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  1. Ruthie

    Warming up before run

    Just completed W3D2 and I have to say this was the first run I did not enjoy. My left calf got really sore during the 3 minute runs, and I felt my left ankle too. I did complete the runs and managed to walk the pain off, but started wondering if I should be doing stretches before I start out (I was assuming the warmup walk was enough) and if so, what stretches? I do do a couple of stretches once I am done. (Also - wondering what it means of only one leg is in pain? Could it be a posture issue, or is everyone not quite symmetrical in strength and flexibility?)
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    the chocolate adict

    Hey Sean Been running steady three four times a week most weeks (except for this week when I have been two tired to get up twice :-( Five is my go to run, which I run most of the time, and on the weekends, I will run a longer run depending on my mood, 7 or 10k. The 10 just kind of happened to me, I wasn't planning on it :-) Anyway, read your thread... glad you are back to it, and hope your wife gets home soon.
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    Hey Sean Two kids alone is difficult... good for you for getting back at it :-) .
  4. Just come back from my W5D1 run, which I was supposed to have run on Tuesday; however, as we all know, life doesn't always go according to plan. Up until Sunday, everything was fantastic. I ran Sunday and Saturday back to back, and Sunday was really hard for me. I had a real hard time finishing the run sections, but pushed through and did. By Sunday evening my back was out (I have had back problems for years). Got stuck half way between sitting and standing (which is how I know my back is out ). This is not unusual, and could or could not be related to running (although I do think that four times a week was pushing it for me)... anyway, I got myself some anti inflammatory pills, which usually do the trick, went for a walk on Tuesday, relaxed yesterday and decided that come hell or high water - I would be running today. Once I hit my stride walking - the back-pain and limp disappear - so I thought - why not try running, it might have the same effect. And I did. I ran all three runs easily and could have kept going, but stopped. The plan is to keep on running only three days a week. I have found a sports shop in a nearby town where they fit shoes properly, and have decided that at least for this first pair of running shoes, especially considering my back, it is probably a good idea to try them on and not buy them online. So I am as pleased as punch and really hope that I will not regret running today...
  5. Ruthie

    First 5km fun run ..... Ever

    Yay Natcatvet!!! of course you'll finish it! time doesn't matter. Once you hit the distance, you can start working on time. I am sure you'll be brilliant.
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    Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

    Long time since my last post... still running, though. I came on here to check when I completed 5k for the first time....it seems like I have been running for a really long time, but in reality, it's only about 10 weeks since I first did 5ks. Anyway, yesterday I ran 10k (not a race, just the distance) for the first time. I am quite pleased with myself...Would never have believed I would ever make this distance...
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    I'm basically a bag of anxiety

    You sound like me when I was younger... my teens were pure hell... but here I am, some 30 years later, and I have to tell you that life only gets better and easier... so keep that in mind. As far as the app goes - I also had it on my phone for the longest time before I worked up the courage to start it... and once I did I couldn't figure out what took me so long. Just go for it. Put on a playlist that makes you want to dance and just go running. It's not hard physically, especially if you are in your teens... you don't have to overthink it because it's all planned out... you just have to follow the instructions and show up three times a week. just do it.
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    Post your Workout for Today Here!

    I didn't see this! Yay Wendell!
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    Running in the Hot zone

    I have seen all sorts of gear - belts, camel pouches (I think they are called...) but personally, running in the heat I would rather hold the bottle than have it on my back.
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    What should I do?

    You won't undo everything by not running for three days.... running if 40C is madness... I am debating what I will do when summer comes around here... If I were you and that was the weather for the next few days I would purposefully run shorter runs and make sure not to over extend myself... that kind of heat is dangerous to run in.
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    Just keep going... it will get better and easier and the soreness will disappear (assuming that it is muscle pain from exercising)
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    Running in the Hot zone

    I don't really know, but it makes sense to train in the same conditions you race in so at least once a week do your run a little later and see if you can deal with the heat... also... carry a water bottle so that you can drink while you run, and also give yourself a spray to cool down.
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    The Panda Chronicles

    I think the secret with not getting hungry with fibrous foods is drinking a lot of water so that the fibers swell in your belly, preventing the sensation of hunger. Good for you on keeping the strength training up. I have yet to incorporate that in my schedule.
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    Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

    Yay! and we're back! So today I ran my first 5k (not race, just the distance). My running buddy is back running with me after being sick for about 10 days, so it was nowhere near anything you could possible call fast... but we are going to run 5 k a few times now until we can cut the speed a bit... then we might incorporate speed intervals or something else to make it more interesting. We have changed our route from doing laps around the same street to splitting the laps between our street and the one below with the steep hill, just to add some interest.
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    Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

    Sorry to say, its probably a combinations... I am 48 and out of shape... but more so in my legs than in my lungs it seems. Also, you did a 5k in 33 minutes... I would say that's pretty d-m good
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    Miles or time?

    Run the time. Ignore the miles for now. build endurance and later work on the distance.
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    Modified slow starter here :)

    That's fantastic. I started walking and then I started the app. Do what you can and don't stop.
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    Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

    Thanks rob! Wendell when did u quit? I havent had a smoke in maybe 13 years after probably 20 or tewnty plus years of smoking and i dont feel the difficulty in breathing... its more in my legs...you probably need to give your lungs a fair amount of time to overcome the damage...i definitly need to strengthen my legs...
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    Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

    A bunch of posts by Azotol seemed to have disappeared from here. Its just me talking to myself for about five posts...I know they were on here... Anyway, went for a run today, must have set my time goal wrong on endomondo - 30 hours instead of 30 minutes.... was surprised it wasn't letting me know that I had finished. Checked to see and I had run 34 and a half minutes and 4.78km. I could have run a bit more but I was struggling so I didn't. Didn't want to push my self and had already done four more minutes than I planned.
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    Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

    Well, didn't run yesterday or today. Found it harder yesterday to get from standing to sitting, It was just about impossible, today was a little easier. As usual, my left leg is not fairing as well as my right. Serious lack of symmetry. I did a bit of yoga tomorrow, and although I am still hobbling, I will see if I can go out for my run tomorrow. I will try to go for 30 minutes, but will forgive myself if I can't. It's hard to know if I will do more damage or if its OK to push through this now since there is some improvement....
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    The Panda Chronicles

    Jeshi I think you are probably doing all that is humanly possible for staying healthy and losing weight and you should give yourself credit for that. Not sure if I would cut the fruit, though, other than sugar they contain a lot of fibers and nutrients....
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    the chocolate adict

    Well if you look at it that way... but if you want, I officially pronounce you a completer of W7D1... Good for you for getting back to it, it sounds like it was even quite easy.
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    Can l do this

    How did i not figure out that mtrs was meters??? Now it all makes sense
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    Halfway there and Haven't Quit Yet!

    That is my arch nemisis....
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    Glad to hear that