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OMG!! BOOT CAMP: What I Liked and Disliked

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today was my first live bootcamp experience. I feel like I worked out, but nothing too over-the-top. I think that tomorrow, I'll DEFINITELY feel it in my glutes and probably triceps the most. But, for today, I feel pretty good.

There are definitely some things I liked and some things that I disliked about this particular bootcamp:


emoticon It was outside and it was a gorgeous, cool, spring morning.

emoticon The class was mostly women, today. Though I'm told that there are usually guys in the class too. There was only one today and I think he might have been an assistant teacher or something. Not sure... But, I liked that.

emoticon I was working out with my best friend! That was the best part! Also, another woman from our church was there as well. It was her and my first time being at boot camp. She remarked that it was harder than her Zumba class.

emoticon It was a great cardio workout, so I burned a ton of calories! That's always great!

emoticon It was hard, but it was fun. The time flew by.... but not fast enough. LOL We were out there for 1.5 hours!! And that's because I left the class. I think they were going to stay for 2 hours!. But had I been in my basement doing my circuit training dvd, I would have been allll tooo aware of the time.

emoticon My glutes were worked out A LOT!!! Since this is one of my problem areas, I was happy for that.

emoticon Doing the bootcamp has sparked my interest in my Jillian "No More Trouble Zones" circuit training dvd again. That's pretty awesome! So, that's something that I can add to my exercise program in order to get my strength training in. Jillian's dvd works more muscle groups than the bootcamp did... and in less time too. The bootcamp was more cardio, in my opinion.

emoticon The instructor was VERY encouraging to all the regulars. He made a point to call out individual names and tell them that they were doing great. The other instructor (or helper... or whatever he was) was equally encouraging... always giving high-five's and saying "great job." So, I really could appreciate that, even though the comments weren't geared towards me. LOL I guess if he'd known my name, he might have thrown some encouragement my way, personally. LOL But, as it was, I was pleased with the OVERALL encouraging environment and mood of the instructor and of the participants as well.


emoticon There were a lot of moves that kept us in push-up position... a lot of planks... push-ups... dynamic push-ups... crawls, etc. All these types of moves put pressure on my shoulders. Because of my job and my volunteer work with my church, I have sustain a repetitive motion injury to my right shoulder/neck region. I have been resting it as much as possible, but the movements today, did cause some strain. Also, I'm not sure how my knees will feel. There were a lot of dynamic movements, jumping and landing, etc. I did wear my brace on my right knee, but I usually don't need one for the left. Hopefully, all is well.

emoticon The instructor didn't really take much time to make sure that newbies were doing the moves correctly (i.e., he didn't focus on form) Sure, he demonstrated the movements but didn't really seem invested in making sure the participants were doing the moves correctly. Speed seemed more important than form. So, I had to slow down many of his moves so that I could focus on form. I'm thankful that I knew the right form for most, so I could slow things down and get the muscle burn that the exercise intended. There was one move that I, clearly, wasn't doing correctly. Thankfully, my best friend came over to show me and that drastically improved my performance.

emoticon The instructor didn't seem to offer many modifications that would work the same areas but with less strain certain various joints... or modifications for intensity level.

emoticon As far as the strength training aspects... there wasn't a lot going on. There was some lower body training (quads, glutes) and some ab work at the end (and with all the planking), but not a lot of upper body stuff... mostly just triceps (because of the push-ups).

emoticon It's early, but probably not early enough for my schedule. Because I teach a class on Saturdays, I won't have time to go out there at the time the bootcamp is offered. But, if it were just an hour earlier, I could probably swing it. Also, I'm thinking that if it's still offered in the summer, it'll be scorching hot if he doesn't move the time up.


Meh... maybe. Maybe not. LOL I don't know. If my schedule allowed, it might be fun to meet them out there again. Seeing as though I have more positives listed that negatives, it would seem to make sense to go again, huh? LOL Only time will tell...

But, in the meantime, I can do my Jillian No More Trouble Zones circuit training dvd. Stay tuned...

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GOURMETLOSER 5/21/2012 3:17AM

    In view of your RSI I weonder about the wisdom of doing it again. There are probably other similar things that will not put so much strain on your problem areas.

The positives sure sounded good though!

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CELLO23 5/20/2012 7:49AM

    Sounds fierce! Your comment about the presence of others taking your mind off time passing really struck me - it's so much more fun to do these things with company. Even the pain feels less! This sounds very full-on but it would be the same with any first-time class, challenging new muscles etc. Just be careful of your shoulders! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/19/2012 2:25PM

    A lot of great positives, but some weighty negatives too. The biggest negative for me is that the exercises are too strenous for your neck/shoulder injury. If you do decide to go again, do you think the instructor would be open to it if you asked for modifications for specific exercises? I recommend Mark Lauren's "You are Your Own Gym" as a source of body weight exercises you can use to create your own bootcamp workout.

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 5/19/2012 2:19PM

    Yeah! You did it. Boot camp isnt' for everyone, but its an alternative. It's something to do to break up the routine and to keep you disciplined. I am actually about ready to go back to walking 3 miles in the park on one Saturday -- working out at my own pace. The class is VERY early, which I agree, is good and bad. Like you, I had to learn some of the routines on my own. Keep in mind that there are times that the class is conducted inside the gym. I suppose if it's too hot or rainy, that's where they would be. If you never come back, it's all goodness, because you tried it and you worked parts of your body that you hadn't targeted for a long time.
p.s. -- if you really want to focus on "strength training", I know a personal trainer who could help you with that. LOL! emoticon

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DAPHNE_RUNS 5/19/2012 12:01PM

    Congrats to you for trying something new. I have not done any bootcamp workouts, but I hear they are intense.

Keep moving. Just do what you can fit into your schedule with no problem and you will see the results from all your hard work.


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KRISZTA11 5/19/2012 11:59AM

    You are hero to me!
This bootcamp sounds quite intense, exactly the high impact cardio I always avoid, because... well it is too intense for me.


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A Mother's Day Message

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I had an absolutely wonderful Mother's Day today! I spent the day with my hubby, my children, my Mommy, my sister and her fiance. We had such a wonderful time of fellowship.

We went to church in the morning and then to a restaurant to eat. I had the seafood fettucine alfredo. I'm not even going to attempt to track it. The portions were so huge. But, I only ate half. I could have probably ate just a third of my plate and been fine. LOL But it was a delicious meal. No dessert.

As soon as I got home I put on my workout clothes and hit the treadmill. I did walk/run intervals. Today was the first time I've run since the 5K and it felt good. I even increased my speed on my run intervals.

I hope all the mothers and daughters and sons and husbands and children in Sparkland had an awesome day too!


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POOKASLUAGH 5/15/2012 8:33AM

    I love your hair!!! And girl, you look so good! Seriously! There's a world of difference between pulling off a good pose for a still shot and looking good while moving around for a camera, and you've got the latter!

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KTTAYLOR21 5/14/2012 4:18PM

    Your hair looks GOOD!!! I love how they pinned up your dreads and the design is nice. Love it!

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GOURMETLOSER 5/14/2012 4:07AM

    Woo Hoo. Sounds wonderful.
SOunds like you are actually LIVING. Way to go.

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KRISZTA11 5/14/2012 3:08AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!
You look great, and your hair is a masterpiece!

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D_4RECOVERY 5/13/2012 10:44PM

    You look great. Beautiful gifts. Glad you had a great day with your family. emoticon

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Getting Back on Track Attack

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

As I mentioned in some of my status updates, I've been struggling to regain consistency every since having achieved my 5K goal. I ran the 5K almost a month ago (April 14th) and hadn't worked out AT ALL from that time until YESTERDAY. Key word: YESTERDAY.

Last night, I sat up and wrote (or re-wrote) my goals on paper for this week (baby steps) and started implementing plans to achieve them TODAY. One component of those plans is to workout EVERY single day for at least 35 minutes.

So, here I am on Day 1, DOING IT! LOL Sorry if you have motion-sickness type issues. I'm walking on the treadmill in this video. LOL

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EMILYDOODLE 6/28/2012 10:07PM

  i like the vlog. way to go!

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HALLELUL 5/11/2012 11:33AM

    I finally got to watch your vlog!! Girl you were moving. I need to incorporate an attack too.

Keep moving.
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POLISHVEGAN 5/10/2012 10:48PM

    Good for you! I went from couch to 10K last year. I ran the 10K and then absolutely stopped running until recently. I am not sure why we do that, but you are not alone. The key is you you are back and at it, and so am I. Hear that everyone in the same position? It's OK if you stopped, as long as you start again!! :)

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ABETTERSOUL 5/10/2012 2:48PM

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TEMPEST272002 5/10/2012 2:22PM

    Good job getting back to it!

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CELLO23 5/10/2012 2:00PM

    Woohoo True-ness! Nice to see you in action! I love how you just (1) decide (2) do! Inspiring!
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PINKBEANBOO 5/10/2012 12:27PM

    There it is!
Unfortunately, the sound doesn't work on my work computer. Darn. Hopefully I can remember to look it up at home.
BTW, congrats on getting a workout done 2 days in a row : )

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BUFFYSMOM2 5/10/2012 8:37AM

    I, too, loved your vlog!!! You are VERY inspirational! Keep up the great work!
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GOURMETLOSER 5/10/2012 2:33AM

    Go girl!
Great start back. Wish I had the umph to emulate you!

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POOKASLUAGH 5/9/2012 9:14PM

    I LOVE that you did your vlog on the treadmill!!! How frickin' awesome! And I loved hearing your voice. :D You can do this!!!

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 5/9/2012 8:41PM

    I like the vlog. You can do it Bestie! I believe in you :-)

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Milestone #4: I Can't Believe I RAN a 5K!!!! Wow!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I did it!!! I can't believe it!! I actually did it! I set a goal at the end of 2011 to run a 5K in 2012. When I signed up in March, I was left with only 5 weeks to train. Those 5 weeks were aggressive. But, I actually did it!! Me??!! Unbelievable!

My husband, children, mother and best friend all came down to support me. It was great knowing they were there.... They are the absolute best!!!

Now for the play-by-play...

I participated in the Move4Mobility 5k and 5-miler, for which 100% of the proceeds go to support the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research group. I signed up for this particular race because I was familiar with the terrain. I knew that the route was flat, with no hills whatsover. I knew that it wouldn't really get a lot of publicity (unlike Susan G. Komen) so there wouldn't be tons of people there. I chose well.

I arrived at about 7am to pick up my race package.

There I am with my neon yellow shirt on.

There were a few people there. Some with short sleeves and some with short shorts. But, it was COLD! I knew that those folks must be hardcore runners to dress in that manner. They knew that they'd get hot as they continued to run. I knew that too, but I layered up. If I got hot... too bad. I wasn't coming out there with short sleeves and short shorts or capris! No Sir-eee.

Anyway, when the race started, I somehow ended up at the front of the pack.
Mistake, mistake, mistake. LOL.

See my bright yellow neon shirt over to the right. (smile)

Those folks were wisping past me... AND, they totally overwhelmed me. The adrenaline of it all caused me to start out much faster than I'm used to. But, I just couldn't slow down. I was out of breath very quickly. I was trying to find my pace and my rhythm. I couldn't figure out what my pace was supposed to be... UNTIL... a woman jogged up beside me and it SEEMED like she had a similar pace to mine. I asked her if she was running the 5K or the 5-miler. When she said that she was running the 5K, I thought to myself... "I'm going to be with her the whole time." And I was.

Can you see me and my race-day jogging buddy?

She had a SIMILAR pace, but I realized during the race that it was slightly faster than my pace. She challenged me. It wasn't a "conversational" pace for me, but we managed to talk regardless. I seemed more out of breath than she, but we continued on. She stopped to walk for 10-seconds at one point. Very quick. But, I just kept jogging beside her. I never stopped jogging.

She also had one of those GPS watches and she would every so often tell me how far we had gone. Honestly, I didn't even want to know. It seemed to make me more anxious. It made me start thinking about the finish. Thankfully, she never did tell me the amount of time we had been jogging. I appreciate that very much. Because when we hit the turnaround and started headed back for the last half of the race, I KNEW I would make it. There was no way I could stop at that point. I KNEW I had to press on.

And together, we did. We pressed on right through the finish line. We finished in 39:10!!! I couldn't be more ecstatic!!! I can't even imagine it... still. I had only hoped that I would finish in less than 45 minutes. But, to finish in less than 40 minutes???!!!.... WOW!!

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My official finishing time was 38:39!!!

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And, it really feels good to be able to run. I feel strong. I feel fit. I feel like continuing on!

I hope to have some pictures of the event at some point. My mom took pictures but with one of those throw-away digital cameras. LOL Crazy. So, once she has her photos developed (or whatever you call it with those things..LOL), I'll post some pictures on my page. (UPDATE: My mom couldn't even locate the pictures she took with that pitiful camera! LOL So, I have no pictures from her. No finishline photo either.)

Thanks everyone for all your support as I trained!!! You're the best!!

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 5/7/2012 8:52PM

    A great accomplishment! woo-hoo! emoticon

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    Awe good for you! This is such an AMAZING milestone. Your hard work and dedication certainly paid off. You kept your eyes on the prize and you received it with resounding victory. Go you!

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KANSASROSE67 4/19/2012 3:05PM

    WAY TO GO! I remember how great I felt after my first 5K...your blog brought back all those good feelings!


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CELLO23 4/19/2012 6:20AM

    Woo True-ness! So proud of you! And inspiring for my own runs too! Think it's really brave to go and tackle a race like that on your own, and great you met someone to run with. Keep on at it! You go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYLADY4 4/18/2012 9:48PM

    Great job and I think you have been bit by the running bug!!! Have fun running ;)

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FITFOODIE806 4/18/2012 7:50PM

    What a great blog! Congrats toyou. Your attitude and love of running is inspirational!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 4/18/2012 6:22PM

    I am so proud of you!!!!!! You did it. Now just to let you know it does not stop at one will be hunting the computer for your next one soon.

The beauty of any race is that you can go at your pace. And, yes for future races, it might be safer to head to the back a little more. I like races that have pacers so that you can get with a group who are guesstimating on finishing the race about the same time as you.

And it was nice that you had you own cheering squad to be there with you for your first race.

Thanks for sharing.

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SHERR513 4/18/2012 6:08PM

    Way to go emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 4/18/2012 5:49PM

    Way to go!
This is so exciting! You really rocked it out!
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I'm glad you made your status about this blog - I wasn't on here over the weekend so I missed it. So glad I found it : )

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POOKASLUAGH 4/15/2012 9:20AM

    I am so happy for you!!! That's so great! And in 5 weeks - what an accomplishment!! Can't wait to see pics.

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BECKYANNE1 4/14/2012 8:58PM

    emoticon That is so Awesome!

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MOBYCARP 4/14/2012 8:46PM

    Good job! The goal of a first race is always to finish, and you managed to finish running all the way. Well done!

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ABETTERSOUL 4/14/2012 5:47PM

    Congratulations...great time! I enjoyed my first 5k...sounds like you did too!

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GOURMETLOSER 4/14/2012 2:13PM

    That is brilliant AND under 40 minutes. I'm so pleased you did so well.
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TEMPEST272002 4/14/2012 12:54PM

    Fantastic! You did great. Another milestone to add to your growing list!

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KRISZTA11 4/14/2012 11:59AM

You ran a great time!
Never mind those running faster than you, speed improves during time - probably they started running earlier, that's all.
You'll get faster every month, even without pushing too hard.

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PIXIECUTE 4/14/2012 10:40AM

    Congrats!! 39:10 is impressive!! what a great accomplishment :)

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I Did It!! I Ran for 35 Minutes Straight!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to do it. I mean, 5K Training has NOT been going well.

Week 1 - I trained 1 day.
Week 1 repeat - I trained 2 days
Week 2 - I skipped altogether. I didn't do any training.
Week 3 - I trained 1 day and then another day I just walked the entire time

And, now, it's week 4!! I am supposed to RUN (no walk intervals) for all of my training days! Day 1 is supposed to be 35 minutes; Day 2, 35 minutes; and Day 3, 40 minutes.

I have been stressing over it for a while now. Yesterday, I was going to do my training, but I just didn't. So, that meant that I just had to do it today if I was going to get in 3 days this week with breaks in between.

I really didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I have never run that long. The most I've run is 10 minutes straight. Soooo, I just determined that I would simply do my best. I thought my best would be 10 minutes and then walk for a few minutes and then repeat that until the 35 minutes were up. But, that wasn't my best. Something kicked in after about 4 minutes. It wasn't a cardiovascular struggle anymore and I had a lot more in me. So, I just distracted myself from thinking about the time and I just kept running and I made it! I made it through the entire 35 minutes without stopping!

I'm just so thrilled!!!

Now, I didn't get very far (2.7 miles). But, that was with a 5 minute warm-up walk and a 5 minute cool-down walk. So, I really did that mileage in 45 minutes. Soo.. if I want to finish the 5K in 45 minutes, I guess I'll have to amp it up. But, I'll know for sure after my 3rd run this week where I have to run for 40 minutes straight. If I can get very close to 3 miles in that time, then I know I should be able to complete the 3.1 in 45minutes.

But, that goal is just tucked away in the back back back of my mind. I really just want to be able to run the 5K without walking any. However long that takes is fine... um, well sort of. :-) LOL

Thanks for the support everyone!!

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TINABINA5 5/8/2012 9:04PM

    Great job!!! Woo Hoo!

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STSCOTT11 5/8/2012 1:20PM

    PROUD OF YOU! Your are a true lady warrior.

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SHERR513 4/13/2012 9:05PM

    Congrats! You are such a great inspiration! Im working on my first 5K in May I'm nervous but I also want to have fun!

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1NANA4EVER 4/11/2012 8:59AM

    Great accomplishment! It has taken me a while to check your blog, so this is old news. But still I want to let you know how excited I am that you continue to succeed and are doing so well!

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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 4:03AM

    Great work. You did amazingly. Well done!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 4/3/2012 10:17PM

    Very encouraging blog! You kicked self doubt to the curb and just did what had to be done. This an amazing NSV. Get your running shoes ready because that 5k will be marked off your list in no time!

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MOBYCARP 4/3/2012 7:55PM

    Well done! The structure of the 5K Your Way program makes Week 4, Day 1 a challenge; I didn't know I'd be able to run that long continually till I did it, either. And my time on that first 35 minute run was slower than I ended up running routinely. Part of that was caution and uncertainty of being able to do it; and part was that as I kept running, I became more fit and able to run better.

Keep it up! No matter how slow you run, you're lapping the folks who stay on the couch.

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CELLO23 4/3/2012 6:01PM

    Well done, True-ness! That's quite a jump and you did it! You've really hit on something with the distraction tactic - I struggle running on my own, but with someone else it's much easier, as you can talk and keep your mind off it! Keep at it and roll on the 5K! emoticon emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 4/3/2012 4:04PM

    Great job!! I've just started training for a 5K, and am doing good to run for two minutes at a time!! Don't worry about the time, just keep on Doing It!!

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KRISZTA11 4/3/2012 3:36PM

Very good time for a start,
and a great breakthrough!
Don't worry about time, you'll get stronger and faster every week.

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    Congrats to you on such a great achievement! Continued success as you push ahead ... emoticon

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SHEILAJ2008 4/3/2012 12:58PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! My husband's a runner and I'm getting to the point where I'm going to start a running program also and we use the Marine Corps Running Cadences. My husband's a Marine and downloaded them for free on their website! They help keep a rythym going while you're running. Hope this helps!! Way to go!!! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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MIM2317 4/3/2012 12:57PM

    Any time I do my 5K under 45 minutes, I consider it a victory. I always follow this motto..."Running slow is not a character flaw, quitting is."

Good Luck! You can do it!

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