SparkPeople Turtles Unite Team Messageboard For those who run a slow pace, but love running. Non runners welcome too sometimes this describes proper weight loss too! Slow and steady finishes the race! SparkPeople Turtles Unite Team Messageboard Any Turtles still around? I haven't been that active on Spark in the past couple years but I am starting back and wondering if anyone frequents this team enough. I am going to be training for another marathon this year and working to lose the baby weight. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:37:30 EST Would love to get this team going again... The turtles have fizzled, would like to get my turtles on the "fast" track again, is anyone still out there!? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:04:49 EST The Slowest Puppy My name is Cara and I jog at the speed of molasses. Its actually pretty amazing how slow my natural pace is, but I really enjoy jogging, I just don't jog in a group because otherwise I'll try to speed up, get winded, and not have much fun. <BR> <BR> When I was in college and I learned about fast-twitch versus slow-twitch muscle fiber I was super excited. I always thought I was just really unfit and that's why I wasn't fast. Learning I was more of an endurance runner than a sprinter made a l... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:58:30 EST Imagine that Today I helped a turtle cross a busy road.. Tue, 24 May 2011 19:26:00 EST First Race of year coming up I know some people already got a few under their belt for the year, I am looking at doing the Gaelic Gallop in Dyersville on March12 its a 8k should be fun! Fri, 4 Mar 2011 20:53:50 EST treadmill slipping I have a slightly odd request for help. I am petrified of falling off the treadmill at the gym. Here's the details... I've done walking and jogging on the treadmill (was trying C25K) but I stopped because I felt like I was going to eventually fall off. I don't mean the newbie problem of getting used to the movement, etc. That was fine. I mean that nearly (there were very few exceptions) every time I jogged, and at least half the time when I walked, I seemed to find a slippery spot and I would... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 02:12:05 EST Races and Places Hey team! I would love to have you post your upcoming races for the 2011 year, and if you haven't gotten any picked yet let's get you motivated to enter some. Dead last finish is better than did not finish, which is better than did not start! go out there be brave and enter a race you will be surprised how many people cheer for you! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 01:13:23 EST Hi Hello everyone! <BR> I've recently picked up running-jogging again. In last few months after my move, gained some weight.. so trying to shed some excess. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:42:47 EST Let's Rock 2011 TURTLES!!! I am ready I don't know about you. I am slugging off the winter blues and ready to get training for some races.. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:33:12 EST Got Race?? Hey turtles what do you have planned for your running pleasure in 2011..., I am already signed up for the 500 festival mini marathon in Indianapolis! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 04:18:44 EST Winter Goals?? What are your goals for this winter?? Sun, 7 Nov 2010 02:08:48 EST When to start running? Hi everyone, I'm a newbie. I'm wondering if anyone can link me to good information (or comment on) how overweight people know they are at a safe point to begin running. I have 110 lbs to loose, am able to walk longer distances (4-5 miles with no problem), but am slow and afraid to kick it up only to injure myself. You thoughts and comments are welcome! <BR> <BR> -dakota Sat, 23 Oct 2010 16:17:33 EST Chicago Marathon Yes this turtle made it injured hamstring and all, so I will be nursing that for awhile but I plan on continuing my running only I plan on sticking to half marathons! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 20:41:43 EST Need more turtles... I know there are more turtles out there bring a friend or 2. C25k in someone's future we are here for them. Sat, 2 Oct 2010 02:56:40 EST Here I Am.... I was looking thru the teams and fell over this one. Wow! I don't feel so bad now about my "slow pace". I run.... well, I jog.... okay, okay, I confess, I mostly WALK, but my goal is to run a 1/2 Marathon next year, not to win, but to finish. I don't even come close to winning any race. I just started running this year and became addicted within just a couple of months. My first run was a 10k... my sister thought we could do it. Well, I did finish just in front of the ambulance. Since then I ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 14:25:24 EST OCTOBER TO JANUARY CHALLENGE POST HERE! HEY TURTLES! <BR> Here is my making it through to the New Year challenge for you! We will be starting officially in October but starting in September is good practice!!! <BR> <BR> 3 Things to challenge yourself on! <BR> <BR> 1. 500 monthly spark points- most are already doing this but in case you're like me and slacking get tracking! <BR> <BR> 2. 1000 monthly fitness minutes! We all like the trophies right!!! If this is no problem for you shoot for 2000! <BR> <BR> 3 Try a different w... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:37:25 EST Getting through till the New Year! Alright so it is not the big push toward the end of the year, the time to get rid of a few stubborn pounds or not to gain back any during those pesky holidays...start making your plans and lay them out here I am hoping with plans there will be an idea for a good challenge! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 23:33:00 EST This is great! Hi! I love the idea of this team. I like to jog - but I really am such a turtle! I usually "jog" about a 13 minute mile -slooooooooow. I would love to see some team challenges or other fun activities like they do on other boards. Any ideas? We turtles need to unite! LOL yay! Sat, 14 Aug 2010 19:30:09 EST In exactly 2 months... I will be running 26.2 miles through the streets of Chicago! Yikes I cannot believe it is just around the corner time really does fly the older you get! Tue, 10 Aug 2010 20:21:32 EST The daily mile Another resource for sharing your training. <link> </link> its like facebook for your training so if you're like me and post your running on facebook you can stop annoying those normal people and talk to other crazy folk! Tue, 10 Aug 2010 20:20:06 EST Lost Steam I am going through one of those times where the steam and energy for sparkpeople is dwindling right now. Not that I am neglecting it or anything its just that I don't have a ton of energy for doing anything beyond logging in and maybe putting in fitness and a quick blog. I want my turtles to know I am not neglecting you but I just am having a temporary steam deficit so the team might be a little stagnant for a couple weeks. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 01:40:35 EST 18 yes that is 18....miles to come! A little nervous for this one for sure but excited and ready for the challenge my low motivation that I was having last week is gone I am ready to go kick some 18 mile butt! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 20:27:53 EST Need help getting further I need some help! I've been sort of following a beginner running program that I've used before. I'm not sure if it's the oppressive heat or the lack of a "group", but I can't seem to push past one mile. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled when I'd finally made it to running one mile without stopping, I've been trying to build the endurance to keep that mile and add to it, but I'm still barely making it to one mile. It's been a week and a half since I broke through to that one mile. I feel like it shou... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:16:15 EST I walked this week Since I'm again an injured runner, I walked this week, without pain! <BR> <BR> Tuesday 1.06 <BR> Wednesday 1.03 <BR> Thursday 1.11 <BR> Friday (with Coach Nancy) 4.0 <BR> Saturday (at the zoo) at least 4.0 <BR> <BR> WOOT!! <BR> <BR> I'm sore but not in pain today! ROCK!! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 10:08:37 EST Ran in my first 5K today! I ran in my very first 5K race today, it was a Relay for Life sponsored event in Tualatin, OR. I finished in 26:36, a time I'm very happy with. The course was mostly on gravel and easy to run on, with only a few hills. <BR> <BR> I even managed to get 2nd place for my age division! (Granted, there weren't a ton of runners so that was not too difficult LOL.) <BR> <BR> Already I'm looking for more races. I know of at least 4 more coming up... now to pick and choose which ones I can realist... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 14:24:18 EST 16 miles on Sunday Yikes definitely nervous this will be 2 miles farther than my longest run better start hydrating now!! I have recruited my cousin to be my water stop assistant, she will be riding her bike carrying water gatorade and extra fuel and the cellphone so we can get the EMT's there quickly (I hope not!) Thu, 15 Jul 2010 19:06:46 EST I am so proud of all of you!!!! Turtles- all of you rock, you are out there doing so no matter what your accomplishment you are the greatest team here!!! Some of you have run your first continuous mile, some of you are still working on just a few minutes at a time and some are still in the walking stage, while others have run their first half marathon or 5k! Keep going turtles keep moving on little by little. Remember each accomplishment no matter how big or small is great!!! <BR> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 23:48:31 EST Turtlinda reporting for roll call! Hi! I am new to this team, but not a new turtle. My weight loss journey has covered almost 4 years (122 pounds gone so far) and plan a turtle tattoo when I reach goal, 18 pounds away. <BR> I want to be a runner, and even with arthritic knees and COPD lungs, I av beginning to see it possibl. I do what I can, trot when I can and walk at other times. I started doing 5K's last year, just walking, but have incorporated some running this best was 40:11 (20 minutes off last years time)... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 13:44:56 EST July Mileage *Challenge* Thinking on keeping the mileage challenge going. So post here for you July mileage! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:56:16 EST Why? What do you enjoy or get out of running? Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:46:18 EST Sturgis Falls HM Spark Turtles ran the Sturgis Falls half marathon in Cedar Falls IA this weekend actually had great weather for the race and saw some PR's and first times recorded! It was great fun! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:22:23 EST LOVE Turtles!!! I am a HUGE turtle fan, and love running so this is a perfect fit! <BR> <BR> I already know some of you from other teams, but I am looking to get some encouragement and meet some new sparkfriends along our way!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:15:16 EST Warrior Dash!!! Turtles you NEED to do the Warrior Dash, it was the most insane weekend of my life!!! 3.5 miles of muck and mayhem, sounds like Turtle work to me!!!! Mon, 21 Jun 2010 17:55:17 EST Down week I am having a very down week training-wise. I can't get moving...I did realize today that it might not be the worst thing but it is causing me a little stress, I am putting myself to action, but I have also accepted my less than stellar motivation this week as maybe I was going too hard and my body is telling me to rest a bit. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 19:14:46 EST I need a kick! I've floundered back and forth so many times with "sticking to my diet" and "exercising daily" that it's exhausting. <BR> <BR> I have nothing profound to say anymore about it. I usually have some great announcement or some epiphany, but not this time. I've starting running again, ugh, how quickly one gets out of shape! <BR> <BR> A short background, I've struggled with my weight most of my adult life, no, I take that back, my entire adult life. I never liked to exercise, I hated to sweat. A... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:55:12 EST Good Morning Fellow Turtles :) I have just started jogging/running (or whatever it is that I do is actually called)... <BR> <BR> Wannabfit34 actually told me about this team and I'm happy to be a part of it. <BR> <BR> I am up to 1/2 mile now...I find it a little (lot) difficult to run, but I really want to do it... I want to be able to run at least a 5K by this fall! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to many 'chat's with everyone here! Have a great day. <BR> <BR> Susan Sun, 13 Jun 2010 08:11:49 EST Hi Everyone! Glad to find this team....I love running and am definitely not fast : ) Look forward to sharing the journey! Wed, 9 Jun 2010 15:25:49 EST Long runs kill my nutrition I can eat for several hours straight after a long run any suggestions or anyone share this issue! Wed, 2 Jun 2010 06:35:58 EST Pedometers Those of you who run/jog, do you use a pedometer? If so, which kind do you have? What do you like/dislike about it? Which kind would you get if you had unlimited funds, and why? :) <BR> <BR> I'm going to be going on vacation in a month, I'll be gone for 2 weeks. I definitely want to keep up with my jogging but I haven't been running long enough to have a "feel" for how far I've run. Plus, I want to continue to track my calories burned if possible. Any and all information and opinions ... Mon, 31 May 2010 12:57:41 EST Turtles Unite now on Facebook Look for Turtles Unite on Facebook I will have to add you in because I didn't want a bunch of crazy's on there that do not get the idea of the group...please join Wed, 26 May 2010 17:43:13 EST June mileage Post your mileage totals weekly (at the end of your training week I know not everyone puts in their long mileage the same day!!!If your week starts on Sunday or Monday you can use the 30th and 31st! Lets rack up those miles turtles. <BR> <BR> If you want to post daily you can--you can keep it in one post and just hit the edit my post button. Wed, 26 May 2010 02:25:04 EST Garmin Don't know about you all but I want one of these so bad! GPS and heart rate monitor, gives you your pace and distance oh drool! Wish I had the money for one right now! Thu, 20 May 2010 06:16:55 EST Shakeology Cleanse Doing a nontraditional cleanse from the Beachbody group (p90x, Insanity Chalean) the nice thing about this cleanse is that you don't feel hungry all the time and it only last 3 days. I had started it right before my half marathon but when I found out I was for sure doing it I opted to wait, now the time seems right my diet needs a big kick in the rear! Tue, 18 May 2010 14:50:40 EST Turtles REPRESENT at Marion Arts 5k Was anyone else there? We should have done it as a team!! Mon, 17 May 2010 10:38:16 EST Turtle theme While I started this for the runners who are nice and pokey I think the turtle mentality can also translate to proper/healthy weight loss so I thought it would be nice to open it up to runners and non-runners! Anyone is a turtle! Turtles do things the smart way, they run in a manner that keeps them injury free, they lose weight so that it is lasting weight loss, and we all cheer each other on in support no matter what the pace! Sat, 15 May 2010 03:33:28 EST Half Marathon complete! The 500 festival mini marathon aka half marathon is complete slower than I wanted to go but my sister had a knee injury about mile 3 which slowed us considerably but it was fun to run together and we finished that is all that matters! Sun, 9 May 2010 17:13:36 EST Goals What goals have you set for yourself (running, weight loss etc) and which ones have you achieved? Mon, 3 May 2010 02:20:32 EST Mall to Mall Were there any other turtles at the Mall to Mall this morning??? I should have worn green... Sun, 2 May 2010 13:24:51 EST Quotes In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that." <BR> -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder Sun, 2 May 2010 01:15:28 EST EEK First Half Marathon unplanned My initial plan was to run a half marathon on June 27th and I am still doing that one and now it is official I am doing the 500 festival half marathon on May 8th a little early but I know that I can finish especially running with my sister. <BR> <BR> Turtles represent! HEZLIZZIE will also be doing her first half marathon the same day so we will have war stories to come! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:43:41 EST Cross training For my cross training workouts I do the bike, I also do Insanity workout DVDs, and P90x strength workouts. What cross training activities do you do? Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:10:08 EST Introducing myself... Hello there! My name is Valerie and I'm not a runner... yet. My friend Shelly (IUSECRAYONS) invited me to join this group because I want to become a runner. Beginning next week, I'm going to try the C25K program. Weather permitting! :) <BR> <BR> I've tried to run in the past, but my knees just don't like it. I'm wondering if I am trying to do too much, too fast. Maybe the C25K program is just what I need to work up to it slowly. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! <BR> <BR> As you can p... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:24:52 EST Challenge Ideas Looking for any ideas for challenges, might be things that you are struggling with that we can put up and help keep each other accountable. Mine is staying in normal calorie ranges after a long run! Other things might be just getting that first step out the door, it was hard for me at first because I have a confidence issue and some days it still is a battle because it is hard for me to be seen? Any ideas from anyone else would love to hear some things that we can put into a challenge/account... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:11:48 EST Upcoming events What races and events are you participating in this coming year? Tue, 27 Apr 2010 20:32:03 EST Welcome This is for those that know slow and steady wins the race cause slow and steady finishes the race and if you finish we all win! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 20:29:50 EST