Post # 1
I’m excited to announce that I’m starting Couch to 5K (C25K) tonight!
Fiance and I have been talking about starting it together for a while, and tonight we’re making it happen. I’m excited that he wanted to participate in this fitness plan with me because it will make it that much more fun AND we’ll both be healthier!
Like many brides-to-be on the ‘bee, I’d like to shape up for the wedding. It’s not so much about losing X-number of pounds. I just want to be as healthy and beautiful as possible when I get married. I’m just about a year away so I am hoping that I have the time to really get into some healthy habits so I can feel my best for my big day!
But the wedding isn’t the only reason for starting C25K. I sit at a desk all day right now, and it’s wreaking havoc on my body and my energy. Ugh. Sitting at a desk all day makes me crave exercise!
I also just really love the idea of running with Fiance because it’s something we can do together long past the wedding that will help us both stay active and healthy.
So, that said, any words of encouragement? Anyone have your own C25K success stories and/or tips to share?
Thanks, bees! You’re the best.
Post # 3
Good luck! I’ve done the c25k and totally adored it. It feels sooo empowering to be able to actually run. Before I did the program I could probably only run for 30 seconds, afterwards I could easily run 30 minutes.
Just stick with it. Sometimes you will doubt your ability to do it but just know that you can 🙂
Post # 4
@punky_brewster: Thanks so much! What sweet words of encouragement. 🙂
Post # 5
i’m just getting ready to finish week 6 and im hooked on the program. the biggest thing for me is planning out the runs–i plan which days im going to do them at the beginning of the week. also, i repeated two days in the program because i felt like crap during the runs–im glad i did this, i think it helped me move on quicker.
GOOD LUCK! 🙂
Post # 6
@Gemstone: I think you will do awesome, ESPECIALLY with the support and fun of having Fiance by your side! I started c25k last year & my Fiance came along a couple times…and it really made the time fly by!
I think punky brewster’s comment is right on … it is a great program and you will feel so proud of yourself! i also went from NO running endurance whatsoever to being able to complete a 5k. I can’t believe how quickly I went from someone who NEVER exercised to someone who packs her running shoes even on vacations.
You might already know about this…but if you have an IPod there are helpful podcasts and apps you can use that time the intervals for you.
GOODLUCK! So excited for you!!
Post # 7
I am still repeating week 3…good luck! It really is a great program to do with your FI!
Post # 8
Yay for starting the program!
I started it in April and graduated in June. When I began I had absolutely zero endurance and couldn’t stand running. I decided to get the boy involved because even though he is an athlete he was coming off an ankle injury and needed to gradually get back into training. (We also brought the dogs the first three weeks but left them at home after that). I hated weeks 1-4 so much and never wanted to go out running. Towards the end of week 5 I was liking it and by week 6 I was hooked. Moral of the story? Don’t give up even if you are hating it!
Yesterday I competed in a 10K race and finished in 56.5 minutes. I give all credit to the C25K program for getting me running that first 3 miles in such a short time.
Here are some tips I wrote for somebody else starting the program but I think they apply to you too 🙂
The first couple of weeks sucked because even though the intervals are short, there are so many of them! But it does get better so push through it. I never repeated a week but I have heard some ladies have and it worked well for them.
Make a schedule of when you will run to keep you motivated. I scheduled every day I would run for the 9 weeks on my iCal so I would have no excuse NOT to run :p
Download some type of C25K program. If you have an iphone/itouch I suggest the C25K app (the one with the little man running on a green background). If you have a regular ipod/mp3 player download the podcasts. It is MUCH easier to run when you don’t have to focus on the time.
Invest in great shoes. I was running in okay shoes for a while and my feet never hurt but as the distances got further I decided to invest in better shoes. I went to an actual running store and had my foot analyzed (scanned, ran on treadmill, etc.) and dropped $250 on proper shoes, socks, and insoles. It was a lot of money but so worth it for the health of my feet.
I’ve never run the program on a treadmill, so after I get home I calculate how far I’ve run and track my speed/splits/etc. I use this program, but if you will be running on a treadmill it will be easy to keep track of. I like doing this so I can see how much I’ve improved over the weeks!
Sign up for a 5K around the end of your program to give you motivation to finish. But, if you will be running the program on a treadmill I suggest doing some road running first to prepare you. Running outside in the elements is SO different than doing it on a treadmill.
Post # 9
Congrats on getting started!
I just started week 3 tonight and it’s already getting better. I hated week 2 for some reason. I did the program back in 2007 and it helped me lose weight, tone my entire body, and I ran two 5K’s that year. It’s an extremely rewarding program.
I definitely agree with everything babyboo has said! Especially about the shoes. I went to a local running store and they let me try on the shoes, go outside and run down the sidewalk in them. My feet overpronate so I need a very supportive shoe. I replace mine once a year because I don’t run too much. The more you run, the faster you need to replace them, but it’s SO worth it. I had problems with shin splints and achey knees wearing my old shoes. Now, I have no pain at all after a run. My shoes are Mizunos and they run about $100.
Post # 10
Aww, bees, you all are the greatest! Thanks for all of the encouraging words.
The first night of running went well. I was kinda winded by the end of it, but I survived. I think I was going a little slower than Fiance, but he was sweet and refused to run ahead of me.
We are doing Day 2 of Week 1 tonight! I’m actually pretty excited about it, aside from the fact that it’s 100 degrees (heat index) tonight!
@blondeeebuckeye: Great advice! We’re trying to do it certain days a week too!
@musthavedietcoke: Thank you so much for your confidence in me. 🙂 I think you’re right. It’s great having Fiance do it with me—more fun and he holds me accountable!
@fitzly: Thank you! Glad it is going well for you, too!
@babyboo: Thanks for repeating your advice. It’s really great! And congratulations on your 10K race.
@sboston06: What a great success story! And I haven’t had a chance to go out and get “proper” shoes yet — I am hoping my athletic shoes will do until I can — but I think that will help even more!
Post # 11
@Gemstone: so awesome that you’re doing this! When I started running a few years ago, I was running a 12 minute mile and was just trying to cross the finish line doing 5Ks. Last night, I finished my 5K running 9:51 minute miles, and I was so proud of myself! It’s my personal record!
I second the suggestion to get good running shoes. You’ll find that if you use just plain athletic shoes, your knees, feet or hips may start to hurt. A good running shoe will help alieviate that.
Good luck, and let us know if you need motivation!
Post # 12
Can anyone tell me where you got your running shoes? And approx how much they cost (only if you want to share that, though)?
@2PeasinaPod: Thanks for the encouragement and advice! And congratulations on your latest 5K time…so awesome! You should be proud.
Post # 13
My current running shoes are Nike. We have outlets near us and I got an amazing deal. Plus, it’s nice that they have a little slot that I can put my nike running chip into rather than tying it to my laces.
But, I usually get mine from our local running store. Do you know if you have any near you?
Post # 14
@2PeasinaPod: Okay, good to know, thanks! And yes, we have a Running Spot nearby. Better to buy from a specialty shop than running shoes at a department store?
Post # 15
@Gemstone: Mine are New Balance, and from a New Balance specific store… I love them, but I did end up finding them at Nordstrom for half the price later!!
I would probably say a specialty running store (maybe one that carries a few brands) if possible. They can help you find the best shoe for you. Then, once you know your foot pretty well and what kind of shoes you like, you could buy replacement shoes anywhere you can find them.
Post # 16
@Gemstone: mine are mizunos and i LOVE LOVE LOVE them. i severely underpronate and was in a lot of pain in my old shoes (sauconys and they were supposed to be good for underpronation). zero pain in these shoes and they feel super light. i got mine at a sport store called REI. they were $95.