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My goals for 2015 are to increase my distance, completing a 10-mile race and start preparations for a half marathon. I started the C25K program in January of 2013, February 2014 and June 2014. I completed the program (for the first time) in August 2014 and ran my first two 5K races in August. Once I committed, it didn't take long to be completely hooked on running. My next step was a 10K, while I completed on New Year's Day 2015, and have started looking toward a 10-mile race on March 2, 2015. I'd eventually like to get to a half marathon distance. That sounds crazy just typing it here, as I played baseball and golf when I was younger because it meant I didn't have to run. I dreaded running in gym class, or for any teams I ever played for, now, 20 years later, I find myself spending more time than I should researching possible runs near my home, near my family, or for some reason in Alaska. I have loved the journey I've taken and am looking forward to taking it even further. Training starts for the 10-miler on Monday (I hope) after tweaking a knee in my final tune-up for the 10K. I powered through that race, but needed to get a few days off, I'll be starting slow to build back up, and will post here so you can hopefully keep me accountable. If you don't see something from me for a couple days, please ask why? I still need to be pushed! I'm on MyFitnessPal, also at timb113, and I'm on Map My Run, if anyone wants to connect on either of those as well, to help each other.

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That sounds crazy just typing it here, as I played baseball and golf when I was younger because it meant I didn't have to run. I dreaded running in gym class, or for any teams I ever played for,

 

Hey Timb113 - Wow sounds like you are doing great and progressing well! I am only just starting out so cannot offer any advice. However I totally identify with your comment above - I did not sport I could which did not mean I had to run lol I was a keen Javelin thrower and used to dread the winter months of cardio coach would put us through. 

 

I will look up Map My Run - Always great to find new ways to monitor improvement :) 

 

I wish you luck and health in your training! 

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Missy, I started using MapMyRun because I was planning on running a 5K at some point, and that way I could get my distance. It's also great at the end of the month to be able to look back and see that I ran 50, 60, 70 or more miles in that time. I went over 420 miles in 2014 which sounds amazing and just gives me another goal, as I shoot for 500 this year.

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I couldn't simply sit without doing some bit of exercise today. (I never, ever thought I would say that). I've been trying to rest since Thursday, as I've self diagnosed myself with IT Band Syndrome, and I want to be sure I'm back to 100 percent before I really get back to the training. I got out for a gentle five-mile bike ride today and took the dog for a slow .75-mile walk. I started to feel the knee near the end of the walk, so I called it a day. I'm working on the stretching exercises I found online for the injured IT Band, and trying to build back slowly. It's so frustrating to not be able to run, when I just want to get out there for a few miles to make myself better.

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Just looked up IT band - never heard of it before! Hope the exercises help to ease it. 

 

The got to do something mentality is good, just a shame you are not 100% at the moment. I did all the Doctors do is throw pills at you :( 

 

Fingers crossed for fast healing

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Well, another day of dog walking (1.35 miles) and a gentle bike ride (4 miles) to keep the knee feeling good. I'm fighting the urge to run since the knee is feeling better, but I'm trying to work on strengthening the IT Band and stretching before I go for a run. I'm trying to hold off until Sunday before I run a mile. I'm hoping I can to it, because I want to be healthy. I'm falling in love with running and this injury if pretty frustrating.

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I enjoy reading how patient you are with your injury Tim.  You'll get out there again and probably sooner than later since you are gently caring for your injury vs. ignoring.  Hang in there!  A walk and bike ride is still impressive!!  Afterall, it IS the opposite of sedentary! :)  Grats x 100!

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Last (hopefully) rehab walk this morning. took the dog for two miles, with windchills in he upper teens. Certainly not as cold as some parts of the country, but pretty chilly. Good equipment helps, just having a skin-tight layer of UA or Nike under really helps to keep things warm. Taking tomorrow off (maybe a short walk or bike ride), a little stretching, then going to try to run a slow mile on Sunday. Fingers crossed the knee does not flare up, or it'll probably be a trip to the doc.

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I'm pulling for you Tim, I understand how being sidelined can be very frustrating. Youre doing all the right things to get yourself back in the game without causing more harm than good. Very inspirational!

Good luck and keep up all the hard work your putting in. Itll pay off

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Well, that did not work the way I had hoped. After a 10-day layoff (of stretching, walking and gentle cycling), I tried to run a mile. I made it about half before my knee started acting up from the IT Band. At first, I decided I wanted to push through the moderate pain and finish the mile I set out to complete, but then asked myself if that last half mile of running was worth the extra week that I might have to rest to come back from it. I decided it was not, I listened to my body and walked. I iced and heated later in the day. The troubling thing is that I have to cancel my plans to run the 10-mile race in a few weeks, but that also means I am going to take three weeks off running, work on stretching and the dreaded foam roller :o to try to get back to where I want to be. I'm already planning for my return, and my next race, which will be a 5K just after Memorial Day, when things will be finally winding down at work. All of your support and encouragement here has been a great help as I've worked through this, and I'll continue to lean on you all as I keep battling back! Thank you!

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Hey Timb,

 

Oh man. I am so sorry about that. Don't iverdo it as it will just get worse. I've popped a few leg muscles and It is tough to sit still, but let it heal and you will come back stronger. I am really proud of your perseverance and not giving up.

 

We are here cheering you on and hoping you get better fast, but not too fast. Hugs to you.

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