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01-07-2014, 01:39 PM
Hey Everyone,

I thought I'd start up a C25K thread to start off the new year!

Tomorrow marks WK1 D1 for me, my goal is to be able to RUN in a 5K this summer!

Who else is making a RUN for 2015??!! ;)

01-07-2014, 02:06 PM
Yesterday evening I did W6D2 on my program which is Ease Into 5K. It was 10 minute, 3 min walk, 10 minute. Next time is my 20 min run.

I felt awesome. I also signed up over the weekend for my first 5K, on March 30th. It is the Austin Biggest Loser Run/Walk. It was good timing and should be a large turnout so that will be fun.

I was thinking I might have to walk for a bit. But essentially 3 months I should be running the whole way.

I started last August in brutal summer weather and I was around 260s. Maybe 270s cannot remember. I could not jog from the middle of my block to the end. About 300 feet.

I encourage everyone to stick with it. If I could become a runner anyone can. Take it slow and if you are overweight and certainly obese, which I was and I technically BMI wise still am, invest in good shoes. I know they are pricey but worth it.

01-07-2014, 03:41 PM
I have w7d2 scheduled for this evening (25 min run). I remember w1d1 - I thought there was no way I could do all those running segments! But I just did it and each week I have surprised myself with my progress. I am still a very slow runner. But I am running!
Good luck to you!

01-07-2014, 08:31 PM
I am also planning to start W1D1 tomorrow. I have started this program so many times I can't even count but this time I think I am in a better frame of mind and I have a plan. I will check back on this thread to keep me motivated.

01-08-2014, 12:09 AM
Yay! Coincidently I restarted W1D1 today. Last year I wasn't able to get pass W8. I'm not a naturally gifted runner but I'm going to give this another go.

01-08-2014, 01:37 AM
Okay...so I am starting W1D1 tommorow and i have no clue how to do this...guess i got to google it. I am so nervous! First time running since i was 320 lbs and worried about my breathing. I can never seem to get my breathing pattern right without starting to hyperventilate. Also worried about eating enough.. Is this really going to help me lose weight? Running??? Cause my goal is to lose another 48 pounds to get to my goal weight?

01-08-2014, 01:59 AM
Porthardygurl, do you have a smartphone? I use an app on my iphone and it tells me when to switch between jogging and walking. Plus, you can listen to music in the background.

01-08-2014, 02:04 AM
i have an android ...no apple :(

01-08-2014, 10:51 AM
Porthardygurl...there's an android app...I use one on my nexus tablet, downloaded for free. there are links on coolrunning.com and/or you can look for c25k on google play store.
As for breathing, keep your pace slow! If you think you can run slower, you're going too fast. Just take it easy and do your best. It's OK to repeat a day or a week if you can't make it through the first time. Better to go slow than to get injured or discouraged by starting out too quickly.

BTW, completed w7d2 last night. It was a challenge because I normally listen to music on my tablet while running instead of watching the countdown clock on the c25k app...but accuradio crapped out midway. First time I ever had issues with the accuradio app, but I need to look into a backup plan I can implement on the go. Its definitely easier for me to run to music.

01-08-2014, 11:13 AM
Yay for all the first timers and re-starters! Let's make this year the year to run.

This will be attempt #2 at the whole running thing. I think I may have only made it to week 6 last round, but I am bound and determined to finish the damn thing this time.

Speaking of apps, what apps are you all using? Pro and cons?

I have the Zen Labs C25K trainer pro (IOS) I think I paid a buck or two for it, probably because ads can really piss me off! I like it as I can play my own music and there is a voice (or a beep or vibrate) that chimes in and tells me when to run and when to walk. Its nice to look at, nice to use and I haven't had any issues with it. I wouldn't mind if it had a landscape mode as that's often how my phone sits on the treadmill.

bluejeans - have you tried songza? If you like playlist based on your activity you should check it out. Some pretty great dance/workout playlists, and as long as there isn't an issue with your connection it should be good to go. Or find an app with built in music player!

Do you guys warm up before you start, or do you just dive right in?

01-08-2014, 12:00 PM
I haven't tried songza, I'll check it out. the app I use for c25k was free, it has ads but they don't bother me since I don't look at it while I run. I just start it and the walk/run prompts come through in the background of my music. I use a treadmill and my nexus tablet (android). (I don't want to use headphones because I need to be able to hear my child.
I usually do some quick calf/quad/hamstring stretches, then my program starts with a 5 min walking warmup. My program does not have a cool down included, but I always do at least 5 minutes walking cool down and then calf/quad/hamstring stretches again - just really quick, like 30 seconds each.

01-08-2014, 12:49 PM
I plan on running a 5k and hopefully a 10k this summer. I'm in

01-08-2014, 09:02 PM
I am using Ease Into 5K. I like it because on iOS at least it gives distance and pace. As long as you start it first you can use any music app with it.

Did my W6D3 the 20 minute run. Perhaps a little slower than my usual runs but heart rate was still in the 150s or 160s the entire time, and no sweat. Actually the second half was easier, must have got my 'wind'.

Just mind-boggling to me I can do this at 48 whereas last summer I could not jog 300 feet. If I can anyone can. And you should all Google benefits of running. Amazing weight loss benefits, body benefits, AND mind benefits. It really helps with the mind especially keeping it plastic and spry at any age.

01-09-2014, 12:31 AM
I'm using the Zen Labs version too and I'm pretty happy with it. Ditto on Songza. I'm too lazy and don't like going trough the trouble of making my own playlists. Actually, Songza has an excellent collection of workout playlists!

01-09-2014, 09:30 AM
Wk1 D1 DONE! F Yeah! I put on the "Indie Metal Ripped" playlist from Songza and powered through :)

How was everyone else's first day back/at it?!

rbphonix - Woot woot another fellow Saskie! :) (apparently I didn't notice that before)

diamondgeog Week 6, that's awesome! I didn't make it past 4! lol

01-10-2014, 01:06 AM
I completed W1D1 yesterday and work up early to do it. It felt great and I can't wait to do W1D2 tomorrow. I have never made it past week 3 before so that is my first goal.

01-10-2014, 09:41 AM
:bravo: Nice job Rated!

I won't be able to get back to the Gym till Monday :( Going to be a busy weekend!

I can't wait to sign up for the color run again. If anyone is looking to do a 5k and can't decide, pick a color run!! It's a blast. My friend and I walked it last year, and I WILL BE ABLE TO RUN IT this year!

01-10-2014, 10:29 AM
Good job everyone! I completed w7d3 last night, felt more tired than usual, and then I realized I had been running faster than usual, must have hit the wrong button on the treadmill, lol. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm really looking forward to week 8 (28 min)!

01-10-2014, 10:36 PM
Finished W6D3. 20 min run, 3 min walk, 5 min run. Felt fine at end of 20 but took me a couple of mins to get into the 5 min run. Then fine.

01-10-2014, 11:05 PM
I would really like to start this again, I was doing good at my mom's over the summer running up and down the hills but when I got back home it hurt my calf's so I quit and just started to walk. Now with it being winter and the snow, I just don't know how or where to start. Do any of you guys run outside with the roads being wet?

01-12-2014, 06:50 PM
I did it! W1 D1 complete! I tried doing C25k a few times, at least 8 years ago. I never made it more than 10 minutes into the first day. So needless to say, I'm very proud of myself :D

I am planning to do it Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm currently unemployed (as of Friday) so I may need to change the days around once I find a new job. I'm using the Ease into 5K app on my iphone.

01-12-2014, 07:15 PM
Kate - That is great that you have stuck it out further than you ever have before.

01-12-2014, 10:05 PM
Good job Kate!
W8d1 completed. Right knee really hurting though. Will take a couple days off :-(

01-13-2014, 09:29 AM
Good work everyone! I'll be W1D2 today after work. I'm actually really looking forward to the gym today! Mostly coz I got a new FitBit Force to play with.

Take it easy faded, don't over do it! Hope you're better quick :)

01-14-2014, 09:57 AM
Hi all! I restarted C25K last week and have now completed W1 D2! I feel stronger and better every time! I have signed up for a Color Me Rad 5K on March 29!! I'm so excited!!! Nice to read all these inspiring stories!

01-14-2014, 12:04 PM
Finished W7D2 Sunday. A 26 min run. It felt fantastic. Cannot believe how much energy running gives me. Best thing ever.

But for those starting out I have some trips. It was HARD starting. I mean HARD. Much harder than giving up my fast food and junk food.

Buy good shoes. Especially if you are overweight. Look at reviews. My rule of thumb is that the list price should be at least $100. Does more money always mean better? No. But it is rare to find a truly good $50 running shoe.

Repeat days and weeks if you want. It is more than OK. I personally had a personal habit of always finishing each run when I started a run. I broke this I think 2 times when I was getting over a cold and simply could not do it. But it was more important for me to be comfortable with distances then to not make a day.

I repeated weeks 4 and 5 a lot.

It goes up rapidly near the end but it will be ok. The longest I ever ran in my life was 10 minutes. Now less than 2 weeks later I ran 26 mins. It is because the walking intervals in between 2 10min runs are rather small and your body is building up to handle it.

Good luck. If I could do this anyone can. Just a few scant months ago I could not run or at least believed that would be my fate forever.

01-14-2014, 12:13 PM
I have signed up for beginning running classes with a local running group. Here in Boulder the big thing is the Bolder Boulder, a 10K on Memorial Day. Elite runners come from all over the world, but there are also wave upon wave of ordinary folks just out for a good time. It's a huge party and I decided that this year I am doing it. I've already signed up for a wave in the "jog/walk: mostly jog category." My goal is to jog the whole 10 K though.

Of course it's super cold right now, with tons of wind. I've bought all recommended cold weather running gear ... I have access to a treadmill but I know I need to run outside as much as possible.

01-15-2014, 10:53 AM
diamondgeog - You rock! That's awesome, and good advice.

Sounds like a blast tefrey! Great motivation to get your butt in gear :D

I'll be skipping the gym today and going Thursday and Friday. Working second job tonight. Not running, but still a decent workout!

01-15-2014, 02:10 PM
Doing my 28 min run tonight. And I moved up my timetable. Found a cool sounding 5K on Feb 1 around 10 miles from home. Yeah I may have to walk some.

But still super excited.

Silver do NOT skimp on shoes. Trust me. I got the Adidas boost. My wife just got one of the Asics gel line. They make a huge difference. Plus they are awesome walking shoes.

Which brings me that my boost are very neon bright. So if you want to wear them walking might want to buy a less...look I am a running shoe and BRIGHT color.

01-15-2014, 02:20 PM
I currently have a pretty nice pair of new balances that I really like (blue and hot pink ;) I love the super bright colored shoes ) But I feel like my feet may have shrunk a little since I first bought them. I am keeping my eyes peeled for some sweet sales for now.

01-15-2014, 03:16 PM
These are puke neon yellow. Sales are great but it has to be a good shoe first. Just one trip to a doctor costs more in time, money, and aggravation and pain then even a really expensive shoe.

01-16-2014, 02:37 PM
Just finished the first week! I feel pretty awesome!

01-16-2014, 08:52 PM
Awesome. Don't be afraid to repeat weeks if you need to. It can go up pretty steep.

I did it turned out it was a 27 min run yesterday. I had played two hours of tennis the night before and the pollen was extremely high. Austin is the allergy capital of the country BTW. You can look it up.

I did not feel good pretty early into the run. But I finished. Now on week 8. I would finish, mine is a 9 week program, right before my first 5K Feb 1.

Stick with it everyone. I was so not a runner. But I made it a goal and, gasp, I even enjoy it most times now.

01-17-2014, 10:43 PM
Did 28 minutes tonight. Big turn around from Wednesday. It was one of my best runs ever. Felt super strong through it all. Was just wonderful.

01-20-2014, 10:39 AM
Good for you diamondgeog!

I am so bummed...I haven't been able to run since a week ago Sunday...going to the orthopedist tomorrow :(

01-20-2014, 11:05 AM
I had a calf pull right when I was about to hit week 5. I couldn't run for a month. I went back to week 2. Stuff happens. I hope you get better. We pulled the trigger on a treadmill for two reasons. One less wear and tear on my wife and myself. I was getting back pain, she was getting knee pain. Second it gets really miserable here in summer. So we are getting a treadmill.

I just did my 29 min W8D2 run. It felt incredible. Easier to do than 30 second was last summer. Next one is my 30 min W8D3 and I will have 'officially' completed the program, but I still can't go close to 5K in 30 minutes. But getting closer. So I will up my running time a bit after that.

01-20-2014, 11:25 AM
I really like running on my treadmill. I'm a single mom with a 5 year old, so my getting out of the house options are limited (summer is a bit easier, I can walk while she rides her bike or scooter, but it's a lot of start and stop.) I have a recumbent exercise bike as well, which I used alot before I started running, but it didn't do as much for my body - cardio is fine - but running was changing my overall body shape faster. I guess I'll see what the doc says tomorrow and go from there.

01-21-2014, 02:55 PM
Boo! Saw the orthopedist today. No more running for awhile. Apparently I have arthritis under my kneecap and running has irritated it. I had a cortisone injection and will go for some PT. Guess I'll go back to the bike for a while. It's just not the same though :(

01-22-2014, 01:26 AM
Faded - I am sorry to hear about your knee. At least you have the bike as a back up so you can still get your cardio in.

I just finished week 2 and I found the 1 min 30 sec jog really hard. I can't imagine jogging for 3 mins so I am going to re-do week 2 again to become more comfortable with the jogging.

01-22-2014, 10:01 AM
Faded - That sucks :( Biking is a pretty good backup I would say. Take it easy on your knees.

I finally finished week 1 yesterday, I think I will end up doing week 2 twice like you Rated. I actually even upped my walking and jogging speed for most of this one too.

01-22-2014, 11:54 AM
Thanks gals. I've used my bike for a long time - rehabbing my achilles, it was great. But I didn't realize until I started the C25K program how much better of a work out running is for me than biking. And I really wanted to run a 5k this year, so I'm just disappointed. I'm going to switch over to a strength training program and see where that gets me.

01-22-2014, 12:03 PM
Rated: Repeating weeks is a great idea. I set my priority to finish any day I started. So it was more important for me to get comfortable with distances than treat it as an 8 week program.

Faded: I wish you a quick recovery. I had to take a month off. It will be OK. This is for the rest of our lives. So the important thing is to keep going when your body allows, not any particular time to run a 5K.

01-24-2014, 02:20 PM
I'm going to sort of repeat my 2nd week. This week got interrupted because of job interviews and bad weather, so I was only able to go twice, and I'm not going to have a car tonight or tomorrow. So I only did day 1 and 2 of week two this week, and I will do day 3 three times next week, before moving on to week 3 the week after that. I definitely don't feel ready for week 3 just yet.

01-24-2014, 08:47 PM
Did my 30 min run today. So finished week 8. And my first 5K is a week from Saturday.

I was getting over a touch of a virus and it was 37 degrees but I did it. If I can do this anyone can. I couldn't run 30 seconds last August. And it is amazing how quickly you can up minutes the last 3 weeks. I think you go up from a 10 min run to 30 mins.

But these programs know what they are doing. A 10 min run, 2 min walk, 10 min run is really building you up. My biggest advice is to repeat weeks as often as needed to feel confident. And if your schedule allows do try to do 3 days at least per week. That helps a lot.

01-26-2014, 03:58 PM
Went on my first run on our new treadmill which was delivered today. Another 30 min run. Loved it. I was wearing a Polar heart monitor and I didn't notice this till the end because I had a tablet covering most of the display.

But it seemed the Polar auto-synched with the treadmill. Is this possible? I briefly touched one of the heart rate bar monitors but only with one hand. It must have auto synched.

01-27-2014, 09:09 AM
Good job diamondgeog! and Yes, I have a sportline HRM watch with chest strap, but the chest strap also conveniently syncs with both my treadmill and my recumbent bike, so it's definitely possible your Polar is syncing with your treadmill.

01-27-2014, 01:55 PM
Hi C25K-ers!

I started C25K in December (started at Week 3 or 4 because for a year prior, I had been occasionally doing Weeks 1-4 without ever committing to finishing the program - I did finish it once in 2009). I am shockingly out of shape but I just run slowly and get through it each time. So far things have worked out great in the end!

I have two apps for this [Felt Tip Inc's Run 5K and Zen Labs C25K Free (iOS)], so sometimes I mix up the order. This week I did a combo of Week 6 and 7 runs, building up to the 20' run without stopping. I did 10' + 8', 10'+10' and then 15' + 5'. Today I will do the 20' run (technically Week6Day3 on my program). Then it is 20' + 1', then 22', then 22' +1', then 25', 28' and .... 30'!!!!

For me it is a big psychological barrier about thinking "I can't run for X minutes steady"... a few weeks ago X was 5... now it is 20. Progress! :D

I have to say - I am slightly apprehensive about ending the walk intervals. I remember when I completed C25K last time (2009), when the intervals ended, I just slowed down SUPER slow because I couldn't gauge how I was going to make it through that much time. It is kind of ridiculous how slow I run, think :snail:. Oh well. I made it through once before and I'm gonna do it again!

Great to see other people doing the program - C25K rocks! :running:

01-28-2014, 01:41 AM
diamondgeog - That is great that it sync together. I love what technology can do

I just finished W3D1 and I am so proud of what I was able to accomplish. I repeated week 2 since I didn't think I was ready to jog for 3 mins straight. Well I did it today and it wasn't that bad, I actually could have gone longer if I had to. Two more workouts and I will completed more of the C25K program than I ever have before!

01-28-2014, 09:06 AM
yay Rated!

01-28-2014, 09:17 AM
W2 D1 Done... Finally... I struggled quite a bit with this yesterday so fully intend on repeating W2!

diamondgeog - sounds like sweet treadmill! Enjoy it :)

EmmaD - Welcome to the thread :) It's always good to hear from people who are done or nearly done, gives us some extra hope!!

Rated - Nice work! You're rocking it!

01-28-2014, 01:11 PM

I thought the walk intervals were essential. I was very apprehensive as well. Turns out it was pretty easy to bridge them. The programs really seem to know how to build you up.

Going from 10 run to 2 min walk to 10 min run then to 20 min run was very doable and my body did it very well.

01-28-2014, 01:36 PM
diamondgeog - That is great that it sync together. I love what technology can do

I just finished W3D1 and I am so proud of what I was able to accomplish. I repeated week 2 since I didn't think I was ready to jog for 3 mins straight. Well I did it today and it wasn't that bad, I actually could have gone longer if I had to. Two more workouts and I will completed more of the C25K program than I ever have before!

That's awesome! I'm doing week 2 a second time, starting today. I definitely don't feel up to those 3 minutes just yet, but I'm hoping that when I do it'll be as not that bad for me as it was for you :)

01-28-2014, 02:34 PM
Keep at it Repeat a week as many times as you need to. I could never run. I am 48 now. The thought of a minute was daunting. Then 3 minutes seemed crazy Then 5 minutes.

Then somewhere along the way the body adapts to running. Now a 30 minute run is much easier than a 5 minute run was at first. It is kind of magical. And it is very freeing to be able to run.

There are so many different exercises. And so many have their place and can compliment running. But something almost elemental about running. I truly believe it also improves your mind, thinking, and just general overall functioning of your body like almost nothing else on Earth can.

01-28-2014, 03:57 PM
I started a C25K program last year in November but I got way too busy to keep it up. I'm hoping February will the the month that I can get back into it.

I also used the Ease into 5K program, because I could put the app on my ipod and add my playlists to it while I ran, and it just verbally reminded me when to run and walk.

Sunday or Monday will mark the first day of my new program with it. I hope I can get up to that level that some of you have acheived, running for 1 min straight was a pain in the butt!

01-28-2014, 09:57 PM
The thought of a minute was daunting. Then 3 minutes seemed crazy Then 5 minutes.

YES that is what I was thinking... 3 and 5 were particular mental barriers for me. (who am I kidding? 8 and 10 were too :p)

Well, I completed the 20' run! Not gonna lie - it was hard. But do-able, super slow. And the "half way" prompt helps with motivation. Actually the 2nd half of the run went far better than the first half. Probably takes me that long to get warmed up :p

I definitely had to have a few conversations with myself: "You can't do this"... "YES you CAN" etc. I'm pretty sure I could not do it without music - I just keep rhythm with the beat to keep moving...

01-30-2014, 09:37 AM
W2D2 Done! Struggled a bit at the end with some stabby feeling in my ribs but pushed on and made it to the end! Continued for another 15 minute walk after that too! Woo!

Chelainabear - Welcome!

EmmaD - 20 minutes wow!! That's so awesome :D :D

01-30-2014, 03:58 PM
I started W3 today. ughhh it was so hard. I'm enjoying it though, it's definitely good to feel like I've accomplished something I could never do before!

01-30-2014, 04:37 PM
Woo!! Well done kate79!!!

01-30-2014, 04:55 PM
Hi all, ive started an unofficial couch to 5k 3 weeks ago. im now up to walking first 5 then running 4/walking 2 for 40 minutes. Im not finding it difficult really and i could probably push more - do you think run 5 walk 1.5 would be a good next step?

01-31-2014, 03:26 PM
Hey Rechyl - if you only started 3 weeks ago, you are already ahead of the official program! :) The program I used had 2' and 3' runs (2' walks in between) for 20 minutes for Week 3. Sounds like you can totally handle 5' runs! and plus you are used to a longer time... my program maxes out at 40' (30' run plus two 5' warm-up/cool-down).

Kate - YES that's how I feel even though I am in my 7th week :p Hard but I ALWAYS feel accomplished once I finish...

WELL - today I did the 22' run. Had some glitches along the way. I set up my playlist to be *exactly* as I wanted it (yes the music is definitely what keeps me going). When I started running, it kept shuffling the songs, so after every song I stopped and paused the running program to fiddle with my iPhone to turn off Shuffle. Then when I went back to the app, "Resume" set it back to Week 1, Day 1. AAAAARG. So I had to scroll over to Week 6 Day 3 and forward it to how many minutes I had already run. Happened like 3 times. I actually googled "How to stop shuffle on iPhone" in the middle of my run! hahaha So once i figured it out, I'm not sure how long my steady run was - at least 20' but maybe not 22' (though it could have been as much as 30' total). Think I'll repeat 22' on Monday.

OK, music problems aside, the running was NOT easy! Not to be a Debbie Downer here, but the 4+ years I have been following C25K threads, it seems like everyone breezes through the last stages. Not me. I do it but often feel like I am struggling every step of the way. I'm definitely not giving up, I want to build cardiovascular endurance, but anyway there it is - maybe someone else out there struggles the whole time too.

One theory I have is that this time (and the only other time I completed C25K) I am/have been at or near my maximum weight, which OK isn't that much - 15 pounds or so, but it is 15 pounds of fairly recent extra weight, compared with many folks who have been successfully losing weight. If I can ever manage to lose these 15 lbs, maybe running will feel easier. I've always been quite non-athletic - though I did work up to running 3 miles in 30' in my 20s, so that's what I'm aiming for again.

01-31-2014, 03:28 PM
By the way thanks for the welcome! I posted a bit in previous C25K threads over the years ... I am pretty much an expert at the first 1-3 weeks as I did them over and OVER in the last 4 years. At first I was just telling myself I was going to go through the program again "faster" but I didn't progress that way.

So this brings up a question - What are all your goals after completing the program? Some of you have mentioned races... working up to 10Ks ... ?

My current goal is to complete the program such that I can consistently run for 30 minutes at a time. That's it. Maybe a race if friends were doing it or if it was for a good cause, but mostly I'm a solitary meditative runner.

Last time I completed C25K (2009) I had no plan for afterward and I just fell off the wagon with running. A shame - it's a lot of work to get up to 5k. I can't remember if I ever got to *running* 5K in 2009, but I could run 30 minutes, then run/walk the rest for a time of around 40-42 minutes if I remember correctly.

Just wondering what specific goals you all have set...

01-31-2014, 03:35 PM
Thanks EmmaD, Ill give 5 min and 1.5 min rotation a go tomorrow. sometimes at the end im going 5 minutes anyway for my last run just to prove to myself i can so ill see if i can do it the whole time.

01-31-2014, 11:12 PM
Finished week 3 today. Not sure if I am going to repeat it again or move on to week 4.

I don't have any race plans after I finish. But in June I have to climb a mountain so I am just using the program to increase my cardio and endurance.

01-31-2014, 11:53 PM
I just started yesterday wk1 day1 and tomorrow morning shall be wk1 day2.
I'm really out of shape... So I 'walked' through one of the 'run' segments. But I'm very proud of myself :D and it's a start...I'll get there :)

02-01-2014, 12:37 AM
By the way thanks for the welcome! I posted a bit in previous C25K threads over the years ... I am pretty much an expert at the first 1-3 weeks as I did them over and OVER in the last 4 years. At first I was just telling myself I was going to go through the program again "faster" but I didn't progress that way.

So this brings up a question - What are all your goals after completing the program? Some of you have mentioned races... working up to 10Ks ... ?

My current goal is to complete the program such that I can consistently run for 30 minutes at a time. That's it. Maybe a race if friends were doing it or if it was for a good cause, but mostly I'm a solitary meditative runner.

Last time I completed C25K (2009) I had no plan for afterward and I just fell off the wagon with running. A shame - it's a lot of work to get up to 5k. I can't remember if I ever got to *running* 5K in 2009, but I could run 30 minutes, then run/walk the rest for a time of around 40-42 minutes if I remember correctly.

Just wondering what specific goals you all have set...

My goal? I just want to run a mile straight. I don't even care if I never finish the program/can do a 5k. I was harassed so bad for walking the mile in those President's Fitness challenges at school. I tried to run but I could never even do a full lap. So yeah, running a mile will be HUGE for me :)
I mean, I plan to keep going once I hit that, but that's going to be the big milestone for me!

02-01-2014, 09:48 AM
ok so today
18 min walk to gym
2 min walking, 5 mins running
repeat times 6
then i ran 8 minutes straight
did the 5 mins cooldown, did some weights and then walked home again.

02-02-2014, 10:43 PM
Anybody starting c25k in Feb?

02-03-2014, 11:13 AM
Happy Monday everyone! On Friday I finished W2D3.. barely! So I am still planning on repeating W2. It's good timing to repeat because this week is going to be hectic and I'm having a hard time planning to fit in gym time! On the up side, when working job #2 I easily hit 10,000 steps so I'm still getting decent exercise!

EmmaD - My goal is to do a color run 5K in the summer, and hopefully continue to do 5K's, and move up to 10K's eventually. I'd like to just be a runner.... We have gorgeous trials all along the river that I would love to get to know! Ultimate ultimate goal though I think might have to be roller derby tryouts next year!

Rechyl - You're doing awesome! 8 minutes straight is wicked!

Nichelle Welcome to the thread! And good job so far! If you feel like you need to repeat weeks, go for it !!

Kate79 - That is a great goal! I could never ever ever RUN in school. I could barely jog most of the time... I could walk briskly... but didn't even want to do that most of the time!!

lilmisschattabox - Welcome to the thread :D

02-03-2014, 12:02 PM
Head on over to the new thread! (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/exercise/292423-february-2014-c25k-running-wild.html)