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Kat,

I'm not sure I understand. You can start the training plan any day of the week. If your weeks are going from Friday to Friday, that's fine. You just check off the workouts as you do them and add them to your tracker from the training plan page.

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Thanks! I removed it from today and entered it manually for yesterday. After thinking about it, it doesn't really matter that the "checkmark" shows tracked today. It just means I did it and recorded it today. Duh! It's been one of those days! emoticon

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EH, I am confused; I started FRIDAY; saw nothing that said there was a particular day of lthe week we 'had' to start, and so TODAY was Day 2, Wk 1; but not according to the tracker! however, I back tracked, as well, after entering day 2 in WK 1 column, bec I noticed that while I got a red check for THAT day, I had NONE for the FIRST day, altho it showed the first time I entered, but NOT on that 5k tracker since it was routed through the Fitness Maps, with no prompt indicating I had to go back to click on the tracking button on the 5k chart!! I am getting confused and now I have no idea how I am supposed to do this; is there any clearly delineated step by step listing here that explains all this UPfront?

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L,

You might need to just add your workout directly from your fitness tracker (instead of doing it through your training plan) if you need to change your calories burned.

J,

You should be able to go to your fitness tracker, click the back arrow next to the date, and enter your workout for yesterday.

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I joined the team this past Thursday, and did day 1 week 1 then. Yesterday (Saturday) I did day 2 week 1.

When I went to log my day 2 results last night, it happened to be after midnight so it only allowed me the option of recording it today (Sunday). Is there any way to change that to be accurate for what I actually did? Or is it not a big deal?

Also, do I need to do day 3 today after just doing day 2 yesterday so I can "catch up" to week 2? I didn't think about or realize the week's would start on Sunday's and that by joining on a Thursday, I was already behind for following it per the plan. I have done a few 5k's walk/run style before so I think I should be ok.

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It says that we can change the calorie burn by clicking on the run in the cardio section. I don't see an option when I do that. Is there a way to correct the calorie burn.

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You click on the day, and then a place will pop up to enter you distance and time. That gets transferred to your fitness tracker.

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JEN: are you meaning by the word 'that' our FITNESS TRACKING page? I DID notice that there is now a new section in there; I just am not sure how to use the tracking calendar now; Do I click on DAY 2 within WEEK 1 and enter for that day, then?

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Thank you Coach jen for helping me out with this great question.

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You can click on the link from your training plan to add your workout to your fitness tracker. That's where you'll find the history of what you have logged.

Hope that helps,

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Hi! I signed up for and began my first day yesterday; I found the tracking page for me, and I entered the trail I did via the Fitness Maps as directed; today I got an email and clicked it to get to the page then to the tracker; I don't see where I entered my first day anymore; I backtracked via the calendar too so I am uncertain WHERE I am supposed to enter my stuff and where I can SEE it over time, not just empty boxes to fill in.??? emoticon

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Kathy, yes you can certainly do that as long as you feel you are ready. Best wishes!

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I've been doing my own version of this program for several weeks now and just found this team. Can I jump ahead to week 3 or 4, finish my race and then move on to the 5K run team?

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"This might be a silly quesiton, but is there an easier way to get to the training calendar than coming through the team board? I've looked under My Fitness and do not see anything available there other than where to add mileage. Thanks!"

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I really appreciate the info that's one of the things I love about this community. I am adopting the moto: "we train to race~not race to train". I look forward to listing my races and times...you are an inspiration

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In the beginning you want to run slow(er) because it will allow your musculoskeletal and pulmonary systems to develop so you can run at gradually longer durations. If you run too fast you are zapping your energy. It all sounds complicated but it makes sense. Coach Nancy is my mentor and she always taught me this...We train to race~Not race to train.

As you are running, pay attention to your breathing and if you are huffing and puffing, slow down. In time after you have built a solid running base, then you can gradually add speedwork. Thats off in the future though.

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Noted...I will admit I am a little impatient. I really make an effort to focus on my running form/posture so it seems that I'm running really slow but there maybe times when I increase my speed in an attempt to improve my pace? Thank you!!!

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Chances are you may be running too fast and by simply slowing your pace will help. This is very normal in the beginning as your body is adapting to the rigors that running will put it through. With time and consistency, your body will get stronger and your endurance will increase.

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2/18/11 2:58 P

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I notice after about 3 minutes of running my legs feel really heavy. I usually eat a banana or an orange 1/2 hour before my workout which seems to help with energy however my legs just seems to give out only after a few minutes...any ideas?

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Thanks for these suggestions. I enjoyed the carbs article and will work on this. I consistently consume 5-6 fruits and veggies per day, but will work on a better variety.

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That would definitely add carbs. Give it a whirl!

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2/17/11 6:21 A

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What about a healthy homemade granola?? It's my go-to breakfast and so easy to make.

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I will take a crack at this question. Fruits and vegetables will give you great carbs full of nutrients. By simply eating a banana will boost your carbs and that is just one example. A bowl of oatmeal in the morning for breakfast is another great source. Here is a great article:

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I have a question and I know this probably isn't the place to ask, but I will ask anyway since I think this will help me with stamina and energy. I have been tracking my food for about six weeks and I am consistently low on carbs. Of course, I have stopped my junk food, cookies, bread and crackers. I do usually eat a bun and then I gag and choke down a piece of wheat bread every day. I do NOT and CANNOT stomach the brown rice. What else can I do to get these carbs up? I've got my calories right where they need to be, so I don't want to increase calories, just carbs.

Thanks in advance.

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2/16/11 4:35 P

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I agree, I'm having the same problem. I'd like to put it in my favorites on the site, but I can't find a link.

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You can always go to the webpage you want to save and simply add it to your Favorites. I do that all of the time.

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I wanted to save the page that has each weeks workout, but that page does not have a save button at the bottom. Is there a way for an administrator of the site to add one? or am I blind?

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yes I bought a brand new pair of running shoes when I started to have the notion to run
I did a 1 mile race w/ my 5yr old daughter and had no problems. it just happens when I start out running the first few weeks. *( the hip/buttock pain) I thought it was sciatica

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Natalie

Cross training is doing other activities that still help you improve your fitness level, but use your muscles in slightly different ways. The goal is to keep challenging yourself, but give your running muscles a rest. Examples would include things like swimming, biking, elliptical, etc.

Hope that helps,

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If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, hit the "save" button. That should save it to your favorites.

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That seems like a nice idea, but I can't find any way to add that page to my favorites. How do I do that? I thought there was supposed to be an icon to click on, but I don't see one anywhere.

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Stupid question I know, haha, but what's cross-training?!

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You can start whenever you're ready.

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I joined this team a few days ago with plans to officially start yesterday. Unfortunately, I have a "doozy" of a cold which has really knocked me down. I now hope to start week one next Monday. Is that going to be a problem?

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I'm finding that if I eat more bananas & more pea's to my diet the potassium in them help a lot with all the new stress to my bones and muscles! Plus its just good foods to eat!
Maybe that would help you too!
It really took away my pains in less then a half hour!

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Are you wearing good shoes that fit properly and aren't worn out? Bad shoes can give you all kinds of aches and pains.

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I notice when I run I get a pain in my left buttock (sorry ) its not the hip but it feels sharp. the first few times I ran it started like the 2nd or 3rd run time- it quiets down druring walking then flares up when its the run part (C25K) after running about 2 weeks I noticed it didnt flare until the end or the runs- any ideas?

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What if you were to go here:

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and simply add it to your Favorites. I do that alot with different SparkPeople tools.

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This might be a silly quesiton, but is there an easier way to get to the training calendar than coming through the team board? I've looked under My Fitness and do not see anything available there other than where to add mileage. Thanks!



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Thanks for replying. I want to do this but at the same time it seems a little overwhelming. Wish me luck.

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Denise, if you are breathing heavy such as huffing and puffing slow down. Your pace should be on the easier side. This is a mistake alot of new runners make and it is very understandable. I am a runner therefore I should run as fast as I can. Do NOT do that. Nice and easy should be your mantra! Best wishes!

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Hi Denise

You'll want to go at a pace that's comfortable for you. The goal is not necessarily to go as fas as you can for 25 minutes, it's to slowly build up your endurance so that you can run for longer periods of time.

Hope that helps,

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How do you determine how fast or slow you should be running??? Am I to use 220 - age to determine an appropriate HR or am I just to stay in a comfort zone? or am I to try to get as close as 5K as possible during the 25 min time frame?

When I'm supposed to be jogging I feel like I walk faster (lol). I suppose it's just a matter of getting better at it.

Thanks, Denise

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Thank you coach Jen for your answer, it's helpful.

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Have you been doing more than this before starting the program? If so, I think it's okay. If not, I'd be very careful not to push yourself by trying to do too much, too soon.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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Good morning,
The workout time is 25 min for the first week, can I do more by adding more repetitions?

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Yes, that really does help. emoticon emoticon

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Cross-training would include some strength training. I'd recommend strength training twice a week.

Hope that helps,

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I was wondering if we should do strength training while doing this program? I know it says cross-training but that's all cardio. What about wts? Not sure what to do.

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If you have questions about your training plan, please post them here instead of starting a new thread. Your Team leaders and teammates can help answer them for you right here! Thanks!

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