(Closed) Couch to 5K?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am not new to running, but whenever I start running after not having run for some time, I tend to beat myself up for not being able to do an awesome job right away.  So my advice is to take it slow.  

 

I don’t know how the couch to 5K program works, but my advice would be to figure out what 5k or 3.2 miles looks like in your neighborhood.  Then, every day, I’d run/walk that distance.  Each block in Philadelphia is about a tenth of a mile (depending on where you are, of course), so you’re “only” talking about thirty blocks.  Where in Philly do you live?  

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper

I did C25K, and it really worked for me. The program makes you realize that you *can* run, which is a pretty cool feeling, especially if you’d previously been intimidated by running like I had been.

I don’t think I lost weight during the nine weeks of the program, but I definitely toned and could notice a difference in my legs. I think the weight loss would come in after you’re done with the program and you’re consistently running 5Ks.

I’d recommend sticking with the program, and definitely take a day of rest between running days if you aren’t used running a lot. I had a freak occurence while I was doing C25K, and I ended up with a stress fracture in my left heel at the end of the program. A big part of it was overdoing it or not resting between running days. So if you do want to exercise in the days between running, do something  low impact like yoga, pilates, or even the elliptical. The repeated stress of running and inadequate rest, combined with me being a new runner, were just a bad combination for me. But please, don’t let that scare you off! Even the orthopedic surgeon I saw told me it was a “freak incident.” Oh, and if you do have any pain at any point, don’t just “run through the pain,” like I tried to do, haha!

I’d also recommend investing in some nice running shoes so that you have the proper support and shock absorption.

I don’t know if this is an option for you, but my husband (then-FI) did the program with me and it really helped us both to stay motivated. 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@phillybride61513:  Oh I didn’t even see the Atlanta thing!  Don’t take a DRIVE around your neighborhood, silly…get a pedometer and take a walk!  You can figure out the distance from the pedometer and double check with your car later.  =)  Good luck.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@phillybride61513:  I used C25K and I think it’s a great program. I had never run before, and it was a great way of training me how to run. I liked how it made me feel–like i was accomplishing something. 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper

@BagsnBooks:  I agree! It made me excited about running because I could tell how much stronger I was getting week by week.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I tried to do the couch to 5k program but modified it some.  My advice is to try what it recommends and if you find it too simple (not getting winded) just increase the time start times, but continue to increase the time by week.  Also, you can throw in an extra (4x as opposed to 3 to build up more stamina).  Or you can just follow it haha just saying!

Definitely don’t get ahead of yourself and set unrealistic goals- that will get you discouraged! It is fun to see how much you can improve from one week to the next!  I know I had a tough time runnin 2 mins without stopping and then when I could do 14 min without stopping I was amazed!  (If I stop running for like 2 months though I’m right back to where I was Undecided)

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

I’m a master at the couch part. I don’t know anything about the rest.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Gemstone:  Is jogging distance not good for weight loss? I would think you would drop weight if you trained for 9 weeks?

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve never actually finish doing the c25k, but I did like it a lot when I was doing it.  I’ve managed to kill my legs, so I’m off of it for now due to doctor’s orders.  I will say, gentlely ramp up your running.  It is really easy to hurt yourself if you aren’t used to listening to your body.  I wish I had listened to my body and stopped pushing it too hard.  I think I could have prevented the stress fracture that way. I’m so anxious to get back to it though.  I must fit into this dress.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Doing couch to 5k you will burn 200 to 300 calories a session. It is a great start, but running makes you hungry and you won’t burn a ton.

HOWEVER, do it. It is a great way to get started running. Once you get up to running 30 minutes (about 300 calories or 3 miles), you will get faster. I now run about 3.5 to 4 in an hour, which is about 350. I also have worked on running farther. Today I ran 7 miles in an hour, which is 740 calories, but I would have never been able to do it if I hadn’t started with a modified version of C25k. I do it combined with weight lifting and eating right and have started to like running.

My sister followed C25k and is now running 5ks and liking it. She hasn’t lost weight, but hasn’t gained either. She likes the social aspect of it.

Post # 15
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper

@FauxBoho:  I think you don’t drop weight on the program because of how gradual the training is. If you take a look at the first few weeks, you’re walking far more than you’re running. So the “training” part really comes in much later. You’re right in that I’d think jogging distance should be good for weight loss, but you really aren’t jogging any true distance until halfway through the program, as it’s intended as a starter program for people who aren’t used to running.

After the nine weeks though, you’re theoretically running three 5Ks a week — I bet that leads to some weight loss!

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