Post # 1
I just completed C25k program (wait for applause) and although I am so proud of myself for completing 30 minutes of straight jogging, I am still NOWHERE near 5k. I think I mapped it out and its like 1.7-1.8 miles. Which again, coming from the girl who use to write her own sick notes and fake sick in PE when we had to do the mile run, still a very good distance. I know I need to work on increasing my speed maybe once I reach 45 mins?
Have any of you who completed the program still very far off from running 5k upon completion?
I have a 5k in two and a half weeks! Obviously I dont think I will be running the whole thing (id love for maybe 2-2.5 miles to be running)
Anyone reading this thread who is thinking about it or just starting, I hope to be an inspiration. I took longer than the reccomended 9 weeks and my muscles hurt so bad at first i could only do 10-15 mins of the program! It is cliche, but if you stick to it you will make it!…i just gotta make it more!…about 1.5 miles more!
Post # 3
1.8 miles in 30 minutes is greater than a 15 minute mile… which is a fast walk for me. Are you sure you’re mapping it correctly?
But good on you for sticking with the program! I find that there are all sorts of people at 5ks – some run the whole thing and get done in a jiffy, and there are plenty of people who just walk it. Don’t be afraid of kicking butt, just do your best at it!
Post # 4
I recently completed the C25k program and I wasn’t near running a whole 5k at the end of the program (I believe I made it about 2.6 miles in 30 minutes). Keep pushing yourself to do your best. It took me about 3 weeks longer after completing the program to run my first 5k, and I did it! I certainly wasn’t the fastest in my field, but just the fact that I finished is something I’m very proud of. Stick with it!
Post # 5
Great job no matter what speed you are going!
@bowsergirl: has a good point. Are you sure you mapped it out correctly? 1.8 miles in 30 minutes would be 3.6 miles per hour… I typically walk at 4mph and my job is anywhere from 6-8mph.
Can you get mapmyrun on your phone so you have a more accurate reading?
Post # 6
This was so my situation! Well, kind of. I got to the point where I could run 5K but only occasionally, and it would take me 40 min. Are you running outdoors or on a treadmill? I find I underestimate my ability on a treadmill, but give me a good playlist and I can easily do 10km/hr without thinking of it.
I also got better when I started running for distances instead of times.
I have short little legs as I am a short little person (5’2″). My warmup walk was 3 miles per hour, and then when I started jogging I was doing like 4mph. When I got over how hard jogging was, I realized how slow that actually was by going outside. I pushed it to 4.5, then 5, 5.5, and 6. Now I can really give it and do intervals of 7.5 and 8
Post # 7
I’m just starting out, and I modified the C25K thing for me. I focus more on distance with the goal of building speed. That way, I know that I will be able to at least complete 3.1 miles when I run my first race in October. Try mapping out 3 miles wherever you run (mapmyrun.com is great for this), and walk/jog/run as best you can. I originally mapped 2 miles and walk/jogged that for a few weeks, and eventually became able to run the entire time. Today I added the 3rd mile and completed it in around 33 minutes +/-. I know it might be ugly, but i get more satisfaction knowing that i am physically able to get through 3.1 miles, regardless of quality of the run.
Post # 8
@leisha606: this is great!
i was never an active child and I too found any excuse to avoid gym class activities. i could not run up the street 5 years ago and now I have done a few 10 milers– I walk/run but I finish!
I never actually followed a program, I just ran until I couldn’t run anymore. Walked for a little. Then ran again. Then I started challenging myself- for instance, I need to make it to the 3rd stop sign or run through the commercials. It really helped me because I am not good at following schedules but I always tried to run/walk whatever the distance called for. For example, if today’s run is supposed to be recompiled completed the 6 miles however it may be.. I kept at it and now I really surprise myself. I’m not beating records but I am doing something I could never do and my time is always improving!
I have done many 5ks and I alternated between walking and running through all of them but one time I really surprised myself! I signed up for a 5 mile race (yes, 5 miles not a 5k) and I ran the entire thing! It is what I needed to prove to myself that I am better than I thought I was. You will do much better than you think at your race and you will keep getting better! Just don’t give up!
Let us know how you do at your race!
Post # 9
Sorry for the typo- I’m not sure why it says recompiled in my post!
Post # 10
No worries girl. I graduated from C25K three years ago and I’m still not running a 5k in 30 minutes. My last 5k clocked in at around 33 minutes so I’m getting there. Just keep working!
And I agree with the others, try mapping your run. Your mileage doesn’t seem to add up.
Post # 11
@bowsergirl: i jog very very slow! I think people could walk past me! lol But i am doing a pretty rough estimate. I will definitely download that app!
Post # 12
Congratulations! I did C25K a few years ago and really agree with how well the program works.
You’re right though that it does sort of assume that you’re running a 10-minute mile, which isn’t always the case, especially for beginning runners!
I’d keep up your training now that the program is over — increasing your mileage (and thereby, physical strength and endurance) is the first step. I love the idea someone else posted about mapping out 3.1 miles and making yourself do that distance, even if you walk some of it and run some of it. Keep setting goals and you’ll get there!!!
Post # 13
@thatredheadedbride: thats good to hear! Glad you stuck with it after the program and kept pushing yourself. Hopefully I will too!
@MissTatas: Thank you!! 🙂
@everridiculous: I am so glad to know im not the only one. I am running outside around my neighborhood – i wish i had a treadmill! Music helps alot, i think im going to try to run to episodes of my favorite shows on netflix..see if this helps me run for 45 miunutes or so! haha
@GrannyPantiesRock: This is a great idea! my 5k is very close and I need to start doing that distance, whether walking or jogging.
@PatientBride: It really is a great feeling to be able to accomplish what you always written off as the impossible. I never tried because I knew I couldnt. So I do love setting goals for myself and running a little further each day. That would be really cool to do a 10 one day!
@tea: that is awesome and really makes me feel better. Im like wait what? I have to run another 1.1 miles in the same time? But ill keep working on it!!
Post # 14
THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE! Just wanted to let you know I completed my first 5k – no walking!! I was so slow but I did it! After downloading MapMyRun I noticed I was only doing 17 minute miles, so I will work on speed on now! I did the Run or Dye Santa Barbara and it was so amazing. Cant wait to do a 10k!!
Post # 15
@leisha606: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Awesome, awesome accomplishment. And awesome photo! So proud of you!