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5/1/12 11:41 P

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Aaaww you two are the nicest people! Thanks so much I really appreciate all your feedback. I'm just going to try to have fun. I am doing it alone, maybe I'll just zone out or make a friend :) who knows. Looking forward to doing things the right way after this race. So....I'll be back to learn from you all. emoticon

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5/1/12 7:58 P

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Good answer, Judi! I really had no idea how long it would take to walk 5k. Those hills, and the stroller, and hanging with our 'new' friend... I'm sure we could have walked faster. But then I would have been out of breath for all my yapping! lol!!!

Yep, the 'dreadmill always says I'm way slower than outside does - and that's WITH gps, so I know outside is accurate... I used to have a pedometer and it was SO not calibrated to my stride it was always messing with my head, so I tossed it. I try not to compare my performance between the mill and the road (former road, le sigh). Apples and oranges.

Yeah, GETFIT, I was wondering if you were doing this event with a friend - because it really helps to pass the time having someone to chat with. If you're on your own, I'd say just take that walking and 'run' with it (lol!) You can either crank up the earbuds and zone in, or walk with a new friend - one you meet on the road! Either way, don't be nervous. This is your first time walking a 5k, you're going to get a Personal Best! I *really* hope you have a fun time. It's this weekend, right?

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5/1/12 6:35 P

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We are both recovering from injuries, and we were also pushing a stroller for one of the other people who were running the half marathon. Our time was about an hour and five minutes.

And yes, I can do much better than that, but injuries are injuries, and are not to be trifled with. It was a wonderful walk with Kirsten, and another Sparkmember named Janet.

It's different outdoors than on the treadmill. I just can't get myself up to the same speed on the mill that I can go outdoors. I'm not sure if it's a calibration thing, or a mental block. So I have the opposite thing happening - I'm actually faster outdoors.

My suggestion is to not even worry about time. You are just learning, and starting out. Go and whatever time you have, is your first "PR" (personal record). From there, you'll have lots of room for improvement.

Somebody has to be last. Even with our time of 65 minutes, we were not last. It depends on who else is at the race. I ran a 10K where I was almost last (only 8 people after me). It was so much fun - and I did it again the next year. My time and my place both improved.

We all worry about being last, or at least I worried about it to start with. Being last just means that you had enough courage to get up off the couch and get it done! How many hundreds (or thousands) of people in your city did you beat at that?

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5/1/12 4:46 P

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O.k. so you both walked a 5k. May I ask what time you walked it in? I am having the hardest time gauging everything while outside using a pedometer. I am truly confused, on a treadmill I can go 3.2miles or so in aprox 42/43 min. I know that is not great whatsoever ;-/ However outside with the pedometer, I am even slower!! I just did 3.26 in 58minutes and that wasn't just walking, I was also jogging here and there. I guess I am feeling nervous about this 5k thing.. Am I going to be the last one? Thanks again Judi and Kirsten :)

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4/30/12 9:13 A

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Hahaha! And my booty walked that 5k with someone who's Sparkname rhymes with showgirl!

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4/30/12 1:16 A

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Oooh, I love JM's shred! Enjoy that one ;o) I'm glad you're still going to do the event, and I hope you have a great time. I mentioned that I recently learned how much fun it is to walk a 5k! Guess who I walked it with????

*hint: starts with J, rhymes with booty!

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4/29/12 10:24 P

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emoticon no worries!

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4/29/12 8:47 P

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Thanks Judi. (and sorry about hijacking the thread)

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4/29/12 8:20 P

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It's all a learning curve, but in no way try to do the 30 minutes. You'll just frustrate yourself. And no lunges in the few days leading up to the race!

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4/29/12 7:49 P

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Thanks you so much for the responses, I will just try to be happy with finishing the race then and will just try to have fun. I am also throwing the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred into the mix tomorrow. Now I'm nervous!!

I have been walk/ jogging on the treadmill a little bit for the past couple of weeks. I do fast walking at 4 mph (fast for me) and then do short sprints here and there at any where from 6 - 7.5, but can only do them for about a minute at a time. I've been doing 3.125 - 3.3 at around 42min., but then tried it outside and totally failed cause I just couldn't gauge my pace right and was so super slow (2 miles in 38 minutes), it was weird. I guess a bunch of lunges the day before was a bad idea as well, my legs still haven't recovered.

Just trying to figure all this out. I accidentally entered my expected time as 00:30 not having any clue what I had done. T, I don't think there is any way I'm going to make that, and maybe shouldn't even try... ?

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4/29/12 7:04 P

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Ooooh, that's really too soon to think about running. 9-12 weeks would be better. I think we pretty much ALL underestimate the difficulty of running 5k at first. I can't tell you how hard I laughed when I heard about a 'learn to run' program for the first time. Well I sure do respect it now! And you have asthma too? I do too - and it takes even a little longer for our lungs to adjust to running (and to adjust meds if necessary). You'd really be playing with fire trying to run this race so soon.

Now, have you ever walked 5k before? I just did it for the first time a few weeks ago (and I've been running since 2009!) and let me tell you, it's no 'walk in the park' (even though it was - a walk in the park... hmmm... need to rethink that expression!). Is walking - perhaps with the occasional minute of running - an option for you?

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4/29/12 6:26 P

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No week plans to share! At this point, just go out and have a good time for your first race. And then work on your training next time.

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4/29/12 5:53 P

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This has been such a helpful thread. I too have asthma, and just started jog/ walking a couple of weeks ago and signed up for a 5k next weekend. OOOps, perhaps a bit premature. I can't even run for 3 minutes straight. I wish I would have done the training the correct way. Sounds like you've done an amazing job! Running 20 minutes straight is amazing! Congrats and good luck in your race.

Does anyone have a week plan to shape up and get ready, or have I totally screwed up and will just have to deal with going pretty slow, even walking a lot?

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The last 2.5 miles were brutal .....

.... but could anyone have wiped the smile off your face once you knew that you could AND DID run that far? That is a feeling that will share the rest of my life with me - it was THAT good! LOL

Now go and tell everyone that you did it! Celebrate it.

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2/28/12 8:46 A

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Yay!! Congratulations! 20 minutes is no small feat!!

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2/28/12 8:21 A

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Completed W5D3 - jogging for 20 minutes straight. I did not think I could do it....but I DID!!! The last 2.5 minutes were brutal but WOW - what a sense of accomplishment! emoticon

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Good news!

(and slow is the new fast!)

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OK - so I slowed my pace and it helped a ton! Thanks everyone! I didn't think of it before because I am not running fast anyhow but slowing it down just the tiniest bit really helped. I am pleasantly suprised. Thanks so much!!!

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2/3/12 1:53 P

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I agree with the others,slow down. But, please,don't be afraid to use that inhaler! I use mine before EVERY run,short or long. And I take it with me on longer runs just in case. I take 2 puffs about 20 min. before(if I remember to do that ahead of time) and am usually good. The humidity in midsummer will call for more use,though.
Keep at it! You're doing great! remember,too, that your body is still getting back to being non-pregnant. Yeah, it's been 3 months but you're still healing and now you'er asking even more of the body by running. Give it time~this too shall pass.


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2/2/12 8:37 A

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Hi,
Oh boy can I relate! First let me congratulate you on your progress so far! I too have asthma but what I do is I always use it before I run. Just a couple of puffs and I haven't had to use it during a run yet. Always carry it with you though.
And you know what? It's okay to repeat weeks of the C25K. I repeated several and I noticed over on the C25K Team, a lot of others did too. Your breathing will get easier with time.
Happy running to you!

Valerie
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Slow your pace.

Way better than starting to think you can't do it at all. First we learn to run (even if we think we are the slowest turtles on earth). After we are running and our bodies are used to it, or about six months, then we can try to do some speed work. But that won't happen at all if we never get there!

Like the others said, slow down. It's the only way to get through this without feeling like dying :)


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2/1/12 5:34 P

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Yeah, when I first started running, I just "shuffled" through. My husband made fun of me, because he could walk faster...but I ignored him and around 6 weeks, I noticed it was a lot easier.

And, don't worry so much if you have to walk.., it took me many 5ks before I could run the whole thing...but I ran the whole time (except water stations) during my first marathon. Go figure.

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Thanks everybody! That makes me feel better. I have a 3 month old son so did not do a whole lot while I was pregnant or while the baby was so young. Plus, I have asthma but am trying to train myself to run without using the inhaler. I don't like the way it makes me feel. I will try slowing my pace to see if that helps. Jogging for 30 minutes straight seems impossible to me right now but I am hoping my May 5th - I can do that. I am signed up for a 5k that day and I want to jog the whole race. We will see......

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Yeah, what they said!
Easy peasy, just slow your pace. These breathless days will soon be gone and you'll be amazed at what you can do. Trust the process and celebrate the victories.

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KAM8198,

It sounds like you need to slow your pace just a bit, but remember too, that it takes time for to become a runner and you can't rush the process. Sounds like you are doing well, though. TRUST YOUR TRAINING!

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2/1/12 3:41 P

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Being able to run for 3 minutes is a big deal and you should proud of it!! Generally it takes time for your lungs to build up. I would say repeating the week would be a good idea to ensure you are ready to move on. It eventually gets easier!

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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I am a newbie. I just finished week 3 of C25K. I think I am going to repeat this week. I don't feel like it is getting any easier to breathe while I am running. Week three has a few 3 minute jogging intervals and though my legs feel fine while I am jogging, my lungs do not. Anyone have any tips that will help me push through this and get better so I can jog longer periods of time? I know jogging for 3 minutes doesn't sound like much, but I am out of shape!!!

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