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C25K Update

I copied this over from my latest Geek to 5K post

I'm currently struggling through W5. On D1, I came up short and could only do 5+5+3, but I came back a couple days later, tried again, and did 5+5+5. Saturday, I went on the March of Dimes March for Babies in the morning (posted about in my LJ: http://mandydax.livejournal.com/322451.html ). 5.15 mi walk was no big thing, although I did keep wanting to run. ;D I took a nap and tried to to W5D2, and the first 8 minutes were great. I felt like I could keep going, but once again, I ended up leaving that horrid hill at the end of my run, and fell a minute short of the goal. So Monday, I will be trying that again. I'm going to make sure that I don't put that wretched mound of earth on my route unless it's on my cooldown.

Chesh mentioned Vibram FiveFinger "barefoot" running shoes in another post, and I looked at them online, and even went to Scheels to have a look and a try-on at the store, but they had only 4 pair, none the right size. I guess they're sold out pretty much everywhere. I'd like to at least try them on first, so I won't back-order them online.

I signed up for the Marion Arts Festival 5k which is on 15 May. Chip timed and all, looks like a good starting event. I posted about that here: http://groups.google.com/group/geekto5K/browse_frm/thread/392d9d00617b1ee8

I also got around to signing up for the Heartbeat 5000, which is G25K's event. I will make it this year, barring horrible things. Laurie, please let me know if you register our team officially for this year so I can add that to my reg.

I also started listening to some non-music-based running podcasts. I liked "The Extra Mile," ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheExtraMilePodcast ) which is a collection of people reporting their motivations, accomplishments, PRs, and so on. It's a little like an audio version of a message board. Then there's "RunRunLive," ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/RunRunLive-Running-Podcast ) "Running with the Pack," ( http://feeds.feedburner.com/rwtp ) and "Running to Disney." ( http://shadwell.podbean.com/feed
) The last of these is just a 40-something guy who started running to lose a few pounds and help his heart health and ended up losing over 50 pounds and getting hooked on running, but it's really kind of inspirational since he records the podcast as he runs. I just like to hear the stories as he runs. I'm not sure what it is, but it's good.

Finally, after listening to Gordon from RtD mention his Garmin a few times, and some other people mention it on the other podcasts, I decided to check it out. I found the Forerunner 301 at Amazon.com for only $105 with free shipping. ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00077U4RU/ ) I looked through all the features, and it can track intervals like we do in c25k, do lap times and paces, track heart rate, and a lot of other data. Since it has GPS, it's really accurate, and even can lead you to a certain place (like where you parked ;D ). And after your run, you can use a USB cable to transfer the data to your computer, and it's compatible with MapMyRun.com, too. I'm a bit of a data junkie when it comes to this stuff, so I really like the idea of being able to analyze my pace and such. It even lets you run a race against a virtual runner who runs a certain pace and shows whether you're ahead or behind. Brill! I should get this near the end of the week, so I think I'll review my experience with it so others can have a first-hand account.

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