Post # 1
Okay soooo I’m not a runner at all. In fact, I’m fairly “couch potato.”
There’s a 5k coming up in a month and a half. I’d really like to be able to run the first 1k and then walk the rest. But… I have to ask, do you think this is a horrible idea? Do you think I can go from couch-ing it up to jogging a whole kilometer in a month and a half? (Yes, the whole walk/jog thing is allowed)
I’m really wanting to do this as something to push me, motivate me hard and keep me in shape. the fact that it’s only 1.5 months away is the motivating factor, but do you think I should?
Post # 3
Look up the “Couch to 5K” program. It is a program that is supposed to have you from couch-potato to running 3 miles (5K) with ease. The only downside is the program is about 9 weeks long. I think if you modified the program slightly (i.e. ran more than 3 days a week) you would be in great shape for a 5K!
Post # 4
Go for it – especially if you train for it you will have no problem. The couch to 5K program that babyboo mentioned is pretty good.
I ran a 5K this fall. Now I wasn’t a couch potato I am a regular exerciser; however, I am NOT a runner and I ran the whole thing with 3 small walking portions (1 was a hill LOL).
Post # 5
yes, there are lots of 5K training programs online…when is the early registration cutoff? I’d do the program until then and see if you can keep up with it…I’m assuming those programs try to get you to run the whole thing, so I’m sure you could do it…I did a 5k with someone who hadn’t worked out much, and we were at the end of the race, but we still did it! Try to get a buddy to sign up with you that will push you ahead. Buddies make a huge difference!
Post # 6
Thanks guys! I think I’ll end up running 5 days a week, which should cut it down to about 6 weeks! I don’t even want to run the whole thing, just enough for me to feel like I accomplished something this month.
I’m going to look into this program tonight and start tomorrow!
Post # 7
YES! I did my first ever 5K last October and was not the last to finish (my one goal). 🙂 I am also not a runner or much of an athlete at all. I jogged some and walked the rest. I think if you start training now you will be fine. Just be sure you are not just walking on the treadmill for 3 miles. It is definitely different being outside where the ground is not moving for you!
Plus, I had the FH by my side, so that helped a ton! Maybe sign up with a friend or someone else that will keep you motivated. 6 weeks to go…you got this!
Post # 8
Fiance is definitely doing it with me. we’re both out of shape and need to get back into it. We’ve been going on walks, but I wanted a different kind of goal.
You guys are so motivating!
Post # 9
Do it! The couch to 5k plan is a walk/jog plan, so actually, by race day even if you only do the plan 3 days a week, you’ll probably be running/jogging more than 1k at that point.
A suggestion, if you want: make your goal to run the first mile. It’s hard to gauge when you’ve run 1k (unless you map out the race route ahead of time and figure it out) but they have people at every mile telling you what your time was.
I’m sure it depends on the race, but I did a 5k last year and there were people of all different skill levels. I finished with a guy with a huge knee brace and his father, haha. (I’m no runner either, it’s just something I try to constantly improve on.) I walked part of mine last year but this year my goal is to complete one without walking, plus with a faster time.
Post # 10
Interesting, phatkat… I didn’t think about that, but that’s true!
That’s a good goal, I think, for me too… just try to run 1 mile of this one, and then do the next one without walking once.
I like that motivation tool!
Post # 11
I did my first 5k with no preparation. Felt like I was going to die at the end, but I survived. And have run in several more. The key was to have someone to push you along (not literally – just a motivator) while you run. At a jog, you should be able to do most of it. It’s 3.1 miles – if you start going for evening walks right now, you can build up to that quickly and then you’ll be able to gauge how far it is to run.
Post # 12
I definitely suggest doing the couch to 5k program. I put it on my ipod last year and was able to run a 5k in about three months…from being a couch potato.
I don’t think you should do the race in a month and a half. I think you should work on this C25K program and every week you can have a new goal.
New runners can make lots of bad decisions… like pushing themselves too hard. Although pushing is a good thing, you can also get TONS of running injuries like sprains, plantarfacitis (can’t spell), etc.
Post # 13
You should be fine to do your plan in 6 weeks. Do the couch to 5K thing and then do what you can at the 5K when it comes up.
Honestly, you could probably walk 5K/3 miles today without even training. So anything you do from this point on will just help your running during the race.
I have to train for another half marathon in 6 weeks and I’m getting a little nervous hehe. I got a tad bit lazy after running my first half in January ;o)
Post # 14
just be careful if you do 5 days a week…if you are truly a couch potato now, you don’t want to risk injury, so give your body some good healing time…drink lots of water and stretch before and after!
Post # 15
Go for it! Do the Couch to 5K program! I highly recommend it! It started it on Jan. 25 (3 days a week running, 3 days a week weight training and 1 day off to rest) and my running speed and walking speed have already doubled! If you were to do the program 5 days a week with one day of weight training (works other muscles, which helps, I think!) you should be in great shape to run a 5k in 1.5 months! Heck you might be good enough to run more then just 1K of it! 😀
Post # 16
I say go for it!
You will be able to absolutely walk/jog it…and I agree with @rabbit…maybe run more of it then you think you can 🙂