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ncuneo
12-01-2011, 10:52 AM
Well, believe it or not, it's December! Personally I can't believe it...the year is just about at a close. But here it is anyway, our favorite monthly running thread - newbie or long time runner, whoever you are - commit and share your running here!

So how'd you do this year? Did you achieve your running goals? Still have goals to achieve? My main goal was to run 1000 miles this year. As of this morning I'm at 926 miles and with the whole month of December to go, I should have no troubles achieving that. So I'm pretty proud of that. I was thinking about making next year's goal 1212 miles for 2012, but since I've recently dropped to 3 days a week of running (which I'm loving by the way) I think that would be pretty difficult to do, but who knows.

I had to do my long run this morning, it was a shorter one though 8 miles. But I did spin last night and now have to work all day, so I'm a little spent. I did my LR today as opposed to my usual Sunday because it's DHs b-day this weekend and we're going to a nice dinner and I don't want to have to forgo the drinks and decadent food because of needing to run the next morning - LOL.

I also had a great 9 mile LR this past Sunday. It was one of my top ten runs I think. We were out of town and the course I chose was amazing. I hit the beach, the marina, the canals and it was just wonderful.

Up next I have a 5 mile easy run tomorrow and 6 mile hill run Saturday. Next week my schedule will be a little off again because of a x-mas party, but after that no more running back to back. Marathon training is kicking into high gear in the next few weeks and I'm excited and exhausted:)

So let's finish the year strong!


ncuneo
12-02-2011, 02:50 PM
Where is everybody?

Weak easy 5 miler this morning. Was supposed to be 6, but I just wasn't feeling it.

CherryPie99
12-02-2011, 04:23 PM
I'm here! Ran 4.5 yesterday on my lunch hour - really great run. It was about 40 degrees, but sunny. So I was not cold at all. Took my gloves off just after mile 1.

Today it snowed all day and is generally miserable out. So I'm hitting the treadmill for some speed work.


natamars
12-02-2011, 08:03 PM
Happy December!

My runs have been short this week - 2.5 miles Wednesday and 2 miles last night on the treadmill. Doing a 5K with my son tomorrow - it will be his first(he's 8). I have no idea how he will do..he's never done more than a 2K before.

Trying to increase my speed slowly. I probably average about an 11:15 minute mile now..trying to get to a 10 minute mile. Last night I did 1/2 a mile at that speed..planning to increase that to a mile by the end of the month, then an add'l mile every month after that, until I can do a 10K in about an hour.

ncuneo, have fun with your DH this weekend!

indiblue
12-02-2011, 10:44 PM
I'm here! Just running 1x a week so I have nothing to report for now :). Tomorrow I'm going out to this huge campus where I hope to do a long run... I'm excited.

natamars Good luck with your 5k! So cool you're doing it with your son!

natamars
12-03-2011, 04:46 PM
Well, we made it through! My son started taking walking breaks in the first mile and I was afraid we were doomed. By the third mile he was in tears :-( But I kept talking him through it and we finished together in 37:57. It was hard for me because the conditions were PERFECT and I really wanted to just go. But I'm glad we did it together. He was fine 5 minutes after we finished, and they served us hot chocolate and bagels :-)

indiblue
12-04-2011, 04:13 AM
Did a slow 45-minute run today. I still have a decent amount of congestion in my chest so I tried not to push myself. It was hot, but running out in the fields on a huge campus was amazing! Not like the cramped, polluted, crazy roads of Indian cities that I'm accustomed to...

I'm doing a 5K next month in the same area. Pumped. I think switching from distance to speed will be a good change-of pace.

(So long to my commitment not to run for a month.... oops)

natamars That sounds like so much fun! (minus the tears part, poor guy) But that's so cool you guys finished. I'm sure he is so proud of himself!

ncuneo
12-04-2011, 09:35 AM
Nat - Oh my gosh cograts on your run with your son! My son is 3 right now and I can't wait til he can do a fun run or like you a 5k with me! He's so funny, he already knows all about my running and I ask him if maybe he'd like to run with me some day and he always says yes! I'm just not sure when it's appropriate to get your kids into that...maybe 5? I'd really love it if my son's memory of me is always as a runner and never as the lazy bum I used to be :)

Indi - running for speed is such a different experience from distance. I'm not fully committed to it at this point because I am still training for a new distance, but I have incorporated tempo and hill repeats into my training, and it's a whole new kind of fun. Tempo I like, hills I did for the first time yesterday and I think I hate those. I really need to keep the hills in my program because there are some hilly parts of the marathon course, but they seemed to aggravate my TFL a bit, so I'll reserve judgement for now and keep the repeats minimal. Yesterday I did 4 400 meter repeats of my 5 mile run. So I think I'll keep it around 4 repeats until I see what kind of affect they have on my body.

I really want to run a sub-2 half at some point, but have yet to find the right course. I'd like to do it in Jun/Jul, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of half marathons in my area during that time. I'm shooting for that month because my full is in March and I want to run the Nike Women's Half in November. But that is in San Francisco, so obviously not a PR course. It's also a lottery to get a spot, so I'm not sure I'll get in or not. I'm such a dork I've made a list of races I really want to run, anywhere from Napa Valley and Big Sur to the Grand Canyon. It's really fun to have these races to want to run that will also allow me to take vacations to places I've never been. It's added a new element to my running.

No run today, I pupously rearranged my week so today would be rest. It DHs birthday so we had a big indulgent dinner last night with cocktails and I didn't want to have to hold back for fear I'd have to run the next morning. So we enjoyed and now I have a great day of rest ahead.

Have a great weekend everyone!

indiblue
12-04-2011, 10:17 AM
ncuneo Thanks for sharing your thoughts- it gets me excited. I had fun with my 10K last weekend, but I didn't really train for it, just ran a 10k each week over the past month. I'm afraid of running too much more than that per week because of my knee.

The 5K will be fun- my weekly mileage won't be high enough to exacerbate my knee (I hope). I'm going to try to only run 2x a week and see if I can improve my speed that way. The last time I ran 3-4x a week my knee flared up, big time, and I had to take a month off.

I have to be so careful with my joints (my hip pops every time I get out of a chair :() so I don't think I could ever do anything serious like a half, or even an amazing 5 or 10K. But if I can get my 5K closer to 26 mins I'll be a happy camper :D

Thinsole
12-04-2011, 12:28 PM
Finished C25K in Nov, took a couple week break and hurray! Stumbled on E210K. Started W1D1 Friday.

GlamourGirl827
12-04-2011, 12:33 PM
Hi All!
I wanted to ask a question.
I'm new to running. I started in Jan of this year on the treadmill with alternating jog/walk (and at 200lbs) and as of now, I am able to do 3-5 miles no problem. Around April I moved my running outside and stopped doing the treadmill completely. I truly dislike the treadmill, and will skip a run before using it. I did my first 5K in Oct at 32:23, no walking. Pretty nice considering where I started. Anyway...
This is my first winter as a runner. Up until the past month or so, I was doing a 3-5 about 5 days a week. One of those days was a 5 mile trail run. And once a week I was doing a long run, of about 7 miles. I was just pluging along at increasing my endurance and weekly miles.
Then winter came. The shorter days were a problem because I have to be out and back and showered before my kids are up. My 5am runs got pushed back later and later, making my runs shorter and shorter. I started going on mornings my husband was off, so it didn't matter what time I left and got back.
Then the cold. I've gotten all the gear, but I've found for me, anything under around 45 degrees really bothers me. A few mornings ago, I just decided to bite the bullet, so I layered up and went out and ran in 35 degree weather, and actually irritated my lungs. Like the way I'd imagine asthma to feel, I had trouble breathing. (wth?) I was actually having trouble breathing the rest of the day!
I find myself looking ahead in the weeks weather and planning which mornings I can run (going to be a little more mild) but those mornings are getting fewer and fewer. I have a treadmill but honestly I don't log nearly as many miles on it as outside. I really avoid it. I'm already feeling a difference in my fitness level. By that I mean if I suddenly went outside and decided to do 7 miles, I know I can't do it, where two months ago I could. (I know this because 3 miles is getting to be a challenge.
Is this kind of normal over the winter? Do runners cut back a little? Even if I was being dilagent on the treadmill, I still have lost my running outside edge, and I can feel it when I squeeze in a run outside.

And the winter not even in full force here. I expect snow and freezing temps soon. Bringing me indoors 100%...

I know I need to suck it up and just do the treadmill, but even so do some of you cut back on your mileage over the winter? I'm seriously thinking of moving to a warmer climate with milder winters!!

indiblue
12-06-2011, 12:37 AM
Glamour I am by no means an expert, but I do know that runners don't run the same distance/mileage each week throughout the year. Those who actually train for races peak during race season and cut back on off-seasons.

I wouldn't worry if you reduce your running during the winter. I too find breathing painful in the cold when I run and don't enjoy it. Find other activities that keep your heart rate up and maintain your endurance. You don't always have to be able to step outside and run 7 miles at a moment's notice at any time of the year. In fact, your joints and muscles will probably welcome a change in pace and a break from high-impact running.

Thinsole
12-06-2011, 12:48 AM
Glamourgirl- I'm glad you asked about this because this is my first winter running too and I'm trying to find a happy medium between comfortable (non freezing temp, slippery road) runs and not losing my endurance. My solution to this problem is a combination of inside track running, biting the bullet and getting on the treadmill, cross training, and picking a few nice days.

Indiblue- thanks for the opinion and the reminder that bodies are not generally built for 24/7 long distance running.

W1D2 of E210K done. Hurrah!

natamars
12-06-2011, 07:13 AM
I'm also trying to figure out how I'll handle winter running. Last winter I did all my running on the treadmill, but once I started running outside in the spring I didn't want to go back to it. We've had a very mild fall here and I've run outside when it's as cold as 35 or so without a problem - bought some long sleeve wicking T's and some fleece. The issue is going to be the snow and ice. I'm hoping for a mild winter, but I'm sure I'll be spending some time on the treadmill. Planning to use those sessions to work on increasing my speed.

Thinsole
12-06-2011, 09:40 PM
Woot! Week one of E210K done. Gotta remember to mind my knee or I'll be back outta commission. Funny though. Treadmill running doesn't bother my knee, it's always the track running that does. Hmmm...

ncuneo
12-07-2011, 12:12 PM
GGirl - I think your question just comes down to personal preference and geographic location. Personally, I live in SoCal so winter is my running season, I rarely see temps under 30 and I never see snow. So I prefer to have my training cycles in the winter. The summer on the otherhand bring me night time temps of 90 degrees so I sometimes avoid training in the summber, did do a half marathon last August, so I'm begining to train year round. That said most runner do have "seasons" of more running and less running. It just depends on your goals, upcoming races, injuries, etc. So my advice would be to find what is comfortable for you.

I can certainly relate to having run before the family is up, that is when I run too. My alarm is set for 4am on run days and that often isn't early enough, especially during the heart of a training cycle. I don't have a lot of advice here other than try to plan plan plan so that you can get to be early enough to get enough rest for those early runs or try to find other times that work for you to run. IMO sometimes ok to say DH please watch the kids on a Sunday so I can go run, that my "me" time and I think we could all use a little of that.

Good 6 mile easy run today, it was about 35 but I think I was dressed for 25 so I got a little warm. I agree, dressing for cold weather is tough...good run though. I'm really enjoying my move to 3xs a week running, although less days means more milage on the days I do run and I miss those nice little 3 milers, but I think the payoff will be worth it. Got a 6 mile tempo run Friday and a 10 miler Saturday. Training is getting a little tougher and I'm only about 1/3 of the way in, so I'm a little nervous to get into new territory with my milage, but exited.

Happy running everyone!

tdiprincess
12-07-2011, 02:31 PM
Hi there! Sounds like everybody's having some fun, or at least trying :D
Today I completed w5 of c25k! I'm getting pretty excited that I'm so close!
I am now running on a treadmill at a gym. It is a bit boring, but it's not the worst thing in the world. I get my jams goin' and then try to focus on other things.
I am noticing some changes in my legs, they feel stronger. (Whoever said running doesn't help you tone...). I'm contemplating setting a goal of 1,000miles next year in running. I think I'll be able to do it since that's about 20miles a week. 5 days a week now, I walk or jog 3 miles and then get other mileage during the day. We will see though.

Anyway.. hope you're all having a great day! See ya later! :carrot:

MusicalAstronaut
12-07-2011, 02:57 PM
I'll join! Even though I'm a little late. I can't believe I just found this section of the forum! :dizzy: My goal for December is to add HIIT to my running 1-2 times a week, and to run 3-5 times a week total. Has anyone tried the HIIT? Did they help your endurance or speed at all?

devadiva
12-07-2011, 05:53 PM
Been getting my 3 times a week in 3 1/2 miles each time... today I did a little over 5 and a mile or so of walking got lost in the cow fields... its cold here too but lovin it! 5 k on Sat Winter Race serries on a moth for 2 months then switch to 1o K...here I come.....

indiblue
12-10-2011, 06:43 AM
Did an easy 4K today. I hadn't planned on running this week (or possibly for a while) but my friend visiting us really wanted to so I couldn't say no :)

Musical, welcome!!

In regards to HITT, are you referring to actual HITT (very high intensity, only supposed to be performed for up to 20 or so minutes a couple of times to week, or just interval training? My understanding is the two are often used interchangeably and shouldn't be. Most people who do interval work do fartleks or tempos runs to improve their speed. I don't know about HITT routines for running. ncuneo would be able to better help you :)

deva your runs sound fun and enjoyable. Good luck on your upcoming 5K!

ncuneo glad training is going well :)

natamars
12-10-2011, 11:25 AM
Still congested this morning, but I did 3.25 miles. Took the hilly route for the first time in a long time - my 5K was flat so I'd been focusing on that. First time I made it up the big hill without stopping in so long. It was chilly but it felt great.

deva, you're doing great! I didn't sign up for our local winter run series because I'm a wimp about the weather - figured I will sign up for individual races a few days in advance if there's no rain or snow in the forecast ...

Musical, great goals!

tdi, cngrats on all your progress so far, and continued success!

ncuneo, your posts are inspiring.

thinsole, are you going from 5K to 10K? What's the program like?

Aldousmom
12-11-2011, 10:53 PM
Hi, I'm new, but I'll jump in! I've been running about 20 miles per week, 19.1 this week...last Sun was a half marathon, Tue and Thurs I did 3 easy miles, Sat a 5K, then today 9.3 (it's a loop around the lake where I usually run). I'm going to be off of running for a week, for a bit of R&R after a long training season (two half marathons this season) to rest up for the spring season, which starts at the middle of jan for me. Still trying to decide whether or not to run a half on NYD. If I wait too long, of course, it will be sold out and the decision will be made! ha ha!

Can't wait to get acquainted with y'all!

Jacki

ncuneo
12-12-2011, 10:55 AM
Welcome Jacki!

TDIPRINCESS - 1000 mile goal is awesome! That is my goal this year, I'm getting close. I'm at 958 miles after Saturday's 10 miler. When I started the goal I also thought, ok this is doable 20 mile weeks for a year, but it turned out to be a little more complicated because some weeks you can't make it and for me I was running 4xs a week and then a few weeks ago I actually dropped down to 3xs a week. But I stuck to it and unless something unforseen happens I'll get there.

NAT - Thank you! That really means a lot.

So I'm SUPER annoyed. This weekend I was at a Christmas party and a co-workers wife, who was a runner and aparently a good one, told me her fastest marathon time was 2:15...Um...the olympic record is 2:03 and the women's world record is 2:15, I was so shocked and had a little too much wine I didn't want to start anything by flat out calling her a liar, but I was kinda insulted that she thought I was such a novice she could tell me that. Anywho, I'm trying to give her the benifit of the doubt that she misspoke, but I repeated it back to her in somewhat disbelief and she confirmed...so...she also said she regularly ran 100 mile weeks, won tons of marathons and ran a 1:19 half marathon (6 min miles...)

Anyway! Awesome 10 miler this weekend. Training is moving along and getting serious now - 2-6s and 12 on the docket for this week. Got hills again this week - yuck! Happy running everyone!

devadiva
12-12-2011, 02:00 PM
Had my 5k Sat it was 20 degrees out!!! Beat all my prior times did it in 32:34, we have another 5k in Jan 14 I think and than the one in FEB is a 10k.so am working my way up....We have a 15k in May I turn 60 that month so am planning on that as a celebration.
I am having a bit of an IT band issue in both legs seems to have started with my new shoes and trying to wear my orthotics.....I am going to back off for a week or so as to let them do a little healing and do some cross training.Also am taking a tripso will be gone anyways
Everyone keep on keeping on!

ncuneo
12-12-2011, 03:50 PM
DEVA - STRETCH STRETCH STRETCH!!!!!! I cannot say it enough when it comes to IT and TFL issues. I went through the same thing this year and pretty much self treated myself with stretching, foam rolling and stick massage.

tdiprincess
12-12-2011, 06:18 PM
natamars- Thank you for the encouragement!
ncuneo- Thank you for the information about 1,000 miles. I was actually thinking about the same thing.. "20 miles a week, that's not bad!" But, then I thought about it a bit more! I think I'll work at it and see how far I get.

Today I completed w6d2 of c25k. It went well. I have switched to counting mileage rather than time. It took longer, but it feels good to be doing it that way instead of saying that I will be able to run 3 miles, I can say that I am! It doesn't matter how long it takes! :D
Keep up the great work guys! :carrot:

devadiva
12-12-2011, 08:12 PM
ncuneo: I have been and had been and am still[had a problem from hiking with my right itband several years ago from hiking so I have been leery}.... no running today BUT while walking my dog as you can see he is large 145 lbs I had to hold him back on the leash during a dog seeing episode he yanked me sideways on the one side of the knee IT[ which at least was feeling much better today before]!Than had to limp home 3/4 mile. SO I am now on ice and anti infams and hoping for the best in the morn!!!!

natamars
12-12-2011, 08:39 PM
Jogged 30 minutes on the treadmill tonight. Did the last mile at a 10 minute mile pace..trying to slowly get to where I can do a 5K in under 30 minutes.

indiblue
12-12-2011, 11:35 PM
deva ITB issues are no joke! Get a foam roller- they are cheap on Amazon. They hurt like heck but are the most effective way to roll out the ITB.

Stretching the ITB is a bit strange because you can't actually feel the ITB being stretched. Runners World and other sites (just google a bit) will help.

You may know all this if you've had a long-term ITB issue but just wanted to make sure. Doing PT for my ITB was invaluable for me. Happy recovery :)

ncuneo
12-13-2011, 08:38 AM
Deva, how often and how far have you been running?

devadiva
12-13-2011, 08:54 AM
Anout 3 days a week maybe 4 for 3 1/2 miles once a week 5, I don"t do any walk breaks {which I have been reading about} just started running in late Oct, I am old but in pretty good shape finished, my last {race} 5k in 32;34 so I am not fast! And I only run on dirt or trail.I do have a foam rollar but only know the one on the side will look for others today after DH leaves for work.

ncuneo
12-13-2011, 12:48 PM
That all sounds pretty good. I'd also recommend a massage stick, you can get them at Walmart. I like it cause I can lay on the couch and massage the IT and TFL for a lot longer than I can do the roller.

Thinsole
12-13-2011, 03:36 PM
Finished W2D1 of E210K today. Felt my IT get a bit tight at the end which is probably because I've been walking on off days. Need to get back to rest days actually being rest days.

devadiva
12-13-2011, 07:44 PM
ncuneo Headed on a trip and will be getting by a walmart on the trip so will pick one up actually bought one as a gift a few weeks ago for my runner friend who got me started! I live in the Easten sierras and the towns are really small only 400 in my town and its the county seat. I am flying out of Vegas to see the GKs {4 HR DRIVE SO WILL GO TO WALMART BEFORE PLANE RIDE} tHANK YOU FOR ADVICE!!!!

Unna
12-13-2011, 09:37 PM
ncuneo: this is a bit late, but I LOVED your story about the bogus, lightning speed, marathon running co-worker.

Her lies are SO beyond crazy that I would question whether she actually ever has run in a marathon at all.

natamars
12-14-2011, 11:01 AM
Just got back from a 4 mile run. My left knee didn't start hurting until I stopped..icing it now.

Decided I am going for a half-marathon in May, so I'm trying to increase my distance on one run a week. I've read different types of training schedules..some of them recommend 6 days/week, which I know I can't commit to with work and family. As it is I'll have to move most of my weekday runs to the treadmill since there's so little daylight now and my neighborhood has no streetlights...

ncuneo, did you try looking up her time online? I must admit I've done this in the past...

MusicalAstronaut
12-14-2011, 11:22 AM
Indiblue - I want to do actual HIIT, though to be honest I'm not sure if that's what I'm doing. Does that make sense? I'm sprinting for 1 minute (my absolute fastest, oh-god-I'm-not-going-to-make-it speed) and then walking for 2 minutes, and repeating. And yes, I'm doing it for 15-20 minutes. It *feels* like what I've read that they're supposed to feel like. So hopefully, even if I'm doing this wrong, they'll help my speed/endurance.

I've finished planning my half-marathon training plan which I'm going to start in January. Eek! I'm going to run a couple more 5 and 10Ks before I do it. It'll happen around April or May. I want to get used to the distance first.

And I had a really great workout over the weekend. I drove up to the national park near where I live. There's ~3 mile trail that's flat-ish and goes around a mountain which I jogged, then it goes back ~3.5 miles over the mountain which I hiked. I do most of my running inside and it was so nice to go outside and run instead. :)

ncuneo
12-14-2011, 05:07 PM
Una/Nat - I haven't looked her up and I'm still trying to get to the bottom of it LOL, not really. I think I may have misheard her...maybe she said 2:50 - which is still ridiculous!

Nat - IMO running 6 days a week is WAY too much, especially if you're injury prone. 4 days would be fine and there a tons of training programs at that level. There are also 3 day programs, marathon training academy has a free one. I've just dropped to 3 days a week with extra cross training and am LOVING it! That's just my 2 cents.

6 miles today, decent run. Like I mentioned I am LOVING running 3 days a week instead of 4. It just makes my runs more efficent and I really enjoy each one. It also allows more time for spinning and yoga. I'm also seeing my weight dropping, but that may be due to some tighting of my diet and more veggie days, but whatever - I LOVE it! I was all the way back up to 155, but am now back down to 148 and still dropping...not sure what the end goal is there, but I think I'm just looking for a lifestyle that is sustainable and where ever my weight ends up is fine.

6 miles of Hills Friday...ugh...then 12 on Sunday! Happy running!

ncuneo
12-18-2011, 03:41 PM
Did no one run this week LOL!

So today was a 12 miler, but I was kicking some serious pacing a$$ so I stuck with it and did 13.5! I hit the half marathon mark at 2:06!!! That's a new PR for me and I'm beyond thrilled! My dream is to break 2 hours on a half some day. So that was supposed to be my last long run under a half marathon besides cut back weeks until my marathon. It's getting serious now!

indiblue
12-18-2011, 10:28 PM
I didn't run this week! Intentionally. I'm going to try to go at least another week without running to really give my knee a legitimate break.

Congrats, ncuneo on your PR!!!

tdiprincess
12-19-2011, 07:14 PM
It's been a crazy week, but I did week 6 of c25k last week and today I completed w7d1!! It was brutal, and I have blisters on my feet :( But I did it! :carrot:

Thinsole
12-19-2011, 08:21 PM
ncuneo- Congrats on your PR!

tidiprincess- Way to go on W7. Keep it up.

I ran today and finished up week 2 of E210K. A major town near me has decided to hold their first marathon ever. I am sorely tempted to sign up for the half marathon section but I just started E210K and I am very very slow. Will think about it some more. Not like I don't have time. The marathon is not until June.

CherryPie99
12-22-2011, 08:32 PM
Hi all! Just checking in.... this month I've been inside on the treadmill, because I hate hate hate the cold. Today the temp got up to 40 and it was sunny so I decided to venture out. I had a fabulous run! 4.6 miles total. I run SO much faster outside without even trying outside over the treadmill - it's weird.

I set a goal to run 60 miles in the time from Thanksgiving through New Years. So far I've run 70 so I way surpassed that goal.

Happy running all!

indiblue
12-25-2011, 07:36 AM
Cherry congrats on surpassing your goal!

Ran for the first time in two weeks today. Did an easy 40 minutes. Felt nice, no knee pain. I liked running without a time or distance goal- felt good.

ncuneo
12-25-2011, 07:02 PM
Merry Christmas everyone!

My runs the last few days have been just ok, somewhat painful and lethargic, but getting my training in. Did 6, 6 and 7 today. It was supposed to be an 8 mile cutback run today, but I just wasn't feeling it. WAY too much junk food in my system. Oh well. Can't wait to get these holidays out of the way and my nutrition back on track!

So I hit one of my major goals for the year, I hit 1000 miles today, 1003 to be exact, and a week to spare. All I wanted to do this year is run 1000 miles and maintain my weight and other than the few lbs I gained and am now losing, I've done both!

Hope everyone's holiday was good and I look forward to a new year and a new thread soon!

tdiprincess
12-28-2011, 08:19 PM
ncuneo: Congratulations!! That is really awesome! :carrot:

Today I completed w8d1! I'm so happy to have made it this far and to really see a huge difference in my stamina! It's pretty incredible to think that a little over 2 months ago I was happy to run 3 minutes! Now, I ran 2.75 miles! That blows my mind!!
I'm definitely planning to reward myself with a new pair of running shoes. I have my vibrams, but I'm going to start using those over time so I think I could use a new pair of sneakers. I think I might do a middle ground minimalist shoe.
Besides that, my goal after I complete the program is to increase my mileage and speed. I'm more interested in increasing my mileage right now. I think I might do the same format that the last 3 weeks of the program are. Simply add a quarter mile to each run each week until I get to where I want to be. We'll see though!

Hope everyone is well! :carrot:

Thinsole
12-28-2011, 08:33 PM
Congrats tidiprincess! Keep it up. You're almost done.

Finished W3D2 today. Feeling a little better after a few days of decent eating and water intake. Still not clean, but not the pie and ham I stuffed myself with for Christmas. Hoping to weigh in at 209 or lower again this Sunday. From there I start the new year with a goal to finish E210K training. Run at least 1 more 5K and then a 10K. After that we'll see what I go.

Happy early New Year everyone!

ncuneo
12-30-2011, 07:06 PM
Great Job TDI!

So one more day to run ladies - get out there!

I finished up my year today with 6 miles of intervals. Good run, although I think I shouldn't have worn shorts - burrrr!

14 miles Sunday and then it's on! Every long run (other than cut back weeks) will be longer than I've ever run before.

Happy running and see you in the new year!

Thinsole
01-01-2012, 12:59 AM
Woot! Finished 2011 by finishing W3 of E210K. On to week 4 and January.