Monday, September 03, 2012

Coach Nicole has this great blog post www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=a_f
on a fitness challenge for the fall.

I've decided for a modified challenge in the month of September: 500 fitness minutes for the month and 500 cardio calories burned per week.

I know, it's not as ambitious as it could be, but physical therapy for my knee has slowed me down. I'm doing about 2-3 hours per week of strength training exercises, but my cardio has dropped off the cliff. High-impact activities are out, and even walking is sometime trouble. Most of my cardio has been on my exercise bike.

Hopefully this challenge will jump start my cardio activities and get me moving more.

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K-GETTING-FIT 9/4/2012 10:50AM

    Sounds like an awesome challenge! Hope they knee continues to heal. Take care and that cardio will be back in no time:)
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MISHAMW 9/3/2012 8:56AM

    When I hurt my knee back in July, I still made sure to get my cardio in by working out on the bike as well as swimming. I was able to keep it up and slowly get back to TM workouts by the middle of August. Once, I really started going on the treadmill hard, I was able to do better and faster than before I hurt my knee.

Keep up the cardio, even if it's just the bike, because you don't want to have to start over!!!

You can do it! And I hope your knee is healed and you are feeling better and pain free super soon!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 9/3/2012 8:00AM

    Love the card idea! Thanks for sharing the link and good luck to you! -Jody emoticon

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Finished my first 5K

Sunday, May 06, 2012

For a number of years one of my dream goals was to run a 5k race. Every year it seems I'd get some running program started, then as the weather turned bad, so would my program. Last year we bought a treadmill, which is one of the best purchases in my life. I was able to work on it throughout the winter weather, which was great.

My local middle school decided to put on a 5k, so a few weeks ago I signed up. My training was going well. I was running about 35 minutes at a time (using C25K) as the race approached.

A few days before the race I was getting nervous. What had I gotten myself into?! I knew I could finish, but I just didn't want to look pathetic. The day of the race I showed up right at 8am when registration opened. Way too early (race was at 9:30am), but I wasn't sure what to expect. Then all these fit, athletic runner types show up. Too much intimidation waiting around for a long time.

I had two goals for the race. I wanted to finish under 36:00 and not be the last person across the finish line. I wasn't sure what type of pace I'd run, as I usually probably run a 12 minute mile. I knew I should start near the back of the starting line, so I was one of the last to start the race. I also knew that I should start slow and conserve energy for the end.

Running with a group has a lot of advantages. Throughout the race my strategy was to pick someone up ahead and try to keep pace with them, then eventually try to pass them. There is just a feeling of exhilaration passing someone (probably too much competition in me). I even passed two people on the long hill! I used this to determine my pace for the race and it paid off. Towards the end this kid and me were racing to see who finished first. He won, but it kicked my speed up a bunch.

Great experience, definitely will do it again. Finished in 28:20, much faster than I ever thought possible. For the rest of the day I would just start chuckling to myself and my wife would know I was still thinking about the race.

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BUBBLEJ1 5/19/2012 7:29PM

    What an awesome time for your first 5k!

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    You did awesome for your first 5K!!! Congrats!

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RUNNER12COM 5/19/2012 11:58AM

    This is awesome! Way to make a plan and stick with it!

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AARONDESK 5/8/2012 5:25PM

    Thanks for the support everyone! :)

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KJDOESLIFE 5/8/2012 8:43AM

    Wow! Great job! I love when you find you can run faster than you thought. Keep running!!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 5/7/2012 8:10PM

    This is seriously awesome! You did FABULOUS for your first 5k! Seriously. And I totally get the whole being surrounded by fit runner-looking people.....way intimidating. But....you get used to it. Congrats!

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