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Good morning! I am new to the C25k community but it's wonderful to see so many others going through the same things as me :)
First a quick intro about me: I'm 35 (well, 36 in 2 days) & I live in Chicago with my husband. I've never done any running before. I've done the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2 years now (walking 39.3miles in 2 days), but running is a whole different ball game! My brother started running 3 yrs ago and has already completed 3 marathons! I'm so proud of him and it has inspired me to push myself. At this point I just want to be able to run 1 mile without crippling myself or throwing up :P

My hubby and I started C25k training programs 6 weeks ago, but have both fallen behind. He gets busy at work and is too exhausted when he gets home or (like now) has to go away on business for most of a week. I just need to do each week twice before I push on to the next challenge.

So we are both on Week 3 right now. Last Friday (Aug12th) I completed w3d3 but it was so painful during the last 3minute running session that I decided to redo it this week. It's been 4 days since that last run and I just re-did w3d1. I ran/walked 1.41miles today and I feel so wheezy it's pathetic. I might have to do week 3 for a 3rd time before I move on to week 4 :(

A few weeks ago it was disgustingly hot here in Chicago and I was having to get out the door by 6am to do my training before it got too hot/humid. Now it's cooled down a bit but I still like to to get the running over with early in the day. It helps that I'm currently unemployed so I have a bit more flexibility in my schedule than the boy.

do you all use phone apps or just a stop watch or what? I am using RunDouble for the Android which is pretty good. I need to get an arm strap for it though as currently I have to shove it in my sports bra! :P

I just met one of our neighbours and she says she's been a runner since high school, so maybe when I get a bit further along I'll see if she wants to go for a run together.

Now it's time for a hot shower and a nice glass of chocolate milk :)



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Aug. 17th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
I got the C2 5k app for my iphone and i really like it. it costs a dollar or two, but you can pick the voice, and when you want them to talk to you, and you can use it with your own music. and a few other features that i think make it worth it.

i use a really old MP3 player holder from years ago (when they were much bigger) for my phone. it has a little band on it, and i prefer to hold it. i think my phone is too big and clunky on my arm.

go go go! it'll get easier!!
Aug. 17th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
I also used the C25K iPhone app and it was really great.

Another thing that helped me along was to find the same spot in my schedule to do it every day. For me it was as soon as I came home from work. Running at 4pm meant there were a couple 90-95 degree days (I live in the Northeast) but with lots of water beforehand I didn't die. The important thing is to build it into your routine.
Aug. 17th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
The important thing is to build it into your routine.

Aug. 17th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I am definitely trying to build it into my routine. My husband has to leave home at 6:30am to cycle to work and by the time he gets home (5pm at the earliest) he's already exhausted from cycling and a full day of work that it's hard for him to get back out the door for a run.
I try to do Mon, Wed, Fri first thing in the morning. But some days it gets put on the back burner as other things take priority.

I still need to get some decent running equipment but I'm holding out until after my birthday incase the hubby had the same idea ;)
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
I just use a plain mp3 player that I got a armband for and I downloaded a free series of podcasts in mp3 format. It told me when to run vs. walk and the playlist of music was created by whoever made the podcast.
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I use the iPhone program. While it would be nice to jog with something lighter, I find I just can't keep track of how many runs/walks I've done, I'll go over or under.
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
yes! I tried to start a running program a couple of years ago using just my watch, but having to keep looking at my watch and remember how long i was supposed to run/walk next was a pain. I like using my run double program because it allows me to focus on just running until the voice says not to :)

I like the voice on my program. she tells me to 'start running now' or 'slow to a brisk walk' and then fills me in on my pace and mileage. I need to figure out how to get a play list of music added though because I think that would help distract/motivate me too :)
Aug. 18th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
I used the C25k thing on the phone and now use runkeeper as my runs are now ~3 miles and its nice to know how consistent my speed is.

I understand totally how hard it is to get out there, especially when you get tired after work. I do have some tips for hubby, change into running gear at work, cycle home, park bike, drink some water and go for his run.

I can not stress how much better you will sleep, and how much more energy you will have once you are able to get running into your routine. I have a busy work day on Tuesday, lots of meetings where the desire to nod off can be high, and I always get a run in, in the morning before work, and the rest of the day I am wired and eager to go! (And a lot more productive!)
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