(Closed) Couch to 5K question

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t see why not. Just skip the five minute cooldown at the end of the first 30 minutes and the 5 minute warmup on the repeat so that you don’t break the walking/running pattern you have going.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Are you running outside or in a gym? Sometimes after I finish a C25K run I will hop on the elliptical for 15-20 minutes just to mix it up a bit. Do you have access to any other cardio equipment? I’ve never tried to repeat a C2K session before, but maybe some other bees have.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I always add time to my runs. I just hit the “back” button and repeat a few of the intervals. It works great!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I love C25K,  I started it back in June, and now run 10-15 miles a week.  I could LITERALLY jog the one minute intervals in the begining, now I can run 45 minutes straight.  It’s a great program and I can’t praise it enough!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve doubled the routines before, I don’t see what harm it will do if you feel up to it.  Or you could hop on the elliptical for a while as TinyTina suggested.  Good luck!  I loved C25K.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Guys, I have some questions that I don’t feel is necessary enough to start a new thread. Sorry, OP, for the thread jack.

How do you stay motivated through the entire thing?  I would love try it again and actually get through the entire program! Seriously, a dream is to be running 15-20 miles a week and run 5k and 10ks. But I seem to have really bad bowel issues while I’m running like increased urgency (it’s a known medical issue).  Were all of you in fairly good shape before beginning the program or did you build up to it by walking prior to it? So my body gets used to it/builds up to jogging.  And what have you noticed between transitioning from jogging outside to jogging indoors with the weather change?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@beekiss: Well, I wasn’t at my best physical shape when I started but I guess I was okay? I’ve always been athletic growing up so I guess that helped. But what helped me stay motivated was signing up for a 5k race that was scheduled for about a week after I would finish the program. Having that goal really kept me dedicated to going out and doing my runs. I notice that I am actually more committed to running when I have a race coming up.

As far as tranisitioning, I haven’t ran indoors yet. I don’t own a treadmiill or have a gym membership so when the weather gets really cold and the rain sets in, I just hibernate. Not the best approach though! But sometimes I’m able to get in a quick run outside if the weather holds up long enough. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@tea:  Interesting, I think the last local 5k will be around Thanksgiving.  I told myself last winter that I would do it in this past spring and I got a couple of weeks in and just gave up due to rain/some lame excuse.  You’re probably right, I keep reading that people plan to run a 5k and that’s what keeps them motivated.  I feel like if I don’t start soon I’ll just totally toss the idea out, even if it requires me transitioning to a treadmill (thankfully my complex has some work out facilities even if they have some screwy hours).

Also, when does everyone work out? Do they schedule it in and adhere to it? 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@beekiss: I schedule my workouts. If don’t, that’s when I lose my motivation. I just know that if I don’t schedule it in I won’t make time for it. I also go first thing in the morning. I used to go in the evenings, but I would find so many excuses (I’m hungry, I’m tired, I have to work late, etc) and I wouldn’t go. It was hard waking up earlier, but now I’m so used to it that I actually feel crappy all day if I don’t get my morning workout in!

I was in BAD shape when I started. I wasn’t overweight, but I also hadn’t done much exercise other than walking to the train and back. Heh. It was really difficult in the beginning so I just repeated a workout until I felt comfortable enough to move on. I know a lot of people sign up for a 5k in order to stick with the program, but because I have been repeating so many workouts that just wouldn’t be an option for me. I’ve already been doing it for 9 weeks, but I’m only on week 6.

My main motivation is my Fiance — he finished the program and runs alllll the time. Now that he knows I’m doing it he has asked me to marathon train with him when I finish the program. If that’s not motivation I don’t know what is! Sometimes it’s nice to have a workout buddy… It’s hard to find excuses when your friend shows up for your scheduled run!!

As far as transitioning… I actually only run inside on the treadmill. I’m going to continue to do that through the winter and then start running outside in the spring… So I can’t answer that question for you.

Wow…. This was incredibly long, but I hope you found it helpful!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@TinyTina:  Thanks, I did find it useful!  I’m thinking about building up to running and scheduling a time to do all of this.

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