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Glad you're enjoying the C25K, wild~hair. You'll find that pretty soon you'll be doing fewer walk breaks, so you won't need to pay attention to the time as much - in fact, I find it better if I don't check it too often. So, perhaps you can just use the podcast for a couple more weeks....

Today I'll start week 9! I'll be on the TM again. It took my knees until yesterday to recover from Monday's 30 minute run outdoors.... But I'll run while watching All My Children - my guilty-pleasure soap that I've watched off and on since the 80's...

I'll do a "brag" post once I'm done!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
Really? I find that my knees hurt worse when I've been on a treadmill, but I think it really what you are used to. I will tell you that for running an actual 5k, you will need to run outside more... just to get used to the terrain changes. I know you can do this on a treadmill, but they are so "predictable." Nothing like doing a 5k that starts 1/2 miles up hill, 2 miles downhill and then the rest straight back up to where you started and not being mentally prepared for that.
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
Yes, my goal is to eventually be able to run outdoors much of the time. My issue is my spine - I've got scoliosis with some degeneration and arthritis. The curvature in my spine causes uneven weight distribution which affects my right hip as well as my knees. Plus, I'm 45 and never ran before starting the C25K. I just plan on easing my way into it a bit. I don't want to go all out and then injure myself and quit. But I also don't want to just say I can't do something because of a little pain. I'm trying to find the balance.

Today I ran 30 minutes on the TM without too much difficulty!
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Yes, my goal is to eventually be able to run outdoors much of the time. My issue is my spine - I've got scoliosis with some degeneration and arthritis. The curvature in my spine causes uneven weight distribution which affects my right hip as well as my knees. Plus, I'm 45 and never ran before starting the C25K. I just plan on easing my way into it a bit. I don't want to go all out and then injure myself and quit. But I also don't want to just say I can't do something because of a little pain. I'm trying to find the balance.

Today I ran 30 minutes on the TM without too much difficulty!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
That is awesome that you are able to run with scoliosis. That is not a fun thing to have. I am feeling your pain...apparently, my right hip is higher than my left...I have a mild "c" curve in my spine(no one has called it scoliosis). I find that my left IT Band stays tight from trying to make the compensation... I have to make sure that keep stretching everything out or my left knee will ache, especially at night. When I was pregnant with my son (5 yrs ago) I wasn't able to stretch and with all of the hormonal relaxation going on, my left kneecap actually came off of my knee. Now, that was a joy to rehab.

I started having the IT Band problem about 15 (yikes..I'm getting some age on me, too) years ago. But, I keep on...it's the one of the places that I am able to zone out and blank my mind..and just run. I know that you'll get to your goal.... you can do it. Next year I want to do the Cooper River Bridge Run...it's in Charleston SC.... and it's a run with a big party wrapped around it!!
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Hopetocurl -- Ouch - a dislocated kneecap sounds awful!

As for your IT band, do you use one of those rollers to help stretch it out? Here's an article that describes them much better than I can...

http://runningtimes.com/rt/articles/?id=9911&c=6

And keep up with the running - you ladies are all so inspirational!
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Hopetocurl -- Ouch - a dislocated kneecap sounds awful!

As for your IT band, do you use one of those rollers to help stretch it out? Here's an article that describes them much better than I can...

http://runningtimes.com/rt/articles/?id=9911&c=6

And keep up with the running - you ladies are all so inspirational!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
I have never seen one of those before...awesome. I use a tennis ball...and I also do several yoga stretches that really get at it. I would be glad to share those with you.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

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We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
Did Day 2 of Week 3 today!

Glad you're enjoying the C25K, wild~hair. You'll find that pretty soon you'll be doing fewer walk breaks, so you won't need to pay attention to the time as much - in fact, I find it better if I don't check it too often. So, perhaps you can just use the podcast for a couple more weeks....
Originally Posted by 2poodles
Yeah, I just realized today that I'm not looking ahead much with this program, to see what's coming up. I find it's almost better just to do it day by day and see how it goes. But you're right, at some point there won't be much interval to it!

Yes, my goal is to eventually be able to run outdoors much of the time. My issue is my spine - I've got scoliosis with some degeneration and arthritis. The curvature in my spine causes uneven weight distribution which affects my right hip as well as my knees. Plus, I'm 45 and never ran before starting the C25K. I just plan on easing my way into it a bit. I don't want to go all out and then injure myself and quit. But I also don't want to just say I can't do something because of a little pain. I'm trying to find the balance.
Originally Posted by 2poodles
Wow, 2poodles, I have scoliosis too! Weird, huh? I'm 38 and for a time I was having left hip pain, from about age 36 to 27. I thought it was from opening the hips from ashtanga yoga, which really challenges the tight hips we get from sitting in chairs all the time. It did eventually go away, so I don't know. I still find myself favoring that hip just a little bit, sometimes.

I don't think I have arthritis yet, but I'm pretty sure it's in my future. Everyone in my family has it, and I can see the beginnings of it in my hands, when I compare them to my mom's [she's 66].

Anyway, I know what you mean about your knees hurting. I have no TM, so I'm only doing this outdoors. I try to stick to asphalt as much as possible and a for good portion, I can jog on this little dirt path next to the asphalt one, which helps a lot.

Last edited by wild~hair; 03-29-2008 at 05:36 PM.
Hopetocurl - I'd love to know which yoga moves help you the most. I have lots of yoga books, so if you just know the names (either common or sanskrit), I can look them up. I know I really need to open up my right hip, especially. I find the double pigeon to be virtually impossible and the single pigeon is quite challenging as well. TIA!

wild~hair - Scoliosis is a nuisance - it upsets the balance that I'm trying to find, quite literally! My spine doctor is mildly supportive of my running - probably 'cause it's more jogging! Plus I'm not planning on doing any marathons and will be quite happy to "run" 30 - 40 minutes 3 -4 times a week. He suggests sticking to the TM and grass/dirt paths as much as possible. I have a lift for my right shoe which helps to level me off a bit. The TM is much, much gentler, but also much,much less interesting.
Stick w/it - you're doing great!

Did 3 hours of gardening today - cleaning out beds, cutting back perennials left up for winter interest, raking old leaf mulch, pushing wheelbarrel. Gardening is probably the worst thing for my spine, but I REFUSE to give it up - it "feeds my soul"! I find if I do it in small chunks, say 3 hours at a time, I'm okay.
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Hopetocurl - I'd love to know which yoga moves help you the most. I have lots of yoga books, so if you just know the names (either common or sanskrit), I can look them up. I know I really need to open up my right hip, especially. I find the double pigeon to be virtually impossible and the single pigeon is quite challenging as well. TIA!

wild~hair - Scoliosis is a nuisance - it upsets the balance that I'm trying to find, quite literally! My spine doctor is mildly supportive of my running - probably 'cause it's more jogging! Plus I'm not planning on doing any marathons and will be quite happy to "run" 30 - 40 minutes 3 -4 times a week. He suggests sticking to the TM and grass/dirt paths as much as possible. I have a lift for my right shoe which helps to level me off a bit. The TM is much, much gentler, but also much,much less interesting.
Stick w/it - you're doing great!

Did 3 hours of gardening today - cleaning out beds, cutting back perennials left up for winter interest, raking old leaf mulch, pushing wheelbarrel. Gardening is probably the worst thing for my spine, but I REFUSE to give it up - it "feeds my soul"! I find if I do it in small chunks, say 3 hours at a time, I'm okay.
Originally Posted by 2poodles
Pigeon is definitely on my list... a few years ago I made a commitment to pigeon. I did it every other day for a month... at the end of the month I could lay down on the floor over my knee. I can still do it...I am still committed to it. (It was my yogini's practice theme for the month.)
I also do
Ardha Matsyendrasana, and I concentrate on pulling my knee towards me so I feel the hip. This is one is my 2nd favorite behind pigeon.
Parsvottanasana - for the hammies.
Supta Padangusthasana - I use the opposite hand and pull my leg towards the opposite shoulder...wowsa!! this one hurts.
Malasana - no, I can't do it without holding onto something.

If you do any others, please let me know. But, these are my series. I put some downward dog in there...and up dog and cobra. I am "thinking" about getting my yoga certification....but it's expensive.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

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Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
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Hopetocurl - thanks so much for the suggested yoga poses. I like your concept of "committing" to some poses on a regular basis. I think I'll borrow your idea!

Today did another 3 hours of gardening. Now the front yard is in good shape - until it's time to plant annuals and mulch....
2Poodles Southeast PA
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Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
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Hopetocurl - thanks so much for the suggested yoga poses. I like your concept of "committing" to some poses on a regular basis. I think I'll borrow your idea!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
It really is practice, practice, practice with yoga. Doing a few poses every other day isn't a huge time commitment, though, which is nice.


ETA: I managed to get about an hour of yoga in tonight, despite some pretty heavy duty emotional upheaval from an unexpected visitor. Backbends = tears. I've heard this before, tonight I got to experience it firsthand.

The upside: it's crazily cathartic and I feel calm and at peace now. I need to remember this when things get to be too much and I feel like bailing on yoga, which is my Achilles heel as far as motivation goes these days.

Last edited by wild~hair; 03-31-2008 at 01:00 AM.
Did W9D2 of the C25K program indoors on the TM. One more day of the program to go!
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Hopetocurl - thanks so much for the suggested yoga poses. I like your concept of "committing" to some poses on a regular basis. I think I'll borrow your idea!
Originally Posted by 2poodles
It really is practice, practice, practice with yoga. Doing a few poses every other day isn't a huge time commitment, though, which is nice.


ETA: I managed to get about an hour of yoga in tonight, despite some pretty heavy duty emotional upheaval from an unexpected visitor. Backbends = tears. I've heard this before, tonight I got to experience it firsthand.

The upside: it's crazily cathartic and I feel calm and at peace now. I need to remember this when things get to be too much and I feel like bailing on yoga, which is my Achilles heel as far as motivation goes these days.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
My yogini always calls them "heart-openers." I have only had the tears once...it really caught be my surprise.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
My yogini always calls them "heart-openers." I have only had the tears once...it really caught be my surprise.
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
That's right, I had heard that at some point.

It makes me wonder what doing ashtanga secondary series would be like, that's heavy on the back bends.

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The plan was to go for a nice long walk tonight, but uh, we're having a freaking snowstorm here, so I dunno. If it stops snowing by 9 pm, I may try it, otherwise I'll skip this day and curl up with a book instead.
I was proud....I ran 5 days last week and lifted three. Monday, Wed and Thurs I ran 5.1 miles, Saturday I did Day One of the High Intensity Interval Training (my mom had me shopping for new clothes for the new job all day Saturday and Sunday). Sunday did 4 miles and today ran 5.1.
Last night, I did the usual, Step and Pump. I tried to increase my weights on back, chest, and biceps. I can tell I increased my back weights...I am a little sore this morning. Clean-and-press was tough!!


AmandaCurls...do you have a heart rate monitor?
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
Last night, I did the usual, Step and Pump. I tried to increase my weights on back, chest, and biceps. I can tell I increased my back weights...I am a little sore this morning. Clean-and-press was tough!!


AmandaCurls...do you have a heart rate monitor?
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
Negative, I've never used one.
Last night, I did the usual, Step and Pump. I tried to increase my weights on back, chest, and biceps. I can tell I increased my back weights...I am a little sore this morning. Clean-and-press was tough!!


AmandaCurls...do you have a heart rate monitor?
Originally Posted by hopetocurl
Negative, I've never used one.
Originally Posted by Amandacurls™
I got the Polar F6 for Christmas from my hubby. I like it because it tells me how many calories that I am burning. It also helps me monitor how hard I am working by showing my heart rate. I never thought that I'd really like it, but I find that I use it all of the time.
Currently, using JC HCC, Too Shea, CK and CCSS, RR or LOOB or MOP-C.
CK is the one!!

as of 6/17/10 - I have to add Joico!

Pics at: http://public.fotki.com/hopetocurl/
pw:wheredacurls

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names and each is a different color. But they all have to learn how to live in the same box. ~Anonymous

Life is full of oxymorons....and morons too. ~hopetocurl
Did resistance training with free weights - 12, 15 and 20 pounds while watching The Biggest Loser - talk about inspiration!!!
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