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Old 01-08-2010, 12:56 PM   #1081
 
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1hr zumba
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:34 PM   #1082
 
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Is zumba hard to learn?

I used to take all sorts of dance as a kid/teen, but haven't done it in ages. There's a studio one town over from me that offers zumba and I'm tempted, but don't want to get freaked/embarrassed if it's complicated.

I haven't been posting every day, but I've been alternating strength videos with cardio on a stairstepper, increasing my time and speed on it gradually. It feels good.
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It is a little difficult at first, but you just have to leave your inhibitions at the door and just let the music move your body. If you don't get the moves exactly, do what feels good for you and take it at your own pace. The more you do it, the easier and more fun it gets. You should at least give it a shot (though give it a few times before you decide whether you love it or hate it
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:05 PM   #1084
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mc....Ohhh, sounds a lot like s-e-x!

FTFE...it is getting close! Feelin' really good & nervous & psyched!

aaa...hang in there!
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:16 PM   #1085
 
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WTG everyone!

I haven't been posting because I've been really busy. But when I'm especially busy, I find I need to keep up with this stuff more than ever, and fortunately I have been, more or less.

Going back to Wed before last:

Wed 10 minutes yoga
Thu G28K W1D1 @ the Dome
Fri 15 min yoga
Sun-Mon We had major cold spell, so no outside running for me. I could have done yoga, but I did not!
Tue G28K W1D2 @ the Dome
Thu G28K W1D3 @ the Dome
Fri And I'm going to do a little yoga tonight.

As you can see, I've started the Gateway to 8K running program. I'm still on the fence about it. I don't know if it's helpful anymore to be doing a training program based on time intervals. I think it encourages me to go slowly. I think I would prefer something based on distance. That way, if I felt like pushing it, I would benefit from doing so by finishing faster. A better reward system than sprinting only to have to keep running until the clock winds down.

Basically, I need to do some research on this, but I'll have to wait until this busy phase is over, which is a couple more weeks. One way I could work it would be to figure out the intervals based on the distances at the Dome.

Keep it going!!!!!
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:44 PM   #1086
 
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lmao Wile, gosh! It does doesn't it?? And to be honest, isn't all that different from it, the more you shake your hips the more you are able to enjoy it

W~H, are you at a point where you are running for a half hour straight without intervalling? What if you did just a few shorter runs a week and tried doing one longer run, working on your distance for that one and your speed for the shorter runs? Say one day run 2mi, another day run 2.5mi and the long run do 3mi and work your way up from there. Or you could just do 3 solid good distance runs at a comfortable pace, inch your way up about 10% of your mileage each run and worry about speed once you reach a new mileage goal? One week run 2mi a pop for 3 runs, try this for maybe 2 weeks then try upping it to 2.25mi if the .25mi increase feels good you can do it weekly, so you'd be increasing your distance every 4 runs or so.

anywho, I'm whooped. Did my 12mi on the treadmill today and it worked me over. Running anything over 7-8mi on the treadmill is such a challenge for me, I'd much rather run outside. Though like W~H said, it's frigid cold here, hoping to be out of it by next week.

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Old 01-10-2010, 07:31 AM   #1087
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woo hoo! Can't wait to see how you do girl!

Quick ?
How can I incorporate my routine in my very first real run/race a week from today? ack!

I stretch really good before.
Then, I walk for 5 minutes.
Then, I stretch again.
Then, I run.
Then, I walk for another 5 minutes.

Oh, and hopefully our cold spell will be over after today. It's been below freezing for a coupla days now...brrr! I know I am going to have to wear gloves on my hands b/c they will be/get cold, but what do I wear...just layer a bit? It's usually in the 40s, I believe. So, if it stays that way, I'd be super fine! lol I usually wear a jacket, exercise capris & an exercise tee. I normally don't run outside when it's this cold. I remember when I used to walk all bundled up, it was hard to walk b/c I was sooo bundled up!
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Next Sunday right? Wooohoo! I can't to hear how YOU do, how exciting to be doing your very first race I'd say just get to the race early and do your stretching walking around before the race starts and to cool down afterwards, just walk it off a bit after the finish. You'll find a lot of other runners there early stretching, walking and even jogging to warm up.
As far as what to wear, you'd be surprised at how quickly you warm up when it's cold out. I'd say a long sleeve technical/running shirt and a lightweight technical running jacket or lightweight zip up sweatshirt should be fine. Workout pants, good thick socks, light gloves (the stretchy ones you get for a dollar should be plenty warm) and some earmuffs or a light hat. I wouldn't bundle up too much, you'll get too hot and like you said, it'd be too uncomfortable for running. In 30's/40's you shouldn't have to worry about being too cold out on a run, even if you're not quite used to it.

No workout for me today, my body's bushed. I do have to work though so will be rushing around on my feet all day since it's our big prom kickoff (I work in a bridal shop and we also do prom season). It's going to be craziness today.
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W~H, are you at a point where you are running for a half hour straight without intervalling? What if you did just a few shorter runs a week and tried doing one longer run, working on your distance for that one and your speed for the shorter runs? Say one day run 2mi, another day run 2.5mi and the long run do 3mi and work your way up from there. Or you could just do 3 solid good distance runs at a comfortable pace, inch your way up about 10% of your mileage each run and worry about speed once you reach a new mileage goal? One week run 2mi a pop for 3 runs, try this for maybe 2 weeks then try upping it to 2.25mi if the .25mi increase feels good you can do it weekly, so you'd be increasing your distance every 4 runs or so.
I like this idea. Yeah, the C25K leaves you at a point of running for 30 minutes straight and I maintained that for a few weeks before I began the G28K. Now with that program I'm back to intervals, which are actually really hard [7 min run, 1 min walk, repeat 4 times].

Anyway, I'll come back and re-read this when I'm not so tired. I am wiped out, people! My life is like a marathon right now, but I only have one more week to go.

Hoping to get some runs in this week, it's supposed to be beautiful out, 25 degrees and sunny.

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sorry if it got wordy and rambley W~H, I can help you put something together for you when you're ready. I'd say, cut the intervals and stick to a steady comfortable pace for now. Intervals are good for a couple of things, getting you to the point of running straight through (where you are at already) and speed work (intervalling between different speeds of runs), though some will continue to interval and do run full marathons while doing so. It's a matter of personal preference I guess. Though if intervals feel harder to you right now, I'd try straight running and see how that goes. I personally have a really hard time with stopping my run to walk for a bit, it's harder for me to find my groove again after walking. So if anything, I just slow my run pace if/when I need to, then speed up when it feels good again. Play around with it and see what feels good to you. Hang in there, hope you'll be getting some rest from your marathon of a life soon. It's going to be a heatwave this week, enjoy a nice outdoor run

Heading to the gym for 3mi and 1hr belly dance, woke up with the beginnings of a cold. Hopefully it stays in a mild state.
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Oh, you're not rambly at at mamacurl! I just was fried yesterday. I'm going to go running later this afternoon and I'm going to give your approach a try.

Yes, I totally have a hard time finding my groove after a walk break too. That's another reason I'm not loving the G28K thing. I was doing 30 minutes with no problems and then I went to these intervals and they're sooo hard, but I'm only running 28 total minutes. It's just silly.

I'll go out and do a shorter run later today and do a longer run mid-week. I like this idea!
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3mi 22:24min, fastest yet. thought I was going to fly off of the tm, and bummed it was only 5 seconds faster than last week oh well. 55min belly dancing!

W~H, enjoy your run
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Ok, one more ?
How do you prep the nite before?
I've read no chez [bummer!], no seafood, no protein, lotsa pasta, no wine unless used to it, get a good nite's sleep.
Sux for hubby b/c we are using this w/e as a date nite & my folks will have the rugrat. I'd like to go out, but then considered doing something the next day for bkfst or what he says would prolly be brunch
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Oh, and, w~h, totally agree w/ mc on the running. It's too hard to get my mojo back once I find it, so I keep going...

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30mins (2000 "steps") on the stairstepper last night.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:48 PM   #1095
 
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1hr zumba, barely made it through. this cold kicked my butt today, just no energy

lookin good Aussie!

Wile, I'd say stick to things that sit well in your tummy (thus the no cheese, fried foods, alcohol...which too will dehydrate you.). Eat a decent amount of lean protein and pasta (though don't go overboard). Drink plenty of water the few days leading up to your race too. Wow, lucky girl! A date AND a first race, this weekend's going down in the books!
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Hey Everyone,
Great to hear y'all are doing great I wish I could say the same. I'm in a slump. With the holiday and crazy schedule I just haven't been able to get my butt outta bed to workout in the mornings.

I think I'm going to start with a step workout instead of the treadmill. I think my problem is I'm dreading the treadmill and how far back I have fallen since my last run. I need to shake myself out of my funk. Tomorrow......

Good news is that we finally started our kitchen remodel. We're living in shambles at the moment, but I'm looking forward to it's completion.
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30mins (2000 "steps") on the stairstepper again last night.

Sticking with this until it doesn't totally kick my butt. I've got a good playlist of music going now, which helps me keep up the pace. I tried doing it while watching TV at first and found that I was just going really slow. Some good hiphop keeps me going much faster.
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Ever done back-to-back hard days? It's both awesome and a killer.

Monday I did a 4-mile workout with my son's fiance'. 1.5 miles warmup/1 mile of stair repeats/1 mile tempo/.5 mile cool down. She is only 21 yrs. old and trying to keep up with this girl is going to kill me!

Yesterday (before DOMS set in) we did the Incline which is 1-mile climbing up the side of Pike's Peak and a 3-mile descent on the the trail. It's wicked hard.

Today I walked 3.5 with my doggie today and I'm actually not too sore. I'm finally seeing the results of all the hills. In about three weeks I will be in the speed building stage and will be doing more tempos than hills. Thank goodness. I'm not a climber....
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Ever done back-to-back hard days? It's both awesome and a killer.

Monday I did a 4-mile workout with my son's fiance'. 1.5 miles warmup/1 mile of stair repeats/1 mile tempo/.5 mile cool down. She is only 21 yrs. old and trying to keep up with this girl is going to kill me!

Yesterday (before DOMS set in) we did the Incline which is 1-mile climbing up the side of Pike's Peak and a 3-mile descent on the the trail. It's wicked hard.

Today I walked 3.5 with my doggie today and I'm actually not too sore. I'm finally seeing the results of all the hills. In about three weeks I will be in the speed building stage and will be doing more tempos than hills. Thank goodness. I'm not a climber....
Your son's fiance?!?! I didn't think you were any older than I am. (25) You are amazing!!
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13.25mi today outside, snowy/icy route. Think my legs might fall off. I'm whooped! Maybe attempting that with a cold wasn't the best idea, but I"m glad I got it in

I don't do back to back hard days too often Chicki, I don't feel like my workout is as effective. I'll be zumbaing tomorrow, though pretty sure I'll be taking it easier than I normally do

And, for Wile and anyone else who wants to peek. got some cute pix of my youngest, finally. She's so hard to catch! Now, to get some of my other two, if they'd ever sit still
Nyla Rue the static bug (2.5yrs)

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