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C25K W1D2

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I really should get in the habit of writing about the runs right away but oh well.

Yesterday went pretty well, though perhaps not quite as easily as D1. It took longer for my shins to loosen up (yes you read that right, my shins are somehow "tight" feeling). I also am sorer today (though at least some of that was doing downward facing dog for a full minute during my yoga/stretch/cool down afterward, since I sure didn't use my arms that much when I was doing the run and they're sore as well). On the plus side though once I fully warmed up I was able to run faster (6.0 on the treadmill). I didn't go much further though, because I took the walking parts a bit slower on some of the intervals.

Today I really took off, since I think doing the EA Active on Tuesday between runs was a mistake. I will take the advice I've been given on the C25K SparkTeam and wait until I'm a few weeks in before I add weight training in on my "rest" days. It's a little frustrating, but I have to remember this isn't an all or nothing proposition and Rome wasn't built in a day.

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HUGMONKEYMOM 1/6/2010 10:40PM

    Trust me, if you go in too hard or too fast you'll pay for it, and once you discover you LOVE running, waiting 2-3 weeks (or more) for shin splints to clear up, or a creaky knee to stop aching, or what have you, is a bit of torture.

Tortoise...not the hare.

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SPEEDWACER 1/6/2010 9:37PM

    Is EA Active fun? I think if I had a Wii, I'd choose it over Wii Fit, just because of the price point. Wii Fit Plus looks fun too, but it's like a hundred dollars, twice the cost of my running shoes.

I've been doing weight training on the same days I run, and I haven't had any problems yet, just sore muscles in addition to shin splints. It's not so bad.

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DRJJ2004 1/6/2010 8:37PM

    Good job!! I think you're right about the rest days. I did the C25K program too and I couldn't do anything in between either...but you will. You'll get there..keep on keepin on!!


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C25K W1D1

Monday, January 04, 2010

So I ran yesterday and it was awesome. I mean, it truely sucked to start with, my shins were so tight when I did the first few 60 minute runs, but it got much much easier. I used Suz podcasts from www.kissmyblackass.org/?page_
and while it really isn't normally my kind of music the beat kept me going strong. Haven't decided yet if I will use it again tomorrow or try one of the other podcasts. Not having to watch the clock really lets you concentrate on form, and having the music helps you concentrate on something other than how little you want to run :). It's far too cold and icy to run outside so I used the gym treadmill for the first time. I think it might be a good thing to get the C25K out of the way on the treadmill and then graduate to running outside when it gets nicer. I have until June until I'm scheduled to run so I can take my time.

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BREW99 1/6/2010 7:54AM

    Yay! Congrats! I just suggested this to my gf in Australia, she is loving it too. I remember when I started to run last fall my shins were hurting so bad too! Have you tried to do some shin yoga poses? It really helps to get over the shin splints faster so that you can feel like running more.

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RAINTHIEF 1/4/2010 4:55PM

    You're off to a great start!

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SPARTANJAI 1/4/2010 3:42PM

    Sounds like you are off to a good start and being smart about it. Great job!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 1/4/2010 2:05PM

    Congrats on the new adventure. I have started the C25K three times, and finished it twice, every time taking extra time along the way. But in the end, it doesn't matter how long it takes you because the journey makes you healthier and better along the way!

Don't push too hard, the point is to have fun and be healthy! If you ever have any questions I am glad to help out.

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SPEEDWACER 1/4/2010 1:37PM

    I've been using the Podrunner podcasts. I really like them because they don't have any verbal cues, only a chime that tells you when to accelerate or decelerate. The music is kind of boring, though. I might try the ones you linked, it looks a bit more my speed.

Keep at it, you!

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A New Goal

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My sisters and I are going to run the local 5K for women: the Freihofer's Run for Women ( www.freihofersrun.com/womens_5k.htm ). I'm also signing up for a five mile run in October that's going to be in Disney World ( disneyworldsports.disney.go.c
)! Serious deadlines, goal that I can't cheat on! In other words, exactly what I need to kick myself into shape.

I am so excited about this and it's insane 'cause frankly I hate running. But from what I can tell a lot of people who have tried C25K hated running as well. Going to get new running shoes this weekend I think so I can start right and hopefully avoid hurting my bad knee. Between that and the C25K podcasts on my iPod I should be set to start on Sunday. Wish me luck!

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FIXINMYWEIGHT 12/30/2009 4:22PM

    I too and doing the C25K program! I just finished w1d1 and loved every minute of it. I saw there are podcasts for the IPOD. I have set that as my reward after I run my first 5k. Good luck to you!!

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A new day

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I went into Thanksgiving cocky. I was doing so well since I started SP that I thought I'd go off grid for a day and get right back to it. Well I didn't. I went off grid for a month, gained back all but a few of the pounds I lost and am more or less back at the beginning. But I'm not discouraged. I'm going to do a half of a half marathon in October and I've always done better with deadlines. Time to get back to it.

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JENNIEGETSFIT 12/29/2009 11:09AM

    You can do it! Having a goal is awesome becuase it's something to look forward to. I always do better with goals to. We can totally rock this!!

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The Good, The Bad, The Sorefooted

Monday, November 23, 2009

This weekend was interesting, to say the least. As I said on Wednesday I went off grid, not tracking for the first time since I started SP 'cause I knew I just wouldn't be able to do it and rather than have it drive me nuts I told myself it was ok. Not sure if that was a good plan or not, but that's what I did.

On Thursday I had "field trip" with my office, we went out to a good Italian place (I had grilled salmon with root veggies, so pretty healthy, but I ate it all, which was more than a portion, I'm sure) and then to see WISHFUL DRINKING, Carrie Fisher's one woman show. Laughing burns calories right? And I walked a lot, as I tend to in NYC, but I lost my pedometer before I left the house so I don't know if I'm over estimating.

Then Friday I had a conference, and they fed us lunch and dinner, both of which featured big salads but also things I wouldn't normally go for day to day, like a turkey wrap with mayo (only had half) and a largish steak for dinner with some kind of fruit glaze. Also, lots of wine.

Saturday we had a wedding to go to so drive through snack wraps from McD's for brunch (I voted for Starbucks for a wrap but hubby didn't listen) and then beer, wine, some fried stuff at a bar before the reception, then more wine a nice goat cheese salad with pears (YUM!), and hubby and I split steak, shrimp and chicken, chocolate wedding cake, all really yummy, none of it very healthy (the shrimp were fried and the chicken had cheese on it, the steak was a wonderfully rich cut). But we danced for 4 and a half hours (I did track that and was amazed how many calories I burned, over 1,000). Then before bed we split a hamburger and really good onion rings (think they had balsamic glaze on them in addition to being beer battered).

Next day we went to the breakfast buffet to wish the bride and groom well, had some yogurt, fruit, a chocolate muffin, some crummy eggs (didn't eat much of those), three slices of bacon and half a waffle. Sat on the couch all day watching TV and resting my feet, had a pint each of wanton soup and shrimp lo mein, with a couple of fun sized Snickers bars and half a fortune cookie to finish it off. Then when hubby went to bed, I rebelled and went down stairs to watch more TV and drink water (which I'm proud of 'cause I seriously contemplated opening a bag of cheese flavored popcorn someone brought over).

So it was a mixed bag, I didn't eat great and I only got serious cardio one day and totally missed out on strength training (aside from totting a seriously heavy bag around Manhattan). But the exercise I did do was intense enough that SP suggested I reassess my goals to make sure I was eating enough. And more importantly, it was fun. So I'll call this a win and in the future when the occasion calls for it, I'll go off grid again.

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SPARTANJAI 11/23/2009 1:15PM

    I'm so impressed, you didn't use not logging in your food as an excuse to go totally off the track, you simply knew that it wouldn't be possible to log in everything since you didn't know what was in it. I think you did fairly well for not being in control of your food! Sounds like it was a great time!

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