Monday, July 30, 2007

MONDAY PROGRESS: Boise Training Day 1, Denver Pretraining

Please put your progress in the comments.


Elisabeth said...

So, I did about a week on the treadmill (off & on) in Florida when we were just there, but I didn't save any of the stats from that, plus, the exercise was lighter, so I am not really counting that. It was when we got back that I decided I was going to do this. Since then, it's been two weeks, and I have walked/jogged 9 times. From 21 to 60 minutes, from 1.33 miles to 3.66. Total time walked/jogged = 5 hours 8 minutes. Total distance= 19.1 miles. Not bad. And my waistline is certainly changing as a result! Yipee!!!

I have been working towards that running non-stop for 30 minutes as recommended before beginning the running training for the half-marathon, and the longest I've run so far is 11.5 minutes. But my joints reacted really badly to it, so I may end up sticking with just the walking.

Something to keep in mind if you are walking the half marathon: They have a minimum speed you are allowed to do to participate, so make sure you are working towards a good pace. My best pace so far is a 15:06 minute mile. That was with using a training session from to push me. And boy did it push me!! I thought I was doing decently well, and I was a relatively fast walker, but the training session (mp3) I downloaded warmed up the walkers at like 3.6 - 3.8 mph!!! (THAT'S WARM UP!!!) So that was a reality check. Anyway, yeah, I got a good, fast pace with that mp3, but I wasn't able to sustain it for much more than 20 minutes both times I tried it, so I don't think I'm really at 15:06 minutes just yet.

fat-fit katrin said...

Good evening ladies. As Elisabeth said, today is training day 1 here in Boise, so I set my clock to 6am to start my first 3 miles. Just couldn't lift myself out of bed. I decided to start tomorrow.

Then at 7am, I felt I would probably hate myself if I didn't do at least something. So I dragged myself out of bed and out the door. I walked for 30 minutes. I haven't measured the distance. I was too tired to remember the pedometer. Since then, I walked a total of 4400 feet with my clients today.

(I am a physical therapist in home health, so in the mornings, walking is the main exercise that I do with my clients. In the afternoons it gets too hot. If anyone wants healing advice after a training episode, I'm your doctor. And I'm free! BTW elisabeth, Ice those knees.)

So all in all, not a totally wasted day. I will have to measure my distance this evening to see how far it was. Then I will post on Wednesday how far I totalled. I'm quite certain I still didn't make the 3 mile prerequisite.

Elisabeth, would you please post the alternative training program? Incidentally, my user name is "fat to fit katrin...because I am fat and am planning on becoming fit. lol. How do I get my photo on there?


Elisabeth said...

About the training program, see the other post, I answered your comment there.

About the knees... how did you know? My SI joints were Ruh-eally upset the other day, but better since. My knees hurt that same day and then I didn't think they were bothering me till I walked down two flights of stairs today and had big problems. Am I damaging them, or is it ok to keep on trucking with ice & vitamin IB on hand?

About the photo, edit your profile from your dashboard. There you can enter in the url of your photo. Mine is hosted on

fat-fit katrin said...

I'm not sure what happened, hope this doesn't come up twice. Response to Elisabeth, take 2:

The general consensus is "if it hurtsl don't do it." It sounds cliche, but it really is true. You need to figure out if the pain is coming from the knee joint or it's supporting structures. Either way, definitely ice, use IBUs (unless you're pregnant, use a joint replacement formula (just in case), massage the area, and rest it thouroughly between runs. If it seems to get worse every time you run, then you need to rest it more and stick with walking until the pain dissipates. If it still seems to be sticking around or worsening, have it checked by a real doctor (lol).

Dr Katrin

BTW, Elisabeth, I knew because you mentioned it in your comments.

Elisabeth said...

I didn't mention my knees tho, did I?
I keep re-reading it and can't find it. :)

fat-fit katrin said...

ok, you said "my joints" I guess I inferred the knees.


Elisabeth said...

BTW -- I don't know if you guys want to write about your progress more than this, but I figured we could do progress reports a week. What do you think? Mondays & Thursdays? We can always continue those chats until the next progress report time (so on Wednesday you can still be writing under the Monday comments). If you want to do a daily thing too, that's fine, I'd just rather sum up several workouts than write about every single one. I was thinking other posts could be about other things that can motivate us.

fat-fit katrin said...

ok, I measured my combined walks on Monday...It came to about 1.5 miles.

Today, I went to the Y with Bret (he is training for a triathlon). I used the treadmill and logged in 3.3 miles in 1 hour. It wasn't the best pace I have ever done, but I have never done a full hour except at a stroll, so I wanted to get used to that first. My shoes suck. I have a newer pair that arent quite as comfortable, but they have more sponge integrity. I will use them until I get paid and I can buy a new pair of reebock walkers. they are the only shoes I have found that support my parts exactly where I need it. It is funny, most people say reebocks support them in the wrong places or not at all. I guess I am deformed. lol.