SparkPeople SparkPeople's 5K Your Way Running Challenge Team Messageboard SparkPeople's 5k Your Way Running Challenge will make fitness fun, as we train to run a 5k in less than 5 weeks. Are you ready to kick your workouts up a notch? Welcome! <br><br> <a href="">Visit the main Challenge page</a> SparkPeople SparkPeople's 5K Your Way Running Challenge Team Messageboard running in the heat Okay, I know the best way to train my body to handle the heat is to just slowly push through it and trust my body's ability to adapt. But does anyone have any suggestions for making those humid days a little less miserable? All I want to do is sit in the shade and guzzle ice water. <BR> Wed, 3 Jul 2019 19:05:35 EST Starting over again . . . I used to "run". I was never great, never fast but I did it. Then I stopped. Now, 2 years and 20 lbs later I'm starting again. I have had some major changes in my life related to health and career but I can't put it off any longer. It's time to take action and be in charge of my health again. <BR> Sounds great, convincing even huh? I know I need to do this but I still sabatoge myself all the time. I LOVE food, especially sweets, and beer - the darker the better, and I am busy (isn't everyon... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:21:51 EST Nike + Run App ~ Running Buddies Hi Yall <BR> I was wondering how many of u guys use the app Nike + to run with if so <BR> I am looking for some running buddies u can add me username KSBride or under my name Lucinda C. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Lu Fri, 8 Jul 2016 10:19:37 EST 5k run in montreal quebec canada anyone know of a good marathon in montreal qc Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:59:23 EST Excited about Race Day The challenge is coming to an end but planning and training for the next Run 5K or 10K starts after a rest day and fueling. So happy I am arriving here with no more injuries to my knee. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:49:57 EST Incline Verses Treadmill Speed Hi All - I am a newer runner (more of a jogger) and am currently running a pace of 4.1 at a 0% incline on my treadmill. I'd like to increase my speed. Am I better off slowly increasing my pace (4.2 for a week then up to 4.3 and so on) or am I better off increasing my incline (0.5% or 1% each week)? Also - is a weekly increase too quick (I run 3x's per week). <BR> <BR> I appreciate any guidance - thank you! Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:43:08 EST Running motivation Sunday was US Olympic Marathon Trials! Exciting broadcast. <BR> <BR> Check out articles &amp; pictures online. Women - winner showed tremendous sportsmanship as she encouraged her teammate last few miles. Her teammate finished 3rd &amp; collapsed barely after crossing finish line. Strong will!! They ran 5:30- 5:40 per mile pace.....despite 75 degree heat in Los Angeles. <BR> <BR> Men - 1st place ran 5 minute pace for 26.2 miles. This was his first marathon. #2 - Meb is 40 years old. ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:51:47 EST Fit after kids Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for a long time (on again off again), but am hoping to get in shape after 2 kiddos! Wish me luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:21:00 EST Trying to Find My Inner-Runner Hello - I joined your team today! I am trying to get back on track with my running program and have been doing a 5K Runner Program app that I purchased and completed some time ago. But I got lazy, gained some weight back and am now trying to kick myself back into gear! I am currently on week 6 of the 8 week program. I also shocked myself by signing up for my first 5K which will be held on my 44th birthday this coming April. I'm hoping that will be a good motivator for me not to mention a... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:10:01 EST Yoga for runners So back in August I popped a hamstring - either the muscle or tendon, not sure which - and couldn't even walk for a day. I haven't really run since, thinking my running days are over <em>24</em> But I miss running, so I've invested in a DVD called "Yoga for Runners." Now, I don't do Yoga, in fact I'm one of those obnoxious types that makes a little fun of Yoga, so I guess the joke's on me! Anyway, I tried the "Yoga for Beginners" routine, or I should say I TRIED to try the routine last... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:35:34 EST What to eat pre-race? I am getting close to running my first 5K. What would be the best strategy leading up to the race? Specifically, what kind of breakfast the day of the race and what to have for dinner the night before. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:30:54 EST Back to running again So earlier this year I trained for a half marathon; ended up with a foot injury and couldn't do the run. <em>39</em> But I'm not giving up, I'm starting to run again. Today I ran 3 miles on my treadmill - the first time in a long time, and it feels GOOD!!! <em>315</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 13:53:08 EST Hi from Michigan Hello! 27 yr old mom of three girls - just started running again 9 weeks ago when I started C25k, I only have one day left! My 10 year old is my race running buddy - our first race will be on the 28th. I think we are 45-50 minute 5k right now, hoping to improve (stuck on the dreadmill all winter) that time with more outdoor running and training! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:04:51 EST Week 3 - 2015 Is anyone following this program this year? All the threads seem to be very old. I am on W3D1 and I am sore but I did 2.97 miles! Just couldn't go any further. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:27:59 EST Running injury - what will this do to my training? Well I've decided to step up & try a half-marathon, signed up for training with a local runner's store that sponsors traing for this purpose. Yesterday I put in 6 miles - really proud of myself! But today I can barely walk. I feel alot of pain on the outside edge of my right foot, toward the heel but not on the heel. I iced & elevated my foot, wrapped it in tape & took lots of ibuprofen yesterday. Today I'm hobbling around with a cane and my foot in a wrap. Treating the injury is one th... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:58:22 EST Miles or km? Why is the training program tracker requesting miles not km when the goal is to run 5 km? Odd Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:20:31 EST NEW RUNNERS! GOT SUPPORT? <em>364</em> You will track your workouts on your Interactive Training Calendar. <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> If you comment on your workouts in the corresponding weekly forums, we can provide guidance, comments, and answer any concerns and questions you might have. Being active on the team forums is the only way we can help you. <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> I also encourage you to open your SparkPage to everyone. This is the best way to own your journey, to make yourself accountable, and most ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:16:40 EST HELLO EVERYONE! IM FROM VEGAS!(RUN4U) WELCOME TO RUN4U! <BR> Hello my name is Josue Santos, Thanks for stopping by. My goal in creating this web site is to help others like myself make this “lifestyle change”, whether on a Diet Program or following one of your own. It can be done! and I will show you how. I hope my web site helps you to get the motivation you need to lose the weight you want while incorporating a healthier lifestyle to forever live by. The Idea is simple, just run or walk 2.0 miles a day with out stopping, nor c... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:38:39 EST New gear Blister! My new running shoes gave me a blister. <BR> <BR> They were sized by a running room person, as I decided that perhaps the shoes I picked were the culprit to my numb feet. <BR> <BR> I have never truly enjoyed running, although it is part of my life as a military member. For as long as I can remember, running makes my feet fall asleep/go numb. I have asked doctors before and never found a good answer as to why. I am overweight, but I am otherwise a healthy individual. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:14:35 EST Calories burned- Spark or equipment? When it comes to jogging I go over uneven terrain, but measure it out with google earth. My Sync watch measures my heart rate and gives me a calorie burned for a jog, and it's usually quite different from what SP tells me. Take today for example, SP says I burned 266 calories on my run while the watch reports a whopping 546cals. <BR> It was a 37min run. <BR> What's a girl to do? <BR> I suppose as long as I make sure to eat when I'm hungry right? I'm in weight maintenance mode right now and I... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:51:46 EST Educate Yourself as a Runner! <link><BR>-center.asp#all_articles </link> <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to read one or more of these articles daily! NO ONE knows it all! AND what many believe, including me in the past, is outdated! It's a new runner's world out there! (D & I have a subscription to Runners World!) <BR> Whenever I have a run question, I go to the link I've posted. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> And please, don't buy running shoes off the rack! They will probably not fi... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:55:00 EST Hello from VA I thought this would be great as I am just starting to incorporate running into my workouts. <BR> <BR> I did a running challenge for the month of June 30 minutes a day and was able to complete it but wasn't satisifed with my ending results. I would like to be able to keep a steady pace and increase my distance. My distance was between 2.05 - 2.53 miles. (treadmill) <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:17:09 EST Hi! I'm Erin Hi, I am Erin and started walk/jogging in November. I am in week four of the 5K program and on Friday am going to attempt to run for 30 min straight! I have lost almost 18lbs running and have truly started to love my morning workouts! Wed, 28 May 2014 19:28:41 EST Personal Request: Turn Your SparkPage On! If you just came on SparkPeople, it's important to make your SparkPage open to all members. This way I (& your Teammates) can give Goodie awards, words of encouragement, and whatever straight to you! <BR> <BR> I tried to give a Goodie from the Team this morning and, because the Page was private, I couldn't do so. <BR> <BR> Just edit your SparkPage and at the top check boxes, insure the "Turn my page offline" box is not checked! <BR> <BR> We just want to be able to support you in any way we... Sun, 18 May 2014 16:37:19 EST Pacing yourself Okay, so I ran my first 5K in like a year & 1/2 last Saturday, didn't do too bad at around 41 minutes. I ended up walking about half of it, I think. I'm not really an outdoor runner, I usually run on a treadmill, and I think that's part of the problem - I really don't know how to pace myself outdoors. I think that when I'm running, that I'm running faster than the 5mph that I do on the treadmill, and then I kind of run out of steam and have to walk. I noticed a few others that kept a slow... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:28:15 EST Newbie from PIttsburgh! Morning all! Where do I start? <BR> <BR> My name is Marie and I live in Pittsburgh :) I've lost around 60lbs in the past year with a lot of hard work. I've done various programs in my life and have had my ups and downs in weight loss, but I'm determined to make this time STICK! <BR> <BR> I lost much of my weight through healthier eating, with Weight Watchers and then working out at least 3x a week or more. I started running last summer as well, and am still trying to build up my endurance t... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:53:12 EST week 5 2014 Ran for 30 mins this morning only managed 2 miles but did not stop so I count this as my start of week 5. All been well I will run on Thur and then do a 5k parkrun on Sat. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:22:16 EST If you stop during a jog, do you stop the clock? If you're in the middle of a jog and you stop to stretch or say hello to someone or something, do you stop your timer and resume when you start again? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:32:57 EST What's a good follow-up? Once you've completed your 5k, how do you stay motivated? How much running you do weekly/daily? I don't want to push so hard that I start messing with my joints, but I want to keep improving myself. So what new goals do you set for yourself? Tue, 4 Mar 2014 20:26:21 EST Why I like this site. You know why I like this place, people here are all positive. There's no your overweight or you should be doing this instead of the workout your doing. Here people see your setting goals and reaching them and they actually support you. Its a nice change from everyday life. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:58:05 EST Educate Yourself! I added the goal of reading one run article a day for a reason. A smart runner will build a long run life AND enjoy it more. I subscribe to Runner's World as it is one of the best run magazines. I also plug into several online run sources for constant information. <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> Too many will hold onto hearsay and believe it as truth. This will cause a lot of problems. AND, like so many areas today, we find out more up-to-date information. Run smart! Run strong! <BR> <em>104</em... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:52:23 EST Trying to get back into it Last year started with stomach/digestive issues, and ended with a back injury - needless to say, I didn't do much running last year. My goal was to run a 10K, well this year I'd just like to get back into a 5K. I ran on my treadmill for 20 minutes, only 2 days a week ago, and ended up hurting my right knee. I've already had some issues with the left knee. <em>24</em> <BR> I was about to give up on running when a friend of mine, a fellow who's lost over 50 lbs, told me he was starting to... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:49:08 EST Run or Dye 5k Signed up for the "Run or Dye" 5k on March 1, 2014. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:45:43 EST Day 3 week 2 complete! I felt so good after the 40 minutes, I continued to run and walk. 70 minutes and 5.85 miles later I feel super! <em>244</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:26:27 EST Hello My name is Alecia and I am a 48 yr. old wannabe fitness guru. I workout on a regular basis, however, I am not obtaining the results that I desire. I would love to lose about 10 lbs. by my 49th birthday in Sept. I welcome any and all healthy support. <BR> Thank you Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:07:54 EST Hello from Cape Cod I am returning to running after a 3 year hiatus due to illness. Now fine and needing to get back out there. I've run 5Ks, 10Ks, and a half marathon before my illness. But after 3 years, I need to lose 25 lbs and get back into running shape. I did a 2 mile walk/run yesterday, so I know I can do it. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:26:31 EST Trying very hard with annoying job If I had all the free time and energy in the world this would be a cinch, I love running. However I am at the mercy of my job I have weird hours where I can't just choose a time of day to workout and stick with it, plus when I have opening hours I am so exhausted from being on my feet all day that it's so tough to make myself run, I did it yesterday but could only stand 2 miles plus it's getting darker earlier. I know I must just sound like I'm whining but I would just love some tips on how t... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:26:45 EST Hello My name is Angela. I did my first 5k race yesterday and did it in 53 minutes, going uphill 300 feet. I would love to do this same 5k next year with a much better time. So this will be good training. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:18:35 EST fundraising run - tips on asking for $ Hi! I'm doing a 5K next month for charity and I have to ask my friends to sponsor me. Any tips on how to word things? I've done other races but have only fundraised once. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:32:18 EST Self introduction Hi everyone! It is a total coincidence that I decided to track my overall progress today on SparkPeople and find this team! I am so excited for the opportunity! I signed up for my first 5K taking place October 5th! It is a Color Run (anyone hear of this before?) It looks like a lot of fun and several other family members are participating. I have be using a C25K app on my phone but the app doesn't work very well so I will be starting the SparkPeople program today!! Sat, 7 Sep 2013 13:27:02 EST haven't trained enough should I drop down? bad, I registered for a 10K which is on Saturday and I haven't run 10K since April! <BR> <BR> I was on vacation for 3 weeks, it's been hot, and I've been taking swimming lessons almost every night for 2 I've only been out for 1 or 2 runs per week 5Kish each. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if I should drop down to the 5K race on Saturday? I'm definitely taking Friday as a rest day. My legs have been so wobbly from swimming! Plus I bike to work every day. So...I'm getting exer... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:06:56 EST Monty OK? Haven't had a chance to check in lately, so just read about your fevers, hope you are OK by now?? <BR> <BR> I'm still plodding away on 30 minute jogs three times a week. Usually I feel the first 5 minutes is quite hard, not sure why, maybe because its a bit uphill?? after this I just plod along without problems. Is this normal?? <BR> <BR> Was wondering maybe my stamina would be built up better if I ran shorter distances say 20 minutes maybe 6 days a week? Would this build up stamina? I alwa... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:55:25 EST Pulled out of the 5k your way program but.... Don't worry I'll be back in, in a few weeks. The only couch to 5k program that works with my Ipod is a 9 week program that starts off slower. Since I really need those voice over cues as looking at a timer would drive me nuts and I don't want to skip I've decided Ill officially rejoin the program when the two are more in sync. Besides I really want that trophy. <BR> <BR> Think I'll stick around the team though as it is 5k MY way. <em>20</em> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:27:17 EST Hi just starting runing again I just started today. Waked for 1min run 3. I miss counted and did 10 times. I used to run last year but stop. This was good start to getting back on track. Had no problems but for the heat. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:47:45 EST Week 1 Training Program - I Can therefore I Will So today I will do my first day of the program. Previously I would do 1 /2 minute run at 5 mph and walk for three minutes. That was hard so i can only imagine how challenging this program will be. <BR> <BR> Kelli Fri, 31 May 2013 09:16:43 EST Hello there I like participating in 5K road races here in Jamaica. I tend to run/walk and my last race was last weekend when i did it in 41:39. I would like to reduce my time but i have a back problem and figure my long term health is the most important consideration. My Goal for the Grace Kennedy Education 5K in July is to go under 40mins. Heres to succeeding on this challenge. <BR> <BR> Kelli <BR> Liveloverespect Fri, 31 May 2013 09:10:00 EST Lazy My name is Alicia and I love to run, but I'm also lazy, and love to sleep. Not sure how to get over this Fri, 24 May 2013 17:09:50 EST Hello! I'm Lauren, and I live in Annapolis, MD. Last summer I was walking a lot but unfortunately injured my foot (tendinitis). I rested it for several months (probably longer than I needed to) and now I'd like to start jogging but starting slow of course. I have been jogging 1.8 miles around my neighborhood, but am looking to be able to go longer and farther. I'm shopping for new running shoes if anyone has any suggestions! Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:32:34 EST Leg Pain Wondering if anyone has any advice... <BR> <BR> I develop, what I think are, shin splints ALL THE TIME. No matter what. I jog slowly (5 mph), did the C25K progam so I was taking it slow, have new supported running shoes (Brooks), have tried calf compressions, drink enough water, nutrition is very good... everything I can think of. Yet my shin is KILLING me. Last year I did the C25K program and got to the 5k mark... then had some physical/medical problems that needed attention and took time ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:37:36 EST Query about week 4 I've just finished week3, so on to week 4 tomorrow, 35 minutes jogging. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be pessimistic, but I've felt pretty pooped after the 8x4 minutes of jogging in week 3, you know what I mean, falling asleep in front of the Tv LOL. <BR> <BR> My question is: if its too hard to accomplish the 35 mins straight, should I break the time into 2 sessions or 4 with some walking in between for a few minutes? OR, perhaps stay on the week 3 a bit longer?? <BR> <BR> thanks everyone. Bea... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 22:18:47 EST Why is this so hard? So a few months ago I was really focusing on my jogging, a traditional workout would be: <BR> <BR> walk 2 minutes <BR> run for 10 at 5.0 <BR> increase speed 1 mph every minute until I couldn't handle it <BR> either stop or decrease speed every minute until 30 minute <BR> <BR> <BR> so why is it so hard to only run for 3 minutes? I think I'm so focused on the clock I never get into a groove. But I really want to train the way Spark encourages because I had hit a wall on my own. <BR> <BR> An... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:34:45 EST Question about last 2 weeks of the running program I've just finished week 1 and was wondering why week 5 has 30 minute runs, while week 4 has 35 minutes. Why is the time less in week 5 than week 4. <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> (I had to start the program again as the weather was so hot here in Australia, sorry for you guys who have trouble running in the snow, but at above 30 C its pretty tough going!!) <BR> cheers <BR> rogan Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:39:31 EST 5k training Hi all! <BR> <BR> I found this team by "accident" but I'm so glad that I did. I did my first 5k race on October 13, 2012 and had an amazing experience. I wasn't the fastest but I also wasn't the slowest. I took my time and made sure I completed the race. <BR> <BR> When I crossed the finish line I was on cloud 9! I also ran another 5k on December 6th and cut about 4 minutes off my time from October. However, that is when life happened and I gave into temptation. <BR> <BR> I am here becaus... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:01:55 EST I am alive and well It has has been rough for the last 18 months, I have lost a lot and gained more. currently I am recovering from surgery and not able to work out like I want to.In the meantime I am taking eating healthy classes and started a tai chi course. I am very disappointed that I am not allowed to roller skate yet , but the doctor did say I can take my favorite spin class with low intensity. So you see I have slowed down quit a bit but I still alive and well. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:09:21 EST What Do You Do To Cross Train? I really am enjoying running, a lot. So I'm finding rest/cross training days so...well I'd rather be running! <BR> <BR> I've done swimming, dancing, cycling and strength training on cross training days but it never seems to satisfy the need to run. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do on cross training days and do you miss running on your rest/cross training days? Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:08:59 EST Spring running goal Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have decided to run the Leprechaun run so I can dress up like a fair and celebrate the coming of spring. Does anyone else have a spring goal coming up? Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:16:56 EST Share your first 5K experience. You never forget your first 5K! I love other runner's views so here's your chance. I think it's vital to share and let others know what to expect. My first was the St Petersburg Times Turkey Trot. It was an intimate little race with about 14,000 of my closest Tampa Bay friends! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> I will share that my time was 59.54. I felt so good and proud when I crossed the finish line.I never knew I would become an addict. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:55:40 EST Anyone ready to 5K this weekend? If you've finished your training or you feel the need, you must try an officially run 5K. You never know what can happen. You just might LOVE it! <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:13:19 EST Good Morning, Team! I'm the new Team Leader! Suffice to say that I was not comfortable with this team having no active team leader for too long. This team was essential to my transition from walker to runner. I don't dwell on the past. I just decided to step up and provide guidance. I look for teammates to help by being actively involved and sharing your experiences. Everyone will learn from them. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I've done 32 Official 5Ks since Nov 2010. The first two I walked. I started a walk/jog program in Jan 2011 and app... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:16:59 EST Newbie Hello I'm 28, married with 2 kids, I'm a nurse and I am obese. I really want to become a proficient runner for the weight loss and health but even more for the personal time. That may sound silly but a lot of the runners I know feel like running really clears their heads and helps them manage stress. You could guess that I usually turn to food when stressed, its true. I was a smoker, sweets took the place of that. I have a few friends who have done the Color Run which looks soooooooo fun. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:49:46 EST Pay It Forward! Since Nov 2010, I've completed 31 5Ks & 2 Half Marathons. My wife & I've learned a lot about training and nutrition. We also learned a lot about preparing for and enjoying the race experience! I've been fortunate to join the American Running Company Team here in Dunedin, FL. I remember how intimidated I was when I ran my first race. I found out a lot of runners/walkers felt the same way! Now, it's like breathing. I will check this team daily to see if I can add helpful advice to questions ask... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 07:05:58 EST Sore knee from new shoes or pushing to hard? Hi, after finishing my 5k run last week I had a pain running along the inside of my knee. I didn't notice it when running, it was when I was done and tried to walk upstairs that I realized it hurt to bend my knee at 90 degree angle. Just wondering if this is because I switched running shoes and didn't break them in, or did I push myself too hard? I've been trying to get my 5k down to 30mins and have gone from 37 to 34 in a week. Also how long should I leave it before running again? I walked m... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:43:21 EST Why am I sore all the time ? I've been working out on my treadmill for a year and half. I do some of the sparkpeople exercise video's as well, But the back of my thigh's, butt and back hurt. I've lost about 79 pounds in that time as well. I try to do something different everyday. HIIT's one day, walking the next, and then jogging the next day. I do 60 minutes a day. I cool down and stretch after every workout. I also take 1 to 2 day's off a week, but nothing helps. It's getting harder and harder to continue. Oh yea.. I w... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:02:44 EST Where to from the 5K Since completing my 5 K, I have been adding some uphill training to strengthen my legs for running outdoors. I tried one outdoor run with a friend and it was so much harder than the treadmill! Since doing strength training for the uphills, we tried an outdoor run again and it went fantastically. I did not battle with the 5K! Also, have increased my treadmill run to 6k in 40 min. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 15:50:42 EST How do you break in a new pair of running shoe's I have a lot of back pain and had been training for my first 5K. I was wearing a pair of Nike Shocks. I've had the shoe's for over 2 years, and decided to purchase a new pair. The gentlemen at Finish Line told me that my Nike Shocks can cause back pain. So he directed me to a pair of Brook's running shoe's. Now my question is How do I break them in ? I wore them yesterday on the treadmill. At first it was uncomfortable and I had a weird pain in my left foot ( I had the same pain when trying ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:00:15 EST My 5th week!!! Yay, I did it I have been following this program religiously every week, and today I did my final run. I was so nervous because on previous days, my legs felt heavy and I was aware od how tired I was! But today, I told myself I could do it, and my run went SO well, and I hardly got tired!! Whew! <em>198</em> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 14:55:11 EST First Post.. :) I've been using SparkPeople for a good three months now and I figured its about time I get to posting and meet you wonderful people! Since August I've lost 15 pounds. 15 more to go! Since I started losing weight about 3 years ago, I've lost about 50 pounds to this point. But as I tried to do it more and more on my own, the weight kept creeping back.. it was hard to know what exactly to do all the time, which is where Spark People has been a HUGE help! I'm running my first 5k this Thanksgiving... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:50:50 EST what's next Now that I have completed my first 5k, what do I do next to continue to improve? Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:51:50 EST What stretches do you do? I saw this article titled "6 stretches that every runner should do" <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1565 </link> <BR> <BR> I know that I have a few favorite stretches that I do every time(I love the calf stretch in this article), and I was wondering if other people change up their stretches or stick to a few favorites, which stretches work well for them, and if there is anyone who never stretches after they run. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:55:16 EST Shin Splints Again??? So I've bought a new pair of running shoes, added supportive insoles, stretched before and after a run as well as made sure I did a proper warm up but I'm still getting shin splints with every run. It doesn't seem to matter if I run for 5 minutes or 35, I keep getting them. Could it be simply that it's been almost 16 years since I've run and the muscles and ligaments are still just getting used to "getting going"? Maybe my running shoes aren't broke-in yet after running only about 20 treadmil... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:09:22 EST How to use the program for a 2nd time? I would like to use it again, and again, until I get stronger and faster. Can it be cleared so that I can record the info a second time? Sat, 20 Oct 2012 19:00:37 EST Introduce Yourself to team forum I have always had a love of running, especially in high school. Now almost 16 years and one 3-year-old later I'm finally ready to get back to it. I realized early on that I need some structured help to get back in shape to run my first 5k in quite a while. I'm planning to start of 2013 with finishing the Tucson 5k Resolution Run on January 1st. This program is helping me get my run on!. Thanks Sparkpeople community for all your support and guidance. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:35:54 EST Go Sparkpeople! Check it out, another article proclaiming Sparkpeople's Awesomeness! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dable-ways-lose-weight-183700110.html </link> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:09:07 EST New month of running for the 5k Hello! I am supposed to be in week 3 this week, but didn't run at all for week 2, because I got too busy. The fall means school for me. Ack, I have to find a way to keep on working this into my schedule! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:31:30 EST Hi....My name is Trish I'm on Day 3. Feeling good about starting this program to change my lifestyle. I know I need motivation so I'm going to try hard to be on here daily so I can keep on track. Thanks for a great site...I'm really enjoying much to do. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 20:13:43 EST Just joined!!! Looks pretty easy - at least week one does..haha <BR> <BR> Happy to be here! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:06:56 EST Is there a program written up? Hi I am a hopeless runner but I try and want to get on this 5 week program. How do we do it? Is there a set program? Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:54:38 EST September Roll Call!! Name <BR> <BR> Location <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy running in the fall? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite thing about fall? Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:53:50 EST 2012 Week 5 Trick or Treat Trot check in <BR> Use this thread to share how each of your week 5 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training this week? <BR> <BR> When is the big race? <BR> <BR> Are you ready?? Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:52:31 EST 2012 Week 4 Trick or Treat Trot check in Use this thread to share how each of your week 4 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> How is your time improving? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:51:30 EST 2012 Week 3 Trick or Treat Trot check in Use this thread to share how each of your week 3 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:49:58 EST 2012 Week 2 Trick or Treat Trot check in Welcome to the group!! We're thrilled that you joined the Fall Trick or Treat Trot Virtual Race offered through Sparkpeople <link><BR>ricktreat5k.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Use this thread to share how each of your week 2 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:48:31 EST 2012 Week 1 Trick or Treat Trot check in Welcome to the group!! We're thrilled that you joined the Fall Trick or Treat Trot Virtual Race offered through Sparkpeople <link><BR>ricktreat5k.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Use this thread to share how each of your week 1 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:46:48 EST Sparkpeople's Trick or Treat Trot 2012 Yay!!! So glad to see they brought this back!!! Go sign up!!! <link><BR>at5k.asp </link> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:44:07 EST hello! Nicci here! So I am following this plan, although I have not signed up for a 5k yet! I have never done a 5k, but I want to get to that point. I have a lot of cousins that are into running, exercise bootcamps and are all very athletic. I am trying to get to the point where I don't have to politely refuse to join them in their escapades, because I am so badly out of shape. <BR> <BR> I am doing this all by myself with the help of SparkPeople. So far this week, I have faithfully followed the p... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 11:39:42 EST Problem tracking 5k workouts When I track the 5k program it is recorded in fitness tracker as Walking 4 miles/hr which is not accurate as 3/4 of my workout is running at 5.5 miles/hr. Any way to change that? Thanks. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:49:44 EST This is Me! I'm Karissa and I do not call myself a runner. Maybe at the end of these 5 weeks I will! <BR> <BR> I was able to walk/run a 5K earlier this summer and finished in 38 minutes! Yeah! So now I am training to run a 5K straight through. I was stuck on walk 1min/jog 3 min for about a month and sometimes could not even jog the whole 3 minutes. But I am feeling more optimistic and will let myself jog a little slower until I build up my endurance. <BR> <BR> My next 5K is Sept. 29th! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:36:12 EST startin up again i've completed the 5k your way rookie program...i ran my first OFFICIAL 5k yesterday with a time of 41:11...tomorrow, after a little golf, i will begin training again...and preparing for either a warrior dash or rugged maniac race...don't know where or when yet but it will happen lol Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:14:33 EST Hello!! Hi, <BR> so an introduction hmm, ok well, Im Andrew from the UK (currently residing in Dorset), 32, married to Alexa. <BR> looking to lose a good chunk of weight and be able to buy clothes with only one X in the size label!! <BR> <BR> Doing the couch to 5K running program with my wife in the hope this will start some weight loss arse kicking!! <BR> <BR> loving the calorie counting food tracker thingy btw, just like weight watchers but free!! great Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:55:42 EST August Roll Call Tell me <BR> <BR> Name: <BR> <BR> Location <BR> <BR> August Mileage Goal <BR> <BR> When was the last time you bought a new pair of shoes? (What kind) Wed, 1 Aug 2012 08:08:17 EST Running anyway-even when I was not feeling my best I did my race day on Saturday. Didn't sleep well, started my monthly cycle, and just out right tired, but I still ran. My husband was home and he ran with me. Not much was going my way, but I went and did it any way. I was hoping to find a local race, but didn't have time to search for one. My husband did the whole run with me and we ran it in 29.02 minutes. 9.5 minute miles. It was fun to do it with my husband. What a great day. I feel as if I accomplished something, even when all th... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:37:44 EST Does your cell phone add to your workout?? I love Interval timing AD. You can set up warm up, length of each round, rest time, how many rounds you want and even a cool down (relax) time. It has really helped me. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:20:23 EST Help! Need to change weeks I received e-mails that said I'm on week 4, but I'm only on week three due to an ankle injury, I'm still on track to do my virtual on August 29th, but that also makes me week 3 :) Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:59:24 EST Calculating Calories Burned I just completed my Day 1 of Week 1 yesterday and am following the SP Training Plan, walk 1min., jog 3, repeat 7 more times. When I tracked my mileage in my trackers, the calories it calculated was 150, however my treadmill showed 357 calories burned. Am I able to edit the mileage tracker to manually enter the amt. of calories shown on the treadmill? Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:29:14 EST W2D1 Shin Splints Like Crazy!! So even before I started the 5K Your Way program, I did a little jogging and got shin splints. Does anyone have any advice? I'm really enjoying working up to a 5K and I do NOT want to stop, but everyone I've asked has just told me to stop running and stick to walking! I know I need better shoes, but beyond that...any help? Any special stretches I can do before/after? Work on my form? Please! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:59:30 EST Anyone doing any Races today? Any 5k or 10k races today for July 4th?? <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:06:44 EST Help Totally Confused I am very confused. I signed up for this challeng when it was first advertised a couple of weeks ago. It said it was going to start 7/29 so that is when I planned to start. It also said something about doing an initial go at it to get your starting time, but I don't see where to record my initial starting time? I have been all over my training log, and the group page. I don't know what I am missing but I am not finding a place to post my starting training time? Any help would be great :o) Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:12:07 EST How to Improve my 5K Time I went through the rookie 5K training program and ran my first race. Now I'm trying to improve my overall time. Hoping this program will help. I think it get boring having to run for 40 minutes to finish a 5K. I've reduced it by a few minutes so far. Want to get closer to 30 minutes. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:52:48 EST Running hurts so good My local news station posted this article on their website: <link><BR>itle=running-hurts-so-good </link> . My favorite quote from the article is "Running is a physical, daily reminder to me that I am strong enough to do hard things. This reminder gives me confidence to tackle other challenges in my life that may have previously scared me off." <BR> <BR> My main motivation for running is doing it with my son. It gives a chance to spend time together, just ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:36:39 EST Music to motivate So I listen to Pandora, and there's an awesome station called "electronic cardio workout". I'm into techno a bit, so I find this station really keeps my rhythm up. What songs/types of music work for you? Wed, 23 May 2012 22:55:58 EST Hola My name is Adria. I joined because I'm a little tired of being lazy and hovering around 150. Still a fairly new runner but I'm enjoying it much more than when I was forced to run in school. Anyways, hoping to stay motivated when I'm used to spending my time, you know, not running. Wed, 23 May 2012 22:50:29 EST Can someone have a heart attack during a race? I know this question sounds weird...may be my nervousness to do the 5k that I will be doing in a couple of weeks. <BR> Is it possible that if I go really fast, like I never have,during a race that I can have a heart attack? <BR> When I am running, and my heart is beating really fast, I get very scared that I will have a heart attack and slow down. <BR> So far I can run/walk for 45 minutes. But I am afraid to just keep running and not take the walk breaks because I am scared that I will put t... Sat, 12 May 2012 18:45:03 EST I did it I finished a 5K run in 36.25 min. Now I just need to increase my pace for my next 5K in less than a month! Wed, 9 May 2012 11:43:51 EST Hello Hi everyone, Just did day two of week one. My 12 yo daughter and I are signed up to do a women's only half marathon on Sep 1. This will be my second half, and her first. I haven't run for about three years (just prior to getting pregnant with my now two year old.) I have started to see my weight creeping up so wanted to do something to get it back under control, and she's wanting to lose a little weight too. I hesitate to let her diet, so figured exercising a bunch this summer is the be... Tue, 8 May 2012 22:02:44 EST Crossed the finish line! I did it!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <em>105</em> I crossed the finish line! Today is my day 3/week 5 ...completion of my 5 weeks training here with this team! I am so ExCiTeD!!! My time for this 5K was 34:03!!!! <BR> I am done!! ...joined the Jef Galloway team...I like Jeff's style of running a lot! <BR> <BR> Thank you for the great training program! SP never ceases to AmAzE me in the awesome motivating ways to inspire all of us!! <BR> <BR> <em>2... Sat, 5 May 2012 20:20:19 EST I can't believe I really did it! Tonight, I decided to drive to our high school track ( nice turf ) and run with a buddy. <BR> I ran 3.19 miles in 35 minutes....which completes day 2/week 4 for me! This is my fastest time yet!! <em>244</em> <em>312</em> ...happy dance! <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> I just know I am headed to 140-ville very soon! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:48:24 EST first race I ran the first 5k today. I feel really great. Since it is my first race I was able to finish in 42 minutes. Next time I would strive for 25minutes. Looking forward for my next challenge. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 14:25:39 EST High altitude I am traveling for two weeks and am having trouble with breathing while on treadmill. I was doing pretty well at home (500 ft alt) run 13 min, walk 2, run 8 min, walk 2, etc. Here at 4800 ft I'm gasping for breath and am worried I am backsliding. Ideas? Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:25:56 EST Running of the Pigs, 5k Done! Did my first 5k today since restarting my spark at the end of February. It was cool, 45* and a bit windy. My official time was 40:25, I was happy with that! Sat, 21 Apr 2012 16:22:04 EST Anxious for my first 5K Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to running with my first 5K only 5 weeks away. I finally got enough courage to attempt to participate in one. I've started working out in January as a New Years resolution, and, even though I haven't reached my ideal weight, I hope I'm in a good enough shape to finish a 5K run. <BR> <BR> I'm really excited but also anxious, training for the event. I'm afraid there will be super competitive athletes there and I'll be among the last to finish. I get easily disco... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 01:13:42 EST New to team, first 5K on 5/12 Hi! I am running my first 5K with my very fit daughter in less than three weeks. I think I can jump in to week three, so I will try that. Thanks for any support! Too much self doubt <em>39</em> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:28:29 EST For the long RUN... nice to be here Hi to you all, <BR> My name is Daniella, and I am so happy to be here! <BR> For a while now I want to start running- it actually has been a goal of mine for years- but I have been inconsistent and did not take it seriously... so this is what brings me here! I want to start with a 5k and become a runner. Since my weight fluctuates (I am currently 40 Lbs over weight). I understand that only a change like this in my lifestyle, will keep me stable and eventually help me be a fit and healthy pers... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:13:11 EST Cut my PR down by 6 mins on my race this weekend! I have committed to "running" a 5k race once a month for the whole year, 12 in all! I didn't do a race in January to get a month of training under my belt but I have done one each month since. In my race on Saturday I cut my Personal Record down by 6 minutes! I am so excited and so proud to be making improvements! <BR> <BR> Still slow but I will take it! <BR> Looking for a race in May! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 07:24:45 EST Week 3 and also the week of my 1st race! I hope it is okay to start a thread here...if not, I apologize. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I need any feedback from those who have been there & done that. <BR> <BR> Here I am on my 3rd week. Tomorrow morning is day1/week3 for me..I am doing well....averaging an 11:45 mile. Feeling strong! I LOVE this team plan - so doable for me! <BR> <BR> However, I will be participating in my very first 5K race this Saturday...I am so excited....and I have butterflies in my stomach already. Lol! <BR> <... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:27:35 EST Do I have to restart? Help appreciated! Yesterday was supposed too be week 5, day 1. I was really tired so I decided to do the run today and just did some walking last night. Today, I am feeling worse, I am definitely coming down with something. I am on day 50 of a 100 day fitness streak so I will do some fitness today; but, I don't think I can run for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> So, if I miss my runs this week, do I have to start the five weeks over? Or, can I restart this week next week? My race is the 21st, thankfully I am signe... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:25:24 EST Help! I'm going backwards on my running program I have been trianing for my 5k which is this weekend. The last 2 weeks are like my first month of training. I was running 3 miles and now, do not have the steam to do 3 miles. I end up walking a couple of times inbetween. I thought my training program was going well. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, what is is person supposed to eat the night before the race and the morning of? I am having pre-race jitters and wonderiing if I should just cancel and run one at a later date. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:51:29 EST Finished my first 5K! Now what?? I finished my first 5K yesterday and loved it! I would like to continue training for more 5Ks. Are there any "maintenance" running programs that I can follow or should I start over with another "5K Your Way" running program? Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:16:30 EST Thursday 4-12! Meet Chris Downie in Live! Meet founder Chris Downie (Sparkguy) Thursday 4-12 in a Live! Meeting at 8pm est as he introduces a new SparkPeople feature he's been working on: SparkGuy's Army! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-special-event-be-the-first-to-learn-a<BR>bout-sparkguys-army.aspx?rc=lmr18722 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>349</em> Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:16:46 EST Week 1 Day 3 Just completed my third workout for week 1. <BR> I'm using a treadmill so far, but with daylight increasing, hope to do some outdoor runs during the week soon. Weather permitting (getting rain) <BR> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:21:12 EST Must start week 1 over After week one was completed, I had some pain in my knees. Decided to take a week off to let them rest. In the mean time, I got new shoes, I will stay off the sidewalk and I need to DECREASE my distance. According to several of my running friends (one of which is an expert for more than 30 years), the interval that was suggested here is too fast for me. I am scaling it down. BUT....I will keeping moving forward :) Sat, 17 Mar 2012 01:51:44 EST running speed I am training for a 5k and seem to be running slower than everyone...I usually run at 4.2 on the treadmill..should I be pusing myself to go faster? Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:25:36 EST When can I start running again? Hello, I need some advice. I've been really sick the past 2 weeks; first with a "flu-like virus" (okay, it probably was the flu), and then I developed bronchitis. I am back at work today, mostly because I've run out of sick/vacation days and partly because I'm sick of laying around the house watching boring ol' daytime television. I know that at some point I need to get up and move - in fact I probably got the bronchitis from NOT moving enough - but I'm not sure how much. I think I'll try... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 11:50:06 EST Wow TIRED! W1D1, so tired. Didn't really sink in how much of my normal walk/jog is walking until I tried to do this interval. I think I'm probably closer to 2 walk 2 jog than 1:3. Still, I feel really good that I made it around. Now to figure out cross training. Any recommendations? Sun, 4 Mar 2012 20:14:11 EST Hi everyone I'm new to running. My goal is to be able to jog a 5k. I'm not worried about getting a great time yet, I'd just like to be able to jog or run the entire way. I have had knee problems in the past, so I plan to wrap my knee whenever I jog. Does anyone have any suggestions for good techniques to avoid knee strain? Sun, 4 Mar 2012 01:42:35 EST What if I paused for a week I have been following the plan for a week & a half, then came a busy week in which I literally had NO time to work out!!! Should I start all over or just move on? Does this mean I lost my fitness level? <BR> Any help is greatly appreciated :) Fri, 2 Mar 2012 00:20:11 EST Training plan vs Heart Rate Hi Everyone! I recently purchased a Polar HRM which I LOVE! However, it made me realize that my heart rate is getting way to high when I try to follow the training plan. According to the chart, my max HR is 193, with 85% being at 164. Today when I did my own modified version of a training plan with my HR in mind, I feel like I just took 5 steps backwards. Should I continue to work around my HR or go back to following the plan? Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:17:21 EST 5k Victory. So before I went to fat camp this summer. I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now. I couldn't even go for a walk without getting winded. Yesterday, I ran a 5k and for the first time didn't stop for a walking break. My time was still just over 30 minutes, but the beginning was so packed that it slowed down my time. This is my 5th 5k since fat camp, and I love them more and more each time. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 14:23:52 EST 2012 Week 5 Check In Thread When you do your training for week 5, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 5 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:17:53 EST 2012 Week 4 Check In Thread When you do your training for week 4, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 4 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:16:40 EST 2012 Week 3- Check In Thread When you do your training for week 3, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 3 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:16:11 EST 2012 Week 1 Check In Thread When you do your training for week 1, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 1 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:15:07 EST 2012 Week 2- Check In Thread When you do your training for week 2, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 2 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:14:33 EST hi i''m new.. hi i'm new and starting to work towards getting some training behind me. my dh is going to do it with me but i would love to have a sparks buddy to share the training with me. anyone interested? <em>303</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:46:12 EST hi i''m new.. i am looking to train for a 5K and am looking for buddies to go through this with. i live in md. i have 6 boys, 4 gone and 2 left at home. i have vast interest and am up to help and share in the work. i am looking for buddies. please let me know? <em>306</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:31:15 EST Onto Week 4 and 5... So I have been following the plan perfectly, and it has obviously gotten progressively harder and then easier as I've moved on. I'm worried about Weeks 4 and 5 though. I used to be a sprinter so I'm used to doing short intervals with some pauses (like the prior weeks). I also have trouble pacing myself... so running for 35 minutes straight is making me nervous. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to keep pace a bit better or be able to run for longer amounts of time without getting win... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 10:09:39 EST &#9829;February Roll Call Name <BR> <BR> Location <BR> <BR> How long have you been a runner? <BR> <BR> How long an active member on Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 07:49:15 EST What's your best time so far? Share with us what your best time so far is?!? Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:19:35 EST Sparkpeople Live Mind Meeting reminder I'm teaching the Live meetings at 9am and 10pm tonight!! <BR> <BR> Also Don't forget Coach Nicole's very first will be at 8pm and it's gonna be great so go sign up!! <BR> <BR> Would love it if you could come to my 10pm class after hers if you can <link><BR>rt-orientation.aspx?rc=lmr18722 </link> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:10:52 EST 5k in 13 days, up to 2.2 miles... As above, my 5k is in 13 days. I didn't run at all this past week (blamed it on school starting, blah blah blah). I ended the week before that at 2.2 miles. I know that even a week off can cause havoc when 'starting' to run again, so I may only do 1.5 tomorrow just to be easy about it. I'll 2.2 if it's pushing, but not killing, myself. Last thing I want is to hurt myself before my run! <BR> <BR> Since I kept up my running, Husband and I signed up for the Super Spartan on Feb 28! It's farther... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:54:20 EST SparkPeople Live! Support & Motivation Meetings Have you checked out the Live Meetings?? If not you should they are amazing, filled with support & encouragement! Great Friendships are formed as well! All from the comfort of your own home!! <BR> <BR> Get a free week trial <link><BR>t-orientation.aspx?rc=lmr18722 </link> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 08:46:15 EST I want it ALL.... Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am PromisedMore and I am lookwing forward to DOING all that is necessary to obtain my promises. Good health is one of the promises and I am worth the work, sacrifices, and the time it will take to get there. 'Happy New Year' and 'Let's do this'! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 02:01:19 EST I ran my first 5K today! It wasn't an official race or anything... actually I didn't even realize I had done it. I just want on a short afternoon jog and decided to create a new path. When I got home & mapped it on the Route Tracker, it turned out it was a little bit more than 5K! <BR> <BR> I stopped been doing the 5K Your Way Running Program this summer, but I've lost a lot of weight since then and it's crazy how much easier and more enjoyable running is. Over the summer, I was struggling to go 3minutes without sto... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:39:18 EST starting week 4 and looking ahead I'm starting week 4 tomorrow. I'm excited about what this means for my body, but pretty darn intimidated about all that running! On the one hand, I'm excited to have a (slightly) shorter run. On the other, I've been relying pretty hard on those walking intervals. I know I'm going to have to take my speed down (and therefore my distance) and that's kind of discouraging, but I'm hoping that I'll have built it up again by hypothetical race day. <BR> <BR> As I get into straight running I'm ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:58:54 EST Running "accessories" I don't like holding my iPhone when I run (I'm afraid it will go flying!) so I think I'm finally going to splurge on an armband. Does anyone have one they particularly like? Also, do you generally run with special "sports" headphones, or whatever headphones you happen to have? Fri, 9 Dec 2011 15:26:53 EST How many Miles?? Share with me, how many miles you've ran/jogged/walked this year so far? <BR> <BR> What is your goal for 2012? Wed, 7 Dec 2011 13:42:57 EST Santa Shuffle is Saturday! My 5K is Saturday and I am so excited! I KNOW I can do it...because yesterday I ran 3.41 miles and it felt great! <BR> <BR> I even saw a bald eagle at the end of my rug! Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:19:52 EST Still trying to run 35 minutes without stopping... I am trying to run 35 minutes without stopping...isn't happening! I can run about 12 minutes straight then need to walk and then go again and then stop again... <BR> <BR> I will try again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've been told to slow it down and that may keep me going. I am trying that. <BR> <BR> Any other pointers? Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:49:15 EST 1 week away My 5 K is One week from today, any tip, tricks, hints, motivation! I'm a little worried to be completely honest! Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:34:49 EST ABC's of Running Lets list from A-Z the things associated with running <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:11:49 EST Whens your next race?? Will you be doing a Turkey Trot? Perhaps a Jingle Bells Sleigh Run?? <BR> <BR> Share with us what your next race is and how your training is coming <BR> <BR> What is your goal for that race? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:35:15 EST OMG I DID IT! I was honestly afraid I couldn't do it today, my first day of running 35 minutes straight with no walking breaks. But I did! I did it! I ran 2.78 miles without stopping! That's a personal record over twice as long as my previous best! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:49:37 EST completed another 5K In spite of back pain, I was able to complete another 5K AND cut 4 minutes off my time - Very exciting! I have another one next month - in the meantime, I hope to get my pain under control so I can keep improving. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:21:15 EST Live Meeting -The power of Positive thinking! DONT MISS THIS WEEK!! <BR> Live! Meeting this week is going to be mind blowing and you don't wanna miss this!! <BR> Topic The Power of Positive Thinking!! <BR> <BR> You don't want to miss this, It will change you!!!! <BR> <BR> Go Sign up right now!! <BR> <BR> I teach Tuesday & Thursday at 9am and Friday at 12pm Eastern, <BR> <BR> If you can't make it to mine, find a time that works for you but don't miss out! this is going to be an AMAZING Topic!! <link>livemind.c... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:32:31 EST Finally ran outside: What a difference! I finally took took my running/walking outside. What a difference! I found it difficult. First I didn't have my mp3. It had discharged. I found it harder to run than on the treadmill. I didn't do the plan like planned, only did 1/2 and then just walked all the way. Tomorrow I will do it again since I know what to expect. <BR> The bright side was that the fresh air felt good, the different colour leaves were beautiful. I did get distracted by cars, pedestrians, etc. So I need to learn... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:40:59 EST running outside vs. treadmill Why is it so much stinking harder to run outside? I've been doing really good on the treadmill but then I was running outside (like it will be on race day) and had a really hard time running even a short distance and keeping any kind of pace. Any ideas as to help keep pace and to make this any easier? Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:14:05 EST Training Plan vs Current State Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been following my own, informal walk/job training plan -- jogging as long as I can alternating with short walks. I can see how over the past couple of months my endurance has improved and I can jog at least 5 minutes without walking, although the last time I did my usual route in took me 40 minutes to run 2.44 miles. I've signed up to do my first 5K on Thanksgiving day and am wondering if I should continue my informal plan or if I should join this program, since the tra... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:00:01 EST Treamill and outside...what do I do before my 5k? I signed up for a 5k Nov 5, 2011. <BR> <BR> I competed the run/walk program and now I am on the running program on SP. (I Did one virtual 5k a few weeks ago and did it slow at 50 mins on the treadmill, I am a little faster now) <BR> <BR> Since I have about 2 weeks I am looking into running outside vs. the treadmill. I use the treadmill more now due to the weather. It is chilly and windy here. <BR> <BR> Of Course the 5k is outside in a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> Questions: <BR> should I do ... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:42:39 EST hi! I'm new, just wanted to say hello and that I'm excited to get started! Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:53:32 EST Winter is coming - what do you wear in cold? Hi, I'm in Week 5 of running program, and I got to like running very much. <BR> I plan to run 2-3 times every week, but weather is getting rather cold. <BR> That kind of clothing/shoes are good, when there is ice and snow outside? <BR> Please help! Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:47:18 EST college kid making a change Hi I am a sophomore in college who is trying to make a serious change to her life in many aspects. I have just started blogging on here and I would be happy to make connections and become a part of this wonderful support systems. I have had experience with dieting all the wrong ways, and this time im out for a change.@ Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:57:18 EST college kid making a change Hi I am a sophomore in college who is trying to make a serious change to her life in many aspects. I have just started blogging on here and I would be happy to make connections and become a part of this wonderful support systems. I have had experience with dieting all the wrong ways, and this time im out for a change.@ Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:57:16 EST Chicago Bucktown 5K I ran my 5k this Sunday! It was not easy. I thought I was going to get my second wind at the 1 mile mark but didn't. I didn't stop. Did it in 35:11. I wanted it to be under 34. My very first 5K was 32 minutes and I always wanted to beat that, but have not been able. Fri, 7 Oct 2011 10:35:13 EST Starting over AGAIN...... Well, here I am, once again, fighting the same 10 pounds that I lose and regain, lose and regain. I am either hyper-motivated and go full force, or hypo-motivated and like a sloth. I just can't seem to find a happy medium with my eating and exercising. I'm hoping this will help me find that happy medium. I am thanking you in advance for any advice you can provide to help me in leaving this state of insaneness. :-) Wed, 5 Oct 2011 07:36:04 EST Need advice I hurt my lower back last week - think I must have lifted something the wrong way. So I didn't do any training (or other exercise) since Monday. Finally yesterday day I felt well enough to get back on the treadmill - though I only walked but at an incline. <BR> <BR> My question is: should I jump right back into my training schedule for the Halloween 5K. Or go back to a prior week's plan to get back into the groove? I was at the point where I was just straight jogging for 30-40 minutes. <BR... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:13:55 EST Live Meeting -Next week Making over comfort foods I hope that you will be able to make it to my class. Please Tell your friends!!! <BR> <BR> The topic for the week - Making Over Comfort Food Recipes. <BR> <link><BR>rt-orientation.aspx?rc=lmr18722 </link> Click more dates to see my classes (SparkLeader Krystie) <BR> <BR> 9am Eastern <BR> 8 am Central <BR> 7 am Mountain <BR> 6 am Pacific <BR> <BR> If the 9am class is too early for you, or the time is conflicting please give me a time & day tha... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 08:48:55 EST WEEK 4 is brilliant! After all that interval running having a good solid 35 mins run was absolutely lush! I could of gone on forever. So glad the intervals are over! Anyone else glad to see the back of them? Tue, 13 Sep 2011 09:04:17 EST Completed a 20K this morning My current goal is to run a 5K all the way through and eventually pick up some speed as well. I have never been able to run that far without walking. My knees and one foot always start hurting and my butt feels like a lead weight. <BR> <BR> Today was a beautiful sunny with a nice breeze morning. I completed the Red Rocks Challenge 20K race from Campbell to Los Gatos, CA, with an average 12.09 minute miles, which is great for me. I walk very fast and run pretty darn slow. I alternate wal... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 18:00:36 EST Hi I'm new to this team, I started running in the spring and got the bug...I never would have thought that I would enjoy running but I just love it. It has changed my body the way that nothing else ever has I feel great. I run about 5K 4 to 5 days a week. I don't care to compete at all it's a personal challenge for me. Sat, 10 Sep 2011 02:29:50 EST Not a runner....yet ;-) I have played around at running some in the last year but only a day or 2 at a time. Today I did the first day of my training plan. Walk one minute, run 3 minutes, repeat 7 times. I just finished and it was not bad. I could do more but I always think that and things get hard and I quit. This time I am following the prescribed plan. Who knows at some point maybe I can run in a real 10K. It isn't a goal I have set but it does linger in the back of my mind always. (at least what mind I have left... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 16:27:10 EST do you have more ENERGY? Do you have more energy from Running? <BR> <BR> Wonder if I should nix the am coffee cup... or go decaf. <BR> <BR> I did have one afternoon where I was tired & I jumped on the treadmill and it got me thru! Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:18:43 EST Day 1 - probably about 25 minutes - 1.89 miles. I need to find an interval timer for my ipod nano to time the 1:3 minutes to make sure that I am running long enough. <BR> <BR> My little lab was sure a happy girl though! If I don't feel like doing the runs for myself I'll keep doing them for her. That doggy smile is sure great motivation! :) Wed, 7 Sep 2011 10:31:46 EST After the plan......?? I was just wondering, because we will be finishing our running programme a good few weeks before the Halloween race what do you guys usually do in them weeks? Sat, 3 Sep 2011 10:44:14 EST Week 1, day 2, wow Wow, After walking for the last 5 years, and getting two new knees, I thought I was in shape. Walking is not a problem, but doing a walk 1 and jog 3 is really hard. Today I reversed it and did a walk 3 and jog 1, and did really well with this routine. I guess it takes time for the body to adjust to a new routine. I am doing it very slowly, and yes the doctor said I could start running again. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 11:31:51 EST Week 2 Day 1 distances? How far did you all manage to go (miles or km) in the 35 mins intervals on week 2 day 1? <em>252</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:05:18 EST Hi! Hi! I joined the 8 week Rookie Running Program back in April and never completed a 5K. I now have a friend who has a foundation they've found to help her daughter and they are doing a 5K the end of September. I signed up! I'm committed! I've been trying to run at least 3 times a week still but can usually only doing about 1 mile then end up walking/running the last of my time. I live in a hilly area so wish I lived somewhere where it was flat. But I've commited myself twice now since I... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:46:02 EST hello I'd never heard of a virtual 5K. How perfect for me right now. I ran/walked 2 miles today - the first mile without stopping - for the first time in a year. I'm 48 years old and was a very active runner about 25-15 years ago, frequently entering 5Ks, 10Ks and even a 1/2 marathon. I'm now 30 lbs heavier than I was in those days. My goal is to lose 15 lbs and improve my health (cholesterol numbers a tad high...), fit in my favorite clothes, and generally take better care of this one precious... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:13:44 EST Just starting out - again Hi - <BR> My name is Bridget and I am in my late 30's. The only running I have ever done was track back in high school. By the way - I wasn't that good at it then but times change. <BR> <BR> I completed the Warrior Dash in Windham, NY on August 13. My first 5K with only 3 weeks of training. The Warrior Dash is a 5K with up to 13 obstacles along the trail. I finished standing up but would like to finish the next one faster. I am looking forward to the training and being able to finish a 5K i... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:08:19 EST Total workout times not adding up? Hi everyone! Very excited & a little nervous about starting this running program! Have a little question about the total workout times in the training plan. For example day 1 is 7 cycles of 1 min walking & 3 mins running. In my head this works out at 7 x 4 mins = 28 mins. But it gives the workout time as 32 mins! Where am I going wrong?! <BR> <BR> Many thanks, <BR> Good luck everyone! <BR> <BR> Bee x Thu, 25 Aug 2011 06:59:05 EST Share your Success here! Tell us about the race! Once you run your 5k or any other race, come over here and tell us all of the details so we can share in your SUCCESS! <em>244</em> <em>242</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:43:18 EST 2011 Use this thread to share how each of your week 5 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training this week? <BR> <BR> When is the big race? <BR> <BR> Are you ready?? <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:41:19 EST What are your goals? What are your goals in regards to running a 5k? Or running in general.. <BR> <BR> Please share! Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:35:08 EST 2011 Use this thread to share how each of your week 4 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> How is your time improving? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:34:03 EST 2011 Use this thread to share how each of your week 3 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> How is your time improving? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:31:58 EST 2011 Use this thread to share how each of your week 2 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:29:07 EST Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5k Have you signed up for the Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5k with Sparkpeople?? <BR> <link><BR>at5k.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If so welcome to the team!! Please be sure to check out each weeks thread for support while you train for the 5k. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. This board has a lot of seasoned runners (as well as some just starting off or who has finished the 5k training ) who can offer advice and support!! <... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:25:40 EST 2011 Welcome to the group!! We're thrilled that you joined the Fall Trick or Treat Trot Virtual Race offered through Sparkpeople <link><BR>ricktreat5k.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Use this thread to share how each of your week 1 training days went <BR> <BR> How did you feel after the the training? <BR> <BR> Were you able complete the full training? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to share with the group? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:18:11 EST Starting Week 4...anyone else?? I started week 4 this morning. I surprised myself and ran for 2.68 miles (36 min). Not bad!! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:10:28 EST Neat Shoe Advisor Tool! Check out this cool shoe finder tool! Finding the right shoe can be tricky ( and expensive!). I am happy with the shoes I am running in now, but I plugged my information in and wouldn't you know? Out of the 6 shoes recommended, 2 are the shoes that I run in now. So, I think it's pretty accuate. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:30:33 EST When do you run? Im finally in a routine and even enjoying running... didnt think I could do it but this program pushed me just enough and didnt scare me away! <BR> <BR> I've been running at diff times- mostly morning.. sometimes afternoon if Im too busy... <BR> <BR> Last week I was tired and wanted coffee in the afternoon and opted for the run instead and it worked! <BR> <BR> Watching the CALORIE counter on the treadmill is helping.. I try to match or beat my last session-works for me. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 08:29:17 EST Hello all! Hello there! My name is Sara, I'm a 20 year old college student and just looking for support through college, grad school and life! I'm very glad to have found sparkpeople! So many goo things that can be used. I am a vegetarian and am pretty environmental. Hope things go well for everyone! Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:42:22 EST Why are you training for a 5K? Just wondering what's got you onto this page and your motivation to run. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 07:36:50 EST Determined to run Hey everyone, this is Cassie AKA Worththeweight, and back in the day I use to run everywhere now I can barely Jog 2 minutes, what's that all about? Anyhow I am determined to push myself back to running status, and even if I can't make it the whole 7 rounds jogging, I never give up, I will just walk it out on a steep incline until I reach the 32 min. Preping my muscles for future jogs. I will get there and am determined to drop this weight also. After all I am worth-the-weight. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:28:20 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I started a running program with my gym this past April and ran my first 5K in May. I then joined another running program but was not happy with my progress. I ran into some health issues which interfered with my progress. I thought I would slow things down and focus on building my endurance and speed. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a while now. I am pretty active and workout on a regular basis. I wanted to try something brand new during this past yea... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 07:43:47 EST 5k is on my bucket list and Im 38 yrs old Short story that inspired me: My Dad passed away last week.... hospice was involved and they were wonderful! Yesterday in the newspaper was a 5k this Sunday in MY TOWN benefits VNA HOSPICE- same group that helped my Dad! <BR> <BR> I put the news article on my treadmill and signed up on this team. I've been on/off jogging, making excuses, putting it off, putting the kids first, eating ice cream too much... all of it. <BR> <BR> Im really hoping this will keep me on pace and NEXT YEAR I CAN ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 10:14:55 EST How do you "time" your run intervals? I'm in Texas & have 2 smaller children.. so running outside atm is harder because of the weather and the kiddos, so im stuck on my treadmill for this for now.. how do you time your intervals? do you use a stop-watch or just a watch or.. id like some ideas :) thanks! Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:09:11 EST New to the team Hello everyone my name is Sandra and I'm fairly new to running. I just completed the 8 wk rookie running program and I decided to keep up the momentum by joining this team. I'm falling in love with running and I hope to be running a marathon soon!!! <em>244</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 23:21:18 EST Hello Hi, i'm relatively new to Sparkpeople,a friend recommended the site, i checked it out and I like it, last week i signed up for the 5K training program and completed my first week. We're also having a contest at work, the biggest loser, so far I've taken off 14lbs, we have about a month to go. My initial weigh-in was 241lbs, I'd like to get down to 200lbs, I'm currently at 227lbs. I walk every other day, and train 3 days a week for the 5K program. Lastly I've added a little weigh lifting prog... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:49:02 EST Hello Hello everyone. I joined spark people in March but have never typed in a message. It feels weird but it's time to try new things. I'm great at starting something but continuing is another story. Looking forward to new adventures! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:27:18 EST How was today's run (July Thread) Lets start a new thread for a new month!! <BR> <BR> Share with us how your run went <BR> <BR> Feel free to share anything else you want with us also <BR> <BR> Happy July <BR> Mon, 4 Jul 2011 14:07:09 EST Ran a 5K - July 4th Ran my first 5K of the year since my foot surgery. It felt great crossing the finish line!! I finished with a 39:55 which is not my best but considering I just finished physical therapy for my foot in late May I am pleased. <BR> <BR> I do need to do some work on my form with the foot that had surgery since I do get shin splints. I know it has to do with the way I land (flat footed) on the repaied foot. My ankle is still very tight which stops me from landing on the heel. So for the ne... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 12:06:46 EST Finished Week 1 / Signed up for 5K Yea, week 1 is done!! For me this is quite an accomplishment since I also traveled during this time which is usually when I fall of the wagon (or run off track - lol). <BR> <BR> Today I did the final workout for week 1 and it was a little difficult. My calves and toes were a little sore, but I did push through the workout and completed the workout in 45 min/ and 3.1 miles. <BR> <BR> During the week I also was encourged by a friend to join her in a 5K on July 4th. So I signed up and will u... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:57:39 EST Week 1 / D 2 I'm traveling today in "The Big Easy" - But the good thing was, I still did my workout. I had to modify the training slightly since none of the treadmills were available and the area is not good to run alone. But I did do the eliptical for 3.1 miles in 39 minutes with progressive increased resistance. It felt good to do this as a replacement for the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I hope it is alright that I still maked off on my program that I did the workout. I wasn't sure if it would still count... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:36:06 EST Taking a Break Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I will be off of Spark for the next two weeks. I am going to Seattle to run the marathon there with some Sparkers, and then off to Alaska on a cruise with my family. <BR> <BR> I will leave you in Krystie's capable hands (or running shoes!) - happy Spark Running! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:53:00 EST Starting to Run My Way I'm starting my next run program. I completed (with a few missed days) the Walk / Run program, and am looking forward to this program. I am using these programs to help as part of my therapy from foot surgery (Dec 2010). I was cleared in May to start retraining - and I'm off and running. <BR> <BR> I will start my running week tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone and lets log some mileage!! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:25:50 EST Fairly new and still just plodding along Hey guys, I joined spark people over the spring, but am just starting to settle in and really try to stick with it. Summer seems like a good time to set goals and try to reach them, so I'm trying. I'm hoping to get in shape and run a few 5k's as well as just plain feel better both physically and mentally. So far I've enjoyed being on sparkpeople and reading all of the advice and suggestions. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:33:22 EST Crusin for Christmas in July 5k in McDonough GA Lighthouse Church presents Crusin for Christmas on July 30th in McDonough Ga <BR> 5k /1 mile, elf trot etc all proceeds benefit Operation Christmas Child <BR> <BR> <link><BR>32&id=1420170361 </link> Click here for a registration forum or go to <link><BR>ugh-ga/cruisin-for-christmas-in-july-2011 </link> to Register online <BR> <BR> Contact with any questions Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:12:22 EST Feeling slow and un-motivated? Today I felt like I could not stay awake long enough to exercise. After it all, I'm so happy that I did run. I did not fully stick with the program but I kept moving. How about you? Do you have days like mine? Thu, 2 Jun 2011 23:27:50 EST Please join us in the new threads When you do your training for week 5, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you run? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 5 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:37:55 EST Week 4 Support Thread (new) When you do your training for week 4 come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 4 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:35:43 EST Please join us in the new threads When you do your training for week 3, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 3 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:34:10 EST Please join us in the new threads When you do your training for week 2, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 2 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:33:17 EST Join us in the new threads please When you do your training for week 1, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 1 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:32:19 EST June Roll Call Please sign in Tell us <BR> <BR> Name <BR> <BR> Location <BR> <BR> Miles Goal for the month of June <BR> <BR> What is the farthest distance you have done in one day? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:27:42 EST How was today's run (June Thread) Lets start a new thread for a new month!! <BR> <BR> Share with us how your run went <BR> <BR> Feel free to share anything else you want with us also <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:24:03 EST Knee pain what to do? I've just completed Week 2 of this training program. Yay me! Only problem is I could barely finish the last run. My knees have been bothering me. They feel stiff until I get warmed up, about 10 mins in. Soon near the end I feel pressure in one with a dull throb and my foot goes tingly sometimes. I'm pretty sure I have decent shoes. I bought them a year ago but haven't used them much until recently. They're called Mizuno's. I run on a treadmill in my basement. I don't go very fast. ... Tue, 31 May 2011 22:17:14 EST What to listen to... Hello from Seattle! Loving the Spark! Finally losing some weight, but, more importantly, finally feeling fitness creeping in -- and all the benefits that come with it. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I'm one of those "lurkers" who reads a lot but never speaks up. I have always "hated" exercise, starting many programs but finding excuses to stop after not too long. Yo-yo diets, etc. Sparkpeople works! Tracking my food has been very easy and I've done it for over 30 days! (yay, me) <BR> <BR> So, anyon... Mon, 30 May 2011 15:05:19 EST New new I am just posting now, but I already completed day 1 of the program and tomorrow I workout too. I am looking forward to jogging like I did in middle school. Wed, 18 May 2011 21:47:25 EST I can't lose weight! Did anyone else have to make major changes in their diet and exercise regime in their 30's? I just am not losing weight like I used to and getting frustrated! All of my wiehgt is collecting in my Buddha belly. I am not giving up, just wondering if anyone has advise?? <em>15</em> <em>15</em> Sat, 14 May 2011 12:21:42 EST Graduate Team Hi Team <BR> <BR> I did post this in the May run thread, but I thought I would try setting up a topic for it. <BR> <BR> I have "finished the programme" but am still hanging around on the team as I loved the progamme and am still tarining for more 5k's - aim to reduce my times. <BR> <BR> So is anyone interested in a graduate team or topic board where we can swap training and race stories and training tips and ideas? <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 May 2011 04:31:35 EST I am going to do this!!!! Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Melissa and I have decided that I AM going to enjoy running! I have picked out the date of my half marathon which will be in October and I need to start somewhere! We gave 5k's all over the state and I think this is a good starting point so I am hoping that this team is filled with tips and trainings to get me going! Thu, 12 May 2011 15:42:19 EST Emergency road trip Fellow teammates, I am leaving tonight for Michigan (we're driving) My husband's grandma is near death so we're heading up there for that. I will not be around the team much this week (not sure what kind of internet I'll have).. Also I'm not sure when I'll be back <BR> <BR> Will miss ya'll! Keep doing great!! I'll post when I can... Sun, 8 May 2011 17:42:16 EST OPRAH'S LAST WEIGHT LOSS SHOW! TUES!! My sister Becky and I were in the audience for this final show on Weight Loss! Watch it Tuesday May 10th! <BR> <BR> I know for sure I will be seen in the FAT CLOTHES DROP Segment. The group in back of Oprah is Group 1 (ONE) I am in group 2 (TWO) 3rd from the right behind the railing. Becky is behind group five. She is second from the left. She did not get to participate in the Clothes drop (BooHoo). Becky got the best view of Oprah for the taping. I got the best view of her guests for ... Sat, 7 May 2011 20:35:08 EST Tendonitis Anyone else running with tendonitis? I can't get rid of it. Last time I had it I had to stop running before it finally went away. Any suggestions other than ice and NASAIDs? Sat, 7 May 2011 12:16:23 EST New to Program I am going to start training to run a 5K. My goal is to be able to run a 5K at the beginning of September. I have never been a runner but am very excited to get started on this adventure. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas please share them with me. Wed, 4 May 2011 12:55:23 EST May roll Call! Please Sign in Lets see who's still here. <BR> <BR> Name <BR> <BR> Location <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the month with running? Sun, 1 May 2011 08:01:55 EST How was today's run (MAY Thread) Lets start a new thread for a new month!! <BR> <BR> Tell us how your run went! Sun, 1 May 2011 08:00:48 EST just getting back into it I'm not a runner yet, but I am trying to run my second 5k followed by a half marathon. I joined the team a while ago when I first found this new plan, but I just started running the plan this week. I'm on vacation at the beach and have run twice with my husband and feel really stiff, but good about my runs! Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:16:08 EST Running with blisters? So I just finished Week 3 of the plan, and I have a big old blister on the side of my foot! Will it work to just put a band aid on it? I don't want to make it worse, but I want to stay on track and keep on running! Any advice? Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:00:50 EST Restart HELP How do I restart the program? I got hurt and was not able to run for a few weeks so I decided to start all over again today. I started week 1 day 1 but can not click on it because it was already done so I do I fix that? Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:01:37 EST where do I record? Hi All, <BR> <BR> Where do I record my run time? <BR> <BR> --Kim Mon, 18 Apr 2011 09:58:07 EST Wk2D2 Very interesting situation as I noted in my blog. Ran through a bit of discomfort. Finished my training in great time and felt good about it. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:58:08 EST Podrunner intervals Hi, I've started using the Podrunner Intervals. I know I can run two to three miles already this is allowing me to use speed intervals. It's great, there's no guessing and it uses BPM music that is motivating. I'm starting from scratch, it's been a while since my last 5K. So this week it was a combination of walk/jog every other day. It' took me thirty minutes but I was sweating like crazy! Good run and beautiful 28 degree morning (yikes!) Springtime in the mountains is inspiring Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:49:15 EST Wk2Day1 I felt really good after the intervals. I had to do additional time until I finished a 5K for the Virtual so I did a very good walk pace. I'm satisfied....for now! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:56:20 EST 5k to 10k? I've been running off and on for around 6 years. I started the 5k your way running program to get back up to running for longer stretches. I am thinking about where to take things from here and I am wondering if I should bridge into a beginners 10k training plan or . . . are there other running programs I can use. How long should I consistently be running 3-4 days a week for 30-40 minutes before I embark on a 10k plan? <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice or suggestions you have! <BR> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:53:13 EST Logging Time for Virtual 5K I am scheduled to run my virtual 5K race this week but I'm not sure how and/or where to log my time when I finish the race. I need some direction on this one. <BR> <BR> Thanks Team! Sat, 9 Apr 2011 23:52:59 EST W1D3 Just completed Day3. I didn't lose any energy this time. I fueled properly. My time is slow but I'm not concerned. I'll worry about time after I perfect good form. I'm just happy I'm running now. Good thing is I love my new Kayano 17s right out of the box. Great shoe. <BR> <em>57</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 20:33:31 EST Big steps or little steps Just you get more speed by taking long strides when running, or shorter, quicker steps? Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:11:24 EST apps to help keep time? I'm starting Day 1 of training tomorrow and was just wondering if anyone uses an app for tracking their interval times? I'm going to do a search but if someone has a suggestion, I would love to hear it! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 4 Apr 2011 15:59:20 EST Interactive Training Planner not working I keep trying to track my workouts for this team with the interactive planner, but whenver I try, it says it "can't find the goal" I am trying to track. I go to the planner, the 5K training plan is there, I hit "Track Now" for the day and get "can't find the goal". <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 14:47:25 EST How was today's run (April thread) Lets start a fresh thread... <BR> <BR> How was your training or run today?? <BR> Share it with us Fri, 1 Apr 2011 18:07:49 EST April Roll Call.. Name <BR> <BR> Location <BR> <BR> What week are you on? <BR> <BR> When is your race? <BR> (or have you completed a race? tell us how you did) Fri, 1 Apr 2011 18:06:31 EST Run for the Bun 5k 4.16 in McDonough GA For anyone in the Atlanta Area who might be looking for a race/walk <BR> <BR> The Pregnancy Resource Center of Henry County will host our the 3rd Annual Run for the Bun on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. This year promises to be bigger than ever and we couldn’t be more excited. <BR> <BR> The 2011 Run for the Bun will be one of the most fun 5K races you’ve ever experienced! The event began in 2009 as a 5K run / walk and one mile walk to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center of Henry C... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:20:45 EST Running for Charity A group of us at work have made a team of about 12 people to complete the March of Dimes 5K. It is a great way to get everyone involved and many people who planned to walk are now thinking about running some! Go Team!!! Sun, 27 Mar 2011 08:03:33 EST Running and Drinking So I know it is important to stay hydrated while running but I just don't know how to drink and run at the same time during an actual 5k. I usually end up stopping at drink stations and walk until I am done with my water or gatorade or if I do try to keep running I just make a mess. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep pace while drinking? Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:30:55 EST hello (my intro) Hello! Uhm..I'm feeling a little shy..not sure what to say about myself. I'm 35, need to lose uhm 50something pounds. I just weighed myself this morning at 196.8 and I'd like to get down to around 145. I've lost 12lbs so far since the beginning of the year, walking and running some on a treadmill and just trying to be more active. I was looking into Weight Watchers earlier today but can't afford it and someone recommended that I give SparkPeople a try so here I am. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:07:19 EST running shoes Does anyone have a recommendation for a good running shoe with motion control. I am a flat-footed overpronator that is definately in need of a new running shoe. Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:51:45 EST Hi My name is Holly and I started my Week 1 Run 1 yesterday. The day I do not run will be my strength training days. I use Craig Ballantyne's Turbulence Training Beginner workout, I will be moving up the the 4 week intermediate workout in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I started the C25K program last spring and did pretty well, I got up to the run for 25 minutes part, then I went on vacation, it got hot then I stopped altogether. <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople in 12/10, lost just over 20 lbs so far, and... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:48:58 EST Cross Training I am running a 5k in mid-April. I'm getting back into running, so I'm having to rebuild my mileage. I've heard it's important to do cross training when preparing for a race, but how does that work if you are trying to build up mileage? Currently I run 4 days a week, do strength training 1 day, yoga 1 day, and have one rest day. I'm thinking about taking one of my running days and changing it to a cross training day, but is one day enough? Also, what classifies as cross training? Is a dan... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:08:16 EST MUD RUN! So I signed to do a 5k Mud Run in LA in April... Has anyone else done one? Wed, 9 Mar 2011 16:03:53 EST I did it!! Yay i completed day 1 training and feel fantastic - can't wait to see the results on those scales when i keep this up! Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:55:30 EST Yoga for runners?? I signed up to run the 5k in an effort to get back into running. My physical therapist tells me my anterior cruciate ligament is tight. She showed me a whole bunch of hip strengtheners but only one exercise to help ease the tension in the knee. Are there any yoga moves that could help runners? Seems like the two activities should go hand in hand... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 11:02:06 EST Hello! I'm Rachel, and I'm really excited to be joining SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I just recently went through TWO really horrible breakups...and have spent the past fews months in total disarray. Well, I've decided that it's time to let go of the boys and focus on me again. What better way than to become the person that I want to be? I want to be healthy, happy, and confident. <BR> <BR> My current goals are to lose 12 lbs. before April 17th (I lost three last week, so I guess it's 9 lbs. now!) and t... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 19:47:46 EST Stretch Can anyone tell me what kind of strctches I need to do before a run. <BR> <BR> Thank you <em>413</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:04:31 EST W1D2 Today was a lot better then saturday. I have done 3min walk (4.0mph) and1 minute run (6.0mph). I completed 40 min and completeing 3.08 miles. I somewhat lost track how many times I have completed a circuit. But 40 minutes was completed. Felt good after run, and very proud of myself. I am positive i have hope to do a 5k within 30 minutes. But the true test is to run outdoors. Its to cold right now in Chicago. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:02:01 EST Week 5 training Support & Miles log When you do your training for week 5, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you run? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 5 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Be sure to check into the "Tell your race story" once you've finished your race Mon, 7 Mar 2011 08:24:16 EST W1D1 It was a little struggle. Wanted to quit a few times, but remind myself that you need to do this. You have a goal to meet. Unfortunately I ran out of time, had a meeting to attend. I ran 40 minutes, and only done 2.25 miles. Monday is another will do better,with patience and time. <em>249</em> <em>15</em> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 15:49:17 EST Re-starting after an injury I am in therapy for a knee injury so I am re-starting my training, what a great way to do this with my Sparkpeople" family. I really look forward to getting back to running. <BR> <BR> Sheryl Sat, 5 Mar 2011 07:01:53 EST Hey! I'm Brooke Hey! My name's Brooke. I'm 20 years old, and ready to start a running program! It's been basically the only way that people in my family have successfully lost and kept off weight, mainly because of hypothyroidism that runs in my family. It's always been something I've been afraid of, and I still am afraid a little bit, but here goes! <em>30</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:00:25 EST Injured? Unfortunately, most of us will encounter an injury or two along our running journey. <BR> <BR> If you are injured, come here for advice and support! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 16:52:43 EST Hi I am running my first 5K in May. Last year I started the C25K program for a change from walking all the time. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed running. I did not complete the program as life came at me fast as well as the winter months. I am looking to get back out there this week to start again and am hoping this program will help get me back on track. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:55:12 EST Shin Splints! I've been trading for my first 5K and was doing great but recently got shin splits that are SO painful! Any magic remedies out there? I'm only running once this week in hopes that will help but I don't want it to impede my training! My race is in two months! Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:24:44 EST Week 4 Support & Miles Log When you do your training for week 4, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 4 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 13:15:28 EST I could use some advice I've been running for a few years now and my weakest part is keeping myself relaxed. Does anyone have any suggestions? I try to focus on my form, I tense up my shoulders and relax them again , and I also hold my fingers together loosely like in yoga. But I'm still having issues with being tensed up. Suggestions would be appreciated. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:43:08 EST What's your goal? My goal is to finish this 5km run in under 30 minutes. I've never been able to "break" this barrier before. <BR> <BR> What's yours? Is it just to finish the 5km? Or to run the whole thing? Or do you also have a time you'd like to finish it in? Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:17:14 EST Hi I've decided to get back intro shape and get back down to the weight I was when I lived in Mexico. I decided that running and different fitness plans would be for me. I have always tried the Couch25k program in the dead of summer so maybe I will have more success this time now that I am doing it in the spring. Good luck to everyone. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:38:35 EST progress report Is there a report ? or way to look at how I am progressing in time and distance? I see the tracking report in the report section that shows me daily - or weekly distance......... but how and if I am improving my time over distance is what Im looking for. <BR> <BR> thanks. <em>312</em> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:21:40 EST How Was Today's Run?? Hi everyone.... thanks to Hazel's suggestion, I am a starting a chat thread. Come here and post how today's run went and feel free to discuss anything else that's going on with you - other workouts, what you're eating, what you're reading, etc. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I ran an 8k race and the weather couldn't have been nicer! <BR> <BR> Today, I went to the gym and lifted weights for 30 minutes followed by an hour long spin class. It was a great class and I was absolutely DYING at the end! Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:07:25 EST HOW? Im now in week 2 and liking this program alot. I am logging in my miles and times on the weekly tracker. I see that some people know where they are stat wise compare to others on the team. How ? I havent figured that one out yet. Thanks Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:43:59 EST Hi Hi, <BR> <BR> Just joined this group as I have finished my first 5k today. <BR> <BR> I have been getting more and more time into training with a treadmill but finally with encouragement and confidence I get from my GF I signed up for a 5k in Fort Langley Historic Half. <BR> <BR> I hope to run more and maybe work up to a 10 k like her one day. <BR> <BR> Cheers. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:41:07 EST Week 3 Support & Miles Log - Join us When you do begin training for week 3, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 3 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:41:22 EST running in cold weather two things are a challenge for me in running. <BR> <BR> 1. how to dress properly when you are running in cold weather. I am dressing in layers and peeling them off when I get hot. Im on my third sniffles.................... and I think its the running and sweating thats doing this. <BR> <BR> 2. How to keep your hair healthy. I am not used to washing my hair everyday. I usually wash it every other day --- but you work up such a sweat running that I need to wash my hair daily. My hai... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 21:55:36 EST Hello All! My name is Anne Marie and I have run a few 5k's already. I would like to improve my time for my next race (I am thinking of running on in March or April) and I am hopeful that this plan will help. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:50:22 EST Walking Dilemma.. What would you do? I have been on my journey for a little over a year and I've been walking regularly and I've got my walking speed up, and now that I'm training to run a 5k I've been upping my speeds for walking and jogging as well. Just recently (this past week) I've had a friend start joining me on my walks in the morning, but the problem is she is not keeping my pace, I have gone from doing 3 miles in 40 mins to doing 2 miles in 40 mins when I walk with her. But most of the time she only wan't to do 1 mil... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 09:38:09 EST Tell Your Race Story Here! Once you run your 5k or any other race, come over here and tell us all of the details so we can share in your SUCCESS! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:24:07 EST Suggested race platform I plan on running the 5K "in my own backyard." My questions is, is anyone else doing that, and where do you plan on doing it? <BR> <BR> I can choose between a course that takes me through a quaint town on paved roads with several small inclines, or go to our local high school and run the track. <BR> <BR> Suggestions on which is best for this event? Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:08:18 EST Week 2 Support & Miles Log When you do your training for week 2, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 2 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:01:23 EST First Race Tips & Questions Some of you have run races before, but some people will be running their first races in the coming weeks and months. <BR> <BR> Here are some tips for race day: <BR> <BR> Set your clothing out the night before to streamline your process on race morning. If you have already picked up your race packet, pin your number to the front of your shirt. Don't wear anything new on race day - stick to what you've been running in comfortably <BR> <BR> On race morning, don't eat anything new - again, s... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:37:03 EST Week 1 Support & Miles log I thought it'd be nice to support one another each week for the training <BR> <BR> When you do your training for week 1, come by this thread and tell us about your accomplishments for the day. <BR> (Example ) <BR> How far did you walk? <BR> How did you feel on the day you did it? <BR> Or anything else you want to talk about for your 5k training for week 1 <BR> <BR> Lets support one another and cheer each other on. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:53:40 EST hi I'm really new to all this running, but I love the feeling I get when I do get to run. I started last summer walking a 3 mile path. Needless to say winter came & inside to the treadmill I went. A week ago I went back out to the path and very quickly got hit with shin splints. I really want to run a 5k that I have signed up for on April 2nd. My goal is to do it in 30 minutes. Right now I can walk it with the shin splints in about 50 minutes, I can barely run at all. I am trying to do some exer... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:40:38 EST Questions about this training plan? 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! Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:56:21 EST