100 lb. Club - I'm running in a 5k!




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matt_H
09-18-2009, 12:14 PM
I never thought I'd be a runner. However, I've signed up to run a 5k in December and I went on my first training run last night :). I'm doing the couch to 5k program (9 weeks to convert the non-runner to being able to run a 5K).

The scale for me has been stuck. It seems as if I've been in the mid-270s forever. I'm hoping that changing my exercise routine by encorporating running will kick start the scale and I'll actually be able to see the 260s at some point.


dcapulet
09-18-2009, 12:18 PM
Congrats, and best of luck!

Jokan
09-18-2009, 01:54 PM
Congrats, last year I would only run if someone was chasing me with a gun!!! However, I ran my first 5k on August 29th. U can do this!!!!!!!:)


CLCSC145
09-18-2009, 02:52 PM
Right on, Matt! Good luck with your training!

Slashnl
09-18-2009, 02:54 PM
Awesome, Matt! Good luck to you!

findingfawn
09-18-2009, 03:10 PM
Totally awesome! Have fun with it!!

I want to start the couch to 5k soon.. but we need to move first, I can't run where I am and with my boat load of kids it's a hassel to drag everyone somewhere safe for them to play without my undivided attention. We are moving to a private road... I can't wait for that!

Alana in Canada
09-18-2009, 03:41 PM
Good for you Matt!

That's quite the committment. I like how you're just putting it out there like that.

All the best to you!

Nada
09-18-2009, 05:52 PM
Be careful, it can be a slippery slope. :)

First you do a 5K, then a 10k pops up and next thing you know you've signed up for a half marathon and are paying attention to people who are telling you how to increase your pace!

better health3
09-18-2009, 08:34 PM
Best wishes for crossing the finish line.

Idealmuse
09-19-2009, 01:38 AM
Congrats - Training for races I've found is an excellent way to keep motivated with the exercise! I learned to run and did my first triathlons last summer myself too. Was pretty exciting.

Let us know how it goes!

Windchime
09-19-2009, 03:24 AM
Good job, Matt! I'm becoming a runner, too, and I have to say that I am really loving it. I did part of C25K earlier this summer but got sidelined by asthma. I've been running regularly for about 3 weeks now and I can see a big difference in my shape! I just got out of a short stall but the weight is going down again now. My lower legs are getting a lot smaller and the other day I felt.......these strange, hard ridges on my sides....they're RIBS! I love the way running makes me feel and I think I will love the way it makes me look even more.

I'm playing with the idea of doing a 5K in October. I can do about 2 miles without stopping now, so hopefully I'll be up to the task when the race rolls around. Best of luck to you!

Couch
09-19-2009, 06:00 AM
So brave! But hey, if you can walk 60 miles, I'm sure you can run 5k:D

WildThings
09-21-2009, 12:15 AM
I think this is great. I started running a few months ago, I am set to do a 5k on Thanksgiving Day, although I'm considering one in October just because I am so eager to do the first one. I loved the C25K program.

Also, I agree with Couch, if you can do the 60 mile walk, running should be easy-peasy!

Kae
09-21-2009, 10:47 AM
That's awesome! That will be a great new way to motivate yourself!

amkenkent
09-21-2009, 12:44 PM
I've seen that program online, and considering doing it. But I'm trying to build up the courage.

SnowboundChick
09-21-2009, 01:31 PM
That's awesome, good for you Matt!

FitGirlyGirl
09-21-2009, 02:02 PM
I am thinking of starting a couch to 5K program. I'm wondering if the plan I have is the same as the one you are using. Here is what I have. Is this the same plan you are using, Matt?

Couch to 5K Program

Week 1
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Week 2
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Week 3
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Week 4
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:
Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:
Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:
Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Week 5
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:
Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.

Week 6
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:
Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.

Week 7
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Week 8
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
Workout 3: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Week 9
Workout 1: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).
Workout 2: Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).
Workout 3: The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

matt_H
09-21-2009, 05:34 PM
Yep, that is the same plan!

I'm going to do my week 1 day 3 run tonight or tomorrow.

sharongracepjs
09-21-2009, 06:08 PM
AWESOME, Matt! I just ran my first 5K this weekend and it was SO much fun!
(if you want, you can read about it on my blog (http://shrinkingsharon.blogspot.com/2009/09/first-ever-5k-win.html)) I decided to go for it about a month ahead of time, after I had been running for about a month or 6 weeks. I enjoyed myself so much and I'm already eager to do more races and keep improving on my distance and time!

nelie
09-21-2009, 06:11 PM
I'm on week 4 of c25k and I have to say week 1-3 was pretty easy, week 4 is kick butt :)

FitGirlyGirl
09-22-2009, 10:36 PM
Thanks for the heads up Nelie. I'm actually looking forward to starting this. It's an odd feeling to be looking forward to a workout.

cfmama
09-23-2009, 01:58 PM
That's awesome Matt! I wish you much luck with it :)