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9/25/10 10:40 P

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HI MKEDRE,
I'm hoping you look at this page again, cause I would like to know how your 5K went...
I too did the couch to K program on the treadmill, cause of the heat in my area (NC) & when I went outside to run I couldn't believe the difference & I was even running at an incline on the treadmill. I just backed up to week 6 in the C5K & am working my way back up. I have a lot of hills to contend with,no matter where I run, so that throws a whole different twist on it.
Would love to hear from you!


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MKEDRE's Photo MKEDRE Posts: 28
9/19/10 7:51 P

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Thanks for the ideas! I am taking this weekend off, will be running tomorrow which will be 3 days rest. Hopefully it will do me good! Good job on your 5K's!!!!

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9/19/10 4:30 P

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Yea MDDR! I am 53 also and just ran the whole 3.1 on Labor Day! It was something I NEVER thought I could do and actually I still don't believe I'm doing it~! And I do it three times a week! : )

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9/19/10 9:14 A

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This is a subject I never thought I would get to respond to but I am actually amazed at what our bodies can do if pushed a little. I have been working on running 3.1 miles for 1 year and 3 months (no kidding) and I finally have achieved it. I am so excited about it as I am now 53 and about to become a first-time grandma! I used music with my all-time favorite John Denver and also contemporary Christian music as that has a lot words that motivates me with some Country mixed in there. I pray. I asked God to push me a little further. I pray for my family members and friend as well. There is never a time when someone doesn't need prayer. I have done past 5Ks but walked them except for one which I ran for 1 mile and then had to walk/run the rest of it. I am not a fast runner but I am only in competition with myself. I love the feeling I get running and feel the best in my life.

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9/18/10 10:37 P

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Take a couple days off, this might be your body telling you to slow down a bit.

Also, from my experience my pace on the road is much faster than on the treadmill. On the road I regularly do a 10 minute mile, but when I do that pace on the treadmill it just seems so much faster. Make a conscience effort to slow down -- just worry about the distance, not the time.

Good luck to you!

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9/18/10 6:30 P

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If you did not have your treadmill inclined at a certain incline then the treadmill running was being much easier to do than the outside running. You can google that info. The treadmill without incline is actually helping you along. A young lady I know was running on the track this week and she told me she had been running 6 miles on treadmill (no incline) and came to the track to run six and could barely make 3! I told her what I had read about the incline needed. She was a bit freaked because in Nov she is running a half marathon and thought she was doing well! Yikes! Anyway to deal with boredom I chose different spots along the way to either speed up to or whatever and you can also listen to audio books on your ipod. I pray for my family and friends and think about life in general. : ) I pick out quotes and really try to figure out what they really mean...etc...anything to keep from thinking "when can I stop???" or "how much further?"....the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak...LOL!

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MKEDRE's Photo MKEDRE Posts: 28
9/18/10 12:07 P

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Hi everyone...
I started the Couch to 5K program back in May. I did mostly treadmill training because I live in central Florida and it's just too hot outside. So I've made it to 3.1 miles on the treadmill and have signed up for a 5K. Now, a couple weeks ago I took my running outside to really prepare for the 5K (early morning or evening). I cannot seem to get past 1.5 miles outside! I think it's a mental thing. On the treadmill, the distance was a motivation for me to continue yet outside, the distance is a distraction. I'm constantly thinking "how far have I gone? when can I stop". And it's like my mind knows when I've gone 1.5 and I just poop out. I'm so frustrated. I need something to occupy my mind, other than what I'm doing. I listen to music, my own mix, Podrunner, but it doesn't seem to keep my mind off what I'm doing.
Any suggestions? What do you do to keep yourself motivated to keep going??? My 5K is 9/25!!

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