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Started Hal Higdon Novice 10k training today

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Anyone eles doing this program? It seems so much simpler than Bridge to 10k so i am going to give it a try. It doesnt involve interval training either (hate those intervals!!). it does involve 3 runs a week (two easy/shorter runs during the week and a long run on the weekend) plus stretching, strength and cross training.

Today I did the first run...2.5 miles. I decided to do it on the track of a local park (Shedd Park, Rubyclaire!). It was easier than running on the road, even though it was somewhat boring. I am not sure I will do every run there, hopefully I will pick out some reasonably even (nonhumungous hills) and safe route nearby to try to, but the track was an easy place to start and I didnt have to worry about when to turn around and head back to my car, jsut went around and around and

Today was a really stressful day in the divorce/custody area of my life and I really needed a release. I can not believe I actually thought to take a run to help destress, but i did and it did work a bit. Of course I had a horrible fast food lunch hours before that I am not proud of steps....

If anyone out there has done this program, would love to hear how it went!!!

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JECKIE 9/28/2011 9:51AM

    What distance is the Shedd park track? I should probably hop over there and use it sometime. I find running along the river is nice, but too short (I will NOT run over the Roarke bridge. Won't do it.)

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RUBYCLAIRE 9/28/2011 6:10AM

    Good for you, Kerry! Heck, I can't bring myself to WALK around a boring track, let alone run around it.
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Once you get into the groove of your program, I can see you running up and down Belvidere hill.
I am NOT a runner, but I commend you and everyone who has the gumption to keep at it.
Heck, you and Jeckie should get together.

Good luck!!

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Graduation from couch to 5k and my first 5k run!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I did it! I ran in my first 5k! from start to finish I ran. I was not the fastest, I was not the slowest, but I ran the whole way. I didn't take one walk break. I came in around 35 minutes.

I have been struggling with knee pain this week so I was really nervous that this might cause trouble. But my knee felt great during the run. Feels really heavy and fatigued before and after (ie now) but I am encouraged that I can keep going with running. I plan to strengthen my legs and stretch more before and after running from now on. Hopefully this will help.

I am really proud of myself. I have been practicing on this course so I knew it was doable..even though the route I had been practicing was a little bit short of what we actually ran today, I did it. I used my trusty head phones and play list to tune out the world and just focus on my breathing. Running by myself is best, since I am slow and my boyfriend who I have been running with runs much faster than I do. I can just focus on me and not worry about him or anything else. Today I felt free to cheer myself on out loud...singing parts of my playlist and pumping my fists when I knew I was going to make it. It was fun to have the race volunteers cheering me and everyone else on along the way. Even got a few hi fives that

Now my next step.... improve my time on a 5k? Try bridge to 10K? It is hard to imagine that I could run over 6 miles..but then again it was hard for me to imagine I could run 3 about 2.5 months ago...

Whatever the next step, I need to ride this wave of pride, happiness and excitement that I am on after today's race. I did it. I didn't believe I could for a long time. Now I know I can. It is time to keep going!!!!!!

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RUBYCLAIRE 9/27/2011 8:17PM

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That is totally AWESOME, Kerry!

I KNEW you could do it!
I'm glad to read that you are proud of yourself. YOU SHOULD BE. That, my dear was one h*ll of an accomplishment!
I wish I could have been there to also cheer you on.

Congrats, kiddo!
BTW, great pix and cute boyfriend!
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PSEUZANNE 9/25/2011 8:14PM

    So happy for you!!

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MYLLA_R 9/25/2011 8:08PM

    Wow!! Congratulations!

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It is going to be a great day!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Starting off the morning with a nice NSV..wearing a size 12 for the first time in over a decade!!!!!!!!!!! yipppeeeeee! Not consistently in 12s but 14s are consistently loose on me. Not long now until 14s are a thing of the past. Which just goes to show you that the scale doesnt mean everything. I have only lost about 5 lbs since starting c25k and signing on on sparkpeople.. but my clothes tell the story. I do know that I need to buckle down on my eating for long term success but things are going in the right direction.

Couch to 5k.. I am beginning week 9 today and my first race (that I will RUN) is next Sunday the 25th. I am so proud of myself. I could barely jog 60seconds straight 2 months ago.. and now I am going out there and running (avg 12min miles, slow, but....) three miles at a time. Even if I hadn't lost a pound, or changed a dress size or anything I am satisfied that I have improved my fitness level. I haven't been able to jog a mile since high school (almost 20 years since graduating!!) and I have NEVER been able to go 3. This is a huge deal. I have wanted to complete this program for a long time now..and finally I am about to do it. This time I didn't quit. I made it!! Yay!!! :)

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RUBYCLAIRE 9/17/2011 12:35PM


Keep going! You Can Do It!
Can you hear me yelling? I'm cheering you on from Belvidere!

Isn't it such a GREAT feeling?

I just KNEW you were going to LOVE reaching those milestones!!

Since you told me about the Chelmsford race, I was planning on walking it, but I totally forgot that I already had plans for that day, PLUS babysitting my 3 younger grandkids.

I am still hoping to get there before the race to try to meet you & cheer you on. Do you have any idea how long you expect it to take you?

No matter what, Kerry, I'm in your corner!!
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PSEUZANNE 9/17/2011 9:21AM

    So proud of you!!

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Fat girls aren't supposed to do this....

Friday, August 26, 2011

I am just so proud of myself. I completed week 5 of couch to 5 k. I jogged 20 minutes straight today, something I haven't done since high school (which ended 19 years ago now!!). I am looking forward to starting wek 6 on Sunday.

I knew with in a few minutes that I was going to be able to finish the entire 20 minutes. I just felt in a groove. My breathing was really smooth. It was much easier than the previous work out for some reason.

I am actually believing that I can do this. I can actually run that 5k on September 25th. Forty lbs ago while at my all time high non pregnancy weight, I couldn't have imagined that I would do this. Fat girls aren't supposed to be able to do this. Even though I have a long way to go...still about 50lbs... I am doing something I didn't think I was supposed to do. I am going to run a 5k race a month from now. I can do it!


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RUBYCLAIRE 8/27/2011 9:07AM

    That is so AWESOME!!
I believe in you, too!


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PSEUZANNE 8/26/2011 7:34PM

    I believe in you! You can definitely do it : )

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KA_JUN 8/26/2011 4:55PM

    Awesome job!

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LOSINGK 8/26/2011 12:19PM

    That's so awesome! I want to do couch to 5k but right now even jogging for a minute kills me. This really gives me hope though! Keep up the great work!

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MRSDRAEGER 8/26/2011 9:56AM

    Way to go!! Anyone can do anything they put their minds to. On my first 5K, which was just a few weeks ago, I had troubles keeping up with a 74 year old! Keep up the good work!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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c25k week 3 day 1 complete. Attitude adjustment needed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I am having a pity party and I can't seem to stop.

I went to the gym and began week 3 of couch to 5k. I did it! It was not bad. I contemplated adding an extra interval, but I did not because I know I need to fight that urge to do to much too soon. I will get there if I keep up with it.

But then a teenaged boy nearby (supposedly) looked at me and snickered.

Then the personal trainer made a (supposed) snarky comment about how hard I must have worked (because my face was very red when leaving the gym).

Then all my recent worries about money, work, divorce proceedings, home repairs all came flooding in to rally around the "WHY DID I THINK I COULD RUN A 5K ANYWAY"thought and make it stronger and more believable.

I am now feeling completely overwhelmed. I need an attitude adjustment. Stat.

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PSEUZANNE 8/10/2011 11:35PM

    First of all, shame on anyone trying to sabotage another's workout. They're the ones that need an attitude adjustment! Try this when you get doubtful: you don't have to believe you can do a 5K, you just have to believe you can do the next workout. Just one more run/walk. I guess it's the equivalent of one day at a time. Remember, WWSD!

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