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Running Day #2

Thursday, May 06, 2010

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
~Gail Devers

Today was my second day of the C5K program. It went better than the first. I made it all the way around the lake (not sure how big it is, I'll have to go look that up) in less than the time I needed; so, I ended up walking past my car to walk back to get the time I needed. As for the cramps, they didn't start until my last cycle this time. I would say, overall, I'm already improving.

Even though I'm improving, I think I may do week 1 for one more week. I want to make sure my body is going to be able to handle it. The cramps really hurt. The odd part of the whole running thing abs hurt way more than my legs do. I knew I would have aches and pains, I just assumed they would be more focused in my thighs. I guess not.

I'm having fun with this. I never imagined myself as a runner. In high school I played softball so I did a lot of sprinting, but never running. I wasn't very fast either, I was pretty close to being the slowest on the team. I had pr's if needed. I am so excited, I might actually be able to run!

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JENN0866 5/11/2010 5:15PM's awesome to find someone else in the same boat. I've never been a runner...usually get too bored when I feel like I'm running nowhere. Nevertheless, on my recent weightloss journey I decided to give it one more try.... I even signed up for a 5K June 28th and I'm completely terrified! Everday/workout gets easier as you go along and I discover over and over again how silly I was for thinking it was something beyond my own limitations. I finally figured out I was the only one holding ME back. Good luck and keep going!

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_MAOMAO_ 5/8/2010 7:39PM

  Congratulations, Jessica! I'm so slow, I may be the slowest person getting through the program. Have fun!
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EL_KATO 5/7/2010 10:52AM

    When I started running, I had done a lot of reading and research in advance, and there were still things that surprised me about it.

If you like, I wrote some of them up here:

Otherwise - welcome to the ranks of the Runners! It's an awesome thing to be, and it only feels better the longer you do it.

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KRO-BAR 5/7/2010 10:37AM

    emoticon Woo hoo!! I'm loving C25K. I can tell my body is changing with it!!

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SUSIEQ911 5/7/2010 8:15AM

    emoticon Great job!

I'm considering starting c5k. I will sooner or later. Most likely later when my partner is ready to start running. I'm not a big runner and I think if I have someone to do it with I will be more successful. I almost feel like I'm too heavy still and I know she feels that way. She already has knee issues so doesn't want to start until she's down. And I don't want to give myself knee issues.

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    Cool! Keep up the good work.

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MAHONEY_09 5/7/2010 6:42AM

    That's really cool Jess! I am proud of you! I too want to start running!! Where do I get info on the C5K Program?

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SCHNAUZERGIRL 5/6/2010 10:24PM

    That's great! I want to start running, I just really haven't been able to bring myself to start yet.

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JENILYNN:) 5/6/2010 9:37PM

    Keep up the good work :)

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

I finally started the couch to 5k program. I think I am going to love running. After wheezing through the first two cycles I was feeling great. Then, I got this huge cramp up the right side of my body. I only waited about 45mins after I ate supper. I think Thursday I'll wait longer, or run at a different time. Since I was cramping so bad, the last two cycles I only ran half the stated time. However, I finished and am proud of myself. I even had some of the aches and pains I had (which I know are from stress) go away. Yay! for running. I'm definitely going to keep this up.

I started running because I was walking at 4mph. I decided if I wanted to move faster, I would have to run. I can do this!!!

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_MAOMAO_ 5/6/2010 3:21AM

  Yay, wowzie, welcome to the club! This is so cool, I'm so excited for you. Check out the Jeff Galloway team, too. His site, has lots of great info to help keep you injury-free. Do you have good shoes, huh huh?
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AJARHILL 5/5/2010 5:31PM

    That is a great website!!! Soon as my ankle heals I am going to start this!! Can't wait!!!

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BLEIGH711 5/5/2010 12:41PM

    I can't say enough good things about the C25K program. I am just restarting the program now. (did 3 weeks before, but my knee swelled up and took me out for a while). I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I was really capable of doing. I hope you have the same "joys". Have fun with it. And definitely keep listening to your body.

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KITKA82 5/5/2010 9:40AM

    Good for you! I also want to start C25K. I feel like I need new running shoes...

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HOPE2BSKINNI 5/5/2010 9:03AM

    Awesome-o!!! You CAN do this! I love to run, however I always do other cardio workouts mostly because I'm large chested and hate how my boobs practically hit me in the face when I run :( What is the Couch to 5K program? I've heard buzz about it - but what does it entail?

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PINKAMBER18 5/5/2010 8:19AM

    I am also wanting to try the C25K program, I have the app on my iPhone. I tried it once, but I wasn't ready to run for even a minute and a half at a time. I can usually only run 45 seconds. I am going to keep walking for a little while longer, but then try again. This is something I really want to do, so it is really helpful to see someone else do it! Way to go! And most importantly, keep up the good work!

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STARDUSTD 5/4/2010 10:44PM

  Awesome job! I wanted to try the C25K as well, but after yesterday's attempt, I'm just going to play it by ear. Keep us posted on your progress!

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DAVESTOOK1913 5/4/2010 10:26PM

    Glad you enjoyed it so much. I need to get my hindend in gear on my exercise program which is pretty much nonexistant unless you count me running around at work! I've heard other people say they love running too. Good luck

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HEALTHYARTIST1 5/4/2010 9:21PM

    Good for you! I am walking right now at about a 20 to 30 min mile (it depends on if I am going up a steep hill - read today's blog for that). I haven't decided if I am going to run yet, I would love to and in my forties ran all of the time but I do not know if my 61 yr old knees and ankles can take it. My thought is if I walk for a long time I will build up knee and ankle strenght and then be able to run!

So I am interested in your journey of walking and then moving into running. You should be SO proud! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRLONG2 5/4/2010 9:17PM

    Good luck - I never have been a runner and I started C25K 9 weeks ago and Sunday I ran for 30 minutes! It has been a wonderful experience. It has been a challenge, but at the end of each session it has been so rewarding. Be sure and download the Robert Ullrey podcasts. I couldn't have done the training without them. There is also a C25K team you need to join. It helps to see how other people are doing and feeling especially when they are on the same week you are.
Good luck and keep me posted on your progress.

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KKLENNERT809 5/4/2010 9:06PM

    Congrats and keep running. I've wanted to try, but something keeps holding me back.

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Monday, May 03, 2010

"A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation"
~Andrew Sullivan

"Blogging is the new poetry"
~ Unknown

" Blogging is a communications mechanism handed to us by the long tail of the Internet. "
~Tom Foremski

"A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. "

" Your blog is your unedited version of yourself."

I have a hard time keeping up with this blog. Along with this blog, I have three others. My goal is to start keeping up with this one. So you all get to hear it first, I WILL try my hardest to get on here and at least post a line or two daily.
I was doing so well, I wonder what happened. Is it my day to day life, or just my laziness? I'm not sure, but I will soon find out. I love following everyone else's blogs and know some of you even like to follow mine. Not to mention, I love receiving all the wonderful and motivating comments.
Today is a new day in my blogging and the weather is great, so maybe my excitedness for this blog will last.

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DAVESTOOK1913 5/4/2010 9:42AM

    Hi, so glad you want to start blogging again. I look foward to reading them

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BUBBLES12310 5/3/2010 6:52PM

  I've been discourgaged with my blogging too. I sometimes wonder if anyone even cares. You heard it here first: I am going to be following your blog. :)

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KISSYTINA 5/3/2010 3:18PM

    Good luck on the blogging!

Honestly, I have trouble keeping up with it too. I have some strange idea that I HAVE to have something insightful or something with real impact to write. I have the same problem with journals! But, I am learning!

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MAHONEY_09 5/3/2010 1:26PM

    Good for you...I look forward to them!

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Chapter 9: Spread the Spark

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Moral courage and character go hand in hand... a man of real character is consistently courageous, being imbued with a basic integrity and a firm sense of principle."
~Martha Boaz

"Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

I love the feeling of being able to spread the Spark! I have started mine and my fire is burning, now it is time to pass on the spark to get the fire of others burning. It will take a lot of courage, which I am building every day, and a sense of personal values and beliefs that I know how to stand up for. It is a wonderful thing when you see others excited about something because you helped them to see how exciting it is.

I can spread that spark through my friends, family, co-workers and people I meet on a daily basis. I am ready and excited to do my part.

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DAVESTOOK1913 2/25/2010 11:43PM

    I know exactly what you mean. I accidently found sparkpages. I was actually looking up low carb diets, but I thank God I did. It has really helped keep me on track and finding such nice supportive people is just amazing.

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AXISLADY 2/25/2010 9:08PM

    Very well said; well done blog! Thanks.

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/25/2010 5:17PM

    yup it is a really good feeling! emoticon emoticon

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Chapter 8: Lifestyle Change

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle."
~Sasha Cohen

I am well into my lifestyle change. Things are going smoothly and I am very happy with what I see ahead. I know there will be many obstacles to overcome, but by taking them one day at a time I will persevere. I am more motivated than ever to follow my dreams and be the me I know I can be. I am seeing so much progress that is it unbelievable: my energy levels are up, I am doing more of what I want to in life, I have gotten back to my optimistic self, I am losing inches and I am losing weight. I will pat myself on the back every day and continue on with all the changes I am seeing.

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IDALUKE 6/7/2010 1:52PM

    You have a great attitude, I've put myself in mirror and don't like what I see, You will go far with your attitude emoticon emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 2/26/2010 3:26PM

    Together we can. Together we ARE! Great words to live by...thank you for writing.

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RE2BAH 2/26/2010 3:04PM

    Yes, make it happen! Little changes made constantly add up to a lot! emoticon emoticon

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BLEBJO 2/23/2010 4:25PM

    Go you! I know you can do it, and it's so great that we can be in the lifestyle change together.

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AMBERLASHELL 2/23/2010 2:47PM

    I try to pat myself on the back every day, it really helps! Great attitude! :)

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/23/2010 2:38PM

    that is a terrific attitude, it will take you far! emoticon emoticon

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