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C25K?

Hi All
Decided it was time to do something to improve my health. I had a microdiscectomy this past June. I was out of shape even before that. Thin and athletic in my youth (Jurassic period, I think) but like many of us, I have put on weight over the years.
Add in back surgery and, well, you know the rest. I also have cholesterol issues and have "pre" hypertension.

So? I decided to try C25K. This is a program of getting off the couch (C) and eventually being able to run a 5k. Of course, running a 5k is not my intention but if it happens, then ok!

I gave it an "Ellen " twist because I am concerned about what running could do to my back so I hop on the elliptical for that part. I like it too because its a gradual program so you don't get discouraged. 

Today was day 1. It felt great to be doing something to improve my health without killing myself! 
Ellen 
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Ellen

    Good luck with your new challenge!

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Thanks, Bruce! I'll keep everyone posted with my progress!
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  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    So last night my back was a little tight and sore but I was very active yesterday in addition to the walking/elliptical.  Didn't take anythung and woke up fine today. Made pesto, carrot muffins and chili for "football" Sunday. Tomorrow will be day 2 of my version of C25K. We'll see how it goes!
  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,493
    fantastic ellen!!!  before my back issues started i trained to run my first 5km road race with C25K.  It was fantastic!  It wasn't hard at all, and before I knew it I could run almost the entire way without even feeling like I worked too hard!  And I found if I was having any difficulties at all, just go back and repeat one day-the one that you had the trouble with, and then carry on.  They also have a C210K-I was a quarter of the way through that one when I had to stop, but it too was fantastic!  And best also is the apps for the phone (at least they used to be) FREE!
    Kathy
    Veritas-Health Moderator
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    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Awesome! I do have a free app that I use. I have been sticking with it so far. It almost seems too easy!
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  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,493
    yep, i think i'm going to do what you did-switch it up.  I have access to a pool (and i love it), and i have a bike (hate it, boring) but maybe if i do the "walking" on 1 and the "jogging" on 4-5 tension or something on the bike i would enjoy it more?? hm.  Talk about being "narrow minded", until i read your post about doing the "ellen" twist and changing it for the elliptical i was a bit stumped for working out without getting bored, and already watched all the movies-CLICK....sometimes it takes a while for my brain to fire....LOL. Think i'll try that. 
    Kathy
    Veritas-Health Moderator
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Sounds good! I listen to music while I do it.
  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,493
    We set up a workout area in the house and have a DVD player and TV set up on some shelves in the room.  now all i need is something new to watch, we don't have television/cable/satellite (we live in the middle of nowhere on a farm-no hardwired anything so streaming is impossible) and i think we've watched all the movies at least 5 times....the TV and music help immensely to keep the mind off the boredom LOL.
    Kathy
    Veritas-Health Moderator
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Started week 2 today. I started week 1 on a Saturday and my back was a little sore but I also did more. Same thing today. I guess its a combination of 1) each week, you walk less and "run" more, 2) this has happened each week on a Saturday when I am normally more active anyway,  and 3) I was out of shape to begin with.

    The days I do this before work, my back doesn't bother me at all. I took tramadol today for the first time in a long time. I am hoping the more I do this, the better it will get.
    Ellen 
  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,493
    i guess listen to your body...i love the program in that you can go back and repeat a day without any guilt!
    my biggest challenge from going week 1 to week 2 and then from week 5 to week 6....but that was WAY before my back hurt at all! LOL. 
    have my fingers crossed that it gets better and better for you!!!!!
    i've been swimming the last 3 weeks and it's helping me prepare for my surgery anyways...getting out of the pool is a different story, wish i had an antigravity device LOL.  but i think tonight i'm going to swim and then bike...i have a problem with getting cold while i'm in the pool thoroughly enjoying the no pain thing-but then i get out and i'm cold so maybe getting on the bike and warming up that way will help-with the cost of hydro now turning the heat up in the pool is tempting but out of reach lol





    Kathy
    Veritas-Health Moderator
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

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