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C24K W2D2

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Got my run in. It went pretty well, though there was a scary part towards the beginning where my bad knee hurt but I went slower and it loosened up. The music was pretty good, I was listening to Elisa's podcast. It ended up being pretty good, I ran a little farther a little faster than last time overall.

What I'm worried about at this point is I'm definitely coming down with a cold and so don't plan on doing my run Wed. Depending on how I'm feeling tomorrow I might do a little elliptical and then do the run on Saturday. If I'm feeling like crap though I'll just have to scrub it. Which would be annoying.

Lost 2 pounds this week so that's just about perfect, even though my eating wasn't and I was feeling a bit torn, the runs feel like a more intense work out but the machine claims I burn a lot fewer calories than the elliptical.

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RAINTHIEF 1/12/2010 10:58PM

    emoticon Great job on your run and hanging in there! I hope you can avoid all the colds going around.

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BREW99 1/12/2010 3:31PM

    I hope you start to feel better... Try to take it a little easier in your exercise if you are feeling down. My trick is to drink lemon water (aka hot water with two slices of juicy lemon in it) to loosen up my breathing and help me get in the mood to exercise. emoticon Hope you feel better!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 1/12/2010 11:51AM

    My C25K program was full of me being sick...putting off the runs until you feel better is definitely the way to go (wish I had learned that lesson sooner) If you push yourself to run when sick you get a bad run and a worse cold.

If the C25K teaches you nothing else...it teaches you patience. Or at least it tried to teach me patience, but I'm a bad student on that subject.

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C25K W2D1

Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm getting later with these posts, but that's ok, so long as I do the run.

I ran on Saturday to get a jump on Week 2 since I know I'm in NYC later in the week and won't run. This way I can get all the week's runs in by Wed. and still have no more than two days between runs.

Saturday's run was good, perhaps the best I've done so far, though the longer running intervals took a bit of getting used to and I had a bad stitch in my side on the second to last interval. But I kept up the intensity and ran quite a bit farther than I had on the other days: 2.42 with a high speed of 6.2 (all on the treadmill, per usual). We'll see how it goes today.

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PAPRINIKA 1/11/2010 9:26PM

    Ah, I'm not as hard-working as you. I need to get back to running soon.

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C25K W1D3

Friday, January 08, 2010

So my first week is done. I think my runs have gotten harder, in terms of feeling nauseous, but then I've been upping the intensity each time on the treadmill settings because the lower ones feel too easy. I was doing my runs on 6.2 this time and I had just had lunch. I know. So not the running's fault, all mine.

But overall I call the week a success. The only truly frustrating part is I'm burning a lot fewer calories than I would if I were using the elliptical, despite it feeling like a much harder work out.

I've tried three different podcasts now and for week one I liked Suz the best, then Nicole's and then Elisa last. They all had strengths and weakness. For Suz it was hard to hear her cues, though easy to guess what she was telling to you to do. For Nicole I liked the idea of her changing the music completely for each interval but in practice it's a little jarring. And Elisa's music, even though I liked it better and knew it better, seemed the worst match for my stride most of the time (she had a few great ones in there though). Let me know if you guys want the links for the podcasts.

I still haven't decided if I want to do some exercise today or take two days off and do the next run Sunday as planned. I may have to move it up tomorrow to make timing work next week.

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MIRDREAMS 1/11/2010 3:00PM


(most encouraging prompts I think)




Cues only, no music:

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SPEEDWACER 1/8/2010 9:28PM

    Oh, I'd like the links. I've seen Suz's, but not the others.

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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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