Operation Skinny Jeans: Marathon Mondays

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marathon Mondays

Ok I know its a Tuesday, no need to call me crazy lol.

Yesterday I got talking to my sister Pokey. Her name isn't really Pokey, but I have called her that for as long as I can remember. She has been on her own body enlightenment journey (she wrote about it a waaay long time ago here) and has recently had the epiphany. She doesn't want to lose weight anymore. She wants to get active to feel active and healthy, and eat right to fuel her body, and if weight loss is a product of that, cool beans, but it is not by any means the goal. I love that! And I hope to get there someday with my body. It is a really healthy place to be mentally, and I am so so proud of her for getting there.

Anyhoo, I have a point. As part of this active lifestyle, she signed up for a half marathon just a month after mine, and in the process reminded me that my half is only 21 weeks away. Color me scared shitless.

So we started talking marathon training and all that jazz and how I can never freaking stick to C25k, and she suggested we do it together. Figuratively together, she lives on the other side of the world.

I loved this idea! My biggest downfall with the program (besides attempting it on a treadmill) was the lack of accountability. So I am doing things differently this time. I will be running outside, hopefully on my lunch break (still have to work out the logistics of that) and we will be chronicling our journey on here every Monday with a new series called "Marathon Mondays"! I get asked all the time how my half training is going, so this is an opportunity to update you weekly, now that we are getting down to the wire.

I am excited to start using C25K again, this time with an app to tell me when to walk and run (I will tell you which one when I decide) and to get back into regular running. I will run 3 days a week, then still have my long runs on Sundays, which will start to get progressively longer. I am trying not to freak out that I only have 21 weeks to go, and that if I follow C25K and B210K I will only be at a 10K distance in 18 weeks, leaving me 3 to figure out the other 7 miles. Yep, not freaking out about that at all...... PUKE.

Are you training for a race? Have you actually completed C25K? I feel like I can't be the only person to attempt it 17 times and fail at all of them.... 
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17 comments :

  1. I feel you on C25K. I tried it a bazillion times (ok, 3 or 4) before successfully completing it. BUT then I started doing boot camp and other stuff, etc. and stopped running. As with anything, consistency is key so I need to start over,.......again. Personally, the only time I WAS successful with C25K was on a treadmill. But that is because I don't like running outside all that much. I don't like the weather having an impact on whether or not I am going to run - pouring rain and lightening - not running, 108 degrees with 100% humidity - not running, 27 degrees with ice on the roads - not running (I'm kind of clumsy so I would fall on my butt, I'm sure). I liked knowing how fast I was going and being able to keep a consistent pace. But that's me and most people hate the treadmill. I am going to try embracing outdoor running again though and start running with a friend - hopefully next week, her schedule permitting. If her schedule does not permit us to start, I will likely start on the treadmill next week. When are you and your sister starting?

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  2. I just found this blog-love it!! I did C25k 3 or four times and finally finished it the last time. Although I have never finished a 5k in under 40 mins. I'd love to do a half but it seems really scary.

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  3. I'd say at this point you need to try a different program!

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  4. Umm no you are not the only one. I have started it about 3 times and was running pretty regularly but then fell off. Especially when I got cold. I don't like running on the treadmill. Now I am doing different types of cardio and weights at the gym. I'm not sure if I will get back into running but I love the feeling of completing a race.

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  5. I've started C25K probably 3-4 times and I have yet to finish it. I plan on starting it and finishing it once it warms up and I can do it outside.

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  6. I definitely get you with the C25K. I started it probably four times and then finally finished it when I actually signed up for my first 5K. I really like the C25K app by Zen Labs. It tells you exactly when to run/walk, and you can play your music directly through the app. Running outside will make such a huge difference!

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  7. Great for your sister! Body love + health = bliss!

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  8. I've been reading your blog for a while and really enjoy it. I have been on my own weight loss journey for the last year or so and have also discovered a love of running (currently training for my second half at the end of this month). When I started running, I never used a program, I just wanted it to be easy to run a mile, then two miles, and so on. Now that I'm going further distances and trying to improve my time, I'm following Hal Higdon's program. I would recommend checking out his website. He has programs for very novice C25K level people that might get you to that 13.1 more effectively than C25k. Good luck! I am excited to read about your running journey.

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  9. I have never finished C25k either and have run(jogged) 10 half marathons and a handful of 5ks. I just got bored too easily trying to follow the plan. I have followed Hal Higdons beginner half marathon and found that to be much easier. I have also hear great things about the Jeff Galloway plan. Its more of a run or jog for so lonmg walk for so long.

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  10. After having my first child I did the C25k program to ease myself back into running and it worked out really well. It's a great program. I had previously ran multiple half marathons though. Speaking of half marathons, I never did any formal training, just would up my mileage but never made it past a 10k by the time I did my first half marathon, and I was fine. The extra miles will suck but the runners high at the end makes it all worth it. Is reccomend trying to do more miles than a 10k prior to the half, but if you end up short, you'll be ok! good luck!

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  11. I finished the C25K program (FINALLY) after about 10 starts/failed attempts. I made it through the whole damn thing and was so so proud! I was running regularly and then bam, sidetracked with Plantar Fasciitis. I want to get back to running again but I still have flare ups. I am toying with the idea of starting the program again. The last time I ran was a 5K on Thanksgiving last year.

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  12. Half Marathon? Good for you!!! You will be awesome!! I've started C25K so many times, each time I just randomly pick a week and try it out. Hoping it gets easier. I hate running! Love me some Zumba though--but I would love to learn to run faster...just in case a bad guy was chasing me.

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  13. I've tried numerous times to complete a C25k program and was finally able to do it using an app by The Active Network called Couch-to-5k ...I did have to pay for the app but it was amazing...clear instructions, easy to follow and you can blast your music and still hear the commands ...I know you can do it too..I'm cheering you on for sure !!!!

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  14. I am training for a half in April and I am totally freaking out. Not sure I will be ready by then but I am going to do my best to get as ready as possible. I think I want to sign up for another in the fall so I can redeem myself if this one flops.

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  15. I too have started (and not finished) C25K on several occasions. Just can't. I find it easier to just run as long as I can and try to make that be longer each time I go for a run. We'll see how well this works out for me. Signed up for my first 5K in June. As of right now the longest distance I've ever run at a time is 1.5 miles. Weeeeeee!

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  16. You can do it! So happy for you that you are finding systems that will give you success. Honestly, once you can run 6 miles, it's just about belief that you can do more. Your body is pretty much on board at that point. You are going to rock that half marathon!!!

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