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#1 Old 05-23-2004, 08:45 PM
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#2 Old 05-23-2004, 08:53 PM
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Hey guys, we start a new thread every Sunday morning. If you happen to see that one hasn't been started, please feel free to start one Thanks.



I was supposed to run 8-10 miles today but I was such an air-head I forgot to bring my running shoes up-north so I couldn't run, not that I wanted to it was pouring rain all day. I will do a 8 mile tomorrow.

The rest of my week:

Tues. rest

Wed. 3 mile run

Thur. 3 mile run

Fri. rest

Sat. rest

Sun. race day



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#3 Old 05-23-2004, 09:57 PM
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I actually braved exercise equipment today!! Thus far, I've refused. I did 25 min on the treadmill today. Broke out in hives after 15, making that last 10 a challenge, but I'm glad I faced my gym fear. Next time, maybe an exercise bike.. I wish I knew how to do the different gym stuff but I don't, and I can't afford $65/hr for a personal training session, so I'm just gonna have to figure it out a little at a time.



AND i ordered roller skates and my sister and I are gonna start skating. lol. i'm so psyched.



My new goal is to do at least 20 min of cardio twice a week, and my hour yoga class twice a week. (plus all the usual gardening and hopefully soon skating)

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#4 Old 05-24-2004, 09:15 AM
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Over the weekend I did:



55 minute walk/run on Saturday morning. Spent 60 minutes at the gym on Sunday morning - 15 minutes walking, 45 minutes weight machines. Also did 90 minutes of yoga at home and went for a walk in the rain for about 50 minutes last night, which was really fun!
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vegansurfer - Your ortho. surgeon should be able to prescribe phsyical therapy for you, where they'd teach you all sorts of exercises.
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#6 Old 05-24-2004, 02:56 PM
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Hello!



I want to start running, but before I do I was looking around for some advice. I did a bit of light running in my early high school days, but it never really amounted to much because I don't really know how to plan my fitness activities well.



So, do any of you have any helpful starting tips or general pointers? Like, how many days should I run a week? Should I vary my distances and times? Should I forsake all of this and follow my childhood dream of becoming a California Raisin?



Many thanks in advance!
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Last night, I managed to do some strength training and a short ab workout. Today, I jumped rope ( ) for an hour.
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Yesterday I had a massive 30 min squirt gun war with my brother and I ran 3 miles.



Today was 35 min elliptical and 35 min lifting.



r_c- Yay for skating! It's a lot of fun.



siudhain- I'm no expert but I think that you shouldn't increase your mileage by more than 10% per week, and even that would be a lot. I would think that you could start running 4 or so days a week, and then do less if you start to notice any nagging pains or are feeling worn down. Just be patient with yourself and listen to your body and you should be fine. Good luck!
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I did my yoga today, and I had 6000 some stjeps at around 1PM. I forgot to wear my pedometer when I went to the eye doctor (forgive me for typos/not replying to you, my eyes are dilated) so I'm probably doing decent
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Hey all!

Today I did some upper body weights and 30 minutes on the eliptical.



ANYWAY, good luck with your race, slynny!

quetta- Good yoga! Its awesome, isn't it?!

rabid_child- Just hang out at the gym for awhile and eventually some beefy dude will come up to you and give you the rundown...they help me A LOT at my gym, but I work there, too. Maybe find yourself a work out buddy, or get a subscription to Muscle and Fitness Hers...they have some pretty good stuff in there.

siudhain- Alright, I'm not an expert, but maybe I can help direct you in the right, er, direction...you could check out www.runnersworld.com or www.coolrunning.com- the websites are loaded with info and also have forums where you can ask people who have more expertise.

Anyway, NDs advice is very good...do NOT overtrain. Last summer I overtrained heavily and wound up with plantar facitis and what appears to be cartilage damage in my knees. I don't want to discourage you from running- its just that my mistakes in overtraining have made it very difficult for me to run like I used to, and I don't want anyone to go through the same thing.

Now, as for how to train, as far as I know, the best two ways to do it are by time or by distance. As a beginner, you will probably want to do intervals of running and walking..I usually do 5 minute runs with 2 minute breaks when I do intervals. Or you could do half mile runs with 1/4 mile breaks...Basically, I think you can go out and establish your own intervals and there will be little chance of you hurting yourself if you can accuratley gauge your abilities. I would start out running intervals something like, 4 days a week, with plenty of rest, food, and water in between. (I know, I'm a stickler for not overtraining...)
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I stopped counting miles, I do time vs my heart rate.



I keep my heart rate around from 128 to 135 for 70 minutes on a elliptical runner.
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RAWR. I lifted weights today. Lots of them.
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Skipped for an hour and did a few minutes of yoga.
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Yesterday I did a 45 minute walk at lunch.
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Time for me to get back to posting in this thread! I've been hamstering a lot more lately, because I've had time to spend helping to teach at tae kwon do. Which basically means I spar a lot, do pad drills a lot, and demonstrate forms a lot. Ah luv it!



I've had a REALLY good week so far! On sunday, I did an hour straight on the elliptical with my heart rate around 160-170 virtually the whole time. Monday I helped teach class for an hour, about 30 minutes of which was spent sparring in slow-motion, and then I had my own class where we did forms almost the whole time. Tae kwon do makes me happy, what can I say? Tonight I'm hoping to get a little bit of form practice in; on Wednesday, I'm going to Washington D.C. and so I'll probably get a whole lot of walking in; and then thursday through next monday I'll be in Boston so I'll do some walking and maybe get to a hotel gym or something. Woot!
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I walked an extra mile this morning looking for my lost cat.
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I am addicted now. Last week 5 days. This week going for 6. As I said before my ritual is now 10 cardio then 15 reps on the machines and then 10 more minutes. Today I did about 6 and a half miles during the cardio parts on a stationary bike. I am also not having breathing problems during the cardio due to asthma.

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20 min walk during lunch break

3 3/4 mile run



hopefully some yoga tonight



FB- I hope that you found your cat!!!



Great job everyone!
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treadmill - 33:12 min, 2 miles, 3.5/4 mph w/ speed, incline, and speed/incline intervals
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I did an hour of yoga this morning, and my super cool roller skates (with light up wheels!!) came in the mail today so my sister and i went skating for a half hour after work tonight. I realized, I Don't Know How To Skate!! Man its hard. I fell down four times. It'll only get better, right? lol.

It was fun tho

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Didn't find Fig (my cat). You guys excersise alot more than I do. I walk at least a mile a day. I should do more I think.
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Well, I did it again! I lost a very long post and I am way to pissed off to make any other repy today ecxept, Damn.

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OK I'm done being cranky. 8 mile run Mon. yard work yesterday and today as well as a 3 mile run.



Great Hamstering people!!!
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I am a terrible hamster. I walk 2 miles a day..woo....
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I did 40 minutes on the treadmill this morning (2.25 miles) and another 10 on the bike (3.25 miles) and i'm frickin tired now!!

all that work and for 200 measily calories. hmph.

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I often wonder how we manage to burn off alot of calories doing daily things, when you have to go so much work just to burn 200. Boggles my mind..
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I walked home from school today (25 minutes) and a Bike ride tonight (35 minutes) Good job everybody, and Formerbaboon, I hope you find Fig!
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Tamilee Webb Arms & Abs of Steel - 15 min



Yeah, I had a chiro appt.
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Today I did 30 minutes on the eliptical, 10 minutes on the treadmill, and some lower body weights....

Keep up the good work, everyone!
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Yoga and lower body today. At least now that it's summer vacation I can start being a real hamster
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