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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:34 am 
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I was supposed to finish week 2 today but i left my trainers at my parents house! I'm so mad at myself. I'm gonna have to try and fit in the last run over the weekend so we can start next week on W3. I'm scared about having to run 3minutes, I huff just doing 1.5!!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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You can do it baps! I'm a little scared of doing 3 min as well, and haven't decided if I want to repeat week 2 or just move ahead. We'll see. I'm not as sore as I thought I'd be, probably because I biked on a stationary bike a ton over the winter.

One thing I've noticed that's different for me this time compared to other times when I've started and quit C25K is that I'm enjoying running more than I thought I would. Instead of doing it inside on a treadmill like last time, I'm getting outside and running with my dog. Being able to just zone out and run and be in my own little world truly is making a world of difference for me.

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Monday I restarted, and I ran the whole first workout without needing my inhaler! I know it's not a lot of running but that's a huge change for my body, and proof that my asthma is indeed going away.

That's fantastic that you didn't need your inhaler, and congrats on starting the program. Your body is only going to get stronger now, and hopefully your asthma doesn't decide to act up on you.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:50 pm 
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When I did it last time, I did Week 1 twice, and Week 2 two or three times before moving on. I wanted to feel confident about each cycle before moving forward. For me, the goal isn't the 5K, but getting out of the house and moving my body, whether I can run for 30 minutes or 3 minutes at a time.

Thanks for the encouragement! I've also found that my body is enjoying it more, and it doesn't feel like work. The reason I stopped last time was because the rainy weather started, I didn't have any good rain gear (about to start a thread about that) and I didn't like going in the rain, but this year it's raining right now and I don't care!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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I think I'm gonna end up repeating week 2, even if just for 2 days. My workmate cancelled this morning but if she hadn't I probably would have as i'm feeling like I'm about to get tonsilitis!! I think if I don't do it for a week I'll never make it through week 3 so I'll have to do week 2 again. bummed!!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:33 am 
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I think I'm going to repeat as well, baps. I didn't get my run in over the weekend like I had wanted, and I'm really not comfortable enough to just go straight to the next week, but I was looking at a calendar this morning, and even if I repeat a week, I'll still be finished by the end of May which was what I had hoped for originally. Hope you feel better soon and don't get tonsilitis!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:06 am 
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I started Week 2 today and it seems so easy compared to last time! I did a 5 minute stretch at the beginning and end, and a 5 minute warmup and cooldown walk plus the workout.

I discovered a park with a nice track an 8-minute walk from my job, which will make getting in all three per week much easier.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:49 am 
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cool. how timely that this topic was at the top of the heap when i clicked on this forum.

ive been thinking about starting to run for about a year now. not sure what started it at all. ive never been a fan of running or exercise in general (that didnt involve somthing that i enjoyed doing that also qualified as exercise). i guess it just seemed like the most natural and simple way to get back into shape.

nearing 39, and ive been getting very sedintary lately. drinker, smoker, blood pressure that is through the roof sadly. time to do something here.

so ive been googling lately and this was the program that popped up pretty frequently (theres a bunch of variations on the theme i guess). i have a pair of cheap running shoes on the way and im about to take the plunge.

ill make an honest attempt to post back with my progress. im feeling winded just thinking about it!


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:12 am 
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You guys are awesome! I first did Couch to 5k two summers ago and now I run 3 miles most days like it's no big thing. And I was suuuuuuper lazy before. I remember being so scared of that week where you go from intervals to suddenly running for 20 minutes, but it's so doable by the time you actually get there!


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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i hate that i'm ill and am missing a week so early on. I just want to get back into it asap.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:48 pm 
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I'm starting over from the beginning tomorrow morning. I hate to do that so early on, but my runs this week have been so inconsistent and I want to really have a good, solid base before progressing so that I don't injure myself.

Good luck, matty!

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:02 pm 
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I did it! Yesterday, for the first time ever, I went running! But...uhhh...was anyone else not able to complete their very first C25K workout? I was only able to go 10 minutes, half of what I should have done. Wow, I had no idea I was in such bad shape! But I'm going to try to keep it up. Also, I've had bad knees for a long time, so I'm going to take it slowly.


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:49 pm 
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thanks for the encouragement gaia! i should be starting this week myself.

thats also very encouraging molly. thats what we want to hear. it seems almost impossible at this point to visualize being able to run nonstop for more than 2 minutes, but thats what the c25k is built for. good stuff. i really hope to get to where youre at some day, with some practice.

congrats pepperpot! i wouldnt worry about not being able to finish. i would just continue at your own pace and modify the workout as needed. make sure youre not running too fast as well. slow down if needed. it should be a comfortable pace. the important part is to keep motivated enough to keep running. improvement will follow.

just waiting on these shoes to arrive. ill post back to say how painfull my first day was.


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:03 am 
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I did W2 D3 today. I've been off sick for a week so I didn't feel ready to start week 3. plus in week 2 we only did 2 runs anyway. So I might do just W2 this week and then start W3 next week.

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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:44 pm 
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shoes came today, 1/2 a size too small. boo. new pair should be here on Thursday.

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I did it! Yesterday, for the first time ever, I went running! But...uhhh...was anyone else not able to complete their very first C25K workout? I was only able to go 10 minutes, half of what I should have done. Wow, I had no idea I was in such bad shape! But I'm going to try to keep it up. Also, I've had bad knees for a long time, so I'm going to take it slowly.


been thinking about you pepperpot. have you made it to day 2 yet?

i wanted to ask about how you started and what program you are following. the ones ive been looking at are for about 30 min and at least half is walking. were you doing something similar? what did your first 10 min consist of?

if i might make a suggestion, i would say that mixing in more walking than running might help get you started. the programs im looking at go something like: walk for 5 min, run 60 sec, walk 90 sec, repeat. (there seems to be a bit of variation between different c25k programs though).

if you are really tiring during the running portion, make sure you slow it down as much as you need to. i think i already mentioned that -from what ive read- that you should be going at a slow and comfortable pace. dont over do it.

even if you have to walk briskly for 20-30 min, that would be a great way to begin. slow down the briskness as needed.

keep it up! good luck. and wish me luck. im going to need it.


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:18 am 
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even if you have to walk briskly for 20-30 min, that would be a great way to begin. slow down the briskness as needed.


Totally agree. If you're too tired to keep up the running intervals after a while, still finish out the 30 minutes with walking!


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
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matty wrote:
shoes came today, 1/2 a size too small. boo. new pair should be here on Thursday.

pepperpot wrote:
I did it! Yesterday, for the first time ever, I went running! But...uhhh...was anyone else not able to complete their very first C25K workout? I was only able to go 10 minutes, half of what I should have done. Wow, I had no idea I was in such bad shape! But I'm going to try to keep it up. Also, I've had bad knees for a long time, so I'm going to take it slowly.


been thinking about you pepperpot. have you made it to day 2 yet?

i wanted to ask about how you started and what program you are following. the ones ive been looking at are for about 30 min and at least half is walking. were you doing something similar? what did your first 10 min consist of?

if i might make a suggestion, i would say that mixing in more walking than running might help get you started. the programs im looking at go something like: walk for 5 min, run 60 sec, walk 90 sec, repeat. (there seems to be a bit of variation between different c25k programs though).

if you are really tiring during the running portion, make sure you slow it down as much as you need to. i think i already mentioned that -from what ive read- that you should be going at a slow and comfortable pace. dont over do it.

even if you have to walk briskly for 20-30 min, that would be a great way to begin. slow down the briskness as needed.

keep it up! good luck. and wish me luck. im going to need it.

Thanks, and good luck to you too!

Yep, I made it to day 2 and I'm doing it again tomorrow. I'm (loosely) following this program: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml
I made it to 15 minutes the second time, instead of just 10, slowing down the jogging parts a bit. But I'm fine with taking it slow since I'm still worried about my knees. I never thought I'd be able to do any kind of running, but so far so good!


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 Post subject: Re: Couch to 5K
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:34 am 
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Good luck to everybody doing C25K now!

My "run-iversary" is this weekend - 1 year since I started C25K.

I ran 10 miles for the first time last weekend, and will be running my first 25K race (15.5 miles) in a month... all from starting Couch to 5K a year ago. And I'm the one that used to say, "running is a means of escape... and that is ALL!!!"

I've lost 103 pounds so far in the process - (13 pounds till goal!!) - So for anybody thinking they might be "too big" to start a running program... I weighed 266 when I started. I was still around 230 when I "graduated" - and I was so slow that 30 minutes did not get me to the 5K mark. But on my very last C25K run, I did run the 5K distance just to prove I could... in 43 minutes.

I'm still slow - my fastest (drop-dead-at-the-end) mile is 9:41, and my race pace varies from 11:00/mi to 11:30/mi. But that's OK! I have no intention of ever being a speed demon. I'm fine being a penguin... and I prefer distance to speed anyway.

Great job, everybody!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

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Shelly, that is AWESOME. I'm still pretty slow, too - I'm always pleased if I break a 10 minute mile - but I never thought I could even do that! It's better to be a slow runner than no runner at all.


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molly wrote:
It's better to be a slow runner than no runner at all.


Exactly!! :-D

Attempting 11 miles today!

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I may be the slowest runner alive. I'm ok with it, I got off the couch at least!

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okay so I should be starting week 3 but... BUT... I think I was kinda stupid..
somehow I figured I could do this with the Free Run from Wii Fit. you know run in place use the pod runner music and cues on when to switch it up.
well my knees were getting a little sore which I think was from stressing them by not actually running anywhere, But I was able to power through it was not bad.
Did week 2 Day 3 on saturday on a real road.. BIG MISTAKE!!! My left knee which was the one that started being sore is sorta okay but my right... Oh man..
It starts out not that bad when I wake up but as the day goes on.. Inside below the kneecap.. even if I touch it.. No Bruises and it doesn't seem swollen..
I did not fall or twist it.. ( did loose my keys halfway through the run though.. boy was that fun.. had to walk my route looking for them. at least they fell out on the first half of the run.)


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This thread is so inspiring! I've been trolling it for awhile. I even downloaded the first week's podcast from RunningIntoShape.com, which I think someone on here mentioned.

I just... haven't actually stepped outdoors yet!

Today I did actually put the podcast onto my mp3 player, but I am still scared to make the BIG step!

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I'm itching to get onto week 3, I'm away for work with no time to run, it sucks. I'm looking forward to running Monday, even though I'm bricking trying to run for 3 minutes in a row!

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I plan to run one at the end of summer/start of fall. I'm too heavy right now, my physical therapist says no running until I lose more weight. I'm hoping to start my first official day of c25k in June.

For now I'm doing c25k on my stationary bike, I mean it's just interval training, so I'll at least be more fit/prepared when it comes time to run.

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I just started my fourth week, and I'm taking it a bit slower because of my schedule so I just started Week 3. But it seemed pretty easy! I didn't wheeze, and I even ran an extra 3 min at the end just to see that I could.

I'm also doing yoga and situps so I don't mind if I'm only going running every 3 days and it takes a bit longer.

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