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About iamnataliemarie

  • Birthday 12/27/1987

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    Miami, FL
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    Animals, family, dancing, web design, art, food and now running.

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  1. Immediately after my 1st day of week 7 I got flu symptoms. Sore achy throat especially. I dont feel like it was something i had coming on already because I am eating healthier than ever, and I had just been sick all of december, and I rarely get sick. It was a very long run for what I'm used to and I was very exhausted, so I don't know if the heavy breathing brought it on or what but it's been 2 days and my throat still feels terrible.
  2. It's a wonderful feeling! I totally feel you on the dieting part. I've been not eating after 6 pm and doing my runs at night which has helped me lose about 8 lbs so far and I also just finished week 5. Very exciting. Congrats!
  3. What a great feeling! congrats!
  4. Hi everyone, I am quite shocked and ecstatic because I remember just 2 weeks ago struggling with the 3 minute jogs, then just last week getting my butt kicked by the 5 minite jogs and just 2 days ago stressing over 8 minutes! Somehow the 20 minute jog felt easier than many of my previous workouts and I'm not sure why, maybe the fact that I did it at almost 2 am when the air is cool and breezy (I live in Miami). For 2 weeks I've been dreading this day and having major doubts, but today I tried not to even think about it and just got out there with my boyfriend and my dog who have been doing the program with me (doggy loves it). I focused extensively on my breathing and spent a good few minutes doing stretches right before the jog. Any of you who haven't done it yet, please don't be afraid or discouraged, I am not in good shape (yet) and if I could do it on my first try so can you. 5 weeks completed on schedule! woo hoo!
  5. Yeah week 4 is where it starts to really kick your butt. At least for me, but what matters is that you're not giving up. I just did day 2 of week 5 yesterday and I can't believe what I have achieved in such little time. You will push through, your mind will push through. Have you checked out zen lab's advice for proper breathing? I think it has helped me tremendously.
  6. I was just like you, and the first day of week 4 really did kick my butt but it wasn't impossible and it felt wonderful afterwarcz. I did all three without skipping a beat. Now I'm onto the dreaded week 5, sheesh A week and a half ago 3 minutes seemed hard. It's amazing how your body really does push through for you.
  7. What a great story and here I am whining about virtual trophies Thank you for being so non judgemental. I'm excited for you to get your medals as well. Pleasr share when you do so we could celebrate with you.
  8. Good for you, hopefully you learn to love it and borderline need it like i do lately. Congrats on taking the leap.
  9. Hi everyone, I should be happy I completed 4 straight weeks without skipping a beat but instead I'm feeling disappointed over something so petty. All week I was looking forward to completing my last run and receive the little trophy screen everyone keeps talking about, but before I could take a look at it I pressed something and it cancelled the screen. I wanted to take a screenshot of it and share it on my social media but I can't now. I tried resetting it and checking it again but it didn't work. Zen labs pleeaaseeee reset my workout and give me a chance to get the little trophy/award screen again
  10. I am running so slow my dog is pretty much just walking next to me when we go out to do our run. My goal is to build endurance as Trish mentioned and once I can run 30 min straight I will focus on the speed. So don't let that discourage you. I am almost done with week 4 and it seems like just yesterday I was struggling with the 1 minute runs.
  11. Congrats! I can't wait for my halfway trophy screen
  12. I totally agree, I just finished week 4 day 2 and tomorrow will be day 3 so I have the weekend to rest and heal before week 5. Week 4 seems like a huge jump from week 3 so I don't blame you for repeating it at all. If I weren't so hard headed I would repeat it as well. I haven't even looked at what week 5 entails for fear of getting discouraged. I'm just gonna get out there on Monday, not even look at the program and hit start lol I think our minds get the best of us sometimes.
  13. Wow you've improved so much already. I wish I knew all this information about speed and distance. Since I'm running outside (that way my dog gets some exercise too and I kill 2 birds with one stone), I don't really keep track of all this info. I'm going to download an app that can maybe provide this info as it would be interesting to know. Can't wait to hear more of your progress as time goes by. My plan is to get used to running more minutes for now which will build endurance, and once I can jog the full 30 minutes I will start working on my speed. Maybe it'll be easier that way. I am jogging so slow right now it's almost embarrassing because my dog is next to me just walking slightly faster than normal lol. He's so bored he starts to take off a bit faster and I have to pull him back. Thanks for the post!
  14. Thanks Jeshi, sorry to hear about your shin splints, they are awful aren't they? I haven't really gotten them again since week 2 so I'm crossing my fingers, icing and some stretches really helped. And I agree about running form, I read some pointers on Zen Labs blog 2 days ago that I incorporated into my runs today 1)stomach breathing 2) shoulders down. I believe it really helped with today's run which i was excited for and dreading at the same time. But I definitely felt wonderful afterwards and for the rest of the day. I am less nervous about the third run of the 4th week which will be tomorrow and excited to get the "trophy" lol
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