Couch to 5k?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
2014 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

happybridetobe1988 :  Keep going. You need to increase your fitness. Or try hiit training. So that’s sprinting for 30 seconds & then walking for 30 seconds – repeat. This is the fastest way to get fit fast.

Post # 5
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I did it and it worked but I have knee troubles so after a few months they started playing up and I stopped running. If it weren’t for my knee problems it’d have been great!

Post # 6
1058 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I did and it works! There was a week or 2 where I either didn’t run as much as I should have or I just wasn’t making progress as fast as it said I should have, but I just gave myself extra time (like I ran the same week’s run 2 weeks in a row until I felt better about it), and I got there eventually. So even if you have to repeat the same week or the same day or whatever, if you keep pushing forward, you will get to the 5k point as long as you don’t get discouraged and don’t give up.

So my advice would be don’t feel discouraged, and don’t feel bad about yourself if you can’t keep up with the schedule. Everyone is different and what is important is going at your own pace until you feel comfortable enough to progress.

Post # 7
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Yes and yes! I had terrible cardio fitness and couldn’t run for more than 1-2 minutes before it. After C25K I was able to run for like 30min straight, and had a good pattern to increase from there. I basically thought I’d never be able to run like that, so that was a big deal for me.

I do still find running uncomfortable and painful moreso than most exercise. Now I like to do stairs bc it’s more of a muscle burn than straight cardio which has always been my weakness.

Post # 8
1044 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve tried and I got about half way before I realized I didn’t like being forced to run when I was tired haha. So I started just walking/jogging at my own pace.

Post # 9
14965 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yes, it worked for me and i’d never run a day in my life!   The first week or two is probably the worst, but then it does get better after that.  It was never *easy* for me, i hate running, but I could push through the suffering easier.  I also found that strength training, something like a p90 or any targeted leg training really helped make it easier too.  Before I’d be hurting and winded, after adding p90, I found it was much easier to run longer distances before feeling completely wiped out.

Post # 10
471 posts
Helper bee

I didn’t run at all 4 years ago when I started it. The one day per year in high school gym class when they made us run a mile was the worst day of my life. Now I’ve run 8 half marathons and I’m running a full next month! TLDR: It works!

Post # 11
163 posts
Blushing bee

I tried it and followed through on running a 5k in which I came in a good amount under my best practice time (PS – the race was at a winery and you got a glass of wine at the end. Talk about motivation smile) However, I was still not comfortable running the entire thing straight and did alternating intervals but was proud of myself nonetheless! It was a one and done for me though. I still hate running and switched to spinning, which I like much better.

Post # 12
777 posts
Busy bee


Good to hear that it works. I hate running. Ugh! But in my line of work, I need to have good cardio. I guess I will give it another go.

Post # 13
3884 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Yup it totally works! You just have to commit and be patient! There were a few weeks where I almost gave up, but I didn’t and once I reached the end I was so proud. Hang in there! You can always repeat a week if you feel you need to. I started off hating running, but once you actually get good at it it can feel really awesome at times. Like you’re just flying along. I never believed I could feel like that when running, but I did. You just have to work at it until you have the basic 5kms under your belt. 

Post # 15
792 posts
Busy bee

My mum is 51 now and she did it at 48 (and really wasn’t fit!!) and she’s not stopped running since she does 10ks now and things. It’s so lovely to see!! I really would recommend it! 

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