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Day 1-Week 1 Couch to 5K.

Monday, July 06, 2009

I did it!! Today I ran for 60 second intervals!! I sweated, I panted, I laughed out loud when the podcast dude said I should be feeling the effects of my workout, but not be winded or out of breath. Yea right, he obviously is overestimating my level of fitness!!! But, I did it and wasn't so beat that I never want to do that again. Tomorrow it is just a normal walk, but I am still getting up while most of the world sleeps. My sister sets a better pace than I would and will keep me moving between training sessions. Plus, in our area, during this time of year, you really do want to get as much of your exercise as possible in before the sun comes up!! We have been regularly hitting the mid to upper nineties and will easily be into the hundreds before long. I do need to hit the sporting goods store for better shoes!! I have an excuse for spending money on good shoes! I am tired enough to go back to bed. There is a lot to do today though so off I go to add more steps to my pedometer!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 7/9/2009 1:36AM

    okay, reading about your excitement, and everyone's responses here is making me want to try this!

Joanna

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KING*GET*FIT 7/6/2009 9:00PM

    I think I may need to try this podcast and listen to the podcast dude. I'm training to do a triathlon.

Congratulations

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/6/2009 1:07PM

    It was a lot of fun this morning! I am still riding the high of being able to jog those 60-second intervals! Can't wait for Wednesday!!!

Yep - new shoes are going to be one of my purchases in the near future too! As "joggers" we are going to need to take care of ourselves! hehehe

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MRSTEHVAND 7/6/2009 12:40PM

    Congratulations! I remember laughing and swearing at Robert when he said I should be breathing easy and be able to carry on a conversation. Yah right! Well, it does get better! And you will do great! Just keep blogging it and get on the Ct5K team and get motivation from those who are further than you and find people who are in the same week as you! Keep it up!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/6/2009 9:47AM

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WELL DONE HEATHER!!!!!!

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Caz

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LARK6808 7/6/2009 9:10AM

    WTG!!

D1W1 for me also. Its been 6 months since I've ran. It felt good to be back. Glad someone else started today.

Jackie

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MARINE_LOVE1229 7/6/2009 9:06AM

    CONGRATS!!! Keep up the good work and hard work. It'll all pay off when you cross that finish line.

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PINKYPOOS 7/6/2009 8:52AM

    well done you!! i have listened to that same guy tell me i should be feeling the effects without being out of breath - listened while i was gasping for air and trying not to be sick!!! keep it up!! pink, xx

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SUGIRL06 7/6/2009 8:51AM

    Hello! I did Day 1 Week 1 of the C25K this morning also! I run on a treadmill though because I can't keep a constant pace. (I would probably start walking before my minute was up.) I have yet to download the podcasts. Do you enjoy them? Are you signed up for a 5K? I am doing one with a friend on September 12th. Good job on Day 1 and good luck with your training!!
~Angela

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MSWHATSIT 7/6/2009 8:51AM

    Woo-hoo! The day I finished the first day of C25K felt like one of the biggest accomplishments I have ever done.

I had to laugh at your comment about the guy saying not to be out of breath - yeah, a lot of running articles say that you should run at a pace where you could have a conversation with someone else. HA, HA, HA. I just finished week 5, and am just now getting to the point where I'm not huffing and puffing so much I can barely even say "Hi" to other runners that I pass! That's OK, though, it's all part of getting in shape.

Looking forward to following your progress!!

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HIking and Independance Day

Saturday, July 04, 2009

We took our hike this morning. Up at 5 to be at the trail by 5:30. It was a great hike though. Leaving so early gave us cool air for most of the hike and it was only hot for the last 2miles or so. We had a freat hike-no kids this time so we really pushed. I was proud of myself-I stopped less and for less time this time. This hike has some really brutal hills and one in particular that is long and steep. I don't know how many times I had to stop the first time up that hill, but I know it was less this time. This hill is a really great way to build cardio endurance. We did the hike in just over 2.5 hours, so we shaved quite a bit of time off our best time so far. I even did some running. I took off down one hill and pushed, pushed, pushed myself up the next hill. Running in hiking boots is not easy. Those puppies are a tad heavy. The best news is...I have a pretty new, shiny, pedometer!! I didn't get to use it on the hike, but I have it now. It was a b-day present from my sis!! It is just like the ones she and my mother wear and I l-o-v-e love it. It is acurate and it has a computer program that allows you to download the info from the pedometer to your computer to track how you are doing. Awesome!! It is definately coming with me for training on Monday morning!! Now it is time to enjoy the rest of the 4th. This, next to Christmas, is one of my favorite holidays. I was a history major in college and the fight for independance was part of my specialty. It was such a complex time period with so much going on that we really don't study. I think I will go spend some time ready the Thomas Jefferson bio I picked up recently and get ready for the swimming we will be doing later. Whole family is going to the local water park. Should be a royal blast, even if it is crowded. Thankfully, there is a limit to how many are admitted so it won't be sardine conditions. Then off to MIL's house for a traditional 4th dinner. Hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Then back home where all we have to do is go down the street a little ways for a great view of the fireworks!! By then I will be ready to collapse into bed!! Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!!

  
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KING*GET*FIT 7/6/2009 12:37AM

    I need to get myself a new pedometer because on one of my trips up to Yosemite I snapped mine off my belt to read it and my hands were shakey from the hike and fumbled it off the bridge and into the Merced river where it is to this day recording how far the river runs, lol.

Sounds like a fun day.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/5/2009 6:05AM

    emoticon on improving your time and and having such a good time doing it.
Your run at Disneyland is going to be a synch for you.
Happy Sunday
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Caz
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CRAZYGAGRANNY 7/4/2009 6:07PM

    emoticonWhat a fun filled and exciting day! You piled everything into one day! emoticonGlad you are having a blast! So glad you decided to share it with us!

Barbara

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IAFARMERWIFE 7/4/2009 2:10PM

    You are doing awesome! Sounds like a great day!

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So freakin' excited I can't even stand it!!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Okay, faithful readers will know I hit 40 years old last monday and was in such a funk I couldn't even figure out a good way to party. Well, I found my party and I am so freakin' excited I can't even stand it. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas. Yesterday I was just goofing around on spark and wasting time before it was time to go to the pool. First on some sort of freakish whim I joined the Couch to 5K team and well, one thing led to another and I ended up in ITunes which led me to a podcast by a guy who is/was training for a full marathon at Disneyworld. Curiosity got the better of me and a websearch later I had found a out that Disneyland is having a 5K fun run in September!! I freaked!! I've been looking for a 5K to do and can't believe I am doing it at DISNEYLAND!! I've done a couple of 5K walks in recent years, but they were not competitive in any way shape or form and all you had to do was walk any pace you darn well wanted, but in order to receive a finishers medal at D-land I have to average 15 minutes per mile or better.. And gosh darn it I WANT THE MEDAL!!! I am draging my sister and mother along kicking and screaming-yeah right!! They are excited about it too. I start training on Monday. The Couch 2 5K program will finish just in time for our run at DISNEYLAND!! They also host a half-marathon and that is our goal for next year!! WooHoo!!! I'm going to turn into a runner!!

  
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KING*GET*FIT 7/4/2009 11:01AM

    That is fantastic emoticonThere is a group of us 40 year old friends who are looking to do a triathlon this year. we are still looking to see which one we will do but it is exciting to start planning it out. Good luck with yours. Also, you talked about the podcast, was it podrunner.com? Steve Boyett does these and if I remember correctly he has a coch to 5K mix. They are mixes made specifically for exercising and I love them.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/4/2009 7:03AM

    That is great. I hope you signed up right away. I wished that I lived closer so I could do it too.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/4/2009 6:24AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate turning the big 40!
OMG you are gonna love this because you love challenges.
I can just picture you now being given that Disneyland Finishers Medal emoticon

Kiss Mickey for me LOL
Luv
Caz
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JANI-LOU 7/3/2009 10:53PM

  Way to go! How fabulous! Happy running in the happiest place on earth! Woo Hoo!
Janilou

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PITAKELLY13 7/3/2009 10:51PM

    That is a great motivator! I am excited for you!

(((Images of you winning and then being interviewed and asked what you're going to do now? and you responding "I'm going to Disneyland!... oh wait I'm already at Disneyland..." Success is in the journey Sparkfriend.)))

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JOANNAMARIE 7/3/2009 10:09PM

    I'm so excited for you, Heather! Congratulations! You will have fun learning how to run from what I've heard from others. I wish it were me, but an old knee injury won't allow for me to run. Good luck, and keep us posted about how your training is coming along!

Joanna

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/3/2009 9:55PM

    I feel the exact same way! WE (that's right - WE) are going to be runners!!!!!!!!! I can't freaking believe it but I am on fire like I haven't been for awhile!

So glad you had one of those rabbit trail moments that led you to the Disneyland 5K. What else I can't wait for is to be able to post our finishing time on Spark!

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WISEWIFE 7/3/2009 9:54PM

    I wish you success!
I don't run, the knees won't allow it, but I walk at 4.5 miles an hour. I usually end my 5K's at 45 minutes.
Good luck to you ! Hope you get the medal!
Hugs,
WW

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What to do, what to do?

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I am playing today by ear. Tomorrow is my hike. Yeah hike!! I have to go to the library at some point today, have things to turn in. But, then again, maybe I'll just renew on line and be done with it. I need to do some core work and strength today because I know I'm not doing it tomorrow. I'm just so tired today. Hubby gave me an unwanted birthday present, his cold. I am not really feeling many symptoms except I am just wiped out this week. I can't get enough sleep. Swimming again today for sure. I don't think the kids will let me not take them to the pool. Our community's pool is only a few steps down the road so it is sooo easy to go swimming. Daughter decided, yesterday, that she would ride her still new bike and she looked so cute in her swim suit and bike helmet riding her bike to the pool. Despite liberaly coatings of sunscreen the kiddies are getting brown from all the sun and their hair is getting even blonder than usual. Son is starting from scratch because we shaved him the other day and he is down to the dark blond that hides underneath. He will be bright blond before long. Wish mine would still do that. I am going to have to get my sun-kissed blond from the bottle. Darn. First a new haircut, don't know what to do there either. Need a salon day in the worst way. Need to get to work killing off a gain this week-hate that!! I am not entering it on my ticker unless it is still hanging on next week. I am giving myself a grace period to fully accept the gain and hopefully by next week's weigh in it will be a mute point! Kids are slowly destroying my house today so better take care of that before every toy they own is in my living room and there is no room to exercise!! It is still relatively cool inside my house. If I clean up and then do Leslie I'll at least have that out of the way. It's a good way to get My Little Ponies of my t.v. too. Daughter has had enough of them for one day. Okay, hope everyone has a fabu Thursday.

  
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KING*GET*FIT 7/3/2009 9:11PM

    Swimming may be good for you. I read your swimming blog and then went swimming and thought of you the whole time.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/2/2009 2:00PM

    Hi Heather. hey if you're suffering a cold, don't push it. you need some energy to fight that off.

As always i can just imagine you running around after your brood,

Have fun doing Leslie but like I say take care
Luv
Caz
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BARBYPETE 7/2/2009 1:22PM

  I already have almost 6000 steps in today! Walked up to Eric & Carrie's to take Popoke on the walk with us - Peanut won't go without her! Stopped and talked a little to the new neighbor - they have 2 goats now and they're sooo cute. Watered the garden - have to walk up and down the hill to move the sprinkler - more steps-Yay! Some swimming and a trip to the library sound like good ways to spend the day - way better than TV! Love ya!

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Is there any better exercise than swimming??

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Seriously, I can't think of anything that could be considered exercise that I enjoy more than I enjoy swimming. I love how the water supports me and cradles me in its arms. I love how even when I am working hard, I hardly notice it, it only shows in my breathing. Even if I break a sweat I don't notice it. I love how strong my arms feel as I reach through a stroke. I love the power of my kick propelling me through the water. I am not fast. I am slow and steady. I could swim all day. I love the feeling of just floating. I am a natural floater. My son and I discussed the other day how some people are floaters and some are sinkers. Even at lesser weights I have always been a floater. I remember learning to float. For a little while it was scary trusting the water to support me. Just as it can be scary learning to trust any friend. But then I discovered my friend would not let me down. As a child I could float endlessly. A friend and I would sometimes have contests to see who could float the longest. We almost always had to call it a tie. Water and I are friends, we get along well and I can't remember ever being afraid of the water. I am sure I must have been a normal child and there must have been a time I stood at the water's edge and refused to enter. One of my earliest memories of summer is our family at the city pool swimming. My mother giving us rides to the mysterious DEEP END. I remember being thrown into the pool by my instructor without warning to show parents why it is important their children learn to swim. He had me walk the edge of the pool and then just shoved me in!! I wasn't scared, the water couldn't hurt me. Even in that moment I was not afraid, startled, yes, scared, no. I think that is why he chose me when I raised my hand when he asked for a volunteer. He knew I wouldn't panic. He knew that I would be okay. The water and I are friends. Normally I give things like horoscopes and astrological signs little credit, but maybe there is something in me being a crab, a water sign. My son is a pices, a fish, and until this year you would never know it. Flat out refusing to try anything resembling swimming, get in the water-of course. Let go of the edge and swim, never!! This year he won't stop trying to learn to swim. He practices doggy paddle, he practices holding his breath under water, he practices swimming under water. He is practicing floating. Today he performed his first cannonball!! LOL! Over and over and over and over! Once he got started he couldn't stop. Remember that thrill? Jumping into the air, feeling that momentary pause before plummeting into the chilly depths (even if those depths are only 4 feet deep)? By the end of summer I bet he is swimming side to side without any problem at all. He is no longer interested at all in the kiddie pool. Mama fish is very proud of her baby fish and can't wait until he is beating her in races going the long ways. Really is there any better way to get exercise than swimming? I know there are ways that have more cardio benefit and weight bearing exercises are important for our bones, but there is nothing I can think of that is more fun, relaxing and enjoyable.

  
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AJHONDRNGAL 7/4/2009 12:15PM

    I loved your post about swimming. I grew to love the water as a child, but was never a very strong swimmer. I never took a swimming lesson. I just watched what others were doing and then tried it on my own. I got to where I could do the front crawl and backstroke, but without my face in the water. I didn't totally trust the water.

Years and years later, my oldest son was 12 and needed to learn to swim so he could progress in scouting. So we put the two older boys in swimming lessons. They (and the other two kids) took lessons until they were all good enough to pass the scout swimming test. What the instructors didn't realize was that I was getting a 2 for 1 deal. I watched what they were teaching my kids and then I practiced it.

Up until last year I was still practicing. I watched the Olympics and picked up a few tricks from that, too. But my form was still off. I trusted the water more, but it was still really hard to have enough endurance to get a good work out. This year I had an opportunity to go swimming in May at the YMCA. Their laps go the short way across the pool, but it's still quite a ways. I was able to do 4 times across the pool with very little rest! That's better than I've ever done. I think everything is starting to click! Now I'm trying to find the money for a swim pass at the city pool so I can go during lap time.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/2/2009 2:04PM

    Took me back to many childhood memories of swimming my days away! I was never a floater (I'm sure you remember) and wasn't much of a natural water baby at first! I will never forget having to pass the swim test at the YMCA so I could finally be admitted to your and Eric's "club" in the deep end of the pool. I doggy paddled the entire way across the pool but I didn't care because all it meant was that I finally got to pester my siblings! Well, at least you guys got some peace and quiet for part of that summer! LOL

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/2/2009 3:28AM

    Healther hun my memories of childhood swimming lessons were the exact opposite of yours. Painful memories of having my rubber ring forcably removed and pushed in and swallowing what seemed to me the whole pool and panicking!

How different in adult life. I adore it but rarely go as the "local pool" is miles away and is always crammed to the hilt anyroad ruling out any serious swimming emoticon

Never mind I can exercise at home and enjoy myself with the radio turned full up emoticon

Can I just say how much I enjoy your blogs- you take me through so many emotions, I swear I can hear your voice as I read!
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Caz
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BARBYPETE 7/2/2009 1:34AM

  You definitely didn't get the floating thing from me - but, your Grandma could float. I can dog paddle:-) That's great that Matthew is learning to swim. The grandkids always say they want to come and visit grandma, but, they really want to come and swim. Oh, well, I'm just happy to see them.

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KING*GET*FIT 7/1/2009 11:50PM

    I love swimming. I have been a sinker, then a floater and now I'm close again to being a sinker.

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 7/1/2009 9:07PM

    I do agree about swimming we don't even realize that we are working every part of our body.

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