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01-13-2011, 05:25 PM
So tonight (in 1/2 hour exactly) I begin W2D1 of C25K - and I am NERVOUS! I am nervous that I won't be able to run straight for 90 seconds - 6 times total! For those of you that have moved past Week 2, any insight/motivation you can offer???


01-13-2011, 05:52 PM
You can do it!

I did W2D2 yesterday. I was easier than W2D1 at least. :) I not much ahead of you, but I think the best piece of advice I have been given is to pace myself nice and slowly. I take it up on the last run interval if I think I can, but set a nice slow jog earlier and a slow walk for recovery. When I finish, I may go back through the whole program picking up speed, but for now I am just going for completing the workout even if that means really slow jogs and walks.

01-13-2011, 05:59 PM
You SO TOTALLY can do it!! Don't count down the seconds when you're doing it, but put other thoughts in your head - run each one thinking about someone you love or an issue or something like that so you're not focusing on the footfalls and you'll be surprised. Then think how STRONG you're going to feel when you're done this evening. And how empowered you will when you go again. :)

01-13-2011, 10:38 PM
Thank you so much, ladies - and I DID IT!!! :carrot: I am sooooo proud of myself! Incredibly, for some reason, I actually found today easier than W1! I think maybe it had something to do with being able to walk for 2 minutes...I'm not sure - but it was definitely easier today! Whoo hoo! I am so excited!

01-15-2011, 09:32 PM
W2D3 DONE!! My legs were still sore from my leg workout, but I got it done anyway. It was strange to have sore legs more of an issue than lack of cardio condition. Week 3 scares me... doubling the run duration to 3 minutes?!

01-16-2011, 02:27 PM
Congrats! I am on W7D2... going for my second 25 minute run - OH-MY-GOSH. It's no joke but, you know what, I did it once, I WILL do it again. Big goal is a 1/2 M with my SIL in June... but really need to think about one day at a time. I remember back to W2 - hang in there, ten seconds at a time.

ali g
01-17-2011, 04:31 PM
I did W3D1 today. Little by little, we're getting there!

01-18-2011, 02:51 PM
I'd love to do this too ... just to push myself a bit more. Where do you find the "instructions" to this C25K?? Please direct me to it!! Sounds so exciting! Nothing like seeing self improvement!!

01-18-2011, 05:25 PM
I did W3D1 today. Little by little, we're getting there!

I did W3D1 yesterday as well. It was really really hard, but I made it through. :)


SDV219 - You can find the program at http://www.c25k.com or http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

01-18-2011, 07:08 PM
Thanks a bunch!!

ETA: So you only do this 3x/week? Oh wow, that's exciting ... I'm ready to take this on! I've never been a runner (except in 8th grade when I ran cross country), but I'm going to give it a try! I'd love to run in the Breast Cancer Expo next year! WOW ... I just made myself a new goal!! Thanks ladies!! 3FC is awesome!!!!

01-18-2011, 09:12 PM
For me, the biggest part was getting the negativity out of my head. I found myself thinking "i can't wait until this interval is over" every time. Then I stopped myself and thought, "Why? Do your legs hurt? No. Are you struggling to breathe? Not really. Joint pain? Well, no." I couldn't wait to stop because I had conditioned myself to hate running. Now everytime I feel like complaining to myself, I ask myself "why?"

ETA- I'm on W6D2 tomorrow

01-18-2011, 09:17 PM
It was strange to have sore legs more of an issue than lack of cardio condition.

I had this issue for the first time W5D3. It was weird for me too. I tend to judge how hard I should push myself based on how I feel cardiovascularly. I ended up pushing my legs too far and was limping around all weekend. Moral of the story: run slower on long runs.