Couch to 5K and Map My Run users!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Have you done Couch to 5k?
    Yes, started but not completed (or in progress)! : (5 votes)
    56 %
    Yes, completed it! : (1 votes)
    11 %
    Would love to try just haven't yet! : (3 votes)
    33 %
    No, I have not. : (0 votes)
    Pssssh, I run all the time, I don't need that! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    Member
    4825 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’ve qualified for the Boston Marathon 4 times and I still get winded going up stairs 

    Keep it up though!! A 5K is very doable and you’ll feel great! Running is really hard when you start out, but once you get in shape it becomes much easier and more enjoyable. The trick is not giving up before then!

    Post # 3
    Member
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Congrats on the C25k program! My sister did it and I did a modified version of it (as in I had no idea that it existed and recreated the plan on my own). It was great. Just as a warning, getting up to 1 mile and 5k were way, way harder than getting from a 5k to a marathon (marathon training isn’t easy and takes months, but it was way harder mentally to run a full mile without stopping!)

    I was totally the girl who couldn’t run around the track in high school to save my life. At all. Totally the last kid picked for everything. After 5 months of running on my own I did a 5k and my time was pretty good. Not an all star time, but way better than I expected. Then I realized I could run far (when I had too much wine and signed up for races and then trained my butt off). I got really, really good. So don’t sell yourself short– you may become the girl who runs really fast 5ks or half marathons. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    16 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    stephee:  I started it to help keep me get better at running and I really enjoyed it! I didn’t finish the program but I did just run my first 5k last month and let me tell ya, running by yourself does not come close to running with a big group of people. It’s so much more motivating and I found myself keeping pace with other runners. I ran for longer stretches that I had by myself and now when I run I feel a lot strong (I think that’s just confidence kicking it since I accomplished my goal). 

    Post # 5
    Member
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee

    stephee:  Hey!

    i did c25k last year and wanted to share my experience.

    It was tough for me to follow the program. 1. I couldn’t run more than 2 minutes at a time and 2. when i stopped for the walking breaks – my front of my calves hurt so bad! They were manageable during the running portion, but walking – forget about it.

    I had to buy some proper shoes and that still didn’t help. I started mainly using the program as a timer (this was before i found Map My Run). Everyday i would run a little longer before stopping to stretch – i remember i almost cried when i ran 7 whole minutes non-stop!

    I really thrived off of that. I really enjoyed seeing how i could progress and each day i would run another 20-30 seconds (hell even a whole minute if i was feeling up to it) I took it at my own pace and it took me a lot longer than the alloted time on c25k. I want to say about 3-4 months.. 

    I signed myself up for a 5k and that is what motivated me to keep training. A few days before the race i ran a total of 2.2 miles! I thought well thats is good enough! I will only have to walk 1 mile in the race!

    The day of, i didn’t have my phone to keep track of my distance or time. I ended up dong the full amount with no stopping! because i didnt want to end and not know how far i actually ran on race day. I just kept going and i was like oh wow theres the finish line already! 

    Unfortunately i havent kept it up as best as i could, but trying to get back into it! Just started running/walking a mile or so in the mornings. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee

    stephee:  psssh don’t worry! I could run the whole minute, but couldn’t do the whole session. Are you completing the full 30 mins? If so, that is great!

    and at my 5k I actually ran over 45 minutes straight – and there was a small hill! Lol I really recommend signing up for one in 5-6 months to give u a push. There’s not a lot of pressure because tons of people walk! I did run or dye which is like a color run – so much fun!

     

    stick with it! I know it doesn’t feel like you will ever progress, but u will. Once I build back up I am going to sign up for a Disney 10k! 

     

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