Post # 1
I am just about to start week 4. It has really made me enjoy running and I am looking forward to starting to run for longer periods of time – even though it feels quite daunting.
So is anyone else in the middle of if? Anyone else completed if? Anyone start it and then decide it wasn’t for them?
Let’s motivate each other!
Post # 3
@FromA2B2013: I completed it and have since run a bunch of 5ks. I had a hard time running for a minute when I started. I can’t recommend it enough!
Post # 4
I ran my first 5k at the end of week 5 because of poor planning and I was still nearly able to run the entire thing maybe only walked about 5 minutes total! Yes I was slow!
The program is awesome! When you start reaching the 20 minute runs its all mental so just dont look at clock and run! You can do it!
Post # 5
I started the program in August, having never done any excercise really at all in my whole life. I got through 4 weeks of the program and felt great, but I felt like it was moving too slowly, so I started my own version of the program and worked my way up to the 5K faster then what the program was recommending.
I ran my first 5K 8 weeks after I started the program, at 30:29. Not the fastest, but I certainly wasn’t last either, I was pretty proud of myself.
The program is a good way to ease into exercising.
Post # 6
@FromA2B2013: I did it a couple of years ago (well, a very similar plan). I liked it so much I trained for and have run 2 half marathons since! I also lost 30lbs running. It’s great! And once you get in the “hang” of it, it feels like you could do it forever!
Post # 7
I struggled yesterday with week 4 – managed the first 3 min run and then 5 min run but was slowly and it was painful in the 5 min. Then I struggled to complete the second set of runs and had to walk for a lot of it. My DH was saying that it is a big leap from week 3 – week 4 (you’re running 16 mins instead of 9) so I may go back to week 3 for a bit and possibly try my own personal slow increase…maybe run for 4 mins a few times before I do 5.
Post # 8
@FromA2B2013: I’m doing it! I’m supposed to be doing the last session tomorrow (35 minute run). I don’t think I’ll be at 5k – more like 4 or 4.2. But I’m close and I ran for 30 minutes straight last week. I could barely do the 30 second intervals when I started – seriously. I am not an athlete by any definition of the word but I’ve learned to enjoy running, I’ve lost weight, and I’m having fun. I’m running my first 5k in February and I’m really excited!
Post # 9
I started it a few months ago, but I went really slow with it. I was around 240 at the time so I could barely handle week one. Instead of giving up I just kept redoing week one until I felt ok to progress. I got to week three when I got shin splints. I’m planning to pick back up with the program soon, but on the treadmill this time.
I really enjoyed it, though, and it helped me lose weight. I’m at 217 now 🙂
Post # 10
I’m currently on week 3. I have a feeling that I’m going to need to repeat this particular week b/c day 1 on the second set of the 3 min run I had to start walking halfway through. Day 2 of week 3 I was able to complete all of the runs. I love it. I dont love running but I’m trying to make myself. I want to be able to do a 5k Memorial Day weekend.
Post # 11
Right before the last workout, I rolled my ankle. I fell off the bandwagon after that. I very highly recommend it though. I’m going to start at week 5 or 6 again once we get more daylight hours in the evenings. I’m just doing 15 minute runs for now.
Post # 12
I did it. I didn’t run a full 5k in the 30 minutes but I’ve run many 5ks, a few 10ks and a half since. It’s a great motivator and a great way to gain skill.