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5K training programs and Marathon dreams, please share your thoughts!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ok, so I am really trying to keep my frustration at bay. I am trying to think positive and be grateful for the fact that I can run at all. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I am getting frustrated! I want to do more, I want to push harder, but I know the results of that recipe, disaster! I want to be able to run faster, 4.5 on the treadmill is not running for me! Or, at least, it didn't used to be. I really need to remember that I am running at my pace now, not where I used to be this time last year. However, I looked over the entire 8 week rookie runner training program for a 5K, and it seems too easy for me, especially if I want to run an entire 5K in 7 weeks(I am in week 2 of the program right now). So..... I checked out the running training program, and I have a plan. The running program gets me to more solid running, which is my ultimate goal, and I think I am ready for it soon. What I am thinking is this. Next week, I skip week 3 of the rookie running, and go on to week 4. After that, I move over to the running program and do that 5 weeks leading up to April 10-16 week. It gives me enough time to build up my endurance slowly and still get in some decent workouts that are completely running.

On another note, I was checking out my "dream" marathon coming up in October of this year. I had originally thought I would do it last year, but I changed my plans in an effort to reach my goal weight. Goal weight didn't happen, and I really really miss long distance running. So, I am looking for some opinions. Some of my spark friends have been following my recovery from pneumonia in the fall, and know that I have been slow in returning to health. My Mom feels that striving to complete a marathon this year after all of my health issues would be pushing too hard. I just want it so bad. Every time I watch The Biggest Loser when they run the marathon near the end of the season, I cry my heart out that I want to be doing that too! My running buddy has suggested that I train to run another half marathon and go from there. I was hoping for some thoughts on whether working towards a marathon in October of 2011 is dreaming too big, anybody?

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JEM0622 2/24/2011 10:43AM

    If you are coming back from injury (I was out for 8 months) then please consider (strongly) finishing your 5k training, then progress to 10k, and then you can review HM and then Full. In that order. This is what I am doing. Hard to hold myself back, but I must in order to not sit out another 8 months. Worst case is you fly to warmer climate in the Winter (Dec/Jan) and race at that time. My two rusted abes.

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    Only you know what your body is saying. Plans are just that. Plans are meant to be modified to fit what you are feeling. I would probably hold off on the marathon year...only because I know what my limitations are (doctor said me and my surgery DOES NOT = a marathon). What is the worst if you don't plan to do the marathon this year. You can do it next year, with a better base of endurance. Believe me I wish for all these half marathons I have done I had a better base, but I needed to prove to myself I was able to do it.

Reality is you are you and you only know how you are progressing - but remember you are technically a beginner runner again.

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AGINGDAISIES 2/24/2011 1:47AM

    I would say stick to the program you are on and you may be surprised and it will catch up to you. My thought is be careful you don't want to have to start over again. I think there is enough time to train if you find that you are ready after the 5k training.

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CINDYTW 2/23/2011 5:31PM

  I think if you are just getting back into running and have had health problems already that maybe you should stick to the smaller races and worry about getting yourself back to running consistently first. It is probably not your dream to do a marathon and then find yourself sick or injured and unable to run again for a while like happenned this year! Be careful of your health first!

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MARKAMURKA 2/23/2011 5:21PM

    yes, you have plenty of time ahead till October.
Skipping weeks inany training plan is such a bad idea, btw.
You risk injury if doing more than 110% of your previous week.
In the beginning it means you can top the time/distance/speed
very very slow only. Stick to this rule, though, you don't want an injury. That would take you back by months.
You can do a half, then a 16miler, then a 20 miler and then
(probably sooner) you'll know for sure yourself if it was a marathon you wanted.
Everybody is able to do one but I've heard not everybody actually enjoys it. There's nothing wrong with that.
You can always aim for getting PB-s in 5k/10k/HM.
HM is such a lovely distance, really. Not too exhausting, your body doesn't need a lot of recovery afterwards, still revarding.
A marathon will wear you down, for sure. Immune system, joints, muscles. It just does that. You will be no exception.
On the other hand I love lofty goals, they keep me going.

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MNNORA 2/23/2011 2:43PM

  Honestly, you have more than enough time to train for a full marathon. So I think you can do it, even with your health recovery challenges. That said, here are some cautions: 1) I'm not sure what your dream race is, but consider signing up for a full marathon that has a companion half. Most races will let you switch if you run into injury or just find you aren't ready in time 2) there is a rule in running that you can either improve distance or speed, not both at the same time. It sounds like you want to do both right now. Perhaps you should focus on one and see where you can get to. You could set yourself and intermediate goal of building up to a certain pace by a certain date and then consider starting a marathon training program 3) consider what the finish time requirements are on your dream race. If they are pretty liberal, then you might have the option to walk part of the race if needed. If they are tight, it might not be a good idea.

I do like your friend's idea of doing a 1/2. It sounds like you have done one before, but perhaps conquering that goal first will give you a better sense of what your body can handle now.

Good luck!


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Week 1 complete, starting week 2 tomorrow, or maybe tonight?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I finished up week 1 of my beginning runner training program, just last night. I really enjoyed it, and felt like doing more, but I didn't push myself. I am considering doing wk2 d 1 tonight on the treadmill, but I am doing day 2 with my running buddy tomorrow outside so I don't want to leave myself short on energy for that. I'll let ya know what I end up doing. Also, I lost .6 of a pound this week, and that makes me very happy since I didn't track at all over the weekend, and I was logging some 1700,and 1400 calorie afternoon snacks when I was tracking! I am working really hard to combat that afternoon habit, today I was able to get it in under 500 calories, yippee! Also, when I went to pick up the kids after school, I was early to get a parking spot, so I went for a 15 minute walk and burned 70 calories. BONUS! Now, I need to get the kids into the habit of walking to and from school again since I am getting my wake up time more reasonable. Definitely feeling much more optimistic too.

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LISAW/3 2/22/2011 10:26PM

    I'm so glad to hear you are feeling so much better!
Keep up the great work!

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    Great job!!!

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I will begin.... at the beginning

Thursday, February 17, 2011

So, I have finally come to terms with my running abilities being essentially gone, and that I have to start again. So, I joined the Virtual race team, the beginning runner training team. It is an 8 week program, I did Week 1 Day 1 today which was walk 4 minutes, jog 1 minute, repeat three more times. I warmed up for 5, cooled down for 5, and by accident did one extra 1 minute jog. It was HARD! I walked at 3.5, and ran at 4.0 on my treadmill. My hubby and I had to rearrange the whole living room to get it set up, but I am so glad we did, because I feel great for accomplishing it. I also joined the Quickfire team, and today's quickfire was jumping jacks, got those done with 5 sets of 20 throughout the day and also had a ton of fun doing some boxing with my Kinect and a friend while our kidlets played together. I am going to try to update daily with my progress on blogs. I know that I was totally inspired by the recovery of one of my Sparkfriends, LightningRunner, so if following my progress can encourage even one person, it will be worth blogging it. Paying it forward baby!

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    What can I say - I know that having all my Sparkfriends, like you following & encouraging me - maybe me accountable beyond all limits and I think of all of you during each run - and Thank God that I had each of you.

Now it my job - to encourage - You did day 1 - can't wait to read about Day 2. You will find each step you run a blessing no matter how hard and soon you will be running the whole thing - but you will always remember where you came from this time around. emoticon emoticon

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AGINGDAISIES 2/18/2011 12:15AM

    Kudos in coming to terms with where you are! I am having a tough time with the reality of my limitations! As always you inspire me to begin again! Glad to see you back!

Comment edited on: 2/18/2011 12:17:35 AM

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BEFIT014 2/17/2011 10:15PM

    I'm on the same running team. Today was week 1, day 3 for me.

Glad to see ya back!

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JERSEYFLOWER 2/17/2011 10:07PM

    Way to go!!! Sounds like you're making a lot of great progress. I keep meaning to try Kinect boxing, can't wait!

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Battle of the snooze button

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

So, I thought today would be a good day to talk about the snooze button on my alarm clock, it is my worst enemy, because I have let it become so! I am taking full responsibility for allowing myself to waste time in increments of 9 minutes. I have been winning my battle, until today. I have found a way to force myself out of bed with the first buzz. I put my cell phone on the counter, with it's alarm set on loud for the same time as my alarm clock in the bedroom. Knowing that leaving my cell phone alarm going will awake my two children prematurely, I fly out of bed after turning the alarm clock off. I rush out to the kitchen and catch the phone from continuing the most annoying option I could find, crickets! Then, to top that off, I have my watch on my computer desk, set for the same time. Usually that third alarm from my watch is enough to convince me to stay out of bed, I might as well, I am up and as far from my bed as possible now! However, last night before I went to bed, I forgot to put my phone on the counter, it was in my coat pocket muffled in the closet, and I pressed that snooze button from 7 am until 8 am....... Gotta put that phone on the counter!

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ADENT8 5/7/2011 11:35AM

  The snooze button is an enemy to kill. I hate it!
For this reason it was necessary for me to design an alarm clock without snooze button.

If you have an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, check out FreakyAlarm!

FreakyAlarm is an alarm clock that forces you to wake your brain because you will have to solve a series of logical-math games otherwise it will not stop ringing. It also provides a means to control your own path of recovery, as measured by the iWake coefficient to monitor the trend of your progress.

More info on http://www.freakyalarm.com/

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AGINGDAISIES 2/18/2011 12:20PM

    I turned off the snooze option on my phone so I can't snooze. But I do have a little alarm who has decided that 6:45 is when she wants to get up... I was enjoying 7:30! :)

Great job in overcoming a weekness! :)

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AFRISAM 2/16/2011 11:17AM

    emoticon Good idea!

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Finding fun in exercise

Friday, February 04, 2011

My hubby gave me Dance Central for the Kinect as a Christmas gift, and I LOVE this game. It has a workout option that tracks your calories by using your actual weight in the calculation. I burned over 100 calories in 20 minutes while having a total blast! LOVE it!

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AGINGDAISIES 2/9/2011 11:21AM

    Sounds like fun!

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    I love that game too, I look like a dork but when no one is around you would swear I am a contestant on You think you can dance lol. emoticon

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MRS_FORTYGIG 2/5/2011 12:00AM

    omg i got it for xmas too! and i absolutely love it!!! that and Zumba are amazing! and you get such a great workout while having fun and getting achievements! kinect rocks my socks! have u tried the adventure game? thats a lot of fun too!! Enjoy it! i know i am :)

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