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5/5/11 5:46 P

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C25K
Week 2 XXX
Week 1 XXXX

It ain't pretty but am absolutely getting it done. Had a measurements and fitness test done fsince it has been about 2 years since I had one. Have lost inches everywhere. Am down to 26% body fat. I was 42 % just more than a year ago. Woohoo spark and all of my spark friends. You are both amazing, BP was 98/ 64 and cholesterol 159. I am still slow but we are moving.

Goal: Beat 42 minute 5K.
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I'd like to join this thread, too! I started Couch to 5k last week and today I did W2, D2. I do almost all my runs outdoors unless there is lightning -- I greatly prefer it to the treadmill.
I have registered for my first 5k in September so there's no turning back now!

I wear Brooks trail shoes (because I run trails -- it helps to have more stability when you're running over tree roots and up and down sloped surfaces). I recommend going to a store that does gait analysis, they can determine if you pronate or supinate and get you in the right shoes for you and your gait.

My sister is a marathoner and she's a huge inspiration to me. I would love to do even a half marathon one day.

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A little about me, I want to be a runner once again. After the birth of my third child, I stopped exercising and playing sports. With work and three kids, I used the excuse that I did not have the time to exercise. The truth is I did not make the time to exercise. Even though my life got extremely busy, I chose to eat what I wanted and to not exercise. I always had an excuse. Eating-wise – I ate huge quantities (binged) to celebrate when things were going well, I ate huge quantities (binged) to relieve stress when it was tough, and I ate huge quantities (binged) to lessen my sorrow when sad.

Even at my heaviest of 335 lbs. I could still walk the dogs; roll around with the dogs on the floor, etc. However, I avoided mirrors and being photographed. If I had to be in a photograph, if possible I stood behind someone. I knew I was fat; I just never pictured myself that way in my mind’s eye. In my mind’s eye, I was still that high school and college athlete who after college ran 12 to 20 miles on week until the birth of his third child. In my mind I was still 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighed 160 lbs. Please note that I wrote “high school and college athlete” and that I did not use the terms “great” or “good” in the description.

I see humor in most of my daily life’s situations so I try to be funny most of the time. I believe that it is mentally stimulating and spiritually uplifting to try view my life in a funny manner. I play a humor brain game and it makes me happy. I try to be funnier than I look, which is a huge task.

However, my attempts at humor are not mean or nasty toward any individual. Other than me and maybe a family member, I may also mention a good friend in my attempts at humor. I view my approach at humor as a machine gun approach; I will put a number of attempts out there and hope that someone besides me finds at least one funny. My problem is I find them all funny.

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4/29/11 5:01 P

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F.SILVI - Thanks so much for responding! I will try week 2 next week than! :-) Slow and steady right?

When I am between C25K days I do a bootcamp type exercise (squats, plank, crunches, etc) and going for walks.

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BARBIE1967 Posts: 763
4/29/11 1:55 P

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Cincydora, I have plantar fascitis and doing the calf stretches after every workout has really helped me. I do 3 sets of 15 raises and take 30 second rests between sets. And my calf muscles are getting firmer. Woohoo. Give it a try.



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4/29/11 1:49 P

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C25k do over
Week 1 X X X X

Slowed down my pace and for week one did 60 seconds jog, at 5.5 then walk 2 minutes at 3.7 . for 7 sets and 21 minutes. A physical therapist told me to increase my ramp to 1,5 grade and it takes the pressure off my arches. Worked great i finished and could have gone through a whole set more. The grade even helped my knees.



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Cincy I agree I tried to do lower body strength training while doing C25K and it was too much. The walking in between days or swimming was great though. I have a friend who is a runner like 5 miles on his off day and he can do the strength training. He has been running for years though.

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i am sooooooo frustrated! i have my first 5k on may 8th, and i haven't been able to run in a week because i injured my foot:( it seems like everytime i get going i injure myself, i started at 272 and am at 252, i'm just thinking maybe i'm too heavy to be running, i also am thinking i should actually try running outside since i've only done it on the treadmill, i dunno just frustrated because i wanted to be able to run almost the whole 5k, and now i'm afraid i won't be able to run 100 feet!

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On days I don't run, I use the elliptical for 25 mins. I turn the resistance down a bit if my muscles feel sore, but other than that it's just like any other day. I also try to get in some strength training, but usually only once a week at most.

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What do you do on the days you don't run? While training I found it best to stop Zumba and lower body strength training until I finished the program. I also took 2 days off between runs, not 1, and took long walks on the off days to help strengthen my legs.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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MELLYBEANS0919 - I would suggest that you slow down a bit and move on to the next week. You'll find as you get stronger you will be able to add the speed back. I have repeated a day or two but only if I didn't finish. If I do all the runs, no matter how tired I get or if I just barely make it I move on to the next day.

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So I know the best plan is to slowly work your way up and repeating weeks is good. But I have seriously been doing week 1 for quite a while now - at a snails pace, and still barely get through the full thing. How do I improve? Do I need to go faster? Slower? Just keep repeating it?

Thanks!



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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out if the stair thing absolutely doesn't work for me. The problem is that between my weight and my extra-flexible limbs the corner of the step bites into my foot making it uncomfortable. I can grit it out for 2 min though so I'm going to aim for that and see if it's enough.

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I'm not even on w1 yet--have never been a runner, extremely prone to stitches in the side, so I'm taking baby steps before even getting to week 1, and just doing very short jogging intervals. I also have had some bad bouts of PF, so I'm sticking to the treadmill for now as the cushioning is so much better.

If you don't like using the steps for stretches, I bought this stretching aid from footsmart.com: http://www.footsmart.com/P-Step-Stretch-10
094.aspx A bit pricey for what it is, but it has been extremely helpful for me, and it supports your foot while you are stretching the muscle, and based on the reviews it has received, I'm not the only one who thinks so!

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I've heard that taking too long of strides can affect shin splints and knee pain. Make sure when you put stress on the legs--going up or down hill or pushing--that you are shorting your stride so you can put a little more power into it. When I try to push myself to be faster I try to focus on speeding up the foot strikes rather than lengthening the stride to cover more ground. I try to limit that to short distances on flat ground.

If you are experiencing pain, visiting a store that specializes in running shoes may be worth paying some extra money. A lot of them will put you on a treadmill and do a gait analysis. You might need to ask for it specifically, especially if you are large. My experience at a lot of exercise shops is they take one look at my tush and assume I'm not serious so they don't spend a lot of effort on me. I have to ask pointed questions to get what I want.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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Lily- Glad you brought up this topic. I need advice on where to get a good fitting for running shoes. I have a brand that my friend recommended for running (she's been a runner for years), but last night my knees really took a beating. I'm wondering if it was the shoes, me pushing the stroller, or the weather system moving in. At any rate, I really need to get a fitting for shoes, so any ideas will really help!

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Yay to all of you that are just starting out!! That first step is a doozy, but given time it's addicting to run. Good luck!!

Oooh I want to talk about running shoes. So I'm currently wearing a popular brand but keep getting shin splints. I ice and stretch after runs which makes a world of difference, but I'm wondering if there are some shoes out there that will help minimize the impact a little more? Anybody have any great ideas? emoticon

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I just did W2D1 tonight! It was tough - toward the end my "jog" was very slow. But I did it, and hopefully I won't be too sore tomorrow.

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Hi all! I'm new to this group, but started C25K last week. I did W2D1 yesterday, but will redo tonight--- AWFUL side stitch that I just couldn't shake. But, I'm determined to become a jogger, then a runner! Ready to run this blubber off! Great Group to be a part of! emoticon

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Absolutely. I felt that way for the first couple weeks and just fought my way through. It wasn't until the run intervals got to 5 min that I really felt as though I had chance to catch my breath.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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I can jog maybe 1 minute tops and then my lungs are breathing hard and I'm gasping. It does get better, right???

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I have them. I wear them regularly, do the stretches, hit a point where my feet feel better, stop wearing them every day, do something stupid, then it flares up again. I find icing helps me to keep up with exercise while I'm working the kinks back out.

I recently heard that 3 min of stretching, 3 min a day for 30 days can take you a long way towards curing it. I find it very hard to hang my heels off a step for 3 min, though. The bones in my feet start to hurt. Maybe it's time to think about giving it a good try, though.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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Cincydora - Have you checked into orthotics? I too have PF and had to get some orthotics made. I got carbon fiber ones to stand up to a lot of use. I'm new to running so I don't know how long they last but my PF is much, much better now that I got them. And I second the aggressive stretching. That usually helps me too.

Hope your feet feel better!

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Oh, goodness, my feet did not like tonight's run. First time running outside in a couple months and my plantar fasciitis was already acting up. I hobbled home the last 5 minutes then soaked my feet in ice for the better part of an hour. Looks like I'm going to have to do a better job of regular stretching.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.—Ziggy

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Hey Fluffies! Haven't checked in for a long time and wanted to say Hi!!! emoticon Great to see so many newbie runners out there!!! Keep at it! I learned to love jogging (I don't go fast enough to consider it running) while doing C25K. It is a great program. Enjoy!!!
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This whole thread cracks me up. I am soooo right there with all of you! I am a fattie, have been my whole life so I can't blame having kids or life or whatever. emoticon I finished C25K week 1 last week, but decided to repeat it since the first 2 runs gave me a lot of pain afterward. I am happy to say that this week (I just finished week 1 day 2 - take 2 LOL) is going much better and I will be able to move on to week 2 on Friday!

My running days are: Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. That 2 day break is kind of a pain, but I have church activities on Wednesday and Thursday. I do stay active all throughout the week though, and get some sort of exercise 7 days a week, except on really busy weekends when I only get in 6 days.

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Yay cincy!! That first run feels great doesn't it?!? Terry I definitely hear ya on the time thing. I'm going to college and it's finals week in 2 weeks blah....

Sun_shine the key is DON'T give up!! If you have to slow your run/jog down to almost the same speed as your walk then do it but don't give up. If your body hurts then slow down. It will heal and you can move on. Don't try over pushing yourself at first. There is no need you can pick up speed and distance later. Right now you are just getting your body used to running. I try to over push my first couple of times and got frustrated and quit.

Ok about me now ba ha ha haaa. Just finished W6D2 and I feel pretty good. I had to run two days in a row because I'm going to be out of town and didn't feel like dragging along the whole running gear shebang. Good luck the rest of the week yall emoticon

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I want a Boflex body for Christmas and could he be wrapped in a big red ribbon please =)

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Hi, I just joined the team last night, mainly for this thread. Tonight I finished W2D2. This week has definitely been harder than W1, but I am determined to run (jog) a 5K this year!

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I'm still not officially started on the program. I'm having a time/energy issue. My best time is early morning, but have time conflicts with school and/or keeping my dgd most mornings. By the late afternoons, my energy and motivation are gone for the day.

I just got an MP3 player, though, so I can download the program for when I can get out. Two more weeks of school, and I should have a little more free time.

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Made my first attempt last summer right after my 36tg bday and had only ever run maybe a mile at a time, and only a couple of times. I weighed about 275, 22 lbs below my heaviest weight. It took a couple tries but I did it.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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Hello everyone!!
I'm new to this group and starting my first day of C25K tomorrow! A little nervous because I can honestly say I've never run a day in my life and with me being at my heaviest ever I'm worried I cant do it. Any advice? =)

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I recommend going for distance. Speed will come with repetition and practice. Keep adding minutes until you can cover a full 5K at a jog. I think it took me 55 min the first time I tried it. I was practically walking at the end. My first official event my time was 47 min. You might find you can add 5 min each run, rather than each week. Go with what your body tells you it can stand, but push yourself to add that extra minute if you aren't in pain.

2 miles in 30 min puts you at a 15 min mile, which is a respectable starting point. I bet by your first event in June you'll be even faster, as long as you run regularly. I think being in a race makes me push myself more at the end and I end up with a better time than when I jog alone.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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I have completed week 9 of the C25K based on time (30 minutes) - whew! But am only running a little over two miles - I am very slow. How do I get to 5k, should I stick with the 30 minutes and try to pick up the pace or should I run further adding more time to cover the 5k distance first? I'm guessing I'd have to add 10-12 minutes of running time which I would do gradually, maybe 4 minutes a week. I have my first official 5k scheduled in June. Besides just finishing, what would a realistic goal?

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As a point of reference, My best jogging pace is a 15 min mile and my sprint durations are 30 sec with 2 min of walking in between. The treadmill did most of the work on those. I just tried not to fall off.

But it's a start.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.—Ziggy

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Good job for you cincy!!! emoticon for the pat on the back. I am keeping up with the 5Ks around here for the same reason. I need a goal to work towards or I tend to fizzle out. By the way I'm definitely not sprinting yet. I'll suck it up and admit that I'm just doing jogs. On the other hand it's been years (like 10 that I've done 20 min jogs). Still beaming from it On an odd side note just looked out my window and the full moon is rising. It's a burnt orange color. Hmmm weirdness abides oooooo LOL

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I want a Boflex body for Christmas and could he be wrapped in a big red ribbon please =)

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Lildynarider, of course you did it! I knew you could. It just takes persistence.

I'm still doing intervals, trying to get back to the point I feel good running 30+ min straight. Today it was 3-10 min intervals followed by some 30 second sprint intervals. I ended up spending a full hour on the treadmill, although only half of it was jogging.

I need to find a 5k event to focus on. There's got to be one in early July near the end of the work challenge. I am hoping that will help motivate me to keep up with my running.


I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.—Ziggy

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OMG OMG (dramatic? probably) I just finished my W5D3 jog and did I mention I FINISHED it. emoticon Whoo hoo!!! Ok now I'm gonna go pass out lie down I'm tired ba ha haa.

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I want a Boflex body for Christmas and could he be wrapped in a big red ribbon please =)

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4/18/11 2:05 P

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Hi...i'm new here.My name is Kerry and I've never considered running.I'm more of a jogging girl.But i'm going to try this tomorrow.I walk 6 days of the week.

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4/15/11 11:43 P

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I don't have a treadmill and don't usually like them very often. Once in a while, when I can go to the gym, it's a novelty to use the treadmill, but I wouldn't like to do it all the time. I have a nice back road to use, but it's all uphill for 2 miles. The scenery is wonderful and it's quite secluded, but I can't begin to run uphill right now. I'm just walking it and building up my strength for now.

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4/14/11 10:58 P

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Hayzil I'm dropping about 2 lbs a week, but I also have a metabolism that once I start working out even a little it shows on the scale. Now I also can plateau out pretty easily as well so I always have to keep pushing. Just depends on your body not everyone elses.

Patience the road is harder on your legs but you also get more of a work out. On a treadmill unless it is one you power the tread will kind of help pull you along. You don't actually have to put as much work into going forward but it can be easier on the legs. Running on a nice cushy track, grass, or sand helps lower the impact. So that's all I've got. I don't really prefer one over another.

I'm fighting the timeless battle between good and evil - eat a donut or eat a piece of fruit.

I want a Boflex body for Christmas and could he be wrapped in a big red ribbon please =)

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4/14/11 6:00 P

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Hi guys..just joined and had a quick question. Does it matter if you use the treadmill or run outside to do the C25K? If not, in your opinion is one more beneficial than the other?

Thanks a bunch...really looking forward to becoming a runner emoticon

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Hey! New to the forums but another chubby little huffer here! I've been on the C25k before but had to stop at the end of week 3 due to a very long vacation. Years later and I've picked it back up yesterday.

Tomorrow will be w1d2 and I'm already excited, my gym bag is set and ready to go!

Just a quick question for you guys - did you lose weight while running? I heard not to expect much but I lead an incredibly sedentary lifestyle until recently.

I was also considering including the at-home beginners strength training from SP's fitness section to my regimen - good idea? And would it be better to do it on the same day as the ones I run on or on the off days?

Any advice or info would be great! :D

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4/14/11 12:19 A

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W5 started out really well. It makes me happy when I don't have any problems starting out a new week. I'm still a bit worried about D3 but I'll get to it when I get to it. Hope the rest of you have a great week. emoticon

I'm fighting the timeless battle between good and evil - eat a donut or eat a piece of fruit.

I want a Boflex body for Christmas and could he be wrapped in a big red ribbon please =)

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4/12/11 1:11 P

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Fast walking on hills made an amazing difference in how well the program went for me. Most of the running was done on the treadmill or flat parks with lots of days in between but when I walked on the off days, the jogging was easier. When I tried to mix in other aerobic exercises--Zumba, fast yoga, elliptical--it actually seemed to hinder my progress.

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

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I had to laugh at LILDYNARIDER singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" to herself as she ran! Time to learn the words to some new songs! I don't have an IPod so have used the same technique (singing songs in my head) to help me keep my mind off the drudgery and to keep my pace up--but that's just with walking, so far.

The only place I have to walk is quite mountainous--all uphill for 2 miles--and I can't begin to do any running uphill yet, so will be working on building strength and stamina for a fast walk. I will do some running on the flatter stretches and on the way downhill, for now. Yesterday was Day 1

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4/12/11 11:44 A

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Hey moonbird don't worry about speed. Speed will come with time. That is just a bit of a guide line for you to work with. When you finish the program go back to that week that you didn't make the speed criteria and see if you can do it then. I bet you find that you can. In fact you might even blow it out of the water by going much faster. Congrats on W5 though. I start that this week and am a bit nervous about D3, but I think I can handle it. emoticon

I'm fighting the timeless battle between good and evil - eat a donut or eat a piece of fruit.

I want a Boflex body for Christmas and could he be wrapped in a big red ribbon please =)

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I finally got my butt back to jogging. It's been almost a month and even before that I wasn't being consistent. I decided to start back with the week 4 routine and work my way back. It's funny, my program told me to stop jogging after the first 3 min segment and my response was 'already?!?' It's amazing how much my muscles seem to remember what they are supposed to do. I need to work back up to stamina but I'm optimistic I'll be back doing long runs in a couple weeks if I stick with it. Just in time for the warmer Spring weather!

I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.

You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.—Ziggy

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Thanks for the advice CindyDora!

I did end up doing week 3 and I was fine - I discovered that when I made that post I was coming down with something as I was ill the next day. That's probably why I had been struggling lol
But now I'm better and the run was great. Regardless, I do need to remember to keep it slow though, so thanks again!

PS: I love the quote in your sig. That's a fantastic way to look at the world!

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Hi everyone. I haven't posted on this thread in a long time, but I recently completed week 5 and could not believe it. When I went out yesterday morning I thought there was no way I could run for 20 mins without stopping, but I did it! The only thing is, in that time my distance was a little over a mile and a half, not 2 miles like it says. (I use a garmin watch to measure distance, and it kind of annoys me that it tells me I am slow, because it will beep at you to speed up, which I ignore, because I've found that if I go too fast I get a cramp and have to stop.) Do you think this means I should not move on to week 6 until I can do the 2 miles in 20 minutes, or does it not matter as long as I can go the whole 20 mins? I really want to be able to run a whole 5k by fall. I did one a month ago and walked part of it, and it took me 43 mins, so I'd love to shave some time off that. There is a big 10k here every spring, and by next year I'd love to be able to run that with a friend who is a runner.

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4/7/11 10:54 A

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Weather is getting better around these parts. Here's hoping for some great spring runs this weekend, huh guys?

Anyone got a 5K this weekend?

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