(Closed) Couch to 5K question (from a lazy couch potato)

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Have you tried C25K?
    Heck yes - I love it! : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Did it, it was okay, didn't keep it up though. (Or, I did it but hated it.) : (3 votes)
    10 %
    Started, but quit. : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Heck no.......I'm lazy too! : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Heck no.......I'm awesome and don't need a couch potato fitness plan! : (3 votes)
    10 %
    No, but I'm interested in trying it out. : (6 votes)
    20 %
    I am a special snowflake and do not conform to your poll options. : (5 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @ddw: I haven’t done C25K but my thought would be you print out your workout and do your walking/running intervals on a treadmill.

    Looks like there is also a couch to 5K app that prompts you when to change it up:

    http://c25kapp.com/

    Post # 4
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    you can either get a stopwatch or download a podcast. the podcast tells you exactly what to do so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of anything.

    Post # 5
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    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m not sure the details of the C25K program, but I did a program that trained you to run for 30 minutes straight, and I would make a playlist on my iPod for every week. The first week is walk 4 minutes/run 2 minutes, repeat 5 times, and I made a playlist that had songs at each interveral. So everytime the song changed I knew to change paces.

    ETA: if that doesn’t make sense at all, let me know and I’ll try to explain better.

    Post # 7
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    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    http://www.c25k.com/podcasts.htm

    There is the link for the podcasts. I started with this program and was a luh-a-zee BUM when I started. You’ll get really sick of his music if you’re not into techno. What I did was I’d run with it the first day or two and always went on the same route and would just try to remember landmarks of where I was. It’s not 100% accurate obviously but I enjoyed having my own music way more. I also would kind of “design” my music so I’d know what songs were for walking and the more amped songs were for jogging.

    My biggest suggestion is to just not push yourself, I got cocky when I was able to run 3 miles and tried to push it to 4 and got shin splints…that was in November. I was obsessed with running/exercising up until that point and haven’t since :-/ I’m going to try and motivate myself to get back to it this week!

     

    Post # 9
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    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @ddw: When I did mine, I had to do week 1 for 3 weeks. Then I pretty much gave up haha. I really need to get back into it though

    Post # 11
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    19 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    A friend and I did it at the end of last summer and loved it!  Well…there were times we hated it!  I won’t lie, it was TOUGH but when we thought we just couldn’t do it one second longer, it would be time to change to walking!  We went from not being able to run much over one minute to running over 30!

    I don’t know if you have an iphone, but there is a couch 2 5k app that we used.  It was great because you can listen to your own music while it keeps track and tells you when to run/walk. 

    Also, there are free apps that can track you with a gps and tell you distance wise what you completed. 

    Good luck; if you can find a buddy to do it with you, it definitely helps!

    Post # 12
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    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m on week 8 and it is AWESOME – I’ve never run like this before, ever. 3 minutes was awful for me and now I’m running 28 in a stretch. I use the iPhone app, which just tells you when to run and walk and plays music from your phone. Good luck!

    Post # 14
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    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @ddw: You’re welcome and good luck to you too! I also suggest to just make your time for this in a schedule, don’t let yourself get off track because it’s really hard to get back ON track (says the girl who hasn’t ran since November…LOL)

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