(Closed) Couch to 5k Program – Great Experience

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did this program about 2 years ago and it was great, I defintely saw results and slimmed down.  There are a ton of free apps now with the same program so I just put it on my phone and it tells me what to do when.  It comes on over Pandora so I can still listen to music which I have to do to zone out.  I took a long break but just started up again this weekend from the start again.  It’s hard at first, but definitely gets easier.

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Buzzing bee

I gave been wanting to try this. Thank you for posting and sharing your experience!

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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MrsAAA:  I’m the worst runner ever, but I did find that the C25K was pretty good. 

I do have a question for you though. Did you ever get to a point where the program jumped to a higher level and you couldn’t do it? This happened to me where it jumped from running 3 mins straight to running 5 mins straight. If that happened to you, what did you do? Did you just do what you can and keep repeating that day until you could do it?

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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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SithLady:  I’ve done C25K as well and a couple of the later weeks were rough so I repeated them and then moved up. Lost 30 lbs doing it and I’m slow as mollasses. 

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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MrsAAA:  I actually started with the C-2-10k program this time.  I’m only on week 2, so I’ll have to report back on that later.  I think it starts out the same and then just continues on for another 6 weeks.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’ll add in my positive experience with C25K as well! I was always the person who dreaded running in gym and struggled to run for more than a few minutes at a time. A few years ago, a friend had success with the program so I tried it out too. It was a great to push myself to try longer times, even when I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish (the jump to 20 minutes straight!). The best advice I received was to slow down if I was having trouble completing the workout and work on the speed later.

Now I’ve completed a few half marathons and I really look forward to going for a run a few times a week – something I never would have expected from myself 😮

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I did this two years ago! I was always useless at any sport and couldn’t run to save my life. Wit him 5 months I was running 10k once a week and 5k t a week. 

It’s just brilliant. The U.K. NHS C25K podcasts/app are free and really help, you can opt to run your playlist under Laura’s encouragement instead of the crap, copyright free musak that comes with it. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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MrsAAA:  I love Couch to 5K. I’ve done it twice, once in 2009 to get back into running because I hadn’t run since high school, and then again in 2014 to rehab after a knee injury. I’m actually sort of doing the early weeks again right now as “interval” training to build my speed (low speed during the walks, faster during the runs).

There are a lot of great apps for it (for both iPhone and Android), and if anyone here’s on reddit, the subreddit (/r/c25k) is extremely supportive. It works well with music or podcasts, if you can’t run in silence.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Love this program! I got to 2 miles two weeks ago, unfortunately I also injured my knee two weeks ago and my doctor told me to take a break for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow is the day I need to call my doctor back and let him know if I’m still having issues (I am) so I’m really bummed that I had to stop after 5 weeks. I was actually at a point where I was enjoying the runs and looking forward to them and getting better each day. When I started the program I would have laughed at you if you told me I would be able to run 2 miles without a walking break 5 weeks later.

Keep it up!!

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SithLady:  That was a rough week for me when it jumped but I made myself keep going, even if it meant I was jogging in what looked like slow motion. I also repeated a week like OP did at that point which I think really helped.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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MrsAAA:  I just ran 4.6km tonight (I’m in the last three days of my couch to 5k) and I seriously gave myself a high five. I was SO proud of myself. I hate, hate, hate running and it’s the only time since I was a kid that I’ve been able to run this distance at this pace. 

When it’s finished I think I’m going to find a running app and just program in 3 X 5k runs per week so I don’t lose fitness.

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Newbee

I did it – it’s amazing. Literally was not a runner AT ALL. And not in the way people say they’re not a runner but secretly are, I actually wasn’t. I found when I hit the longer runs I just slowed down to a pace I was more comfortable with – just to get the time down. Then I might do one or two extra sessions of that week to improve speed but mentally I knew I could do it! Would definitely recommend it.

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Newbee

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MrsAAA:  did you do the program on the treadmill or elliptical?

thanks!

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