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Subject:Tonight at the gym
Time:01:13 am
Tonight was the big scary week 5 day 3-- walk five minutes, run 20 minutes, walk five minutes. 20 minutes. That's like for-fucking-ever as far as I'm concerned. I can honestly say that I have never run 20 state minutes (or one mile) nonstop in my entire life. Never ever ever.  Don't believe me?  Here's the first thing I wrote after deciding to do the c25k.

W5D3 is frightening.

After a hellish day at the office, I came home and loaded up my phone with "high energy" music.  (Watch 'em if you dare.)

When I got to the gym, they were playing hip hop as usual. Bizarre... I recognized the song. It was Weird Al's Amish Paradise. I listened a little more, and realized it wasn't-- it must've been the source music. There's an original? (OK, I looked it up.  It's called Gangsta Paradise.  Who knew?  Now I'm wondering what an Amish gangsta would be like.)

I stretched, then made my way to the treadmill.  By the way, I should note that 24 Hour Fitness sucks less than I originally thought.  As it turns out, going to the gym somewhere between 10 p.m. and midnight works pretty well for me.  At those hours, it's not the least bit crowded.  My guest pass expires on Sunday, and I think I'll do the $300/2 year Costco thing.

So I climbed on the treadmill, and started the warmup.  Walk walk walk.  Walk some more.  Walk.  OK, this I could do all day, but that's not on the agenda.  Just before the five-minute mark, I reached up and started increasing the speed, and noted my distance.  Here we go!

The first two minutes weren't too bad.  The third was boring, and I distracted myself by measuring my heart rate.  I made it through the fourth and fifth minutes, and wanted to take a nap.  Around the sixth minute, I amused myself by calculating exactly where the 1/3 mark was.  Seven minutes, OK, past that point.  Check your heart rate-- wow, 138, not too bad.  Three more minutes to halfway.  Run run run.

Ten minutes.  I'm pretty sure I've never run more than this in my entire life.  And I understand why-- this is boring.  11 minutes.  12.  Only eight to go.  I just did an eight-minute run two days ago, and I can do another.  Pretend the last five minutes were walking.  13, check your heart rate again.  14, hey, how'd you get this far?  15.  OK, this sucks.  I hate this.  But I'm 3/4 of the way there, so there's not a chance in hell I'm quitting.  My calves are burning though.  Grab a drink of water.

Sixteen minutes.  17.  Only three minutes to go, and heeeeey, check that distance.  You're just under a mile of running!  Go go go.  Ding, a mile!  (Yes, a 17-minute mile.  I said I was slow, didn't I?"   Heart rate up to 141, not as bad as I feared.  I really want to quit, but now I only have two minutes to go.  Count to 72 twice, and you'll be done.  I really want to quit, but there's not a chance in hell that I'm giving up now.  One more minute.  Run run run run... and you're done!  20 straight minutes.  HOOOLLLEEEEEE CRAP!

When I started doing this, I said I wanted to run a mile by my 45th birthday.  Well, I missed that by one month and one day, but I'm OK with that.  I ran more than a fucking mile, nonstop, and I am not dead of teh runningz.  I honestly never expected to make it this far.

I finished the cooldown walk, then did some jazz isolation exercises and stretches before heading home.

But, did I mention, I FUCKING RAN A WHOLE MOTHERFUCKING 20 MINUTES!!

Week 6 day 1 is looking pretty easy right now:  run five minutes, walk three, run eight, walk three, run five, walk three.  I did that a couple of days ago.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2009-12-24 09:38 am (UTC)
That is so fucking awesome!
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2009-12-24 09:45 am (UTC)
You rock!
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cork_dork
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Time:2009-12-24 10:22 am (UTC)
Congratulations! What kind of pace did you do for the 20 minutes of running?
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thorfinn
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Time:2009-12-24 10:35 am (UTC)
(-: Just wanted to say awesome.

The human body is designed to adapt to whatever the heck it's doing, to a very large extent. So going through a program like this that builds up carefully really does just work provided you have the desire to go through with it.
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mangosteen
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Time:2009-12-24 01:07 pm (UTC)
That is all sorts of good. Congrats!
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schmengie
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Time:2009-12-24 01:08 pm (UTC)
congrats on the accomplishment...
as far as Gangsta's Paradise being an original...the song was first done by Stevie Wonder on Songs in the Key of Life. It was called Pastime Paradise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=840uku8_T4Q
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mickdog
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Time:2009-12-24 04:22 pm (UTC)
Great job. I love reading these because I remember how I felt during the same c25k milestones. It also is nice seeing your determination because I'm gearing up for a midnight 5K on New Year's Eve and my motivation is low. So thanks for the updates!
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luckylefty
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Time:2009-12-24 04:30 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!

I don't want to belittle your accomplishment of running for 20 minutes straight, which I can't do, but a running pace that slow could probably be improved substantially by technique, without waiting for your cardiovascular training to improve. I can walk at that pace, but I don't think I could run at that pace without making a conscious effort to bounce up and down rather than move forward, the way you do when running in place. I suspect that this means you could increase your pace without appreciably increasing the amount of cardiovascular effort, by lengthening your stride, so that more of your energy goes into moving you forward, rather than bouncing you up and down. This will use different muscles, and may cause some soreness until the parts of your legs and feet that get stretched out by a longer stride are used to stretching.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-12-24 04:35 pm (UTC)
It seems logical, but doesn't seem to actually work that way.

It's not like I care, though. The point is to do it, not to get somewhere in a hurry.
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luckylefty
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Time:2009-12-24 05:09 pm (UTC)
I agree. And that's why I think you're wise to measure your goals and accomplishments in minutes, not in miles.

But if you ever run to get somewhere, or run in a race, getting somewhere is satisfying and provides extra motivation.

I currently park half a mile from the train I take to work (makes it free instead of costing four bucks), and being able to run the whole way (which took some building up to for me) lets me get up 5 minutes later, which is satisfying.
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luckylefty
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Time:2009-12-25 03:47 am (UTC)
No: I park in front of my friend's house, half a mile from the Foxboro train station. I live about midway between them, but I can leave home later if I go to the Foxboro station.

Do I know you? I assume you're a poker player by looking at your friends list; we should carpool to Foxwoods sometime.
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luckylefty
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Time:2009-12-26 04:14 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I meant Sharon station; same line as Mansfield.
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slowjoe
Subject:Dual-use technology
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Time:2009-12-25 01:35 am (UTC)
The pre-point surely is to do more good than harm. My "hard sell" point on checking technique would be that running with poor technique can really fuck you up. No cartilage fuck you up. Stress fracture fuck you up.

17 minute miles do make me wonder. I started out two years with a bit of running (following an almost-mugging), and my initial pace was about 12 minute miles. I can run/walk a 5k at that pace even if I haven't run for a couple of months. 12 minute miles is about a yard per pace. You are now running 50% slow than that. I guess the either the knee or a "bouncy breasts" factor or something you haven't discussed is the limiting factor.

This might sound silly, but have you considered skipping for one of the w25k workouts? Look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZZEdSdnOQ

The idea of Pose running (the stuff behind that video) is to run smoothly, and that minimises the "bounce" of running, and that seems likely to have an extra attraction for overweight women. (Can you tell how awkward I am at wording this???)

The argument is, if you put your foot out in front to heel strike, that (from Physics 101) is exerting a slowing force, and if you have your leg behind you, you cannot for neurological reasons exert force efficiently. Ergo, put your foot down at a point close to underneath your centre of mass, and then pull it up quickly. The feel is as if you are trying to run an egg and spoon race.
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whipartist
Subject:Re: Dual-use technology
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Time:2009-12-25 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm not actually perceiving my pace as a problem right now, and I'm comfortable at that pace, so I'm not interested in changing it. In fact, it wasn't until someone said, "Slow down. No, more than that. Slow down some more" that I was able to get into the groove of the program. I'm pretty happy trotting along slowly right now, and I'm not about to jeopardize success.
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jcdill
Subject:WTG Patti!
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Time:2009-12-24 05:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing your first 20 minute run! I'm glad you found that 24hour sucks less than it seemed at first glance. I kinda suspected that the 10pm-midnight time frame might work well for you.

In the past 2 days I came into some mad money and am also going to go with that $300/2 year special from Costco as my holiday season treat to myself. I was going to just use the elliptical machines rather than a treadmill. I've always hated running, but your C25K reports have inspired me to give it a try.
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ronsrants
Subject:Re: WTG Patti!
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Time:2009-12-24 07:51 pm (UTC)
I still recommend using the C25k podcasts, Patti's experience not withstanding.

-R
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rightkindofme
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Time:2009-12-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
That's really really cool. I'm happy for you. :)
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jnala
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Time:2009-12-24 05:51 pm (UTC)
Sweet, congratulations :)
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2009-12-24 07:53 pm (UTC)
Way to go!
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sabyl
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Time:2009-12-24 09:07 pm (UTC)
Good job - impressive!
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slowjoe
Subject:Changing Handle to FootArtist?
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Time:2009-12-24 10:59 pm (UTC)
Anyway, congratz.
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whitebird
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Time:2009-12-24 11:44 pm (UTC)
Very good!

Amish gangsters are much more polite, and the drive-by shootings are much less frenetic.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2009-12-25 02:49 am (UTC)
Way to go. Seriously, great job. I still do fractions the entire time I run on the treadmill, 1/8th done, 1/6th, 4/5ths, etc.
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evwhore
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Time:2009-12-25 06:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats!

I have that Weird Al experience all the time -- I basically stopped listening to music on the radio on a regular basis after graduating from high school, so a lot of the modern songs I heard first as Weird Al parodies.

The video for Amish Paradise is hilarious, even without having seen the Gansta Paradise video, because you know it's a video parody too.
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