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#31 Old 09-23-2011, 09:04 AM
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My husband and I plan to do a 5k on Thanksgiving day too!


Easing into it might be a good idea, but if you feel like you want to run more you might just go for it! I feel like it was good to start at the beginning but I really don't think it's necessary.

What were your injuries before?

I had persistent sciatica after "throwing out" my back several times while running, which was exaggerated during my pregnancies. It is now gone- and I surely don't want it to come back!

I also got something weird called hip bursitis- but that went away with pt over a couple months.

I think doing a 5k on Thanksgiving is a great idea- I'm glad there are other places that have them!

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I had persistent sciatica after "throwing out" my back several times while running, which was exaggerated during my pregnancies. It is now gone- and I surely don't want it to come back!

I also got something weird called hip bursitis- but that went away with pt over a couple months.

Sounds painful, ouch! Yeah, take it slow to make sure you don't hurt yourself.

When you did physical therapy did they give you any specific stretches or exercises to help prevent it from coming back?
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Sounds painful, ouch! Yeah, take it slow to make sure you don't hurt yourself.

When you did physical therapy did they give you any specific stretches or exercises to help prevent it from coming back?

It was about 6-7 years ago- its tough to remember. I went to an orthopedic specialist, and they took xrays and sent me to the pt place they had in house a couple times a week. I remember she kept pulling my leg out of the socket- it was getting jammed in there with the uneveness of my legs. She also would cross my leg over my body and throw her weight into my knee, something would move and I would feel better. I had to do all these exercises with a weighted ball, I remember. I should look up some of those exercises online and make sure I don't get it again.
I saw a chiropractor for a number of years after that and he relieved my sciatica when I was pregnant- he had a pregnancy table where the stomach part dropped out. It felt great- I remember telling him I wanted to marry him on occasion!
It was expensive to go to him, but I have been thinking of going back lately- for general well being

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I started the program recently and have really been digging it. This morning was rough, though. I went out for week 3 day 2 and didn't take into account the 100% humidity. I made it about halfway before I just wasn't able to breathe anymore. At least I know for next time.

Good luck to everybody else.
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I started the program recently and have really been digging it. This morning was rough, though. I went out for week 3 day 2 and didn't take into account the 100% humidity. I made it about halfway before I just wasn't able to breathe anymore. At least I know for next time.

Good luck to everybody else.

You aren't kidding. I went out this morning and it was very chilly and damp- I thought my lungs were going to explode and I could only do 1 1/2 miles! I came home and my husband was joking I looked like I was having a heart attack!

Since you brought it up- does anybody have any advice on this? Does your body get used to running in dampness/ humidity? Should I go outside more to run in these conditions to adapt?

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I can't really speak to the humidity issue much because it's so dry where I am. That dry air is actually a problem for me though because it makes it hard to breathe. But I found an article about running and humidity:
http://www.runaddicts.net/tips-trick...idity-climates

A chiropractor with a pregnancy table sounds cool!

I'm gearing up to do day 3 of week 7 which is another 25 minute run with 5 minutes of walking on each end. On the flat indoor track I do fine. It's work but I stay in my target heart rate zone unless I push it and run fast for a loop. But outdoors I struggle more. I can do it, but I come back bright red and really worn out. Week 8 is 28 minutes running.

My husband is re-doing week 4 or 5 and moving up from there. He struggled most at the 20 minute running mark and so he's going to take a little longer to do the whole program. They say that it's a 9 week program or as long as it takes. You just re-do a week if you struggle too much to go to the next week. I kind of think that calling it "Couch to 5K" isn't really accurate since someone at the truly "couch" fitness level (zero) is going to need to take it a little slower.
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I finished today!

In these last weeks I learned that I can enjoy running. I don't love it every time but I do really enjoy it some of the time so long as I have music and my inhaler.

I've taken one of my dogs on about half my runs. She's getting more fit too. And she seems to like it well enough. She pulls me the first half then trots by my side the second half. I also have a foster dog that I've run with a few times and boy she really loves it. She likes running!

I've run on two indoor tracks, a paved path away from traffic, and on the sidewalk of city streets. I like the paved path the best but the sidewalk and tracks are the most flat.

Now I'm going to go back to week 5 or so and do it over again, this time pushing a jogging stroller.
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I just did C25k's Week 2 Day 3. I actually did over what I was supposed to do and am really excited. I didn't push myself too far, I just did what I felt I was comfortable with. I think I broke through something today because when I was doing my last jogging part, instead of finishing up with a walk, I ended up jogging all the way home, which came to over 4 minutes of jogging straight. When I was about to slow down, I just kept jogging instead. Then I realized it would not be beneficial for me to stop because the only wind around was due to my speed and it seems to put my body into mini-shock when I slow down to walk - the little nagging pains come out to play.

I'm excited that I found this program and that I'm sticking to it. I plan to sign up for a 5k in late January and I'm contemplating doing the Warrior Dash in early December even though I won't be done with my 9 weeks at that point. It looks like it's too much fun to pass up until next year!!!

How is everyone doing on their running?
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I just finished week 9 last week. I am signing up to run the Bay to Breakers race next May. Never even dreamed I'd do such a thing.

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How is everyone doing on their running?

Ran three miles pushing a jogging stroller yesterday. And felt great!
Granted, it was a flat path. So when I do hills I will struggle. But I've definitely caught the running bug. Next week I run my first 5K since doing the program. It's a fundraiser for a local no-kill shelter. A bunch of us local vegans and vegetarians are running
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We did it! The 5K was this morning. My husband and I ran together and finished together. It was fun doing it as a group and as a fundraiser.

The course had a few hills and one rather large one. I wasn't sure I could keep running at that point. But I got up it. I pushed that stroller all the way up - jogging. Very slowly, but jogging nonetheless. At the bottom of the big hill before I went up, my HR was 155. At the top it was 178! And then on the way down, the stroller was almost dragging me. And my HR recovered to a respectable 145.

After, my husband said he really enjoyed himself. He said that now he understands why people run 5Ks: "Before, I used to wonder why people didn't just donate to the charity they liked. I mean, why run 3 miles AND pay money? Just give them money. But now I get it. This is fun. Let's do another one."
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We did it! The 5K was this morning. My husband and I ran together and finished together. It was fun doing it as a group and as a fundraiser.

The course had a few hills and one rather large one. I wasn't sure I could keep running at that point. But I got up it. I pushed that stroller all the way up - jogging. Very slowly, but jogging nonetheless. At the bottom of the big hill before I went up, my HR was 155. At the top it was 178! And then on the way down, the stroller was almost dragging me. And my HR recovered to a respectable 145.

After, my husband said he really enjoyed himself. He said that now he understands why people run 5Ks: "Before, I used to wonder why people didn't just donate to the charity they liked. I mean, why run 3 miles AND pay money? Just give them money. But now I get it. This is fun. Let's do another one."

Great job! Good for you!!

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Elaine, that is AWESOME!!!

I just did the first day of week 4 yesterday. I did just fine (jogging 5 minutes straight a couple times, I'm crazy impressed with myself!) and am SO happy that I've kept to this plan. I'm usually such a quitter when the stuff gets tough, but this is my HEALTH!

What's amusing is that when I increase my jogging time and decrease my walking time... it actually slows my total pace. So apparently I jog SLOWER than I walk. But, no worries, my legs and heart sure feel it, so it's not all for nothing. And my weight loss is about 1.2 lbs per week, averaged out. But I can tell that I've gained muscle, so my fat loss is likely more than that.

I should be done graduating from C25k just before Christmas, so after that I will work on paying more attention to my pace. Right now, I am focusing on endurance. Gah, I am SO excited about this plan. Love love LOVE it!!!
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