(Closed) couch to 5k

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i’d love to know the answer to this, too. i’ve tried to do it twice and just gotten bored with it both times.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ive never heard of this… what is it?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I did the program back at the beginning of the year. It really does work! You will be amazed how you progress through the program. One day you’re struggling to run 5 minutes straight, a few weeks later you’re running for 20 minutes straight. 

I didn’t have a hard time staying motivated. I think how the program works, how you really SEE and FEEL how you are improving keeps you going back. 

I didn’t lose weight with the program. I doubt most people do in the early portions of it. I think you’re more likely to lose or tone in the latter stages as you run for longer periods of time. Plus, I did not usually exercise on the off days. I know I should have but I had a hard time finding time. 

Good luck!

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did it a couple of years ago and I loved it. I went from not running at all to running a half marathon and now I’m registered and training for a full. Basically I was motivated because I like plans and as a previous poster said, you can see your progress. I also used an app called Get Running that really helped. It basically kept the time for you and told you when to run and when to walk and also gave occasional encouragement. On the off days I did Pilates, and then I took one day off a week completely. Anyway, I thought it was great and definitely recommend it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I finished c25k a few years ago and am still running.  It took me longer than the 9 weeks because I had to repeat a few weeks before I felt ready to move on to the next week, but if you stick with it, then you’ll definitely be able to run a 5k by the end.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is embarassing, but I did day 1 and never went back.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was a very active person and then had to stop working out for 2 months because I badly hurt my ankle. I got so lazy and sort of depressed about not being able to work out. Couch to 5K was so easy and helped a lot. There’s a version for the treadmill as well! Now I’m back to my usual crossfit routine

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is totally me! I want to do it too.  Eager to hear about some success stories!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I did it and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m now on a similar program, but for a half marathon.

I had a little trouble staying motivated in the beginning, and I just had to force myself to go to the gym. But by the end, I actually wanted to go and would get seriously down on the days I just couldn’t.

I started this about a year ago and now consider myself to be a runner.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I just recently started this program and I love it! Honestly, never thought I was much of a runner, i”m overweight and big boob’d. But there is no better feeling then getting ready to put my shoes on and go out there and run. I don’t find it hard to get motivated. I really look forward to it because it clears my mind so much. I have been under a lot of stress lately but give me that time as I am doing the program and it’s me time. DO I still feel silly running? Absolutely. But I’m having a great time. I can already tell the difference, I’m able to go longer in running without feeling like I’m dying. And I know it’s going to feel so awesome to actually run the entire distance at the end of the program.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

It definitely works! And that’s coming from one of the worst runners ever. I usually do each week twice before I move on.

I started it back in May and got up to almost running 20 minutes straight. I then got pretty busy and quit, but I started it back up last week.

Good luck!

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper

I did Couch to 5K and it definitely works! It’s really cool to see the transformation in yourself. I started out thinking that I “couldn’t” run or that I wasn’t a runner. This sounds cheesy, but it’s empowering to realize that you can, in fact, run!

For me, the program became more fun once the chunks of running were longer. I stayed motivated by doing it with my husband (then-FI)! We kept each other accountable and had way more fun that way.

I did tone a bit during the program. I noticed a difference in my legs, for sure.

A couple of tips/notes of caution:

Buy real running shoes, and DON’T overdo it!

The program has you run three days a week. Please don’t do all three days in a row or try to fit in extra days of running. If you aren’t used to running, you need to ease yourself into it. I ended up with a stress fracture in my left foot during Week 7, so I had to stop the program and hobble around in a boot for nine weeks. My orthopedic surgeon said that stress fractures like this one occur for a few reasons: 1) you’re not used to running and you overdo it; 2) not wearing good running shoes; and 3) running on concrete.

I bought good running shoes and I thought I was sticking to the program, but we did have some times where we didn’t take a day off between runs. If you want to excerise more than just the three runs a week, I suggest something low impact!

Also, I was just being stupid and tried to be tough and “run through the pain” for a few weeks. My final piece of advice = never run through the pain. 😉

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