Post # 1
Is anyone else doing Couch to 5k and/or using Map My Run? Looking for fitness buddies and all the threads on them I found were from years ago.
I started using Map My Run tonight if you want to link up, send me a message!
Starting Couch 2 5K tomorrow morning as motivation to lose weight for my October wedding, and also because I am shamefully out of shape. My FI and I went to a museum this weekend, and I was out of breath from 3 flights of stairs to the point I had to rest at the 2nd, and after the 3rd! I want to be a girl who can run a 5K, maybe not in a fast time, but at least do it. I want to feel pride!
Maybe we can start a motivational thread if anyone else is just starting out?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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 # 6
Pollywog: Thanks! Good to know that this is harder than getting from 5k to a marathon, I can see how that would be true!
Post # 7
leisha606: Wow, that’s a great story! Certainly gives me hope. Today was Day 1 and I could not run the 60 seconds I needed to more than twice during the time. The other run intervals I had to cut short or 5 second rest in the middle. That’s awesome that you could do 7 minutes straight!!!
Post # 8
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!