Couch to 5k

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  1. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Who has started it?
    Who has finished it?
    Who is currently doing it?

    I completed the program when I was in MN for college, and was running on the days that I wasn't biking or yoga-ing. I lost a lot of weight without changing my diet and I felt spectacular.

    I want to do it again. And I vote support group!

    My biggest issue is actually getting out of bed to run. I have no problem doing the running, I just can't get up early :eek:
    Tomorrow my alarm is being placed out of my reach, so I have to get out of bed to shut it off :p
     
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    That's how I got started running! I actually jumped straight to week three because I was already active, then burned through it. My last week took me right up to the 5K I had entered.
    I loved it. I tried to do a program after that to take me up to a 10K, but I didn't like how it dropped me WAY back down... it was like "hey, you can run for three miles straight? Great! Now run for five minutes and walk for two." Buh! So I just kinda did my own thing after that, adding a half mile to each short run until my long runs were six miles. And somewhere along the way I thought "What's a 10K? Six miles? Something like half-ish of a half marathon? Well why not just do a half then?" and that's when I lost my sanity.

    I don't run in the mornings. I've always said that would be the #1 way to make me HATE running. XD I run right after work, or if it's the winter and I'm treadmilling it, I run later at night. So I hear you on not wanting to get up to run LOL. I like my sleep more than I like running I guess...
     
  3. RD

    RD Are you dead yet?

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    I am interested in it, but it's SO UNGODLY HOT HERE I don't think I could make it. Can I do a couch to 5k swim along with you, Lauren? Eve can run alongside the beach, she needs to lose a couple pounds too.
     
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    I did it up to week 5 last fall, then winter hit and I HATE running in the cold. Started it again in March, but it's been put on hold because of Classic's skin infection on his feet and I refuse to run without my body guard as I live in a not-so-nice area and run at night.
     
  5. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Beanie, once I'm out of bed, I'm totally good to go, lol. Plus I love biking/running/hiking in the morning when it's nice and crisp out. It's literally just standing up and moving that I have a hard time doing.
    I have run at night before, maybe I should just go after work, which would be like 10pm at the earliest.

    My goal is to get a gym membership at the local YMCA by the winter so that I don't have to stop. That and I want to cross country ski.

    I LOOOOVE to swim, I would swim rather than run any day! Jealous!

    There is actually a vet who keeps a blog called Pooch to 5k for running with your dog. :p
    http://www.poochto5k.com/

    If Frodo wasn't such a lazypants I would so try taking him along.
     
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    Jules Magic, motherf@%$*#!

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    I did it! Well, I'm still doing it. It has helped me improve so much. But I'm stuck right now, and I think (know) it's a mental thing right now ("I can't run for that long!" when I'm sure, in reality I could).
     
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    I'd love to get more active, is there a link? I am too lazy to google on my phone... LOL (Lazy on a fitness thread.. Hmmm...)

    Is it truly good for someone quite out of shape? What's the daily time commitment? Time is an issue right now with 45 plus hour work weeks until they get someone new trained...
     
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    Found it, auto fills as the first choice in google after typing in couch...

    Just have to read it over...
     
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    Daily time commitment is 20 minutes, 3 times a week. So not much at all.

    There are also some really good forums out there for the program, and it seems like a lot of people end up going on to run full marathons (not something I am interested in, lol).
     
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    That's not bad, I can commit to that...

    Going to read more when I get home
     
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    There's an App for that!!! (Couch to 5k!)
     
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    I keep meaning to start this....but finding the time has been my issue. I have a LOT of time but its with the kids and thats just not going to work (I know I could technically push them in a stroller but they are 4 and 6..would be pushing 80lbs of weight!)

    I keep saying I will just wake up early but I am so very bad at that. I relish my late nights, its MY time.
     
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    Laura, I REALLY like the Get Running app (everyone online seems to think it is better than the official C25k one)
     
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    LMAO I'm totally not. My alarm is actually across the room... that doesn't stop me from staggering across the room, whacking "snooze," then staggering back to bed...
    Twice...
    Every morning...


    These are the podcasts I ended up listening to when I did it. If you like techno and dance music, I recommend these! There are a whole bunch of people out there who have put together their own mp3s that tell them when to run and when to walk, which is what I needed, because I don't run with a watch on and lugging a stopwatch with me was too much of a PITA.
    http://www.djsteveboy.com/intervals.html

    These include a five minute warm up walk and a cool down walk too. Between your warm up and cool down and the actual run/walk workout, it's about 30-40 minutes (forty minutes once you get to running the full 5K or 30 minutes.)
     
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    I'll look into that one, really excited that this seems attainable for me
     
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    Go for it!! I started doing a couch to half marathon plan that I compiled about 6 weeks ago. I needed something to get me in the gym or outside a few times a week. I'm not doing it super super seriously, but I am keeping track on a big white board what I've run and the plans for the upcoming weeks. When I started I could probably run a mile and a half at once and now I'm doing 7+ miles.
     
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    I'm starting week 6 tonight. I use the podcasts, and I run at night because I am NOT a morning person.

    If I can do it, anyone can. :)
     
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    I am going to read it over tonight, and start tomorrow.... Undecided if I have the ambition to do mornings... I have to be up by 6-6:30 as it is to be out the door in time for work depending on what site I am at.. So may just go for after work...
     
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    I just completed week 3 day 2 today. I'm loving it. It actually really does get easier...or so I say now!

    I work from home so I can run mid afternoon. That's the easiest time for me.

    I love the app. I run listening to my music and she cuts in "Start running". Then "Start Walking". You don't even have to think about it.

    I'm fortunate that I have cranberry bogs across from my house. I have a treadmill but my dog much prefers that I take her for the run in the bogs.

    Great program. As new as I am to it I highly recommend it. I have a group of friends on FB doing it as well and we are all supporting each other. This would also be a good group for that!
     
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    I finished C25k on April 7 this year! I was completely unfit, as in I'd walk a far bit but hardly do anything to get my heart rate up except for running around in short bursts with the dogs. And that was a tad uncomfortable!

    My rationale for taking up running was I needed to get active and lose weight and I wanted to look after my cardiovascular health. I'm not a sporty person, I'm uncoordinated, a little self-conscious and I'm just not the best team player. :eek:

    So I needed something I could do that was challenging and allowed me a bit of solitude whilst I was discovering what I could/could not do.

    Absolutely the best thing I've ever done. The first week was 1 minute runs, followed by 90 seconds of brisk walking. It was soooo difficult for me, but it was still attainable, so despite the huffing and puffing I felt so motivated to keep going and so excited when I had finish. For me, every week followed on perfectly even when I thought I'd struggle big time, I pulled through in the end. A lot of it is mental.

    My one 'stumbling block' if you could call it that was the week that you did 5 minutes run for the first time and I was starting to feel sick and run down. The first day I attempted it, I completed it but it felt absolutely crappy, so I toyed with the idea of waiting a few days and returning to the previous week. In the end I just made that week last a bit longer after I had recovered from my head cold (sorry I'm a sook - I won't do anything more than walk when I feel crappy) and I was good to go.

    The twenty minute run at week 5 was my personal highlight - it made me so proud to think that only a few week prior I was struggling to run for 1 minute! The program does work, for sure.

    Take it as slow as you need to build up your endurance, listen to your body and don't be afraid to extend/repeat a week or take an extra day off. I think this is important when you are building this into a routine if you've never run before.

    I find that once you get up to the longer sustained runs (I talk in five ks right now, not half-marathons), the hardest bit is the first 10 minutes because I start questioning myself as to why I'm running. I could be home doing a million others things and do I really want to put myself through this again?? Once I get over that little mind game, I feel strong and capable.

    I personally run in the morning, but I am the type of person that will get up at 4 am, eat breakfast, hit the gym and the streets for a run and then walk the dogs (I usually reverse this order is summer, because at least the gym is air conditioned lol) I will run in the evenings if my schedule requires it, but I just feel better personally if I do a morning workout.

    I hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread, but I'd also like to ask a couple of running questions to those with much more experience than me.

    Do you ever take a week off running? I'm experiencing a really full on week of uni (everything under the sun is due NOW) and I'm trying to figure out what to do with my exercise schedule this week.

    I have just started doing Bridge to 10k (finished Week 1 last week - so weird going back to intervals!!) and I've been adding in another 5k run during the week.

    I'm thinking of just going to the gym 2 or 3 times and doing my strength training, plus tagging on an interval session on the treadmill to save some time this week. I feel awful because I'd much rather be out there running. I'm also running on empty though - lack of sleep is not doing me any good and I'm just not feeling very energised. Is it ok to take it easy for a week? I feel so slack.

    Also, is four days running too much at this stage? I've been very lucky and haven't sustained any injuries since starting up running and I have no pre-existing ones either. I'm worried in the excitement of this new-found love, I'll start to go overboard lol.

    Edit - I used the Get Running (sorry not Runkeeper) app on my Ipod which allows you to play your own music if you want, but I have been starting to not play music depending on what takes my fancy in a particular session.

    Edit - sorry, another highlight that made me feel much fitter was when I ran from my neighbour's house to mine in a short burst to give them their mail that I was collecting. Obviously it wasn't far, BUT I didn't huff or puff and I didn't raise a sweat lol. Previously that would've just exhausted me, that's how unfit I was.
     

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