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  1. ChiRunning is a style of running that is supposed to be injury-free and help you increase efficiency and reduce effort. You basically learn to align your body and allow gravity to pull you along so that you don't waste a lot of energy. I just got the DVD the other day and the book is on its way. I'm hoping that it helps me overcome my continuing problems with shin splints. Bob
  2. Had a rain delay this morning with my run. I finally had a break in the weather about an hour later than my normal run time. I just didn't "feel" it today; my shins were still sore from Tuesday and I felt a little drained. I was also attempting some ChiRunning (1st time, watched the DVD last night) in hopes that it will end my shin splints, which disappeared for a couple of weeks and then come roaring back once I increased my distance to 3 miles. I was a little uncomfortable with the running style and I felt like I was struggling to keep up with myself - breathing was a little ragged. Managed to get in 2.4 miles and then called it quits. Guess it was better than nothing. Bob
  3. I went out this morning for my first post-C25K run since finishing the program on Saturday. I ran a full 5K (3.1 miles) and managed to set a personal best time of 34:54. Compared to Saturday's graduation 5K run of 3.15 miles in 38:02 - I knock over 3 minutes off my time! I'm feeling pretty good and more confident about the 5K race I have coming up on August 1st. Bob
  4. I can't believe I did it! I finished C25K today!! I am so happy to have accomplished this goal and I'm so damn proud of myself! When I started, I thought for sure I would give up before I finished it and make a ton of excuses like: "I'm too fat", "I'm too old", "I'm too lazy" and my favorite "I'm going to get hurt". Although I did suffer some pain (shin splints be damned!), I pushed myself through it and kept on going. I wanted to end my last C25K run on a high note and I think I achieved it - I ran a full 5K this morning for my W9D3 graduation run! I started off slow, because I've never run that far before, and I think I held back a little too much. It seemed to take forever to get to the first mile (I love talking in terms of "miles") When I reached the 2.5 mile point, it felt like the after-burners kicked in because I was moving faster than I have ever moved - and it felt good! According to Gmaps Pedometer, I ran 3.154 miles. Of course, I didn't set any land-speed records, but I made it in a respectable time of 38:02 - that's 12:04/mile. As I continue on with running, I think I will try not to hold myself back like I did today. I plan on keeping up with my regular Tu/Th/Sa runs and next Tuesday I will re-run my 5K from today and see if I can improve my time. Bob
  5. Wow Mr. Fleet Feet - you are getting so fast!! 29:02 is a great time and congrats on placing in the Top 5!! I'm running my graduation run this morning, which will be a full 5K, but it will take me about 37:00 or more to complete - I would kill for times like yours!! Bob
  6. Can I join in? Since Saturday is my last run for the C25K program - I decided to sign up for my first 5K! I said previously that I wouldn't sign up until my distance increased and I had a good chance of running the whole race - well, today for W9D2 I ran 2.75 miles - I think that's close enough to 3.1 miles that I don't see any problems in reaching that distance. The date is 08/01/2009 - so I've only got 2 weeks from this coming Saturday to try to run a 5K distance. Of course, timing is a whole other issue - I'm sure I'll be near the back of the pack at the finish - but I WILL FINISH! I'm so excited (and nervous!) Any advice for a noob in his first 5K? Bob
  7. Since Saturday is my last run for the C25K program - I decided to sign up for my first 5K! I said previously that I wouldn't sign up until my distance increased and I had a good chance of running the whole race - well, today for W9D2 I ran 2.75 miles - I think that's close enough to 3.1 miles that I don't see any problems in reaching that distance. It takes place at The Dawe's Aboretum, which is about 30 miles from my home and is one of central Ohio's most beautiful places. I've been there in the past and walked many of the trails, but this time I will be running my butt off! The race will be on a paved asphalt road that is normally used for auto tours/tram tours, so it's not any different than what I'm used to running on in my neighborhood. Also, I called and found out there is only one hill during the race, but it's "a big one" according to the person I spoke to on the phone. Oh well - can't have everything, right? The date is 08/01/2009 - so I've only got 2 weeks from this coming Saturday to try to run a 5K distance. Of course, timing is a whole other issue - I'm sure I'll be near the back of the pack at the finish - but I WILL FINISH! I'm so excited (and nervous!) Bob
  8. I ran W9D2 this moring, in spite of the high humidity, warmer temps and a backache (could barely bend to tie my shoes!). I extended the run by 2:50 to hit a new personal best in distance - 2.75 miles. I'm still running at a pretty slow pace (11:56/mile), but it seems that's what my body is comfortable with. I keep reading that, in time, the pace will increase - until then I'll just keep plugging (schlepping) along. Bob
  9. I am a cold weather person! I just love being outside in the winter - not necessarily in the snow and ice - but the cold doesn't really bother me. I've never run in the winter, so I may change my tune when the time comes. I went for a run last Saturday and I complained constantly about the heat - it was 75 degrees (but very humid!). Bob
  10. I missed these this morning! Great shots! Bob
  11. I ran on the treadmill for more than half of the program. Once I reached Week 6, Day 2 - I decided that I was going crazy staring at the basement walls so I moved outside to running in my neighborhood. Now I don't know if I could ever go back! Bob
  12. Started W9 today and I think I had my first "magic" run! Even though I ran the same distance as I did with W8D3 (2.5 miles) - I felt like I was running smoother, easier and more comfortable. Yes, I had an extra two minutes to get to the same distance, but I couldn't believe that it seemed so freakin' easy today! Saturday's 2.5 mile nearly killed me and I had to really push myself hard to hit my goal. Today was nothin' - it was like I was out for a stroll. Of course the first 5 minutes were not so nice and easy - but after that, it seemed like I was barely touching the ground and my breathing was so controlled that I don't think even once I had to deep breathe for a few seconds like I usually do. My running course is very flat until you hit the 2 mile marker and from there until the end it's up and down hills. It's a real challenge, but today it seemed so much easier than ever before. No pushing myself hard to get up the hills and around turns on to even more hills - it was almost like flat ground. When the music stopped, I was a little disappointed - I could have gone on for quite a while. I was hoping to beat Saturday's distance, but I promised myself that I wouldn't force it. I thought I was running faster and would go farther that Saturday, but it must have been that I was running easier and more comfortable - it gave me the illusion of running faster. Also, when I got done running, I didn't have to hobble home! My shins felt really good - just the slightest twinge when I climbed the steps, but nothing to even think twice about!! Could be that my exercises are making a difference. I ran today with my new breathable mesh hat and it was great - no mopping my forehead and eyes 20 times during a run! And it made it feel like he sun wasn't trying to cook my brains! I also purchased a breathable mesh shirt - not one of those with the big holes where chest hair and nipples poke out (gross!) - you couldn't see any skin! It also made my run very cool and comfortable, even with the sun beating down on me. If all my runs were like today's run - I could see me doing this for a long, long time!! Stats: 2.5 miles/30 minutes or 12:00/mile (Saturday's run was 11:12/mile, but I'll take today's run over Saturday's any day!!!) ---------- ETA: Just wanted to add that I felt so good after today's run, that I changed shoes and went outside in my grubby running clothes and mowed the lawn! Normally, I'm pretty beat for the rest of the day after a run, but today I seem to have boundless energy! Man, I wish all my runs were like this!! Bob
  13. Congratulations Kristi on finishing the program!! Give yourself a great big pat on the back!! Bob
  14. CONGRATULATIONS!! And with a kick-ass time too!! Bob
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