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5th-May-2008 08:46 pm - Update
leiahan hug
So, between being very sick, and having University finals to deal with, I really never did a post on how my walk went!

It was amazing. And after a paperwork SNAFU for the guy I was walking with (my sister's boyfriend/ fiance ) we got underway about 38 minutes after the original timer started for the people who were running it.

I'm glad I walked it this year. I was able to take it all in, and fully understand how far I had gone, because when I run, I lose track of distance!

It was a very positive experience for me! I look forward to running it next year! But, if you have a MySpace account, you can view all of my pictures from here

But if you don't, and it won't let you view them, and would like to see a few, I can upload them to a different server and whatnot.

The next couple months are going to be hard to train distance wise for my run in June because I'm trying to get my times down because I'd like to apply for the police department in June. So that's what my main focus is for the time being!!!

Love to all!!!
3rd-May-2008 10:56 am - i did a 5k walk this morning!
today was the 5k walk i signed up for. it was put on by the castle rock st. vincent de paul society, and this is the first one they've ever done, so it was a little disorganized. there was a running group and then the walking group was supposed to start 15 minutes after the runners, but all of the walkers, except me, started with the runners, so i asked one of the officials but they didn't call the walkers back and i had to start 30-60 seconds after everyone else :O

but i turbo walked it the whole time and i think i came in second! that is, the lady ahead of me jogged at the end and i didn't think the walkers were allowed to jog, so maybe she was part of the running group. and if so, i came in first! but since the start was screwed up, the awards were screwed up, and they won't be announced until tomorrow on the website, when i'll find out for sure.

either way, i'm super proud of myself. i did my 5K in roughly 50:30, minus the time i was talking to the official at the beginning, and i didn't expect to place at all and i managed to come in at least in the top three.

go me!

so there's my three miles up. i want to work up to a 10K later this summer for the full six miles, but i don't have an actual event for that, and i'll probably just do it on the treadmill at my apartment complex or something.

how's everyone else doing??
17th-Apr-2008 10:11 pm - Pat's Run
kicking ass and taking names
So...I said I was going to start off slow....

But I've signed myself up for, and picked up my shirt and bib (with number!), for Pat's Run this Saturday.

For those of you who don't know (and I'm assuming most don't) Pat's Run is a 4.2 mile run or walk to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation. I'm sure most of you are semi-familiar with who Pat Tillman was, but if not, feel free to ask questions!

So I'm going to be pretty darn close to those 6 miles! I figured it was a great place to start!

I will most definitely post pictures after the event on Saturday!
11th-Apr-2008 09:55 am(no subject)
i signed up for the discovery health fitness challenge and they sent me an 8-week free trial link for podfitness

it sounds really interesting (no credit card required for trial). after the 8 weeks free it costs $59.85/quarter ($19.95/month) and i can't imagine paying for it (i don't have much "disposable" income), but the concept sounds good: Read more...Collapse )

i haven't tried it yet, but figured i share the info with all my fitness-minded friends. i don't actually keep music on my computer, so i'm not sure the music part would work that well for me, but i'm curious about the personal training routines and fitness profile specificiations ...
26th-Mar-2008 11:32 am - tentative walking schedule
I put together a tentative walking schedule for my 6-mile goal, and I realized that, if I continue training after that, I could feasibly hit a half-marathon before my 31st birthday in the fall. 

I would start with four weeks after my vacation to build to 3 miles, then seven more weeks to build to 6, ending at that goal on or around June 21.

Anyone is free to copy my schedule (which I based on the links from halhigdon.com) or modify to fit your own needs.  And if you want to pace along with me, the more the merrier ^_^ 

ETA it looks like Abra will pace with me, but June 21 is no good for her, so we'll do the week before or after.  Also, I signed up for a local 5K walk on May 3 ^_^
25th-Mar-2008 04:36 pm(no subject)
Real Libby!!
Hey Everyone Im Miranda!! Im going to be doing this with my mom for now and then my brother. We are going to be doing in in Capreol, Ont.

I have a low fitness level. I want to get it up because in a couple of years I the have the chance to go to Para and get my wings(which requires a really high fitness level)

My main problem is that I have motivation issues.

I'll start with my mom now and when the snow melts my and my brother(mainly) are going to go for a lot of runs.

So ya thats all for now!!!
24th-Mar-2008 08:14 pm - Intro
Curious Tink
I'll start off with a big hi, my name is Kim!! haha

So, on to the 'possible items to include' with I'm almost 20, and holdin' it down in and around everywhere in Metro Phoenix, Arizona.

Um, so fitness level. Well, I was very involved with the Air Force ROTC detachment at ASU, up until some, we'll say, extenuating circumstances arose this past summer/fall. So, needless to say I am no longer participating with them.

You could say that we had "Fun Runs" but were disguised as "Warrior Runs" which sucked. I mean, they were challenging, and made you work, but as with any military running, it sucks. Haha. But my personal fitness has kinda fallen off for many reasons....

I kinda fell off the running train, and need to get back in the groove, and shed some weight in the process.

I'd really like to complete my 6 miles on my 20th birthday, which is on the 6th of June. Not to say that I wouldn't like to complete this before then, but I have to be realistic because I'm a full time student at ASU, hold down a part time job, and try to have a love life. haha.

I mainly have motivation issues I guess, and well, hopefully knowing I'm not going alone will help me get off my bum!

I've also (part of a personal project for me that was made earlier in the year) decided that I will run the P.F. Changs Half Marathon next January. So I'll be halfway to the distance with this!

Um, so that's all I got! :) I'm way happy to be here, and am excited to hopefully motivate others!
22nd-Mar-2008 11:41 am - [Intro]
Hi, I'm Cathy. I started this comm because I've been trying to improve my health and get in better shape, and I figure 6 miles is a good place to start.

I live just south of Denver, Colorado. We're still having bouts of winter-type weather, but I was able to get out of my office and walk around the neighborhood twice last week and it felt really great.

I'm 30 and I've never been an athletic person, though I have a collection of aerobic/cardio dvds that I try to do regularly. I also enjoy swimming and a friendly game of tennis. I would say my fitness level is beginner - I don't have a lot of stamina, though I have improved in recent months. I'd like to lose 20 pounds this year and improve my endurance.

When I lived in Seattle, I did a 5K walk with a few coworkers in Spring '05. I also might try another 5K here in Colorado in May, if I can talk my sister into doing it with me.

For this challenge, I think I'll start in earnest ~April 10 after I return from vacation. First, I would train ~4 weeks for the May 5K if I sign up for that, then another 4-6 weeks to train for 6 miles. Which would make my 6-mile target mid-to-late June.

I'd be happy to have a buddy or group to pace with, if anyone else wants to shoot for June as well.
22nd-Mar-2008 10:49 am - welcome!
Welcome to HeighHoSilver!

Feel free to post an introduction about yourself - possible items to include: your age, location, fitness level, any "fun runs" you've done, what your goals are for this challenge, when your target is to reach 6 miles, etc.

I found some sample training schedules for walkers, and the site links have other schedules and tips for different running abilities:
5K (3.1 mile) training schedule
10K (6.2 mile) training schedule
Half-marathon (~13 mile) training schedule
You can modify those schedules to fit your own needs and ability level (example, stretch the 10K training from 8 weeks to 12).

Start your training whenever you're ready and celebrate with us when you make it to 6 miles! We encourage you to share photos of your route or treadmill display. (Please post photos under a cut.)

Buddy requests are welcome - share your training schedule with start and end date and see if anyone would like to pace with you, whether in your area or on-line. Maybe we can get a few groups going for extra motivation and moral support.
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