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Training for April 5k

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I got the c25k app so I could run a 5k near the end of April. I repeated weeks 1 and 2, but I'm determined to stay with week 3 all this week. I don't know that I will repeat any weeks from here on, but I will only run as long as I can, even if that means on the last day of the last week I am running 2 minutes and walking 2 minutes.

Saturday, I decided to do a long "run" that was at least half dirt road. I used the Nike app to track my distance because it seems to be way more accurate. The route was nearly 5K. Obviously, the c25k app stopped before I was done.

Today, I missed the dirt road that leads to Main Street, and I ran/walked several minutes before I realized my mistake. I ended up going almost 6 k. It took me over an hour.

I will probably not make that mistake again, but it was nice to know I could go that far. At this point, most of my runs consist of walking more than running. In any case, I'm really glad to have the c25k app, and the Nike app. I think they complement each other.

 

 

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" I ended up going almost 6 k. It took me over an hour."  

I had to chuckle when I read this. It's like when I was using my app and I swear she said "begin running"... ummm nope. So I was running and omg kept thinking come on tell me to walk. Turns out this was the 5 minute  cool down period :lol:

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Today begins week 6 for real. I tried week 4 day 1, but running 3 minutes, then 5 minutes was too much. I stopped the run, reset it, then finished it doing day 1 week 1.

The upside is that that day was a lot easier this time around. When I began the first time, I couldn't run for a whole minute more than once iirc. Today's run (after I reset the app) was almost easy.

I think part of why it's taking me so long is that I'm running up hills during the first half of the run. Not super steep, and not tall at all, but enough so I have to work harder.

I could start in the direction that is downhill, but then I'd be running uphill when I'm tired.

I can do this. WE can do this!

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On some thread that I can't find now, I posted that coffee leaches calcium from one's bones. Turns out that the amount is negligible. (Sorry for the large font below. It's a copy and paste from an email I sent this morning.)

If 1-2 tablespoons of milk offsets the negative effects of caffeine/coffee, then it really is nothing to worry about, so I'm back with drinking coffee on my run days.
 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12204390/

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I’ve read in more than one place that a cup of coffee in the morning before a workout/run is a lot of people’s “go to”. I don’t think an 8 ounce  cup of coffee is a problem. It’s a problem if it’s more like pots of coffee or massive sized cups with tons of sugary additives. I vote to stick with  the morning jo :lol:

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It's easier to run after having coffee. Not because it gives me energy (it doesn't. It relaxes me), but because after I drink it, I'm not hungry for several hours. The main reason I drink coffee is for brain health, though.

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I decided to forge ahead even though I'm where the app thinks I can run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 5 minutes, and walk 5 minutes. I stop and go according to my ability, without measuring the time. Also, I'm adding distance. I hit 4k today. (C25k is set on miles, but I measure my distance with the Nike app because C25k never picks up the GPS signal. Also, Nike keeps recording until I stop it, because it is just a tracker for me, and the C25k app is my trainer. Nike is set for km because it is measuring how close I am, realistically, to being able to run a 5k, plus I'm going to use it on the 5k run day.) 

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Oops. I thought the run was 3/5 but it was more like 3, 90 seconds, 5, 90 seconds, with comparable breaks in between. I obviously didn't pay enough attention to the voice when I ran today.

I might try to follow it on the other run days this week, though I know I won't get to 5 and will be lucky to hit 3.

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Okay, I see where I got confused in regards to how long I was supposed to run. The runs this week really are 3, 5, 3, 5. It's the rest periods that are 90 seconds and about 2 1/2 minutes long.

After the run, I got light-headed and it got so bad that I felt like I was going to fall down. My experience with keto led me to believe I needed electrolytes, so I took a half teaspoon of Lite Salt and a half a teaspoon of Concentrace (which has a lot of magnesium in it),  then sat down. And now I'm feeling a lot better. It makes me think I should probably take those minerals before I run, especially if I run a long time.

Today I went 5.5 km (3.4 miles) which I've only done once before (and I forgot to bring my water bottle, which mistake I won't make again).

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Just so I'm giving a clear picture here, I probably walk 2/3 or 3/4 of the time I do my runs. I can go fairly far because I can walk 3 miles, and often do. It's about one and a half miles to Walmart so I walk there, walk around the store, and then walk home. Sometimes I go to another store or two before I go home, so walking is not difficult. Running! Man, that is difficult. :unsure:

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