Couch to 5k? Love it or hate it?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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fourthnoel :  my sister used it about a year and a half ago and loved it. She ran her first marathon 2 weeks ago. 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s a good tool for people who need it. When I run, I try to push myself as far as I can go without stopping instead of basing it on what a program says, but if people find use in doing the C25K program, I think it’s great!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I did C25K and thought it was a great tool to help me start running (even though I was not in great shape at the time – it very nicely increased the running time incrementally, which kept me motivated and challenged). Also, if I ever wasn’t ready to move onto the next week’s running times, I could just repeat a week to give my stamina more time to increase.

(I did it years ago, and didn’t have an app. To help me do the program, I downloaded free mp3 files that told me when to walk and when to jog, with music in between the instructions.)

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I did couch to 5k several years ago and while I hated it at first (was super out of shape), I enjoyed how it eased me into running. I recently decided I wanted to get back into running (after about a year and a half break) but wanted to do something slightly different. I decided to try the Zombies Run app and started off with their version of couch to 5k to get back up to speed. I am really enjoying it so far! 

Post # 6
720 posts
Busy bee

My mum used it 5 years ago (she had never run before) and now she runs 3 times a week, she is 52! I’m going to use it to get back into running, I had a baby 8 months ago so haven’t ran since I found out in December 2016! Before then I used to run 10 miles no problem! I ran a 3.5k last week to ease me back in and it took me 22 minutes!!! I used to do it in 12 😂 


good luck!! 

Post # 7
282 posts
Helper bee

I haven’t used that specific app, but I have used Aaptiv and Fit Radio and I love them both. Having a trainer in your ear to coach you on form, footstrike, breathing, etc. at different speeds and to design interval workouts to build stamina and speed is so helpful. That was the benefit of aaptiv. Fit radio is great for the days when I just want to run, not do a prescribed workout, and have a playlist  that is all set to a specific pace.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I love couch to 5k! I always wanted to run but always found myself hitting a wall after about a mile or so… I ran for months and could never get any farther. So I just chalked it up to me not being a runner and found other means of exercise. Last year I decided I wanted to give it another try and used couch to 5k and I found it was exactly what I needed to finally get me past my wall. I also really enjoyed seeing how my times went down. It was super motivating.

Only problem is once I got to 5k I got lazy again >.< Need to get back into soon!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

C25K typically gets me back into running after taking months or a year off. I typically find the first week or two to not be enough, but then it too quickly jumps and I always end up with serious lower leg pain after a while. If you’re in decent shape, it’s great. But it’s probably too much for someone truly at couch potato status. Another program that builds more gradually and leaves me without the leg pain is None To Run. There’s no app, you have to set the timers up yourself, but I definitely prefer the program. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I got me running up to 50 minutes at a time, and then I busted my knee.

Post # 11
654 posts
Busy bee

I loathe running (left foot has endured 3 serious sprains and still never healed right each time)… but I did it with my SO last summer and I would say it was a good program. I just need to go to the park or somewhere to do it because my treadmill is not motivating enough. Plus I have to stop alot due to the foot issue.

But I say, that if you have good feet, nice running shoes… it rocks. Even better when you have a friend or SO to team up with. Depsite my issues I still got better and picked up on endurance.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

I love couch to 5k but found traditional apps a bit dull, i prefer zombies! run

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Vineyard in Italy

I used couch to 5k in the summer of 2016, couldn’t even run 3 mins in a row in the beginning. Fast forward a year, by November 2017 I had run 13 half marathons and finished my first marathon! It WORKS!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

I always dropped off around week 4/5.  You need to have a lot of motivation to do it alone. 

I joined a learn-to-run group last year and actually finished the program and completed a 5k. 

Depends on how much support you need.

Post # 15
3322 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I’ve never used it but a few friends of mine have and it worked really well for them. One of them does half marathons on the regular now and the other one is more of a 10k kinda gal but runs regularly.

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