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Old 11-16-2012, 10:19 PM   #166
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I have never been a runner but I have always said I wanted to do a 5k. Well, we will be on CC in January & I'd love to try it. My question is, is an elliptical helpful at all for training to run? I'm going to attempt to do a C25K that is 9 weeks. And hopefully I can get through it in time. But sometimes with three kids its hard to get outside and the elliptical is what I do. I usually do 30 minutes on the elliptical.

If that's what I'm used to doing, will running a 5k be way harder & different. Or if I mostly use the elliptical & don't get a chance to do much running, do u think I have a chance of completing it? Not so worried about time, as much as just having the endurance to finish. Thanks!
Running on an elliptical or a treadmill is different than running on the ground; there is less resistance on the machines. The treadmill is closer to pavement than the elliptical, but yes, working out on an elliptical or treadmill is a "step in the right direction". Aim for more than a casual walk effort. I would recommend that you get out and walk or jog a few miles on pavement or trail once or twice a week so you get used to it. Put the kids in a stroller or a wagon, or have them accompany you on their bikes, make it a family activity.

Walking at 3.5 miles per hour will have you finishing in about 53 minutes. Walking at 4 miles per hour, pretty brisk but still walking, will have you finishing in 46 minutes. If you jog a bit as well, you'll finish in less time. Songs that have a 4 mph beat include Glad You Came (The Wanted), What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen), Last Friday Night (I like the Glee version) Tonight, Tonight (Hot Chelle Rae), Firework (Katy Perry), Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice), Bust A Move (Glee again), Don't Stop Believin' (Journey), etc. If you have a tween girl, she'll be happy with the choice of music. Well, maybe not all of it.

If you have a smart phone, download one of the running apps - I use Nike running - and it will keep track of your pace, your route, and your distance. Just have fun. You will finish.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:55 PM   #167
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Running on an elliptical or a treadmill is different than running on the ground; there is less resistance on the machines. The treadmill is closer to pavement than the elliptical, but yes, working out on an elliptical or treadmill is a "step in the right direction". Aim for more than a casual walk effort. I would recommend that you get out and walk or jog a few miles on pavement or trail once or twice a week so you get used to it. Put the kids in a stroller or a wagon, or have them accompany you on their bikes, make it a family activity.

Walking at 3.5 miles per hour will have you finishing in about 53 minutes. Walking at 4 miles per hour, pretty brisk but still walking, will have you finishing in 46 minutes. If you jog a bit as well, you'll finish in less time. Songs that have a 4 mph beat include Glad You Came (The Wanted), What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen), Last Friday Night (I like the Glee version) Tonight, Tonight (Hot Chelle Rae), Firework (Katy Perry), Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice), Bust A Move (Glee again), Don't Stop Believin' (Journey), etc. If you have a tween girl, she'll be happy with the choice of music. Well, maybe not all of it.

If you have a smart phone, download one of the running apps - I use Nike running - and it will keep track of your pace, your route, and your distance. Just have fun. You will finish.
Thanks for the tips! I definitely plan on trying to get out & run. I have a C25K app on my phone and I plan on trying to get thru it. It's a 9 week app & I just happen to have 9 weeks till we leave I don't have any good running music so I'm going to download the songs you mentioned and that should help.

We did a 5k walk for a charity last month, and with only walking while keeping my 9 yr old son & 10 yr old niece with me, I was finished in just under an hour. My goal is to try & do the 5k in 45 mins or less
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:29 AM   #168
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Hubby and I did the CC5K last September. Fun.. yes... Hot !! Oh Yeah !

This wasn't our first 5k, our first CC5K. Hubby has Parkinson's and walked almost all of it, we walked abit faster when he could,
done in 1 hr.1min. Im so proud of him!
And we had our own pep squad, DD and DSIL at the end, along with 3 Castmembers walking with us the last half of the run.

If we can do it...anyone can !!!

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:35 AM   #169
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Hubby and I did the CC5K last September. Fun.. yes... Hot !! Oh Yeah !

This wasn't our first 5k, our first CC5K. Hubby has Parkinson's and walked almost all of it, we walked abit faster when he could,
done in 1 hr.1min. Im so proud of him!
And we had our own pep squad, DD and DSIL at the end, along with 3 Castmembers walking with us the last half of the run.

If we can do it...anyone can !!!

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That's awesome!! I do have to say, I'm glad we are cruising in Jan & it hopefully shouldn't be too hot
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:32 PM   #171
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Trying the C25K program in order to run the CC 5K in Feb. I finished week 3, & had a setback because I was soooo very sick last week. Think I'll try week 3 again next week.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:05 PM   #172
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Trying the C25K program in order to run the CC 5K in Feb. I finished week 3, & had a setback because I was soooo very sick last week. Think I'll try week 3 again next week.
Best thing I did for myself was to repeat C25K weeks as needed. Week 4, especially, was something I had to repeat. And now I'm doing the program again, but this time with *distance* instead of just time. (I'm doing the free one on coolrunning)


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Running on an elliptical or a treadmill is different than running on the ground; there is less resistance on the machines.
They are definitely different! I've started to use "altitude" on the machine. On the Precor at my gym I put it on .5 so there's a little bit more going on than just running flat. (or, as I've read, running on a flat treadmill is almost like running slightly downhill on pavement)

But despite not going outside to run very often, when I do, my legs get used to the feeling fairly quickly. It's definitely more taxing, but it's OK.


Just noticed you were talking about the elliptical. While I did the elliptical for quite awhile before feeling comfortable and safe to try to run on the treadmill, and while I do often use the elliptical on my days off of running AND to keep my heart/lungs in shape, I'm not sure if I consider it to be training for running. I'm sure it will help with the cardio system, but your legs might feel the run a bit more if you don't get the running time in. But, you know...DH was 3 weeks into his C25K program and we did a 5K at my university's Homecoming...took him just under an hour, but he did it! And that's without the elliptical, and just 3 weeks of the program, though he does *walk* a lot.


Honestly I'm more worried about possible problems with *heat* on the Cay than I am about the pavement! (thank goodness I'm going in Feb)
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Trying the C25K program in order to run the CC 5K in Feb. I finished week 3, & had a setback because I was soooo very sick last week. Think I'll try week 3 again next week.
This sounds like me. Next week I'll be repeating week 3. Hopefully I'll still make it through intone for our Jan 10 cruise.
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DH and I are planning to do our first 5k on CC during podcast cruise 4.0. We started going to the gym in June and generally trying to get more fit. I've enjoyed reading this thread as it's given me courage to try this race. I'm not very concerned with time though would like to finish in 45 minutes or less. We live about 2 miles from Furman University (beautiful campus btw) and ran/walked the 5k course they have marked off last weekend. I had to walk a good bit and held up DH, I'm sure, but we finished in 40 minutes (the course has many hills eek!!) but it gave me more confidence that we'll be able to do this. Thanks for all the input!
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Hubby and I did the CC5K last September. Fun.. yes... Hot !! Oh Yeah !

This wasn't our first 5k, our first CC5K. Hubby has Parkinson's and walked almost all of it, we walked abit faster when he could,
done in 1 hr.1min. Im so proud of him!
And we had our own pep squad, DD and DSIL at the end, along with 3 Castmembers walking with us the last half of the run.

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Thank you for the inspiration!
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I'll be partaking on our 12/6 Dream cruise.

I really hope there is a medal. I'm all about the bling. 2012 is the year of Disney medals for me. Donald, Mickey, Goofy, the DL 1/2 and the Coast to Coast.

This could be my Coast to Coast to Coast challenge!
I am all about doing the Run Disney races, too! Good luck to you! To qualify for the coast to coast, I believe both of the races have to be a half or full marathon.
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Just thought I'd let you all know that since you answered my elliptical questions, you have all inspired me to get out and run! Have only done 2 days so far on my C25K program, but I'm optimistic. Hopefully I will be running my first 5K in January
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I'm so excited to run this in February. I just started training in Sept (never ran before) and I'm doing a 12 minute mile now on hills, so I know I can easily finish it before 45 mins are up. Hoping to be down to at least a 10 min mile by Feb, but I'm not sure how ill do once the weather gets super cold here. Either way, I can't WAIT!

The only thing that might thwart my efforts is parasailing. DH and I both really want to go. Hoping we can get a later time, possibly around 1PM, so I can do both. It's our first cruise so we can't book excursions yet! Dec 1 *fingers crossed*
Are you on the 2/16 Fantasy? I'm on that cruise as well and still thinking about doing the CC5K.

I'm running on the treadmill and am down to an 11 min mile. Running my first 5K this Sat!
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Are you on the 2/16 Fantasy? I'm on that cruise as well and still thinking about doing the CC5K.

I'm running on the treadmill and am down to an 11 min mile. Running my first 5K this Sat!
Nope! 2/14 Dream! I just started running 2 months ago and I'm down to an 11:30 mile now. So excited to run on the island for my first 5k!
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DH and I are planning to do our first 5k on CC during podcast cruise 4.0. We started going to the gym in June and generally trying to get more fit. I've enjoyed reading this thread as it's given me courage to try this race. I'm not very concerned with time though would like to finish in 45 minutes or less. We live about 2 miles from Furman University (beautiful campus btw) and ran/walked the 5k course they have marked off last weekend. I had to walk a good bit and held up DH, I'm sure, but we finished in 40 minutes (the course has many hills eek!!) but it gave me more confidence that we'll be able to do this. Thanks for all the input!



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I too live in the upstate (Spartanburg). Ever thought about about doing the Greenville mud run ? It's about the distance of 5k. I personally find running boring at times. So I do the obstacle runs to keep things more interesting .
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