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05-23-2005, 11:53 AM
Ok, I'm a bit late this morning to get the weekly thread going but it's Victoria Day here so I slept in :p ... I'm going to the gym later gonna run a few miles on the :tread: and do some shoulder work and abs...

Anne, hang in there you'll be fine in no time this whole experience will be over and you'll wish for the quiet moments of pregnancy...

Spanky, welcome :wave: Congrats on your future 5k... I also used to hate going out running the streets, but now I just don't give a dang :lol:... ''I do my own thing you do yours'' is my moto...

Mrs Dawson -- Keep up the great momentum I'm impressed. That's so true, ''one foot in front of the other''... Running is a mind game most of the time...I :lol: when I read that many of us get in our cars and measure the distance after a run :yes: I purposely don't take short cuts because I won't be able to get a good reading :lol:...

Ellen -- I feel the same about runners saying hi when I go by, I feel like I'm in a 'special' club :D... I've also have cars stop and let me go by just so I don't run on the spot on a corner, everyone seems to have a certain respect for runners... It's a good feeling...

Well gotta run, things to do, places to go...TTFN :wave:

05-23-2005, 12:50 PM
Well, I ate kind of poorly over the weekend, and I'm having my toe frozen again tomorrow morning, so I made today's run a good one! 4 miles in 59:49! That's the longest I've ever run for. It would have been better if I'd been a little more hydrated, but I got the pace I was going for. I hadn't run 4 miles before so I thought I should do it at about 15 min/mile instead of trying to go faster (the 11:27 mile I did last week was fast enough that I was totally exhausted afterwards, no way I could do three more at that pace!!).

Mrs D -- your pictures are great, I can really see a difference! Congrats!

I had a couple interesting experiences while running this morning that I was wondering if any of you have had . . . I'm sure everyone has had the feeling that their legs had turned to rubber before, but I found that while I was on the last 1/2 mile of my run, I suddenly started getting chills and goosebumps. I was running on an indoor track, so it's not because of the temperature. Does anyone have that happen? Also, my lips got really chapped, I think from breathing through my mouth, and I made the mistake of wearing shorts (I usually wear long pants), so my thighs rubbed each other raw! :lol: Today was the first time I really strongly felt like my legs were giving out before my cardiovascular system . . . usually I get tired and stop even though my legs could keep going, but not today!

05-23-2005, 01:48 PM
Mrs D-just saw the pictures. I think the changes are pretty dramatic, you even look
like you are standing up straighter which makes you look thinner...

Paperclippy-same thing has happened to me before, hot day out running all the sudden chills and stuff. whenever it has happened I have been near the end of my run so I just finish up. Don't know why it happens but usually occurs when I am extra fatigued- which usually happens when I am not hydrated enough. I also have problems with my lips getting chapped because not only breathing through my mouth but lick my lips when they get dried out from my heavy panting! I now keep a chapstick with my stopwatch so I remember to put some on everytime I head out.


didn't get much working out done over the weekend, but did some gardening. My butt and thighs are achy today! Hopefully I can run and do some upper body.


05-23-2005, 02:36 PM
Hello runners!! I am really interested in taking up running. I have never been very good at it because I can never find my rhythm with my breathing and even my legs. I know I just need to start out small and gradually build up but I was hoping I could get some words of wisdom from you girls that run on a regular basis. Anything will be helpful ;) I have an indoor track at my gym that I will be using because it is already 107 degrees outside here in Las Vegas!! Too HOT :hot: Anyway, I hope I can get my running off on the right foot :D I'm up to swimming 2 miles on the weekend and I ride my bike and take a spin class 3 times a week. Now I just need to be able to run and I can sign up for a triathlon :lol: Maybe sometime this century at least. Thanks for reading :cool:

05-23-2005, 03:10 PM
Hello runners!

I haven't posted here for a while because I haven't been running and it's killing me. My knee started hurting a few months back and my distances started also getting shorter, so four weeks ago I decided to give it a rest, for now. The doctor I saw last week said it might be a pinched fat pad under the knee cap. Anyone ever have any experience with this?

Any input would be great!

05-23-2005, 03:23 PM
I have just started training for a 5k in july and it would be nice to get some feedback and motivation from other runners.

I started running in Jan of 04 and eventually ran a 10k but had to shelve running for awhile due to illness. I took a much longer break than needed and I am glad to be back. Now if I can just stick to waking up at the crack of dawn to get my running in (I am a night owl).

05-23-2005, 07:04 PM
leannealise, LOVE2C135, NillaWafer, WELCOME all NEWBIES we LOVE newbies :dance:.... One thing is for sure, running is very addictive whether that's a downfall I'm not sure but for me it isn't :D...

NillaWafer -- If waking up early is too difficult, maybe an early evening run is better for you... Do what works for you the best, we are not all morning people...

LOVE2C125 -- I Googled your problem and came up with several great sites... I found it interesting it is related to patella femoral pain which is a problem my daughter has...

leannealise -- Sounds like you have some great accomplishments under your belt and running is just another one that will enhance all the others. My only advise is to take it slow run every second day, run 1:, walk 1: to start for 15-20 minutes and work yourself up... Hope this helps...

I had a good run on the :tread: this afternoon... I am so much slower on the treadmill than outside, today it took 34:30 to do 5k...Maybe the wind pushes me along when I'm outside :lol:...

05-24-2005, 12:44 AM
Hi everyone,

I'd like to join your group if it's ok. I'm new to running..I heard about the couch to 5k training program and decided to give it a try. I've been using exercise videos in the past but I would like to shake it up a little by doing some running. I'm on the second week right now -- I can't believe how fast I get wiped out but it's exhilirating at the same time! I really feel like I've accomplished something. :) Talk to everyone later!

05-24-2005, 02:50 AM

Thanks for the welcome. I ran 5K in 38 minutes today. Even though I am working nights and I was pretty tired, I did it. At about 1.5K I was convinced that I needed to go home to bed, but I did it!

Hubby is taking a course all week, so he will be leaving the house later than normal and not doing his regular PT (physical training) in the morning, so we are going to go for a run together when I get home from work. I get to set the pace and he gets to set the route. We've never run together before. He is a RUNNER and has run 3 marathons, so this should be interesting.

05-24-2005, 09:15 AM
Hi Wazzu :wave: WELCOME to Cool Runners !! Good luck with your Couch to 5K it's a perfect place to start...

Spanky -- It's fun to run with someone slower than you, I have a running partner that runs 4:1 and it's a very enjoyable run when I go with her... It's a great time for you and Hubby too to talk and chat of the day's events...

Today, I'm not sure if I'm running because I am doing a leg :strong: workout, I'll have to see how my legs feel after an hour of shredding them :lol: , I usually don't run after doing legs but today I kinda feel like it....I'll see how I feel...

05-24-2005, 09:47 AM
Spanky....lol, yur situation sounds much like mine....my hubby is awesome at running and has ironman training for PT each morning so he has to run LONG runs a few times a week....I am so happy to be able to do 10km and by september he'll be doing 35+km....I am doing the MDS 10km race in Ottawa on Saturday and my hubby is doing the half marathon on Sunday....

I have to do some hill training today- yay! I am going to attack it just like anything else- what doesn't kill us makes us stronger right??lol

Good Luck to everyone....running no matter how far is an accomplishment in itself....MANY people are too afraid to even try it, so give yourself a big hug and know that you have and are acheiving something great!


05-24-2005, 10:12 AM
Spanky -- I run with my bf sometimes, but I think it's better for me than for him! When we get back from running I'm exhausted (I definitely run faster when I'm running with him), and he's barely broken a sweat! :lol:

05-24-2005, 10:19 AM
Welcome to all the new runners! Its great to have you. I have to agree with Ilene, very addicting.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to get out in a couple of days. My dh is out of town and so I have been left to run around by myself, plus trying to work over time. I'm going to find time today, even if I have to stay up late to finish everything else.


05-24-2005, 01:40 PM
I really like the boards on this site. I have been to running boards for other sites and it seems that everyone is so pretentious that it wasn't a pleasant experience. You all seem very nice and excited to help the newbies!

Ilene: regarding the am v. pm running, I would prefer running at night but I have two young kids and work full time and in order for our schedules to work it seems that early morning are my only option. I could workout while the kids eat but I think it is important for our family to sit down and have dinner together. My biggest battle is going to be getting up so early but I am also going to try and go to bed when the kids do so I can still get at least 8 hours in.

Last time I ran a race I trained with a running group. The program was geared toward a 1/2 marathon but I only made it to the 10k. This time I am really scaling back with a 5k (which I really like to run) but I am trying the 5k program based on the 20's, 10's and 5's. Is anyone here familiar with it or had any success with it? I am also circuit training on my easy days with one day off (no structured exercises) a week.

I thought it hold me accountable to post my workouts so for today:
30 min easy walk 3.0 pace, no incline on TM and 30 minute circuit training.

Only Me
05-24-2005, 02:43 PM
HI! and welcome Spanky, Nillawafer, wazzugirl, and leannealise. Hope I didn't miss anyone new.

Mrs. Dawsondn, I agree with wndranne. Supposedly there's some small possible advantage to taking caffiene before a race, but most runners aren't at a level where it really matters. I drink coffee because I really like it and it keeps me awake enough to keep up with my kids. Also because I'm not a pleasant person to be around when I'm going through caffiene withdrawl. I try and eat sensibly most of the time, with enough room for treats here and there.

Anne, don't worry about starting from scratch after baby. You'll get back into it just fine. Do whatever exercise you can for now. It will all help later on, even just walking.

love2c135, I hope you figure out what's going on with your knee and that you're feeling up to running again soon.

papperclippy, good going on the 4 miler! I haven't experienced the chills and goosebumbs, except when weather appropriate. But it's weird how sometimes it's the lungs that give out first and sometimes it's the legs. I have experienced the feeling of having legs made of lead on when I'm going longer than usual sometimes.

Ilene, I hope your long weekend weather was better than ours. Now that everyone's back at work, the sun has come out to play and it's warmer out, but it's still incredibly windy.

9.6km for me today in total, with 4 1k intervals in there. Ok, so I skimped a bit on the cooldown so that I could get home in time to get the kids ready to take ds to school. We're having new vinyl floor put in the kitchen today, so everyone needed to be ready in time to get ds out the door. It was still windy (which slowed my last interval down, since I was running directly into the wind) but at least it was sunny and warmish. Tomorrow either off or an easy 5ish km; I'll decide when I get up in the am.

Only Me
05-24-2005, 02:47 PM
Nillawafer, What is the 5k program based on 20s, 10s and 5s?

05-24-2005, 03:39 PM
I think it is one of those "Run a 5k in 8 weeks". Basically it works like this:
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursdays: easy days
Mondays: 20's, Wed: 10's and Fridays: 5's
Saturdays: day of rest

20's: a 5-10 min warm up then 20 min at moderate pace (able to hold conversation) then 5 -10 cool down
10's: 5 min warm up, stretch, and then 10 min at a pace a bit faster than your 20's pace. 5 - 10 minute cool down
5's: are 5-10 min warm up and 5 minutes at sprint pace then 5 -10 minute cool down.

Of course as you progress through the weeks you start doing intervals for that day. Starting to increase your 5's and then 10's until you are finally up to someting like 2/20 intervals, 3/10 intervals and 3/5's. Of course it is not staggered exactly that way but it should give you any idea of what it is like.

05-24-2005, 04:13 PM
Paperclippy -- I forgot to mention that I haven't ever had any chills either after a run, except when I've cooled down and I'm wet from perspiration, I just take a warm shower and it's all gone...

Nilla -- I completely understand about having to go only in the AM... Been there, done that, for years I would get up at 4:30AM to get to the gym by 5:15 to be back home for 7:00AM before DH left for work... You get use to it, it takes a few weeks but once you've got the routine down it's all good...

Only Me -- The weather here was terrible on the weekend, today it's sunny cloudy on and off and also very very windy...You're really good to have gone out in this wind I opted to work legs at the gym and some recumbent (sp?) biking while watching ''Devine Design'' one of my favourite decorating shows...

05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
Hi runners!

I did 8 miles this weekend and it felt good. My knee is a bit sore, so I have it in a brace, but I'm still able to run on it without pain.

Paperclippy, I've gotten the clammy chills during long runs, especially the marathon. I think it has to do with being dehydrated. Make sure to drink enough. You might even consider trying some of the sports drinks.

The other strange thing that happens to me, even after my daily half hour runs, is that I get really cold about an hour after I've stopped exercising. I mean teeth chattering, icy fingers cold.

I have no idea what that's about, but a hot cup of coffee and a warm coat usually do the trick.

Happy running!

05-24-2005, 08:46 PM
Run with hubby went great. We ran 6K in about 35mins... which is much faster than if I had gone alone. I was pooped when we finished, but he said that he had a good time. We blabbed on through the whole run and I hardly even noticed.

05-24-2005, 11:31 PM
Did my training run for couch to 5k. I'm on week 2, so right now I'm jogging for 90 seconds and walking for 2 minutes alternating back and forth for 20 minutes. I can slowly feel myself improving every time I go out. I can't wait until I can actually run for a sustained period of time. :)

05-25-2005, 09:12 AM
Spanky- That is a pretty decent time. I'm pretty sure it would take me more than 40min on a good day...Of course running with my DH would slow me down. He is definitely NOT a runner. Upside is, I'm faster!

WazzuGirl, keep up the good work. You'll be running for long periods in no time.


05-25-2005, 02:14 PM
3 more days until my race...

wow, I think I am starting to get NERVOUS...


05-25-2005, 05:32 PM
Okay I didn't get much sleep last night so i didn't run this morning but I did go to the gym on my lunch and did the stairmaster for 30 minutes and burned 417 cals. So I guess that's good. I'll be hitting the pavement tomorrow morning though. hey I like this little thread it keeps me accountable.

05-25-2005, 05:59 PM
I posted without even reading this weeks posts.

Ilene LOL about the tracing your route. My aunt taught me that along time ago when we would go walking together.

Paperclippy thanks for the comment, I can see some differences to I guess i'm my own worst critic LOL. Oh BTW I got into a size 18 skirt the other day and just stood in the mirror smiling I feel my hourglass shape coming back woohoo No more 2 liter shape for me :lol:

Thanks for the comments skinny jeans and as for the garden work sunds like you got a good workout in if your achy the next day so it's plus +

Leannalise congrats on your commitment to running I have been trying to stick it out since September and I stopped for a while but I've started back up and I love it plus I love the weightloss benefits! Sounds like your making strides with your workout regimen as well.

Wow nillawafer you ran a 10k that sounds great well welcome back.

Hello wazzugirl "waving" I'm a newbie here too but these ladies are great! Have a ball getting inspiration

Spanky how cool is that to have a running parnter around here nobody runs, talking running is like telling people the sky is falling they look at you like your 10 carat crazy LOL

LeannM83 I'm rooting you on for this race I hope you do awesomely well!!

Only Me thanks so much for the advice I guess since I'm not a serious runner I don't need to worry about that. Oh believe me I had serious caffeine withdrawal when I first stopped drinking it but now my body thanks me for it. I had acid reflux and twitches and everything and now it barely ever flares up.

Okay guys gotta go but I'll talk to ya later "waving"

LOVE2c135 hoepfully you can get that issue taken care of and be back out on the road in no time. I'll be praying for your recovery of that pain I can only imagine.

05-25-2005, 06:30 PM
It was really great accomplishing a 10k when only 6 months before that I couldn't even run a block. I had a police escort coming to the finish line...but only because I was that last runner coming in and they were breaking down the course right behind me :0
It still felt great to achieve that distance!

05-25-2005, 07:05 PM
Did 6k today, it was soooo :censored: windy!! My baseballcap flew off once and it sometimes felt like I was running through water!!But what a great workout it was *whew*...

Leanne I was soooo nervous the week before my first 10K I was downright *****y :lol:...

MrsDawson -- 3fc is the best place to stay accountable, I've lost the most weight since I've been true to posting here and logging my food into Fitday.com, I love it :D...

05-25-2005, 07:09 PM
Ilene- lol, I am nervous thankfully not *****y yet, but I am scared that if I eat before the race I will end up throwing it up while running- ew, sorry! Just thought I'd share how I was thinking, however gross...!! HAHA

Good job everyone!


05-25-2005, 07:37 PM
Leanne my all time favourite thing to eat before literally going out the door and it doesn't bother me at all is oatmeal. I have very strange taste BTW :)... I will eat 1/3c. dry oatmeal soaked in soy milk or ....I will nuke 1/3c oatmeal in 1/3c water beat it with a wire wisk then add 1/2c soy milk with 1/2c eggwhite with vanilla and splenda, beat it with wire wisk again, nuke 1 minute, beat with wisk again, nuke 1 minute, beat with wisk let it sit to cool off while I get ready .... then eat just before I lace up my shoes and go out the door... I have no problem digesting this at all before any workout and it keeps me going ... It has a custardy taste to it, the week before my race I was stressed and I was sometimes eating this 2-3 times/day! But it fueled me very well ...

05-25-2005, 10:20 PM
Ilene, that is awesome, I have never tried that actually, I have never even THOUGHT of that...lol....I tried one of those Power Gel thingy's---EEEEEEEEW! tasted like I was eating sunscreen, ew!....I guess I will have to do what I normally do before I run which is not to eat anything too big or too heavy...
Again, happy wednesday everyone!

05-26-2005, 08:25 AM
Hey guys, I just ran the whole 1.6 mile course without stopping Woohoo alright!!! Yeah baby. 21:39. And someone once told me a long time ago that after the first mile the running gets easier your breathing gets even and your muscles loosen up. I experienced that today and it was cool. I don't know why the first 3-4 minutes of running are just so hard for me LOL, maybe because i'm running uphill :lol: . I actually ran past my father leaving for work and waved at him. He doesn't know that i run in the mornings but now he knows Woohoo!!! I am soooo happy I did it and I wake up really early now with no problem at all, it used to be so hard to do now it's like a piece of cake! I started out running and just watching the moon. I love taking in my surroundings and the cracks in the ground and stuff it just makes me feel good to know that I can do this. This is monumental to me and I know I'll get stronger the more that I run. Thanks for the encouragement you guys are the best!!

Nillawafer escort or no you did it girl!! I'm so happy for you.

Ilene - wow I've never run against wind but I can definitely imagine how that feels but like you said a great workout it was!

05-26-2005, 08:48 AM
Mrs Dawson....CONGRATS!! What a great way to start the day!!! YEs, I totally agree with you, the first few minutes are always the most difficult for me too, until I get into what I call "my stride or comfort zone" once I settle in I am good to go....For me I have markers when I run....at 3km, I get a cramp in my side....at 6km I start thinking I could run more than 10km, and by 7km I am thinking about food....8km, I am almost there, 9km I think of my kids and 10km I thank god its over....LOL

Happy Thursday everyone

It is going to RAIN ALL WEEKEND, so I bet I will be running in the rain...UGH!!

CW 121

05-26-2005, 08:55 AM
Oh, Oh, Mrs Dawson, you're hooked now!! :dance: Congrats on the milestone :high: !! It takes me a good 20+ minutes to get in the groove of my run...

Only Me
05-26-2005, 10:18 AM
Leanne, good luck this weekend! Running in the rain isn't so bad and it's better than 30C and sunny. It's the wind that really gets me; somehow it slows me down while running into it much more than it helps me when it's at my back. And I love your explanation of what's going through your mind on a 10k run. Sounds very much like me. And around 15k on my long runs, I start to think that I'm totally insane, where's the bus home, etc. Then when I'm less that 1k from home, it goes back to what a great run that was and on arrival at home, thank god it's over for another week.

Ilene, can I use the 10k I'm running on June 5th as an excuse to be crabby all next week? Sounds good to me.

Mrs Dawson, awesome job this morning! More than 20 minutes straight running is no small achievement. And getting up early too. It sounds like you're hooked. One of my favourite parts of fall/winter running was watching the sun rise over the downtown part of the city I live in. I'm out the door at 6am now, but the sun's already up. It takes me about 10 minutes or so to get into running and find my pace, breathing rhythm, etc. I find that the further I run, the longer it takes to settle into it.

I ran 10k this morning, racing against the "virtual partner" function on my garmin. (It's nice to race against someone who'll always let you win and won't try to sprint ahead in the final 500m.) I set it for 55 minutes which is fast for me but not impossibly so, before I realized that the wind was STILL blowing quite strongly and gusting. But I kept ahead of the little guy on the screen for the entire 10k (although he did start catching up when I turned into the wind) and finished in 53:49. I'm running in a 10k race next month and I'm tempted to use the virtual partner to pace myself during it. I know I'm going to finish near the bottom of the pack, so I'm probably better of racing an imaginary person than trying to keep up with everyone else and burning out.

05-26-2005, 12:10 PM
Only Me.........So glad to know I am not the only one who has silly thought while running...I see you are from Quebec, are you doing the race this weekend in Ottawa....????
My kids are running around like monkey's today....they were up at 6am- all 3 of them....lol, oh what a day! I am off to take them outside after luch to tire them out for the rest of the day, ok AND get a tan for me too...lol...


2 days until my race, I am going to run my @$$ off

05-26-2005, 03:38 PM
It is such an awesome feeling when you get to that point where you really feel like you can run.

Those first few minutes and sometimes the first mile are the worst, but it might help to remember that it goes away and you get into the grove where you feel fantastic.

Keep up the great work.......

05-26-2005, 03:44 PM
Just posting my workouts for the last two days:

Yesterday I did my first 10's: 10 min warmup, 10 minutes at a moderately fast pace and then a 10 minutes slow down. I am still getting up to speed so I broke up the main 10 minutes. 4 minute run/2 minute brisk walk/4 minute run.
Felt good and went by fast but I forgot to set the incline on my TM.

Today I did an easy 30 minute walk (3.0 w/ 1% incline) and then did strength training for 30 minutes. It is kind of nice that my longest days are really my easiest ones.

Only Me
05-26-2005, 05:10 PM
Leanne, Ottawa's a bit too far away for me to go for the day and I'd feel guilty dragging my whole family for a weekend away just so I could run a race. So, I'm settling for local races this summer. The races are smaller, but most of the participants are considerably faster than I am (based on results for the past couple of years).

05-26-2005, 07:12 PM
I had a great run with a teacher at school today who will be running a half marathon in Ottawa on Saturday... I should run with someone more often I do so much better, today we ran straight 45 minutes non stop, I usually slow down a couple of times for thirty seconds or so when I'm alone. The last time I ran with her I had a difficult time keeping up but today at times I was going faster than her... I think we did about 8k, I'm not sure...

Everyone seems to be doing good, keep it up!

05-26-2005, 09:55 PM
Ilene- Both your friend and my hubby will be doing the half....I honestly cannot imagine me ever being able to run so far....good for her! AND YOU for keeping up with her!

Only Me- I have to laugh, ottawa is about 1.5-2 hours away from me, BUT last year I was hoping to do this race, but found out I was prego so I stopped training in January.,...lol, so after having my daughter I said that I would do this and my hubby and mother in law said they would be there to watch the kids while I did the race...SO, I held them to it, and they held me to running the race....luckily, we were able to get a hotel room in downtown ottawa so we can stay overnight cuz hubby is running the half marathon on sunday...

Happy Thursday still!

05-27-2005, 10:21 AM
I went to running club last night and a couple of the ladies were talking about the race in Ottawa this weekend. It is about 2 hours from here too.

The course for running club last night was 5.5K, but the ladies I was following took a wrong turn and we got a little lost, so we ended up doing about 6K.

Going to work out legs with my friend today. My hubby gave me a workout plan and it has a legs day... so we are going to do that.

My calf is really sore this morning. Ugh.

05-27-2005, 10:23 AM
Hi all,

I've been out of the running for about a month but started back yesterday slowly - ran 2 miles. This morning I ran 3.5 miles and could have run longer but I had to get home shower and get to work. Running in the AM is so cool. Its not too hot, track isn't crowded and watching the sun come up over the stadium is an awesome sight. I felt a little like Forrest Gump!


05-27-2005, 10:28 AM
Ruuuuuuuuuuuuun Forrest! Ruuuuuuuuuuuun!!!

05-27-2005, 10:33 AM
Good morning everyone! Only 1 mile for me this morning, after that I did the stairmaster. I'm hoping that the weather will be okay Monday morning -- our gym is closed for Memorial Day so I can't use the indoor track. If it's nasty outside though, no run for me Monday. :( Well, at least it's supposed to be pretty nice Saturday and Sunday! We've been having the most awful weather the past couple days, it's like winter all over again!

05-27-2005, 02:02 PM

maybe a silly question? does anyone have a website where you can look up local 5k/10k runs by area? i would love to do one, but i am not sure how to find one heh


05-27-2005, 05:28 PM
yume - welcome to the thread! I am pretty close to you, over the river in Arlington. Active.com has a lot of races in the DC area. It seems there is a race in the area every week. I am in a running group that is training for the Marine Corp Marathon. Last day to register is Sat. We meet weekly for long runs on Sat mornings at the Penatgaon. Check out dcfit.net. Upcoming races that I am planning to participate in are Lawyers Have Heart on June 11, Quantico Half Marathon on Sept 24 and Army 10-miler on Oct 2. I am not doing Marine Corp this year due to a prior commitment, but am hoping to do the Las Vegas Marathon in Dec. It amazes me how much is around our area. Stop in a running store (MetroSports, Georgetown Running are both downtown) and pick up a Race Packet or MetroSports magazine (both free) and look at all that is available. It will pretty much knock you socks off.

05-27-2005, 09:43 PM
Yes I did - today was the day I registered for the Las Vegas Marathon (Dec 4) - I am now entered and 6 months from now I will be back to tell you all I finished! Woo Woo!!

05-27-2005, 09:54 PM
Yes I did - today was the day I registered for the Las Vegas Marathon (Dec 4) - I am now entered and 6 months from now I will be back to tell you all I finished! Woo Woo!!

:coach: WOOHOO GO ELLEN GO !! :dance:

Only Me
05-28-2005, 09:26 AM
GO ELLEN! You're brave. I briefly considered switching to training for the marathon here at the end of August rather than the half. That lasted about 1/2 hour of looking at marathon training schedules before I decided to stick with the half distance for this year.

Short and easy 4.5k run this morning in cool temps and drizzle. It was like running through a cloud. But at least there wasn't much wind. It'll probably be pouring rain with tornado winds for my long run tomorrow. I think this is our 4th weekend in a row with awful weather. What happened to spring? It's almost June and the leaves aren't fully out on the trees quite yet.

yume, an alternative to websites is to check at sports/running stores near you. That's how I found out about the 10k I'm doing next weekend.

Leanne, good luck today! I'm sure you're already on your way to Ottawa. It's considerably longer than a 2hour drive for me, although it sounds like you're making a nice weekend of it. Hope it went well.

05-28-2005, 10:12 AM
Good Luck Leanne!!

I did 6 miles to day in 1:19:47. I feel great. It turns out more people from my running group are talking about Las Vegas now. Nothing like running with friends! Off to yoga (my treat for doing the run) - have a great weekend

05-28-2005, 04:42 PM
Hey all,

today I did my training run for couch to 5k. I've completed my second week and so far I'm feeling pretty good. Something I've noticed that is really different about jogging/running compared to aerobics which is what I used to do exclusively, I get a huge high when I jog versus doing my step aerobics. I don't know why -- maybe it's because running is so much more physically demanding. Don't get me wrong...I love doing my step aerobics but I get a much bigger adrenaline rush from running than I do from my other activities. Anyone else notice this?

I notice a lot of you saying, "Oh today I did an easy 3 mile run...etc" I can't wait until I can say that!! :lol:

05-29-2005, 05:23 AM
:wave: Hi Everyone ~

I have been walking for about six months now and found myself ready to take it up a notch so I joined a gym a month ago and started walking on the treadmill. Unfortuntely....every time I have gone....there is no else there using the treadmills so I don't have something to compare myself with.

Here is an example of what I have been doing. I started out at 3.0 one month ago and have worked up to 3.5. Last week I started some jogging at a speed of 4.5. Is this a good speed for beginners?

See you soon ~ Natalie

Only Me
05-29-2005, 12:52 PM
Wazzugirl, good for you for doing c25k. I started running last summer using that program and found it really eased me into running more easily than I expected. A year ago I never thought I'd call a 3 mile run (or any run for that matter) "easy". But now when I say that, I really just mean that I wasn't going for any sort of pace or intervals or anything, just going out for a short, slow jog to loosen up my legs and enjoy the scenery.

Walkinggal, I've never used a treadmill for running, but if 4.5 means 4.5mph, (just over 13 minutes per mile) then I'd say that's a pretty decent speed to start out with--not too slow, not too fast. What's more important though, is how it feels to you. From an exercise perspective I think it's better to start slow and be able to run longer than to sprint and get out of breath quickly and have to stop or walk really slowly.

18k for me this morning. I left later than usual, and luckily the rain was almost done by then, and stopped altogether about 15 minutes into the run. And NO WIND today! It makes for a much more pleasant experience when I don't feel like I'm running through water (thanks Ilene for that very apt comparison).

05-29-2005, 01:16 PM
Yume: On runningroom.com they have running/walking event listings.

Leanne: Hope you had fun at your run! Safe driving back home!

Ellen: Marathon! You go girl... you're my hero. :D

Natalie: 4.5 sounds like a good speed for begginers. When I made the break from walking to running I started at 4.3... at first you feel like you should be going faster, but once you've gone for about 15-20 minutes you wish you were back in bed. :lol:

I did about 3.5K before work yesterday. It was so beautiful outside at 6:30am that I really enjoyed it. No run this morning. 7th day she rested.

05-29-2005, 01:26 PM
It's been gorgeous here for two days!! :dance: Can't believe that! Yesterday I did about 7k but I went out at 5PM and it was still way too hot! I didn't enjoy it at all... This morning I jogged to the gym 2.5K did back and biceps then jogged back taking the long way. It was extremely nice out nice and cool NO wind ....

Wazzu -- I did aerobic classes for years and NOTHING gives me the adrenaline rush that running does, I think it's just the intensity of it ... I love it though :love:

Natalie -- Do what feels the best for you and take your time to bring up your speed, there's really no rush ... If I remember correctly that's about the speed I started at 4.5mph ...

05-29-2005, 02:34 PM
Happy Sunday everyone ~

Today I walked/jogged 2.5 miles on the treadmill. I bumped up the speed a bit and found myself jogging at 5.1 mph for a few minutes, however, most of my jogging was done at 4.5 mph. Man....did I ever work up a sweat...and the adrenaline rush was awesome!!! I have taken some time to read a few things on the Cool Running website and I really like it. Maybe someday I will consider thinking about running in an advertised run for our area.

Wazzu Girl ~ Sounds like you and I are in the same boat. I can't wait to say...."I did and easy 3 mile run either". LOL

Only Me ~ Awesome job on running in the 18K.

Spanky ~ Thanks so much for the comparison on the treadmill speeds.

Ilene ~ Isn't it awesome when Canada has awesome weather? I can so relate living in Minnesota....lol. Thanks again for the comparisons on the treadmill too.

05-29-2005, 03:07 PM
Hi all,

I just got back from the track. Did some cardio this morning but couldn't pass up a run outside so I got in two miles. Michigan is gorgeous right now. It was hotter when I ran today as compared to my last two early AM runs but that sun in my face felt like heaven. There was a light breeze so I didn't get too hot but I know going forward, I will wear a tank top under my shirt so if I need to, I can take my shirt off.