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Beginning in earnest on my 5K Challenge

Thursday, January 31, 2013


I get to workout twice week beginning next week with my workout buddy! I got support from my daughter and her BFF (whose my grandson's Godmother); she will pick up my grandson twice a week so I can work out!

This was such a prayer answer; I gave God this 5K challenge wanting to get in better shape to be here for my loved ones and to race for charity. So happy I get to do this.

Any tips on conditioning to improve my stamina would help, I use to run but sprints only not endurance.

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SUE5007 1/31/2013 5:33PM

    Start by running slowly. Seriously. What I thought was "jogging" was just too hard for me when it came time for jog for 4 minutes straight. Even though that first minute felt good and my steps/rhythm matched my breathing I couldn't maintain it. I had to slow way down. Remember you want to build endurance to go from 1 minute straight to 5 minutes (and more) straight so pick a speed that you can maintain. You will naturally get faster as you build endurance so don't worry about being "fast" or what your final time is.

Your intensity/speed might vary from workout to workout. One day you may be especially tired, then out of the blue you might have extra energy you didn't know you had. So be flexible with your speed.

If your feet hurt check your shoes. If they are tied too tight, then loosen them. They should be just tight enough to not come off. Your feet need room to flex so making them too tight can hurt your feel. And if they are worn out, get new ones. I keep track of the # of miles I go on my fitness tracker. It's kind of fun to know how far my shoes have taken me.

If you need encouragement, or tips come back and blog or visit the message boards. We are here for you!

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PENNYRILE77 1/31/2013 5:03PM

    I'm doing the Couch to 5K program....I love it! It's a slow conditioning type of training. If you haven't heard of it, look it up:)

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Great News: I have a workout partner for the 5K challenge!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

So excited this morning and for good reason; a work friend of mine asked if I would like to workout together! She use to run track in High School and College and won trophies for it.

I told her about the 5K challenge I am trying to do and she said she could work with me. I am so happy, she is so very discipline so there will Totally NO Slacking allowed!! Exactly what I needed and prayed for, Thank you God!!.

Be blessed and be fit

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FEDGIRL4 2/2/2013 4:34PM

    Good for you. If I lived closer to Gainesville, I'd join you.

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Day #1 for the 5K challenge

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hey all,

Life got in the way of my 5K workout but fortunate for me I had 35 minutes of brisk walks during my breaks and lunch so I wasn't a total slouch!

I did some cross training today to build strength. It was tough, it's been awhile since I did any strength work. I will feel this tomorrow for sure!

Glad I got up a 6am to do all this, feel like it was really worth it. Going to do it again tomorrow. This time I will do the 5K wall/run routine so I will be sure to get the full benefit of the challenge. Cheer me on guys!

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STEVIEBEE569 1/29/2013 12:21PM

    You can do it! So, go for the Gold!

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GATORADE71 1/29/2013 9:21AM

    Keep up the GREAT work!!!! I'm going to be training for a half marathon in the fall, so any tips you have It would be greatly appreciated.

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Recovery from surgery complete, onto learning to run!

Monday, January 28, 2013

I just joined the 5K Your Way here on Sparkpeople. This will be a challege but a welcome one. I can now walk for 45 minutes no problem ( at a fast or slow pace). I want to now push myself to try something different.

I ran when I was younger but only short sprints (100 yard dash kinda thing). This will be different. Will need to do all the things you need to do when you take good care of yourself: get plenty of rest, eat right and often, get shoes made for running, and of course have fun.

Looking forward to the challenge.

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PATTYKLAVER 1/29/2013 8:20AM

    I wish you luck. I also wish I could run, but a bad back tells me I can't. So I still with cycling and walking.

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MAUREENMOZ 1/28/2013 8:25PM

    Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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First back excercising after long absence

Monday, November 12, 2012

Its been sometime since I last blogged. I have been out with health issues that did not permit me to workout at all till I got cleared by my doctor. Now that I have I am walking again, slow to start then build back up.

All the while I was out, I kept a close eye on what I was eating. All but 5 meals were prepared at home. I am so pleased about that. Its a huge savings and a real blessing.

Praying for strength to get back on track and requesting prayers from you all as well.

Have a great week.

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11TERRY20 11/12/2012 4:05PM

    Welcome back to exercise. You did awsome with your eating while you were unable to exercise.


Being out due to Doctor's order is stressful and stress makes eating well so much harder.

Lots of prayers for your recovery.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/12/2012 4:01PM

    My prayers are with you! I'm glad your doctor cleared you for exercise and your back!

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