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Join in the conversation on the daily chat thread. We will keep you going!

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I too backslid, my oh just one bite during the holiday season really added up. I'm now on week 3 of C25K and looking forward to not falling off the wagon. It helps that I work with some die-hard runners as well as newbies. The die-hards ask us how we're progressing regularly. I got tired of hanging my head. Glad to know I'm not the only one who's fell off and climbed back onto the wagon. Good luck!

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2/26/13 6:27 P

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It seems like this is the site I need as well. I completed the C25K almost three years ago and did great (for someone who never enjoyed running before!) and ran 3 miles 3 times a week religiously until Nov 2011 when my father passed away - and my mom really needed me for support (she is 88) - by the time I would get home physically and emotional I just couldn't get motivated. This past September I completed C25K again and was doing OK until I had to layoff a couple of days due to a cold and then the weather got too extreme to run outside - then the excuses just started coming - the weather is now improving, and I'm going to start back - I just don't feel the drive or motivation to do it - which means I'll still be looking for excuses. Good luck to everyone in the same boat as I am and - with Spring around the corner (YAY!) lets stay motivated---

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2/18/13 2:31 P

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Hi Christine,
I just noticed this thread had a post on it. Please join us in the daily chat!

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Hi there. I did like I said last time and backslid. I am now back at Couch to 5K and on week 4. The things is, C25K is like comfort food exercise to me. When I fall off, I know that the program will make sure that I am successful. I know lots of people with the same level of fitness would be able to just jump in where they need to, but I seem to need to KNOW that it will work.

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Anyone still check out this folder? I am a C25K graduate, worked my way up to 10k and quit. I haven't done any serious running in over a year. I'd like to start again, but am looking for support to help me get back into it. I'm walk/jogging a 5K on Sunday, but I think I really just need to start c25K over again. Should I go back to that team for support instead of this one?

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I see that not many people are in this boat, last post was last year. Any backsliders out there? I have clinical depression and one of the best things for me is running, so you would think I would be more scrupulous about keeping at it. But somehow when I start to slide, I gain momentum downwards. However, this morning, 40 minutes and I mean to keep this up!!!

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I need someone to keep me accountable! I had been running really consistently for about a year, but after my big race last April (the race that was the reason I started running in the first place) I've gotten lazy about it. I've started the 5k your way program probably 3 times now, and end up running about once a week. I just started again and am determined to run 3x per week. Does someone want to pair up to keep each other accountable?

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I am in the same boat! I need to lose 10# by the 21st of July!! I have been struggling a lot with it but thing I have a plan now! add me as afriend and maybe we can get through this!

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This is a non running question. I need to lose 10lbs by the 24 July...well, that is the challenge DH left me. I need help staying on track... Please ask me about my food and workouts and especially whether i stayed away from the sweets!!!

Thank you!!!

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Yes on Sunday I will try for 28 min and 2.25 miles. It will be harder to get the time right, because I will be running outside.
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Way to go! Sometimes we just need to think outside the box. I have to tell you... I can barely last for 3 miles on the treadmill myself and that's only if I absolutely have to do it. But I'll run for nearly two hours outside.

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Thanks everyone for the encouragement.
Today I ran 2.25 miles non stop in 27 min. Total was 2.75 miles in 37 min with cooldown and warmup.
I called it Week 8 Day 1 and told myself I was not going to stop until I hit 2.25 miles even if it killed me.

This group is great - Thanks again everyone.

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Oh, no problem! What about setting the time for 35 minutes on the treadmill? Or finding a 3 mile route outside? By finding a 3 mile route, you'd be forced to do it..

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Yes I do most of my running on a treadmill. It is 25 min or 2 miles which ever one you want to look at. I don't know if it is the 25 mins or the 2 miles that I am having issues with. I have tried to cover the timer and milage up on the treadmill but I guess my body knows when it is getting close because it starts to stop.
I restarted the program because I thought if I built up from the start that I could get pass the 25 min/ 2mile barrier. But after 3 times now I am open to suggestions.

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I agree with LISAINMS. I tend to have this problem with going past 3 miles. What I have done in the past is set a certain time and tell myself I cannot get off the treadmill until time is up. If you run on a treadmill, it might help...

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Hi Sharon, if I read this correctly, you have a mental block about going further than 2 miles? If that is the case... why repeat C25K? Your body is physically capable. You don't need to start over to develop the ability you already have. The mental side takes time. We have all had to cross that bridge. Are you running the same route every time? Are you using the podcasts to tell you when to run? What worked for me was to use a different route where I did not know the distances. I relied entirely on the podcast to tell me how far to go. There wasn't any thinking involved on my part so no mental block telling me that was the end of the run. When I completed C25K and was running a route I knew, I had all kinds of problems with my brain saying "ok, enough already...time to stop", but my body was fine. That is a real mental battle and it's like magic when you get past it. Once you can turn off the mental block to "stop", everything changes for your running distance. But it takes a little time and practice. Choose a route that you don't know any distance markers and run until you are told to stop. Take the thinking out of the equation. Hope that helps.

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I am having a 2 miles mental block and need some help getting around it. I can run non stop for 2 miles and then I hit a wall and can not go any more. Does anyone have any tips for getting around this.
I am redoing the whole C25K program to try and get around the block but once again I am stuck in week 7. 25 min run and can do just over 2 miles but that is it.
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Oh, they are STEEP and long - a mile to two miles depending on the route they choose.

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As a person that runs hills on every run 3x week for the last 4 months... if you work at it for the next two months, you will improve your ability to tackle those inclines. Hills take a lot out of you physically. It also depends on if these are steep hills or just long slow inclines. I tackle those differently. Speaking for myself, I would choose which is more important to me, finishing time -or- the satisfaction of conquering hills, and focus on that for your training time.
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Well, you can only take one week at a time but I really think you can do it! You have two solid months... and as you get closer, there definitely be warmer days. emoticon

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Haven't gotten any spin in yet as I've been trying to do ST cardio classes as my cross training and then also one day of either yoga or pilates for balance and extra stretching. Have done some stationary bike and if the weather doesn't hold for the hill work, will try to substitute the stairclimber.

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So, you have like 2 months for hill training?

I know I don't know much about this thing but... I think you will be fine as long as you stick to it!

Do you have a day for speed work? You might want to work on that if you are concerned about your time. Some other things besides speed work that I have heard that works are spinning classes and plyometrics (like jump roping)!

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I'm getting a little nervous...I laid off pretty badly from running/fitness the past couple of months and I'm afraid it's coming back to bite me. I'm signed up for a 10K on 4/16, in which the first 1-2 miles is all uphill. Today was my longest run to date for the year and it was only 4.7 miles and took 53 minutes on an indoor track. I'm hoping to get outside later this week and praying that my performance will be better. I need to start doing some hill work and fast, but I'm scared that I won't be anywhere near ready in time.

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Awesome plan! WOOHOO for the HM!

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It turns out that I decided to focus on something else.
1. Gave my scale to my BF for January
2. Going to train for my first HM
3. Trying to tone up

Thanks for the response!

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Savy, I think I've had a similar thing going on. I actually got a little panicky when I hit 139. OMG, I'm close ... I'm really close. ACK! What freaked me out? Well let's see - what if I don't like what I see at 135 (apparently I'm incapable of toning etc?? Where do I get these thoughts?) And the biggie "What the heck do I do after 135??" I've been so focused on a number that I have no idea what happens when I get there. Well, this 2nd one was given some thought and was actually easy for me. I said "OK Self, let's not focus on the 135, let's focus on The Rest of Your Life (dun dun duuuunnnn) So, I decided to focus on B210K ... and that's what I'm working on now. I'm always going to need new goals to strive for, so this is where I'm turning toward new goals instead of The Focus on the all-important goal weight number.

And Airbo1 - if a treadmill is not an option for you, have you tried YakTrax? I have a treadmill, so I'm inside, but I've heard so many people rave about how great they are for running in the snow. Barring both of those - I'd say grab a great DVD like Jillian Michaels 30 day shred or something and try those out. Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

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I am afraid to run with snow and ice on the ground. I have not run in a month and a half and I feel the difference. Am I making it a bigger deal than it really is?

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Okay, I am not used to asking for help especially on the message boards but.. here I am anyhow!

I feel like I am afraid to move out of the 170s... and have moved into the 8th floor. What will happen when I do finally make it to 160? Will I be to maintain?

Maybe it is because I am running out of goals. Sounds funny, right? Lately, I have noticed I am achieving alot of my goals and don't really have any new ones.

Anyhow, I decided for the month of January that I was giving up my scale. It's staying at the BF's for awhile. I am trying to focus on my fitness goals rather than the number on the scale. The thing is losing weight makes me feel strong. Running, strength training, and even trying new exercises makes me feel strong and invincible. What makes you feel strong?

I really want to make it to my goal weight... help?

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Hi LJHST5,

I am not sure if you have already tried this, but perhaps trying to go really slow. Actually pacing yourself a half of a minute to a minute less than your normal pace? I find when I am having trouble getting past a running challenge I am usually going to fast. When I slow down, I can break a mileage barrier and then the speed comes pretty quickly




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Oh no Meredith!!! I just saw this. I hope you are okay!

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Sparkie!!! I know exactly how you feel!! I've set future goals (ones that are creeping up rapidly) and I still am having trouble. I don't understand. I love to run. When I do it, I feel great. When I don't, I feel like crap. I'd rather run than do any other form of exercise. Yet, I just can't seem to break the next barrier. I'm signed up for a 5 mile on Thanksgiving and a 5K on December 5th. I did the first day of B210K last week and then on my second day I just didn't have it in me. I did two of the ten minute intervals then couldn't get back to running after the second walk. Ugh. Help!! Somebody please!!

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Awww Meredith ... sonnofa ...

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Plantar fasciitis. :(

And.... sad... tired and .... not happy.


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Congrats on your first 5K...It's an incredible feeling I got to experience last month.

Since then, I seem to be on a downward spiral with running. I've been having pain in my shins (have newish sneaks & stretch before/after). I'm also under stress at work & no amount of sleep seems to leave me feeling rested. I only ran once this week, but ended up walking most of it. Did make back to spinning 2x this week so I did get in the cardio. Just not as motivated to run as I was before the 5K. Has anyone else had a similar response?

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Slow doesn't matter - just finishing is the key. Congratulations!!

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I just wanted to let you ladies know that I ran my first 5k today! I completed the c25k program but didn't get to hit the milage.

It took me for-ever and a day to complete it, but I did! I am singing up for halloween 5k today and hope that in the coming weeks I can improve on my time!

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You will do fine! I smoked for 20 years and graduated C25K in the normal time...it is hard, but you can do it! It helped me stay smoke free to use my lungs...

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Thank you ladies so much for your responses. You both are so right. Great advice. Will make sure to take that to heart.

I am going to sign up for the halloween 5k. Even I get passed by every single runner and ever single walker.. I will run 3k!




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Sounds to me like you're taking some positive steps, so be proud of yourself! Who care how long it takes, as long as you do it?!? :) Let us know how it goes!

Divorce is awful. Be kind to yourself -- which means doing the things that make your body feel good. Running feels good. Sure, it's tough when you're doing it, but the feelings of accomplishment, commitment and strength are undeniable! I know when I went through my divorce, it helped to be in control of the things that I actually could control. Deciding to get my exercise (I hadn't started running yet) helped. Managing what food I used to fuel my body helped. You can do this! Good luck!!! And hugs to you. :) No more beating yourself up. Celebrate every good decision every day.

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You definitely did not ruin yourself! Maybe a small setback, but not ruin! And great job with quitting smoking!

I've been there, done that with the divorce, starting smoking again (after years of not smoking!). I quit in January and started running in April and the running helped me not to go back to smoking. But, it will take a while to clear your lungs out again. After you stop smoking it can take 3 - 9 months for your lung capacity to start to return to normal. I'm finally seeing some changes. Good changes!

I don't think your goal of running a 5k in a couple of weeks is unreasonable but you may have to run it super slow. You're going to have to be patient with your body (so hard, I know!) and let it heal and recover in it's own time. Keep running, keep working and your body will respond. You are doing great things for yourself! Hang in there and keep going!

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Need some help from my fellow runners!

I was running really great for awhile. Working on my pace and my time. I still stayed strong at 36 + minutes but my mile was down to 11-13, which was amazing (for me!) .

Well.. going through a divorce, some things started happening. I started smoking. I was smoking and running for awhile.. (which is terribly hard!) but it wasn't workin' out for me. So I stopped running for while because it felt like I was making no progress.

I've been out of the running circut for about 3-4 weeks. Quit smoking 4 days ago. First run was 20 minutes, run today was 36.. but my pace is awful. Terrible. I seriously could have walked faster. But I was able to extend my time going super slow by 16 minutes at least.

So I need some support. I really want to get back to where I was pace wise, and I am thinking about signing up for a halloween 5k which is 2 weeks away. Have I really ruined myself for awhile? Is this even reasonable??



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Carjac,

It really does get easier! Promise. I found you have to listen to your body and if it says 30 mins is what you have, pay attention. You can increase your time and distance slower and probably feel a lot better along the way, producing more enjoyable runs!

The goal is Happy healthy living!!

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LOL Crissy - I have an idea - every time you think you want to go faster, just remind yourself that Hottie Doc said slow...if you daydream/rundream about his face, perhaps you will feel better about the slower pace. Though, it would make it likely that he will not be rubbing on your knees again...I guess the pain had its benefit. LOL

I am smiling about your hottie doc and so glad you are okay!!

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Great news Crissy! Woohoo!

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That's great news! Have a great time running that 5K tonight!!

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What a relief!
BTW, I was just looking at your ticker. Only 1.5 lbs to your goal! How exciting!!!!!!

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My doctor's appointment went great! Besides the fact that he was a total hottie emoticon , he was very nice. He x-rayed my knees and said they looked great, no problems there. He rubbed on my legs, knees, did some type of exercise with them (bending, twisting) and pronounced me fit and strong. He said my injuries were most likely overuse injuries, for me to slow down and if it hurts, STOP. That made me laugh because I'm the type of person who pushes through pain and well, we know that just makes matters worse.

So the good news is that I'm healthy and fit and my knees are just fine. Bad news (if you want to call it such) is that I need to slow it down. So that's what I plan to do. He also prescribed some physical therapy and an anti-inflammatory.

However, I'm still going to run that 5k tonight!! My knee and leg both feel sooo much better. I will just take it easy.

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9:50 is friggin FAST for a newbie. Heck, it's fast for an oldbie!

I run my short runs at a pace that is fast (for me), but still feels good. I run my long runs a full 3 minutes slower. Per mile.

I know you are competing with yourself here, but it's not worth getting injured. Hopefully the doc will be able to pinpoint what's going on for you. Let us know how it goes!

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Delphyne, thanks for the link. Unfortunately, I have to run really hard to run at that pace. I was up to that point (9:50) but now I'm back up to an 11 min mile. Instead of getting better, I'm getting worse. It's so depressing.

I will be seeing a sports medicine doctor tomorrow. I'm hoping he'll have some answers for me. I'll keep you guys updated!!

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*10k - 5/2013 - Gum Tree - 49:31
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Kim, that's exactly what I think, too. I only work on speed during my 30 minute runs. I slow things way down for anything longer than that.

Have you guys looked at this training calculator to see what your personal pace should be?

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"If you don't have the flexibility in your hip flexors and hamstrings to create an adequate range of motion, your body will ask that motion to come from other joints--joints not meant to produce that motion. So you get early fatigue, early breakdown, and you expose yourself to injury."

Hang in there guys! Carjac, I think it will get better for you. We just have to remember we are new to running and try to go easy on ourselves.

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Crissy, I'm glad you are going to a doctor. I hope your knee is feeling better very soon. Injuries are so discouraging. Hang in there! Please keep us posted on what the doc says!

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We can run "together"! I'm the same speed/distance.

I was just thinking about this last night. I throw in a speed workout each week, and it does help, but I think right now our bodies are more in endurance building mode. I love my speed workouts because they mix things up and I definitely want to be faster and I know they are helping BUT I think until our bodies adapt to running 3.1 miles without being tired, they are going to put their progress into endurance more than speed. Certainly speed too, but I think the bulk of any progress is going to show up in things like not being quite as tired after 3.1 miles.

We'll get there! I know we will! Being slow is discouraging, but we won't be slow forever - I remind myself ALL the time that a few months ago, running 8 minutes was a scary thought.

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please tell it gets better...I've been running for four months now, can run my 3.1 miles, but it takes me 45 mins and I'm exhausted. Trying to decide if I should just do 30 min. runs and try to get faster or build more endurance and keep funning 45 mins. I keep waiting for it to get easier or feel better, but it's not! Please tell me that if I keep it up it will get better, please!!1

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Well I definitely need some support. My knee is still bothering me and an inner thigh muscle (on the opposite leg) is too. I'm sooooooooooo tired of being in pain. I'm trying to do something good for my body and it sucks that I keep injuring myself somehow. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Looks like I will be seeing a doctor at some point to figure out what's wrong.

I signed up for a 5k on Friday evening and I'm just not that into it right now. I'm hoping with a day off tomorrow and Pilates on Friday morning that I will be rejuvenated.

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I'm glad you are going to go for that 10K! I think you will be happy you did!

Have you seen the new Nutrigrain commercial? I like it because it follows just what you said - one positive choice can affect your whole day. (It's a shame Nutrigrain bars are loaded with HFCS and aren't actually healthy - but I like their message.)

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Wow, 2 mintues off your time! I'd take that for sure.

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Thanks. I needed that. I had a great day yesterday and started the day with a solid 5k run. I even shaved 2 min off my time. That was enough to put a positive spin on the rest of the week.

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Well, just so happens I did sign up for that 10k just a few minutes ago! I'm going to do it & I'm going to do good.

Negativity is contagious. When you start being negative with one thing something else will come along, and then another. But I think positivity is contagious too. Start with 1 thing to be positive about. Like a good meal. Then let it turn into something else. Maybe clean the bathroom & think about how good it smells in there all thanks to you! lol.
The point is, start a positivity streak! You can do it.

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I've had a tough couple of weeks. The nutrition has sucked and I'm not getting in the quality runs that I'd hoped. It's really starting to have negative play on everything. I hope to get this bum attitude turned around!

PINKBEANBOO I would sign up and keep training! Why not?? Even if you have to walk a bit of it, who cares? Just focus on that feeling of you crossing that finish line!

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I am FREAKING OUT & need some guidance.

I have not signed up for a race yet. BUT there is a 10k not too far from me 10/23. I'm on week 3 of Bridge to 10k & need to repeat this week (I didn't do so good last night).

Can I just jump into a 10k like that? I am so scared. What should I do? Sign up & keep training? Just go for it? I cannot tell you how nervous I am just thinking about it.

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Aww, Linda that stinks! Having your plan derailed is never easy or fun. I really hope the x-rays will reveal a cause and some relief for you.

Please keep us posted on how you're doing. We're all pulling for you!

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Linda, I'm sorry! I know that's got to be tough. :( I hope you're able to get back to running soon. emoticon

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Hi Linda,

I am sorry you are struggling and greatly admire your determination to continue! I am also prayerful that your xray results will explain the problem and that your med team will come up with solutions that are swift and painless. I also have FM, and understand exactly what challenges that adds to your situation! You have done such incredible and amazing things to change your life - weightloss and exercise can make the difference in how we deal with FM and with or without running for a few weeks, you have embraced those changes as permanent parts of your health plan for LIFE! Hang in there - this will pass and you will be out there with us again!

We are thinking of you!

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Linda,

I'm sorry! I hope things get better soon.

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Yikes, Linda! I agree... you don't want to risk permanent injury! When will you know something from your xrays? I hope they have some answers for you soon.

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Hi everyone,

I have been MIA for a while now ... my knees are just killing me so I took a bit of a break. It's been almost a month now, I've been to physio, the chiro & the doc. Waiting on results from my knee x-rays. Problem is that I have no idea what it is. It's swelling right in my knee joint, when I bend my knee (both of them actually) it feels like it will explode. When I walk it's not too bad, but running is out for now. I have fibro too (which improved greatly with my weight loss), and have been stretching faithfully (all different types) but every day I get up and its no better. SOOO frustrating!!

Crissy - I know you've posted another link on this, and I agree, I don't want to give up running, as I really love it too, but I don't want to blow out my knees either. and Kim, same deal, I'm watching my weight go up a wee bit & it's so discouraging, since I'm almost 'if I can't run, what's the point' but I know I can try other things. I'm just being stubborn I guess, but after completing the C25k with no real problems, I'm pretty bummed. (I was up to 35 minutes straight running time).

I'm mad that I've lost all this workout time - 4 weeks - even doing strength training I can feel my knees tweaking, so I've had to dial that back. Hopefully the x-rays will show something, in the meantime the Dr. gave me some pills for inflammation which help a bit but they are hard on my stomach, and I'm not a big fan of pills.

In any case, that's my pity party. I know I have to sit down and sort out a modified workout, but dang! don't want to just yet ...

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Oh, Meredith - I'm just now seeing your post. HUGS!!! I hope your week has been good to you.

Kim, my first thought was you are probably retaining water or something. Our bodies go all weird on us sometimes. I bet you shed it right off when things go back to normal for you.

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Meredith, I have been thinking about you all week (and I saw your "hint" on my page ... you are soooo sweet and I love that about you! I'll work on it, I promise!)

And if I may, I'm having a bit of an issue of my own - I went on vacation after hitting my goal of being in the 140s. I was 149 the day we left and practically giddy over it. I wasn't able to run, but I did a lot of walking and hiking. I kept my eating in check and the food was pretty healthy; not very much junk at all. I started running again on Saturday. I've been weighing 152-ish since we got back. I know the scale is not the be all and end all, but I was SO excited to see the 140s for the first time in like 15 years (seriously) and this is just tough to take. My logical side is saying "it's just a stupid scale and look at ALL your other progress!" while the other part of me is saying, "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" and throwing a tantrum. I'm eating within range and I'm hoping it's just water retention from muscles that are now readjusting after not running for a week, but I have to admit, it's so darn discouraging!

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Meredith - sometimes I sign into spark just to check on how you and other members of our little team are doing. I will be thinking of you today, as I always do, and sending you so much positive energy, love and support! You are a gem!

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Aww Meredith, I'm sorry! I hope it goes well. emoticon

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First off, none of this has anything to do with running.
I went through my list of teams and even clicked on to some of them, but....
YOU gals are my SP family. So... I hope you don't mind!

This is the last week of not only my summer vacation but also my maternity leave. I have been off of work since mid-March, before my Jonathan was born April 4th (my little Easter Egg!).

Last week I was A MESS. Crying all the time, freaking out about everything.

Today has been a good day so far, but it is definitely bittersweet.

So--- please, if you can, just be thinking of me this week and next!
Thanks!

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Oh no Crissy - feel better. A day of rest is always better than weeks of lost time. Take care!

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Pattie, please let us know how it goes! Sorry about your doggie. :(

Looks like I'm going to HAVE to take tomorrow off. Ugh. I pulled a muscle in my quad (from my groin to my knee) and it has steadily gotten worse. So now I think I'm going to rest it tomorrow (maybe do some Pilates and upper body work) and see if I can get a run in on Saturday. I hate taking a day off but I fear that if I don't, then this muscle will not heal. I'm just hoping one day will be enough. emoticon

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*10k - 5/2013 - Gum Tree - 49:31
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oh no!
I am so sorry. I hope everything goes well... will be thinking of you. *hugs*

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I'm having a rough morning, er week I guess, and I could use some hugs and prayers. My dog has been very sick, and I'm taking her to the vet at 9:45 this morning. Please keep us in your thoughts.

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Thanks Pattie!




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Awesome!
Thanks!!!

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Sorry, I skated last night, and didn't get back on the 'puter!

Here's one link of some of the poses I use: www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=13_
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I have another site marked too, but it's at home. So I'll have to find it and post it tonight. They have really helped me!

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8/10/10 8:16 P

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Yes, yes, yes!!
Please pass along the info!

And... great blog today, Lady! :) You are a WARRIOR!

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8/10/10 10:50 A

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Cindy and Meredith, I also had a lot of hip trouble after running. I solved it by doing very deep yoga stretches, including hip flexor stretches, after I ran. It helped me a great deal, even when PT wasn't helping. With fibro, I have to be very careful about stretching afterwards, or I suffer later. Let me know if you'd like more info on the stretches I do.

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8/9/10 10:45 A

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So glad you are feeling better and were able to resume your runs! Woohoo
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I'm happy and relieved to say that after a week and a half or so of chronic myofascial pain resurgence, I was able to start running again. I got on the treadmill last Wednesday and ran 3 miles, then ran another 3 miles Friday on an indoor running track. That was a first for me - so far all of my 3 mile runs have been on treadmills. It felt really good. I'm starting the Master Cleanse tomorrow, so I will be playing it by ear as far as whether or not to run during the process.



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Hi Meredith!

I feel your pain! Literally! I have been struggling with a hip issue too, for about 3 or 4 weeks. I have changed my shoes, concentrated on running form, added a ton of stretches, bought a foam roller for the other stretches, and refused to give up my runs for anything. I have found that stretches really do help me - especially by doing the warm up and then stop to stretch before running! Big difference. I did check with my physical therapist to get his advice though on what was wrong before continuing to work out. Perhaps a quick visit to the doc?

Hope you feel better soon!

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Great idea! :)

Well-- I am dealing with a hip issue that I believe was caused by two months of running in shoes that were too small.

I forced myself to take a break from almost all exercise - I did sneak in a few tricep bends and maybe a plank exercise here or there...

Anyway, I had told myself that I would give myself until Monday. And the hip is still tender. I don't know whether to run/train through the pain or to keep resting. :(

I have looked up a ton of hip flexor stretches - both dynamic and static, and am hoping that incorporating some of those will help. *sigh*

I really don't want to lose momentum!

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Hi All -

I thought I would create a folder for anyone to post to should they need support. If you are struggling, need a friend, having a rough running or non-running related moment - just post to this thread. We will make sure to check it regularly and help each other.

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