Post # 1
So, like many others I am attempting this whole C25K thing. Along with that, I am doing three additional days a week doing cardio classes at the gym and/or using the elliptical. I really want to lose some weight and get healthy but I end up feeling super defeated when I exercise! I tried to do W2D1 of the C25K today and can BARELY run 90 seconds straight. 90 seconds!! That is nothing. After the 90 second second run I am panting and wishing I were dead. I am only 27 years old, this should not be so difficult for me.
Maybe I am just being a perfectionist. Maybe others go through this too. I just hate that I feel WORSE about myself after a run (I use the word “run” loosely, it is more like a slow, slow jog). Ugh. Anyone else going through something similar? Any advice as to how to get through this negativity?
Post # 3
Keep going. Because you’re right, you’re only 27, and it shouldn’t be that hard. But it’s only going to get better if you push yourself. But be kind to yourself, pace yourself, and if you just can’t do week two yet, do week one again, and then next week, week two will be easier. The important thing is that you keep trying, and focus on small goals. Right now, don’t worry about 5K. Just worry about getting to where you can do week two.
Also, instead of focusing solely on cardio, add some weight lifting/strength training at the gym because that will help you build muscle, which in turn burns more fat, and you’ll look so much more “toned”.
And good job for getting off the couch in the first place. 🙂
ETA: And I understand the frustration. I’m working UP to where I can do the first week of One Hundred Pushups. Heh.
Post # 4
@RahlyRah: dont get discouraged! I was like this when I started too! It took me 2 months to be able to run a 5k (run/walk intervals). 2 months later I did a half marathon. Keep in mind I was 24 and weighed 220lbs.
YOU CAN DO THIS 🙂 Keep trying!!!
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! I just hate being “bad” at things!! Ugh. I can do this. I can do this…
Post # 6
When I first started C25k I had such a hard time. We (my Fiance and I are doing it together) had to repeat weeks 1 and 2 a few times, because running for an entire minute was too hard for me! And for the first month or two I was so exhausted that we would run in the morning and then I would go home and take a nap.
That was back in January. This morning we ran 2.85 miles (one lap around a lake near our house). I still get frustrated because I am suuuuch a slooooow runner, and like you I’m only 27! But I am extremely proud of myself for how far I can run now, I’ve never been able to run before!
Whenever I get down on myself about it, Fiance reminds me “anything we do out here is better than staying in bed. Even if we only walk, it’s better than just sleeping”. He’s right. Don’t get down on yourself, you’re out there doing something. And don’t get upset if you have to repeat weeks, it’s better to go slow than to hurt yourself and have to stop. Hang in there, you can do it!