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I am on week 7 of my couch to 5k...

Monday, May 24, 2010

I have weak ankles. Just a fact. I have delicate, tiny, girly ankles.

Well, put 200 lbs on those and you have a tip over waiting to happen. Doesn't help that I have small feet (size 7.5) and am naturally ungraceful.

I use humor and charm to counteract my complete gracelessness. I twist an ankle at least once a month. At this point it doesn't even phase me. It burns, throbs, swells a bit...other than that I keep going.

On this week of running I realize that I have been jogging on a gravel road. Well, I haven't twisted my ankle...except for this one time I was doing sprints in the dark. But that was totally my fault.

Since I started running my ankles are STRONGER, no longer will I be shamed when my foot catches carpet and I catapult myself into a solid object. Like a wall. No more carpet bunny jokes!

A small improvement, but noticeable to me just now. I will take every little improvement to keep me going forward.


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JENNY888 5/24/2010 11:51AM

    Every little bit counts and this sounds like a lot more than a bit. You are much stronger now. Congratulations!

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TRAVELRN 5/24/2010 5:54AM


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I will try to blog my running research, so I can have a road map.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I love to see where I have been. If i write down that I currently run 17 min/miles easily...like for miles and miles....it is documented and I can look later to see where I used to be.

My goal is to run a 40 min 5k. That is 12.9 minute mile. I have some work to do!!!!

On the good side, I am supposed to be tracking my minutes of running, not the just the total miles. I am already thinking in terms of minutes so I am good to go!


Found some tips for runners...and I really, really want to be a real runner.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Some of them aren't applicable to me now...all of them were said by trainers that trained actual runners, not the dumpy and middle aged. No worries tho...I am choosing to not be dumpy anymore!


OK, so...

I have the distance (5 miles), I want to go faster. So I figured I would just run sprint trials...which made sense. Well, the trainers recommended:
1. To do hill training first for endurance. Save my juice for the apex of the hill. And slow, steady on the backside of the hill.
2. Do variable training, increasing my speed for 30 seconds, returning to normal. Do that a dozen or so times on my runs.
3. Get 10-12 good workouts in like that until I can expect to see an improvement in my speed.
4. Remember to rest!!!!

Even more important I have proof that I should be getting massages and long soaks in a jaccuzi...

"When I'm training for a marathon, I soak in a hot tub every day, and get a weekly massage." --Anne Marie Lauck, two-time Olympian


I'm not tired. I'm just lacking something...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Usually I plan to do 1.4 or 1.6 miles a day. Then I would run 3 and not blink an eye. Recently, this week I have been counting my calories much closer...Keeping to 1200. Sometimes I go a little under but I am right there.

I am not tired...I just lack my push...that spark while i run...

The go juice is lacking! Sigh. So I am upping my calories to 1300 or so. See if I regain some of my umph! And watch my carbs closer! I have been a little low.

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DHALYIA 5/21/2010 2:10AM

    Yeah...I found my spark...I upped my water intake and my calories by 100. I ran sprints today and found my oooomph!

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JENNY888 5/19/2010 12:00PM

    It's great to be able to make these small adjustments and see what it does. I hope this works for you.

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Size 10

Monday, May 17, 2010

Broke down and went the store, tired of hiking up my pants all the time. I know I am not a Size 16 anymore...well, we will see.

Tried 16, 14, 12, and 10. The tens were a little snug, but seriously fit me. Good week!

Today was my day off. Tomorrow I will kick butt!

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TRAVELRN 5/23/2010 6:05AM


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JEEPNBOYZ 5/18/2010 9:55PM

    Outstanding!!! That had to be a great feeling! emoticon

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ANTSOP 5/18/2010 1:38PM

  YAHOOO! That is awesome - a great feeling to keep zipping down thru to smaller sizes - go you!

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JENNY888 5/17/2010 3:34PM

    If that is not motivation I don't know what is! Great work.

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