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Rochester
08-21-2010, 11:50 AM
I completed the Couch to 5K running program today with an official 5K race! The course was brutal. Very hilly without a flat stretch in the whole course. And the one hill was about a 60 degree angle and I had to do that TWICE.

Official results:
Time - 43:36.
Placed 23 of 40 in my age group

I'm so freakin' happy and proud of myself I just want to cry. When I started C25K I couldn't even run for 60 seconds. I've never been athletic and I've never run before in my life. But I persevered and I kept pushing myself and...wowza....today was such an accomplishment!

:cloud9:


jeanies
08-21-2010, 12:13 PM
Awesome!!!!! My first is coming up Sept.12 and I am on wk 8 of c25k and feeling doubtful that I will finish without walk breaks.

applelady
08-21-2010, 01:17 PM
Wow that is great!!!! I am still on the couch. I keep thinking I want to start training when the weather gets a little less humid around here. What age group were you in? When did you begin running? What was your fitness level prior to beginning the couch 2 5k program?


dudesmom
08-21-2010, 01:45 PM
Awesome!!! I'm going to be starting this soon, I've started before but stopped because I got pregnant. Now I am so nervous about it, and not sure why. It's nice to see that it can be done! Congrats!

ninepaw
08-21-2010, 03:10 PM
Rochester, I am SO proud of you!!! Going through C25K myself while you have has been an AWESOME little experience! I'm so glad that you ran this race and totally kicked butt!!! :D :carrot:

Bigmid
08-21-2010, 03:31 PM
Congratulations!!!!!!!! That's awesome and seems like a really good time to me. I am on W5 and about to do day 3 tomorrow the full 20min run...scared of that one.
Amazing accomplishment.

MK2010
08-21-2010, 06:24 PM
:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:
You have done SOOOO well. I am trying to run at the moment and I can't imagine actually being able to ever run 5K. I hope you have done a whole heap of happy dancing. It shouldn't be a problem for you to do loads of happy dancing as you are the definition of fit now!

Onederchic
08-21-2010, 06:29 PM
Awesome!!

Robsia
08-21-2010, 06:29 PM
Well done!! I completed the C25K without having an official race - it would have been nice.

But my first proper race was a 10K - that's your next goal!!

And yes, you CAN do it. If you can run 5K, you can do 10!

You're fab!

Robsia
08-21-2010, 06:32 PM
Wow that is great!!!! I am still on the couch. I keep thinking I want to start training when the weather gets a little less humid around here. What age group were you in? When did you begin running? What was your fitness level prior to beginning the couch 2 5k program?

You are in the perfect position to begin training as you are at a low weight and therefore have less to drag around with you.

I didn't start running till I hit my first goal. I subsequently only lost about 3 lbs but dropped a size from a US 6 to a US 4.

My fitness level was ZERO.

Get some decent running shoes and a good sports bra and get out there and run - you won't regret it I promise - the C25K rocks!!

caribbeangirl02
08-21-2010, 06:39 PM
Way to go Rochester!! We are proud of you!!
I am still struggling with Week 4 but I promess myself that I will finish the program no matter how long it takes me...

Caribbean Girl

Sandman79
08-22-2010, 12:23 AM
That is awesome! My wife and me did our first one today!!!

applelady
08-22-2010, 01:11 AM
You are in the perfect position to begin training as you are at a low weight and therefore have less to drag around with you.

I didn't start running till I hit my first goal. I subsequently only lost about 3 lbs but dropped a size from a US 6 to a US 4.

My fitness level was ZERO.

Get some decent running shoes and a good sports bra and get out there and run - you won't regret it I promise - the C25K rocks!!

Thanks I think I'm gonna try it:dizzy:

Rochester
08-22-2010, 07:57 AM
Best of luck to everyone who is hitting the road and planning races! Running is AMAZING! :D

Thanks for all the inspiring comments! :hug:

By the way, hills do torturous things to the thigh muscles. I haven't hurt this much the day after since Week 1 of C25K! ;) Yowza.

@Diana - I agree...and I can't wait to hear about your first 5K.


Wow that is great!!!! I am still on the couch. I keep thinking I want to start training when the weather gets a little less humid around here. What age group were you in? When did you begin running? What was your fitness level prior to beginning the couch 2 5k program?

My fitness level was lower than zero. :lol: I literally got off the couch and started running. I don't know why I thought it was a good idea...but I'm glad I did! It has been the most phenomenal experience to discover what my body is capable of and to tap into this 'I won't quit" fighter mentality.

I started the Couch to 5K running plan on June 1. (It took me 12 weeks to complete instead of 9 weeks because I had to repeat a few weeks...partly for fitness reasons, partly for other reasons.)

I competed in the 40-49 age group. Thank goodness not all the runners were the skinny teenagers who can run a 6 minute mile :eek: or I would have felt like a total loser. :)

envelope
08-22-2010, 01:17 PM
You did it!!! I am so excited for you, WTG Rochester!!!

Had you trained on hills at all? Yesterday I tried hills and they totally kicked my ummmm, thigh muscles. ;)

Rochester
08-22-2010, 03:07 PM
Had you trained on hills at all?

I hadn't done hills AT ALL before the race. I'd avoided them like the plague. My practice was all flat, flat, flat. I'm sure the look on my face when I came around the corner and saw that 60 percent angle hill was PRICELESS! :D

I knew the town where the race was held is pretty hilly but I assumed that the race course would be in a flatter section. Nope, they picked the mountainous region for the race course! :lol:

OMG my thighs hurt so much I can't breathe! :dizzy:

Peaches5577
08-23-2010, 01:19 AM
You are such an inspiration to me!!! I started my own C25K program today. I almost pushed it off but made myself get out there and do it. I put in a little more time than the 20 minutes, but walked quite a bit of it in the end. Did at least the 20 in the walk/jog sessions. Could barely finish the 60 second jogs, but feel better now knowing that it will get better!!!