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03-12-2006, 02:01 PM
has anyone tried the couch to 5k plan over at the cool running site? did it help you lose a lot of weight? if you did it, did you do any other things along with it like pilates or weight training? thanks in advance!! :D

03-12-2006, 03:57 PM
I've just started it, but I have heard lots of good things about it. Of course, I'm taking it probably 3 times as slow as even they suggest lol Good luck!


03-12-2006, 09:48 PM
thanks for replying ejm.

and umm....anyone else going to reply???? i know more than one person on this whole board has done this program. it'd be great if people could reply to my posts!! :( :?: It seems no one ever does

03-12-2006, 11:10 PM
I tried the C25K program a while back but got frustrated after a little while because I didn't think I was progressing like I should, time/distance wise. Turns out I was just running faster than I should have been. Right now I'm doing something similar to the C25K program and just today I was able to run (well...slowly jog) for 28 minutes straight, no walking.

From your first post it sounds like you're trying to find out if taking up running will cause a lot of weight loss. That I'm afraid I can't answer as I haven't lost much weight. Perhaps you might get more responses in the maintainers forum since they have lost a lot of weight and they can tell you how responsible running was to their success. I do know that fat loss results from a caloric deficit and some form of exercise is a must.

Also, running/jogging is my cardio and I also weight train 4 days a week.

03-13-2006, 07:59 AM
I did couck to 5k. I haven't lost any weight doing it, but I'm so close to goal it would be different for me. I also weight train and kickbox, so it was only a supplememntary exercise anyway.

I do love the programme, it really eases you into running and I was majorly impressed at being able to run for 30 minutes non-stop.

As to whether you lose weight, that's down to your eating and your calorie burn while you run. It really is calories in, calories out!

03-13-2006, 02:32 PM
I have been doing this! I think I'm on week 5 or 6. Haven't done the long 20 minute jog, but have worked up to 9 minutes without stopping which is amazing for me! I also take the speed super slow- but it's working for me. I figure I can work on speed later.
AS for weight loss- yes I have lost 1bout 16 lbs- can't credit all with the running, but I do believe running is a great workout and efficient fat burner. I'm also doing t-tapp (www.t-tapp.com) on the off days- it's kind of like pilates- lots of strength and stretching stuff.

03-13-2006, 03:21 PM
I did this program about 5.5 years ago, and while I did get into running, I can't say that I lost a lot of weight doing it - but I did lose 2 sizes! You really need both exercise and diet to lose weight. Since then I've gained back a fair amount of weight, but I'm trying to do C25K again so I can use running for cardio in the summer....

03-13-2006, 03:26 PM
I didn't do couch to 5k, but I did start running and built up from nothing, and I credit it with almost all of my weight loss to date. Now I'm running rather more than 5k to be fair, but I love running as a form of exercise, and it really did work for me.

Only Me
03-13-2006, 06:13 PM
I did the couch to 5k program summer 2004. I was losing weight at the time, but that was more due to careful calorie counting and lots of walking than 30 minutes of walk/jog 3x per week. I've slowly worked my way up to about 50k/week. But even now, I have to be careful about what I eat to lose weight. (The upside to all the running is that I can eat quite a lot without gaining.) It did totally reshape the lower half of my body though. I've always had bigger thighs, but now they look muscular rather than just fat. And my hips are narrower than pre-kids.

03-13-2006, 09:10 PM
Danzer -- I have never done the Cto5K but I did start running and this has made me lose the weight that I wanted the fastest... But I was eating well and weight training before starting, I just needed the boost to my lifestyle. You need the "Trinity" -- Clean eats, Cardio and Weight training....

03-13-2006, 10:12 PM
I did C25K about two years ago and have been running ever since. It's a great way to start running. I can't say I lost any weight though.


03-14-2006, 06:01 PM
I'm doing the couch to 5k training program. My 5K is in 1 month's time and so far so good. I can't say that I'm sticking 100% to the training though, as it was a little too much for me, being a newbie to running and all. I am very happy with the results though, and can now run almost 25 minutes. Following the training schedule has given me a 'purpose'...if that makes sense and I'm very confident as to what my results in the upcoming 5k will be. I would say since I started the training and food journalling, I have lost almost 10 lbs. SO ITS WORKING!!! :carrot: Good luck!!

03-14-2006, 06:15 PM
heres a question....... at what weight did u start running? or should i say how many of u started at over 200 lbs?

03-15-2006, 11:55 PM
I started probably at 230.

03-16-2006, 10:19 AM
I started the C25K program last Nov, and it was part of weight loss plan. I combined it with walking 5K per day and dieting. I have lost almost 30 pounds since then. I completed my first 5K early Jan and can run up to 5 miles now. It's a great program and really does work.

03-17-2006, 03:43 PM
I started running at about 260 and ran my first 5k race (or most of it!) at about 215, my first 10k at about 190 and my first half marathon at 165.

03-18-2006, 03:13 PM
Curly....I started running when I was about 215 and started off doing 3-5 minutes at a time. Since I committed to running a 5K in April, I've stepped it up quite abit to where I'm running almost 25 minutes at a time. If you're thinking about running....just start!!!

03-18-2006, 04:58 PM
Anyone else have problems with pain in their feet and ankles after running? The next two days after I run, my feet and ankles always hurt. It's not a right away type thing at all, I never have a problem until the next morning. If you've had this, what did you do about it? Or did it just go away after your body got used to running? I enjoy running, but I can't do it if it's going to make mere walking painful for the next 2 days, KWIM?

Fat Chick B Gone
04-12-2008, 03:04 PM
Okay dumb question perhaps. I've thought about trying this couch to 5k thing for a while and might actually give the first session a whirl today but I'm a little confused.
It says a brisk 5 min walk to warm up and then you alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking and keep repeating for a total of 20 minutes. So do you actually do the cycle for 20 minutes for a grand total of 25 minutes workout or do you cycle for 15 minutes for a total 20 minute workout with the warm-up?


04-12-2008, 04:03 PM
Heather - it's actually 30 minutes.
5 minute warm up walk

Alternating sets of 60 second jog/90 second walk - you do (I think) 8 sets. Whatever totals out 20 minutes.

Then you do a 5 minute cool down walk.

I recommend downloading some mp3s or podcasts if you can. They have been very helpful for me to keep track of how many sets I have done.

04-12-2008, 06:09 PM
I just started this today. I downloaded the podcasts last night. I think I can/should jog a little faster the next time (Monday) that I do this. After I finished the podcast, I kept walking until I got to 5K.

I plan on doing a 5k fun run/walk in July....I hope to be able to run most of it by then.

Fat Chick B Gone
04-12-2008, 06:27 PM
Yeah I'm going to have to see if I'm smart enough to get the podcast on my player ( I have a Sony mp3 player not an Ipod). I don't think I can keep up with dogs, myself and the time! Does anyone have a good one they use for the program with music - I'm a rocker kinda girl. Thanks!

Fat Chick B Gone
04-12-2008, 07:53 PM
Yea go me, figured it out and made it through the fist session. Okay not even going to lie, I thought I may die but I did make it all the way through.

04-13-2008, 10:08 AM
Hey ladies... since this thread is 2 years old, you should come join us in the April C25K thread (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=138627). It's mostly accountability, but also plenty of questions/advice, etc. :)