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digiscrappy, hope a couple weeks of something less intense will get you right back to where you want to be.
I tend to overdo and work myself into total fatigue/burnout..and then cycle the other way. Wish I was better at just being consisten, lol.
So, week 7 day 1--repeat, went much better than my last 2 days. I did it early, before breakfast, which does seem to work better for my poor old stomach. Funny thing is the road I ran today is much more difficult than the trail I was running on the last 2 times, with hills and hard top...go figure.

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ALPHAPREP: Thank you! I am really pleased with how I performed over the past 2 months - both with my exercise and my nutrition. Both the running class and the weight loss challenge were great motivators, and achieving success with both makes for even more motivation.

Unfortunately... I think I may be taking a week or two off from running. Think I'm suffering from a bit of overtraining. *sigh*

Then I'll start back at around Week 4 and work my way back up. I'm not going to quit exercising - I need to get myself over to the gym and do something non-impact, like the elliptical or the bike.

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It's ok, I think I'm doing the same. I only got in the first run last week, and then just petered out for the week.

Starting afresh. I need to just DO IT.

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I think I'll be repeating week 7 this week. I started out fine last Tuesday with the 25 minute run and did great. Thursday I just couldn't get into any kind of pace or rythm and only managed 2 ten minute intervals. This Sunday, I managed to do 15mins and 12 mins..with a 2 min walk in between. So I'm just going to start the week all over. Frustrating!

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Digiscrappy! I'm still so proud of you!! All week, I've been like.. hmm this lady is awesome!!

So, this week I did W7D1 on Monday (cheating, really, because I ran it in intervals instead of straight through), and I've been totally unmotivated to keep going for the past few days.

I think that I was bummed that there was no Turkey trot in my area, except one tommorrow at 8:15, and given that I have work at noon, it was really pushing it, so I didn't sign up.

I had been doing so well the past few weeks, I'm not quite sure what happened, but I think it was an emotional roadblock. The result is that I've only gotten 140 minutes of working out this week - even though I've lost weight, i've been tired and cranky.

OK VENT OVER.

I'm going to ramp things up this week. No excuses.

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WOOOHOOOOO! I feel good - gotta love those endorphins, and they're even better when coupled with the achievement of finishing a race!

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When I first started the C25k, the strength kind of fell by the wayside, but it's time to start getting it back into my schedule consistently.
Funny how when you get one thing under control and going well, something else slips away, lol. Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough fingers to stick in the holes in the Dam, lol.

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Sherri, that's terrific! And how awesome it is that you're working the strength training, too. That's where I've dropped the ball... need to get that on track next.

I am so proud of everyone, you're working hard and pushing right on through! Way to go!

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W7D1 for me today. I wasn't sure if I was up to it...I had doubled up the past few days on Strength training, my legs were feeling it and day 2 of TOM isn't always one of my best days. But I got up, got dressed and decided I was gonna do as much as I could, even if I broke it up into shorter runs or cut the time short.
But I did it and I felt pretty good the whole time. So I'm really glad I tried.
Day 2 should fall on THanksgiving...since I'm serving dinner in the evening, I should be able to get out and get a run in once I've got the turkey going....at least that's my plan!

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Good for you for pushing through, even though you were tired. I think yesterday was just one of those days that's really long and tiring for everyone. I went home, cooked dinner, and fell asleep on the couch around 8:30!

Should've done an easy walk/run yesterday but I didn't have it in me - maybe going to try to get it in today instead.

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11/24/09 12:28 A

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Today was Week 7, Day 1, and honestly, I just wasn't up to it.

So, I ran 1.5 minutes/walked 1 minute for the 25 minutes - except I really pushed it on the runs a minute at 6.5, and then 30 seconds at 6.7, then the walks at 4.0.

I got my 5k in 37:30, including the 5 minute warmup, and then rounded out to 45 minutes at 3.5 miles total.

Man, I was beat. I think it was a combo of not eating enough today, or something... Just a tired day!

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Congrats Digiscrappy for completing your 8 weeks and finishing them well and not letting anything keep you from your goal!!! I think it's safe to call yourself a graduate. I personally don't ever intend to run an official 5k, so I hope that wouldn't be a criteria.
Got a new furbaby. Spent the weekend watching all the other furballs adjust. Only one really has his nose out of joint, but the others are coming around. In fact the cat that none of the other cats like seems to have found himself a playmate. Now if I can just convince him that the dog doesn't want to be friends and he should really stay away! He, unfortunately doesn't seem to be afraid of much....including sasha's teeth.
Stalled on starting week 7...but I'm hoping to get to it tomorrow.

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Today I'm just scheduled to do a 2 mile walk/run (depending on how my legs feel). My knees did get a little achey post-run Saturday, so I'm pondering: run to keep the joints moving so they don't stiffen OR take it easy and just walk so that I don't overdo it.

So, I guess I'm a program graduate now, since I did it on Saturday? I don't have to wait til I've actually run *in* a 5k, I don't imagine.

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AWESOME!!!!

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WOOHOO! Today was Class #8 of 8 total classes. We ran the full Turkey Trot course today, start to finish (actually, we slightly deviated, which ADDED distance so that we could avoid traffic).

I RAN THE WHOLE THING!

NO walking whatsoever - just a slow, but steady pace.

I hadn't run in a week - sickness & schedule conflicts threw off my whole training week. I didn't running my fastest miles, that's for certain, but I was running to finish... not to break records... the farthest I'd run previously was 2.75 miles.

Total time: 39:40

I have GOT this!

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Evening everyone!

I finished W6D3 in one piece!!! I ran 5.5 the entire 25 minutes, even though in the last five minutes I thought I was going to expire a little bit - I just pushed through.

I ended up going a total of 5 miles in 65 minutes, and crossing the fitness minutes that I had planned for the year!! Which is great, because 5,000 in 6 months isn't bad, particularly when I wasn't doing nearly as much for a few months in there. Gearing up for setting a much bigger goal for next year: 18,200 (350 minutes a week!)

Sherri, I'm allergic to the kitties but I do love some of them. My friend just adopted herself a kitten from the shelter whom she named yossarian: www.twitvid.com/4707C (seen here, attacking his teddy bear)!

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Thanks, guys, I'm missing the little fella, but have decided that I'm going to the shelter looking to adopt tomorrow. Sadly, there's always plenty of cats needing a good home, and I have room for one more.
Digi, I usually try to keep cough drops on me too, but a couple of times I just ran out the door and forgot about them...and since I'm usually in a time crunch I don't always have time to go back and get them. So I'll just try to make sure I keep them in my little carry-case.
W6D2 went well. Looking forward to finishing the week tomorrow morning.
I think I might just finish this!!

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Sherri, extra hug.

Two days ago I got in my W6D2 run, and am either going to do day three tonight or tomorrow morning. Yesterday I got in 6.75 miles of walking, so I might? take an extra day break.

My run was pretty good -

The first 10 minutes I ran at 6.0, and then the second I ran a little slower - honestly I petered out 8 minutes into the second run - so I took a little rest and ran for several more minutes after that.

5k in 36:30. (And this includes my 5 minute warmup, so I have high hopes).

All in all, 3.5 miles in 44 minutes.



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Sherri, I'm sorry to hear about your cat... I know how hard it is to lose a furbaby.

I, too, tend to have the sinusy/runny nose thing happening when I run. A lot of times, I'll keep a stash of menthol cough drops in my pocket (they also help keep my nose clear so that I breathe better).

Yikes. I haven't ran all week, thanks to illness & schedule difficulties. Tomorrow's my Week 8 class. This week is it for my program. Tomorrow we'll be running the full 5k course, for practice. Wow!

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W6D1 for me yesterday. I had a little bit of a problem with the runs...but I was also having a bit of a problem with dripping sinuses from a cold/allergies? It was the first time I actually ran with music, since tech-illiterate me finally figured out how to load music on my new blackberry...I did kind of enjoy running to the music instead of watching the watch.
Yesterday I also had to put my favorite cat down, so I've been kind of walking around in a funk since then. Trying to shake it, but it's tough. It's amazing how attached you can get to a little piece of fur.
Hoping to get D2 in tomorrow....it's the day I stop at the end for muffins for our breakfast...so hubby makes sure I don't miss that one, lol.

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Week 7!

For W7D1, our class ran a timed & measured 2 minutes. Then, because I'd finished well under the allowed time, I ran for another ~half to three-quarter mile.

My times:

Mile 1: 11:40
Mile 2: 10:40

UNFORTUNATELY, I have been sick since my class on Saturday, so I haven't been able to push through and do this week's homework. VERY frustrated over that.

I might feel recovered enough to run today, although I have a date with destiny at 4:30pm, and then a hellish commute home (which could take me as much as 2 hours to go the usual distance in 45 minutes). After that, at 9pm Eastern, I will be honoring the life of my friend who passed. I'm hoping that I can run somewhere in there. This week has just been one where life has intervened too much, and it couldn't have picked a worse week. I may just have to run Thursday/Friday/Saturday morning.

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It's getting a little quiet!!
I finished W6D1 yesterday, really shocked at the ease I was able to do those run segments.

The breathing is falling into place!

Also, I decided to amp my speed a little - I was watching the two people run in front of me, and their legs were going about the same stride as mine, but then I noticed they were both running at around 6.8!! So, I thought - decrease strides, increase speed? I can do this... It's about... Efficiency!!

I did the first 5 minutes at about 5.3, the second around 5.5 and amped up to 6, and the last five minutes at 6...

In all, I got to a 5k in 39:30, including warm up and cool downs, and hopped off.

At some point, I'm going to transition to outside, but for now, the treadmill is keeping me motivated.

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I finished W5D3 today. It was gray, it was rainy, it was cold, but I got out and got it in. I gave myself a 10 minute warmup walk just to make sure everything was nice and loose, and then got that 20 mins in. I have to admit the last 2 mins were torture, but I managed to push through them and I'm glad I did!!!
Now on to week 6

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Week 5 Day 3 - DONE!!!!

I ran those 20 minutes like a mad woman. Well, a slow mad woman.

Warmed up on 3.5-3.8 for about ten minutes, then ran at 5.1-5.3 for 20, cooled down for 5 at about 3.5, and then ran for about five more minutes so I could hit exactly a 5K. Total was 3.13 in 40:50. Yeehaw

What's great is that it was totally doable. Aside from the sweat, I didn't feel like I was going to die. I think the key for me will be to run at a slower pace for longer distances so I keep my breathing under control.

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Actually, with the time change it's a little easier for me at the moment...If I don't get it in first thing in the morning during the week, it isn't going to happen. At least for the moment it isn't pitch black when I head out my door and up my dark, unlit rural road. It's been dark when I get home from work for a while now and my road is just too busy in the evenings to safely run on.
What's worrying me more is the fact that it's steadily getting colder and soon the snow/ice will be flying. since I don't own a treadmill/belong to a gym, I don't have too many other options. I'm just hoping it'll stay nice enough, long enough for me to finish the program...never mind that my favorite place to run becomes a busy snowmobile corridor once there's enough snowpack.
Hmmm suppose I can run on snowshoes???? Now that will be graceful emoticon

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Anybody else, as you progress through the program and as the season has changed, having trouble finding the time to run?

I'm not a morning person... and now I'm challenged by the fact that it's dark when I get home. I ran in the dark, along the lighted side-walk on Monday. Wednesday, it was very rainy, so I gave in and ran at the gym on the treadmill. Yesterday, I was supposed to run again, but reality and parental responsibilities intervened, and I couldn't get to the gym no matter how much I wanted to and needed to.

Week 7 starts tomorrow. I know that I can run for 25 minutes. I, according to homework, am now behind because I should've done a 35 minute run yesterday. Hoping I can keep up ok in class.

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Hihi!

I forgot to post! Oh dear!

Well, I did W4D3 at the beginning of the week outside, which is still significantly harder for me than a treadmill run because of the inclines in this area.

I did W5D1 at the gym - where to my horror my C25K app had been taken accidentally off my ipod - so I listened to an Ullney podcast that fortunately I had downloaded for the correct week, and nearly went crazy listening to the techno!

Yesterday I went back in for W5D2 - and I made it through! The 8 minute runs aren't as hard as I thought they would be - I think honestly I'll be built for distance - I don't have any muscle or leg problems - I just have to get my breathing in control! Maybe running slower for now. I've been doing about 5.3 during the runs on a 1.0 incline (well, 5.0 on 0.0 for the second 8 minute), and 4.0 during the walks - I think it's pushing a little to hard maybe.

I'm looking forward to day three - just have to figure out timing. I'm pushing for Friday afternoon.

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I was on vacation for a week in New Jersey visiting family/friends. Kind of messed up my C25k...got in lots of walking every day, but no running. Spent the last couple of days just trying to get back into my home/work routines.
Did decide to pick up where I left off on Tuesday with W5D1, and did W5D2 this morning. I'm still fretting about that 20 minute straight run that finishes off the week, though my second 8 minute interval was actually 14.
But then again, I wasn't too sure about the 8 min intervals...and I did them emoticon

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Where did everybody go? emoticon

So yesterday was W6D3 for me (and I now have a D4 in my training schedule). I ran 2 miles in 25 minutes, completely without dropping down to a walk! In fact, I could've run longer if the treadmill had let me.

It was my first run on a treadmill (we're getting the remnants of Ida, along with a nor'easter at the same time), which was definitely a new experience for me. I wasn't accustomed to setting up the machine, so I made the mistake of programming a 30 minute run when I really needed to walk 5, run 30ish, walk 5.

So... I didn't run fast (4.3 pace) but I did use an incline (1.5). I just kept an eye on my distance and my over-all time. "Hmmm, ok, that was 10... how about 15? Well, if I've done 15 now, maybe 20? Awesome... 20 minutes... may as well run the rest!"

I felt like I was walking on air when I was done, I was so psyched. At least, once the world stopped moving from getting accustomed to the treadmill's motion. LOL!

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ALPHAPREP: Good job getting back into the swing of things... *shudder* at the thought of running with health-impaired lungs. But you're back in the game and colds, at least, don't last forever!

As for me...

My schedule has been downright horrendous this week - so I ended up only doing a single week-day run. Apparently, I picked the worst week ever to do that since I received an email from my instructor yesterday asking us to get a 3rd week-day run in. ARGH, yesterday I was just doing my FIRST! And I can't run 3 days in a row (yesterday, today, tomorrow's class). *sigh*

Ditto for my running partner - she had an injury, applied Icy Hot and had a reaction the Icy Hot, so she rested intead of running.

BUT... the good news is that my friend and I are still ahead of our class, regardless. Our beginner group's homework called for 4 minute/2 minute intervals this week - the advanced group's homework called for 7 minute/2 minute intervals - and then our instructor's email told us to re-run our W5D3, but with a reduction of our recovery walk time by 30 seconds. So what did we do? We did our single week-day run this week at 7 minute runs/1.5 minute walks - and we ran it with a male co-worker who has a longer-stride and more experience. In the end, we managed to run 10:30 minute miles for 2.33 miles!

I'm a little disappointed in myself that I don't have a way to get a true W5D3 in... especially since I wanted to go ahead and shoot for the full 20 minute run even though my class schedule wasn't calling for it yet.

But sometimes... you just gotta do what ya gotta do. I'm short a run (or two) this week, but I'm still ahead of the class and ahead of the game.

Oh! And my calves most distinctly did not hate me yesterday afternoon - so I'm curious to see if they, once again, present a problem for my Saturday morning class. I've been eating a banana daily, especially pre-run. I've increased my water consumption. I drank half a 32oz. Powerade Zero pre-run yesterday and finished it afterwards, to help my electrolytes. Tomorrow morning, I plan to get up and do some extra stretching on my own - and as suggested by my experienced-runner co-worker, I'm going to stretch in the shower and take some time directing hot water onto my calves to help warm the muscles.

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Yayy Digiscrappy!!!

Hi everyone!! It's been too long so I got up this morning and forced myself out of the house to do Week 4 day 3!!

How did it go?

Well... erm, decreased lung function from a cold does not make for fun running, and paired with a lack of flat to run on also didn't help, but I scraped through for the most part-

Got through 5 minutes of supremely brisk walking, 3 minutes running, the next walking, 5 minutes running, and then the next half I ended up having to walk a bit every few minutes, and I could only manage 3 minutes of running at a time, but I tacked on 2.5 minutes extra running at the end to try to make up for it.

I'm looking forward to heading back onto the treadmill - but I sure got a good sweat dripping run.

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And now... I'm officially registered for my first 5k! My information is registered, my fees are paid... it's very REAL now!

Excited and nervous!

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Week 5!

Due to scheduling, am going to have to run 2 days in a row again this week - honest, I'm not trying to make that the habit!

So W5D2 is this afternoon. W5D3 will be tomorrow afternoon, with my work friend.

I've spent the week talking to experienced runners (including a Marathon runner) for feedback on my morning calf cramps. As a result, I'm switching back to pre-run bananas instead of Kashi bars (and upping my banana eating for more potassium), I'm drinking more water and will hydrate more on Friday nights, I'm switching to Powerade Zero post-run, and I'm adding in a few extra stretches before I even leave for my morning class to try to get my muscles more warmed up before I start my official warm-up. Worst-case, I might have a touch of Achilles tendonitis (though I don't buy it)... and I'll switch my run days to M/W/Sa to give myself an extra day's rest before my weekly morning run.

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Hi all!

I'll be back soon, I promise!

Week five you two? Yeehaw!!

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I didn't get to finish wk4d3 until yesterday...got up early before the daughter and granddaughter were moving, because I just knew once they got up, I wouldn't be accomplishing anything else emoticon So I finished it early and then had a great day bouncing both the grand-daughter and grand-son around (younger daughter also decided to show up for the day.
Tomorrow I start week 5...and I'm still trying to not freak about 20 mins straigt on the last day. I did pick up a MP3 player this weekend...figure maybe some music will help distract me, lol.

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Happy Birthday to your little girl!

Ran W5D1 yesterday - once again, calf muscle problems. Trying to figure out just what it is that causes me to have calf pain only as a result of my morning runs. Classwork this week was 5 4-minute runs with 4 90-second walks. For the homework, I'll be giving the 3 7-minute runs with 2 2-minute walks a shot.

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My baby girl's first birthday was on Thursday, so we had a party for her yesterday afternoon. That meant that I had no time to go running yesterday morning like I would have done. I couldn't go this morning, and tomorrow's looking like it's not good. I will just have to do it Monday. I wish I didn't have to take so many days off, but it's for a good cause.

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digiscrappy, I can see why some people want to run every day...I can hardly wait for the next "run" day to come around...but if the knees didn't scream at me, the husband would, lol...after all, I'm not 30 either, so he tells me emoticon
And I'm on agreement with you about endurance being more important right now than speed.

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ALPHAPREP - Good to see you here, but sorry you're feeling creaky. You're doing the right thing, though. You're still moving - you didn't stop and do complete rest. Perpetual motion is the key!

Sherri, I actually feel GREAT! Legs aren't sore at ALL! I did calculate and our time wasn't very fast - heh, we ran about a 12 minute mile - but distance and duration are the big things right now. Cover the distance, cover the duration, and the pace will eventually come. Of course, now I'm so addicted, I have to resist the urge to want to go run every day. I know that wouldn't be good.

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digiscrappy, how great that you finished the advanced workout....how DO your legs feel today?? I've been wondering ever since you said you needed to do 2 days in a row.
Alphaprep, one day the weather is absolutely gorgeous for late October in Northern New England, the next it's gray and rainy and cold to the bone. But at least no snow yet...except for a few irritating flurries.
Hope you stop feeling creaky soon, I hate that feeling. Especially when hubby tells me I'm not 20 anymore...which usually sends me into an exercise over-do frenzy out of sheer stubborness...which leads to even more creakiness, lol.

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Hi all - I'll be back running soon, I promise!!! A few days ago I started feeling all creaky in the limbs, and running was really stressing the body - so I've been doing a ton of walking - briskly - up and down hills - so hopefully it will work as crosstraining for the next few days until I feel well enough for a run!

Yesterday I walked from the embarcadero to Clement street, which is basically clear across the peninsula here in SF (san francisco is pretty much like a large rectangle, approx 7x7. I ended up walking 7 miles up and down large hills....

DIGISCRAPPY - AWESOME!!! I like that advanced lineup. Yeehaw!

Sherri - 8 minutes!!! Hows the weather this week in the 'shire?


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Ran W4D3 after work with my partner and we totally rocked our homework! Neither the beginner's or the advanced homework matched the podcast - but the advanced homework was significantly tougher. We decided that the beginner homework wasn't challenging us enough - so we ran the advanced program: 3 6-minute run intervals with 2 2-minute run intervals between them. TOTALLY AWESOME! We were so psyched when we finished. Leg muscles are in good shape, breathing wasn't very difficult - we still were able to talk as we ran.

We're ahead of the class now. That's so awesome!

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Hooray for feeling better! And EIGHT MINUTES, awesome, way to go! I think Saturday is a better plan, too, for getting your day 3 in.

I'm sure my legs aren't going to be very happy with me tonight, after making them run two days in a row but tomorrow isn't an option. Think I'm going to have to switch to a Monday/Wednesday running strategy so that I have options in case something happens.

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Finally feeling better!! Got up, dosed up with tylenol/advil combo to make sure that headache didn't try to sneak back and went out and did my W4D2 up to the store and back. Even did 8 minutes for the last 5 minute interval, which tells me I'll at least be able to do that when the time comes next week.
Not sure when I'm going to get the last day in this week. I don't think my legs would like 2 days in a row at all...so I guess I'll have to get up early on Saturday and get it in before the daughter/granddaughter show up for a weekend visit.

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I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well, Sherri! Hope the headache is gone now! I had a touch of that myself, earlier in the week.


After completely disappointing myself by not being able to run on Tuesday (treadmills at the gym were all occupied and I had too tight of a window to wait), I went ahead and did W4D2 yesterday. I know I shouldn't be running 2 days in a row at this point, but I also don't want to be unprepared for the W5 class. The intervals are coming easier and easier - and no major muscle cramping like I experienced on Saturday at my class. In fact, I had been thinking that I really could've run for a longer duration (both the intervals and the total run).

Today, I'm running W4D3 with my running partner and I think we might give the "advanced" homework a shot - instead of 5 3min/90sec intervals, it's 3 6min/2min intervals. I had been tempted to do that yesterday but chickened out thanks to a pending root canal that was screaming at me - in fact, I had almost talked myself into running the entire first 8/10th of a mile in one shot until I felt that dental pain jolt. So I'll dose up on the anti-inflammatory before I run today and maybe we'll do 6 minute runs!

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I missed W4D2 yesterday...the headache/naseau that I've been fighting for the past week ended up knocking me out of commission yesterday, keeping me out of work and on the couch.
Feeling better today, hoping the headache will be gone so I can get back to it tomorrow. Today's goal is just to make it through work.

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Great job, Amy! The hike sounds awesome - what a cool class! I wish I had lived in a great place for hiking when my kids were younger. We keep planning to take them out on hikes with us, but it seems like it rains lately for every single weekend that they're home and not visiting their dad. :(

Today's W4D2 for me - and I'm under the weather. Neither my stomach nor my head are huge fans of me today. Nevertheless, I'm going to try to push through it this afternoon. I'm going to get out there and give it a shot - I hope to make it all the way through, but I won't beat myself up for it if I can't. Who knows, maybe I'll even feel a bit better afterwards.

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Wow, I can't believe it's still Monday! It's been a long day. I did W3D3 this morning, and then went on a hike with the baby in the back carrier. I am in a "mommy and me" hiking class through the local adult school and we climbed a tall hill in the middle of our valley--what a great view! The hike was pretty strenuous, and coming down was scary, but it was good exercise and I liked it a lot. My baby girl was done with the hike before I was, but she napped a bit in the pack.

I'll be trying to go on a walk with the baby tomorrow, and I will do W4D1 on Wednesday morning.

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Good job! I've found that, on the days where I was feeling not-so-great before I ran that I always feel better and am so glad that I made the effort, once I've done it.

And great shopping! Funny, I was shopping for a dress to wear to a formal wedding recently - tried several stores at the mall, tried some stores at the outlets, then ended up at Dress Barn. Wouldn't you know that I, also, found two dresses on clearance. I couldn't decide between the two (royal blue or red), so I got both - with matching jewelry. Ha, I also ended up with a Dress Barn card. Good thing, too. Pretty soon, none of my clothes are going to fit me!

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Well, in spite of a busy weekend I did manage to get W4D1 in on Sunday, but it was tough.
First of all I spent all day (10 hours) out shopping for that elusive "perfect" dress for an upcoming engagement party. Started with an oil change...then 2 trips around the mall with no luck. Then a walk over to the plaza across the street...still no luck. Hit Marshalls, tjmaxx, burlington coat factory and Fashion Bug, tried on tons of dresses...still no luck. Walked up to Main Street from there to check out a couple of dress shops...anything I liked was waaaaaaaaayy out of my price range. Remembered I hadn't eaten lunch around 3 pm and ended up having to settle for a quick slice of pizza. Finally, on my last stop...Dress Barn that I'd already hit last week with no luck...I found 3 dresses on clearance, 2 sweaters to go over them, jewelry to match one of them...and a Dress Barn charge card in my name...my hx must be getting better!!
At this point it's getting dark, my feet are killing me (I chose shoes that were easy to get in and out of, not for walking the distances I put in) I decided to make a stop at a shoe store so I wouldn't have to travel that way again, though shoes are often worse than dresses. I'll be darned the salesgirl asked me what I was looking for, she handed me a pair of heels (which I generally won't wear) and they made my feet feel great!!! Easiest shoe shopping I had ever done.
Any ways, combined with a long drive on Sunday morning and more (funner) shopping, not to mention lunch out...I was feeling not so wonderful as I set off to do my run on Sunday afternoon. All I can say is thank god I only ate half my lunch, because between the body aches from the shopping and the fairly full stomach, I had a tough time getting started.
But I did it. might not have physically great afterwards, but emotionally, I was thrilled to have accomplished that run, even though the body wasn't too happy about it.

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Wow, lots of newcomers and new posters to the thread! emoticon

Shin splints - For those who don't have fairly new shoes with little wear, they're a must! And don't just pick up a pair of shoes in the sporting goods store - make sure you're properly fitted, preferably at a running store. A shoe isn't just a shoe - different model running shoes are designed for different needs. Here are some good links for how to handle shin splints:

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ALPHAPREP: Don't regret the pizza too much - I went out and had 3 medium slices of brick oven pizza (thin crust! with lots of veggies!) myself yesterday.

TEALEAF1: Take it slow and easy - remember, you're not trying to set any speed records. Walk when you need to walk, run when you feel that you can. If you have to adjust the intervals a bit, or lengthen the program, do what you can to keep yourself moving. As for the dieting, stick with what SparkPeople suggests - make sure you're logging what you're eating, and really thinking about it. The best trick to losing weight is to re-learn better habits.

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It's the last week of October this week. I too got shin splints on Monday and am still healing. I read that if you get them you're not supposed to push it because they are like tiny hairline fractures and it's best to wait till they are better. I don't think it's my shoes as they're new for running. They're not the $200 running shoes but the $90 running shoes I got on a sale a few years back to restart the C25K and now I finally did and brought them out of the closet. I have other new shoes sitting in my closet for special occasions too.

Monday was the only day I ran and it made me realize just how out of shape I am. I lost 22lbs in 85 days this summer and gained it all back except 1 lb. in the last 82 days. So I'd say that was yoyo dieting at it's finest. I lost that weight by pure diet and gained it all back the same way. Now being back at square one I'm doing Week 1 again this week and see if I can do better.

For shin splints I read I can do resistance bands to condition my shins since I have such tight calves. That comes from carrying my weight around these days.

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Thanks for the welcome! :)

I actually am suffering from shin splints already (I was hoping they would wait to make an appearance), and my feet hurt after running, so I think I may just suck it up and get some. Then, they'll be broken in when I am running for real! lol

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Welcome Alana!

I'd say, just go for it! (Unless your feet were aching significantly after run one), but usually, old sneakers are better until you can break in your new ones a little bit.

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I am a newbie and just finished week 1. I am nervous to go on to week 2, but after reading other posts, may just go for it. Or, I may wait until I get some new running shoes.

Look forward to cheering you all on!

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I'm joined this group last year and never quite got around to starting the program. Well after walking my first 5K saturday I realized I want to run. So I am starting Week 1 Day 1 tomorrow.

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Hi there.. I was a member of this great sparksteam last year and havn't gotten back to running after being sick last fall... but i've have decided that by spring I want to be able to do a 5k... not really interested in doing a race but just want to beable to run again.. maybe then i can loose some weight.. Diane emoticon

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i started last week and today i ran w2d1 and it wasn't as hard as i'd imagined. baby steps!



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Welcome back Momontherun!

I was looking through your page - and look at you! A runner!!!

Hope you can get back into it with ease!!

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