I've learned over the years that thunderthighs can be seen as an insult, but to me it was a compliment from my very althletic high school and college days - I was really muscular and played several sports and had lots of endurance.
Really - I take it as a compliment! I'm trying to regain my thunderthighs (right now they're still mostly wobble thighs).
Congratulations and best of luck with the training for the half.
Now, would you please share another name. I really don't want to refer to you as "Thunder Thighs". I have them too, but I don't want to be identified by them and I don't want to identify you that way either! Should I just call you "83"?
Fitness Minutes: (564) Posts: 321 12/12/11 11:56 A
Here's some encouragement to all of you - keep it up, it works! Since I wrote the original post in September, I've kept it up, and yesterday I did a 3.5 mile run without stopping. I've signed up for a half marathon in April 2012!
Thunderthighs (PLEASE share another name) - I call myself a slogger (slow jogger). I'm in my fifties and I always hated running. I'd been doing a lot of walking in recent years and when participating in local 5K races, I found myself wanting to jog. I completed a C25K program this summer and am now jogging 5Ks, but I only do about a 12 minute mile. Not worried about the speed. I enjoy the races and even though I usually participate with a brother and a sister who run much faster, I'm not looking to pick up speed, just endurance.
There is a SparkTeam called "Slow Fat Runners" that I joined even though we all hate that middle term.
Best wishes to all!
Fitness Minutes: (11,341) Posts: 96 12/10/11 9:47 A
I am definitely in that range. I actively avoided running for YEARS and just started again very recently. And when I do run, I run very slowly. I've been using the Spark 5K your way program and loving it. I have started running several times, and always started off way too fast. This time I'm taking it slowly and really trying to focus on walking more. I'm about 2 weeks in, so we'll see how it goes!
I've been running off and on since last summer. I was running about 3 miles 3 times a week until winter. Then, it started dwindling down until I took an extended break. I just got back into running last week. I'm now doing 3 miles 2 days a week (may add a day next week), but that 3 miles includes several walking breaks. I'm working back up to continuous running.
I am also a very slow runner. I don't know what my speed is now, but last summer/fall I was averaging 11:50 per mile. I walk pretty slow too, and I have really short legs, so I don't think I'll ever be really fast. It would be nice to get to a 10 minute mile, but it's not really something I think much about. I'm not interested in running any races at the moment, so it doesn't really matter how slow I am.
Fitness Minutes: (564) Posts: 321 9/13/11 2:43 P
I just started running (jogging, really) about two weeks ago...although I've been walking several miles regularly, and about 15 miles per week for some time, I'm moving up to running. I have jogged in the past and done several 5Ks and 2 10Ks (times around 1:15), but I haven't jogged at all in over a year prior to now, and there is NO muscle memory. I jog about a 12 minute mile, but would love to work down to a 10 minute mile.
As of right now I can jog about 1/2 of a mile before everything is on fire. I've worked up too fast before and become injured, and this time slow and steady is the name of the game. I'm looking to be around a mile by the end of the month. I'm jogging 3-4 days a week, never two days in a row. I'm definitely jogging for weight loss, but also to clear my head and calm my nerves.
I'm wondering, is there anyone else who is in the "less than 1 mile" range? Or the "12 minute mile" range? Or the "jogging for less than two months" range? I'd love to have a threat for other very new runners.
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