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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 8:09 pm 
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Thanks matty! I hope week 7 is treating you well :) Don't stress m.iau; I think everyone has to re-do a run here and there due to missing scheduled runs. I took, like, a month off after week 1 or 2 because I got crazy busy with school and I actually didn't have to redo THAT much.

I almost rolled my ankle the other day doing W7R1 so I had kind of a crappy run, but today I ran the whole thing for W7R2 even though it's a billion degrees and heat is my kryptonite at the best of times :D And I checked my distance and I'm not too far off from 5K! I found a handy thingie for figuring out the length of my route; I'm probably the last person to hear about this but I've found it really helpful so I thought I'd share: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 9:03 pm 
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I haven't finished the whole thing, but I did actually run an entire 5k this Saturday--39:06, not fast, but I'm so thrilled that I didn't walk at all! But I still plan to finish out the C25K series to increase my speed and endurance. Keep at it everybody! It's so worth it to cross a finish line and feel like you were really (mostly, in my case) prepared. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 10:27 pm 
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Just popping in here. I'm still doing the program, but I don't always have time in my schedule to run 3x a week, so I'm aiming for 2, and right now I'm still working on week 3 over and over again until I feel comfortable moving up to week 4. I can run 4 min at a time but not 5, so I'll get there eventually.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:57 am 
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thanks zaqette!
I actually did not re-do week 2 for my first run since 1.5 weeks ago, just jumped back in at week 3. It went well. I will continue w3.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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I'm going to try and restart this on Monday. If my boss can't do it with me I'll just have to go alone.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:12 pm 
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I finished week 1, woooo! Terrified of week two though, ha. :P We shall see.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:07 am 
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good job beyondwillpower!

yesterday's run (w3r2) was hard, but I did it. I hope the next one will be easier again.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:13 am 
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good work everybody. keep it up!

lindseybunny wrote:
I haven't finished the whole thing, but I did actually run an entire 5k this Saturday--39:06, not fast, but I'm so thrilled that I didn't walk at all! But I still plan to finish out the C25K series to increase my speed and endurance. Keep at it everybody! It's so worth it to cross a finish line and feel like you were really (mostly, in my case) prepared. :)


wow. awesome. congrats!

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I almost rolled my ankle the other day doing W7R1 so I had kind of a crappy run, but today I ran the whole thing for W7R2 even though it's a billion degrees and heat is my kryptonite at the best of times :D And I checked my distance and I'm not too far off from 5K! I found a handy thingie for figuring out the length of my route; I'm probably the last person to hear about this but I've found it really helpful so I thought I'd share: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/


thanks zaquette. W7 done i think. week 8 going on D2 now. 28 minutes a pop.

close calal with the ankle roll. those suck. im good for one good one every once in a while, running or not. i had a minor one on W1, but luckily i was able to keep going.

thanks for posting that site. im going to check that out.


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:26 pm 
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I start week2 today! Will post back and let you know if I survived or not. (I can't help but wonder if I'm not as out of shape as I'm used to being these days....) maybe it won't kill me. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:47 am 
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i used to be a 5K 3x week runner, but i had to quit because of my eating disorder. but now i am ready to get back into it.. so i am starting the program - i figure even though i used to run, i better start from scratch.


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:52 am 
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Between hot weather, inconvenient schedule and the fact that it was just plain hard, I quit doing this a couple weeks ago. However, I started this week doing it on the treadmill. I've been through 2 walk/runs and feeling great. Unlike when I was trying it outside, I've been able to do all the jog intervals with just adding the occasional extra 30 seconds or a minute recovery time toward the end. It's hard for me and I'm slow, but doable so far. I'm not up to 5k because I'm so slow, but yesterday's was 2.75 miles in 50 min. Once I get it on the treadmill, maybe I can attempt building up outside.

Is it just me or has anybody else noticed on the mornings after a walk/run (I've been doing them at night) that your morning elimination is more productive. I'm already regular, but it's different.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:13 am 
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I did run W1D3 on treadmill yesterday and it went well. But, the week 1 runs are still pretty hard. Those of you that found that W1D3 was still hard, did you repeat week 1 or push through to try week 2?

Weird thing - my knee was bothering me just a little bit after w1d2 and the next day I had spinning. The spinning class straightened up whatever was going on with my knee!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:48 pm 
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Dearess - I did week one for a couple of weeks, and repeated all the weeks for a few weeks. I'm now on Week 13 of doing C25K but just started Week 4 of the program. Last week I did W4D1 but today (after a weekend of BBQ gluttoning) found it too difficult, so I compromised and alternated 3 min of running with 90 sec of walking for the full program. You want to feel comfortable and like you can actually accomplish each week, so only move on when you feel ready.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:36 am 
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Thanks, that's what I decided to do. I was able to do w1d1 again yesterday without adding in any extra recovery time between intervals. I'm doing it a little differently from how it's written because 30 mins of cardio just isn't enough for me generally. So I guess it makes sense that if I do it for longer, it *would* be harder and will take me a while to advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:35 am 
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I'm running 25 minutes in a row today and I'm a little nervous. I can do it!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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deearess wrote:
Thanks, that's what I decided to do. I was able to do w1d1 again yesterday without adding in any extra recovery time between intervals. I'm doing it a little differently from how it's written because 30 mins of cardio just isn't enough for me generally. So I guess it makes sense that if I do it for longer, it *would* be harder and will take me a while to advance.


When I did C25k I added a couple extra cycles at the end because 30 minutes didn't feel long enough. Up through week 5 or so, anyway. Definitely take your time until you feel relatively comfortable!


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:59 pm 
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Started this today! I have been out of action for six weeks with a torn quad, this seems like a nice gentle way to get back into things.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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week 5 day 1 went surprisingly well, now I'm off to try day 2. 8 minutes of running, my longest run yet! (this is so sad. still, I am proud).

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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m.iau wrote:
(this is so sad. still, I am proud).

you should be proud, it's awesome.

I'm having surgery in a few weeks and once I'm better I'm hoping to restart this. I told the lovely lady at the gym about it and she's going to write it into my new programme when I review it.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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sorry i havent posted in a while. been away from the ppk.

i graduated a few weeks back! whoo! i can run 30 minutes without stopping for crying out loud. pretty cool.

and now its WAY too hot to run. i havent even run once this week yet. i need a treadmill or something. this sucks.

keep moving everybody. you can do it! good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:15 pm 
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How is everyone doing? My 20 minute run at the end of week 5 went great. Week 6 is more challenging because it's been stormy and raining and unpleasant to run.

congrats on graduating matty!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:41 am 
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I'm still going strong. I just did week 5 day 2 today without any problems. I can run the whole 8 min segment w/o even checking the time. But I have no idea what the next run will be like. 8 minutes to 20 seems like a huge increase after all of the previous smaller ones. I'll do my best but I forsee having to do some smaller sets for a few weeks first, like 10-12 min running at a time w/ a walking segment between.

Those who've already passed that week, how was it? Any tips for going from 8 to 20 without collapsing? Keep in mind that 8 min at a time is the longest I've run in my life!

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Little My, I didn't do C25k, per se, but I worked my way up from walking to run/walk to run and 8 to 20 seems like a huge leap, but if your walk segments in between your runs aren't very long, then all you're really doing is filling those small gaps with running. My big leap went from doing a 2.8 mile loop by 6 min running/1 min walking. When I was done I realized that meant that I only walked a total of 6 minutes for the whole thing, and I figured if I could do that, I could probably just run the whole thing, so I did. For me, it was just realizing that I already was running the vast majority. Six minutes was the longest I'd ever run in my life. This was only a couple of months ago and now I'm up to 60 minutes/10k.

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Little My wrote:
I'm still going strong. I just did week 5 day 2 today without any problems. I can run the whole 8 min segment w/o even checking the time. But I have no idea what the next run will be like. 8 minutes to 20 seems like a huge increase after all of the previous smaller ones. I'll do my best but I forsee having to do some smaller sets for a few weeks first, like 10-12 min running at a time w/ a walking segment between.

Those who've already passed that week, how was it? Any tips for going from 8 to 20 without collapsing? Keep in mind that 8 min at a time is the longest I've run in my life!


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Little My, I didn't do C25k, per se, but I worked my way up from walking to run/walk to run and 8 to 20 seems like a huge leap, but if your walk segments in between your runs aren't very long, then all you're really doing is filling those small gaps with running. My big leap went from doing a 2.8 mile loop by 6 min running/1 min walking. When I was done I realized that meant that I only walked a total of 6 minutes for the whole thing, and I figured if I could do that, I could probably just run the whole thing, so I did. For me, it was just realizing that I already was running the vast majority. Six minutes was the longest I'd ever run in my life. This was only a couple of months ago and now I'm up to 60 minutes/10k.

Wow that is super helpful, and inspiring that you worked up to 60 min/10k in a couple months.


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