Post # 1
Not sure if this has already been discussed, but I’m starting the C25K program – hopefully tonight – and am looking for reviews on it. I truly hate to run but I want to master that, since running can be done anywhere … I don’t want to lug exercise DVDs around every time I go on vacation and want to work out! And the cardio strength will help me out in kickboxing, my true love 🙂 Has anyone completed the 9 weeks? Like it/Hate it?
Post # 3
I’ve done it and LOVED it!! I ran a 5k last November and the Couch to 5k program really gave me a great start. I now run regularly and have learned to love it instead of hate it. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
As much as I hate to run, I know that it is the best exercise for me as far as results. So I’ve recently considered doing a C25K program.
Obviously, there are dozens of them on the internet. Recently, I discovered that different C25K programs are available for different fitness levels. For example, some of them specifically state, “if you do zero activity whatsoever, this is for you”…while others say, “if you actively exercise but don’t run much, this is for you”, and yet others say, “if you are already a ‘runner’ but just want to build up to a full 5K, this is for you”.
I’ve found that their “starter points” are pretty accurate.
Post # 5
@Running Elley: Perfect! I would love to restructure how I think about running and actually enjoy it for once 🙂
@LoveMyDogs: Whoops – I didn’t realize there was more than one program, I just found one website and jumped on it. I’ll have to make sure mine is more of a beginner/non-runner version 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 6
I voted for love it but I am only on week 2 right now. So far so good though 🙂
Post # 7
I went from being a NONrunner….to running regularly….I did couch to 5k about a year and a half ago….now I run 10ks! It’s AWESOME!
Post # 8
I loved it! I went from not being able to run down the block to being able to run 3 miles straight. I just posted a review of the program in my blog today!
Post # 9
I’m also only on week 2 but I love it so far! I am (was) not not not a runner at all! Check out this site, there are tons of really great resources for C25k-ers: podcasts, apps, inspiration stories, etc.
Post # 10
I have just purchased a really nice treadmill off of craigslist. yay!! and i can’t wait to begin this program. any advice?
Post # 11
Here is my list of advice, the whole post is on my blog though:
I completed this program last Spring with some great results so here are a few tips I picked up along the way:
Make a schedule of when you will run to keep you motivated. I scheduled every day I would run for the 9 weeks on my iCal so I would have no excuse NOT to run.
Download some type of C25K program. If you have an iphone/itouch I suggest the C25K app. If you have a regular ipod/mp3 player download the podcasts. It is MUCH easier to run when you don’t have to focus on the time.
Invest in great shoes. I was running in okay shoes for a while and my feet never hurt but as the distances got further I decided to invest in better shoes. I went to an actual running store and had my foot analyzed (scanned, ran on treadmill, etc.) and dropped $250 on proper shoes, socks, and insoles. It was a lot of money but so worth it for the health of my feet.
Track your progress. I’ve never run the program on a treadmill, so after I get home I calculate how far I’ve run and track my speed/splits/etc. I use this program, but if you will be running on a treadmill it will be easy to keep track of. I like doing this so I can see how much I’ve improved over the weeks!
It’s okay to repeat a week. The first couple of weeks can be hard because even though the intervals are short, there are so many of them! But it does get better so push through it. I never repeated a week but I have heard some ladies have and it worked well for them.
Sign up for a 5K around the end of your program to give you motivation to finish. But, if you will be running the program on a treadmill I suggest doing some road running first to prepare you. Running outside in the elements is SO different than doing it on a treadmill.
Post # 12
I didn’t vote because I haven’t started but I’m goin to next week. I’ll let you know then.
Post # 13
I’ve only done Week 1 Day 1, so I can’t really comment. I will say, though, that I hate running and I know how good it is for a person, so I am hoping that this program will help me like running even just a little bit! I have activity triggered asthma, which is irritated by running. I know it will get better though, the more I run!
Post # 14
I hated running a few months ago, but then I decided to start and I used the couch to 5k program… After a few weeks I started to love running! I ran my first 5k in December and I felt great! It helped motivate me enough to train for a half marathon in October!
I say definitely give it a go, but don’t forget about strength training too! Running is great, but mixing it up with cross training is the best way to lose weight. 🙂
Post # 15
Wow – Love all the encouraging responses! I did Day 1 tonight and even though it’s hard, since I am SO not a runner, I think I’m going to l like it 🙂 Thanks for all the tips!
@cbrydon: and @nut9108: So inspiring! I’d be thrilled to run 10Ks!
@kirabee: and @nut9108: Thanks for the resources! Any help is fantastic with me keeping this up 🙂
@o0olibelulao0o: I can only hope to love running by the end… I’ve always haaaated it 🙁 Kickboxing and strength training are definitely things I enjoy so I’ll be sure to mix it up! I just did a bit of strength, especially abs, yesterday so I am certainly feeling it haha
Post # 16
I started this on Tuesday! I love it so far, but wait until I hit another week or so and I might feel differently.