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Finished my 5K!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I should probably wait until they post the official times, but I'm too excited and proud of myself. I jogged the whole course and finished faster than I expected. And I feel great!
The 5K Your Way training here on Spark People really, really works.
Thank you, Spark People, for this and everything else!
Woo hoo!
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MIRAGE727 10/1/2014 8:45AM

    Yes, the Training Program is there But YOU made it work! YOU stepped up to the starting line, and YOU crossed the finish line! Now make it a part of your lifestyle! I'm HAPPY when my Spark TeamMates own it!
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BRAINYBLONDE5 9/28/2014 6:14PM

    Woohoo you are AWESOME!

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MOBYCARP 9/28/2014 1:08PM

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And this, from someone who said she would never be a runner. Guess what? You are a runner now.

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KNEEMAKER 9/28/2014 11:39AM

  Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 9/28/2014 11:36AM

    there is a lot we can do

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WENDYANNE61 9/28/2014 11:19AM

    Brillant, Mary! Bask in the lovely feeling of achievement you must be feeling now! emoticon

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MONTREALESTMOI 9/28/2014 10:50AM

    Hey hey now! Look at you!!!! Such good news for a Sunday morning, I tell ya!

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Finished with Week 2!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I'm getting ready to jog up a storm in my first 5K in the fall, but first I have to get through training. Week 2 was a bit of a challenge for me, especially Day 2. But Day 3 was today and it was slightly easier and by walking and jogging I made it the required 40 minutes. So, okay then.
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My knees and shins felt tired, but not really sore and I don't feel bone-tired the way I did after the jogs in Week 1 so that's definitely progress. I don't plan to become a "runner," but I'm excited to be getting stronger and looking forward to the race itself. Still quite a ways to go. I've been jogging in an air-conditioned gym on a treadmill with almost no incline. I can only imagine the challenge of adding asphalt and gravel and humidity and a few dips to the mix. But for now
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LINDAM.1 8/4/2014 11:34PM

  You are doing better than I am.

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CHERYLE51 8/3/2014 7:57PM

    Keep up the good work. You are doing awesome. My DD and I are joining the gym again. I have been walking a lot with DH, but he hasn't felt good lately and the weather here in Pittsburgh hasn't been very cooperative, so back to the gym. I may do zumba again, I don't know. I gained whatever weight I lost last month. I am so disappointed.

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    emoticon Wow 5K goal. emoticon

xoxo

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WENDYANNE61 7/27/2014 1:53PM

    Hi Mary, you are doing great! I started literally jogging from one lamp-post to the other, then walking til I caught my breath and then jogging on to the next lamp-post. Over a period of 4 months I built that up to being able to jog 5km in 30ish minutes.

Now, I am reduced to walking again since my achilles op - so take to your heels and run - you can do it for sure! Warm baths with soothing salts and calming lotions are great after training too - Hugs!

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144AUTUMN 7/27/2014 12:25PM

  You can do it!!

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MKBWNSUGAR 7/27/2014 11:46AM

    I don't have a desire to be a runner either. This was a natural progression for me since I've always been a walker, and I wanted to do a 5K. I don't even call myself a runner, I'm a jogger because my pace is so slow. I went thru the 5 week walk/jog program first and progressed to this one. I am improving though and for that I'm grateful. emoticon

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It's easier when you follow the rules.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today I went to the gym and did the 5K workout the way it was intended. Much better results! Yes, it was still very challenging and I looked like I'd been working all day in the sun when I finished (instead of just over 30 min. on a treadmill with almost no incline)....
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But I finished!
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That was the end of week 1, however, so now I'm supposed to bump up to 4 minutes of jogging for every 1 minute of walking. Hmmm... Just when I was getting to like week 1. Well, we'll see.
In the meantime,
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CHERYLE51 8/3/2014 7:46PM

    You are a better woman than I am. I could probably jog/walk for about a minute if I was lucky. Good going though. Let us know how you are doing.




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WENDYANNE61 7/21/2014 12:46AM

    You are well on your way, Mary! I know that boiled tomato look! emoticon A coolish bath with epsom salts works wonders though!

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MIRAGE727 7/20/2014 9:55PM

    Take your time, pace accordingly, don't get ahead of yourself, and enjoy the view around you, Mary!
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TAFODIL24 7/20/2014 9:31PM

    I say you can do it ~ way to go, Mary!

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This is hard.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oh, boy. I went on the treadmill for Week 1, Day 2 of 5K training. It was tough. I tried to jog with the incline on, but tired out after 15 minutes so I had to drop back, increase my recovery from 1 minute to 2, and do the last 4 minutes at 4.5 instead of 5 mph. Still I kept jogging, with a very quick break to tie my shoelace, so it wasn't a complete rout. I thought I had this and training would be easy, but now I can see that I will have to work for it!
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Oh, for heaven's sake, I just posted my results from Day 2 and saw that I had mistakenly jumped to Week 2 and was trying to run 4 minutes for every 1 minute of walking. That explains some of my difficulty, I think. Looking for Day 3 to be a breeze after this...
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CHERYLE51 7/20/2014 12:21PM

    Wow! A 5K jogging???? You are much braver than I am. I want to do a 5K walking of which is easy. I keep thinking that me and my oldest DD should do a 5K together. emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 7/19/2014 12:23PM

    That explains things, Mary! Have a blast on Day 3! emoticon

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TAFODIL24 7/18/2014 9:19PM

    emoticon sounds frustrating but just think how "easy" the next round will seem.

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IONA72 7/18/2014 4:55PM

    Haha always read the small print!
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ARNETTELEE 7/17/2014 8:40PM

  You can do it!

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First day of training

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Okay, I've been talking about a race (my first!) for a long time.... Too long. And now the universe has finally sent me an unmistakable sign. The hospital where we go for everything is holding a 5K ... on my birthday! I cannot turn that down.
So, today was my first day of training for it. I had thought I was training last week, but halfway through the week I noticed that I was on the team for 5K walking and I'm hoping to jog the course. No wonder that was going so well! Guess what? Training to jog is harder! I'm sitting here now, red-faced and dripping with sweat from 30 minutes alternating between 5 mph and 3.5. The good news? I made it! The less good news? It was hard! And I had the treadmill set at 1% grade so that's not realistic either.
All in all, though, I'm calling it a victory. Hooray for my first day!
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STFRENCH 7/17/2014 5:36AM

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WENDYANNE61 7/16/2014 4:37AM

    It will get easier, Mary - just donīt give up! After about a fortnight, I felt a brillant surge of energy on the track and my breathing fell into a good rhythm - that definately made jogging easier.... emoticon

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SANDRALEET 7/15/2014 4:50PM

    I used to run walk miles Now my feet and heart only lets me walk a few miles

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