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06-04-2013, 11:43 AM
Absolutely amazing. So over the weekend, I was running 2.5 - 2.6 miles a day outside. Yesterday I had a rest day.

Today, I hit the treadmill at the gym. Anyway, I hit 2.5 miles and just felt like I could keep going. 2.8 miles I thought. Nope, felt like I could keep going when I made that. So I hit 3.1 miles (5k) and couldn't quite believe what was going on. I was looking around and smiling and people! People were getting on the treadmills next to me while I was running and leaving before I was done! At 3.5 miles I decided to stop. The longest run I have ever done!

Now, I am sure that some of this is because treadmill running is probably easier than running outside due to inclines etc. but it still feels absolutely great!

Now I just need to edge my outside distances up.

06-04-2013, 11:49 AM


06-04-2013, 11:50 AM
woah awesome!! :carrot: I have just started running on the treadmill and the number of times I need to tell myself to keep going and not stop !! :dizzy: Would love to reach where you have !! Way to Go !!!!

06-04-2013, 12:07 PM
Holy crap!!!! That is so awesome Ian! You totally rocked that run :D Keep it up.

06-04-2013, 12:20 PM
Wow, Ian!! Congrats on the great run!!! Keep up the great work!


06-04-2013, 12:26 PM

06-04-2013, 12:26 PM
Rock on! That is wicked fast! :)

06-04-2013, 12:53 PM
Woot! That sounds liberating! Awesome.

06-04-2013, 01:40 PM
Thanks everyone. I do not know how it happened.

Practice helps but until now I was only upping my distances by 0.1 of a mile or so every now and again. And then I would be exhausted at the end.

I just felt like I could keep going this time. It was mad.

I guess the rest day may have been a factor.

And I think the weight loss too. Starting running at a heavier weight and then having the weight come off might be giving me a boost.

06-04-2013, 02:19 PM
Congrats! That's awesome!

So you know what this means... It's time to enter a local 5k... and start collecting "race" t-shirts... lol...

I can't wait for your first "race" report... I'm sure it won't be long.... :)

06-04-2013, 05:03 PM
Just thought I'd let you know, Ian. I ran today. Because of this thread. Because of your inspiration and reading that you were smiling at people when you were near the end. I wanted that euphoric feeling too. And I got it. :) It was supposed to be my day off running. And I have been in a running funk since I finished the c25k training. I posted last night that I lost my groove and didn't know how to get it back. This post did it.

Thank you. We never know who we might inspire when we post something here. I wouldn't have done it today without feeling the enthusiasm of this post!


06-04-2013, 05:09 PM
That's AWESOME, Ian! Did you follow a specific running program, or did you just wing it?

06-04-2013, 05:19 PM
Thanks Elvis. It makes me feel special to hear that. And well done with the run!

Merilung: I did not follow a specific program. I used to do (and still do) a fair amount of walking (1 mile to work, 1 mile back again) and when my weight got down to the 220s-ish Diana on 3FC suggested I should give it a go. I thought she was crazy at first. But I did try the treadmill in the gym when no-one was looking and was initially surprised how easy it was on my knees. I ran half a mile on that first attempt at about 4mph.

Once I did that, I started to up the distance. First to a mile. Then to 1.2 etc. I got the speed up to about 6mph which is where I have stayed.

Once I got to 2 miles I did my first outside run. And took it from there. Just a little bit longer every now and again.

But today I went the extra distance because I wasn't getting too tired or hot for some reason which is normally my limiting factor with respect to distance.

06-04-2013, 10:11 PM

Well done Ian!!! :D You really are inspiring to me. I'm working my way through C25K and I know how hard that is. :)

06-04-2013, 10:25 PM
Ian, you have been so successful on this journey -- congratulations on this milestone!!

06-04-2013, 10:32 PM
IAN... WOW that is just terrific for you! Just think how far you have come. Did you ever think, even 2 months ago, that you would be a "runner" and a darn good one! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME,.. Just think Sheriff IAN you can run down the bad guys now! :D

06-04-2013, 10:53 PM
Wow, you've advanced quickly as a runner!

06-04-2013, 11:00 PM
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For all your words of encouragement. I couldn't have stayed on this without you all.

06-04-2013, 11:43 PM
YAY!! enjoy it so much! I'm jealous!! (sidelined by knee problems)

06-04-2013, 11:56 PM
Sorry to hear that Susie. Truth be told, I have to watch one of my knees too. I think my heavier weight put some strain on the joint and it is sometimes sore after running. When it is, like now, I have to put running on hold for a day.

06-04-2013, 11:58 PM
Sorry to hear that Susie. Truth be told, I have to watch one of my knees too. I think my heavier weight put some strain on the joint and it is sometimes sore after running. When it is, like now, I have to put running on hold for a day.


ICE IT after a run for about 20 minutes, it's helping me. Also get on a good joint supplement like Glucosamine and Chondroitin and maybe some anti-inflammatory supplements and hopefully you'll be able to avoid what i'm going through! But i also have fibromyalgia and possibly RA.

But yea, it is a rush and a thrill with that cardio, makes you feel on top of the world :carrot:

06-05-2013, 12:33 AM
That's amazing!

06-05-2013, 01:09 AM
Congrats, Ian! I hope you were wearing the suit and had superman spandex on underneath!!

06-05-2013, 01:32 PM

06-07-2013, 09:20 AM
Fantastic!!!!! That's a great time!

06-07-2013, 08:33 PM
Awesome! Out shooting your longest run by a whole mile is amazing!!

06-07-2013, 10:01 PM
Thanks everyone and ReillyJ for the supplement idea. I will look into that.