Exercise! - 1st Day-Couch to 5K-I'm a runner! Sept 2013

09-13-2013, 01:47 AM
I thought I'd start a new thread as the last was full, and i found it really helpful :)

I've just completed week 4 and it did not destroy me as I expected. Onward to week 5........

09-14-2013, 09:28 AM
well if nobody else will, I'll jump in here. I just completed week 2 and I'm actually really excited for week 3. not since junior high have i jogged for 3 consecutive minutes.

crazycatwoman I'm terrified of week 5 (8 minute jog).I'm sure at the end of it though it will be very rewarding. good luck and congrads on your progress so far! also do you do it 3 times a week or do you do it more?

09-14-2013, 12:25 PM
Thanks for joining me jackiedavis87!

I've not run since I was a child, and can never remember running for more than a minute at a time so this is totally alien to me. In some ways I feel I am cheating on a treadmill, but given time I will brave the great outdoors!

I do the intervals at least 3 times a week, and repeat them as necessary. Today I did week 5 day 1 and felt great (3 x 5min jogs). My pace is really slow but for the first time I was able to hold my head up and not look at my feet, and try to focus on something other than mentally counting down the clock. I use the podrunner stuff I download and think the mixes are brilliant. I will probably do day 1 a couple of times before the dreaded 8 minute 'run'. I really want to just get on with and not worry about the clock! Not easy though. I love the idea of just being able to run at a steady pace and keep going and going - mainly because I've never been able to do it.

Good luck. if I managed it, I am pretty sure anyone can :) Keep us posted.

09-14-2013, 01:08 PM
I did it almost to the end a year ago, but then weather got in the way. I'm now restarting (nearing the end of week 2), but my schedule means it will take me longer than a week to get through the 3 runs. So I'll be hopelessly out of sync, but, hi, I'm here.

09-15-2013, 09:19 AM
I'd like to join in as well.

I'm starting tomorrow and I'm super nervous about it because while I've jogged at home and walked in public, I haven't jogged in public much (I go to a nearby park, not a gym). Basically I'd like to have a place to post about my progress because I haven't really told my friends and family about it, and I need to hold myself accountable somewhere :p

09-15-2013, 09:34 AM
Welcome broccolikatie and ILoveVegetables. We can do this! In whatever time, speed, shape or form we can leave that couch!!!!

09-15-2013, 11:23 AM
I am going to jump in on this post too!!! Today I started C25K Week 3 Day 1 again... I had made it to Week 7 Day 1 and I had to sit out for awhile on an ankle to heal and then I started back to C25K and then got sick. So I decided to work my way back through the program starting at Week 3 Day 1. I enjoy the program...I don't follow it like most do. I jog everyday and When I get to week 4 I tend to do week 3 days that I am not doing week 4 days, I discovered it was easier for me to do the program i jogged everyday! We can do this!

09-16-2013, 02:35 AM
Welcome carebearcm89. That's a great idea about interspersing week 3 days - I might try that.

This morning I did wk 5 day 1 again - I just couldn't face the 8minutes! Also I did a long walk yesterday on asphalt and my hips still don't like that much. It'll be ages before I can run on anything other than the treadmill. But I'll get there.....

09-16-2013, 02:41 PM
Today I did Week 3 Day 2, it was difficult because my allergies were acting up and making it difficult for me to breathe through my nose, resulting in me breathing through my mouth and sounding like a over weight hog trying to catch it's breath and run. I made it and didn't stop, hopefully tomorrow will be better. Also lately I have just seemed to be so tired which might of affected how I did. (No clue what is going on with me.) Have a great day everyone!

09-16-2013, 03:38 PM
So, I've started C25K for the third time last week -- I keep getting up to week 4.5, and then losing it for whatever reason! I'm trying it on the treadmill this go around, which seems to be working a little better (and is giving me some direction at the gym).

I do have a goal of "running" our town's Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K. I've done it the past few years, but I haven't been running it! This year, I hope to change that. I know that I need to intersperse my gym workouts with workouts on the actual course, which includes hills and stuff that don't figure into my treadmill!

Good luck to all of us!

09-17-2013, 10:22 AM
wow I"m gone for one day and miss almost a page of post lol.

ilovevegtables- welcome! and be proud, you're taking a step towards better while there are still so many people on the couch and i don't see how anybody has any right to say anything about it :)

broccolikatie- welcome also. congrats on almost completing it last year, I've been getting terrified of week 7,8,9 lol

carebearcm89- hi! I'm glad somebody is on the same week with me so i won't have to totally struggle alone hahaha.

staja- hi! I don't know what treadmill you're using but some will let you hook up your phone and run an actual course through Google. I an also trying to find a 5k to sign up for in December for my bday!

crazycatlady- i hear ya, i also plan on doing day one over when i get to week 5, but you will do that 8 min run eventually and when you do it's going to feel amazing, just remember that.

I actually do the program 6 days a week 3 to do it and 3 to better my distance. and i do 3 days on a treadmill and 3 on the road. i would do all 6 on the road just because it is harder but i can't because of the way my work hours are. my goal is to eventually work my way up to a half marathon, which will be a long time from now. but as it turns out i love running, and if you knew me you would know how hilarious that is. anywho today is day 2 on the road :)

09-17-2013, 11:28 AM
Yeah, I'm taking my time this year because I'm interspersing walk/run things using the Zombies Run app. I tried their 5K version last year, but the problem with it is that it doesn't push you as much as the C25K app (there's a lot of "run as much as you can" and "walk if you feel like you need it"). As a change from C25K, though, it's really fun.

09-17-2013, 12:17 PM
Oh wow, I'm glad I found this thread! A few weeks back I started C25k and finished about a week, but fell off the program. I've been sitting on my a$$ today thinking about doing it, came here for at least a little kick in said a$$ to get UP, and I saw this!

So, starting over. Day one for me. Wish me luck! :D

09-17-2013, 12:19 PM
Zombies Run app

What is this fun sounding thing!? ;) I'm gonna check that out, too.

09-18-2013, 02:45 AM
:tread: Yay - I did week 5 day 2! And the 8 minutes was okay. The first one was easier than the second, admittedly, but both were accomplished and I am still alive. Thank goodness for music to help.

Now folks, any tips as to how to cope with week 5 day 3: 20mins is kind of scary. I know that I can repeat some stages, or do an intermediate time, but I want to have a crack at this.........

And if I can do it, it has to be proof anyone can :)

Keep on running folks.

09-19-2013, 12:31 PM
I missed yesterday...yuck. Sister came over and my day was just shot...lost motivation.

Doing it now!

09-19-2013, 08:25 PM
Hey! There's loads of runners now, yay!

I'm on week 7 day 2, (so 25 mins running). The last one killed me because I wore full jogging trousers at the warm gym - stupid idea! In the last couple of weeks I've left my temporary work and have been saying goodbye to a lot of people (because I'm moving back to university, which is in Ireland rather than England where I've been spending my summer) so my diet has been baaad and so has my exercise routine. But I've managed a few gym sessions and I'm glad for it. I actually find I'm missing them!! But I also find that I'm not as motivated to do C25K now that it's just the boring big chunks of running. But hopefully this thread will help keep me motivated! :)

Crazycatwoman - OOoh the 5 week day 3 mark! I think you should go for it. You can do it. Your body is ready, you just need confidence and stubborness. Just keep thinking how pleased with yourself you'll be if you manage to do it first time. And how great it'll feel to tell your friends or us that you have just ran 20 mins straight! I know I told far too many people before the run that I couldn't NOT do it ha ha. Just take it way slower than you think you'll need to (I previously ran at 9kmph and turned it down to 7.5kmph for it! It was slower than I needed but at least I got through it! You can always speed it up half way through if you're feeling cocky :P). You'll be fine! :)

SkinnyBee - No judgements here.. I've been slacking lately! (see above :P) Good luck!

09-20-2013, 02:41 AM
I am in shock.

I did it! The evil nasty hideous 20min wk5 day 3 !!!! I can't quite believe it. It was at a pace which a turtle would beat, but so what! 6.8km/h is better than 6.5km/h......

I plugged myself in to a podcast - a radio show rather than music - and set the timer to go off on the phone, and put the phone face down. After what I though was 10 minutes I snuck a look at the phone: 7 mins. My heart sank. I thought there was no way I could make it. I just told myself to carry on, and then it dawned on me the timer was counting down and i had 7 minutes to go, not 7 minutes had passed... So I kept going and going and was so amazed at the end I couldn't even smile.

So one more mini-goal: I have 'run' a mile. Well, more than that. Okay, it's on a treadmill and another mini-goal will be running outside, but this is great for today.

Cantgetenoughchoc -I want to be catching you ! And trying different gym clothes too, and speeds. I have to admit, now I know i can do a 'longer' chunk of time, I am also worried about my motivation.

Thank you everyone for the moral support.

09-21-2013, 03:48 PM
Just did day 1 of week 4 using the ease into 5k app. On that one it was a 4 min run, 90 or 120 sec walk, I can't remember, then 6 min run, then walk and another 4 min run.

Week 3 the longest run is 3 mins. I thought no way. Well I did it today and feel great. I am so glad I bought Adidas Boost shoes. They cost a ton, but being overweight I didn't want to mess around. They are very comfortable and cushioning. Maybe I will actually be able to do a 5k. The 6 mins was huge for me.

09-23-2013, 01:35 AM
Just did day 1 of week 4 using the ease into 5k app. On that one it was a 4 min run, 90 or 120 sec walk, I can't remember, then 6 min run, then walk and another 4 min run.

Week 3 the longest run is 3 mins. I thought no way. Well I did it today and feel great. I am so glad I bought Adidas Boost shoes. They cost a ton, but being overweight I didn't want to mess around. They are very comfortable and cushioning. Maybe I will actually be able to do a 5k. The 6 mins was huge for me.

Congratulations! You're doing great!

10-06-2013, 06:29 AM
How is everyone doing ? It's gone quiet...

I 'peaked' at a 30 min continuous run/waddle o the treadmill, and then got a stomach bug so had to have a few days off. That knocked me back and I am struggling with the longer stretches. And today I just wimped out after 10 mins and went along with a brisk walk.

After getting annoyed with myself I gave myself a talking to - even 3 months ago I couldn't run at all, so this is still great progress and I need to keep motivated.

10-08-2013, 12:09 AM
Hope I'm not too late to join the party! I did C25k a few years ago but didn't finish the program. Well, now I'm down almost 50lbs and giving it another try! I just finished week 1 tonight, on to week 2 Wednesday :)

10-08-2013, 12:44 AM
Welcome amt6 - all are welcome to join the party!

Good luck for Wednesday - keep us posted :)

10-18-2013, 11:16 AM
I finished week 2 yesterday :) I actually felt really great and didn't want to quit the entire time. Nervous about week 3 as it really steps up from 90 seconds to a 3 minute jog. I'm sure I can do it though!

11-27-2013, 03:16 AM
It's gone really quiet here so I was wondering how everyone was doing....

I got to week 8 (on a treadmill) and realised I was hating the long runs, even with podcasts and music. I was waddling along at less than 7 km/h too so decided I would work on my speed a bit. For the last couple of weeks I have done two 1km intervals at whatever speed it takes (I am comfortably at 8km/h now . not fast, but I am happy). I have a 2min walk in between. This doesn't take up so much time, builds my stamina at speed and makes me feel i am achieving something. I am working towards being able to run outside when the snow clears in spring, and for that I need better knees to cope with the impacts, so I figure higher speed will help build strength.

I still want to run a 5km, and even a 10km. I know I can do 5km on a treadmill now, but kind of got bored with it. But, I don't feel like I have given up as I am still running 3 times a week at least.

So what's happening with everyone else ?

12-29-2013, 08:37 AM

I feel huge guilt coming onto this thread.... for I have failed. :( I got to uni and... went to the gym 3 times over the last 3 months. And so I've quit my membership, cause I couldn't really afford it. :( I'm really disappointed with myself, but... I just didn't make time for it. It's my own fault. :/

I've lost 3lb this term, which I am a bit confused about cause I was convinced I'd put weight back on. But now I am starting to think it was muscle that I lost. Cause if anything I look flabbier :P ... So stick at your running!! It's got so many benefits!

But I am really happy to see that you've carried on CrazyCatLady! I'd like to say that I'll go back to uni after christmas and take up running outside... but... I'm probably not going to :P Hopefully I'll return to it one day when I've got a bit more time and a bit more money, cause it's such a good programme and I really did enjoy it while I did it! :)

01-12-2014, 05:01 AM
Started week 4 day 1 this morning. Loved it. I was so worried I couldn't hack it but I am improving. One thing I realized is that if I try keep a slow and steady pace I will feel so much better at the end and the results are usually better.