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12/29/10 4:20 P

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Hi team!
I have rejoined here after not running for a few months. I think I probably made every excuse under the sun ie. the weather etc etc...

I got out for my first run in months tonight! It went better than expected, still got a long way to go though!
I'm going to start the programme on Friday, but probably start a few weeks in. I like having a programme to follow.

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12/19/10 5:46 P

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I ended up skipping the face covering and was happy I did. Halfway through the run I was steaming through the top of my jacket so much that a face covering would have been overkill.

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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I think face coverings are a personal choice depending on how well you tolerate the cold. I have run at 20 twice now and was comfortable without it, but I have seen some people with mufflers and such at 35 (like today). And after mile 2 I had stripped the gloves and microfleece pullover down to my longsleeve underarmour t. There was no wind and I am a heat machine when I workout so your mileage may vary. :-)

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12/15/10 8:56 P

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How cold does it need to be before face coverings become critical? I'm hoping to do a 5k Saturday. The predicted high is supposed to be about 25 and clear and the location--Lunken airport in Cincinnati--is known to let the wind race through when it decides to blow. I have a light scarf I can keep near my face for the occasional gust but have seen recommendations for a balaclava. I'd rather not have that kind of constriction and am hoping I can get away without it.

Any advice?

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12/15/10 11:36 A

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IT is really cold! If you dress in layers what do you when you need to strip off a layer?

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12/14/10 4:58 P

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Thank you so much for your advice. It was really cold trying to warm up and stretch but right after the race started the sun came out and the wind died down. Finished in 44 minutes, that is 2 minutes 37 seconds faster than last week. I was really happy with the progress. The layers definitely helped.
I was probably a bit more motivated because the ambulance was following me and the driver kept asking are you alright? Keep running!



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12/13/10 8:27 P

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Barbie1967-
Layers, Layers. I like something wind resistant with something thermal underneath

Be ready for the weather. Bring a poncho. It is rain repellent as in if you have it. Rain is less likely.

Other than that congrats on the progress and keep running. Keep running for a year and look back and you will be faster. Best of Luck






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BARBIE1967 Posts: 763
12/9/10 2:20 P

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Help!! I just found this team and am so excited. Did my first 5k last year in 59 minutes. Just did my second 5K last Saturday in 46 minutes. Still feel like a turtle but as long as am still moving forward I refuse to feel too bad about it. Have been sparking since March and everyone has been so positive and so encouraging. Just signed up for another 5K this Saturday it is supposed to be 30 degrees and raining and am still looking forward to it? Any pointers?



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12/8/10 4:07 P

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So, has anyone done one of the Warrior Dash races? It's a 5k obstacle race (with Viking helmets!) that looks fun and challenging and I'm considering doing one in June, but I'm a little intimidated...


The difficult we'll do right now; the impossible might take a little while...

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12/7/10 3:14 A

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HEY ALL!
Just wanted to say, I HAD A SUPER MONDAY! I love my treadmill! I love running, yes even the 25 minutes. It's just simply emoticon I can't believe I can do this! I have had butterflies ever since I finished at 4 PM Monday. I feel on the inside like kids on too much sugar act!!! This is so emoticon


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12/5/10 11:06 P

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I always run on the treadmill so I'm used to it. During the week I work out at 3am. There's no way I'd be running outside then.

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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12/5/10 9:20 P

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NATPLUMMER - Thanks for the support. I hope your treadmill was more fun than mine. I really prefer to be outside.

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12/4/10 11:53 A

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I'm sorry, Liz. That must be a total downer. Try to have a good run on the treadmill anyway (that's what I did).

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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12/4/10 10:55 A

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Was heading to a 5k today but found out no Race Day Registration. I'm bummed. Guess I will hit the treadmill after we go shopping at the Dickens Festival today.

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12/3/10 3:02 P

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You can do it Candy! I ran my first 5K in October and cried as soon I got in my car after the race. My tears were ones of joy and pride in myself. I can still feel that awesome feeling to know that I had accomplished something so great!

After that race I had to start walking because of sore ankles and I could walk my neighborhood 5K route in about the same time I run it in. How sad is that!!! But, running does so much more for my body and mind than walking.

Take it at your own pace and give yourself the biggest hug for finishing and for the effort you are putting into yourself.

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12/2/10 3:19 P

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Go for it Candy! And remember that your pace will pick up as you stick to it lose weight. I ran a 14-minute mile at 245 lbs and now I'm running a 10-minute mile. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Be proud! Most people can't say they ran a 5K!

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12/2/10 3:09 P

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Thanks for the encouragement gang! I didn't mean to sound like a pity party for myself, not my style at all.

I AM going to do it, and even if I come trailing in behind a toddler scootin' along on a tricycle, I'll be proud of my accomplishment, and determined to keep working and improving.

Karvy, your comment I appreciate the most because part of me figures I'm a freak for going SO slowly, so knowing you started out slow as well does give hope.

Cincydora, I do a slog - slow jog, much like your wog! This weekend will be a good baseline for the next 5K we run.. and the next.. and the next!

Thanks, again, very much. I appreciate all your support!
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12/2/10 2:55 P

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CBailey, perhaps you and I can compete to see who has the slowest time while maintaining a jogging form. I'm actually embarrassed to claim what I do is running because I'm so slow. I call it wogging. When I wog uphill I feel like I'm staying in one place. I probably make more vertical movement than horizontal. I put most of my energy into keeping my knees up for fear in my fatigue I'll trip and fall.

My 5K Saturday is a Jingle Bell race and I'm in week 7 of the program. So on Sunday, if you get discouraged, know that there will be at least one other runner this weekend that you could probably beat.

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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12/2/10 2:45 P

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I ran my first 5K in 45 minutes and I hadn't finished C25K yet. I was far from last place as many people walked it, and even if you are, it's OK! What matters is that you get out there and have a good time and get some great exercise in.

Also, chances are that adrenaline will carry you through some tougher spots on the course.

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12/2/10 2:43 P

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CBAILEYC, it doesn't matter if you finish last what matters is that you finish. That is the win.

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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12/2/10 2:41 P

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Doesn't matter if you finish last. You finished ahead of everyone who choses not to try. You have nothing but time and it will only get better.






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12/2/10 2:04 P

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I'm doing the Jingle Bell 5K in Portland OR on Sunday. I'm doing lots of defeatist self-talk, certain that I'll be dead-last to finish, etc. I can't do better than a 16+ mm, consistently finishing 3.1 mi in 50 min. Yes, I can walk it as fast as I can run/jog it.

No, I haven't finished C25K. In fact, I'm starting over after I make my attempt on Sunday. I figure, at least I'm trying, and I can only go up from my starting point, right?

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12/2/10 1:58 P

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This probably should go in November, but my Tuesday run I treated like a lunch time race 3 miles 8:59 pace with Hills involved. Somehow I'm gettting faster. It was 55 and damp Monday and today it is 28 and snowing. Time to get some Yaktrax.






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12/1/10 1:27 P

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Karvy, Thanks for the link to the challenge. I'll check that out! I am looking at a Jingle Bell 5K. It's 2 days before Christmas and by my mom's house. I'm thinking about asking my 12-year-old niece if she'd want to run it with me. She currently has to run 1 mile each practice for tennis.

We are still hitting in the 70s at least some days here in Texas. So, I hope to keep running outside as long as possible! I have an outdoor run planned tomorrow.

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12/1/10 11:20 A

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I'm in on the challenge, as you can see.
Not heading back to the treadmill because that's where I always run (sort of cold and dark and scary at 3am).

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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12/1/10 11:12 A

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I'm afraid it's going to be the treadmill for me tonight. I was planning to run the Jingle Bell 5K in Cincy/Northern Ky Saturday but there's rain/snow in the forecast. As a newbie I'm wary of inclement weather, although I might try running outside tonight if I can find enough clothing to keep me warm. The hard part is finding a balance between being warm enough to start and not overheating at the end. I'm still searching for those arm warmers mentioned in a recent Spark blog. I haven't made it to an actual running store and didn't have luck at the standard sporting goods stores I visiting.

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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12/1/10 8:23 A

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Hope everyone enjoyed their fall running in November! Have you checked out our Running Through the Holidays Challenge yet? www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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How do you plan to keep up your running in December? Any Jingle Bell 5Ks or Frosty Runs? Heading back inside to the treadmill?

Here is a thread to chat about running in the month of December!

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