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  1. Bunch of geniuses, for sure. Were would I get those custom orthotics?
  2. I have runners knee. My quads have atrophied. I have to work my quad strength back up and then I can run on the pavement. Then my quads will be strong enough to support my tendons and ligaments that hold my patella in place. This is an old injury from salsa dancing. I went through months of physical therapy to fix it the last time. I should be good with walking and doing some strengthening exercises. I'll need to pick up some resistance bands. So, I'm off running for awhile. I'll try some treadmill work, but I need to work on my leg strength. It's disappointing to say the least.
  3. Xsoldier - What did you end up doing? I'd have kept it for dinner and had a salad topped with vinegar (0pts) with it. I finished W1D3. I had done 3 intervals of running over 1 minute before I checked my watch (The first interval was even 2 minute!) and so I decided to see if I could run a full 5 minutes. AND I DID! I ran 5m20s before I had to stop for my knees. I wasn't too out of breath either. So, I think I'm ready for Week 2!
  4. Granola - I think the 20 minute run is a "max out" run and the intervals in the next run are sort of a recovery. The whole program is one big interval. Good job!
  5. Way to go Xsoldier! I successfully did W1D2. In fact, I jogged 2 minutes instead of 1 minute my first cycle and then was running over 1 minute for the rest of them, except the last one. I even had some hill work in there. I think I could skip W1D3 and move into W2D1, but I don't know if it's advisable to push myself like that. I don't want to get injured by over doing it and then be set back on the couch to heal. DH said when I get up to a 5K we will do a race together. That would be very fun. It's great he's so supportive. He even did the dishes this morning that I didn't get to last night. A real keeper.
  6. I have ASICS Gel-2140. I LOVE them. My DH has Mizunos and LOVES them. I went to an actual running store and had them analyze my walk and they recommended stability shoes. My DH has more movement in his ankle and they recommended motion control shoes for him. It was totally worth it to have my knees not hurt anymore. Oh, plus my feet had grown half a size due to pregnancy. And that is no fair.
  7. I'm just starting the Couch to 5K program. I ran W1D1 today. My breathing was fine - at least my chest didn't feel like it was going to explode and I didn't get any side stitches - but my legs felt like dead weights. I am also running this outside. I think the pavement (not to mention the hills) has something to do with my dead weight legs. I'm used to running on a treadmill and the pavement just doesn't give you the bounceback that the treadmill does. I've chosen to run outside because I have 2 small kids (almost 4 and just 13 weeks) and it's the only way to ensure I don't get interrupted. I'm running W1D2 on Wednesday. I think I'll do some Pilates video work on Tuesday to help with my core. Pregnancy just wiped out whatever stomach muscles I had - and I had a c-section so there is some healing going on as well. It's good to read all of your journeys as well. Thanks for posting.
  8. True. Veggies do have calories. That's why WW changed 1 c of carrots from 0 points to 1 point. I do use 50 cal = 1 point as a guideline, but (when I don't have my point calculator with me) I also look at how much fiber and fat are in the product and adjust accordingly. Otherwise, I consult the food book or I have my calculator.
  9. I am also tempted by the Wii Fit. I'm not a regular video game player and so I'm not sure I would use it a lot.
  10. I am post-pregnancy and just starting to exercise and be OP again. I'm beginning to start a Pilates DVD ( it's Windsor's 20 minute workout ). How many APs it? And then when I step back up to the longer workout how many APs should I mark? I had a c-section so I'm trying to start back slowly. I'm hoping after a couple weeks of the DVD and some upper body weight lifting I will be able to get back into speed walking and then running.
  11. I got turned on to a great website for running shoes - www.roadrunnersports.com. They have a great chart explaining what shoe is right for what foot type. It's awesome!
  12. I have a Reebok treadmill that I bought on clearance last year. I LOVE it. www.treadmilldoctor.com is a great site to look which treadmill, eliptical trainer, etc is the best quality for what you're willing to spend.
  13. Most programs recommend that you do interval training. Coolrunning.com has a great "couch to 5K" program that will take you from 0 to 3miles in about 2 months. http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml There are a lot of other very good resources on this site. And if you go to www.roadrunnersports.com you can find what kind of shoe is right for you. Have fun running!
  14. 1 T extra-virgin olive oil 1 lb carrots, diced 1 large potato, diced 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 1 tsp thyme 1&1/2 pints veggie stock (I use bouillon cubes) juice from 1 orange (at least 1/2 cup) salt and pepper to taste about 8 drops of Tabasco a few stalks of scallion for garnish Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the carrots, potato, onion, and thyme. Toss and cook gently for 5 minuts, without browning. Add the veggie stock, lower the heat, and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Allow to cool a little, then use a food processor or blender to liquefy into soup. Add the orange juice, salt and pepper to taste, and the Tobasco. Garnish with the chopped scallion. (Serves 4) Now, I tend to double the recipe and freeze part of it. I also have put in 2 potatoes so that the soup is thicker. And I like using the food processor better - the soup is much better blended that in the blender.
  15. Wow! That is wonderful! I love surprises like that!
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